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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,783
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 265 | FT: 2
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a bronze colored amber brown with a fluffy head on top. Marvelous trails of sticky lace cling to the sides of the pint glass.

Floral nose with strong whiffs of fruity hops. Whiffs of concord grapes, oranges, limes and pine.

A thick, syrupy and heavy caramel malt backbone provides the base for an impressive unleashing of West-coast hop bombs galore. Big time hop punch on the finish with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon and pine. I can feel the hop resin working overtime on my teeth. Incredibly, this brew is balanced extremely well with the amount of hops used.

An excellent West coast style IPA and a personal favorite. Way more complex than most India Pale Ales that are on the market. Nicely done and recommended without a doubt.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is one great IPA. It pours a nice orange amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic, with strong notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon and a bit of malt. very nice, clean, delicious.

The taste is a great elaboration of the smell, with lime, pine, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple and a bit of malt and a ton of bitterness. Intense but fantastic. Not for the non hophead. Some spicy heat that I can only guess is from the alcohol and maybe the hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with lively carbonation. Medium but full body.

Drinkability is good, but the intensity of the flavors and the high ABV makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of.

Overall: Benchmark California IPA. Fruity, piney, bitter and creamy. Absolutely a knock out. It competes with my hometown Masala Mama.

Photo of hermesch
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, with a thick head that sustains throughout the quaff. Heavy lacing. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Piney hops and citrus, followed by a strong floral bouquet.

Taste: Similar to its smell, the heavy hops and citrus show up first and are gradually backed and finished by the floral flavor. Very complex for an IPA, I thought, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy and syrupy.

Drinkability: This is a tasty, highly involving IPA, and for that reason I can't see having more than two in a sitting.

Photo of bahumutx
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a nice creamy white head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: Citrus, Piney, and a slight malt.

Taste: Very hoppy. Citrus flavors hit the tounge first and then the beer ends with a nice malt backbone which balances out the hops. There is also a piney, resinous flavor from the hops also present.

Mouthfeel: Good body with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good example of an IPA. I could have a few of these in a session.

Good work Anderson Valley.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a orange and copper hue. Good sized, two to three finger head rises up with above average lacing. Small beading is also noted.

Smell: Piney and resinous from the get go. No citrus hop character to speak of. Very slightly peppery with the malt coming through in flashes. No alcohol is percieved.

Taste: This one is all about the pine needles. Very bitter and peppery for an IPA. Im not a fan of this hop profile. Rather shallow in its malt bill as well. If you like bitternes in it's pure form this beer is for you.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium carbonation. Alcohol is dominate along with the pines finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA to speak of, but not one of my favorites. Just an overall good IPA to try and say i've had.


Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the local Trader Joe's for $6.99.

Pours a rich dark golden with a decent looking head.

Aroma is of hops, yes, this is a hoppy IPA all way round. To be honest, not much else to day about it. Hops, Hops, Hops. Slightly citrusy, definitely oily and piney, decent enough, but not my favorite hops profile (and that's what it's really all about, isn't it). I like it well enough, and will gladly finish the rest of the sixer, but not my favorite.

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber; off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: HOPS! Citrus (grapefruit), floral & pine. Some underlying pale malt manages to shine through (biscuit/bread, toffee, light caramel). Plenty of nose.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange & lemon), toffee, candied fruit, grass, biscuit, light caramel. Pleasant bitter balance. Very hop-forward, but nice mixture of hop flavours (it's not just grapefruit juice or pine). Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Moderate body is well attenuated and only slightly acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: "Hop-heads, your dreams have come true!"

Photo of MSchae1017
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head that holds and laces nicely.The smell is all citrusy and piney hops. The taste is all about the hops, piney and citrusy. There is also a strong sweetness from the malt. The body is nice along with a mellow carbonation. Overall, a good IPA.

Photo of Vancer
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine lil’ hammer of a brew, noticed the 7% abv on the label towards the end of the bottle – it was very well hidden. This one could easily pass as a DIPA.

Good clear amber pour, the tan head sheet laced the glass all the way down. A floral bouquet in the aroma, but not overpowering in the quaff. The Hop Ottin’ was well balanced with a strong malt backbone.

Slightly oily, but still crisp in the finish. In summary, a solid IPA, and I’ll be having more in the future. Not a bad deal at $9 for a sixer.

Photo of cproioi
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a lovely copper color with a slightly off white head that disipated quickly into a rocky film across the top of the beer. The smell was largely of hops that gave it an evergreen aroma. The taste followed closely, at first taste all I could detect was the evergreen-esque hops. The the after taste hit and I got a big taste of grapefruit flavored hops. The body of the beer was of medium thickness and had a long lingering dry finish. It was easily drunk and a beer I would get again easily.

Photo of dbalsock
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I'm seriously considering to note drink IPA's anymore. They are all tasting the same, and that's a problem.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange amber with about a 1/2 finger white head. It settles quickly, but stays around the edge of the beer.

Smell: There's a light malt character on the smell, but the hops were overpowering. Floral smells and grapefruit dominate, with a hint of oranges taking up the rear. Overall the smell isn't too powerful. I would appreciate more presence.

Taste: Again the grapefruit come into play, as do the floral hops. What brings this beer above average is that their is a distinct flavor of rosemary that becomes present with a sweet malt flavor. It's interesting, but only a small piece of the puzzle.

Mouthfeel: Like an other IPA there is a bitterness that compliments the thin consistency. However, the consistency is a little thicker than a standard IPA. This however, isn't a major bonus considering it lacks the malt backbone to substantiate it.l

Drinkability: It drinks like any IPA, which is why I wouldn't have another unless it was the only craft brew available.

Photo of jmz62565
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange amber with a large foamy tan head. An absolute work of art to look at, this beer is darker,more reddish,than other IPA's. The smell is citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. My only complaint with this is the smell isn't as strong as I hoped. The taste is a rich creamy hop explosion. The citrus hops along with the creamy texture make this beer something special. The m/f is light and perfectly balanced between bitter hops and malt sweetness. An absolute delicious beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a resiny amber. A decent amount of bubbling for an IPA. A little lacing and a litle foam went nicely with the look of this brew. nice resiny hop smell starts of at first witha wel 30% malt character developed as well. A little sweet to with hints of pommegranite. The tase starts out with some syrupy and resiny hops mixed with sugary malt sweetness and citrusy hop presence.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very carbonated looking, lots of bubbles, light amber, clear, huge lumpy head of bright tan foam. lines of lace all down the glass.
smell is strong hops, fruity and piney at the same time. great smell.
a touch of malt starts off before strong hop dose kicks in, with a huge bitering hop presence in the back of the mouth, so much that it almost knocks out all other flavors. stays very bitter, very sharp for a while, then a hint of sweet malt sneaks in mid bottle.
medium in the mouth, above average carbonation, zing all along the tongue. a great ipa, but i don't think i could drink this all night. it would ruin my tastebuds for any other brews.
hop heads who love that very bitter finishing presence will love this beer; a true american ipa, there's nothing english about this one.


Photo of expatsteve
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's Come Back In.

Appearance: Amber orange, with low to medium visibility. 1/4 inch head
subsides to a few sudsy smudges on the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit hops - strong, aggressive onset, with just a little fruit in the background. Oranges, kiwi, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Impressively hoppy, with a pine front palate, grapefruit middle palate and dry raspy finish. Oranges, honeydew melon and kiwi in the background - fruity, with almost no caramael malt presence at all. Malts poke through as the beer warms. Some tea tannins present. Nonetheless, despite aggressive hops, this remains refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with a balanced hops-and-malt aftertaste. Slightly aggressive carbonation increases the dry finish.

Drinkability: Hopheads will no doubt like this as a session IPA, and the dry finish remains refreshing and pleasant. Even though I don't normally go for hoppy beers, this was an oddly drinkable monster. Great in the sun after some time outdoors - really cleansing. Definitely an IPA I'll drink again.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really pretty deep golden, almost red body. Unfortunately, the head was pretty dull looking, with not much going on.

Piney hop smell blended with thick, sweet but roasty malts.

The taste is a really nice and interesting one. The piney hops get you at first, then are counteracted by a thick base of sweetish malts. Then the hops come back. Almost abrasively, but not really. For almost using the word 'abrasive', it's actually rather well balanced. Well hidden 7%, too.

Mouthfeel's on the heavier side, with light carbonation. I love the carbonation, but the mouthfeel itself is a little heavier and sticky than I would hope for.

Drinkability is a bit slow. But that's not a knock on the brew. This is a big, complex IPA.

Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic approachable IPA. Thanks to froggyfrog for this beer.

Appearance: Pours a orange-ish color with a foamy off white head and decent lacing.

Smell: I liked this aroma so much I accidentally snorted it up my nose LOL oops! A fruity aroma of orange and a drip of pine oil sit on top of a sweet malt aroma. Very enticing.

Taste: This is only the 3rd beer I have ever had from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. All I have to say is *Where have you been all my life!* Three for three have been spot on fantastic!
To start this beer is super smooth. It enters the mouth fruity and juicy. It has a nice balance citrus orange drink flavor and pine hop grapefruit bite. It is balanced with a sweet candy malt undertone. The aftertaste is the best of all. The grapefruit clings to your palate relentlessly but not obtrusively. mmm. It just begs you to take the next sip. I *LOVE* this fruity hop flavor. WOW!

Mouthfeel: The beer has a brilliant solid malt backbone in addition to the Hop-Heads dream bite.

Drinkability: You would *never* know this beer is 7% ABV. It just goes down so easily. I finished my beer before I could finish writing these words. This beer was a generous gift from a great friend. Next time I will buy much more than one! =)

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Slightly hazy, dark gold color with a medium size, off-white head. After pouring, I could smell the hops from about two feet away...Primarily citrus, some flowery. Malt came through faintly with a bit of honey in the scent. Taste met the promise of the aroma with a great blast of hops. As the beer warmed, the malt came through, but I still only seemed to experience it in the aftertaste. Body was light, with medium to high carbonation, and it was fairly drying. Excellent beer and easy to drink.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date. The bottle foamed up when I popped the cap so I poured carefully, resulting in an unfiltered orangey copper body with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lacing. Nice mix of hops in the aroma - floral, piney, leafy, and medicinal - all giving an almost raw presence. The flavor reveals notes of sweet apricot, mango, citric/piney hops, a medium bitterness, toasted malts, and faint notes of caramel, chocolate, and honey. It has a medium body with very fine carbonation and, although it doesn't say it's conditioned, it feels like it is and there's sediment on the bottom of the bottle. On par with a good, craft IPA, but not really above the rest. However, I would happily drink it again.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to gold and clear with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly. Initial aroma is some piney hops, underneath that the malts mix in and ther is a sweet lemony, floral aroma, a little like the smarties candies. In the taste, there is some honey and lemony sweetness, some graininess, and a piney, peppery finish that also shows some alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. A good beer with some nice aromas but in the highly populated craft ipa category it doesn't stand out for me.

Photo of variousartists
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unbelievable! If you like hoppy beers, you have to try this.

Appearance: Nice. Quite attractive and sticks to the mug. Consistent almost amber hue.

Smell: Hmmm... can I drink it now. Sweet, hoppy aroma.

Taste: As the name implies, this is all hops. Yet it is not so overwhelming that it affects the complexity. Malt flavor is still distinguishable and pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation, good everything.

Drinkability: Addictive. Better with each drink.

Personally I prefer this over Stone, but this one and Stone are top two IPA's in my book. A must try.

Photo of dickroop
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dunno quite why I bought this six-pack, given all the other choices I had in that well stocked store. Colorful label, and claims of excellence seemed to broadcast from the packaging...

It poured a dark oppery amber and was slightly cloudy, had a rugged, big-bubbled off-white head.

Nose was medium piney hop and slightly yeasty. Pleasant

Taste was piney hops with bitter-sweet dark edges from the malt-hop blend. The alcohol was noticeable, and the finish was bitter. It's a big-flavored brew, but to my taste a little heavy-handed with some malt and reminiscent of stouts and amber ales.

This IPA had a light-to-medium body and develops a little stickiness in the mouth, but not too much. Drinkability is OK, but I probably won't get it again, I guess it's not the flavor or hop-malt balance that I prefer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a real nice amber bordering on copper, a shit ton of lacing all the way down the glass, whitish head to a thin foam. Aroma is reminicent of barleywine, perhaps the higher alcohol coming through, a kind of burnt caramel is what if feels like, with nice piney hop esters. Mouth has kind of the same thing going on, lots of hops, lots of malt. Starts off with a thick layer of resinous malt, with a slightly biting piney hop rising almost mysteriously, like 'woops, theres hop here.' The hops start off citric when rising, becoming floral and piney through the end, and a real nice subtle bitter finish paired with that same malt backing that sneaks back into the picture. Very interesting, and quite tasty. Beautifully smooth and creamy body, exactly right for this beer. So, it sum, I want more.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt-orange with a thick soapy head and moderate lacing.

Smell is complex toasted maltiness and great herbal-citrus hop.

Taste is strong caramel toasted malt, competing with fruity hop character. Surprisingly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little chewy.

A very balanced maltiness in this IPA. Caramel and toffee really stand out. Very drinkable session beer.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark cloudy shade of orange with a very sticky lacy head with good retention.

Smell is very bready and buscuity. A slight bit of citrus hops is there as well.

Taste has a big toasted bread malt flavor up front with a very strong pine hop bitter finish. Some mild citrus flavors as well. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a very dry finish.

A nice IPA especially on a hot summer day.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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