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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,816
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 123
Gots: 289 | FT: 1
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of stephendr
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of light mahogany , with a medium off white head - nose of piney hopps , cannabis (non-skunky) , and spruce – taste of resin , light citrus , floral hopps , bitter hopps , and earthy - body medium body, and medium carbonation – aftertaste of hopps and thick lingering

Photo of Night
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a red tone and some gold flecks. Nice, large, foamy gold-white head; dies down to a solid, chunky layer with some cream and stays a while. Medium lacing in various arcs and patches. Aroma is strong and sweet hops: orange, spices, mango. Caramel and candy malts, a hint of distant pine hops. Light to medium body with a foamy mouthfeel. Flavor delivers a nice balance of sweet floral fruitiness and sharp hop bitterness that tastes soapy, earthy, and grassy. Sweet, mildly toasty malts round out the finish. Light bittersweet aftertaste.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug. A thick, cream head sits atop a semi-clouded, carbonated, red/orange/amber ale. Head retention is excellent and lacing is extensive and purdy. Smells of lilac and hops, with notes of honey, clover and (?) fresh-baked cookies.

Man this is a tasty IPA. Balanced malts with, as the label reads, "hops, yeast,...mineral water, and hops". The hoppiness isn't overpowering until the aftertaste, in which it rides out a bit too strongly. "Bites like a rattlesnake lookin' for a fight". Indeed...
Fantastic otherwise, the drinkability is very enjoyable and this beer has enough going on to keep your palate entertained.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy golden amber with a yellow moderate head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, estery and citrusy. Caramel was notable but the emphasis of the aroma was hop based. Citrusy and resinous hops with a bit of grass thrown in for good measure.

The flavor was quite bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. The bittering was strong and long and was barely kept in check by the malty caramel nature. The flavor was fruity with a strong estery character, mostly from hops which were resinous and piney. A light metallic flavor emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting piney, resinous and citrusy hops into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and with a moderate level of carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. As always, a very nice IPA.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, after the Boont ESB, I had this one. Really, just as good. Great lacing on the oft-golden color beer with high, high, malts. Followed by some awesome alpha hops, possibly columbus. Great head on this beer and smells of pine needles and rich munich malts. A highly recommended IPA and there aren't many better.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from mikesgroove...thanks!

A - Pours an orangish/golden color with a nice creamy, off-white head.

S - Comes across piney at first, but is met with grapefruit. Nice hearty aroma.

T - Hoppy malt is the dominant flavor/blend. Hops come through in the end, with a citrus background. Earthy/floral flavors on the crisp finish.

M - Medium, bubbly body with a nice bitter finish.

D - This is the second time I've tried this beer, and I enjoy (and appreciate) it much more this time around. A good IPA to keep on hand.

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to keep a sixer of IPA in the fridge for personal consumption, mixed in amongst the singles that are for more special occasions... or not-so-special occasions. This weekend my sixer is the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'. Not a bad choice.

Pours a nice copper orange color with a fat two-finger head which not only sits there like stagnant river foam (which is meant as a good thing in this case, mind you), but leaves a nice looking lace all around the pint glass as the beer goes down. What a pretty beer. The aroma here is nice and hoppy as one might expect, but otherwise not all that exciting. I'm not getting much else out of it besides the hops, and maybe some pine scent. It's nice, like I said, but not remarkable. But the taste is where it all begins to come together. The citrus in this beer hits you hard up front, under the tongue, and almost immediately. Very nice touch in my opinion. A very pleasant balance with the malt here is also noticeable. Finishes with the classic IPA kick in the back of the mouth and down the throat. I get notes of orange, lemon, and pine. I can also detect a noticeable alcohol presence here, but not so much that it detracts from the rest of the beer. This is a very nice tasting IPA. Sturdy mouthfeel all around. This is quite a drinkable beer, and I could see myself grabbing another sixer next week as well. Another solid effort from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. It pours a clear copper orange color with large carbonation bubbles, conspicuously large. The head lasts forever and leaves scads of thick tan lace ridges and webs behind. The aroma is very floral and sweet, a brilliant blend of hops and malts. The taste is an explosion of hops, and particularly bitter hops at that. Plenty of pine and distilled yellow grapefruit abound in luscious waves of hop juiciness. Raw unadulterated hop bitterness takes charge thoughout, outshining the hop aroma and flavor. On top of the hop maelstrom lies a fresh, biscuity, sticky malt profile shines. The finish is pungently bitter and long lasting. My mouth is numb with bitterness for an hour after the pint is gone.

This is more bitter than the Ruination I had just previously. Not for non-hopheads, no really, if you aren’t into hops it would be an unpleasant experience. I think this is the bitterest beer I have had the fortune of trying.

Awesome stuff.

Photo of MVassar
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange/raw honey color, with very stubborn amber-tinged head.

Lots of pine and citrus in the nose.

Bitter hops, pine oil, and just a hint of sweet malt. Delicious.

Feels quite full-bodied, with an oily finish. Carbonation keeps it honest.

Abundant hoppiness might put off the uninitiated, but there's a wonderful well-rounded quality here that makes this one mighty easy to drink.

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color, with an awesome head. Great looking IPA.

Aromas are of pine and citrus like hops. A bit muted, but what I can pick up is nice. There is a touch of sweetness there too.

Flavors remind me a bit of a hopped up amber ale. Hop bite at the front, with some malty tea like qualities and a creamy sweet finish. Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit sticky... but well rounded.

Thanks for the bottle Mikesgroove, I had forgotten how good this beer was... quite drinkable. A solid IPA that is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Riggo
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: attractive golden, light orange color with a creamy white head. good head retention and lacing.

smell: grapefruit, orange, pine. classic west coast ipa smell.

taste: fruity (apples, oranges, grapefruits) and hoppy--dryness coats the mouth--with some malt sweetness to balance, though the hoppy bitterness is pretty much outweighing the malt. but that's the style of an american ipa.

mouthfeel: creamy head brings smooth mouthfeel but otherwise carbonation is pretty high, which i personally don't care for. as to whether that's against the style i'm not sure.

drinkability: a great in your face ipa but the 7%abv cuts down on the drinkability a bit.

overall, a great, big, brash american ipa that embraces hops but puts it all together with a malt backbone and just an overall solidly-built structure--a hallmark of beers from anderson valley.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the liquid is a dark caramel, with nice carbonation. The head is 2 fingers light tan, Fades to some lace.

The smell is quite good, mostly typical IPA, but with a little evidence of malty goodness in the mix.

The Taste follow, the piney hops are complemented by a malt that tries to hold it's own, but the bitter and slightly dry hops win the battle.

The mouthfeel is good , nice body, good carbonation. All in all pleasing to the palette.

The drink ability is good as I might buy this again. Prosit MK

Photo of tcfishler
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light amber leaning towards golden. Head is medium in size and offwhite in color. Lacing is nothing special.

Quite expressive, even perfumed nose of jasmine, citrus, a hint of tobacco, and malt in the background.

Lively and bright but also fairly rich in the mouth, with a wonderfully pleasant sensation of oranges. A tiny bit of sweet malt keeps it from going off the hoppy deep end. The finish is long and ibtter.

An IPA that really tells you a lot on the nose and does a lot in the mouth. A very satisfying drink.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with a one finger head of meringue-like foam that leaves very sticky lace all down the sides of the glass.

S: Hops! Very piney.

T: Nicely bitter, piney hops. Hops are very dominant with this one. I taste a slightly bready malt flavor lurking in the background (probably afraid to come out 'cause the hops will lay a beating on it!)

M: Oily. Coated everything in my mouth.

D: Deliciously hoppy. This is one that hop heads won't be disappointed by.

Photo of tonistruth
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, dark straw with a red/orange tint, sports a 1" off white fluffy head, great retent and lacing.

S- floral, piney, hop oils, sweet, citrus

T- some sweetness, overall bitter. starts with pine, finish mainly citrus with a spicy pine bite. sweet honey aftertaste. citrus flavors lingers throughout brew along with a honey and malt sweetness.

M- medium body, smooth and crisp, leaves a tasty light film on gums to lick off later.

D- very yummy, solid, well crafted IPA. This brew is a must.

Photo of kernalklink
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA poured bright amber with a thick head and great lacing- sticky sweet malt aromas with a bite of citrusy hops rose from the pint glass. Surprisingly sweet on the tongue at first, molasses then very subtle hops which get stronger well into the back end. Very well balanced flavors. Minimal carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel, but very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is present but not a problem- very tasty version of an American IPA.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, dark caramel amber. A small froth of a head settles just on the top. Lacing is assertive, but dissipates quickly after swirling the glass.

Smell: Very sweet citrus aromas, a little pine - sort of a skunky-ish hop character. Could just be my bottle, though, and might be my nose confusing the very strong, present, biscuit-like malt backbone pushing its way through to, arguably, slightly dominate the hops. Still, in a world of super-hoppy IPAs, I enjoyed this biscuity malt the aroma presented. It balances well with the rather subdued up-front hops.

Taste: Bitter hops at first, citrusy and grapefruit like, but subdued in flavor, more present in IBUs, apparently. Bready, biscuity flavors next. Goes down smoothly. A little astringent upon swallowing, but not unpleasantly. A nice sweet grapefruit hop oil back end picks up the brew's momentum a bit at the end for me. Almost reminds me of a DIPA toward the end, in fact. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Found this to be a little too carbonated for my liking. Was a struggle for my tastebuds to adjust to the fizz and assess the actual flavor as a result. Fairly oily otherwise.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Goes down smooth, not overpowering. A well-balanced IPA. Would be a good stepping stone for introduction to the style.

Photo of ecooper
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, very clear amber color with a 2-finger sticky off-white head that takes its time settling down. The beer retains a small, off-white head throughout and leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

S - Smell consists of strong, sweet floral and citrus aromas. Very inviting.

T - Resiny, piney hop bitterness up front that lingers till the crisp, biscuity malt finish.

M - Medium body and relatively low carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable for an unbalanced IPA - the ABV might sneak up on you as drinking several of these would be a breeze.

Great beer from Anderson Valley - I wish we could get this in Texas.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single into an East End pint glass. Pours with a big puffy two finger head that falls to a light, very well laced crown of foam. Honey brown and quite clear bodywise.

Smells super fruity and a little floral in the nose. A lot of citrus and even a little apple.

Tastes of cider and honey with a bitter hop finish. Notably malty and balanced nicely with the drying hop finish, the hops here have a floralish taste as well. Not a major hop bomb, but a nice IPA that really showcases some tasty grapefruity hops.

Mouthfeel is good, a little slick at first with that same drying, crisp finish I mentioned above. Drinkability is good, I could drink a few of these, but its not my favorite in this style.

Photo of Willamette
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle this beer had a slightly hazy amber color with a ~one inch, mostly white head of densely packed bubbles which dissapate quickly leaving mild to medium lacing.

The aroma is moderately strong floral / citrus common of IPAs. I noticed a hint of carmel and maybe a little orange too.

The taste is much like the aroma only stronger with a more noticeable carmel background. It has a strong flavor initially - then the carbonation - then a quick transition to the moderately strong bitters which become more obvious after swallowing. The alcohol is well hidden.

It has a mild to medium body with fairly high carbonation. It leaves the mouth very slightly dry but in a good way. Not slimy or sticky.

This beer rates very high for me. Seems like an excellent example of a heavily hopped IPA with mild accessory flavors.

Photo of grego
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a yellowish amber with 1/2 inch head that ligers a little while. The smell is quite mild compared to others in the style. A little piney and clovey is all I get. The taste is much like the smell. The 7% ABV is hidden well. Mouthfeel is smooth with some dryness at the end. Overall I could drink more of these but I will stick with some others that I like much better.

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite IPAs. Pours an amber brown/red with a big fluffy head. the cloud like head and lace linger in the glass while bubles cascade upwards.It is clearly highly hopped(why else would you be drinking an IPA) but you can definitely taste the malt as the beer is well rounded. The first sip is of pine resin with the malt coming through as the aftertaste. The alcohol is subdued which means this beer sneaks up on you. It is however a highly refreshing brew.

This is a hell of a lot cheaper in California, but worth it for the occasional sixer back east. This is my go to sixer as well as my lawnmower beer.

Photo of uberabr
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er at Trader Joes for $6.99. An excellent find. Poured this into a pint and with one look found myself sitting here writing a review.

A: The first thing I noticed about this beer was how crystal clear it is. The color is very nice too. Dark for an IPA. A glowing gold and red honey-amber. Very nice. Head is very light and frothy, just about perfect. Holds well at 2 fingers for a few minutes and then recedes leaving a fluffy, thick lace.

Note: I made sure to really scrub my glass and wet it before pouring this beer. I suspect that this is the culprit if you found this beer to have a flat, thin head..or maybe you got a bad batch?

S: Hoppy. My favorite cascade grapefruit bitter hop.

T: Wow. Even more hoppy than the nose. It overwhelms the pallate a bit and definitely takes center stage, maybe a little too unrefined but I'm down. Bitter but there's some sweet and sour notes too. Citrusy without been too malty, a very nice touch.

M: Good bod. Full and just about perfectly carbonated, although it doesn't look it.

D: A very drinkable IPA if you like lots of california grapefruit hop. I don't taste the booze at all. The head is easily churned up and leaves a foamy mustache that deserves a cheerful lick. A well rounded beer with a great value.

Photo of cerveza5150
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red, with a small, soapy head. Small bubbles of carbonation present.

S: Smells of caramel and honey, with piny hops on the finish.

T: Wow! Hops, hops, and more hops! This is an honest to goodness IPA, thought the malt could have been a little more pronounced.

M: Really chewy, and really good. The alcohol and hops finish off the palette nicely and almost beg for another sip.

D: Great ale. If you don't like hops, don't buy this ale!!! I love hops so this is a great buy as far as I'm concerned...

Photo of hungryghost
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper in color, light and fluffy head leaves thin lacing.
Pretty complex aroma, you get pine, citrus mainly grapefruit and floral hops.
The taste is piney with grapefruit and some spice I cannot place. Sarts smooth and crisp, then onto a sharp hop bite, hint of sweetly carmelized malts in the finish. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy.
Very drinkable if you like hops with some extra stuff thrown in.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,816 ratings.