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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of Brewlore
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-Poured from a bomber-

Orange/Amber coloring that lead a big frothy white head that dissipated into a nice lacing.

A nice hop aroma comes in first but is wonderfully met by sweet bready malt. The hops are not as prevalent in the aroma as they are in other IPA's, but the hops that are present bring forth a very herbal/resiny/piney scent. There's a certain sweetness that I can't put my finger on. A leafy sweetness if that makes any sort of sense to you (maybe after finishing a bomber?)

The taste is quite interesting (in a very positive way). Again, the hops come in first with a citrus/piney/herbal taste. It's big on hop flavor but it's paired greatly with a nice sweet malt body. In the end, it's all about the hops. While it's not as bitter as others, the hop flavor is spotlighted. There's a ton of fruity esters to be found.

Full bodied on the palate, almost creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's drinkable, just be careful with it. Has a great (and interesting) hop character.

Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this one fooled me a bit.

Bought a sixer at specs in Northeast San Antonio for 9 bucks.

Impressive looking beer.Vibrant orange, lovely head...good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was nice. Pungent, dank hops. Fresh pine mixed with some caramel sweetness...looking forward to tasting.

Wow...this one has a bite! Hoppy as hell. A decent caramel malt on first sip, followed byy aggressive piney hops. Quite a dry, bitter finish. It's funny, I expected a bit more balance from the scent. Lucky for me, I like bitter IPAs.

A good representative style of an American IPA.

Photo of sjverla
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Piny and outdoorsy, with citrus.

Appearance: Full-bodied gold, with an off-white head that laces nicely. Great clarity to boot.

Taste: A flavor that I haven't noticed in a ton of American IPAs. No questioning the hops that went into this, but they blend so seamlessly with the malt that the bitterness seemed to hit atypical low notes. It sticks to your gums with pleasant, piny resins.

Overall: Bitterness that hits the low notes!

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 alexrichman
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a snifter purchased @ Fred Meyers in Portland, OR for $8.49. Couldn't pass this up at that price, I got to try a new beer and I really like canned micros.

A> A beautiful beer. It pours a hazy burnt orange with a stunning 2 finger thick head that has good retention. I can't find anything to critique about the look of this brew.

S> The smell is dominated by the hops, lemony and a little bit sour almost like a cheese, although strangely perfume like. Overall a pretty interesting and good bouquet.

T> Surprisingly strong malt presence that takes on butter like qualities. The hops are still a strong presence, and characterics of lemon in the aroma now show their more bitter qualities diving into the realms of citrus pith and pine. A sweet finish that mingles with the hops nicely.

M> A nice mouthfeel, a bit thick but I like a beer with a bit of "chew" to it. Appropriate carbonation for the style. This beer also has a wonderful oily feel from the resin of the hops. This brew just feels loaded with wonderful hops and malts and it really comes across.

O> Overall this beer is either really good or outstanding in every way you can break it down. In my opinion this is a really, really good IPA with a piney/pithy/cheesy hop profile and a nice English IPA like malt profile. Anderson Valley has really done a superb job of mixing both of these qualities, walking the thin red line that is balancing an IPA. A strong, sweet malt that somehow knows not to get in the way of the true star, the wonderful hops. In the end this beer just feels like the brewers stuffed it with wonderful malts and hops. Every aspect of this beer speaks to it's quality and the passion of the brewers. This is not my favorite IPA but it's a damn good beer and truly worthy of being called craft beer.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gabby for bringing this to me from California. God, I almost hate reviewing this one right now, because it is so good. I took a look at my reviews and saw I had so many high reviews. Next time I swear, I'll review a bad beer. On with the review. It poured orange, almost amber with a thickish off white head. A strong citrus, wet hop aroma. I was not expecting such a strong smell. For some reason I thought Anderson Valley's beers were more subdued. Smells strong anyway. And the flavor was the same thing. Great grapefruit flavor. Great hop bitterness. Nice medium body. This is a solid, solid IPA. I would love to have more, unfortunately this is the only bottle (for now).

Photo of Hhawk06
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to catch this beer on tap. Has an apple cidery look with a creamy head. Whoah, look out for the hops in the odor! I'm instantly excited by this beer. You are overwhelmed by the hops on contact then it slides in a few fruity notes when you don't expect it. Just when you think the ride is over, wham, you're reminded of the prominent hops in the finish. A joyride of a beer.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Full amber colour, chill haze. Topped by a very thin off white head. A swirl of the glass leaves some spotty lace behind.

A slightly floral nose, with intense notes of grapefruit & pine.

Plenty of sweet malt, with some decent fruit. But in the end its all about the hops. Great pine & grapefruit hop flavours, lead to a dry finish. Full bodied & quite drinkable.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem and poured into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear rich apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lace on the glass. Smells and tastes of citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, resinous pine, sweet, lightly toasted grains. Very clean tasting with a medium body and ample carbonation. I need to pick this one up more often.

Photo of orsulacp
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a nice slightly off white head. Left some nice lacing on the way down. Piney hops dominate, with some citrus and a bit of the malt with a deep pull. The taste doesn’t mess around, quick malts then right to the hops, bitter and somewhat piney. A real earthy beer here. I had this beer several years ago on a trip to Cali and it tastes as good as I remember. The only thing I don't like, and it is minor, a bit too much of a bitter aftertaste that drops the drinkability.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Anam Cara:

Appearance: This beer came out a nice clear copper without any haze. A fluffly lacy head appears and sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Hints of caramel and strong hop aromas, also some biscuit and breadlike smells hit the nose. also some wet grass notes and slight spices. Smells yummy.

Taste: Upfront tones of good malt character. Bread, biscuit, and caramel smack the pallate. This beer finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor and a final dryness which goes quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice body, and carbonation is just right. A well balanced beer that combines hops and malts quite well.

Drinkability: This is a nice IPA which goes down nicely. The 7% ABV is unnoticeable due to the nice combination of hops and malts.

Overall a nice IPA that isn't too powerful, but is perfectly balanced..

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a deep copper color with moderate head that clings to the sides of the glass all over.

Getting quite a bit of caramel malt, some breadiness, maybe biscuit and lighter piney hops.

Big and bitter grapefruit hop bite starts us off. The meaty malt backbone is also there and gives off caramel and buttery bread flavors. Wow, this puppy delivers a significant hop bite that lasts well into the aftertaste.

This is as thick and chewy an IPA as I can remember having. It's about medium bodied, maybe slightly above. Mostly smooth with some light prickly carbonation.

Good drinkability. The hop kick and ABV will limit me to a couple. Hopheads, look no further for an IPA that delivers a bitter blast. I would have this one again.

Photo of aeminter
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clean clear copper color with about two fingers worth of off-white foamy head and great lacing.

S - Fruity, resinous hops, very herbaceous.

T/M - Medium carbonation, high hop bitterness, pungent...malt flavors are very subdued.

A very solid beer and a good representation of the category.

Photo of bobhits
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never gotten to review a beer in both can and bottle forms. This is a regular buy for me but recently the bottles went up to an astonishing 11.50 a six pack, next to them are cans for 9.99. There are far too few no brainers in life like this one.

I have no idea why this is but OMG this beer has an amazing head. This truly looks like a scoop of vanilla ice cream was placed on top of my beer, lacing, chunks of lacing, this is as good as it gets for head on an IPA. The body has a slight copper orange color with just enough density to avoid the crystal clear look which often seems cheap to me.

The nose here it a bit muted. Given the head and carbonation I'd have opened for more. There's a bit of rusty metal effect going on here. The caramel malt and the hops (the citrus ones I'm looking for at least) are somewhat hidden behind this, but please do not think this is an impact of canning. This is most certainly a result of the hops used and perhaps a bit to do with the malt.

Fresh oranges mixed with bready caramel, hints of some dough, and perhaps some mangos. I really think this one is best warmer as the flavors really come out far better close 60 than 40 degrees.

A great easy to drink IPA. A bit chewy and with a solid body under it.

I'll give the can the lead here though the nose for some reason isn't nailed in this can. I almost wonder if it was just served too cold, my fridge is a touch too cold I think.

Photo of maxpower
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber-yellow in color, huge crazy foamy head, nice lacing, fresh citrus aroma, clean medium body, this is one very hoppy beer, yet has a nice malt balanced, this is my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of jimmah120
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date, poured into fancy glassware (a plastic cup).

Great looking beer. Dark for an IPA, clear, with a sturdy cap of silky foam. Smell is dark fruit, sweet caramel malt, biscuits, and pine. Big malt flavor at first, with a NW hop twist: berries, oranges, tropical fruit, pine, and a bitter resiny finish.

Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£3.39):
Caramel amber with a centimetre tall and foamy white head that halves in size and sticks to the sides of the glass after a few minutes.

Caramel & lots of sweet malts and some brown sugar along with a bitter base. There is a definite hop filled aroma but these are more subtle than I had been expecting from a West Coast IPA and there is a floral smell to this. A good balance on the nose although a touch of alcohol manages to sneak through on the nose.

Caramel and sweet malts hit you , following on well from the nose with some toffee and biscuit coming through as well. Again the beer is more malty than I anticiapted and there is a nice alcohol kick to it somewhere around the middle too. Some floral hops and a touch of tropical fruits & citrus at the end.

Smooth with a medium body and despite the malts overpowering the hops the beer is still a bitter one with a solid alcohol kick to it that I enjoyed. There was a very nice balance to the beer and a lot of depth too, keeping things interesting right until the death.

Pleasant beer and as I mentioned above, one that was a lot more malty than I had expecting with the sweetness and caramel taking a front seat over the usual grapefruit and pine hops but the beer still worked well and was a nice chance from the norm for an American IPA. A good balance throughout and the hints of alcohol too.

Photo of jlmirish
4.04/5  rDev +1%

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

A: Deep orange and crystal clear. Massive fluffy white head and good lacing. could be a little creamier in my opinion

S: All floral, all american, all hops. no real malt character coming through but it smells great

T: You get some more malt in the taste than in the aroma, but the hops are definitely the profile of this beer. There is a nice hop complexity with earthy, floral notes. there is some subtle citrus that seems to go well with the caramel background

M: Medium body that finishes with the hops sucking your mouth dry. its not overwhelming though and its rather enjoyable.

D: This is a solid IPA, and I can definitely say that AVBC is quickly becoming one of my go to breweries

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep auburn with some slight haze. A thick, pillowy tan head sits atop and leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. A dark, thick looking IPA.

Not a particularly aromatic beer. What's here is very pleasant, though what I can smell most is a bready malt character and a slight sweetness. Very little citrus elements. What's here is fine, but comes off disappointing for a beer named "Hop Ottin'."

This is a boldly bitter IPA. This is perhaps the most bitter IPA I've had. It's backed up nicely by a bready malt backbone and a touch of caramel sweetness. A delicious beer.

Relatively thick in the mouth and even a touch chewy for an IPA, but it plays well with the bitter tone of the beer and is incredibly drinkable, even refreshing.

An incredibly good IPA; incredibly drinkable; incredibly bitter, yet highly delicious. It all comes together exceedingly well and in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of my favorites!

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

Thanks for forgetfu for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very chunky two finger head. Head settles in a few minutes to a nice layer of white bubbles on top and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A light citric aroma with a hint of pine. Definitely on the floral side. Grainy malts fill out the rest of it.

T: Has a very nice malt sweetness. Has a nice hop presence with mild grapefruit and orange rind. Has a caramel/grain malt flavor and a dry finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, a get a slight alcohol hit at the end that is slightly off-putting. Besides that very enjoyable.

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

12 oz can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Hop Ottin' is a hazy deep orange color. The head is thick and long lasting with nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with caramel and fruit. It's not so citrusy but more pineapple character.

Flavor is strong but balanced. It's sweet up front with a big malt base. The hops are even more forward but overall it comes across as more of a barleywine style IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not totally my style. Still it's well done.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison, only $0.99.

Pours a golden yellow with a creamy white rocky head and good lacing. Nose is floral hops, citrus, and some deep earthy, almost nutty notes. Taste starts off with some mildly bitter grassy hops, light citrus, and again that strange earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little light, but very drinkable. The grassy earthiness really take center stage here. This is an interesting IPA here. Not sure if I'd seek it out again, but I would recommend giving it a try.

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

Pours with a beautiful sticky and frothy egg shell colored head which caps a slightly hazy copper body. Presentation like this makes this beer very inviting.

Rich citrusy hop notes along with a slightly sweet maltiness. Pine resin and slightly herbal note round out the hop profile.

By West Coast standards this is a balanced IPA. Grapefruit notes and some floral character introduce the hops while a strong caramel note make for a strong malt backbone. Definitely still hop-forward but the malt adds more flavor than expected and I"m liking it.

Creamy and smooth texture with a medium body feel makes it just right. Overall, I'm really digging this IPA as it's nice to have one that prides itself on be hoppy but balanced for a change. I don't always need a palate buster to enjoy a hoppy beer.

Photo of andys_war_hall
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy pine forest batman!

A: The color was a dark amber with a nice foamy finger size head. Some retention, with nice lacing.

S: Excellent hop smell as soon as I popped the top. Once poured into a tulip glass the hop smell faded slightly and the malt presence became more pronounced.

T: As mentioned above, wow, what a blast of pine up front. Very resinous, and piney on the palate at first and then recedes into a nice malt backbone. A great mingling of bitter and sweet.

M: Bubbly on the mouthfeel, with a resin coating as it makes it way down.

O: Very nice IPA. Again, what hit me the most was how piney this IPA is. The malt at the end finishes it off perfectly. I would certainly buy this again.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.