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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 108
Gots: 229 | 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 1759Girl
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprising find at San Francisco State's pub, among the morass of tasteless cheap beer.

Appearance> Lively, hazy, dark gold. Small smooth head, tiny bit of lacing.
Smell> Citrus, hops, slightly sugary
Taste>Not too complex, but true to its style on average. It started tart and crisp, with a big punch of hops, and a resiny finish.
Mouthfeel> full bodied
Drinkability> Too bitter of a hang for me to have all the time, but I'd drink it again.

1759Girl, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of ihscout426
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with almost no head and has a color of weak tea. The aroma is soft, nothing overpowering or taking command. Sublte brtish style hop profile.

Same for the taste; british hops and some flowery esters. There is a sweetness to this one but not a malty sweetness.

Mouhfeel is thin but not watery.

Overall this beer is subtle (maybe I have grown acustomed to hop bombs, so my palate could be looking for something that should not be there) and thus just not memorable. No complaints.

ihscout426, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of waldowin
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear honey color, faintly amber in the center. A thick white head forms quickly, four fingers high, and will *not* fade. As it oh-so-slowly recedes into the beer, it leaves a thick webbing of lacing behind as it goes. No visible carbonation.

Smell is faintly of grapefruits and cedar, with a faint finish of honey.

Taste is bitter hops all the way. The honey and raisin flavors have just a fraction of a second to introduce themselves, and then are steamrolled by bittering hops. Grapefruits all the way here, with more bitter than flavor. Body is thin and slightly flat (oops, guess my pour was *too* aggressive). Finish is slighty acidic.

Very smooth and light, it would be easy to sit down and move through several of these, just sitting around on a hot day.

waldowin, May 31, 2006
Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can date: unk

A: pours copper with excellent clarity and little head formation, which leaves us with a sheet of off-white foam that clings to the glass. Spotty lace.
S: Resiny hops with healthy balanced malting. Nothing particularly complex, but well enough crafted.
T: The malts are a little to dominant in an IPA for me, but the flavor is nice with some pine and resin mixed with again, a healthy dose of malts. A little too sweet.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer at all. great for sessions out of a can.

harrymel, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Pecorasc
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into oversized tulip glass. Bought from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Don't know how long its been on the shelf.

"Hop Ottin' bites like a can-kicky bluetail."

And apparently, Bears from Boonville grow antlers.

A- Orange to red in color, with fantastic clarity. Pours with a massive cream colored head. Head has a mixture of soapy and creamy consistencies with huge bubbles that leave giant craters when popped. Actively carbonated in several sports throughout the glass. The great head leaves pumice like lacing all over the glass and a giant mountain of frothy foam in the middle.

S- The hop aroma is citrusy and piney, almost reminiscent of tree bark. The malt backbone shows lots of carmel and butterscotch. The combination strangely reminds me of dark cherries...

T- Nice up front with citrus hops, candy and butterscotch: sort of like a hop flavored fun-dip. However, after the initial reaction, an unpleasant dustiness, possibly the unpleasant result of time. Leaves a sweetened bitterness in the front of the roof of my mouth and all 7.7% is detectable. Overall a little too sweet.

M- Smooth with great carbonation that elevates the hop bitterness. Big enough body for 7.7%, but subtraction by addition = big body leaves beer too sweet.

D- Fresh- this may be really good. But with this particular bottle, I'm comfortable stopping at one. Falls right in the middle of a sipper and a session beer.

Pecorasc, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is very impressive with an amber color and very nice head with great retention. The aroma is a little dissapointing with a mild, sweet smell. The taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A nicely drinkable IPA but lacking the kind of intense aroma and hop flavor I want from an IPA.

AaronHomoya, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of hophugger
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

overall a good beer. This IPA seemed to have a little more sweetness than most but overall it seemed to balance out quite well. I like the way high IBUS but was pleased with this one also. Just a touch of creaminess added to the balance. Overall happy with this one. After reading other reviews, I was kind of mixed about trying, but once I did, I was glad I did...

hophugger, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Glibber
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cloudy yellow orange in color with a large 2 finger head that dissipated down to a quarter inch. Not a huge smell for an 80 IBU beer. As advertised the beer has a huge hop kick. Ideal for hopheads, but perhaps a little too much for my likes. It is tough for me to pick out any other flavors. Not too bad going in, and a little floral alcohol tastes with a warming hop feel in the belly.

Glibber, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an english-style pint glass, gives about a 1 finger head that quickly faded to a thin rim of white around the top. The color is somewhere between gold and orange with the transparency being fairly high, maybe slightly cloudy at best.

My first impression on the smell is that it was very sappy leading me to believe the body would or will be somewhat oily. A little bit of pine and tropical fruit is there with just a hint of malt. It has somewhat of a juicy factor that is typical of west coast IPAs.

A notch above medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The taste is dry and has a sappy pine-like flavor up front and throughout the middle. Finish is noticeably burnt-like, bitter and with a doughy malt character. The Somewhat fruity aroma did not follow through in the taste for me.

Overall, this is not a beer i would have more than one of because of the dryness in taste. I believe that it doesn't matter what region a beer is from, the brewery can produce whatever they like. I went into this beer thinking it would be more of a west coast-style beer and just didn't get that juicy, tropical fruit i expected.

JosiahS, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overly intense and thick, more like a double IPA.

Pours a cloudy orange with a thick head with moderately sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet and thick, like a peach puree, with a piny hop note. the Flavor is very thick, orangy, with peach and apricot and a powerful orange hop bite and an orange pekoe tea finish. The mouthfeel is pulpy and thick.

Not a good hot weather beer - too heavy.

Seanibus, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint, in Valhalla, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

Light amber towards golden in colour: small white foaming head.

This is one of those 'over-hopped' IPA's that the US West Coast brewers seem to like to produce. I quite enjoy them because we don't see the style in the UK very often.

Citrus and spicy hop notes rule the nose and taste, the malts undetectable by me. Bitter and with a dry finish, you know it's coming but it is still a shock after each sip or gulp.

BlackHaddock, May 28, 2013
Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into an IPA glass. Checked bottles and cans at place of purchase and none had any sort of date, so I am not sure if the beer is fresh or not. Bad marketing practice...

A - Poured a 3 finger billowy head. Would likely have been less head if it hadn't come from a can. Lot of carbonation.

S - Pine and citrus. Not very fragrant.

T- Somewhat muddled. Detected hints of pine and citrus, with bready malts, but not very strong.

M - Slightly syrupy.

O - Nothing exciting here... wasn't unpleasant, but nothing remarkable. I would not recommend this beer.

Duane_Opfer, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of schanker21
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a funny looking bear sporting antlers

A- Golden-brown with about a finger and a half head. Moderate carbonation.

S- Smells of citrus and pine

T- It had your standard IPA pine and citrus tastes to it. Hoppy like an IPA should be, but this one just wasn't quite as strong as I was hoping it would be. For me it didn't taste all that great until it got to (literally) room temperature. I would have liked this to be more bitter than it is. Like a previous reviewer said, it was almost more like an APA than an IPA because it just wasn't strong enough.

M- Not too heavy, it went along well with the Italian Sausage I was having on a hot summer evening.

D- It's an easy one to drink. It tastes good, I just wish it was a little stronger (it being an IPA and all). I don't think I'll be buying this one again only because there are better IPAs out there for less money.

schanker21, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of mickeymac
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's got the usual IPA color and a decent off-white head that sticks around a while. The smell and the taste are all hops. I like a hoppy beer when it's balanced by a nice malty flavor, but this one doesn't fit the bill. If the malt is there, the hops are beating it into submission with a baseball bat. If you like hoppy IPAs, check out selections by Alesmith, Stone, and Victory before picking up this one.

mickeymac, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of Poppleton
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- burnt amber coloring, slightly cloudy with thin lacy head.

S- floral nose with hints of honey

T- very bitter bite that lingers. mildly grapefruitish in regards to bitterness (not citrus flavor). I felt like the hoppy bitterness overpowered everything else. Taste seemed to improve as it warmed up.

M- crisp, sharp almost puckering

D- I think this beer may be a true representative of the IPA style, however I felt like the hoppiness was a little too strong. I will say it did seem to improve as it warmed up and I hope to review this one again some day and see if my opinion changes.

Poppleton, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of rawfish
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the can hazy amber with a good two finger chunky head. Leaves thick lacing all over the glass, retention is just about average. Appealing.

Caramel malt, fruit sweetness like that of pears, tangerine and white grape juice. Hops hidden amongst the sweetness, slight pine, more oranges and herbal bitter tones.

Sweet malt, rather sticky with sugary white fruit, candied pears, clementines and vinous fruit like white grapes. Hops are understated here presenting garden vegetable dirt, pine and herb flavor on the back end with a decent amount of bitterness, not enough to completely dry the stickiness of the malt. Alcohol mingles with the bitter finish and a metallic twinge.

Light ipa, a bit chalky on the finish and sticky. Average carbonation.

A bit bothersome that the hops present themselves only in the bitterness department, the malt profile while sticky is nicely complex. Light drinker that is easy to put down, just not what I like in an IPA.

rawfish, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of klevelandrocks
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Decent pour. Had a nice color with an off white head.

S: Hops were a little less present than what I would like to see in an IPA. More towards a pale ale.

T: A small amount of a hops taste. Could have used more malt to make it a more pleasant brew.

Overall: Had a good mouthfeel and carbonation. Not anything I would pass up others for, if not for the affordable price

klevelandrocks, May 19, 2009
Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Huge head is creamy and tannish. Great retention with sticky lacing. Clearish amber ale.

S: Moderately malty. Not much hop presence. Slightly herbal/spicy.

T/M: Smooth, pleasant, and rather unobjectionable. Slightly lemony aftertaste. Robust, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Unobjectionable, but pretty average. Better than the usual beers, but not great as an IPA.

AgentMunky, May 14, 2013
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear wood stain brown in color. A few streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Thick white spongey head resting on top that left behind layered lace all around the edges of the glass. Nose is full of wet hops but is dulled by a watery mellowness.

Flavor is not quite a typical CA IPA because the flavor seems to be lacking the malt backbone I associate with this style from that region. Hops outwiegh the mats quite a bit with the balance towards the bitters. Medium to full mouthfeel with a dry finish. Some tannins as well. Would pick this up again but would not be my first choice.

MuddyFeet, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of dmatsui
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle left a one finger head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Pretty dark, burnt orange/brown.

Smells fairly citrusy, toasty malts. Doesn't really hit you in the face; could be a little more aromatic. However, it still is pleasantly grassy and hop-forward.

Good clean and refreshing pale maltiness and hop bitterness is nice. There is mineral quality that hangs around for a second on the palate, sort of a coppery quality. Finishes with a mouth-coating bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, much more like a pale ale.

I think if someone had told me this was a Pale Ale I would have enjoyed it more, for some reason. The hops are nice but they aren't particularly bold. Still, Hop Ottin is very clean and very refreshing.

dmatsui, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of chumba526
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears amber gold in color.

Smells grassy, and citrusy.

It tastes nice there is a nice citrus flavor a bit of caramel malt. A floral flavor is also there.

The carbonation is moderate high

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few.

Overall a stereotypical version of a good IPA. It tastes very good better than most. But at the same time it does not seem original.

chumba526, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. There's about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, though the texture is a bit rougher than I prefer. The retention is solid enough, though, and good amounts of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are mostly piny, with some lemony hints and no tropical fruits (or any other citrusy notes) anywhere. Meanwhile, its malt backbone is loaded with toffee and nuttiness. I kind of wish this was less malty and more fruity, but that's only personal preference.

T: There's a slight opening of nutty sweetness - then boom, the hops hit. Sadly, there isn't much hop flavor, rather it relies on grassy bitterness as a ballast toward the building caramel sweetness. There's something past the swallow suggesting leather, and after half the bottle, becomes too malty for me. But it's still pretty good at the end of the day.

M: Carbonation pokes through the body quite strongly, and helps to dry out the finish some. It's also quite crisp and relatively light (if somewhat sweet on the linger), so this one is pretty drinkable.

O: This kind of IPA - sweetish, bitter from the hops, no citrus - isn't my style, but this *is* well made considering that. I have trouble finding this one fresh, and it's a bit pricier than the standard IPA 6-packs; as a result, this one isn't on my 'must buy immediately' list.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma largely of caramel malt with some light citrusy hops. Flavor is malt-forward with definite harshness and astringency. Pretty bland overall...I'm not sure what people see in this (and I'm a hop lover!)

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance isn't bad at all coppery-orange with a decent fluffy head that recedes to a ring.

Smell is the first indication that this might not be my IPA. Overwhelmingly sweet fruit smell, caramel, and not a very strong hop presence at all.

Taste is sweeet. Hops are in the after taste, but not a big player in this beer. I don't think this one is really my thing. The sweetness coupled with the surprising lack of hops are detractors.

Mouthfeel is good. Light carbonation, oily,

This beer is drinkable, but the sweetness slows you down a bit. I think this might be a good IPA for someone looking for a beginner's IPA.

Sixofsigmas, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of dbalsock
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

dbalsock, Aug 14, 2006
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,712 ratings.