Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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90
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Reviews: 1,190
Hads: 2,932
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 136
Gots: 369 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

Our Hop Ottin’ IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.
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Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a caramel gold with light foaming.

There’s a wonderfully subdued orange-citrus hop aroma, with a hint of piney spice.

The flavor comes off as enough of a west coast IPA for the hop addict, with enough malt backing to balance it out. Delicious. (254 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of Hop Ottin’ IPA at an upscale grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an orange/copper color and is hazy. A rich foamy two-finger offr-white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates slowly, leaving islands of foam on the surface and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is strong and floral. There are some evergreen notes, and some orange blossom fragrances.

The taste is sweet and flavorful. There is a bit of a biscuit flavor up front, with some sweet citrus fruit and honey flavors, then a stinging hop finish. The flavors are well balanced and complex. Very nice tasting beer indeed.

The mouth feel is crisp and clean. It is a very tangy and refreshing brew.

This is a drinkable beer, and an excellent representation of the style. One of the best IPAs I’ve had, and I’ll definitely have it again. (933 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

This dark orange brew poured a beautiful head that is leaving a nice trail down my glass. Detecting floral and piney hop notes. Taste is a perfect blend of malts into a big hop finish. Mouthfeel almost has a creamy quality to it and the hops bring my palate alive. This is one fine IPA, one of the better ones I have had of late! I will have to hunt down a six-pack of this!! (426 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of rocky, off white foam over the top of an orange hazy liquid. The head had great stickage.

Nose: A little faint, but i could pick up some pine and citrus.

Taste: Now THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout!... RIGHT on style... a nice floral/citric hops balanced out by a nice toasted malt. Bitterness prevails in the end.... but it's nice.... not too astringent.

MF: Creamy goodness. Thick and robust... just like I like it.

Drinkability: Go for it.... NO this is NOT a dounble IPA... it's an American IPA.... and a FINE EXAMPLE of that! (615 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't spent anytime reviewing the classics here on BA. this is a classic, if there ever was one. this is one of the best IPA's i've had the pleasure of consuming. The fact that an Indian owned liqor store carries this fresh for 6.99 a sixer less than a block and a half from house makes me realize that there are many worse beer locations to live in than Sacramento, despite it's lack of a beer bar of any sort.

appearance: ok so it's not exactly pale. it's more of a light amber...between a standard pale ale and a typical amber. The head won't quit on this one and lacing is amazing. just absolutly top notch.

smell: when you just sit and smell for 2 minutes without even taking a sip you know it's a great beer. just an awsome hop smell with the malts chilling in the backround. Anderson valley keeps the hop bill a secret...but i noticed a strong similarity to Scape goat pale in the aroma. They list their hops as Kent Goldings and Crystal....so take my sherlock homes work at face value. I think i've figured out that i'm not the biggest cascade fan and to me this is one of the best smelling ipa's.

Taste: really, really, really balanced. West Coast balanced at 2:1 hops to malts ratio.This isn't overly hoped or bitter by any means. Nice carmaly malts hit up front. Then over the next 10 seconds a strong bitter aftertaste puckers you right up, as if you bit a lemon. (bitter beer face!) Then you want to take another sip. I don't think i'd call this one overly complex...but you taste mulitple layers of hops...2 or mabey three different kinds. but again you don't need to think to much. If it has a fault, it's being too balanced towards the malts....i would like it just a notch more hoppy.

mouthfeel: pretty solid. not watery like some ipa's
drinkability: well when a beer taste's this good i can drink it all nite. but this is a medium paced beer...not a slow sipper but not a pounder or anything.

thoughts: in my mind this beer and Stone IPA should bare knuckle fight it out for California king of IPA's. An IPA shouldn't be gimmickly, it shouldn't be underhoped. Half the Ipa's i try are bullshit...slap the ipa label on with no consept of style. This beer only breaks the mold by being slightly too amber, but really who cares? It's a classic Ipa through and through. While breweries like Russian River and Moonlight(and every other brewery) bust out with triple ipa's....it's nice to have a beer to drink that won't destroy your palete for 3 days. This is one of the best beers to grace the earth. (2,544 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of California IPA: hops up front, hops in the back and hops kicking in your teeth.

I'm so glad that my local Trader Joe's always has this in stock. I often pick up a 6 pack, when picking up my strange frozen foods. One stop convenience - I can dig it.

It has a nice color - amber-orange with a frothy head that stays there for hours. The aroma is a bouquet of hops - some floral, some citrus, and some piney. If my girlfriend were to put in writing that she wouldn't leave me - I would concoct some sort of cologne using hops like these. I would smell myself all day long. It would be weird.

The taste is brilliant - all those hops pack a punch. It's a piney taste that is very refreshing, I'm very fond. There's a good deal of booze in there, the 7% ABV is no surprise, still is very drinkable. It goes down very easy.

If you like your IPAs hoppy and lord knows you should - grab a 6 pack of this. (934 characters)

Photo of boss302
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley, Hop Ottin, draft

A Appears to be unfiltered, golden to red in color, thick fluffy head at first pour with nice little dimples in it. The head diminishes, but lasts the whole glass. It looks great!

S Excellent hop aroma, smells like cascade or similar. Flowery and citrusy. Just what I want for an IPA.

T Bitter hit at the start from the hops, then a light caramel/coffee hint comes once the hop hit subsides. Hops are what's on display here, but the malt backs it up nicely.

M Medium body, balance is in the favor of the hops.

O A very good IPA. Definitely recommend, for the IPA lover. I'll have another! (627 characters)

Photo of theaudist
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance is pretty standard, a little cloudy (cold haze?). Vigorous pour produced a creamy head that hung around for a bit, but eventually settled to a thin film across the top. No lacing.

Aroma is amazing. You rarely see this kind of balance in an American IPA. I can't even pick a description, and it should be easy as I think this IPA has maybe 2 hop variations. Definitely a very sweet, mandarin orange aroma finishing with a earthy undertone and a aromatic malt in there. Simply amazing.

Tastes like one of the best damn IPA's, ever. This is really good. Just try it. Piney, spicy, and some orange peel peek through. Great!

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too thin. Adequate. Would like it a bit more viscous.

Overall, this is the most balanced, drinkable, delicious american IPA I've had in a long time. Try this beer! (878 characters)

Photo of Walken
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley: Hop Ottin' IPA (Tasted 03/12/08)
12 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Rich hazed golden with amber hues. Pours out with a two finger sticky foam head.
Odor: Resinous, dank, & pungent herbal/citrus hops, honeysuckle, orange zest, some toasted grains.
Consistency: Chewy full body, huge hop bitterness kind of prevents this beer from being smooth, but that's not really a bad thing for the style.
Taste: Big citrus hop flavor with hints of pine, toasted malt is big as well, everything about this beer is big, really. Malt holds strong enough to balance, and adds a bit of depth of the hops. Malt shines a bit in the finish, some subtle honey flavors to go along with the lingering, strong herbal hop flavor.

One of my favorite IPA's. Big, bad & bold with a tame sweet streak. (809 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wonderful white foam with excellent lacing, possibly the best of any IPA. Copper in color, as the bottle claims.

Smell: Pine and resin. Herbal perfume smell. Flowers and some grapefruit and caramel. This would be a 5 if it were a tad bolder.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong strong grapefruit. Flowers in the background. Chamomile, grass, and orange peel are also evident. There is a spice, but I can't quite pinpoint it. Possibly nutmeg, which I gather from the smell as well. There's an extra bitterness at the bottom that's quite yeasty. Not the cleanest mouthfeel, but it fits with the rest of the beer: elegant yet somehow unrefined.

Overall Drinkability: Very boozy, but it doesn't smell/taste as such. A surprising IPA, and one that I will look for in the future. (776 characters)

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. (1,287 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This is a perfect looking IPA. It pours a nice red-amber with three fingers of dense head that retains well and leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and some slightly floral hops. A great, traditional smelling IPA. The taste is also excellent. Nice piney and slightly floral hops along with some prevalent grapefruit, the grapefruit is very persistent without being super strong. Just a well-done IPA.

The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and just a bit drying; the aftertaste leaves some nice hop and grapefruit flavors on the tongue. It's very drinkable, it goes down very easy. It disappeared right before my eyes! This is just a very solid IPA. It doesn't do anything different or special for an IPA, it just does everything very well. Highly recommended. (853 characters)

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

Solar powered Elk piss it is not. It's a hoppy foam face IPA with 7.0 power. Something to admire. After it settles, the head of beer looks like some toxic creek water foam, the kind that washes up on shore or swirls around in sludge filled eddy. Yes it is that good. The hoppy smell is not up to par with a Dogfish 90 minute choke hold but super IPAs can get old and expensive when you drink often. Did I say 7.0 ABV - 6 pack cans for a lot less. Taste..slightly citrus and malty..good enough for the dude. Pour it and ask your girl friend what she thinks of that... (566 characters)

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper. Slightly foamy lacing. More bubbles than I expected.

S: hops hit you quick. Piney and citrus, but not too overwhelming. Smooth, earthy.

T: earthy, almost creamy, like many of their offerings. Hops hide for a quick second, but then crash onto your tongue. They sneak up on you. A little breadier than I expected, with almost a tea like consistent flavor to the background. Citrus finish.

M: heavy. Chewy. There is a lot going on here

O: epic beer. Heavy malt and hop combo balance each other out nicely. Big beer that can easier be quaffed as well as sipped. Excellent through and through. (612 characters)

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

Nice amber color, with a rich frothy head that sticks around 'til the end. Floral hop aroma (with perhaps a bit of honey?). Big hops flavor, with a crisp finish. It has an almost metallic tang in the finish. Good refreshing brew, with a punch at 7% abv. (256 characters)

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

A - A solid looking finger of dense eggwhite colored foam rises above a slightly hazy orange-amber brew that looks like it has an almost purple cast at times. The head is small but pretty, and it leaves a little bit of really crusty lace on the glass. Swirling produces more head, and retention is pretty damn good.

S - Mandarin orange is very prevalent, with lively rind/zest notes too. The juicy citrus hop profile is gorgeous, and they are backed up by some solid biscuity malts too. Very nice.

T - Again, this is extremely juicy, fresh, and fruity. The hops take on more complexity in the mouth, and I can pick out mandarin orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit too. This is almost perfectly balanced since the awesome hops are almost matched in intensity with the tight and firm malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with tons of structure and fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is extremely bitter and quite dry as well. Damn fine stuff!

D - On of the best IPAs I've had in quite some time. I've been getting a few stinkers recently, and this one has renewed my faith in one of the most common styles in the good beer stores. This is a sipping beer, not really a session brew but I would drink two or three slowly and enjoy every drop. Pour this into a snifter to catch all of the nice hoppy aromatics. (1,315 characters)

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

This beer is one solid IPA!!! Nice deep copper in color.Great head. Huge on the nose of fields of hops,and then the taste...Buds of hops just tickle your tongue,this is definately one of the best IPAs in Micro-macro production. (229 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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.
Cheers! (1,306 characters)

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. (849 characters)

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

Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium light artificial light.

Appearance: Hazy brownish amber brew with sizeable head that holds well. Good lacing, low perceived effervescence, orange tinged head.

Aroma: Mild in strength. Honey, resin, pine and exotic fruit upfront. Very floral aswell, with a nice orange blossom character. The hop character is almost like a perfect balance of classic English resiny hops, Kiwi exotic hops and American pine hops. Fragrant and beautiful.

Taste: Medium in intensity. A wonderful honey like character hits you right away, with some very assertive lupulin, flowers, mango and grapefruit. Some nuttiness rounds out the beer. So rich and elegant.

Palate: Medium to medium full body. Medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Smooth finish. Long sweetish, piney and honey aftertaste. The alcohol is masterfully hidden.

Overall: What stands out is how balanced and elegant this brew is. I definitely wasn't expecting this kind of brew from the guys at Anderson Valley and the only reason i didn't give more perfect scores throughout is because it lacks a bit of intensity. Having said that, it's still in my mind a world beater and on par with any titan of the IPA Style. Thank you for this nice evening, Anderson Valley. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer in a big wide Wine glass

After pouring I was greeted with two fingers of creamy off white head.
This lingered nicely as I began to enjoy this wonderful IPA.

There was heavy Pine/citrus/floral aroma that I believe was accentuated by the glass style I chose.

Hop Ottin' has a slightly hazy deep copper color with very little visible carbonation. And also boasts a nice creamy big mouth feel that I found quite enjoyable.

Flavor was very good with excellent balance up front of caramel/roasted malt and hop bitterness. My only nitpick, and I do admit, it's a nitpick is that there is not as much lingering Hop bitterness as I like.

But a very tasty beer and a good intro beer to those just jumping on the IPA train...

A decent amount of lacing remained and there was a slight bready finish amongst the hop bitterness.

Grapefruit/pine flavor.
Not too sweet.

Not quite the "chewy" IPA that lingers, which is my favorite but an excellent effort. One that you should definitely try.

Glad I have 5 more! (1,026 characters)

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

Pours a reddish color, like an amber. Sticky head just kinda "Plops" and sits there. Looks nice.

Ahh, here we go. Hops aren't hidden here, aroma is hops, and hops.. there is also a perfuminess noticed and a touch of caramel.

Wow! Thanks DogFood11 for bringing this one to me from Cali, never seen this one in WA. I would call this a session IPA (as sessionalbe as an IPA can be). Man this thing is balanced, tasty, hoppy, drinkable, great. Too bad I can't get it up here... (479 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one is a new item for Total Wine, Chesapeake VA. I got a single to try it out. Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber. Medium size head that hangs in there throughout. Huge amount of lacing. Average smell for an IPA. Great taste. Enough hop bite/bitterness to satisfy this hop head, yet it doesn't give you an "in your face" hops blast like Hop Hog or Bigfoot Ale. The hops and citrus flavors are very well balanced. Very balanced and rich (for an IPA) mouthfeel. I could drink this beer in mass quantities any time. Comparable drinkability to my regular staple, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. (604 characters)

Photo of dick783
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an excelent cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass while drinking it. Lots of hops in the smell. Mostly an earthy, piney hop smell with some citrus hidden in there. The taste is exceptional. Lots of bitterness but it doesnt overpower the malt. Tastes basically like it smells. Very piney with more citrus in the flavor than in the smell. I even get a bit of a floral taste from this beer. Its got a nice, full mouthfeel and is just a well rounded beer. I'll definitly be picking up more of these in the future. (540 characters)

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

Aroma: Complex with prominent floral aroma, malt, piney and grassy notes.

Appearance: Deep copper with white creamy head with thick lacing. The head persist providing a little head with every swallow.

Flavor: The initial taste whacks you in the pallet with hoppy goodness, I could taste the hops. As the beer is drank the strong malt back bone surfaces, providing the canvass that showcases the American hops.

Mouth feel: Full body with a bitter finish that leaves the impression of a crisper body

Overall Impression: It's the classic American IPA. Big hops with a strong malt back bone that compliment the other. This is beer that has a strong well balanced flavor, and drink-ability. I plan to try others beers from the brewery. (735 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.