Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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Reviews: 1,191
Hads: 2,933
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 136
Gots: 370 | 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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Reviews: 1,191 | Hads: 2,933
Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slighty hazy amber orange body with a rather thick off white fluffy head.

The nose was totally citrus hop. Some touches of butter and caramel. A slight backwoods kind of smell. Not so much smoke, just a little earthy. But basically, grapefruit and citrus peel all the way.

The taste was very full bodied and extremely bitter. Almost a slight metalic bitterness. Very harsh grapefruit, citrus peel flavor. It actually starts smooth and slightly hoppy then it has this soft caramel malt touch, but then there's just this HUGE citrus peel punch. The thing is it really takes it time to go through these stages. A very slow smooth transitition through the flavors. Very cool.

Overall it's a Hop Head's dream. This beer holds nothing back. Great super hoppy IPA. (785 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Auburn brownish clear color. Bit of an off-white head, adequate head retention.

Aroma: Very sharp earthy hop aroma. Slight bit of citrus peeking throught the floral piney notes of the hops. Strong hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice big mouthfeel, sweet upfront with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Earthy bitterness, with a sharp acrid bitterness in the middle of the tongue that lingers till the very end.

Notes: Very good beer if you like hard core bitter beers. Not too terribly balanced, leaning toward the bitter end on the IPA scale. (556 characters)

Photo of freed
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, poured into a pint. Wonderfully clear copper hue with an amazing head with persisted through the entire beer. Nice lacing down the glass. Smell is somewhat more grassy than floral, and almost last bale-ish. Taste is very nice though, abundant malt reminds of a british bitter, but a sharp bitter wrap that is decidedly NW style IPA. Significant bitterness in the body that dries the saliva glands and requires more whetting. (445 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with good head retention. The smell was hoppy, with hints of the citrus an IPA should have. The taste was mostly of the citrusy hoppy flavor, although there was a nice malt backing (not just hops for the sake of hops). The mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, one I'd have quite a few of!

Another good West Coast IPA, and good on its own merits, not just hops tossed in to raise the IBU to insane levels. Just more proof that interesting beer can come in a fairly bland label! (538 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light copper with a fluffy white head. The hops give it a citrusy, grapefruit aroma. The taste is bitter and citrusy, not much as far as malt character. Of course lack of malt is a small price to pay for the wonderful hop character. This is a very drinkable IPA. (268 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Pours a hearty orange-gold with a creamy white head. The hop fumes are impossible to ignore, but I can also pick up some sweet caramely malts. Taste starts with rich, chewy malts, but this is flung aside by a green tidal wave of hop ottin' hops. The finish is overwhelmingly bitter (ahhh!), but overall, this beer is nicely balanced and wonderful. Probably my favorite IPA so far. (398 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 26 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer has a nice floral aroma, w/ an amber color. It's very hoppy. For me, it's a bit too hoppy. It's good, but not as good as Stone IPA , 2 Heart or Victory Hop Devil (262 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.1/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a white head with small-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished. The hue of this beer was amber and there was some yeast observed. The nose of this beer was fruity. I found this beer to be very bitter tasting which is not to my liking and it is not a beer high on my list that's for sure. (307 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright ruby red color, small white head.
Aroma: big, fruity nose (cherry,berry, grape, citrus, grapefruit, more) lively and inviting, a bit bitter but not too.
Mmmmmm! Thrilling blitz of fruity hops dazzle the tongue, rich, delicious taste, hops fade after a bit, malt makes it's mark but doesn't come to the fore.
Taste returns sip after sip, hop never quit either, yummy finish.
As an IPA lover, I count this among the best of them!
thanks to marc77 for sending it along . (499 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my notes from the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Fest hosted at Pizza Port. I misplaced them and I thought I was not going to be able to review this ale in its prefered state.

Again, this is my favorite IPA out of the bottle so far. On cask, oh man, a few subtle additions and I still can't get enough of this ale.

The appearance was slightly more amber than out of the bottle. A nice tight head at the start. The lacing lasted until the end. The scents took on a slightly richer citrus rind quality. No additional sweetness though.

The flavors balanced the malts to the hops more than in the bottle. A great beverage. Its drinkability is better than 5.0 when from the cask. The ale took on a bitter smoothness that went down easy. The textures and flavors fell together like 1, 2, 3.

For hop heads the bottle is great! The cask is phenomenal! I can't wait until next year. (889 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with golden edges. The body is perfectly clear, almost abnormally (Abby Normal?!?) clear... A foamy tan head starts out huge and slowly shrinks down to a thick cap, with lots of fantastic lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rough and ragged with tons of Columbus goodness. The hop smell is very flowery with a touch of grapefruit. A hint of malt cleverly hides underneath the hops.

Taste: The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops. Flowery, grapefruit rind-soaked hops run ragged over the poor malt, offsetting the balance. The malts barely even make an appearance, showing up with a slight malty, fruity sweetness, but are thrown off the stage by the Columbus hops. Finishes bitter with a slighty burnt character. I think it's a bit one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension to be stuck in.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. There's a brief swipe of alcohol towards the end that serves to cleanse the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is an extremely solid IPA. I'd like to see a bit of Chinook or Centennial thrown in as a dry-hop to give a bit more complexity, but it's still a damn good brew. (1,184 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initial pour formed a nice head of small to medium, bubbles in a white head that slowly but surely decreased in size. It has a nice amber brown colored body with some yeast floating in it. Its aroma was just tolerable and smelled a bit off. Its taste was initially not to my liking with a taste of clove and bitterness and with a aftertaste that I did not prefer. All in all not a brew I would recommend. (404 characters)

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

Fine example of a well balanced IPA without going overboard i.e. Dreadnaught. Hop Ottin' poured a foggy dark amber with a sizable, fluffy, off-white head with many vallys and crags and delicate lace. The head retention itself was very long lasting. The smell was ridden grapefruit competing with a syrup/honey malt flavor, which was interesting considering the style. The taste was very bitter in the front with plenty of hops(my guess is a little bit of Chinook and plenty of Cascade, perhaps visa versa), There was also a little bit of malts(The smell being the place where the most malts appear), but this beer really showcases a very well rounded hop character. The mouthfeel was full and creamy without too much carbonation. Nothing from the beer could have indicated that this was 7% ABV until it had reached almost the bottom where some serious alcohol flavors kicked in, which is both nice and dangerous. Wonderful effort from Anderson Vally, too bad its so expensive. (976 characters)

Photo of BigHead
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber orange brew with an off-white head that is about 1/4" thick. A floral hoppy aroma is welcoming along with hints of lemon and honey. Boy, this is a hoppy beer, not that I have a problem with that, it's just that it is more bitter than I care for. Leaves a metallic finish and so far, no showing of the honeysoaked malts as mentioned on the bottle. There is some lemon zing, it just feels like lemon juice squeezed from those little plastic lemons. I guess I want more malt flavor to balance the hop flavor a little. The floral hops dominate, just not the hop flavor I am used to, I guess. Not bad, but I prefer Stone's IPA. The bite does mellow a little further along. (686 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is floral and spicy. A Very hoppy IPA. Nice malts flavor. A medium bodied IPA. Nice flavor. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean, very smooth. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Very nice IPA. (258 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Festival

This might be one of the most surprising beers at the SD Real Ale Festival. Normally, this beer is one that screams with the hops. However, the cask conditioning really brought out the malt.

The brew presents a sandalwood hop and malt aroma. Piney hops start the flavor, but quickly fade out to a caramel malt body that holds off the onslaught of the finishing hops. (428 characters)

Photo of far333
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a huge orangey, frothy head that leaves crusty peaks like meringue as it dissipates. Aroma is of hop, citrus, and pine. The taste is a quick hops kick, plus a sharp lemon flavor, reminiscent of Pledge. Crisp and creamy mouthfeel, and here comes that Pledge again. Sharp lemon flavor stabs at the back of the throat. The hops is overpowered by the lemon. Better for polishing furniture than for drinking. (420 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber wish a rush of bubbles that makes minimal head, but manages to lace extremely well on the glass. Very floral and citrusy on the nose, 'hop meter, prepare for takeoff...'

Taste has some sweet floral notes up front. more so as it warms, cloverish maybe? The 7% abv helps to give it a little weight in the mouth, providing some very nice smoothness.

Proper carbonation level kind of clears out the malt profile to allow the 'hop ottin' to sweep through and take over. Strong hop grapefruit-like residual on the aftertaste, lingers on the palate to the point where you'll be ready for another drink before the aftertaste subsides. Not for the novice in trying hopped-up beers, you're better off working up to this one. Hear me now, believe me later...

In a sense preferable as a session IPA because it doesn't run you $5 a bomber... :-) (863 characters)

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

A thick, foamy, large-bubbled head, on top of a slightly copperish, slightly cloudy beer.

Aroma is definitely hops. Bitter and flowery. No doubt that this is an IPA.

And the taste confirms it. Wow, so that's what hops taste like. Crisp, sharp, slightly sour, and without the expected malt accompaniment (as found in HopDevil, 60 and 90 minute Dogfish Head, Stone Ruination, etc.). I believe this beer is even hoppier than those so often touted as extraordinarily hoppy, because the hops are not escorted by malt; they burst into your mouth like cowboys into a dance hall, looking for your tastebuds and not feeling particularly subtle about their intentions.

You want to show someone a truly hoppy IPA? You could do far worse than this. (745 characters)

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

This beer is a nice yellow/amber colour with a fizzy white head. It smells of hops, hops , malts, earth, and some more hops. Citrus abounds in the nose of this beer, and all is well. The taste is less hoppy than the aromas would lead you to believe. This is a VERY balanced I.P.A. perhaps this bottle was a bit old and the hoppiness has subsided a bit...who knows? The mouthfeel was very full and crisp and the drinkability was great. A great candidate for a session I.P.A. if there ever was one.
Cheers to AV for making this great brew!,
F. (543 characters)

Photo of fattyre
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden red color with a moderate off white rocky head. The mouthfeel is slightly firm. The smell is crisp floral and citrusy hops-very strong. The taste is sweetish malt start with over the top citrus rind hoppy finish. An intensely bitter hoppy IPA with a long lasting bitter aftertaste. I love hoppy beers but if hops aren't your thing you should probably stay away. (390 characters)

Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden, maybe copper, with creamy white head, slowly dissolving into a nice lace. Aroma is almost all hops - a lot floral, pine and citrus on the nose, backed with a slight maly presence. Initial taste is a little sweet, some caramel present, middle is smooth and light, end is full of hop goodness. Medium body, dry ending. (337 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley's reputation preceded my impression of their beers, as this is my first tasting. Everything I have heard is true, at least in this beer.

Color is ruby hued-light orange heavy brown color. Head is off-white, small, and leaves a moderate lace. Fragences of citrus and flowery; it greatly interested my nose and pulled my mouth to the glass subconsciously til the glass emptied. Very bitter flavors similiar to grapefruit and a light aftertaste that are semi sweet and extremely refreshing are prevelant in this beer. Carbonation is extremely light. The taste will keep any hop head's palate interested all night and keep them wanting another all night. I can say so by example. (694 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this. Others had said they really enjoyed this. It was my first time catching it on tap (when there weren't other things I was more interested in), so I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did.

A very well balanced IPA! Meaning the hops are there, you can taste them, but not so bitter as some other highly hopped beers! And it left a beautiful lace in my galss, full foam rings which meant you could count how many sips it took me to finish.

Will drink again, no question! Very good. (521 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (385 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.