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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,192 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 2,941
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 385 | 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: 1,192 | Hads: 2,941
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)

Photo of Brewzzle
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this IPA oversteps the original recipe by quite a bit in the hop department, it does however rank up there with best of the modern IPA's.

Starts out with a huge rocky head which lasts and lasts. The aroma is all hops, touch of sweetness though. Taste is more hops with a strong honey flavour and a tea like bitterness to finish things off. Malt is somewhere in the background holding it all together.

Definetely way out of wack but excellent drinking nonetheless, might be a bit much for more than one during a session. (533 characters)

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

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. $9.49/6-pack at Carytown Wine & Beer.

Appearance: Lovely brightly-colored copper appearance. Beefy white head simmers down to a fluffy layer with pronounced lacing of the glass.

Smell: No brainer here. It's hops. Like a bouqet of flowers for the nose. Also some citrus aromas along with a honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Long live the hops! While the hops certainly dominate the flavor, particularly at the end, there is a certain malty sweetness that does a tolerable job of standing its ground against the eventual onslaught of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium amount of carbonation and the bitterness from the hops make for a mouth-puckering finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: Slight "oily" residue on the palate and lips add character to this brew. The very dry finish only slightly detracts from a satisfying experience. Consider yourself warned when you read the back of the bottle: This beer is for devout hop-lovers only. (997 characters)

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, golden red IPA with an off-white, moderate, rocky head. The smell is "tilt your head back hoppy" (to quote myself). The taste is a creamy malt to start, then grapefruit, with a very bitter finish. The body was slightly firm in my mouth. Overall, a very strong and bitter IPA. A bit too hop intense for me though, but I'm working up to it.

Per the label: "Hop Ottin' " is Boontling (the local Anderson Valley dialect, developed in the late 1800's) for "hard working hops". "Hop Ottin' bites like a cankicky bluetail"...translation..."Hop Ottin' bites like a rattlesnake looking for a fight."

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY) (642 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a good-sized tan head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Active effervescence is evident as well. The crisp, hoppy smell is strong and pleasant with complementary floral hints. Not surprisingly, hops strongly dominate the taste of this beer. Floral flavors are present too toward the start, as are grains toward the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but not unpleasant, in this pleasantly drinkable IPA. (441 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a glorious hop smell - that is by far the greatest characteristic of this beer.

It pours a cloudy cooper, with little head that soon dissipates to a slight off-white ring around the edge of the glass and a few islands of active carb patches

Smell? Excelent! Like you have you nose stuck in a bag of fresh Cascade hops! Its a beautiful thing.

taste - I would enjoy a little more maltyness to help balance the bitterness. I would NOT even consider lowering the hopps though.

overall, one good IPA - though the boquet easily outshines all other characteristics. (575 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one right after a Hop Devil on draft, and believe me I am a huge fan of the Devil but there is not a clear winner in this head for head match up. This one was poured with a nice head, and it appeared with the same amber copper tone as the Hop Devil. After cleansing with some water, I began to test the aroma of the beer. Seemed mild, but as the beer warmed up the floral hops seemed to have a sweeter scent of hops. Great flavor that fulfills any hop heads desires and dreams. This one has a great floral taste that finishes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spiciness. Another fine selection that was thoroughly enjoyed. (641 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! this is an in your face beer that is hopped like you couldn't imagine. the bottle of hop ottin' that i had will still be knocking me around with its flavor for months i'm sure.

the pour is wonderful with a massive head of foam atop a golden colored brew. you get the hop aroma almost before you even open the bottle. then, you take a whiff, and .....more hops.

this beer kicks you in the face with an incredible mass of bitter hops that is just incredible. this an IPA plain and simple. what a piece of beer-crafting genius. (537 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a nice foamy head that lasts a bit. Smell is tantalizing, hoppy, floral, citrusy, inviting. Nice creamy body caresses the tastebuds in a hop bath, but the maltiness balances it out nicely. The hop flavor lingers for a long time. When it's gone, the glass shows the lacy descent of the beer quite clearly. I really enjoyed this IPA, it was delicious. (390 characters)

Photo of doho95fu
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a medium off white head. The smell is obviously hoppy with some floral and citrus hints as well. The taste is hoppy - it has a nice bite but is not overpowering. It allows you to enjoy the hoppy flavor without just noticing the amount of hops. Good feel in the mouth with a perfect level of carbonation - not fizzy or flat. I will pick up a sixer next time. (380 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Redbones and was very impressed. I love good IPA's and this is definetly top notch. Copper in color with a small head that lasted. On to the important part, the hops. You smell and taste hops from the beginning to the end. Not overpowering but perfect, with a hint of citrus. If you have the chance to try this on tap do not pass it up. (362 characters)

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. (207 characters)

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

Pours a nice orange color with a medium orangish-white head. Spice and citrus in the aroma. Dry, biting hops present through the entire glass. Not the strongest hops I have encountered but enough to keep my attention. Even so it was not too bitter. Rather enjoyable brew. (271 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Ottin' IPA is a copper colored beer with amber highlights that pours with a large head that almost spilled over the top of my pint glass. it has a nice hop floral aroma with a hint of sweetness. The initial taste hits you heavily with hops, leaving a decidedly citrus/grapefruit taste behind. After overcoming the blast of hops during the initial few sips, the malt of the beer can be discerned, although the hops still dominate the flavor. As the beer warms (or my tastebuds numb from the hops) the malt becomes more evident and the citrus notes are more subdued. Don't drink this one too cold! The overall carbonation of the beer seems slightly lower than normal, which gives it a slightly silky mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Due to the high hop levels I don't consider this to be an easy drinking beer, but it is definitely a good IPA and a great beer for "hopheads". (886 characters)

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

A classic NW beer from California- Tastes like something from Oregon.
Cascade hops and great aroma before you even taste it.
Nice bitterness, good balance of malt and hops. The alcohol rounds out the flavor nicely. Great label. (229 characters)

Photo of boblinneman
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not impressed with the appearance, looked like a cup of tea. Strong hoppy aroma, and taste to match. The carmel malt flavor is overpowered by the bitterness. Not exactly complex nor is it hop flavored water. If your not a fan of hoppy beers stay away, this one will leave you burping hops for hours. (307 characters)

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

A damn fine beer. A hop lovers delight. Not as hoppy IMO as Victory's Hop Devil or Bell's Two-Hearted, but still hoppy enough to satisfy IPA fans. Pours out to a copperish color with the smell of floral notes and hops. Light grapefruit taste with a rather pine-like spice on the finish. An excellent beer. (310 characters)

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

Light copper bodied, with a pillowy bone-colored head. Fades to a thick skimming, but never leaves.
Earty raw hops on the nose. Need some hairs removed? Here you go. More metalic than James Hetfield. Pungent is an understatement. Carmel malt backdrop is solid, but seems pale in comparison.
Taste begins with slight toasted wheat bread notes. This rushes into a toasted carmel sweetness. Hops don't waste anytime arriving, and they are clearly in charge here. Puckering, floral buds, herbs, alum, and citrus. It really runs the gamut of hop flavors.
Slightly off balance, but a good hop study.
Medium-thick in the mouth, but stays very drinkable with steady carbonation throughout. (696 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect. Looks like it came right out of the tank.
The story of this beer is how it smells. Imagine falling back into a dumptruck full of freshly harvested hops. Someone nearby is sucking on lemon candy. It is a completely transporting experience, the smell of this beer. Beautiful, silky, pure texture supports subtle, poised, clean maltiness and provides room for bitter hop resins to dominate. Notes of espresso and heath bar emerge later. Elegant American IPA (that may seem like an oxymoron, but there you have it). Drink vast quantities of this. (560 characters)

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

WOW!!!! Outstanding IPA. This is as close to perfection as a beer can get. Great head, awsome glass lace. Hardcore hop flavor. Deep rich amber color that just invites you to suck the life out of it. This beer is a grandslam home run. (233 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ho Ha Holy Hoppy !!! This is a bloody reet gud IPA, but it ain't goin' ta India. Deep copper colored beer, average 1/4" head........... reet thats the borin' bit done.
HOPS-HOPS-HOPS-AND-MORE-HOPS.
This is very good and rather moorish. Bitterness is High.
More EBU's than e-BA's on this Site.
Want a proper review - read the other ones.
Want to know what its all about - HOPS !!!
That's It. (398 characters)

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

Clear copper color, nice 1/2 inch head that holds some hills and valleys. Citrusy aroma. Definite hop bite that magnifies at the back and in the swallow. Very "American" grapefruit sense to the hopping, a little bitter pith. Malt isn't noticeable but balances the hop in the sense that this beer is quite tasty and drinkable. A close runner to HopDevil, maybe a shade less smooth. (385 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of brakspear
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A fantastic looking IPA....a rich copper body topped with a creamy, thick head than clings patchlike to the glass. There is no subtlety anywhere in this ale...hops, hops, and more hops dominate the aroma, with just a smidgen of spicy fruit in the distance. The taste is again a fullpress assault of hop bitterness, but somewhere in the back there is a hint of caramel maltiness. The body is chewy and rich...which makes this beer a pleasure to drink. (453 characters)

Photo of doerickson
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange to light copper in color with a rocky white head. Floral and citrus hop aromas that will clear out your sinuses. You could wash your hair with this stuff and you'd smell like you used Herbal Essences. Thick mouthfeel; not a particularly high level of carbonation. A flash of caramel-like malt is quickly doused with buckets of hops, which carry you into the finish and beyond.

I definitely enjoy a good IPA, but this is a little unbalanced for my liking. I understand that the whole hop bonanza thing is the effect they were aiming for, and there's nothing wrong with that...just know what you're getting into before you drink this one. A great pick for the true hopheads. (684 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.