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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,780
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 264 | FT: 2
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of instrumentality
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more available California IPA's I haven't tried, I'm hoping this one will be a refreshing departure from the 85 degree heat that's melted my brain today.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Stone IRS tulip glass, this brew has a light, transparent, goldish color with a ton of fluffy white head that dissolved only slightly, leaving behind a bubbly uneven surface similar to a bubble bath.

The smell is fantastically potent, a mix of pine, grapefruit, and golden raisins.

At the first sip, the flavor is unusual: a mild alcohol burn dominates at first, then fades into a bitter mix of grapefruit and phenol, uncharacteristic of an IPA. The finish is a ghost of honey sweetness. Further sips expand that same faint honey flavor so that it is experienced throughout consumption.

This brew is fairly easy to drink, but it's definitely not what I'd consider one of the better tasting IPA's. Perhaps it's not as fresh as it should be (although there's no noticeable dating on the bottle). I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me, but given the choice between this and just about any other IPA, I'd choose another.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice clear amber, decent lacing, aroma was not as fragrant as one would expect for a beer of this style and body, i detected pine and some light nutty bread aromas. flavor was bitter upfront followed by bitter. now, i love bitter but for a 7% beer i thought there would be some malt backbone or sweetness to balance it out but there was none. seems barely medium-bodied. as a result the mouthfeel is very dry, with a black tea astringency. i expected to like this beer being very fond of their amber and esb but was somewhat disappointed.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.

T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.

D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.

Photo of xymyl
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky and dark copper/amber in color with an off white head.

Aroma is caramel and faint hops.

The taste is caramel and mostly bitter hops (not too much in the aroma range at all). The caramel and hops duke it out, caramel wins in the beginning, then the hops jump the caramel while it isn't looking and start driving for a while. Eventually they both aggree to disagree and start holding hands and learning to love each others differences.

This is quite drinkable and medium bodied.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber, an off white lacing floats on top. Quite a few bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Hop oils are leafy and pleasant, a faint malt sweetness, a woodsy or pine smell, earthy.

Taste: Hops are the star of the show, mild sweetness balances it out, but the hops hang around the whole time. Piney, bitter and juicy. Finish is dry and puckering, with a light bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice smooth and medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, creamy and crisp at the same. Very easy.

Drinkability: Great IPA with a nice balance, hops are the highlight, refreshing and easy to drink. Went well with stove top roast beef.

Photo of Shiloh
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA is a murky burndt orange colour with a full but short tan head leading to a full lace with glass cling.
The aroma is not overpowering, in fact is mild and limited with the peaks going to citrus and a minor in woody to back.
The taste starts briefly to some light malt activity but that is quickly replaced by a grapefruit like citrus that stays to the end and a short lingering presence as well.
The mouthfeel is that of a full bodied beer but dry.
I find that occasionally the high ABV sneaks in with a reminder of the alcohol content of 7% which for me limits its drinkability.

Photo of jackorain
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark orange and fairly clear. Very tight 3/4 inch head with great retntion and rings of lace down the glass.

S-grassy, spicely hops, some piney hops as well. Doughy malts at first followed by sweet carmel malts. A real nice fairly complex aroma but could be stronger.

T-The malts hit 1st bread and carmel, there is a hint of sweetness before the hops kick in. Piney, grassy and citrus hops push the malts back almost immediately following the initial malts lead. Some malts re-emerge only to be squelched yet again by the long bitter finish. Quite nice

M-hop oils coat pallete. Medium body, nice carbonation

D- easily could fit my definition of a session. IOW-No need to switch during a evening out or at a party.

Overall- a nice hoppy brew that offers some balance with malts that can be consumed easily as a one brew night.

Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a Weizen glass at a perfect 40 degrees.

Appearance- A very light goldern amber color. Yellow's a bit on the edges. A very small white froth with little or no lacing.
Smell- A very hoppy citrus smell. I get a faint alcohol smell under the hops. This beer actually smells like when I homebrew and open a 1oz package of hops.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet on the front of the tongue. A honey malt note highlights the fruity, citrusy taste of the hops. Slighly bitter from all of these sunny hops. Finishes with slight warming from the alcohol and semi-dry.
Mouthfeel- Small carbonation. Could use a bit more. Has a nice creamy texture that I like.
Drinkability- Overall a pretty decent IPA. Was a bit more bitter than I like. The hops (obviously) are the most dominate figure in this beer. Would drink again.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz. brown bottle at home.

A: Impressive creamy head – 2 or 3 fingers deep. Brilliant, clear copper coloring.
S: Soft fruity, pear-like smell. Lots of ale yeast there. Some hint of hops in the nose but predominantly a flowery-like smell.
T: Big, piney hop kick in the beginning, mellowing into a smooth and sweet honey malt flavor, finishing with a smoky, tea-like bitterness, some wood tones, and a small alcohol bite at the end.
M: Smooth, oily slick feel.
D: Fairly easy. The tea flavorings get a little tiring.

Good IPA.

Photo of hammer09
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA poured a deep, clear copper color, looking very drinkable. Carbonation appeared vigorous, but head development was rather dissapointing. Almost a pefect score for appearance.

Aroma exhibited a very nice floral hop bouquet. Light and sweet with a hint of spiciness. This beer smells excellent and is not overpowered by the hops.

Taste is bitter and hoppy. Bitterness lingers on the palate. The taste of this beer is deceptively different from it's hop aroma. I fully expected a measure of sweetness, but couldn't detect any.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer from Anderson Valley. However, it is very hoppy and bitter which limits its drinkability. This could be improved if the bitterness was tempered by additional malt or less hops.

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful deep, dark orange with a volumous, billowing and retentive head.

Smells of an intense ale yeast and very strong bittering hops. Bitter and spicy chinook, I think, along with a whole bunch of sweetened malts.

Tastes not quite as intense as the smell had led me to believe (dang). Starts off with a burst of high alpha hops, floral and smoky and bitter, and then moves into some intense honey coated malt. It's wonderfully balanced, but not all the complex.

A very nice and excellently crafted beer.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass
No freshness dating.

A - Hazy amber with a good 1 inch off white head. Bits of lacing are left on the glass as if fades, and a good tip leaves a nice coat of bubbles.

S - A well received dose of floral and grapefruity hops that is simple in a very good way.

T - Begins with a slight touch of grainy sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by the bitter hops and slightly sour grapefruit tastes. Aftertaste is all bitter, but the pleasant fruitiness resides for a while to remind you that you want another taste.

M - Moderate carbonation with the hint of a slight alcoholic bite, and an very drying and bitter aftertaste.

D - A solid IPA that is well crafted, but not quite among my favorites. Worth a try though. -

Photo of Luchman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to mikesgroove, poured into a pint glass

A: A very cloudy, orange, copper color, with a yellow hue towards the bottom. A big, foamy, off white head.

S: Floral and citrus hops, with a hint of pine. A nice malt back, like honey, that smells good.

T: Mmmm. Hops. Pretty much like the nose. Pine, floral, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Malts are there, not giving totally control to the malts, but still hanging back. Some bready, yeastiness, comes in end. It has a clean finish and is refreshing, with a nice IPA bite.

M: A nice clean, medium body with medium carbonation. Hops add some stickiness to it as well.

D: Pretty hoppy stuff and pretty drinkable. I’d pick another one up..

Photo of Greenfloyd
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge hop head, but this beer from Anderson Valley delivers an enjoyable, crisp floral flavor. Pours into my pint a very bright, clean yellow, with a lingering, very white head. This beer might glow in the dark. Smelled of light citrusy yeast, and the presence of Northwestern hops were evident as well. The aggressive dry hopping give this beer zing from start to finish. Tastes of light citrus, pale malt, and floral nuances indicative of the hops grown in the Pacific Northwest. The clean firm mouth feel shines throughout this light to medium bodied IPA, finishing with an elegant dryness. This beer pairs great with any hearty BBQ....Enjoy

Photo of stephendr
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of light mahogany , with a medium off white head - nose of piney hopps , cannabis (non-skunky) , and spruce – taste of resin , light citrus , floral hopps , bitter hopps , and earthy - body medium body, and medium carbonation – aftertaste of hopps and thick lingering

Photo of Night
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a red tone and some gold flecks. Nice, large, foamy gold-white head; dies down to a solid, chunky layer with some cream and stays a while. Medium lacing in various arcs and patches. Aroma is strong and sweet hops: orange, spices, mango. Caramel and candy malts, a hint of distant pine hops. Light to medium body with a foamy mouthfeel. Flavor delivers a nice balance of sweet floral fruitiness and sharp hop bitterness that tastes soapy, earthy, and grassy. Sweet, mildly toasty malts round out the finish. Light bittersweet aftertaste.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug. A thick, cream head sits atop a semi-clouded, carbonated, red/orange/amber ale. Head retention is excellent and lacing is extensive and purdy. Smells of lilac and hops, with notes of honey, clover and (?) fresh-baked cookies.

Man this is a tasty IPA. Balanced malts with, as the label reads, "hops, yeast,...mineral water, and hops". The hoppiness isn't overpowering until the aftertaste, in which it rides out a bit too strongly. "Bites like a rattlesnake lookin' for a fight". Indeed...
Fantastic otherwise, the drinkability is very enjoyable and this beer has enough going on to keep your palate entertained.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy golden amber with a yellow moderate head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, estery and citrusy. Caramel was notable but the emphasis of the aroma was hop based. Citrusy and resinous hops with a bit of grass thrown in for good measure.

The flavor was quite bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. The bittering was strong and long and was barely kept in check by the malty caramel nature. The flavor was fruity with a strong estery character, mostly from hops which were resinous and piney. A light metallic flavor emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting piney, resinous and citrusy hops into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and with a moderate level of carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. As always, a very nice IPA.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, after the Boont ESB, I had this one. Really, just as good. Great lacing on the oft-golden color beer with high, high, malts. Followed by some awesome alpha hops, possibly columbus. Great head on this beer and smells of pine needles and rich munich malts. A highly recommended IPA and there aren't many better.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from mikesgroove...thanks!

A - Pours an orangish/golden color with a nice creamy, off-white head.

S - Comes across piney at first, but is met with grapefruit. Nice hearty aroma.

T - Hoppy malt is the dominant flavor/blend. Hops come through in the end, with a citrus background. Earthy/floral flavors on the crisp finish.

M - Medium, bubbly body with a nice bitter finish.

D - This is the second time I've tried this beer, and I enjoy (and appreciate) it much more this time around. A good IPA to keep on hand.

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to keep a sixer of IPA in the fridge for personal consumption, mixed in amongst the singles that are for more special occasions... or not-so-special occasions. This weekend my sixer is the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'. Not a bad choice.

Pours a nice copper orange color with a fat two-finger head which not only sits there like stagnant river foam (which is meant as a good thing in this case, mind you), but leaves a nice looking lace all around the pint glass as the beer goes down. What a pretty beer. The aroma here is nice and hoppy as one might expect, but otherwise not all that exciting. I'm not getting much else out of it besides the hops, and maybe some pine scent. It's nice, like I said, but not remarkable. But the taste is where it all begins to come together. The citrus in this beer hits you hard up front, under the tongue, and almost immediately. Very nice touch in my opinion. A very pleasant balance with the malt here is also noticeable. Finishes with the classic IPA kick in the back of the mouth and down the throat. I get notes of orange, lemon, and pine. I can also detect a noticeable alcohol presence here, but not so much that it detracts from the rest of the beer. This is a very nice tasting IPA. Sturdy mouthfeel all around. This is quite a drinkable beer, and I could see myself grabbing another sixer next week as well. Another solid effort from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. It pours a clear copper orange color with large carbonation bubbles, conspicuously large. The head lasts forever and leaves scads of thick tan lace ridges and webs behind. The aroma is very floral and sweet, a brilliant blend of hops and malts. The taste is an explosion of hops, and particularly bitter hops at that. Plenty of pine and distilled yellow grapefruit abound in luscious waves of hop juiciness. Raw unadulterated hop bitterness takes charge thoughout, outshining the hop aroma and flavor. On top of the hop maelstrom lies a fresh, biscuity, sticky malt profile shines. The finish is pungently bitter and long lasting. My mouth is numb with bitterness for an hour after the pint is gone.

This is more bitter than the Ruination I had just previously. Not for non-hopheads, no really, if you aren’t into hops it would be an unpleasant experience. I think this is the bitterest beer I have had the fortune of trying.

Awesome stuff.

Photo of MVassar
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange/raw honey color, with very stubborn amber-tinged head.

Lots of pine and citrus in the nose.

Bitter hops, pine oil, and just a hint of sweet malt. Delicious.

Feels quite full-bodied, with an oily finish. Carbonation keeps it honest.

Abundant hoppiness might put off the uninitiated, but there's a wonderful well-rounded quality here that makes this one mighty easy to drink.

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Riggo
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: attractive golden, light orange color with a creamy white head. good head retention and lacing.

smell: grapefruit, orange, pine. classic west coast ipa smell.

taste: fruity (apples, oranges, grapefruits) and hoppy--dryness coats the mouth--with some malt sweetness to balance, though the hoppy bitterness is pretty much outweighing the malt. but that's the style of an american ipa.

mouthfeel: creamy head brings smooth mouthfeel but otherwise carbonation is pretty high, which i personally don't care for. as to whether that's against the style i'm not sure.

drinkability: a great in your face ipa but the 7%abv cuts down on the drinkability a bit.

overall, a great, big, brash american ipa that embraces hops but puts it all together with a malt backbone and just an overall solidly-built structure--a hallmark of beers from anderson valley.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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