Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Served from a 12oz bottle, the Hop Ottin pours an opaque copper color, with a clumpy lumpy thick white head that very slowly sinks into the glass like a melting iceberg. Aroma is fairly fruity and just a bit spicy, not overly bold. Taste is quite bitter with strong piney hop flavor at first then giving way to some big grapefruit and orange flavors. Lots of biscuity maly flavor is there to help balance it out as well. I'd describe the body as medium heavy for an IPA, mouthfeel is comfortably smooth with a little bitter bite at the end. Pretty tasty IPA overall, not a monster but no mouse either.
04-19-2004 23:09:36 | More by mikeys01
4.6/5 rDev +15%
In a glass, this is deep amber with a nice little frothy head. When I put the beak near it's as if I'm face down in a field of columbus hops. I don't want to stop sniffing, but I guess at some point I need to taste. Once in the mouth this isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would indicate, but it is damn tasty. There is a subtle malt sweetness & a bit of alcohol (it is 7% abv), but mostly just good old columbus. Beautifully bitter & and absolutely a top tier IPA in my book. Big fan, Big fan.
04-18-2004 16:40:42 | More by garthwaite
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a nice 1 inch head with a good lacing down the glass as the beer is drank. Nice orange color to the beer, with a moderate level of carbonation. The bottle had a lot to say about hops in this beer, and it delivers with an immediate floral, hoppy bitter kick. YOu can taste the honey-soaked malts in there in the middle, giving way to the hops in the end. sort of a bitter, sweet, bittersweet coalescence. This is a great interesting, intense, hoppy IPA. I love it.
04-15-2004 16:12:02 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
A top-notch IPA. Poured with a nice amber color with not too much of a head. Sipped over a long period and it had a lace which stayed throughout. It had an appropriate hoppy smell and a powerful Cascade(I believe) taste, but not overpowering. Enough of a malt taste to keep the hops within balance. Very drinkable for the style.
04-10-2004 01:48:49 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
The first bottle that I poured of Hop Ottin' went all over my kitchen counter. I wasn't expecting the carbonation. The second I poured a little easier and ended up with a large white, foamy head with the usual lacing of a good hoppy IPA.
The aroma is almost completely one of hops with some hints of spices that seemed to be coriander-like. The taste was just what I had hoped for: a true hop wonderland. The hops overwhelmed just about every other taste. Although, there was a little nuttiness to the beer and maybe some fruit like dates or currants.
This felt great in the mouth, very peppery and crisp. A real drinkable American IPA that deserves everything good that I had heard about it.
04-06-2004 23:04:40 | More by rdrummer
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
First off, we sampled this at a tasting, and the 3 bottles we opened all gushed over. Not happy so far, but that would soon change. Poured a cloudy rusty copper color with an off-white foamy head that stayed throughout. The smell was awesome, it was a very strong citrus smell of grapefruit. Tasted slightly toasted, somewhat grassy and herbal with a flowery finish. It was somewhat dry, and some alcohol presence was noticed. Medium body, but the carbonation was off (read first line again!) Still, this was a nice IPA, very assertive. I enjoyed this one, even after cleaning up after it.
04-05-2004 02:14:47 | More by Bierguy5
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
It took a little while to determine the color since the head was so gargantuan that the beer wasn't visible. Dusky, hazy orangish amber. The head is French vanilla in color, bordering on light tan, and is firm and extremely sticky. It looks like meringue and is leaving huge chunks of foam all over the glass.
The aroma doesn't leap out of the glass and assault me with hops (as was expected given the beer's reputation as a hophead's delight). The nose consists of somewhat citrusy, but primarily earthy hops. Upon tasting... this IPA is not a hop monster by any stretch of the imagination. The hoppiness is more herbal-earthy than it is citric fruity.
There's a solid malt backbone and not enough hoppiness. Butterscotch is also appreciated (which is definitely odd for the style), as is a flash of alcohol. The finish is medium in length and doesn't differ greatly from what preceded it. The mouthfeel is good, not great. It's firm without much creaminess.
After everything that I've heard about it, Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' is a minor letdown. Another West Coast citric hop bomb was expected... and wasn't delivered. Maybe I just don't care for Columbus hops, which this beer uses exclusively. Sorry, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as far as I'm concerned.
03-27-2004 20:53:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.68/5 rDev +17%
I poured this bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer was a hazy amber color, very rich and pleasing with about an inch of head. The lacing on the side of the glass was thick and stuck around throughout the beer. The smell was strong hops, tough to pick out anything but those hops. The taste, as the smell predicted was pure hoppy goodness. There were some slight traces of malt, but the hops dominate this one. Mouthfeel was solid. The alcohol is well hidden, I had no idea it was 7% until I looked at the bottle a little more carefully. Not the easiest brew in the world to drink, I would say one or two of these is plenty. Excellent IPA, one of my favorites to date.
03-09-2004 07:41:19 | More by bigjohn
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance: A light reddish brown with a thick white head and great lacing.
Smell: Lots o' hops. Citrusy aroma present as well as some sweet malty notes.
Taste: A first burst malty sweetness makes the contrast of citrusy sour hops stand out even more. Then the beer bitters out and provides one wallop of a bitterness to it. Dries out in the end and leaves your mouth tasting of bitter and spices.
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium brew medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Very bitter so drinking a lot might be tough. But it goes down pretty smooth.
A nice IPA, probably not one of my top 5, but still quality.
03-08-2004 23:38:52 | More by abents
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
This beer is a light brown color with a bubbly tan colored head. Pretty nice lacing. The scent is a delicious sap/oil/hop smell. This beer's taste is all about the hops. Other flavors are a bit tough to pick up on, but you can notice some alcohol in this brew. Its a very sticky brew, i have the mental image of sticky sap all over the brewery when they make this one.
03-07-2004 19:06:21 | More by Tballz420
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
It pours a cloudy orangey amber, like dark honey. An impressive off-white head, dense and bubbly, expands instantly, then dwindles rather slowly. Expansive cobwebs of sticky lacing wind around the inside of the glass.
The aroma has two initial pillars: the toffee sweetness of malt, and the piney citrus of hops. A flirty note of creamy vanilla surfaces and sounds quickly, followed by a muted perfumey air at the finish.
At first taste, a sturdy caramel malt sweetness is quickly subverted by a dusty-dry juicy grapefruit presence. After that 180, the grain character re-establishes itself, along with an almost resinous pine undercurrent. A bready yeast note meanders in toward the end, then fades to a spicy dry bitterness at the finish. The ambitious malt profile leavens well the beefy malt spine.
Medium bodied, the prodigious hops grant an oily but appealing perception. The hops also leave a luminous glow across the tongue.
These are indeed some hard working hops, and their labors pay off by buoying up the healthy malt presence to provide a well-rounded and saucy flavor. The grain bellies up to the bar and lends nice body, while the hops grasp your attention and refresh brightly. If hops are your bag, and they are certainly mine, then drinking this is a pleasurable and rewarding pursuit. As I said, this beer works hard, and that makes enjoying it quite easy.
03-06-2004 18:50:42 | More by Foxman
4.68/5 rDev +17%
Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.
Awesomely girthy, tall, pizza-crust-bubbly, reddish tan head on the pour -- almost fell out of the glass -- and slowly descends. Some nice streaks of lace hold to the glass.
Color is deep, brilliant orange.
Smell is a suave wallop of hops -- pine cones, grapefruit peels, a faint edge of pineapple juice. A great nose here.
Taste opens with a strong, sharp bolt of cheek-puckering hops. Some more citrusy notes appear in the middle. The finish is of singed lemon grass, pine resin -- and lasts long.
Malts are barely noticeable behind the slam dance of hops. But I can almost pick up on a thin backbone of malt sweetness -- far afield as it is -- throughout the taste.
Mouthfeel: a mild amount of carbonation, and a smooth, very drinkable body.
This ranks high on the chart of west coast IPA's.
03-02-2004 03:16:42 | More by RootedFool
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours a cloudy red brew, you can see through it a bit.
Smell is complex and strong hops; malt is in there as are citrus smells.
Very malty taste for an IPA and the Hops are more complex than most IPAs. There are PLENTY of hops in this, but this one reaches for more than just one flavor. Unexpected Flavors like bread show up, way complex for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is good.
This is a different sort of beer; I still can't nail down one of the flavors. Oh well guess I will have to buy more and figure it out.
02-28-2004 03:29:22 | More by Zorro
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Anderson Valley's Hop 'Ottin has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This IPA is great in every way. It pours a golden yellowish-orange and is quite creamy for a beer of this style. A thick off-white head foams up quickly and the nose is a potpourri of hops and citrus. The hop leaf bites the tongue as you take the first sip. It's followed by a pine and orange-like surge that flows smoothly out of the glass. As this beer warms the citrus characteristics become a little more pronouced. I have to reiterate the fact that this beer is very hoppy and will please hop heads alike.
The King recommends drinking this beer with a bag of Snyders Jalapeno Pretzel bites.
02-20-2004 22:32:41 | More by KingSlender
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, deep amber color. A two-finger, off-white head rose up easily to and took a very long time to settle back down into the beer. As it did so, it became dense and fluffy and left a good portion of itself behind, stuck to the side of the glass. There was always some amount of foam present floating on this beer for the entire time that it was in the glass. Lots of lace left behind.
Smell: At first, the aroma was very light and, surprisingly enough, not very hoppy. There were some grapefruit-like notes of hops that flitted about, but they were in no way the dominating smell. Nice, roasted malt, reminescent of both bread and crackers, was the main component of the aroma. This was combined with a sharp fruitiness that smelled kind of tart, but thickly sweet as well. However, as the beer sat in the glass, the aroma developed into what I have come to expect from an IPA. A good, sharp, grapefruit hops smell balanced well against some nice, roasted malt. Ah, that's much better.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good, heavy feel on the back of the tongue. Nice and smooth, as well, with just a light carbonation tickle when it hit the back of the throat.
Taste: Upfront was some lightly sweet, lightly roasted malt. Then, in the middle came a decent dose of hops. They were definitely citrusy, becoming more herbal and menthol-like as the flavor progressed into the finish and on into the aftertaste. Also on the finish was a continuation of the sweet malt flavor that appeared earlier, but as time went on, it developed into a deeply roasted flavor that balanced out and complimented the hops very well.
This is a solid, well-balanced IPA. It was not the hops powerhouse that I (for some reason) thought it was going to be. Very nice.
A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut. (You know that the local beer scene sucks when you have to have someone from Connecticut bring a beer to you in Kansas that was made in California.)
02-19-2004 03:25:49 | More by Quaffer
4/5 rDev 0%
Orange-gold with hints of red, two finger pillowy tan head, lasts as a floating mushroom cap. Bits of lace form partial rings. Highly carbonated.
Very hoppy aroma, woody and citric, quite floral.
Lemon and orange rind taste, toasted malt, a buttery honey note.
Nice bitterness level, not too obscene. Medium feel, smooth with a bit of a bite.
02-17-2004 22:59:23 | More by mschofield
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
This stuff is legend in Northern CA, so I picked some up for old times sake. Pours a rusty pumpkin color with a mysterious yeasty haze that suggests a formidable brew. The head is thick and resembles freshly whipped cream.
Hops dominates the nose up front, and there is some creamy honey-sweet maltiness lurking in the background. Complex smell for an IPA.
The taste is heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Rindy hops dominate up front, with notes of pine, live hops, and bready yeast synchretising in the middle before a finish that combines citrusy sourness with fresh honey. A peristent bitterness clings to the roof of the mouth. A fine, fine IPA.
Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, perhaps because of the lack of hops/malt balance. Could use more carbonation in my estimation, but refreshing still.
Drinkability here is lower than that for most IPAs because of the imposing ABV. However, it is worth drinking two for the taste alone. More of a sipping ale for a drinker of my ilk.
01-24-2004 02:10:14 | More by MobBarley
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Slightly hazy amber poured from a scenic bottle that sports a horny bear. Interesting aroma. At first it reminded me of hints of nail polish remover. It was slightly medicinal in alchohol aroma with bold malt and floral hops mixing in the smells. Tastes of boald toasted malt with floral hop bite finishes with fruity (perhaps plum/raisin sweetness. Bold and full mouthfeel. This drinks well for one or two but not more in my book
01-10-2004 03:48:02 | More by canoehornpoint
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
being a fan of the pale ale, i nabbed this in need of a hop fix. pours a clear amber with a patchy head. aromas of big citrus hops, piney ones too. some alcohol in the nose as well as some tea and a slightly medicinal note. basically it smells like a tough ass IPA. taste wise? it tastes like a tough ass IPA. big citrus hops, grapefruit, a good smack of alcohol, fruity and tart, i love it. smooth slick mouthfeel, just a well rounded big IPA. this maybe the king of west coast big hoppy brews IMO. good shwaithe.
$3.49 for a bomber.
01-07-2004 08:43:22 | More by DESTRO
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a hazy tarnished copper hue with an impressive sticky head. Huge citrus hop aroma with hints of toffee underlying. The first taste screams of bitter, citrusy hops with earthy undertones paired with a sufficient malt presence. This big brew makes a statement in the wide-world of California IPAs. The finish is thick and floral, unable to escape the raging hop presence that defines this ale.
01-03-2004 16:02:54 | More by beernut7
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick fluffy head. Nice floral hoppy aroma with fruit notes, Crystal? Very similar to Rogues Brutal Bitter. Flavor has good grainy malt blended well with lots of hops that really make this a bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet. Finishes bitter that lingers. Nice retention.
12-26-2003 22:23:44 | More by BierReise
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Sampled on tap at Redbones.
This IPA poured a clear, reddish-amber color with good, off-white foam the clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was dominated by floral hops but with some malt (hint of sweetness), and traces of butter and oak. The taste was bitter and resinous hops fairly well balanced with malt but with a bit of oakiness. The finish and aftertaste were very hoppy. The mouthfeel was a bit harshly hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this IPA was very dry. The drinkability was OK.
12-03-2003 06:29:40 | More by UncleJimbo
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: Generally don't mention the bottle, but this one features a uniquely cool metallic purple border framing a pen-and-ink mountainscape, complete with a moose drinking from a reflecting pond--it's pretty neat.
A normal pour produces a thick tan head that lasts for a moderately long time.Very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer is a clear, glowing golden amber. Very nice.
Smell: Booming hops produce an array of floral and citrus notes, a great IPA aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderately high alcohol and hop oils blend with fine carbonation to produce a wonderful, tongue-coating mouthfeel--good stuff here. Malt and a bit of grain are beaten senseless by huge hop flavors. If you're a hop lover, you'll love this one.
Drinkability: At 7%, a bit hefty for a session beer. Still, I'd be willing to give it a shot. This is terrifically satisfying, substantial IPA. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there, it's awesome.
12-03-2003 06:10:04 | More by WetCoaster
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a deep and clear amber color with a majestic creamy off white head that produces a fine curtain of lace to seal off the glass. Large hop floral nose that is crisp and sweet, backed up my a earthy malt tone, a real treat to sniff, start is rich in malt, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is all hops, robust, pleasantly bitter, with the sweet malt backing it all up, carbonation is delightful and the aftertaste dry and bitter sweet, what a treat, and a favorite beer in any form.
11-30-2003 15:42:08 | More by Gusler
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured a hazy copper with a great deal of head that lasted...left nice lacing too...
Aroma was of citrus and malt...
Taste...citrusy hops mixed nicely with some malty flavor...dry throughout...ends slightly bitter...
Mouthfeel is nice and filling...
Drinkability...very good...i could drink many of these in a sitting
11-23-2003 18:21:26 | More by stegmakk
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,535 ratings.