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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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1,199 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,199
Hads: 2,987
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 421 | 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 Dsimenson
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet. It produces a massive, two finger head, like a lemon merengue pie. The color is a deep beautiful amber. The aroma is very rich--citrus hops, malt, and pine. The flavor is a bit more muted--hops, malt, grapefruit, pine, malt. Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side of medium. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. FocusDave gives a more knowledgable review below--I completely agree!

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Photo of FocusDave
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can (gasp) into a tulip.

A - Deep amber with about a finger of creamy light tan head. Sporadic lacing down the glass.

S - Floral and citrusy hops. I thought it would be a little more in your face (or nose), though.

T - Bitter earthy hops, but well balanced and a bright finish.

M - Full bodied up front but finishes clean and dry like an IPA should.

O - Whereas some west coast IPAs go for nothing but hop flavor and aroma, this is really well balanced while still maintaining the signature floral hop notes.

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3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Orangish amber color headed by white & wide crown. Piney, citric –orange & grapefruit- aromas, slight caramel malt & floral notes. Bitter upfront yields to a gentle sweet toasted flavor. Medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Honey hues in the middle are swept out by hoppiness that lingers into an extended bitter finish.

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Photo of arc0042
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After reading some of the reviews about this beer, I absolutely had to do a review, because I happen to disagree with a lot of what I saw.

One of the most common complaints is that the cans are extremely carbonated and explode upon opening. Always make it a habit to tap the top of ANY can you ever open, just a few firm taps or thumps work perfectly. You'll never deal with another mess again if you do this. With that being said, this beer IS rather aggressively carbonated, but I think it adds wonderfully to the flavor "pop" and mouthfeel.

As far as the malt bill goes, this is my favorite malt bill out of any IPA I've ever tried. It is incredibly complex, and not for the faint of heart. It is very front-forward with caramel sweetness, slight nutty tones, and also lends a subtle flavor that I would consider close to that of a granny smith apple. This IPA actually reminds me of apple juice in a lot of ways.

For the hops, this once again is not a beer for the faint of heart. I mean there are HOPS in this beer. I believe it is 80 IBU's or so at 7%. The hops are predominantly piney, herbal, and floral. There is also a little "kick" or spice to them. The hops are what make this beer. It is very aggressively hopped, which is the reason it is probably my favorite IPA in the world. The only others that come close would be Ruination IPA or Two-Hearted Ale.

I don't mention lacing or head when reviewing IPA's because I'm a firm believer that pouring these beers actually decreases the flavor and sometimes the brewer's purpose for the beer. Sure, you release aroma this way, but with this release comes the release of essential oils that the brewer intended to remain within the beer. Seeing that hops are the dominant flavor of most IPA's, I think every bit of the components of hops should remain in the beer, not get released into the atmosphere. Just my opinion.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a translucent reddish brown color with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lcaing. The aroma is floral hops, caramel malts and cinnamon. The taste is floral and piney hops with a good deal of malt flavor. Herbal and floral hops towards the end. Bitter floral finish. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty flowery IPA with a fair amount of malt flavor. Overall, its a good change of pace from the citrusy IPAs. Nothing fantastic but solid.

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Photo of Sipzzz
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my top-5 beers thus far, i got this from a local craft beer shop.

Appearance is nice, but not admirable. Copper head with a light amber body.

Smell is floral with notes of hops, not very strong though even after being poured.

Taste is spectacular. I tend to enjoy darker beers, but this brew has captured flavors i am still amazed by, i will be keeping this beer in my fridge from now on just for the flavor.

Mouthfeel is the same as Yeungling, not drying but a little course, however the taste is such a splender i actually had to open another one to pin-point the mouth feel, so high ratings here.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of anarchia
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Translucent, gold. Good head retention. Smell is piney, earthy, floral hops and a lot of them. Drinks very smooth with a lingering bitterness. Some crystal malt character but not remotely too sweet. Very floral in the mouth, becomes more piney as it lingers.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/honey colored with thick foamy head. There is excellent head and lacing retention. Piney, grassy smell with hints of citrus. Strong piney/grassy taste at the beginning. A bitter bitey, hops follows with a mild malty taste at the end. There is a pronounced bitter aftertaste. Definitely a beer for hop heads. It has a really good balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a beautiful clear copper with a big slightly tan head. Head has great retention and left huge lacing on the glass.

S-big pine hops aroma upfront with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background

T-not sure what's going on with the taste. It doesn't taste "off" but it seems a little weird for an IPA with the aroma profile it has. Can't really describe it, but it seems like rather than there being some distinction between hops and malt, it got tossed in a blender and mixed together.

M-there is a nice full texture to the beer with just a hint of resin

O-I'm wondering if I may have had a bum bottle, but given that nothing smells weird about it or really tastes as though it's gone off, I can only assume based on the one I have that this is the way its supposed to taste.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.61/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop Ottin' IPA – IPA (7.0%) - Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (California)

App: Rich brown orange color with a massive off white head that literally takes up half the glass. Can erupted everywhere when I opened it, even though it was cold and had been sitting for at least 3 minutes. Could be my fault, but it makes me a little reticent. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Some bitter earthiness in the nose. Fleeting piney notes,with a heavy alcohol smell. Not a lot going on. Could be a result of the pour?

Taste: Metallic and slightly bitter. Some nice floral like hops in the true taste. No malt balance to recommend with only the slightest toasted malts hiding in the background. Lackluster and with a lingering bitterness that is not pleasant.

Mouth: A little thin bodied but still well carbonated despite the disastrous can situation.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 12/18/13

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. There's about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, though the texture is a bit rougher than I prefer. The retention is solid enough, though, and good amounts of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are mostly piny, with some lemony hints and no tropical fruits (or any other citrusy notes) anywhere. Meanwhile, its malt backbone is loaded with toffee and nuttiness. I kind of wish this was less malty and more fruity, but that's only personal preference.

T: There's a slight opening of nutty sweetness - then boom, the hops hit. Sadly, there isn't much hop flavor, rather it relies on grassy bitterness as a ballast toward the building caramel sweetness. There's something past the swallow suggesting leather, and after half the bottle, becomes too malty for me. But it's still pretty good at the end of the day.

M: Carbonation pokes through the body quite strongly, and helps to dry out the finish some. It's also quite crisp and relatively light (if somewhat sweet on the linger), so this one is pretty drinkable.

O: This kind of IPA - sweetish, bitter from the hops, no citrus - isn't my style, but this *is* well made considering that. I have trouble finding this one fresh, and it's a bit pricier than the standard IPA 6-packs; as a result, this one isn't on my 'must buy immediately' list.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know what my peeps? Something's are just good, like, solid. Like when my baby mama cooks me a grilled cheese with jalepeno's after a few too many Mirror Ponds... Yeah, Hop Ottin' is just that. Great hop to malt ratio, and just tasty and smooth.

Kinda like when said BM switched my cheese from nasty processed to Tillamook organic, yep!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clarity with an almost garnet like hue. The head is absolutely beautiful, thick sticky head of cream like foam. Nose is pungent herbal hops, old bread, and unopened fruit. Taste is very deep, almost nutty/toffee like malt flavors. Piney, sharp, almost floral hop characteristics. Medium thick mouthfeel and perfect carbonation levels. Different from your usual, citrus-like hoppy ipa. Great flavor and beautiful to the eye.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£3.39):
Caramel amber with a centimetre tall and foamy white head that halves in size and sticks to the sides of the glass after a few minutes.

Caramel & lots of sweet malts and some brown sugar along with a bitter base. There is a definite hop filled aroma but these are more subtle than I had been expecting from a West Coast IPA and there is a floral smell to this. A good balance on the nose although a touch of alcohol manages to sneak through on the nose.

Caramel and sweet malts hit you , following on well from the nose with some toffee and biscuit coming through as well. Again the beer is more malty than I anticiapted and there is a nice alcohol kick to it somewhere around the middle too. Some floral hops and a touch of tropical fruits & citrus at the end.

Smooth with a medium body and despite the malts overpowering the hops the beer is still a bitter one with a solid alcohol kick to it that I enjoyed. There was a very nice balance to the beer and a lot of depth too, keeping things interesting right until the death.

Pleasant beer and as I mentioned above, one that was a lot more malty than I had expecting with the sweetness and caramel taking a front seat over the usual grapefruit and pine hops but the beer still worked well and was a nice chance from the norm for an American IPA. A good balance throughout and the hints of alcohol too.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours an outstanding orange to amber color forming a medium creamy yellow head. Medium retention and some thin lingering molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Lots of caramel. Caramel malts, crystal malts. Brown sugar and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, brown sugar. Great and balanced hops bitterness. Hops are a must! Excellent quality hops. Mainly herby, flowery and a bi piny profile. I would dare to say it's mainly Centennial

M: Medium, creamy and a bit molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet caramel malts mixed with piny hops in the aftertaste. Great bittersweet balance

O: Excellent drinkability. Authentic and delicious American IPA

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Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Pours with a copper color with rather large head.
Odor has some hints of nuttiness, fruity, and hops.
Taste is typical IPA at first, but then becomes more interesting as it moves on. Some malty sweetness in the middle and a really good hop finish.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth.
Overall, a very good IPA that is pretty diverse. Well worth getting and trying.

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Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color, with a full off white head of foam.

S: Moderate smell of hops, fruit, and floral.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a bit of citris, floral, and pine. Strong hops finish.

M: Smooth on the mouth. Fairly strong carbonation goes well with the strong hops flavor.

O: This is a solid American IPA and is well worth trying. It's got a strong hops finish which I personally love, and the other aspects of the beer are well balanced.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with an illegible BB date. Purchased just the other day from Trembling Madness in York. What's up with a antler-wearing bear?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of intensely resinous hops and caramel malt, with hints of pine, weed, woodiness, caramel, biscuity grain and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, wood, caramel/toffee, biscuits, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Faintly sweet, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - hop oils stimulate the tastebuds. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Highly astringent; dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine and caramel.

A classic American IPA - pine resin and caramel malt. Looks good, with dank, bitter hops dominating the aroma and flavour. Smooth body. Solidly crafted and nicely balanced; a hop-head's delight. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The nose in this beer is a bit lacking for a west coast IPA, but the beer is actually really well balanced. Subtle notes of mustier hops (woodsy, pine, resin) are overwhelmed by sweeter malts. As far as the palate, hops only come through in the same earthy bitterness, while the malt flavors really shine. A good beer, but it won't be my go to IPA in the future.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperendi IPA, Santa Fe Brewing Happy Camper IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a can into a tall tulip glass, this is a dark amber with a slightly cloudy appearance and bubbly head about 1/2 inch thick. The aroma is sweet citrus hops with a hint of pine, and the flavor is similar, but with a nice balance of malt to complement the hops. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, slightly piney, not bitter at all.

I was not familiar with this brewery before tonight, but will definitely look for this brew again, and will try some of their other offerings!

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

Great IPA. I had high expectations for this one due to the high score here. It did not disappoint. The best way to describe Hop Ottin' is "well balanced". I know many BAers have used this term for this beer, and I couldn't agree more. It's a strong beerl but doesn't over-do it on any characteristic. Hops are present, but in the mix. Very enjoyable all-round. When I'm in the mood for something a little stronger, I go DIPA. But for a great regular IPA, you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle poured in tulip hazy copper with a big frothy white head. Floral hop aroma with some earthiness and lemongrass. Flavor is more like an amber ale than an IPA. Not much hops here, and hoping it is just an old bottle. Dirty floral notes and medium dryish mouthfeel. Mostly focused on biscuit malts and some floral lightness. Not feeling this one, and assuming I grabbed a bad/old bottle. Will have to try again some time.

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Photo of freakeconomist
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I liked it. I generally don't drink IPAs, but the hops were bold and satisfying. Being 7% I couldn't drink a 6 pack of them, but I wouldn't mind one or two with a piece of hearty fish or a cheese plate. Probably one of the best I've had from Anderson Valley besides the Heelch.

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Photo of vkv822
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a burnt orange with a foamy off white head.

Citric hop notes, with a light resiny finish. Faint malty backbone, with a bitter finish.

Medium body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

Nothing fancy, just a good example of a well done, tasty IPA.

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Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is decent, not awesome, not amazing but its decent. Pours a deep mahogany color with a decent hoppy aroma. The taste is refreshing, kinda bitter, kinda hoppy, worth drinking. The solar panels are working in overdrive to bring this APA to life. The citrus and pine make for a good flavor profile.

Bottom Line: Decent APA in the crowded field of craft beer.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.