Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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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 russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with a crazy 3-fingers plus deep offwhite colored head> Great head retention and very good lacing

Smell: Piney hops not much else

Taste: Spicy/piney hops & fruittiness mix together, with a crisp/sweet/ hoppy dry finish. Hops impart an earthy tea/pine flavor

MF: Smooth & perfectly balanced, good carbonation levels and just feeling so rich on the tounge

Very drinkable, a little too hefty to drink all night, but a very good IPA would love to try at the source (tasters note: I know I was getting this in SC at liqour stores, despite their cap, circa 93-95)

Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber. Clear copper, active carbonation. Huge soapy, frothy off-white head and sticky lace rings every 1/8" inch. Massive Cascade aroma: grapefruits, floral scents. Hints of vanilla. Caramel malt, maybe, too. Maybe. Juicy grapefruity Cascades assault my tongue. Finish of chewy, biscuity malts. This is 100% about the hops, but enough malt abides as a check. I'd surely drink this one again. Overall, an excellent IPA.

Photo of electrified
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper in color. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops and a hint of grapes -- I considered that the grape aroma could be subliminal from the grape-purple color on the label, but no, it's there. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. A lot of tastes going on -- sharp and big on the hops, but complex. Tasty.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA.

Appearance- orange/ honey brown with a decent fluffy white head.
Smell- Huge on the Citrus!
Taste- Grapefruit, Orange, and Lemon rind with a slight touch of malt.
Mouthfeel- so bitter so dry yet so smooth!

Overall- Probably the best IPA out there! Can't get enough of this. Downside is the price. $12.00 a sixer is pricey, so is $5 for a pint!

Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a well-retained head that leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. Citrus hops and a touch of sweet malt in the aroma. Spicy grapefruit hops dominate the flavor with some light caramel grainy malt as well. Grassy hops and a hint of caramel in the lingering, bitter finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with fairly active carbonation.

The grapefruit character of the hop bite is a bit too much if you ask me, but otherwise it’s a decent IPA and certianly one of Anderson Valley’s better brews. Recommended.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear copper colored, not a trace of visible carbonation. Head rises quickly, falls fast, leaves sticky off-white lace.

Smell: Lots of citrus and lightly floral hops, very tart and assertive.

Taste: Wow, nice hop flavor. Citrus and more citrus grapefruit flavors. Nice carmel sweetness, hops linger a long time, with malt fading slowly into a nice grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very good, no complaints.

Drinkability: A top-notch IPA, nothing close to an off flavor anywhere. The rumours about this beer were true.

Photo of Tang07
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew. The 7-11 don't the street from my house carrys this stuff. (They also have one of their five isles dedicated completely to wine, I guess I'm moving up in the world)

Anywhoo, this stuff is great!

It pours a nice rich dark amber with a nice off white/tan head which is kind enough to stick around for a while.

There is a very nice hoppy aroma. The beer is nice and thick with lots of body to back up the the strong hop.

It is certainly nice that this stuff is 7%. You can grab a six pack and make quite an evening out of it.

Photo of joecast
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear, dark amber color, with a slightly off white head. settles down to a thin lace, leaving good lacing on the glass.

now if you put "hop" in the name of your beer, you better be serious .
these guys are serious. strong floral and grapefruit aroma. wow. "new car smell" should be this good. maybe some pine in there too, and we both know how much i like pine right?

hops again on show in the taste. very balanced with hop bitterness, flavor, and malts. the aftertaste though, is made mostly of hops, making sure you dont forget the name of your beer. kind of like each sip screams out "SAY MY NAME!!" finishes very smooth.

creamy mouthfeel makes this go down very easily. glad i got six as this has quickly become one of my favorite ipa's.

Photo of JayQue
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one is a new item for Total Wine, Chesapeake VA. I got a single to try it out. Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber. Medium size head that hangs in there throughout. Huge amount of lacing. Average smell for an IPA. Great taste. Enough hop bite/bitterness to satisfy this hop head, yet it doesn't give you an "in your face" hops blast like Hop Hog or Bigfoot Ale. The hops and citrus flavors are very well balanced. Very balanced and rich (for an IPA) mouthfeel. I could drink this beer in mass quantities any time. Comparable drinkability to my regular staple, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: cloudy and hazy copper/orange, frothy head with heavy duty lacing...looks pretty solid

smell: i get caramel malts on the nose first, earthy, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange, a little piney... a tad malty for me

taste: slightly sour grapefruity hops are first, juicy and piney, other assorted citrus flavors, big time bitterness factor...good, but not one of my favorite american ipa's

mouthfeel: medium, almost full bodied...bitter and juicy

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but quite bitter

Photo of jaluria
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a soft amber color with an off-white head that leaves behind very nice, extensive lacing. Aromas of hops, citrus, and grapefruit come out. The taste is rather astringent with poorly mixed flavors. The hop bitterness is clearly present, but it seems to fight the sweetness also present. A very uncomfortable aftertaste develops that leaves my mouth overly dry and soap-like. I didn't want to finish my pint, nor would I want another one of these.

Photo of sopor
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good reputation, but I don't think the beer lived up to it. I've heard that this is "very hoppy", and it does have good hop profile, but "strong" or "very hoppy" would not be my opinion.

Deep burnt orange color of fall leaves just going stale and an even film of head. Floral to resinous hop nose hindes a hint of molasses.

Pale malts with a slight salty note. Smell belies any hint and smashes any hope for sweetness. Hops are assertive, but not pull your tongue out, tie it around your neck and slap you with it strong; mostly resinous and tar-like.

Moderately light body has a clean washing slightly oily feel with delicate carbonation.

Another nothing special American IPA, though it is tasty and does go down easy for a hophead like me!

Photo of amstelcat
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer too many times to count so I guess it's time for a review. Dark orange-coppery color as it's poured into glass leaving a decent (for an IPA) head. Very intricate subsequent lacing. Aroma of toasty malts with a not overpowering hop/green smell. Taste, well, for my palate this is as good as it gets. Nice grapefruit flavor at first but mellows leaving a mild aftertaste. I love this beer and all of AV's products.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint at the Yardhouse in downtown San D.

Poured a dark copper/red color with a fizzy off-white head.

Very nice malty smell, smells pretty hoppy.

This one had a high malty sweetness and a fruity character like raisin. Nice citrus bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue.

Nice but a little too sweet. Maybe I should pick up a bottle to make sure.


Photo of soulgrowl
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pretty, a dense color somewhere between clover honey and caramel. Very hazy and difficult to see through, which gives it a rather bold, confident appearance. Head is yellow-white and fluffy, with excellent retention. Thick lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smell is fairly innocent. Caramel malts, a touch of diacetyl, a drop of honey. Nice, fresh, fruity edge of hops. Smells of a lush, green valley... kind of like the rustic scene depicted on the bottle.

Taste: Holy crap, these hops are hardcore! Incredibly crisp, with a woody/earthy edge. Carrots come to mind. A subtle citric sweetness is also detectable. Malts are, naturally, somewhat obstructed by the hops, but definitely there. Aggressively dry, kind of nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer awakens your palate. Quite refreshing, but not exactly thirst-quenching.

Drinkability: If you aren't a fan of hops, drinking this could prove to be somewhat trying. But whether you're a hophead or not, you have to admit this beer packs a huge amount of flavor for how light it is. Good stuff!


Shortly after finishing this beer, I went to brush my teeth. Ten minutes later, I could STILL taste the hops. Incredible!

Photo of shbobdb
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I reach for an IPA, this is the kind of beer I want to find in my hand. Yummy, yummy. This was a nicely bitter beer that managed to balance the 7% alcohol and high hop content with that magic quality: good taste. This beer comes highly recommended.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison, only $0.99.

Pours a golden yellow with a creamy white rocky head and good lacing. Nose is floral hops, citrus, and some deep earthy, almost nutty notes. Taste starts off with some mildly bitter grassy hops, light citrus, and again that strange earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little light, but very drinkable. The grassy earthiness really take center stage here. This is an interesting IPA here. Not sure if I'd seek it out again, but I would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of dick783
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an excelent cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass while drinking it. Lots of hops in the smell. Mostly an earthy, piney hop smell with some citrus hidden in there. The taste is exceptional. Lots of bitterness but it doesnt overpower the malt. Tastes basically like it smells. Very piney with more citrus in the flavor than in the smell. I even get a bit of a floral taste from this beer. Its got a nice, full mouthfeel and is just a well rounded beer. I'll definitly be picking up more of these in the future.

Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a nice two finger head of white froth sitting on top of this copper colored brew. Lacing is good, leaving many rings to let you know where the beer used to be.
Its aroma is mild, but contains hints of citrus.
The flavor is full of hop bitterness and is a bit piney with just a bit of citrus near the end.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is mildly carbonated.
This is a fine IPA, go get some.

Photo of scooter231
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy grapefruit juice. That's what this looks like. A creamy, yellow tinged head that leaves clumps of bubbles and a rim of lace around the edges.

Smells citrusy, hoppy- very hoppy- and there's a tich of honey/maltyness to it. Taste is quite jabby- attacks you with a good balance of hops, maltyness, and an orangey zestyness- and then immediately runs away. Leaves you with a very clean palate- no remnants of aftertaste. I appreciate this, but... I kind of like savoring. Oh well. Tastes a bit different than other IPA's I've had- perhaps a different hops is used. Instead of a sour taste, I get more... breadyness. It's calmer, without leaving you wanting for the hops. A mature IPA compared to a young, rebellious, teenager IPA.

Mouthfeel is delicoius- not too bubbly, not too chewy, and a bit slick- very smooth. Highly drinkable- I would try this again- and again. A very well balanced IPA.

Photo of orsulacp
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a nice slightly off white head. Left some nice lacing on the way down. Piney hops dominate, with some citrus and a bit of the malt with a deep pull. The taste doesn’t mess around, quick malts then right to the hops, bitter and somewhat piney. A real earthy beer here. I had this beer several years ago on a trip to Cali and it tastes as good as I remember. The only thing I don't like, and it is minor, a bit too much of a bitter aftertaste that drops the drinkability.

Photo of Bumpon10s
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep riddish amber, but very clear. One of the biggest heads I've seen in a beer that receded quickly, but still left a cloud in my glass.

S - Not very heavy in the nose, but very bitter hops shine through.

T - Probably the most bitter IPA I've had, zero citrus in this, for some who don't like the sour IPA's this is for you. I get a little alcohol in the end, but nothing big.

M - Potent in the mouth, such a bitter taste make makes you squirm a little bit, it bites very sharply in the back.

D - I take IPA's down very quickly, but this is a slow drinker, and won't be apt to grab for another. It is too bitter and too sharp to be an average drinker, if you love barebone's hops, you're in the money.

Photo of roan22
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks and smells pretty decent, and even tastes good when you first you swallow a sip. But, wait a second, then it hits you...the disgusting aftertaste of this beer's caramel malts. I was told that's what they were, but to me the aftertaste tastes like a cross between gasoline and caramelized onions that have been sauteed too long, gross! I even tried two additional bottles out of the same case to make sure it wasn't just that one bottle, but they all tasted this way. This is a misstep for Anderson Valley but their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is awesome, 1000 times better so give that a try.

Photo of karengarys
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nice rich hazy amber, leaving a bit of head which is actually retained across the top.

Smells very lemony, but unfortunately I picked up a bit of a skunk. Not much, though.

Taste is extremely hoppy. Bitter bitter bitter. Pine hops, and some dry hops. There are lemon peels in the flavor, along with a dark malty undertone. (Note: my personal tastes give the taste rating a 3.5. I don't like IPAs, though, so judging it for the style, it really is good!!!)

Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy.

Finish is bitter bitter bitter pine. It leaves a bit of an unpleasent aftertaste, enough for me to knock down the drinkability rating a half point.

If you are a major hop head, look for this brew!!!! It is over the top. If you aren't an IPA kind of person, you should try this to see what it is all about anyway. You probably won't like it, but it is worthy of the experimentation.

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

Poured with a big nearly two finger in width head and a gorgeous body that was colored with lovely amber. One sniff proves this is all about the hops. It comes at you like a prize fighter, the left hand sends piney hop goodness at your nose followed up by just a hint of sweetness and lemon with the right. The taste kicks off with piney hops, a hint of sweet grapefruit and lots of wonderful bitterness. There's also a bit of lemon making it's presence felt but it tries to masquerade a bit behind the mask of the other hop flavors. The body is voluptuous and the carbonation tickles the top of your mouth with ever sip.
Although its a bit high in the abv (for me anyway), this is one you should consider yourself lucky to drink one after another. A true treat.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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