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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

2,617 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 104
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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3/5  rDev -25%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Thomas_Picton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a zero flavour brew (Miller Genuine Draft) to an IPA like this I continue my quest to find out what all those Americans are on about (referring to my review of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in particular). The bottle promises that: my hop dreams will be realized [sic]. Time to deliver.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Certainly looks the part with a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) tea coloured body and a dense packed off-white head that diminishes to a light foam covering.

S: A good strong no nonsense IPA is on the cards straight away: those promised hops are there, and it great numbers it would seem. The aroma is a bitter battle between toasted caramel malts and oily/resiny hops (smells like my taste buds will be the victor in this battle!).

T: Many complex flavours to describe with this fantastic brew. First up we have a sweet toffee malt base which then surrenders completely to the hops (welcome to hop country!). The hops start out with a glazed fruit flavour not unlike that of a classic sticky date pudding. There is a mid hop palate of brewed black tea, followed by hint of citrus/pine and ending with a sharp bitter bite that is quite normal and expected for an IPA.

M: Slick and oily with a mid to heavy body and low carbonation.

D: New favourite IPA... nuff said.

PS(D): Seriously though, were my hop dreams realised? In a sense, "yes" in the sense that I never would have expected this level of hop-chicanery from an IPA (it's more APA territory). Would I 'ave at it if these were brewed and exported on a larger scale? Hell. Yes.

Food match: This beer would work well with food that is delicate but also complex in flavour; smoked salmon with potato roesti and horseradish cream or Caille en sarcophage, interesting food for an interesting brew.

doktorhops, Jul 04, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +17%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Beervana, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

nosavingsaccount, Oct 21, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Lots of carbonation, 3 fingers off white head, dissipates slowly, leaves big bubbles on the side of the glass, great lacing, clear dark orange color.
S- The hop aromas are very hidden, malts and breadiness take over the aroma, slight hints of grapefruit and pine.
T- Slight bitterness, pretty sweet tasting, this IPA is VERY malty and bready, hops are hidden, slight pine and citrus comes out in the aftertaste.
M- Medium mouthfeel, not very carbonated, from the first pour I was expecting it to be fairly carbonated.
O- Was not impressed by this brew, really malty, hops are basically gone, I was very turned off by the first taste, but as worked my way through this beer it wasn’t too bad, not my favorite but glad to try it.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

mjstacker, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

banger7, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of hoplover82
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man! This is just a perfect balance of all that an IPA should be. The bitterness, flavor and aroma is just so well balanced, it's incredible.

A-Pours a pretty clear deep golden color with a hint of amber in it. Pours a full medium off white head that has pretty good retention and real good latice work, like a fine fancy oldschool curtain.

S-The aroma is so pungent and unique. It's full of bright floral hop aromas. With a solid balancing caramel malt background. And kind of a foresty pine to it too. As it warms, some toffee comes through as well. This is a very complex and beautiful aroma.

T-And the flavor, wow. That was my first response... WOW, every first sip of this is wow. It's a perfect balance of carmel sweetness, clean hop bitterness, and resenous hop flavor. Nothing shines over the other, it's just balanced. Very nice indeed. The hop flavor is bright and earthy.

M-Very smooth and full bodied. Just a bit dry in the end. With a nice lingering bitterness.

D-If I wasn't carful, I could drink the whole six pack. It's so smooth and easy drinking, but the 7% abv needs to be respected for sure. Two will do you good for sure. Please go and get some if you can find it.

hoplover82, Aug 05, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

The character of an IP, but with a malty, slightly roasty backbone that distinguishes it from others in this style. Enjoyable.

logicalparadox, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange color with a solid off-white head with good retention. Nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma. Plenty of hop bitterness in the taste. Lots of bite, the hops really cut thru this brew, as they should with any IPA. Not too rough on the palate and definitely hides the 7% ABV very well. A very good IPA that went well with some BBQ on July 4th and I will definitely be purchasing this again.

Jacobob10, Jul 07, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

RyanGoodman, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jesus808, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy deep amber with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is bready malt, citrus fruit, and apricot. Flavors of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, peppery spice, and toffee, Mouthfeel is somewhat oily with dry finish that hangs on the tongue. Overall a very drinkable west coast style IPA.

coldriver, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

jshusc, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

yoitsarch, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Guitars_and_beer, Mar 10, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper..I can see the carbonation even with the deep color of the beer. Has a good level of foam..which recedes to a thick cap. Lacing as well

Good amount of malt backing with a floral hop aroma

Strong hop profile with some bitterness following, all with a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability is high..I could have a couple.

Solid IPA..recommended

kshankar, Sep 23, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Chris77McGrath, Apr 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

ConradKenney, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Quaffer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.)

Quaffer, Feb 19, 2004
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4/5  rDev 0%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.