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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,786 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 264 | FT: 2
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

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Photo of Murph
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man do I love hops. This is another great offering from a great brewery. Pours a great golden orange color with a huge sticky head. Nice citrus and floral hop aromas. Strong hop kick in the mouth is immediate but it mellows to show a small malty underside. Balanced just enough for me. Crisp in the mouth and very drinkable. Just an all around great beer. I love IPA's and this is definitely one of my top 5.

Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third of the three AVBC beers that have popped up in my local liquor store. The first two have not disappointed. Here goes.

12 ounce bottle. 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

A - A very nice murky golden color with about two fingers of bubbly white head. Head looks rocky in places but stays nicely.

S - Some floral smell along with some kicks of citrus. Not a HUGE hop aroma, but definitely a "hops forward" IPA.

T - Much as the smell would let on, hops come at you. Some citrus mixed in with an initial bitter rush. Some sugary malts come through in the middle and give way to a bitter finish.

M - A nice medium body that coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D - A nice hoppy IPA. Goes down fairly smooth but still smacks you in the head with hops.

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

A: Thick two fingers of creamy, off-white head over a relatively clear amber and dark copper brew. Great retention and sticky lacing all over.
A: Good hoppy presence on the nose with some florals and pine standing out. Discernible malty backbone.
T: A hoppy kick to the mouth, rich in that pine I love so much. Sip mellows out to a balanced brew with a malty backbone offering support but not taking away from that perfumy hop bitterness.
M: Barely medium-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves an oily residue of bitters throughout.
D: This is a solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries. Right up there with Torpedo (in the extra IPA sense).

Photo of 21Maestro8
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a reddish hazy brown with a dusty, off-white head that had great sustain

S - Toasty, biscuity with a hint of butter. Herbal hops provide an earthy fragrance

T- Caramel, sweet bread with a fruit juiciness followed by hop/grapefruit bitterness

M- Chewy and thick

D- highish abv for an IPA, very flavorful. I finished a bomber, but could not imagine any more than that

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful orange-hued, amber body with a head that looked like it came off a bad ass vanilla malt. Intense lacing left all over the glass.

Smell: There was some serious dry hopping on this one. The piney, citrusy notes kick you right in the grill.

Taste: The bitterness takes a second to kick in with this. Although compared to other regular IPAs, this one has some bite that will ward off the weary.

Mouthfeel: The body may be a little thin. I would have liked a little more malt to come through. Still, a lot going on in the mouth.

Drinkability: An amazingly awesome IPA that can sure kick your ass in a hurry if you don't respect its power. I am betting that a fresh bottle of this off the line or on tap would be on the verge of amazing. Tough to go wrong with this one!

Photo of PhageLab
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/copper coloration came with a fingertip's worth of froth that stuck around. Lacing was immaculate.

S - Bold citrus aroma, almost acidic. Lemon and grapefruits perhaps.

T - A wonderfully balanced bitter profile. Smooth and citrusy as well. I was surprised, however, to find this under the American stylization, I had it pegged for an English. Not "hoppy" in the least when compared to Two Hearted or Big Daddy.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level, slight oily residue, nice smooth finish. Bitterness lingers for just a few moments after a sip.

D - Pretty decent here, I could do a few before having to move on. To many the bitterness might be a bit overwhelming, but if you like bitters or English IPA's, this will be right up your alley. Warning to hop heads, this one may mislead you. Definitely worth trying regardless.

Photo of chumba526
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears amber gold in color.

Smells grassy, and citrusy.

It tastes nice there is a nice citrus flavor a bit of caramel malt. A floral flavor is also there.

The carbonation is moderate high

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few.

Overall a stereotypical version of a good IPA. It tastes very good better than most. But at the same time it does not seem original.

Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 brureview
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Spiegelgau glass: 4F head which quickly resolved itself.
Light copper color- an attractive beer.

The aroma was not strong- light grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouth feel: quite smooth for an IPA, not well-carbonated, and transitioning well to the taste.

The taste was different at warmer and colder temps.
Colder temps- more grapefruit, malty, and a hoppy finish with some bitterness.
Warmer temps- less citrus, less bitter, and a cherry-like fruit taste. I preferred the beer at slightly warmer temps.

Overall: quite distinctive. The beer is different than other IPAs: there is a cherry/citrus taste, the MF is smoother, and the finish is more even- not overly bitter.
Worth checking out.

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that eventually receded to a one finger head that lingered all the way to the end !Amazing ! Excellent lacing all the way to the end. There was even a one finger head at the bottom of the glass when there was nothing left of the body ! Color was a translucent orange amber.

Smell - Pine and citrus. Hops, hops, and a caramelly malt.

Taste - exactly like the smell indicates. Pine, resin, some grapefruit and lemon followed by caramelly malt with some breadiness. Finishes with good piney bitterness. This is really well balanced in spite of aggressive Pacific Northwest hoppiness. The caramel malt more than holds own to the hops in its roll as backbone - seriously, this is somehow perfectly balanced while being aggressively piney hopped at the same time. Simply a deliciously bitter IPA - American style.

Mouthfell - full, and smooth. Some hop oil slickness. Low carbonation. Not drying in spite of bitterness.

Drinikability - Excellent beer !! Give me another one, and the next one !

Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, with a nice off-white head. On the nose there is a nice floral aroma as well as fruitiness from the hops. On the palate, there is a big hop bite, malts, citrus, and fruitiness. Overall… this is a hop-head’s delight. Hop Ottin’ stay’s true to the highly hopped American IPA’s...overall a great brew!

Photo of sacrelicio
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is one great IPA. It pours a nice orange amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic, with strong notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon and a bit of malt. very nice, clean, delicious.

The taste is a great elaboration of the smell, with lime, pine, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple and a bit of malt and a ton of bitterness. Intense but fantastic. Not for the non hophead. Some spicy heat that I can only guess is from the alcohol and maybe the hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with lively carbonation. Medium but full body.

Drinkability is good, but the intensity of the flavors and the high ABV makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of.

Overall: Benchmark California IPA. Fruity, piney, bitter and creamy. Absolutely a knock out. It competes with my hometown Masala Mama.

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Thanks to monsterfat for the bottle.

Been wanting to try this one for a while now. I seem to remember reading about what a delicious hoppy treat it was on LNBA or something like that and added it to the ol' Wants list.

Amber orange pour. Shocker. "Amber orange" and "Orange amber" should be renamed as IPA and DIPA. I honestly can't come up with any creative ways to describe identical pour after identical pour. Off white foam reaches two fingers, and is quite fluffy. Good retention; it hits that nice happy medium between "monster head that fizzes away instantly" and "monster head that never leaves." It works for me, because I didn't want to wait half an hour for the foam to die down. Wonderful lacing stuck to the glass.

So, I totally expected this beer to be a hop bomb...and with a label that boasts "Hop Ottin' bites like an angry rattlesnake," I feel like that was a fair assumption on my part. However, I'm smelling mostly sweet caramel. It smells rich and sweet, very malty. Balance, on the West Coast? Never. After some digging (and some warmth), I begin to smell some hop aromas - sweet oranges and earthy, herbal bitterness. They blend in really well with that sweet malt/caramel smell, so the hop aromas are pretty well masked. I can't really say that I like that.

The flavor, like the aroma, is surprisingly balanced. It's not that it's a bad thing, necessarily, but it's...weird. I just don't expect this from a West Coast IPA. Now, I do like both the sweet orange and earthy/herbal hop flavors. I just wish they were more aggressive. However, Hop Ottin' is still a finely crafted IPA. Balance may not be to my liking, but it's still a good quality. Seriously, though, how weird is that? I can't stress this enough. In Hop Ottin's defense, there's some nice bitterness in the finish, enough to remind you that you're dealing with more hops than you realized, and not enough to keep it from being immensely drinkable. It's not flashy, or glamorous, but, damn, it pretty much does everything by the book.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. Would like this one to be a little more creamy, but it's still a very nice texture. Actually, I change my mind. This is medium-heavy, and it feels pretty damn close to full bodied. Surprisingly chewy at first, but, I guess given the big malt presence, it shouldn't be. Drinkability is off the charts. I polished off the bomber faster than I'd like to admit. It may not be a full-on hop assault like I expect (and like) from West Coast IPA's, but it's really, really well done. Nothing about this beer takes away from its drinkability.

Hop Ottin' somewhat reminds me of my top-rated beer, Masala Mama. It's like Masala Mama Jr., or the JV version. If it were a little more forward with the citric hop flavor, this would rank right up there with the best beers I've had. But, it falls just a tad short, which sets off a serious domino effect as far as ratings are concerned. It's a great beer, and honestly, I'd keep this in the fridge constantly if it were locally available, for myself and for my non-beer geek friends.

Photo of chefbigjon
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A – She is slightly cloudy deep golden color on pour. About one finger of white head that settles down to a nice cover. Sticky lacing.

S – Hops baby with plenty of citrus to go along for the ride.

T – The hop taste is right there but less subtle then the smell. I thought it would be a hop bomb but no indeed. Nice. Citrusy grapefruit right there. Just a little bit of sweetness that balances the flavor.

M – Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Just a bit drying at the end. No ABV felt at all.

O – Very nice brew here. The smell is great and the flavor is actually mellow compared to some. Has a nice sweetness that really balances this well. Great all around.

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.