Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,916 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,916
Reviews: 1,210
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 134
Gots: 356 | 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 LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice bisquity small head above a honey copper colored beer.

Pine, citrus and a slight floral aspect in a aroma that is on the lighter side.

a slight bitter edge to a pretty decent hops taste that combines citrus and pine quite well.

A dry aftertaste that holds a pine tree syrup likeness in this medium bodied IPA.

A nice hops taste without overdoing it, recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one right after a Hop Devil on draft, and believe me I am a huge fan of the Devil but there is not a clear winner in this head for head match up. This one was poured with a nice head, and it appeared with the same amber copper tone as the Hop Devil. After cleansing with some water, I began to test the aroma of the beer. Seemed mild, but as the beer warmed up the floral hops seemed to have a sweeter scent of hops. Great flavor that fulfills any hop heads desires and dreams. This one has a great floral taste that finishes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spiciness. Another fine selection that was thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Self-identifies as an India Pale Ale. 7% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz purple aluminum can with no visible best before date served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are very high given its current ratings and the brewery - whose oatmeal stout I quite like.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with chili pepper spinach.

A: Pours a five finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, decent frothiness, decent looking texture (not horribly soft, but not off-putting), and good (~5+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a fairly vibrant palish copper; translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Exactly what you'd expect an IPA to look like, but the head retention is a highlight. I don't notice any overt flaws. Standard fare, but right on the money for the style. Looking forward to trying it. Not real creamy looking.

Sm: Pleasant and diverse floral hop character is prominent, resting on a pale malt base. Lilac and other distinct flowery notes. It's a mild strength aroma. Clean and fragrant. Otherwise, I don't get other types of hop character; maybe some light grapefruit citrus esters. Some caramalt in the base. Light tropical hop notes; pineapple may be the only distinct one I can identify. An appealing aroma for the style with some interesting hop choices. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's not coming off exceptional, so my expectations are for it to be good but not great at this point. I'm hoping it proves me wrong...

T: Hm. It's not your typical IPA build - especially for the emergent "West Coast IPA" style trend. Perfumey floral hop notes with plenty of tropical notes - pinapple and perhaps passionfruit among them - and a palpable half-hidden hop bitterness on the climax accompanied by a light twinge of grapefruit esters. Foundation is pale malts and a surprisingly high caramel (malt) bill. Very vague light pine buried in there, too. Sweet up front giving in to a bitter metallic taste in the third act which stays with you on the finish; that's its only major flaw. Consequently, the balance - both structurally and in terms of flavour - is far from ideal. I do find the build interesting and - dareisay - unique, but this requires serious tuning to be a truly great brew. I do like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: I'd like it more oily to accompany the noncommital pine. Smooth and wet for the majority of the structure - except for some dryness and coarseness in the third act. Okay thickness; it thins way too much in the late second act. On the harder end of water hardness. Certainly not soft on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated, but not biting or sharp. A bit rubbery and inconsistent; it's not an even texture by any means. Not as creamy as I'd like, except right on the climax - but the hop bitterness is too distracting at that point for it to be pleasant. A messy mouthfeel that doesn't suit the flavour profile except incidentally.

Dr: A bit boggled by the high ratings for this beer currently. As much as I like a lot of the brewery's other work, this just isn't an impressive IPA - especially for those of us who value balance in an IPA. I like and respect that it tries to do something different in the style; its choices in terms of hops and flavour is pretty unique. It just doesn't come off like it should. Drinkable but not worth picking up again. I'd like to revisit this on-draught; the metallic off-flavour really kills this one for me.

C

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for tossing me one of these. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Good looking IPA here - big three fingers of dirty light blond foam that has amazing retention and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed golden orange-red color with a few stray bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Good piney hop smell, with some orange zest and a touch of dankness. Doughy malt backbone that is present but subdued. Smells pretty fresh in any case.

T - Starts with some light citrus and caramel sweetness and then transforms into strong pine and earthiness. The taste has some strong bitterness to it that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little higher than I like, but the finish is pleasantly dry and there are lots of residual hop resins. Thicker body than one would expect for a 7% IPA.

D - The bitterness gets a little intense, and the beer feels a touch heavy. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these in a session.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright ruby red color, small white head.
Aroma: big, fruity nose (cherry,berry, grape, citrus, grapefruit, more) lively and inviting, a bit bitter but not too.
Mmmmmm! Thrilling blitz of fruity hops dazzle the tongue, rich, delicious taste, hops fade after a bit, malt makes it's mark but doesn't come to the fore.
Taste returns sip after sip, hop never quit either, yummy finish.
As an IPA lover, I count this among the best of them!
thanks to marc77 for sending it along .

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head with even better lace. Orange amber in color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful.

Well-balanced aroma with a (grace) note of lactose. The flowery hop is present but not overwhelming. Malt is soft.

The flavor is round with full, rich mouthfeel of a highly malted beer. Plenty of hop becomes apparent within a second. This is an excellent IPA, true to style and very flavorful.

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

Unremarkable landmark review, 100th American IPA review. Beer is copper and clear with a thin white head and a lot of lacing. Head breaks, low carbonation.

Pine hops and lots of malt.

Beer is medium bodied and really malty at the start. Gives way to some mild hop character. This is on the best of IPA list and I can personally list about 70 IPAs I'd rather have than this one. What a mediocre crappy beer. 7%!?!?!?!? Serioiusly? Wow, pretty drinkable for that.

Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, birght copper that seems to have slightly different hues from top to bottom. The one-finger head slowly descends to half the size and remains throughout. Trailing lace, with some broken rings, sticks to glass.

The smell is floral, with citrus and pine. Hints of toffee come through in the background.

The taste is a plethora of hops. Floral, citrusy, piney. Nutty and woody characteristics also emerge, especially in the finish along with a rounding honey sweetness. Hops control, but honey sweetness in the balance gives it more depth, complexity and some balance. It has a long, dry finish.

Chewy, thicker side of medium body. Smooth with a bite. Alcohol mixes with hops to give it a bit of a bite, though the alcohol is well-covered for the abv.

This is a hop-head's delight. Drinking this begs for more. A nice hop profile with a honey sweetness mixed in. It has depth and complexity. Delicious!

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of big citrus, orange peel, pine, caramel, spice, breadiness, and a bit of tropical fruits. Some nice aromas with decent strength as well. Taste of huge orange, pine, caramel, and spices. Big caramel sweetness on the front with a nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with pine, spice, and citrus flavors. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness in this as well. Medium carbonation and body with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish, very drinkable as well. Overall, a fantastic IPA with great balance, flavor, and drinkability.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a complex array of malt scents, but it mostly brags of pleasant floral hops. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor overlaying a malty core. It has a piney taste and a bitter aftertaste; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It is a bit more bitter than some, but it has a nice malt character; a good drinker.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity. I get some grapefruit, orange and papaya as well as some bready malt. The flavor is bitter oranges with some bread. I also get a little bit of caramel malt and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Thanks for forgetfu for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very chunky two finger head. Head settles in a few minutes to a nice layer of white bubbles on top and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A light citric aroma with a hint of pine. Definitely on the floral side. Grainy malts fill out the rest of it.

T: Has a very nice malt sweetness. Has a nice hop presence with mild grapefruit and orange rind. Has a caramel/grain malt flavor and a dry finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, a get a slight alcohol hit at the end that is slightly off-putting. Besides that very enjoyable.

Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Full Sail pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a very nice chunky white head and awesome lacing. Only thing missing were those little UFO circles in the wavering head.

Smell- Great floral and fruity hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet candyish note to it also.

Taste- Nicely balanced brew, but a tad bit to much malt and too little hops. The malt seemed to take over a bit. Very good carmel malt, but I like hops to be the prevelant taste in my IPA's. Still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel- Typical medium carbonation. A bit of a fuller mouthfeel due to a bit of sweetness.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. I'm sure I will reach for this one in the future when I am craving a more malty IPA.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a wonderful hop aroma, a floral - grassy - resinous character to it. A nice amber color with a slight chill haze. Medium body with a hoppiness up front, followed by a malty sweetness. A resinous quality to the hop flavors as well as other notes of grapefruit peel. This beer finishes quite bitter. There is lots of flavor in this beer.

Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I scored this CAN during a recent beer-buying excursion to PHL and I plan to make another foray on 26 December - if anyone wants this (or any other CANs), let me know before that date.

It is now a Purple CAN Afternoon and I have a) spotted Barney in one corner of the room while b) a parade of pink elephants just went by. Should I cut back?

From the (Purple) CAN: "Bahl Hornin' Since 1987"; "Solar Powered Brewery"; "The Legendary Boonville Brewery".

The CRack & gLug (sorry, residual damage from Moat Mountain) came off without a hitch and produced a thick, fluffy finger-and-a-half of tawny head that acted like it was going to hang around like the uninvited guest at the end of the night. Color was a deep, shiny copper like the handful of pennies that I recently got in change. I have had many redheaded girlfriends, but the one with this color of hair was the one that got away. There's a tear in my beer 'cause I'm cryin' for ya, dear! A good whiff of minty hops brings me right back to my senses and this delivered. Forget Smelling Salts, I'm going to market Smelling Hops for the hophead who may be asleep at the bar. Ask for it on any street corner where the finer drugs are peddled. Ah, the old Iron Fist Wrapped In Velvet Routine! Eighth time I've fallen for it this week. I was initially like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book", listening to Kaa hiss "Trust in Me" when suddenly, I took a bullet between the eyes! It initially enveloped my tongue in a sweet caress, gently working back and forth until WHAM! hops out the ying-yang and I was on my back on the floor wondering how I got there. 7% indeed. Hops and malt in a stunning interaction and looking at the dense lacing that remained, I wondered how I did not see it coming. I was distracted by thinking about that dame, I suppose. Finish left me satiated for the moment, but that feeling never lasts and I'm going to have to score again real soon, I just know it. Why, oh why, did I ever get hooked in the first place? BECAUSE I LOOOOVE HOPS, that's why and if you are awaiting real regret, hold your breath! I crave hops and this delivered. It will certainly have a place in my Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) cooler as well as accompanying me to the beach and elsewhere.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an orange hue. There's a ton of head with great retention. The nose has notes of bready, biscuity malts, grapefruit, and a nice floral aroma. The taste is bready malt with faint toast and floral, piny, bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Not a bad IPA by any means. The malt and hops do compete a little at times for balance, but each has its time to shine. Both are good, but some consistency in balance would make it much better.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.

A- GOlden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA (I asked the bartender whom I trust) this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick because it was not doing anything for me, I did not care for it.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Gold-amber, with off-white head, great lacing.

S: Floral American hops, with a good amount of malt considering the style.

T: Oustanding, citrus grapefruit jumps onto the palate, with delightful biscuit toasty malt coming up the rear. A hophead's delight.

M: Creamy, pretty good for a IPA, a tad thin, but I can deal with that. Carbonation is pretty low.

D: Oustanding, a dangerously drinkable IPA, an excellent choice from Anderson Valley, and not that expensive to boot.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint, in Valhalla, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

Light amber towards golden in colour: small white foaming head.

This is one of those 'over-hopped' IPA's that the US West Coast brewers seem to like to produce. I quite enjoy them because we don't see the style in the UK very often.

Citrus and spicy hop notes rule the nose and taste, the malts undetectable by me. Bitter and with a dry finish, you know it's coming but it is still a shock after each sip or gulp.

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

Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness dating included. Pours a rich shade of coppery, amber, almost red and shimmering. Tan head sticking around, leaves loads of lace and sheeting. Nose is the expected resinious hop load. Fine, fine stuff. Loads of oily, citric, herbal hops, smoothest of mouthfeels, well rounded and lovely. My favorite from AVBC. Seek out and enjoy this tasty creation. Hop heads rejoice.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Smells of bready malt and hops.
Taste is decent. Nice hop profile of somewhat citrusy, earthy hop. The malt takes a back seat, and also there is a slight twang in there too,no alcohal bite. Grapefruit at times.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is a decent IPA right here, and has the ABV to back it up. Alcohal is barely noticable in this one. Drinks very easily. Solid.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into Sammy Smith glass. Presents a slightly hazed rich amber; the cloudiness seems to make it glow. Good solid head composed of small bubbles and some rockiness. Settle to no head in the middle but globs around the rim; like a crater.
Smell is herbal and floral hops, some sweet malt and coriander. Ginger seems to creep in there.
Taste is a very nice balance of hops, with just enough malt to keep it tame. Citrus and spice mix around, giving the beer nice complexity.
Crisp, clean, very nice. Perhaps misses the IPA mark a bit, but I really like drinking this> big ups on drinkability

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mid-day gueuze was a let down, so I'm going to resort to perhaps the best beer from my mix-six pack to make up for lost ground. Alright, ready...set...POUR!:

This beer forms a massive head, albeit it looks soda-like. Despite the latter, the retention is excellent. Good crisp hop aroma in the nose. A little lemon zest as well. More clean hops in the taste as well. The malt then marches in and brings caramel and honey oat bread notes to the palate. Touches of nutty yeast and phenolic activity, giving it a funny aftertaste when it's all done.

Damn the latter! This would be another good American IPA, but the aftertaste kills it. This didn't make up for the lost gueuze.

Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance with lots of lacing and a slight head all the way through. The hops profile in the aroma and flavor are strong citrus and grapefruit hops to the point of getting perfume-like. There's a sweet malt element, but the hops dominate like a good india pale ale. I'd say this a good, stand-up example of american hops in an american IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice orange amber color with hints of brown. Creating a wonderful three to four finger head off of tan with great retention and stickiness. Nice cap left on the glass and great retention here. Minimal circular lacing in a few places.

Nose is an herbal hop tea, of black oolong like sense, but also a good malt backbone hiding behind. Very nice smelling.

Taste is hop and a perfect mix of brown bread. This literally tastes liked baked hop bread. Hop sense of herbality replaced with pine, baked in a pan with a brown bread sense and good malt finish. Just enough resin to coat the teeth but not feel like a huge oil slick. Palate is a little alcohol hot though.

Overall this is pretty darn good, but it does give off some good boozy heat but it's tolerable. Very enjoyable beer from Anderson Valley, these guys just make fantastic brews.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,916 ratings.