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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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1,206 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,206
Hads: 3,025
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.3%
Wants: 151
Gots: 451 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had Hop Ottin IPA from a bottle before reviewing it in the can and unfortunately....the can is not doing this beer justice. The beer poured a clear orangish copper with generous off white head that is lacing like Victoria Secrets catalog. The smell and taste are very malty....you can tell there are hops trying to give the pine/bitter citrus....but it is being over run with malt. The mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip
Couldn't find a bottled on date...

A - Hazy amber colour with a half finger of thick white head.

S - Sweet malts and bitter hops form a well balanced beer. The hops have a slight floral nose with some citrus and the malts are caramel and bready.

T - A very sweet malt taste up front that dominated the overall palate. Bitter hops are prevalent as well with some floral notes and they leave a lasting bitterness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation.

D - Good IPA but not one of the best I've had.

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy red brew, you can see through it a bit.

Smell is complex and strong hops; malt is in there as are citrus smells.

Very malty taste for an IPA and the Hops are more complex than most IPAs. There are PLENTY of hops in this, but this one reaches for more than just one flavor. Unexpected Flavors like bread show up, way complex for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a different sort of beer; I still can't nail down one of the flavors. Oh well guess I will have to buy more and figure it out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with alot on carbonation. A one-finger head, with ton's of lacing through out the glass. Scents of plenty of hop's present. A nice sweet taste with a nice bite at the end. Light-Medium body. A great session brew at 7%, but watch out, LOL I will be buying more of this for sure.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for a pricey $1.70... enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Just got off work.... need to veg for a while.

Big tan head .... pillow that leaves long sticky lacy all the way down the glass. Glowing orange amber with a little hop haze.

Aroma is earthy with floral American hops ... still with a nice malty backbone.. not actually as hoppy as would be expected.

Flavor is along the same rung ... but with a good bitterness balanced by quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts. Mouthfeel is good... descent carbonation helps break up the malt leaving a good floral hop finish.

I really like Anderson Valley, and as such, this is a pretty good American IPA. It is not overwhemingly hoppy.. just simply balanced... but be aware... 7% will sneak up on you. I am partial, I really do like Columbus hopped brews. And a great example of an IPA that doesn't need to beat you to death with the IBU's.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber thanks to Solomon 420!
Pours a clean toasted orange colour, substancial head that left big bubbles sitting over top all through the sitting. Hops make no effort of hiding. Upfront hop presence offering tones of citruis, well balanced by a strong bready malt base. The alcohol started showed up in the picture fairly soon in, before the beer even warmed too much. Hops impart a good deal of bitterness, seems slightly out of balance actually. The flavour seemed to offer only the malt, becoming overly bready after little time. The hops seemed absent from the taste, while still imparting an almost unpleasant of bitterness to the mouthfeel. Reminded me of some of the better IPA's I've tried, but certainly didn't live up to them...by all regards this was a considerably well made beer, but it just didn't seem to work for me.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


I guess it's now Sunday. Hard pour into a snifter yields three fingers of dense soapy beige sea foam. The color is dark orange. Exceptional retention and lacing.

S: Piney and earthy with a light floral spiciness and a bit of booze. This is, without a doubt, a balanced IPA. If anything, the scale tips toward the malt aspect of the beer, which gives off toasted biscuit with bready notes and a dash of caramel.

T: The flavor is malt heavy, tending toward caramel and breadiness with a feeble hop presence. There's a little pine and a lower moderate bitterness. Citrus has been subjugated by an oppressive malt regime.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Really malty without an adequate hop profile to back it up.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus and a bit of earthiness. This IPA smells as if it will be on the dry side. The flavor profile confirms what I expected... this IPA is definitely on the dry side, with some nice bitterness, a hint of fruit from the light malt, a touch of sandlewood, and an underlying grain flavor. The beer finishes very well, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up no heat whatsoever from the alcohol.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a very easy to take IPA from Anderson Valley.

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

This beer comes in a long-necked brown 355 ml. bottle. The label's got a picture of a great sceenary; a field in a mountain valley with a lake where a bear with great elkhorns looks for fish. I love the label!
The cap's got a sun with the text "Solar powered brewery".

A: The pour is glowing amber with a really large beautiful white thick long-lasting head. A massive amount of lacings and a really nice crater!

S: American piny floral hops, citric notes and caramell malt. Flowery.

T: Bitter and floral hops, citric and piney. A little sweeter caramell malt than I expected, but still very nice. Bready. Complex and well balanced.

M: Longlasting dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

D: This is a very nice American IPA, probably one of the best I've tried so far.

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

Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had a ton of Hop Ottin' over the years; I can't imagine why it's taken me so long to review.

Appearance: orange-brown hue with a bit of a haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace on the glass. I think it's pretty damn good-looking.

Smell: caramel malt with a very floral hop character. There's also a touch of citrus in there which is quite nice.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt with a big, floral hop character. Bitterness is moderate and relatively balanced. If you like sweet IPAs, this one could be for you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and an amazing creaminess for an IPA. Bam!

Overall: this is a very good IPA, although its flavor profile definitely favors the floral, soapy, caramelly end of the spectrum. Drinkable and refreshing, I do like to have a few of these on occasion.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.

T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.

D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.

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

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant , rich amber in color. 2.25 finger head on a reasonable pour. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Inviting light fruit and pine needles. It comes off extremely fresh.

T: Good hop bitterness up front, and slight tropical hints through the mid. A heavy yet balanced maltiness slides through at the end.

M: Creamier then I'd expected. The carbonation felt natural, something I don't often find with canned beer.

O: A really solid AIPA. Anderson Valley hasn't done anything out of the norm, but they didn't have to; they simply did it right.

Good drinking here.

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

A: Poured a beautiful slightly hazy orange-bronze with a solid one finger creamy, ivory head that was filled with macro bubbles and stuck to the sides of the glass for dear life leaving a spider web lacing behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light and limited to a few bubbles a second.

S: On the nose was columbus hops abound, a huge wet piney aroma with secondary dry citrus notes. Dry pungent flowery Columbus hops makes this a treat just to smell and makes you feel you are in hop heaven.

T: The initial flavor was full of beautiful fresh sticky pine resin and pungent flowery hop resins and citrus complimenting the creamy caramel sweetness of the malting. It is truly the fresh piney nature and Columbus hops that make this beer stand out against the typical other C hopped ipas. A dry semi-sweet caramel and sticky pine resin, and flowery hoppiness balances nicely in the finish with the rich, creamy caramel nature.

M: medium full, slick in texture and very smooth and creamy with a very soft carbonation. A nice fresh pine needle resin hopping graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Definitely one of my favorite ipas and hops of all time. Pungently good aroma with a dry, flowery hop finish makes this a treat to enjoy. Even with its strong hoppiness I find this still a treat and easy enough to drink in multiples and definitely worthy of a recommend. Case worthy by all means.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber; off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: HOPS! Citrus (grapefruit), floral & pine. Some underlying pale malt manages to shine through (biscuit/bread, toffee, light caramel). Plenty of nose.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange & lemon), toffee, candied fruit, grass, biscuit, light caramel. Pleasant bitter balance. Very hop-forward, but nice mixture of hop flavours (it's not just grapefruit juice or pine). Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Moderate body is well attenuated and only slightly acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: "Hop-heads, your dreams have come true!"

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

As a preface, I've had this one before I started reviewing. I'm glad I got a chance to revisit.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold and a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice mix of caramel malt and hops.

The taste on first sip has both caramel malt and hops at the forefront with the hops being mostly floral and quite bitter.

Further sips in and the hops take over giving my mouth a nice bitter embrace but the malt isn't exactly overwhelmed; it's always there providing a good balance and makes this IPA very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes with some citrus bitterness. I've always liked this brew and I'd have it again anytime I can get the chance.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is floral with some biscuity malt and a good dose of piney hops. The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty but the piney hops quickly make their presence felt creating a very nice hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, Hop Ottin' is a really nice IPA that is highly recommended for any hopheads out there. Too bad this isn't available in FL, or it would probably be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass 6/4/12

A clear copper with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a tight thumbs width of creme colored foam that hangs on for quite a while leaving several thin rings of lace, foam ends up as a thin film that leaves rings of lace well down the glass, looks perfect

S citric rind with some pine and toffee, smell pretty decent with just a little faint booze

T along the same lines as the smell with less rind but still plenty of citrus

M has a nice bite to it and leaves a fair bit behind on the gums, has some body too it and a long aftertaste of rind and herbal hops

O I'm digging this one, went down pretty fast for 7% oh well I guess I'll enjoy the ride.

a nice bitter IPA that's a great addition to the shelves here in Alberta, I can actually see the 11 sips it took me to slay this one and that's pretty impressive

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. It has a bit of grapefruit rind and some pine as well. It's more of an east coast IPA tasting beer. It ends with a malty bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer but I found myself wanting more of a fruity/juicy flavour. Still worth trying if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of markgugs
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter glass, thanks to my buddy Jeepers

A: Pours a rich mahogany shade of burnt siena/orange, with a very luscious, thick off-white head, which immediately begins to leave sticky lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the surface from what looks to be a semi-cloudy carbonation.

S: Bam! Smells wonderfully balanced, strong NW hop aroma, some definite grapefruit & piney zest coupled with a nice underlying biscuity maltiness.

T/M: Big, and I do mean BIG hoppy bitterness smacks your palate upside the head right from the get-go, and it is goood. But lest you think this guy is one-dimensional, think again. Though the flavoring is far more juniper & pine than the scent, and the maltiness is far more subdued, this is a deliciously refreshing beer. Feels perfectly oily swirling around on the tongue as well.

D: I only knocked this down a peg for the massive hoppiness; it would most likely make ME not want to put back a ton of these in a sitting. But the beer is very good and in a pinch, it wouldn't be hard to do so.

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

On tap at Yardhouse, served in a US pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange, medium white head forms, leaves behind a ton of lacing, nice retention, forms a solid ring. Smell is sugary grapefruit, floral, oranges/citrus fruit, tangerine, sweet malt, some caramel, nice. Taste is sugary, raw honey, grapefruit, tangerine and oranges, brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, sugary, very smooth, nicely balanced, excellent IPA.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has nice clarity for an IPA. Nice copper color. Medium head that sticks around. Very nice herbal hop tones in the aroma. There's a pungency in the taste that I don't like and don't think is appropriate. Medium to full bodied with a solid malt backing. I think this is a pretty average IPA. I've never been blown away by an IPA from AV.

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

Pours a resiny amber. A decent amount of bubbling for an IPA. A little lacing and a litle foam went nicely with the look of this brew. nice resiny hop smell starts of at first witha wel 30% malt character developed as well. A little sweet to with hints of pommegranite. The tase starts out with some syrupy and resiny hops mixed with sugary malt sweetness and citrusy hop presence.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.