Hop Ottin' IPA
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #779
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,434
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.97%
Reviews:
1,243
Ratings:
3,219
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
Notes: 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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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the problems with this brewery is that there isn't an identifiable production date. It's hard to get an accurate review when I'm not sure of the age of the beer. Nonetheless, this was one of my first favorite craft beers going back two decades when I first started drinking beer so I ought to give it a review. Purchased in six pack form.

Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a generous billowy off-white head that graces the top of the glass with filigreed lacing.

Aroma is initially tea-like. Big dose of caramel malts. Followed by pine, and grapefruit hops.

This beer still has some hop bite so it must be fresh enough. It isn't wildly bitter but bitter enough for my taste. Taste of fruit, particularly citrus fruit, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Finishes with a piney hop finish. Not overpowering and the malt backing if tasty.

The mouthful is lasting and pleasant. Light-medium to medium bodied, well balanced and finishes clean.

Overall, I still enjoy this classic IPA and I know the rest of the 6 pack will be pleasant. Cheers!

Mar 30, 2020
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MtnBiker from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my old time favorites that I haven't had in years but got a bottle today for old time sake. There is something special about Anderson Valley beers, they have a unique flavor to all of them that is very enjoyable to me. The unique flavor that each beer has gives me a comforting feeling, kinda like the smell of walking in your mom's house, or remembering an old girlfriend's perfume. There's just something that they use in their brewing that does this for me.

That said, this IPA is solid. It's not too hop forward and has more of a malt backbone to it than most. That's all you really need to know about it, it's good but not ground breaking, but it's reasonably priced. Try it, I doubt you'll be disappointed, but you probably won't be amazed. It's just good beer as it should be.

Nov 09, 2019
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FireMedk from California

3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a bottled 22 oz. Anderson Valley IPA that has a darker copper color with a strong 1-2 finger head, along with a bitter hops and citrus taste you'd come to expect from a good IPA made in California. This has a very distinct malt taste that makes it a bit too sweet for my taste. Not really refreshing but I would sip on this as a dessert beer. Jk, all beers are refreshing and I don't sip beer, I drink it, but you get my point. Cheers!

Oct 12, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful copper amber color with over an inch of white foam with traces of the copper color mixed in. I would say it is a medium carbonation.
The nose hits you with pine and citrus notes.
The taste is exact with the aroma, more pine and citrus, followed with a bit of sweetness, and ending with that IPA dry hop bite.

Mar 26, 2019
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ProudGreen89 from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A damn good IPA all around, it avoids the pitfalls of modern IPAs while giving us something a little skewed but I think some minor things could be tweaked to make it world class.

Pours a nice deep honey Amber with a 1 finger head that lingers for a good 8 minutes. More effervescent than cloudy with a nice aura around the edges of the glass.

Smell is very sweet (more on that later) with a nice hoppy freshness and maybe some citrus on top of very faint biscuit dough.

Tastes of pure sweet malts with a decent hop bite, citrus is there but not overpowering (which I appreciate). I think if the sweetness was dialed back a pinch and a longer dry hop would really launch this IPA into the stratosphere.

Mouthfeel is perfect, a little oily, thin on the finish and crisp after a good gulp begging you to come back for more.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and will be getting it again, this review was nitpicky but I really think it's a well crafted thing of beauty

Sep 01, 2018
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BenDorigan from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

I like Anderson Valley Brewing Company's beer, over all. They are heavy on the malts, so people who like sweetness in their brews will probably like their offerings. The sweetness in the Hop Ottin' IPA is well matched with some pretty, dog gone bitter hops, and thank God they're not heavy on Citra and Mosaic like every other IPA in the world, it seems like these days. But there is something about the sweetness in this beer that overpowers the hops. It's like a carnival candy sweetness and accompanying heavy syrupyness that is just too forward for the beer to be refreshing and not-too-filling, which it is. Makes my lips sticky, like an imperial IPA. I like this beer only occasionally because of the sweet heaviness. But I love the hop profile. If they thinned it out and reduced the sweetness while still maintaining the alcohol content, they would have a different beer, and one that I would probably like very much.

Jul 21, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Decervecitas. Bottle. In Teku glass. Playing Life is Strange Before the Storm. 8 months after bff (my fault) Piney and very bitter. Not bad but its noticeable that the hops are old and a bit oxidized. To repeat fresher

Apr 10, 2018
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Ahypercube from California

3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion, this is a perfect example of a standard IPA. A couple years ago, I had this brewery's oatmeal stout and I thought that was fantastic, but I didn’t expect their IPA to be so well-balanced. This is easily on par with Laginitas IPA.

L: Looks rather unassuming. Dark amber body with crater-ridden beige fluff on top. Excellent retention and thick lacing patterns, but any quality IPA with some malt to speak of has this. Lagunitas looks more or less the same (but with less dense head).

A: This is where it steps away from the crowd. Whole wheat bread dominates, with notes of tobacco, black tea, almonds, caramel and sweet apples (Gala, Braeburn, etc.) but a sour hop presence does pervade, bringing orange, passion fruit, plum, and a touch of pine and sage.

T: Again the malt dominates with faintly sweet bread, roasted almond, and oxidized apples, but bitter hops nip the back of the tongue as they go down. Plum, passion fruit, orange and grapefruit rind are noted, as well as that distinct herbal sage character that lingers on the finish along with black tea and the culminating roast.

F: Clean, but not quite crisp. The hoppy bite stops by in the middle of the sip to nip the tongue, but then oxidized vegetable bitterness lingers behind for too long. Finish is more on the creamy side than most mainstream competitors. I like that very much.

O: This is about what I've hoped for every time I have picked up a Red IPA (or IRA). An excellent example of a perfectly malt/hop-balanced single IPA (in the under $9/six-pack range). If you only like malty beer, and think IPAs are not for you, try this one. It might help bridge the gap.

Jan 23, 2018
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a big mouth wine glass.

A sweet golden-orange amber, with a thin head, glorious bubble streams and lacing.

That West coast IPA scent malty grapefruit-pine bliss.

Taste follows the nose, with creamy herbal tang of echoing delight. Bubbly and sour.

Not bad, would be a B+ / A- affair if they jacked the ABV up by about two %, but that is a finite detraction, in the big picture.

Oct 03, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange-amber, slightly hazy with a one-finger head. Aroma is somewhat malty with citrus mixed in. Smells very refined and smooth - well done. Taste is malt-forward with a good dose of citrus. Very smooth flavor and well balanced. Moderate bitterness kicks in midway through. Very good west coast - really liked this one.

Sep 09, 2017
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SamQ from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly good craft IPA. Hits of malt liquor in the flavor, and decent bitterness mix well with the hop varieties. Purple label is very attractive and unique. Pretty good Ipa

Aug 24, 2017
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Zet from Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden yellow with a decent head of foam that leaves nice lacing. Smell of pine, melon and grapefruit. These flavours return in the taste, with some maltiness added to the mix. Pine is dominating here. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied and refreshing. This is a fine IPA.

May 15, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking IPA with an amber color and minimal head. Scent is a bit less bold than I would expect. I'm getting pineapple, citrus and slight melon with a slight malt edge. Nice smooth flavor of citrus and slight pine. Good feel to this beer with a nice mouth coating and yet a crisp finish. No alcohol in the mix. Not very bitter. Quality beer.

Feb 03, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is a bit hazy between orange and copper. The head is minimal with good retention. No lacing.
S: There's tons of fruit, pineapple, resin, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest. It's rather good.
T: The taste has some citrus some of lemon and orange, there's some grapefruit and hoppy profile in the back.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is good. Bitterness is minimal.
O: Nice surprise.

Dec 31, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with copper hues, almost clear. Foam white, high durability, the walls of the foamed glass leaves rings.
The aroma mainly malt, caramel background are the resin and fruits.
The resin turned up the taste this beer, further fruits that give freshness. Heavy notes of malt and caramel are muted. For a long finish herbal resin bitterness, slightly astringent, including beer completely do not mind.
The loading medium toward the high suitable

Dec 11, 2016
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: pours amber copper color - decent creamy two finger head - sticky resiny feel to this one. Aroma is sweet caramel / toffy malt. Taste is rather thick and malty, more like a malt forward IPA - akin to the Colorado or midwestern style. Not a West Coast at all IMO - way too dark/dank hops. Overall it's a decent beer - worth a try and easy to find in the can at your local Trader Joes.

Nov 19, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is mild hops. The taste is is straight forward IPA with some malt thrown in.

Nov 04, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep caramel color with amber accents. Head is popcorn colored and 4 fingers tall. A bit darker than I'd like for an IPA (I'm a fan of the lighter shades)

And as I expected with the darker shade comes strong caramel malts and butterscotch. Beneath the butterscotch sweetness is some vanilla, orange, and grapefruit pith. It's a supremely sweet and nice aroma, but I don't trust it!

Citrus forward, with toffee malts, caramel, which only gets louder as it warms. Hops and pine come in strong behind the former. There's nothing infectious with the flavor, it's just overall disgusting - wrought with caramel notes.

Feel is medium bodied, creamy, and a sticky, dry, tongue scrubbing feel towards the finish.

Overall, eh, not really fresh tasting. I can see how hopheads and especially fans of West Coast IPA's would enjoy this, but it's not for me.

Oct 31, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber semi-cloudy orange with an off white head, slight lacing, decent amount of carbonation.

A: Touch of grapefruit and pine, sweet malts come through pretty strong, hops are not as strong as I was hoping.

T: Like the nose, slight grapefruit rind, pine needles, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, nicely balanced with the malts, really dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

O: It's old, hops are not as prevalent as I was hoping. I can't find this in my area fresh, but if I'm reading the code right this can is from around August, 2016. This probably explains why the hops are not popping, curious know how this taste fresh.

Oct 21, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in color with a bit of haze. Orange cream head that recedes to a solid film, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, pine, malt, and there are earthy and herbal notes as well. Deep hops flavor, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and herbs. Resinous mouthfeel with a dry finish. Well balanced and smooth, but plenty of flavor. Excellent beer overall.

Sep 30, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with one fat finger of beige head that leaves Arabian skyline lace as it recedes.

Smells of orange rind, grapefruit zest, muddled tropical fruit, honeyed brown bread, pine needles, expensive perfume and cut flowers.

Tastes of more bready caramel malt, blood orange, grapefruit flesh, citrus oil, oak and intense piney hops.

Feels big and hearty. Hefty middleweight with solid carbonation. Finishes super dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Hardcore IPA.

Sep 26, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at PreFunk. True to the West Coast style. Hops rule in this brew, pours with high, rocky head. Very tart, sharp bitterness, dry mouthfeel and finish. A big, bold IPA

Jul 21, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5/14....pours medium copper, colored, bright, with 1/4 inch head of white patchy foam. Bready caramel nose. Lemon citrus in the back. Sharp pine bitter, opens strong, some sweet malty undercurrent. Soapy. Rinds. Heavy bitter but manages to balance out. Nice.

Jul 13, 2016
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cbenson from California

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden brown gradient with a dirty cream colored head with excellent retention and dense lacing. Pours more like a Lager than an ale.
Smell: Citrusy and earthy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, blackberry, pine, and oak.
Taste: Subtle, balanced, and surprisingly malt-forward for an IPA. Notes of toasted bread, oak, grapefruit, nuts, caramel. A bitter and dry aftertaste. Not too sweet.
Feel: I was at first disappointed by the thinness of the mouthfeel but it opens up and definitely complements the dryness with a mouth-coating exit. It grows on you over time.
Overall: This beer harkens back to the original IPAs where fruity/punchy flavors weren't the only goal. It's a good, classic ale that is dry, bitter, and crisp.

Jun 28, 2016
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 3219 ratings