Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by stirgy on 04-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,028
Reviews:
1,240
Ratings:
3,204
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
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Photo of Griphon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ProudGreen89
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of jaxon53
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flyte
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenDorigan
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleManDan
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arrowsmith_
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of white_pony21
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BradMueller
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mxsluis
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwd
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of RC_Saunders
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dovers
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kayakguy
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with head and lacing last as you drink. This IPA has lots of aroma and flavor.
A solid West Coast IPA. This is worthy of a six pack.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,204 ratings