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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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:
#3,850
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
3,177
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Ratings: 3,177 |  Reviews: 1,236
Photo of webbcreative
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange golden color, with 1.5 finger white head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of sweet crystal malt - and earthy hops.

Taste is the same really - sweet crystal malts up front then ends with earthy hops - really thought this was going to be more piney and citrus. But I dont mind so much - I like my IPA's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good - med.

Overall this is a good IPA - the malt profile reminds me of Caldera's IPA - although with a very different hopping schedule.

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

Let me start off by saying that someone gave me this one so I was unsure of the freshness of it. After some further inspection, I found a date of 344th of 2010. Not sure if thats the best by or the bottled on date... regardless, not the best date either way you look at it...

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice off white head with decent retention and a nice trail of lacing spiderwebbed on the walls of the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with a decent amount of activity

S- Not overly pungent... some floral hop aroma, maybe a touch of malt

T- Very one sided. Has a nice hop flavor, but lacks that sharp bite that other IPAs have, though it does linger for a fair amount of time in your mouth. All in all, enjoyable from start to finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- So... despite the slight amount of age on this bottle, I feel it held up pretty well. Had it been fresher, perhaps it would have had a bit more intensity to the hop flavor. This one deserves some *edits* should I ever get my hands on a fresher bottle

CHEERS!!

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Photo of zak333
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CLXXX
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reddish orange beer with minimal carbonation and a slight surface coat of random bubbles and microscopically thin foam. bright. gives off a perfumed bouquet of hops. taste reeks of hoppy pale ale, pushing malt and sweetness to the background. welcome hint of bitterness in the finish but overall light. mildly chalky but evoking berries in the end.. you're left with a fruity zing. decent and enjoyable.

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

Photo of sirk0rebreg
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a new sam adams glass...wonderful 2 finger head that seems to last for a bit, leaves a nice sticky lace down the glass...aroma is of floral hops and those are evident in the taste as well...very good beer, pretty well balanced with a little bite at the end...at 7.00% abv i wouldn't call it a session beer but it is very drinkable...great carbonation

overall a good beer and i will definitely buy and drink again

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Photo of Jonnyb12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice IPA

smell:
not a pungent aroma, but has a nice citrus/malty smell to it.

Taste:
a little bit metallic in the beginning, then it opens up with a hoppy kick, and a light malty flavor.

The beer is on the hoppy side of balanced which I like, its a good beer, worth drinking.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, light orange/copper color with a nice off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Right after opening I got a nice whiff of hops. I'm getting lots of citrus notes...mainly orange and lemon, followed by a sweet malt scent blended with melon. A very nice balance to this. The taste is not quite as good as it smells though. Initially you get sweet malts and sugars, but it's not really followed by all the citrus I get in the nose. The hops are more bittering than fruity and citrusy. As it warms up you get a bit more of the citrus notes and the beer begins to taste more well balanced (the bitterness mellows out). The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is quite nice...no real complaints in this department. And the drinkability can be considered quite high IMO.

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Photo of northaustin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. pours a darker amber with one finger of tan white head. nice lacing.

the smell is terrifically balanced. usually in an ipa i judge based on hop smell. but this one has a slight malty scent to it which leads smoothly to a big hop smell. very nicely done.

taste is mostly the flavor hops and could be a bit more bitter (for my taste). however, the flavors that are present are very nice. a few citrus notes as well as a touch of the fruity, floral hops.

mouthfeel is a bit odd but not in a bad way. doesnt leave your mouth dry by any means but does give you sort of that "oily" feeling left in the throat from the hop flavor.

drinkability is great. for ipa fans this one is a must. for people who dont like the overwhelming bitterness of hops this is a must try as well. a bit expensive here in texas, but worth shelling out the extra dollar fifty or so more for a sixer of a good ipa. im very excited to have these beers coming to texas now and am looking forward to trying their other offerings (im lookin at the brother davids belgian tripel right now).

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Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Fransisco.

Poured a radiant copper colour, with a thin to medium sized bubbly white head of foam. Nice retention and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is most definitely hoppy, but not overly so, and seemed to be a mix of different hoppy scents instead of leaning to dominance of one or the other. There's certainly the citrus and pine you'd expect from the West Coast, but it also mixes in with floral, biscuit and caramel notes, which provide a nice balance.

The same cannot be said of the flavour, which is slightly unbalanced, with the hops really dominating the caramel malt background, throwing the whole thing out of skew a little. Having said that, I love the bitterness, but the one-dimensionality keeps this away from world-class status for me. The mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. The high bitterness of this would prevent me from sitting down and having a bunch in an evening, but I'd gladly return to this hop bomb.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper hue with slim head. Not much retention. The aroma of sweet orange hops presents itself fairly strongly. The taste starts out slowly with a light and sugary malt flavor, before tangy, nectary hops begins to dominate. The finish leaves a nice lingering bitterness that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel starts out a bit watery in first part of the experience, but ends up with a fair thickness and smoothness. Nice carbonation to boot. The drinkablilty is fine with this brew, although with the abundance of American IPA's this might not be top of the line. Either way if you love hops it will do the trick...

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Photo of Mikey440
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Chill-hazed light amber with a supremely solid bone-colored, big, two-finger head. Great retention! As it slowly went down while becoming lumpy, it left stages of lacing in rings on the glass.

S - Delicious heavy pine and citrus hop aroma that has a fruity hint to it with some strong grapefruit. Well balanced with a malty backbone with a light caramel touch to it.

T - The immediate presence of a hearty malt backbone became evident as it flooded my mouth with sweet pale and light caramel malt notes. Instantly changed to a very grapefruit-like fruitiness with lots of pine and a citrus burst at the end. Dry and moderately bitter to the finish.

M - Borderline full-bodied, the residual sugars and alcohol fill it up a bit. Smooth with a crisp and refreshing dry finish of hops. Moderately bitter.

D - A bit heavy for an IPA. Could be lowered a bit to be more drinkable to fit an IPA, not almost resemble a DIPA. Would bring out the hops a bit more but the balance is good and it's a solid brew!

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Photo of climax
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The easy pour yielded a somewhat darker than expected caramel/amber with a fairly.... er definitely huge head. It cratered nicely and left some good webby lace.

The aroma was a bit more minty than most, bright and well balanced. Juicy grapefruit and orange added the crispness to a pretty sweet and toasty malt mattress.

The flavor had the resiny pine bill that wasn't as detectable in the nose. The balance was good enough to almost (but not quite) lean on the malty side. Very sweet toastiness was no wallflower behind the nice and easy citrus and pine hop bill.

The body maybe a bit on the light side, perhaps emphasized by a very slick feel. Not watery, but it lacked an interesting feel. The carbonation was quite mild, easy to drink nonetheless.

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

Has a nice, smooth honey-colored look. Thick, foamy head. Quite clear. Thin layer of lace.

Nice aromatic hosp with a swell biscuity malt base. Hops have a first citrus/ester whiff with pine at the end. Very nice; sweet but also bitter.

Nice bitterhop flavor. Quite strong actually. Punishes the front of the tongue. Almost an Imperial IPA, truthfully. Delicious but very STRONG.

Very thick, bubbly and creamy. Fizzy on the tongue. Formidable. It's a delicious beer, but maybe just a bit too strong. Hard to repeat.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - hazy amber with a three finger white head

S - Caramel, stone fruits, grassy

T - very balanced with a good malt backbone and herbal hops, a bit of grapefruit and tea-like bitterness

F - ok mouthfeel

T - good beer, nothing overwhelming but drinkable and lovely bitterness

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

A - nice amber color. pours solid 1 finger head that dissipates. lacing present.

S - subtle fragrence. fruity hops, some biscuit notes

T/M - Nice full body feel. Definitely an IPA. Having problems picking out the subtleties but just hop fruity hopness, malt up front with well balanced sweetness.

D - solid hoppy brew. though this bottle wasnt overly impressive. would drink again

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce can into New Belgium snifter. No idea about a freshness date, but can is stamped 1 08 18 b 1 b d.

A- Pours a pretty orange with two fingers of quickly dissipating white foam. Thick lacing starting to appear where the head was.

S- I smell a lot of citrus and maybe some malty sweetness.

T- Strong hop bitterness dominates and rides all the way through the swallow. If there is any malt balance in this one I do not taste it. (disclaimer here - I am on antibiotics for a sinus infection) I think I can taste a little bit of pine and some grapefruit is definitely breaking through.

M- This one has a little too much carbonation for me, as I like a cask-conditioned feel in an IPA. It would be great refreshment on a hot day, but that isn't the point of IPAs. I would say this was closer to the body of your average Sam Adams product. Not bad, just nothing to brag about.

O- This is a nice-looking, easy-drinking and beautiful IPA. I could picture myself tossing twelve of them in a cooler and heading to the lake for the day. I could not see myself adding one to a formal IPA tasting session at my home. The taste is totally for hop-heads, yet the body makes it a refreshing beverage. I guess if that is what appeals to you, its worth the money. I will keep searching for the best canned IPA.

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Photo of budgood1
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,177 ratings
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