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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,228 Reviews
Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
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 pezoids on 04-23-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,228
Ratings:
3,122
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
512
For Trade:
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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of cbenson
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy deep amber hue in an appearance showcase, massive bubbly off-white head builds up quick with exceptional retention. The head just slowly subsides to eternal foamy crown and leaves plenty of refined yet sticky lacing all around the glass-side.

Citrus, lemony, floral, pear, pine, and sweet caramel yet toffee from malt in a nose.

Sweet crackery malt as a foundation is strong enough to drive hop to dominate with a persistent bitterness along with a note of grapefruit, citrus, resin and herbal. Lightly toasted nuttiness exhibits too where subsequently hop wraps up the finish with a herbal and pleasant bitter end.

Medium to full body with slight syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation is medium and no problem to carry all the things well, dry finish. Overall, this beer is very good IPA and truly straightforward to the style. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, code 15355 6067 68... left out for 30 min, then poured into a shaker)

L: medium-tone amber-colored liquid, mild haze... off-white, fluffy pad of suds, rocky top... pouring the last half-inch of the bottle in brings with it some cloudy sediment, enhancing the haze a wee bit... keeps a messy cap from top to bottom

S: juicy grapefruit squeezins and pulp, mild citrusy taffy overtone... maybe getting a light caramel malt in the background, maybe even a whisper hint of toasted husk, but no overt maltiness to be found - this is boldly fruity-hop forward... ok, certainly some intense floral aromas woven in, maybe a mist of alcohol... the overall smell is incredibly potent and a lil mouthwatering

T: decadently-rich, powdery-candy like fruity hop resins ribbon across the palate... immediately apparent spicy hum... aftertaste is kinda like if you ate a piece of toast and drank a sip of orange/grapefruit juice, bang-bang, one after the other... moderate, fuzzy, pith-y bitterness left over and a surprising ambiguously-shaded phenolic skidmark... definitely some serious crystal malt skin liquefied within

F: hearty-ass warm glow in your thorax after the first sip... fleece-soft flow... definitely some extra weight from I can only assume a higher mash temp and a thorough bleeding of hop resins in the process (high volume additions)... the body has some curves, but ends up slithering out off the back of the tongue, some light viscosity, but lighter than its flavors suggest

O: in the ever-ongoing pursuit of unhad brews, coming back to this after a few years - forgot how damn good this is... and I love balance, as in, malt flavor (it's mostly toasted caramel here, not bread nor biscuit), but the hops are over the top just right... could easily knock back a sixer in one relaxed evening

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one of those darker than average ipas, this one predates almost all ipas, so this is back when they were going heavier malt compared to some of the drier ipas these days.

1/2 off white head, light brown pour, C hop dry hop aromas.

Plenty of pine and grapefruit hit the mouth, fresh is poppin nicely. Will finish drier when fresh, less likely to have that toffee and wood aspect envelope the mouthfeel as a slight negative. Better on tap.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey/amber hued body; thick, sculpted, white head; clumps of foam adhering to the glass. Fruity, pineapple aroma; sweet; peach. Sweet, caramel malt backbone flavor; fine hop bitterness building mid-way and lingering at the finish. Medium body; sticky and slightly prickly; nice residual sugary sweetness yet finishes fairly dry.

An intense yet balanced IPA that delivers some tingling hop goodness atop a sweet and tasty malt backbone.

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass the lightly hazy dark amber color of an IPA with a 1 1/4" ivory, almost beige, head that has large fluffy bubbles. The head soon begins to recede visibly while leaving some widely scattered small patches of leggy lacing. Sipping leaves only a few scattered speckles of foam. Even mid way through the beer there is still some foam on the surface of the liquid and foam and lacing still cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some citrus and pine resin, riding along over a background of caramel from the malt.

The flavors include a moderate, persistent citric bitterness (grapefuit pith?) with some caramel sweetness in the background. Also included are some pine resin notes. As the beer warms over time some floral notes begin to emerge as well but the bitterness still is the star of the show even though its rough edges are smoothed out a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a very moderate amount of carbonation. The finish begins as the upfront bitterness recedes a bit to let the citrus and pine resin emerge and mingle with the caramel sweetness of the malt backbone. Eventually it all gradually fades into dryness with only a touch of bitterness in the back of the palate.

As we'd expect from Anderson Valley this is a well made beer that I'd be pleased to have another of when this one is finished. I particularly like it that while the citric bitterness is always there, it allows the supporting players to be part of the background. That said, however, if I were going to invest in a case of an IPA it would more likely be the Two Hearted Ale from Bells or the Lot 3 from Evolution Brewing, both of which fit my tastes better than does this one.

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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 jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Vibrant amber copper color with a think creamy layer of foam, gentle carbonation.

S - Honey caramel malt with bright citrus and pine.

T - Set honey caramel malt backbone throughout the entire sip and around midway through the palate gets slammed with bitter grapefruit peel and pine with a touch of spiciness - any sweetness up front gets washed away.

M - Medium body with sprightly, prickly carbonation that gives way to a mild creamy finish.

O - Balanced with sweetness and sharp bitterness.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite interesting American IPA.
Body color is something between amber, dark orange and copper, quite opaque. Foam is almost white and leaves a nice lace.
Smell and taste are complex. Notes of malts (some caramel), spices, pine and citrus. The highlights go to the fruity character of cranberry and the flowery notes of roses. Hoppiness is really nice and there's also some subtle notes of other red fruits.
In the mouth, it starts like a cranberry tea; taste then goes to a cripsy-malty thing and it ends dry but mild, still somewhat bitter and with hints of fruity and herbal notes. After all, bitterness remains.
Body and carbonation are at average.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This West Coast IPA felt good, lot of balanced flavors, pretty bitter, easily drinkable. The kind of beer I love after a spring day out watching TV. .. cheers

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/26/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My bias: saying a beer fits the American IPA style is not an excuse for piling in the hops instead of learning how to balance them with the malts. A beer should not have such a bitter aftertaste that I cannot even taste a moderately spiced Pad Thai.
I guess we can't agree on everything. And that goes for the best of us.
Reviewed in MJ's 1999 edition with 3 of 4 stars "sexy, fresh-sweat aromas and robust flavors.

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Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA could win a photo contest - it's a sunset in a glass. Bursts of golden highlights emanate from a fading amber body - it's Instagram worthy. Clarity is fully intact and its head, while not exactly bulky, clings as tightly to the glass as a shy child does to a parent.

IPAs from California typically show stunning tropical fruit aromatics but this bouquet is far from breathtaking, due in large part to the abundance of toasty, caramelly malt. That said, notes of grapefruit skin and pine ensure the style's characteristic snappy fruitiness and sappy resins are on full display.

It's not uncommon for me to note rose-like qualities in hoppy beers, but this brewer's remark of bergamot is an interesting and very accurate one; it captures the essence of the floral/citrus profile perfectly. Like an over-steeped earl grey, this has a bitter edge to the citrus that causes a slight twinge...

Where it differs, however, is that this also has a pillowy, biscuity base of caramel malt that mutes everything right before the aftertaste can even set in. Those hard toffee and crisp wafer flavours don't by any means stamp out the grapefruit, orange peel, or pine serum notes, but they do cut into them.

Indeed, Hop Ottin' is a more balanced and moderate IPA than many of its Californian counterparts. So if it's a hop-forward but still easy-drinking beer you're after, then step right up. The lighter bitterness and gooey-er malt may displease the hardcore minority, but it will suit most drinkers just fine.

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Photo of Hallu
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA screams West Coast and American. In a blind tasting you could pick it out easily. The nose is on the resin hops, the caramel and the malts. The taste is the same, it's the most resin I've tasted in an IPA I think. If you like fruity IPAs, this is not for you. It's very bitter, strong, full bodied, masculine. I like it, but I would only have one at a time, even a pint might be too much. They claim "bold grapefruit" for this, but honestly it's nowhere to be found. It's pine, grassy tones and caramel/malt. Maybe a fresh batch on tap would be different ? From the bottle you can't find the citrus or the grapefruit anywhere (and most reviewers can't either apparently). Overall it feels like a sweeter Sculpin, but it still packs a punch.

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Photo of mjurney
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Amber-gold color, hazy. Lots of carbonation. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrus, herbal, resin, sweet malts, caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop bitterness up front, citrus, bitter orange, resin, herbal, leafy. Bready malt background, sweet and caramely. Finish is bitter, yet very crisp. Full bodied, refreshing, crisp, slight oily, a little dry, highly drinkable.

Overall:
It's an outstanding American IPA.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was just ok to me. It had a nice nose, but the flavor seemed a little off to me. It was bitter, but malty at the same time. I didn't really get the hoppy flavor I wanted, but still liked it ok.

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Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: mild citrus and pine aroma.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit flavors, some pine, oranges, and some pear. Some grassy tones arrive late. Nice bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish and a slight dryness arrives late.

Overall: a decent IPA with loads of citrus and pine.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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