Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,157 Ratings
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 stirgy on 04-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,157
Reviews:
1,233
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
534
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Very dry bitter aftertaste, not solved by any food or drink. Rather grapefruity hoppy drink inbetween. Well carbonated, but rather one-dimensional and so-so IPA from what I have tried, American or British. Recommended for the hophead in your life.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of bready malt and hops that lean toward the herbal side of the spectrum. A slightly metallic flavor comes out as well. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too special.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a bright hazy yellow color. The head with thick and white. The smell of hops flooded my nose with ease. The other aromas are citrusy and perhaps a touch of pine. The taste of the beer is good, The tropical citrus aromas carry over to the flavor nicely leaving a nice sweet and bitter finish to the beer. The mouthfeel has just a little bit of a bite to it. Overall I think this beer is pretty good and worth trying. I would choose this over a lot of other normal IPA's out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amount of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts. The smell becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel while the finish has flavors of citrus from the hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because unlike other IPAs, the hops do not completely dominate the smell and taste.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

On tap, the beer has a better meldedness than from the bottle. The bittering is more pronounces and starts to venture from the citrus and fruity hops to extreme bittering. The malts are suppressed a bit in it's sweetness and body, though remaining firm. Hops cause the beer to dry considerably and leave a bitter 'bite' in the back of the throat. Though I like it best on tap, I'm liking this beer less and less, the more I drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Self-identifies as an India Pale Ale. 7% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz purple aluminum can with no visible best before date served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are very high given its current ratings and the brewery - whose oatmeal stout I quite like.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with chili pepper spinach.

A: Pours a five finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, decent frothiness, decent looking texture (not horribly soft, but not off-putting), and good (~5+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a fairly vibrant palish copper; translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Exactly what you'd expect an IPA to look like, but the head retention is a highlight. I don't notice any overt flaws. Standard fare, but right on the money for the style. Looking forward to trying it. Not real creamy looking.

Sm: Pleasant and diverse floral hop character is prominent, resting on a pale malt base. Lilac and other distinct flowery notes. It's a mild strength aroma. Clean and fragrant. Otherwise, I don't get other types of hop character; maybe some light grapefruit citrus esters. Some caramalt in the base. Light tropical hop notes; pineapple may be the only distinct one I can identify. An appealing aroma for the style with some interesting hop choices. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's not coming off exceptional, so my expectations are for it to be good but not great at this point. I'm hoping it proves me wrong...

T: Hm. It's not your typical IPA build - especially for the emergent "West Coast IPA" style trend. Perfumey floral hop notes with plenty of tropical notes - pinapple and perhaps passionfruit among them - and a palpable half-hidden hop bitterness on the climax accompanied by a light twinge of grapefruit esters. Foundation is pale malts and a surprisingly high caramel (malt) bill. Very vague light pine buried in there, too. Sweet up front giving in to a bitter metallic taste in the third act which stays with you on the finish; that's its only major flaw. Consequently, the balance - both structurally and in terms of flavour - is far from ideal. I do find the build interesting and - dareisay - unique, but this requires serious tuning to be a truly great brew. I do like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: I'd like it more oily to accompany the noncommital pine. Smooth and wet for the majority of the structure - except for some dryness and coarseness in the third act. Okay thickness; it thins way too much in the late second act. On the harder end of water hardness. Certainly not soft on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated, but not biting or sharp. A bit rubbery and inconsistent; it's not an even texture by any means. Not as creamy as I'd like, except right on the climax - but the hop bitterness is too distracting at that point for it to be pleasant. A messy mouthfeel that doesn't suit the flavour profile except incidentally.

Dr: A bit boggled by the high ratings for this beer currently. As much as I like a lot of the brewery's other work, this just isn't an impressive IPA - especially for those of us who value balance in an IPA. I like and respect that it tries to do something different in the style; its choices in terms of hops and flavour is pretty unique. It just doesn't come off like it should. Drinkable but not worth picking up again. I'd like to revisit this on-draught; the metallic off-flavour really kills this one for me.

C

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey colored body with a prodigious head that displays great retention and lacing

Smell: Mandarin orange citrus nose

Taste: A ton of hoppy bitter flavors without much of a malt backbone; extremely orange bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; the beer dries out the mouth and provides some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A bit too one dimensional for my tastebuds; just too harsh for me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some light caramel malt. Taste is a mix between caramel malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this was a well made and very refreshing IPA but still taste quite similar to other staple of the style.

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

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice bisquity small head above a honey copper colored beer.

Pine, citrus and a slight floral aspect in a aroma that is on the lighter side.

a slight bitter edge to a pretty decent hops taste that combines citrus and pine quite well.

A dry aftertaste that holds a pine tree syrup likeness in this medium bodied IPA.

A nice hops taste without overdoing it, recommended.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops!! Tons of hops! It had a citrusy smell and some malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. It had a burnt maltiness, too. A nice combo of bitter hops an toasty maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A little warmth from the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good IPA. I've only had 2 ANderson Valley products and both have been excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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