Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Smells of bready malt and hops.
Taste is decent. Nice hop profile of somewhat citrusy, earthy hop. The malt takes a back seat, and also there is a slight twang in there too,no alcohal bite. Grapefruit at times.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is a decent IPA right here, and has the ABV to back it up. Alcohal is barely noticable in this one. Drinks very easily. Solid.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.

A- GOlden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA (I asked the bartender whom I trust) this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick because it was not doing anything for me, I did not care for it.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a wonderful hop aroma, a floral - grassy - resinous character to it. A nice amber color with a slight chill haze. Medium body with a hoppiness up front, followed by a malty sweetness. A resinous quality to the hop flavors as well as other notes of grapefruit peel. This beer finishes quite bitter. There is lots of flavor in this beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had a ton of Hop Ottin' over the years; I can't imagine why it's taken me so long to review.

Appearance: orange-brown hue with a bit of a haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace on the glass. I think it's pretty damn good-looking.

Smell: caramel malt with a very floral hop character. There's also a touch of citrus in there which is quite nice.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt with a big, floral hop character. Bitterness is moderate and relatively balanced. If you like sweet IPAs, this one could be for you.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and an amazing creaminess for an IPA. Bam!

Overall: this is a very good IPA, although its flavor profile definitely favors the floral, soapy, caramelly end of the spectrum. Drinkable and refreshing, I do like to have a few of these on occasion.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for a pricey $1.70... enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Just got off work.... need to veg for a while.

Big tan head .... pillow that leaves long sticky lacy all the way down the glass. Glowing orange amber with a little hop haze.

Aroma is earthy with floral American hops ... still with a nice malty backbone.. not actually as hoppy as would be expected.

Flavor is along the same rung ... but with a good bitterness balanced by quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts. Mouthfeel is good... descent carbonation helps break up the malt leaving a good floral hop finish.

I really like Anderson Valley, and as such, this is a pretty good American IPA. It is not overwhemingly hoppy.. just simply balanced... but be aware... 7% will sneak up on you. I am partial, I really do like Columbus hopped brews. And a great example of an IPA that doesn't need to beat you to death with the IBU's.

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Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a wonderful cloudy amber color. Just a beautiful looking beer. There isn’t much head nor aroma. I smell some hops, but it’s gentle.

There are some grapefruit flavor in a fresh bright tickle. There’s that West Coast piney flavor that IPAs over there have.

There isn’t too much of a body and unfortunately, the flavor falls off the tongue all too fast. There’s a bit of bitterness at the end, but that’s it. It has some spot on West Coast IPA IPA flavors, but it lacks a bit of depth. I would surely love it to just session as you can keep going in for more. Then again, there's something about that, which so attractive.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy red brew, you can see through it a bit.

Smell is complex and strong hops; malt is in there as are citrus smells.

Very malty taste for an IPA and the Hops are more complex than most IPAs. There are PLENTY of hops in this, but this one reaches for more than just one flavor. Unexpected Flavors like bread show up, way complex for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a different sort of beer; I still can't nail down one of the flavors. Oh well guess I will have to buy more and figure it out.

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

22 oz. bomber

A: Gold-amber, with off-white head, great lacing.

S: Floral American hops, with a good amount of malt considering the style.

T: Oustanding, citrus grapefruit jumps onto the palate, with delightful biscuit toasty malt coming up the rear. A hophead's delight.

M: Creamy, pretty good for a IPA, a tad thin, but I can deal with that. Carbonation is pretty low.

D: Oustanding, a dangerously drinkable IPA, an excellent choice from Anderson Valley, and not that expensive to boot.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint, in Valhalla, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

Light amber towards golden in colour: small white foaming head.

This is one of those 'over-hopped' IPA's that the US West Coast brewers seem to like to produce. I quite enjoy them because we don't see the style in the UK very often.

Citrus and spicy hop notes rule the nose and taste, the malts undetectable by me. Bitter and with a dry finish, you know it's coming but it is still a shock after each sip or gulp.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber; off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: HOPS! Citrus (grapefruit), floral & pine. Some underlying pale malt manages to shine through (biscuit/bread, toffee, light caramel). Plenty of nose.

T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange & lemon), toffee, candied fruit, grass, biscuit, light caramel. Pleasant bitter balance. Very hop-forward, but nice mixture of hop flavours (it's not just grapefruit juice or pine). Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Moderate body is well attenuated and only slightly acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: "Hop-heads, your dreams have come true!"

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

This beer comes in a long-necked brown 355 ml. bottle. The label's got a picture of a great sceenary; a field in a mountain valley with a lake where a bear with great elkhorns looks for fish. I love the label!
The cap's got a sun with the text "Solar powered brewery".

A: The pour is glowing amber with a really large beautiful white thick long-lasting head. A massive amount of lacings and a really nice crater!

S: American piny floral hops, citric notes and caramell malt. Flowery.

T: Bitter and floral hops, citric and piney. A little sweeter caramell malt than I expected, but still very nice. Bready. Complex and well balanced.

M: Longlasting dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

D: This is a very nice American IPA, probably one of the best I've tried so far.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


I guess it's now Sunday. Hard pour into a snifter yields three fingers of dense soapy beige sea foam. The color is dark orange. Exceptional retention and lacing.

S: Piney and earthy with a light floral spiciness and a bit of booze. This is, without a doubt, a balanced IPA. If anything, the scale tips toward the malt aspect of the beer, which gives off toasted biscuit with bready notes and a dash of caramel.

T: The flavor is malt heavy, tending toward caramel and breadiness with a feeble hop presence. There's a little pine and a lower moderate bitterness. Citrus has been subjugated by an oppressive malt regime.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Really malty without an adequate hop profile to back it up.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is floral with some biscuity malt and a good dose of piney hops. The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty but the piney hops quickly make their presence felt creating a very nice hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, Hop Ottin' is a really nice IPA that is highly recommended for any hopheads out there. Too bad this isn't available in FL, or it would probably be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful slightly hazy orange-bronze with a solid one finger creamy, ivory head that was filled with macro bubbles and stuck to the sides of the glass for dear life leaving a spider web lacing behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light and limited to a few bubbles a second.

S: On the nose was columbus hops abound, a huge wet piney aroma with secondary dry citrus notes. Dry pungent flowery Columbus hops makes this a treat just to smell and makes you feel you are in hop heaven.

T: The initial flavor was full of beautiful fresh sticky pine resin and pungent flowery hop resins and citrus complimenting the creamy caramel sweetness of the malting. It is truly the fresh piney nature and Columbus hops that make this beer stand out against the typical other C hopped ipas. A dry semi-sweet caramel and sticky pine resin, and flowery hoppiness balances nicely in the finish with the rich, creamy caramel nature.

M: medium full, slick in texture and very smooth and creamy with a very soft carbonation. A nice fresh pine needle resin hopping graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Definitely one of my favorite ipas and hops of all time. Pungently good aroma with a dry, flowery hop finish makes this a treat to enjoy. Even with its strong hoppiness I find this still a treat and easy enough to drink in multiples and definitely worthy of a recommend. Case worthy by all means.

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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 Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

As a preface, I've had this one before I started reviewing. I'm glad I got a chance to revisit.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold and a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice mix of caramel malt and hops.

The taste on first sip has both caramel malt and hops at the forefront with the hops being mostly floral and quite bitter.

Further sips in and the hops take over giving my mouth a nice bitter embrace but the malt isn't exactly overwhelmed; it's always there providing a good balance and makes this IPA very drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes with some citrus bitterness. I've always liked this brew and I'd have it again anytime I can get the chance.

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

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant , rich amber in color. 2.25 finger head on a reasonable pour. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Inviting light fruit and pine needles. It comes off extremely fresh.

T: Good hop bitterness up front, and slight tropical hints through the mid. A heavy yet balanced maltiness slides through at the end.

M: Creamier then I'd expected. The carbonation felt natural, something I don't often find with canned beer.

O: A really solid AIPA. Anderson Valley hasn't done anything out of the norm, but they didn't have to; they simply did it right.

Good drinking here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. It has a bit of grapefruit rind and some pine as well. It's more of an east coast IPA tasting beer. It ends with a malty bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - A decent beer but I found myself wanting more of a fruity/juicy flavour. Still worth trying if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.

T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.

D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.

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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 wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass 6/4/12

A clear copper with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a tight thumbs width of creme colored foam that hangs on for quite a while leaving several thin rings of lace, foam ends up as a thin film that leaves rings of lace well down the glass, looks perfect

S citric rind with some pine and toffee, smell pretty decent with just a little faint booze

T along the same lines as the smell with less rind but still plenty of citrus

M has a nice bite to it and leaves a fair bit behind on the gums, has some body too it and a long aftertaste of rind and herbal hops

O I'm digging this one, went down pretty fast for 7% oh well I guess I'll enjoy the ride.

a nice bitter IPA that's a great addition to the shelves here in Alberta, I can actually see the 11 sips it took me to slay this one and that's pretty impressive

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,138 ratings.
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