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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.99/5
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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:
#3,900
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
3,177
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
538
Trade:
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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I scored this CAN during a recent beer-buying excursion to PHL and I plan to make another foray on 26 December - if anyone wants this (or any other CANs), let me know before that date.

It is now a Purple CAN Afternoon and I have a) spotted Barney in one corner of the room while b) a parade of pink elephants just went by. Should I cut back?

From the (Purple) CAN: "Bahl Hornin' Since 1987"; "Solar Powered Brewery"; "The Legendary Boonville Brewery".

The CRack & gLug (sorry, residual damage from Moat Mountain) came off without a hitch and produced a thick, fluffy finger-and-a-half of tawny head that acted like it was going to hang around like the uninvited guest at the end of the night. Color was a deep, shiny copper like the handful of pennies that I recently got in change. I have had many redheaded girlfriends, but the one with this color of hair was the one that got away. There's a tear in my beer 'cause I'm cryin' for ya, dear! A good whiff of minty hops brings me right back to my senses and this delivered. Forget Smelling Salts, I'm going to market Smelling Hops for the hophead who may be asleep at the bar. Ask for it on any street corner where the finer drugs are peddled. Ah, the old Iron Fist Wrapped In Velvet Routine! Eighth time I've fallen for it this week. I was initially like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book", listening to Kaa hiss "Trust in Me" when suddenly, I took a bullet between the eyes! It initially enveloped my tongue in a sweet caress, gently working back and forth until WHAM! hops out the ying-yang and I was on my back on the floor wondering how I got there. 7% indeed. Hops and malt in a stunning interaction and looking at the dense lacing that remained, I wondered how I did not see it coming. I was distracted by thinking about that dame, I suppose. Finish left me satiated for the moment, but that feeling never lasts and I'm going to have to score again real soon, I just know it. Why, oh why, did I ever get hooked in the first place? BECAUSE I LOOOOVE HOPS, that's why and if you are awaiting real regret, hold your breath! I crave hops and this delivered. It will certainly have a place in my Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) cooler as well as accompanying me to the beach and elsewhere.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a two finger-high head of near white foam.

Smell: Fresh citrus zest, notably strong resinous pine, with some lesser floral tones. Some pale, caramel malts showing beyond the hop aromas.

Taste: Bready pale malts sweetened up with a handful of crushed sugar cookies. Floral hops, but also fairly, firmly resinous, with some tangerine oil included. Medium bitterness throughout. Leisurely bitter, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, basic American IPA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for forgetfu for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very chunky two finger head. Head settles in a few minutes to a nice layer of white bubbles on top and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A light citric aroma with a hint of pine. Definitely on the floral side. Grainy malts fill out the rest of it.

T: Has a very nice malt sweetness. Has a nice hop presence with mild grapefruit and orange rind. Has a caramel/grain malt flavor and a dry finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, a get a slight alcohol hit at the end that is slightly off-putting. Besides that very enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took a little while to determine the color since the head was so gargantuan that the beer wasn't visible. Dusky, hazy orangish amber. The head is French vanilla in color, bordering on light tan, and is firm and extremely sticky. It looks like meringue and is leaving huge chunks of foam all over the glass.

The aroma doesn't leap out of the glass and assault me with hops (as was expected given the beer's reputation as a hophead's delight). The nose consists of somewhat citrusy, but primarily earthy hops. Upon tasting... this IPA is not a hop monster by any stretch of the imagination. The hoppiness is more herbal-earthy than it is citric fruity.

There's a solid malt backbone and not enough hoppiness. Butterscotch is also appreciated (which is definitely odd for the style), as is a flash of alcohol. The finish is medium in length and doesn't differ greatly from what preceded it. The mouthfeel is good, not great. It's firm without much creaminess.

After everything that I've heard about it, Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' is a minor letdown. Another West Coast citric hop bomb was expected... and wasn't delivered. Maybe I just don't care for Columbus hops, which this beer uses exclusively. Sorry, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as far as I'm concerned.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Shiny copper hue with cushiony meringue head that leaves a patchy rings down the glass.

Smell: Rustic hop aroma with hints of flowers, tea and tobacco. Citric fruitiness from the hops with a mild nutty and pear-like fruit from the malt / yeast pairing to boot.

Taste: Medium slightly chewy malt body barely holds up the prickly pungent hop bitterness. A little slick oily mouth feel from the hops leaving a bitter sweet citric tea flavour. Fruity esters are perceptible with allusions of cherries and golden raisins, alcohol warms the body a bit also. Malt finds a way to peek out for a tad with a dry nutty and grainy cracker character. The finish is a faded grain and long drawn out tea like hop.

Notes: A true American IPA that gets straight to the point, no pussyfooting around for this brew … immediately to the hops! Malt hardly keeps a foothold against the hops yet still loans some character to this brew. Hate to say it … but this is another superb “hop head” IPA!

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Photo of BEER88
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Thanks to my Mom for bring this back from CA for me :)
Poured slight above 45 degrees into my DFH shaped pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A brilliant copper w/ a light tan head of about 2 1/4 fingers in stature that settles to about a finger leaving moderate amounts of lace above a nice tight bead. A very attractive shade w/ great head retention - excellent appearance.

S - Mellow pine w/ gentle citrus hop aroma that hints at a floral aroma in the nose w/ sweet malt echoes

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice the resinous hops are a little sharp at first, but mellow with the pine-needle like taste getting smooth and slightly acidic. Malt is more of a cushion allowing a sweet tinge as the feel enters the realm of taste.

T - A pleasant citrus and pine tannic element as the hops have solid citrus, but are just shy of grapefruit w/ the sweet malt keeping pace. There is a lasting bitterness in the flavor which is very flavorful. The maltiness is giving this some balance, but not shy on hops by any stretch. Slightly creamy in flavor w/ gentle fruit after a swirl to revive some carbonation. I am enjoying the seemless blend of anchoring malt and fresh hop flavors 1/2 hour into this fine ale. This is easy to swish and allow to slowly glide down It is a great Ipa to me. It just covers all the bases w/ out punishing the taste buds w/ a hop assault. I enjoy the subtle plum and berry w/ excellent slight lemongrass spice as it warms.

D - Very enjoyable and tasty - one I can find locally although my mom brought this back from CA (she didn't know)Bay area. It was especially fresh -I wish they all tasted so good. A definite go-to when in need of IPA satisfaction. I consider this very drinkable even at 7% a great west coast IPA

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

I have had Hop Ottin IPA from a bottle before reviewing it in the can and unfortunately....the can is not doing this beer justice. The beer poured a clear orangish copper with generous off white head that is lacing like Victoria Secrets catalog. The smell and taste are very malty....you can tell there are hops trying to give the pine/bitter citrus....but it is being over run with malt. The mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Heroe's in Fullerton.

A: Hop Ottin' pours a light golden color with a small white foam which leaves excellent lacing on the pint glass.

S: The nose was what you generally look and hope for in an IPA. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefuit hop aromas with a mild malt scent to give some semblance of balance.

T: This is an incredibly bitter IPA. Absolutely tons of resinous pine flavor and very mild on the citrus front. The slight malt aroma does not translate to the palate.

M: Despite the lack of malt character, there is a stickiness about this beer. Moderate carbonation helps out with the incredible bitterness.

D: Being a hophead, this beer is absolutely delicious to me. However, this would be overwhelmingly bitter to many people. The alcohol is not very present, so if you enjoy that intense pine taste, this is a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Lookin' for a new source o' hops recently, and my local TJ's provided me this li'l ditty. It pours a clear copper topped by nearly a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, mild caramel, and a pinch of cinnamon. I'm not sure why, but I find this aroma to be extremely inviting. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon peel, light cantaloupe, light watermelon, light caramel, very light greens, and that same tiny shaving of cinnamon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I could easily see drinking pretty often.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an orange hue. There's a ton of head with great retention. The nose has notes of bready, biscuity malts, grapefruit, and a nice floral aroma. The taste is bready malt with faint toast and floral, piny, bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Not a bad IPA by any means. The malt and hops do compete a little at times for balance, but each has its time to shine. Both are good, but some consistency in balance would make it much better.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one right after a Hop Devil on draft, and believe me I am a huge fan of the Devil but there is not a clear winner in this head for head match up. This one was poured with a nice head, and it appeared with the same amber copper tone as the Hop Devil. After cleansing with some water, I began to test the aroma of the beer. Seemed mild, but as the beer warmed up the floral hops seemed to have a sweeter scent of hops. Great flavor that fulfills any hop heads desires and dreams. This one has a great floral taste that finishes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spiciness. Another fine selection that was thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness dating included. Pours a rich shade of coppery, amber, almost red and shimmering. Tan head sticking around, leaves loads of lace and sheeting. Nose is the expected resinious hop load. Fine, fine stuff. Loads of oily, citric, herbal hops, smoothest of mouthfeels, well rounded and lovely. My favorite from AVBC. Seek out and enjoy this tasty creation. Hop heads rejoice.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice orange amber color with hints of brown. Creating a wonderful three to four finger head off of tan with great retention and stickiness. Nice cap left on the glass and great retention here. Minimal circular lacing in a few places.

Nose is an herbal hop tea, of black oolong like sense, but also a good malt backbone hiding behind. Very nice smelling.

Taste is hop and a perfect mix of brown bread. This literally tastes liked baked hop bread. Hop sense of herbality replaced with pine, baked in a pan with a brown bread sense and good malt finish. Just enough resin to coat the teeth but not feel like a huge oil slick. Palate is a little alcohol hot though.

Overall this is pretty darn good, but it does give off some good boozy heat but it's tolerable. Very enjoyable beer from Anderson Valley, these guys just make fantastic brews.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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