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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,229 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:
1,229
Ratings:
3,123
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
512
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 1,229 | Ratings: 3,123
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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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, amber orange with a big, off-white, foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Has a good amount of carbonation. Smells of wonderful citrus hop and nice malt. The taste is about balance. A wonderful balance of citrus and pine hop in which the pine sticks around. The malt transition is probably the smoothest I gave had.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is medium pale orange in color and forms a healthy white head. Moderate pine hop aroma. Flavor is BIG West coast IPA, bordering on double IPA territory. Mostly pine, with some resinous and citrus peel thrown in. A real classic West coast IPA that old school IPA drinkers are sure to enjoy. That said, by modern standards, the hops are a little long in the boil, and the complexity just isn't there (as other reviewers have observed).

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle at the shop. Poured a dark copper and amber. Almost a reddish hue to it. Smells of citrus pith and resinous pine. So drinking this I personally feel like it is very malt forward almost like a APA. If I taste tested this blind I would think it was a APA. I gave it a 4 tho for taste because I like the taste very much. It's a good beer. A malt forward IPA if there is such a thing.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure where I picked this bottle up, but it was sitting in the back of my very small pantry (smaller than a breadbox) and the weekend called for a tall brew to work off the stresses of being a graduate student. It pours a nice, deep orange-brown color, but it takes a few moments if investigation to pick up the scent. Once found, it exhibits a faint dry floral quality with some pine needles, though it gets airier and sweeter with every whiff. The flavor starts dry and crisp with a noble hops quality, and an added touch of toffee sweetness, but gets more and more dry near the end and the aftertaste. It has that continental quality of a pale ale, with balance, equanimity and a grain flavor over bitterness - exactly what I like.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is a little dense copper, translucent; head is light tan with mixture of bubble sizes, presents about 1 inch thick and then lingers nicely.

Smell is somewhat average for an ipa, malt is toasty with light caramel, hops are a nice blend of earthy spice/pine/lemon/citrus rind.

Taste is a bit more hop forward with the bitterness hitting first then subdued my the maltier flavor of this ale; malt is toast and caramel (a bit more than i like) and then hops are earthy/piney with less citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant with an ideal carbonation level and no lingering flavors from the maltier profile.

Overall a solid IPA, a bit too malty for my preference with this hop blend but still nice tasting.

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Photo of RJQ3
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, and it's a rich copper, burnt orange color with a yellow off white head. Aroma was good did get some citrus grapefruit, then pines & resin & grass smells. Taste was much more subdued than I thought to the point is was a but disappointing. Mouth feel was crisp bitter and went down easy. Overall I can't always expect fruity flowery hop bombs. Still just something missing from this but still good.

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Photo of Isoruku
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what a find! Hop Ottin' offers the palate a wonderful medley of flavors, with a citrusy bouquet overlaying notes of pine and malt. A very rewarding drinking experience - it will be one of my standby IPAs from now on.

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Photo of cervezango
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fluffy off white head. opaque orange body.

sweet smelling,


flat carbonation in the mouth with dry after taste
almost like a green apple jolly rancher. little bit of pineapple and pine.

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

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, caramel;

T: earthy, then floral with a hint of caramel in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice take on the style;

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer. The beer had a great aroma and a very consistent complex and desirable hoppy taste. It is very smooth and drinkable. I would highly recommend it!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste -Sweet malts and pine.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Good IPA.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Dark amber color with a frothy white head, 2 fingers tall that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

S -- Grapefruit jumps out, slight pine scent, herbal as well.

T -- Nice strong hoppiness, but not overpowering like a hop bomb. Same grapefruit, pine, and herbal flavors as the head gives off. The pine flavor dominates more as I go along, but the herbal flavors subsist throughout. Taste the malt more as it warms.

F -- Resiney residue, but with the persistent carbonation it makes for a pleasant feel. The malts give it a more medium thickness, which I enjoy.

O -- Very solid IPA. Didn't blow my mind, but still very good and better than your average IPA.

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Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An average pour and aroma mask a refreshing, crisp IPA. If you're looking for the bitterest beer around look elsewhere. If you're looking for an incredibly drinkable beer this isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-Pine Resin,bready,grapefruit,mango,peach,orange
T:
-Follows the nose plus a toasty finish
-low-medium carbonation,medium body
O:
-All around good IPA

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Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a dirty white head. Aroma of herbal tea with some lemon and pine. A little toastiness underneath from the malt. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied with some activity. Overall, boring IPA though well crafted. Wouldn't refuse a bottle, but will not seek it out again. Pass.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - low intensity for the style. Floral and malty.

Taste - semi sweet grapefruit with medium bitterness and generic maltyness. Pleasant, but not impressive.

Overall - middle of the road, conservative IPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber, nice combo of orange/brown. thick white head as well.

smells like caramel malt and slight grapefruit.

tastes like caramel malt and grapefruit. it's a really nice combination, great balance. goes down smooth, easy drinker. a filling beer though, i don't find many beers to be physically filling but this one is.

overall a good beer, malt forward and malt heavy but good use of sweet hops. finishes dry and bitter. overall a good IPA but nothing mindblowing

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Photo of RyanK252
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an Anderson Valley pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a solid layer and laces well.

S: Floral, pine, a bit herbal, bready malt sweetness, and a little citrus.

T: Pine, citrus, lemonand grapefruit rind, floral, spicy, herbal, and slightly toasty bready caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I'm impressed by this one.

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Photo of wLcz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Redish Amber color. Citrus and hops are very distinct with a little floral aroma. Orange peel is very distinct slightly piney with a slight grapefruit aroma and bitterness. Strong hops but not too overwhelming and perfectly balanced with malts. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,123 ratings.
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