Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
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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.

Added by stirgy on 04-23-2001

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Ratings: 3,171 |  Reviews: 1,235
Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive golden amber color and nice carbonation. Hops are just overwhelming on the thin body. Harsh and medicinal aftertaste. Nose of perfumey hops is the only outstanding feature. Quite flowery aroma.

There are so many interesting and complex IPAs that are full of the many flavors of hops. This one is just one dimensional. Utterly bitter. Stick the long neck in your mouth and pull the trigger.

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

Wasn't sure what to make of this one at first, though it seems a crowd pleaser as it vanishes with disturbing haste when introduced to friends. Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rusty colored body, cloudy and dark, with a raised fist of off white suds up top. Superior retention and soapy lacing.

Herbaceous, resinous, pine-laden, citrus-kissed aroma suffused with C-hops. A touch bready underneath.

Pine and citrus (bergamot? why not) of course, along with a nearly savory note emerging mid-palate suggestive of roots and flowers. Moderately bitter throughout...hops seem agressive at first, though this quality is fleeting, toned down by the caramel notes from the malt. Dry earthy finish with bark and marshmallow root.

Medium-bodied, brisk, and well carbonated with just a touch of hop oils.

Reminds me a bit of a NW IPA as the malt is quite forward, though the overall presentation is dank and herbaceous, bringing to mind NorCal overall. Not bad alone, though better with pizza I imagine. I'll usually grab a Caldera IPA when I'm looking for hoppy cans, but this is a good alternative.

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

A- Dark orange with a nice finger wide head.
S- earthy pine i think
T- nice balance i get some malt and the hops and the right amount of sweetness.
M- full of body and some carbonation
O- This is good and i was unsure of it. the packaging made me laugh with the bears with antlers and at the same time kind of made me look towards others. When i got to what matters (the beer itself) it ended up being a nice interpretation of ipa

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Photo of Rschis16
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color that doesn't have a ton of clarity, but does have a big and foamy off-white head that seems like it would stick around forever. Reduces down to a thin sheet in some spots and a large jutting cloud in others. Tons of lacing. Grapefruit and pine all day long in the aroma, with huge notes of resin rounding out the hop aromas. Bready malts fill in the cracks. Very aromatic.

Resinous and piney are the main two in the taste department. The resin from piney hops is very strong in this one, giving a puckering effect that can be construed as either good or bad. In one respect its very bitter and tasty, and in another respect it seems almost a bit too much. The combination of that resin with the bready malts creates a somewhat palate-crushing beer that is somehow delicious and tough to drink at the same time. Grapefruit citrus and a hint of orange round out that big and bold flavor in a way that does compete somehow, but certainly not on the same level. The mouthfeel is smoother up front and gritty in the back, with a lingering bitter finish that seems to last forever.

Overall, very solid example of a big IPA.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber nut brown from a 12oz. can into a Guinness-style pint glass. In-between hazy and clear, with a beautiful, thick, two-finger head, and amazing sticky lacing. What an IPA should look like.

S: Not huge on the nose. It's light, with a nice malt-to-hop balance. The hops don't overpower you, with notes of grass, dried pine needles, earth, smooth barley malts, and a touch of apple on the end.

T: Bready up-front, with a hop-centered middle, and a taste of Rye on the swallow. The malt character is definitely there, with some caramel and bread notes. The hops do a nice job of balancing it all out, with nothing sticking out flagrantly. There is a nice dry flavor that adds a bite, with some earth, grass, caraway seeds, and some oatiness.

M: Nice balance, with a good, chewy feel that doesn't overpower. Eve-keeled, and bone-dry on the end, just so you know it's an IPA.

O: A great IPA for those just getting into the genre. It gives you a taste of what an IPA should be, looks amazing, but falls short of what an IPA CAN be. IPA 101.

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Photo of abgba121
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin white head but leaves an incredible sticky lace down the glass

S: smells sweet, then citrusy and piney hops

T: outstanding, not as sweet as expecting, first the hops hit hard with a very piney resinous followed by some citrus, the lingering bitterness is strong and great. One of the best tasting IPAs I have had.

M: good carbonation, average to medium feel

O: a great IPA, certainly one of the better brews. Very strong hops with less malty sweetness, a combination I personally love.

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

bottle to pint.

A: Clear bronze, big rocky off white head, lots of lacing.

S: Big floral presense, malt and hops. hints of grains, citrus.

T: Sweet malts, and bitter hops battle it out. each stating their case til the hops wins out in the end.

M: A bit thinner than most for the style, still would call it medium, with medium carbination.

O: Nicely balanced, well made everyday IPA. the malt is not overshadowed like in so many other's.

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Photo of ely2000k
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Awesome head. Golden honey amberish color- kinda looks like an Indian Summer. Lacing is awesome... think residue all down the glass. This is honestly a great looking beer.

S- Honey mixed with a grapefruit/citrus smell. To be honest, I feel like the aroma is a bit weak and this is the only area where the beer is a bit lacking.

T- Heavy hops, bitter and dry. A slight metallic taste that is slightly off putting, but honestly, I love everything about the taste of this beer. Good strong IPA.

M- Great. A bit thick, but suites the beer, and has good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer. I am a huge fan of hoppy IPAs, and this fits the bill really well.

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Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can date: unk

A: pours copper with excellent clarity and little head formation, which leaves us with a sheet of off-white foam that clings to the glass. Spotty lace.
S: Resiny hops with healthy balanced malting. Nothing particularly complex, but well enough crafted.
T: The malts are a little to dominant in an IPA for me, but the flavor is nice with some pine and resin mixed with again, a healthy dose of malts. A little too sweet.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer at all. great for sessions out of a can.

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Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours s rich copper color with a full head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , fresh grain, with a bit of pine and a mild fruity sweetness.

T: Taste has a nice initial crisp bite and a caramel sweetness wich is offset by a good bitterness, Has a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

O: A excellent IPA, Great example of the style. Nothing fancy, another solid beer from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overly intense and thick, more like a double IPA.

Pours a cloudy orange with a thick head with moderately sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet and thick, like a peach puree, with a piny hop note. the Flavor is very thick, orangy, with peach and apricot and a powerful orange hop bite and an orange pekoe tea finish. The mouthfeel is pulpy and thick.

Not a good hot weather beer - too heavy.

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

Appearance: It pours a deep golden almost a copper and it has an inch and quarter of white head on it.
Smell: I smell faint hops and malt can’t distinguish what hops they maybe but can smell some bitterness.
Taste: The taste is of grassy and floral hops with some malt to back it up not as much as I would like but a solid IPA.
Mouthfeel: It tastes somewhat thin but the hop bitterness sticks around more than expected.

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

Poured into a shaker pint.

Clear, coppery orange. The head froths to a full inch of khaki-colored, mountainous soap foam. Spotty lace decorates the glass as I drink.

Citrusy nose, with bright blips of orange and grapefruit. Some dark bread and hints of caramel emerge as well.

The flavor: orange peel, grass, some sweet floral honey. Moderate, smooth bitterness offsets lingering hints of biscuits.

Medium prickly carbonation in a smooth body, just a shade under medium. Finishes clean, with just a bit of booze numbing the tongue.

I can list many endearing qualities of Hop Ottin: it’s not too abrasive; it’s brightly flavored; it’s complexly floral; it’s a perfect blend of sweet and hoppy; and it comes in a purple can. What’s not to like?

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Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden orange color with a fairly small head. Head becomes a thin layer of bubbles and leaves a pretty solid amount of lacing.

S- Not the strongest smelling IPA out there. Smell is floral, grassy and a touch of tropical fruit hops. Not really picking up any malts.

T- The taste is pretty hoppy, but not over the top. Pretty floral and grassy hops. A nice amount of bitterness too.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty solid and easy to drink. Thanks for grabbing me this one Steve.

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Photo of sdsurfer217
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Egg shell white head, about 2.5 fingers worth. Laces the glass very well. Brilliant orange color, with little carbonation streaming off the bottom.

S: grapefruit aromas jump out of the glass. Little bit of toffee notes as well.

T: Toasty/piney flavors, with some citrus. Not nearly as much grapefruit as the aromas would have led me to believe. Nutty flavors.

M: Lingering flavors, the pines hang around. Plenty of bitterness, a little thin mouth feel, with not much carbonation.

O: Its bitter, and fairly sexy looking beer, but the flavors don’t deliver what the aromas promise. A little disappointing from a brewery that I generally love.

Wish the can had a date, and I'll visit this again in the bottle.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a hazy orange/amber color. Has an inch of off-white head that dissipates to a small top layer of foam, which leaves ok lacing down the glass. This smelled like burnt sugar to me up front, then a resiny hop scent lingering. Tastes like resiny hops, floral, also grassy. This one is a bit on the carbonated side, but still ok. This reminds me of Tower 10 IPA. This is a decent brew, but not too impressed by it.

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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 TSOFan88
1.49/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Can't understand all the great reviews. Bought this at the store based on the BA score that they had put up of A or A- since I had not heard of the beer before(got it out of state). Maybe just a bad batch but not sure that I even want to try the 5 cans I have left.

Pours a clear amber with clear, ringing orange highlights. There is only a low, foamy head. Decent lacing follows down the side of the glass. Not bad, but could be much better.

Smell is of mango, booze, tangerine. Not as pungent as I'd like.

Taste is over the top of booze. Harsh hops kick in immediately with a harsh, metallic bite. There's only bitterness here, no hop flavor -- and this from a fan of other hoppy beers. It's just a punch in the face. . Too much booze, sloppily organized hops. Proof that great beer needs organization -- and it's sadly lacking here.

Mouthfeel is blah.

Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. . Hops, booze, and skunk.

Gross. Drain pour.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Guinness glass.

Appearance- Burnt orange with a nice, thick, white head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell- Grassy hop aroma with a big sweet malt background. 3.5/5

Taste- Good bitterness all through the swallow. Apple jacks and grapefruit. Sweet malt everywhere that comes out more as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Ok, but a little on the thicker side for me. 3/5

Overall- Decent beer. I would rather have one that is a little drier and thinner. The bitterness is there, but I don't like all the malt that is in it as well. 3.5/5

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Photo of elricorico
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium brown with a big stable cream coloured head. When the head finally starts to recede it leaves a bunch of lacing.

Very clean fresh aroma, hop dominated. Citrus and pine. Expected it to be a little more fragrant, but smells nice enough.

Taste is also very fresh. Not as dominated by the hops, there is a fair amount of malt presence giving a caramel covered biscuit impression. Citrus rind finish. Good.

Body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is a little coarse. It is not far off how I like IPA's to feel though.

I think this is a pretty good brew. Not the in your face bitterness some might look for, but a pretty drinkable beer all together.

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

12oz bottle. Nice find at a local beer bar; don't often get the chance to try IPAs from america.
Wasn't able to find any bottling or best before date. Smell and flavours were fresh and lively with no noticeable issues, so i must assume it was still fresh enough to be reviewed

A- Light copper colour, a bit murky. Nice off-white creamy head, good persistence and lacing

S- Fresh resinous/piny aroma, with strong grapefruit hints to it. Some orange hints too

T- Intensely bitter, but still easily drinkable, with a strong resinous feel. Pine notes are quite assertive, while fruity notes (grapefruit, citrus) are clearly noticeable but not as assertive as i expected from previous IPA tastings. Finishes quite dry, with a hint of caramel malt and a nice lager-like crispness. Definitely more bitter than other IPAs i have tried, but still refreshing and pleasantly drinkable

M- Medium body with not so high carbonation. Not as crisp as expected (except in the finish), may feel a little flat if it stays on the palate for more than a couple of seconds. A nice resinous aftertaste remains on both tongue and palate

O- I really enjoyed this: refreshing, thirst-quenching, decently complex. Would have given a 4 overall if the mouthfeel had been a bit more lively

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Monchrome copper color with light beige head and no lacing.

Smell: Did somebody drop a penny in water? This beer pours very copper like, luckily the smell dissipates with aeration. The hops are resiny, with grass and floral colors. The malts are akin to caramelized sugar spread over a biscuit. I can't get over how sugary this beer is, it's too much for me. Others may like the sweetness. I pick up notes of rose, vanilla and honey.

Taste: The main thrust of the taste profile is resiny hops backed by grassy hops and ballistically sugary malts. It's good for a got to blast of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It goes something like this, sweet, bitter, back to sweet. The flavor mask the thinness of the beer.

Overall: I liked it better out of the bottle. That may just be in my head, but I sure would pack this for a camping trip.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

woo 1000th review for this beer

A - a nice orange/brown body with a massive fluffy head on it. great retention and splendid lacing.

S - orange peel, grapefruit, honey, sweet malts and crackers.

T - bread and orange peels give way too a big smack of bitter hops that is grassy with a nice grapefruit edge to it.

M - very bitter dry finish perfect mouthfeel for an ipa.

O - this is one fine ipa definitely glad i picked it up.

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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 12/19/2008.

12oz bottle pours clear orangish-golden with a small white head. Grapefruit and bready malt aroma. The usual pine/citrus hoppiness, good flavor although I would have liked them to up the intensity a little bit. Guess they cannot all be as intense as Stone Ruination or the like. Solid IPA but not a standout. Good but not great for the style.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a murky caramel color. Lot of light shines through when held up to the light. There was a giant eggshell white frothy head when poured, but it dissipated quickly. Not a lot of retention on the glass.

S--First thing I get is a floral scent. It's like walking through a garden. Then comes citrusy notes--grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. The beers ends with a sweet caramel/malt finish.

T--Pretty hoppy, but not overly so. The bitterness on the tongue tastes like I'm munching on a flower. The citrus balances well with the hops and sweetness of the caramel. It's very balanced on the palate.

M--Medium bodied. Very little carbonation. The sweetness is sticky, but the bitterness on the aftertaste really balances the beer.

O--This is a good, almost very good IPA. Not something I would want as a staple, but glad I picked up a bottle to try.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 3,171 ratings
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