Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,159 Ratings
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 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 smakawhat
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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Photo of GregBlatz
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Read a lot about this one but haven't had one. Local beer shop had these in cans.

A - Pours a nice copper orange color. Head is very thick and pillow like. Couldn't pour the whole can into a pint glass because of the head.

S - Severe esthery hop scent. Maybe grapefruit? Malt sweetness.

T - Wow, hop flavor dominates. The hops seem to be almost exclusively late additions. Very little bitterness. Very different.

M - Smooth and creamy. No alcohol heat. Medium carbonation.

O - A very nice beer. I'd be curious as to what types of hops are in this. Maybe cascade and amarillo?

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Photo of dedrinker
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dude, loved that amber color and nice creamy head.

Smells like a craft brewery tour - tons of malt steeping, mashing, boiling etc. Actually really a lot.

And it tastes that way too - way too much sweet wort-y flavor and not enough hops.

I heard they got bought out by somebody, but I guess they don't care to make a better beer any more than the previous owners did.

OK, so I'm picking up some hop bitterness on the finish. Sigh.

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Photo of obrike
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this one fooled me a bit.

Bought a sixer at specs in Northeast San Antonio for 9 bucks.

Impressive looking beer.Vibrant orange, lovely head...good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was nice. Pungent, dank hops. Fresh pine mixed with some caramel sweetness...looking forward to tasting.

Wow...this one has a bite! Hoppy as hell. A decent caramel malt on first sip, followed byy aggressive piney hops. Quite a dry, bitter finish. It's funny, I expected a bit more balance from the scent. Lucky for me, I like bitter IPAs.

A good representative style of an American IPA.

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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 argenti44
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cracked this last night with a buffalo burger that I had just grilled.

A: Excellent amber with slight orange tint. Creamy rich eggshell colored head that maintained through the entire glass and left an excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Floral smell with a background of a pine forrest. Aromas of sweet citrus.

T: Smooth taste with hints of flowers and grapefruit and a finish of a pine forrest in the sierra nevada.

M: Not too carbonated very smooth.

O: An excellent IPA one of the most well rounded I have tasted in a while. The Hop profile is there but not overwhelming. You know its an IPA but without the chase you away Hop notes of drinking a chemically induced over-hopped attempt at an IPA. I enjoyed this with a nice buffalo burger from the grill and it was an excellent pairing.

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Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always passed on this beer until I saw it in cans. Did not see any date code on the can. Probably going to be fresher than the bottles. Dark amber color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and pineapple. Has the tropical fruit thing going for it. Sweet caramel from the malt rounds things out.

I expected a lot more hop flavor after taking a good whiff of the beer. Turns out to be more balanced with moderate bitterness. The citrus hops are more or less balanced by the sweet malt. Just a little sweet overall. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Pretty substantial body for an IPA. Nicely paired carbonation.

Thanks for putting this great beer in cans. It got me to try it finally. Now I wish we got Anderson Valley beers in my market.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color. Head was not as much as other reviews.

S - Citrusy hops are a little underwhelming for the taste.

T - Definitely has the citrusy hops. I would say even though it has a lot of hops, it is a tad simplistic in it's hoppiness. On the flip side, I like the taste.

M - Dry aftertaste. Body is a good fit with nice maltiness.

O - Definitely worth a taste. Probably will revisit in a while.

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

From a can into a Bruery tulip.

A - deep golden color with some white foam 'atop.

S - citrus, pineapple, candy apple Jolly Rancher.

T - bold, fresh, crisp hops with a little bite, followed up by an almost perfect amount of creamy sweetness.

M - really nice. Bite up from, smoothness down the back.

O - really nice IPA here, and it gets an extra point for being canned. Will definitely be purchasing more.

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

12 oz can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Hop Ottin' is a hazy deep orange color. The head is thick and long lasting with nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with caramel and fruit. It's not so citrusy but more pineapple character.

Flavor is strong but balanced. It's sweet up front with a big malt base. The hops are even more forward but overall it comes across as more of a barleywine style IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not totally my style. Still it's well done.

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

Clear gold body with a dense white head. Tons of cascading lace.

It's assertively hopped in the nose, mostly pine with citrus and herbal to a lesser extent.

This showcases the resinous pine on the palate. There's light grapefruit, too.

The mouthfeel is superb. It's oily and soft, lightly carbonated. Very clean.

This is a top notch example of an IPA and just a damn fine beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A – She is slightly cloudy deep golden color on pour. About one finger of white head that settles down to a nice cover. Sticky lacing.

S – Hops baby with plenty of citrus to go along for the ride.

T – The hop taste is right there but less subtle then the smell. I thought it would be a hop bomb but no indeed. Nice. Citrusy grapefruit right there. Just a little bit of sweetness that balances the flavor.

M – Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Just a bit drying at the end. No ABV felt at all.

O – Very nice brew here. The smell is great and the flavor is actually mellow compared to some. Has a nice sweetness that really balances this well. Great all around.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is awesome; nice strong foamy head. Brew is nice clear amber with lots of orange. Some good bubbles rising too.

S - Very Cascade! Lots of dryness with very little fruity tones. Nice sweetness

T - Very smooth and delicious! I would love to try this brew FRESH at the brewery. Lots of great earthy esters. Lots of pine. "Damn that's good"

M - Dry and lots of great bitterness. Very chewy and robust.

O - Great brew, I wish it had more flowers to help savor the flavor, but an awesome brew. Keep rockin it AVBC!!!

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,159 ratings.
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