Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
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3.99/5
3,176 Ratings
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 stirgy on 04-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,715
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
3,176
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA is sweet, slippery, and not bitter.

It poured a very nice cloudy dark amber with a short one-finger head. Very little clung to the glass. The smell and taste were very sweet caramel, with no citrus or earthy flavors of which to speak. The feel was slippery smooth and fleeting. There was no bitterness whatsoever.

Hop Ottin' is tasty and was very enjoyable pool-side on a 90 degree day; however, it did not leave a lasting impression and had none of the bitterness expected from an IPA. It was a good Pale Ale but a pale IPA.

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Photo of warnerry
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear amber-tinted copper with two fingers of dense off-white head. Head has good persistence and leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.

S - rather subtle blend of bready malt and floral hops

T - nice hop bite up front. Grassy and piney with some florals as well. Hops are nicely balanced by a solid malt backbone. Finish is very herbal, bitter and dry.

M - medium mouthfeel is slightly oily. Finishes clean and dry with lingering bitterness.

O - very nice ipa with a much deeper flavor profile than the aroma suggests. Would love to have this on a regular basis. And the cans make this a great one to have while
camping.

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

Hop Ottin' pors a nice amber gold with a big firm rocky head of foam that stick around leaving scads of foamy lacing. Nice looking beer!

The aroma fresh from the can is that, incredibly fresh and strong smelling grassy hops with a touch of pale malt in the background.

The flavor mirrors the aroma in freshness, big fresh piney hops right in your face building a respectable bitterness backed by a bready pale malt with just a touch of caramel that hangs out in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium, firm and smooth, leaning toward creamy and very nice.

What a great IPA, being in a can and only just arrived at the store I felt assured it was fresh and it certainly was. Definitely a recommended beer!

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Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA in a can, the world needs more.

Perfectly clear and glowing penny-copper. Not much more can be expected of the uber-sticky, clumpy, pearl white head.

Columbus heavy with a hard hit of herbal bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine needle, and some woodiness too. The essence of grass is coming in waves, and I don't mean the kind that grows in suburban front lawns. Malt is sturdy with a dry caramel edge. Clean and classic with a big resinous finish.

I love this stuff. Not bright and juicy like the IPAs I've been drinking lately, but a grizzled, coarse, West Coast classic.

Boo ya.

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

The brew pours an exceptionally lustrous hue of bronze-amber and is capped with long-lived antique-white froth, depositing spotty lace. The nose is quite understated and offers little more than vague cannabis and evergreen notes; it is pleasant, but perhaps overly mild. The flavor is more well-rounded, featuring catty and woody hop notes atop a caramelized but unsweet malt. The bitterness increases on the finish. Feel-wise, the brew is just about medium-bodied and has a texture that is eminently drinkable; I've crushed my glass in no-time-flat. Overall, a decent and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a bright hazy yellow color. The head with thick and white. The smell of hops flooded my nose with ease. The other aromas are citrusy and perhaps a touch of pine. The taste of the beer is good, The tropical citrus aromas carry over to the flavor nicely leaving a nice sweet and bitter finish to the beer. The mouthfeel has just a little bit of a bite to it. Overall I think this beer is pretty good and worth trying. I would choose this over a lot of other normal IPA's out there.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw one of these new cans and had to give it a go. I have enjoyed this one before....

Julian dating code on the side (damn missed that in the store!), May 4, 2011, poured into a tulip.

A: Big plume of an off white head that mushrooms up over the edge of the glass and holds on like a brick. It is amber in color with good clarity. The head slowly fades and leaves behind some clumps of lacing.

S: Notes of pine needles and grapefruit, and apricots waft from the tulip. There is a solid malt backbone evident as well, reminiscent of some sticky caramel. No hint of the alcohol.

T: The hops are muted, this can is a bit past its' prime for sure. It is still good though, with a healthy malt back bone full of toasted bread, and caramel. It finishes with a moderate dose of bittering hops semi dry.

M: Ok mouthfeel, nothing spectacular. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

O: Next time I will be sure to inspect the dates more seriously. This probably would have been much better a month ago. Cheers!

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

Love IPAs. Never had this one before. I've enjoyed other Anderson Valley beers, so...
Pours nicely into a tulip glass. Big, creamy head on top of a dark orange beer. Aroma of roasted malts balanced by some citrus flavor. Doesn't seem like this one will have a lot of bitterness. Hmmm. Hard to describe the taste. I can say that it follows the nose. Very balanced. I really like this one. I notice more bite as I drink it down. It's a little thick and creamy for a regular IPA. Overall, very good!

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

A- Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice sticky off-white head.

S- Lots of sweet, bready malts, hops are piney and citric and are relatively mild compared to the malt.

T- Very well balanced chewy, thick, slightly sweet malts, grain and bread with some caramel, hops are delicious and full of citric, pine, spice, and resin flavors. Finishes with the same balance of hops and sweet malts.

M- Medium to full bodied, good carbonation, dry finish, has a smooth and chewy feel.

O- A really outstanding IPA, extremeley drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a zero flavour brew (Miller Genuine Draft) to an IPA like this I continue my quest to find out what all those Americans are on about (referring to my review of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in particular). The bottle promises that: my hop dreams will be realized [sic]. Time to deliver.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Certainly looks the part with a cloudy (bottle-conditioned) tea coloured body and a dense packed off-white head that diminishes to a light foam covering.

S: A good strong no nonsense IPA is on the cards straight away: those promised hops are there, and it great numbers it would seem. The aroma is a bitter battle between toasted caramel malts and oily/resiny hops (smells like my taste buds will be the victor in this battle!).

T: Many complex flavours to describe with this fantastic brew. First up we have a sweet toffee malt base which then surrenders completely to the hops (welcome to hop country!). The hops start out with a glazed fruit flavour not unlike that of a classic sticky date pudding. There is a mid hop palate of brewed black tea, followed by hint of citrus/pine and ending with a sharp bitter bite that is quite normal and expected for an IPA.

M: Slick and oily with a mid to heavy body and low carbonation.

D: New favourite IPA... nuff said.

PS(D): Seriously though, were my hop dreams realised? In a sense, "yes" in the sense that I never would have expected this level of hop-chicanery from an IPA (it's more APA territory). Would I 'ave at it if these were brewed and exported on a larger scale? Hell. Yes.

Food match: This beer would work well with food that is delicate but also complex in flavour; smoked salmon with potato roesti and horseradish cream or Caille en sarcophage, interesting food for an interesting brew.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured refrigerator cold into an american pint glass.

Pour - Easy pour, solid one finger lacy head that films around the edges of the glass and recedes rather quickly. Color is straight copper, clear as day and has a medium carb. Oddly enough the smell is almost non-existent on the pour, which is odd for an american IPA, in my opinion.

Smell - again, not as overwhelming as I'm used to with this style of beer. Nose is a 50/50 split of earthy malts and floral hops. A little citrusy with a hint of spice. Kind of low key.

Taste - absolutely excellent. A great hop kick on top of a substantial, but not overdone, pale malt foundation. I'm guessing cascade hops because of the pine, coriander, orange and pepper notes. A hint of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel - a great medium-light body with a good carbo profile. Falls pretty well in line with the style as far as mouthfeel in that it doesn't overpower, and really lets the flavors do their thing. I'm really impressed with this beer.

Drinkability - 100% session IPA. Not crazy like some of the other American IPA's I've had. Doesnt overdo it, yet is a great offering for the hop-heads.

Skol!

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

Had this on 2011-07-01 in Chicago, IL

A - Almost clear orangish brown with a fluffy, 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Candy, bread, mild floral.

T - Hop forward, earthy spice, metallic, mild malt, grapefruit rind. Not diggin' the metallic bitter finish.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. A little thin. Dries quickly.

O - I wouldn't turn one of these down but the flavors don't grab me as much as many other IPAs.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Lots of carbonation, 3 fingers off white head, dissipates slowly, leaves big bubbles on the side of the glass, great lacing, clear dark orange color.
S- The hop aromas are very hidden, malts and breadiness take over the aroma, slight hints of grapefruit and pine.
T- Slight bitterness, pretty sweet tasting, this IPA is VERY malty and bready, hops are hidden, slight pine and citrus comes out in the aftertaste.
M- Medium mouthfeel, not very carbonated, from the first pour I was expecting it to be fairly carbonated.
O- Was not impressed by this brew, really malty, hops are basically gone, I was very turned off by the first taste, but as worked my way through this beer it wasn’t too bad, not my favorite but glad to try it.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A deep, dark caramel color with a very prominent, very spongy cream colored head that lingers just long enough to be visually pleasing.

S: Aroma is subtle but has traces of hops, orange citrus, even some vanilla and marshmallow. It’s kind of like a hoppy dreamsicle, extremely pleasant but leaving me wanting more.

T/M: Up front, the taste is all IPA; medium carbonation perforated with a decent amount of bitter hoppiness, but then that orange and cream sensation follows closely behind, still subtle but even more pleasant than the aroma.

It’s an amazing ensemble of uncomplimentary qualities that amalgamate into a symphony of beer, an excellent IPA for anyone.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Clear copper color. A huge head that rose at least an inch above the glass and stuck with no spilling over. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Primarily consists if sharp, piney hops. A hint of citrus and an understated malt backbone.

Taste: A rather malty taste kicks things off. Caramel and toffee notes up front give way to a vicious assault of piney and grapefruit bitterness. Surprisingly well balanced, but with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full, and creamy body. Low to medium carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability/Overall: This is a dang good beer. Smooth drinking, great flavor, and slightly quaffable. Dangerously chuggable, the 7% really sneaks up on you!

Final Notes: This beer is good stuff, what can I say? Excellent paired with spicy food. Hop-heads will love this one, but it has enough malt to keep malt-heads happy. I love it.

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

Bought at Burg Bieren in Ermelo Netherlands.. not too expensive either.
Orange brown colour, good head with nice lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell is clearly pine, some citrus, some apricot, some spice.

Taste is fullflavoured bitterness, with malt sweetness to back it up. Similar notes as the smell allready indicated, but somehow more sweetness than I expected.
Medium body, smooth drinking.

Pine notes, very typical for pretty much all of the american brewed IPA's i've sampled, never fail to intrigue.
Nice brew.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 6-20. Review from notes. Can, Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Transparent, light golden honey color. A few bubbles of CO2 visible, and the eggshell colored head has good lace.

S: Hops and some sweetness from the malt. Pine dominates followed by some resinous characters, with the malt underneath and a touch of toastiness on the finish.

T: Hop forward with a good amount of drying bitterness, Again the pine is the star, mixing with some of that earthy resinous character and some caramel sweetness.

MF: Mouthfeel is good, it starts bitter and clingy and finishes dry; nice West Coast feel.

O: A solid IPA and a go-to canned hoppy beer for me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) can into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (June 21, 2010). No freshness dates that I can find, though I'm told by the guy behind the counter they just got the shipment in.

Eyes: Pours a clear light orange color. The thick, white head threatens to overflow the glass unless I pour gingerly. Very sticky lacing, a great looking IPA.

Nose: A nice herbal, earthy, citrus profile, not overwhelming, but very good overall.

Tongue: Not a particularly potent hop presence, but very well balanced. I'm generally not a fan of the earthy/herbal hops over the citrus variety, but Hop Ottin' does a very good job delivering where it counts. There is just enough malt to support the hops, great balance.

Mouth: Fairly low on the carbonation, but it doesn't need much. A tiny bit heavy on the bitter aftertaste, but not off-putting at all.

Libation: Not the most complex IPA on the market, but one that offers a surprisingly interesting look at the style. Fairly light and drinkable for the 7% ABV.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

576th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

One of the beers my father in law had left in the fridge. Better than the other choices.

App- A nice dark burnt orange with some darker yellow highlights. Two and a half fingers with a lot of cling after an aggressive pour.

Smell- Dank citrus as in a little funky. (Could be old) A little hops and a little grassy.

Taste- Very much in line with the nose, with more peel for the citrus with a mild hop bitterness and a little bit of malt to even out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium/high carbonation.

Drink- A pretty average IPA but was pretty tasty considering I think it was a bit old.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to my man andrenaline for bringing this back from a biz trip down to Calif4nia
A - barely hazy golden orange, tall soapy head retained well, some sticky lacing
S - mild with light floral, grassy, pine, grainy and sweet
T - very perfumy floral hops, oily resin throughout, mild grainy malt
M - light and well carbonated, strong bitter finish
O - a solid drinkable brew, somewhere between and IPA and Double IPA, not sure where it fits better but still worth a go

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

Pours with a beautiful sticky and frothy egg shell colored head which caps a slightly hazy copper body. Presentation like this makes this beer very inviting.

Rich citrusy hop notes along with a slightly sweet maltiness. Pine resin and slightly herbal note round out the hop profile.

By West Coast standards this is a balanced IPA. Grapefruit notes and some floral character introduce the hops while a strong caramel note make for a strong malt backbone. Definitely still hop-forward but the malt adds more flavor than expected and I"m liking it.

Creamy and smooth texture with a medium body feel makes it just right. Overall, I'm really digging this IPA as it's nice to have one that prides itself on be hoppy but balanced for a change. I don't always need a palate buster to enjoy a hoppy beer.

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Photo of aval89
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark orange almost honey color.. big 3 finger of head.. the head actually sticks around & leaves a nice lacing..

s: fresh sliced pineapple, sweet orange zest, pine.. maybe some cracker malt.. just a hop forward aroma.. lovely smell :)

as beer warms, you get a doughy breadiness

t: load of hop bitterness on this one! upfront you get a caramel/toffee sweetness.. mid palate the hops kick in.. full onslaught of grapefruit bitterness & bitter pine needles! leaves a dry, bitter, resinous.. almost spicy taste on the palate.. hop heads delight..

as your palate gets used to the taste, more malt seeps through.. allows for more caramel/toffee flavors.. along with some breadiness qualities.. also some pineapple flavors come through.

mf: smooth medium body with prickly carbonation on the tongue..

o: wow this beer really surprised me.. love the fact its in a can too! solid solid west coast IPA!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Massive 1 1/2" cream coloured soapy head with nice lacing over top of a dark amber liquid.

S: Malt and pineapple.

T: Malt, grapefruit, pineapple with a bitter but nice aftertaste.

M: Medium level of fine carbonation, almost creamy.

O: A very nice IPA.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rusty amber with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice seafoam lace. The aroma is of grain, pale malts, caramel, and bright fruity hops. Hints of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine zest. The taste follows with a grainy pale malt background, hints of caramel and lots of bitter grapefruit, peach, and bright lemon peel. Creamy, smooth, but crisp and refreshing. Overall a great IPA.

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

IPA in a can....Yippee!

A-Pours a rich peach amber with ample, creamy head that laces nicely

S-Caramel and biscuit malts. Floral, pine and grapefruit hops.

T-Nose carries through to the palate and opens with a slightly chewy sweet malt that is very well balanced by the hopping. Fruity, floral, lip smacking rind, grapefruit and pine. Delicious.

M-Medium, slighly sticky and oily, well balanced carbonation.

D-This is an excellent and amazingly drinkable IPA made even better by its availability in a can.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,176 ratings
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