Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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

Pours a slightly turbid auburn topped by a head of large bubbles. Retains well and looks lively to the end.

Aroma of caramel and grapefruit pith and hoppiness of an unplaceable kind. Floral and piney I guess.

Taste is tropical, underscored by a metallic lemony bitterness as light toasty caramel slowly comes to the fore. This seems out of balance. I'm not a fan of the flowery metallic bitterness which seems to trounce on the caramel sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

Not bad, quite enjoyable, really, but at the same time not what I prefer in an IPA. I like a more focused hop profile than this muddled affair.

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

Poured into a shaker pint. Nice amber color. Fairly clear. Decen eggwhite head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty. Slight hop aroma. Bit of caramel. Not the most aromatic beer.

taste is solid. Decent IPA. More malt than I usually like. Decent hop bite and flavor.

Mouthfeel I like a bit dryer but it's not bad. Nice carb.

Overall a solid IPA. Not excellent but good.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

im a sucker for IPAs in cans. 12oz can drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- a hearty pour yields a deep copper body with a high level of clarity. a bright white head forms on top and sticks around for a while. when it finally falls, small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- the nose on this one is all about the hops. tons of floral and grapefruit. a lesser amount of pine. some orange and lemon can be picked out as well. after i make it through all that, i pick up some caramel malt which adds a mild sweetness to this beer.

T- the taste starts out with more of the caramel malt that i could smell, which acts as a sweet malty backbone. after that it quickly becomes all about the hops. floral and grapefruit shine through the strongest. there is a lesser amount of pine and other fruits such as lemon zest and orange peel.

M- the body is a solid medium and the carbonation is done just right. nice and bitter. leaves my mouth feeling dry and begging for more.

O- this is a very solid IPA, and the fact that its in a can makes it that much more appealing. this one will probably be joining my regular rotation.

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Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Very clear light orangey amber color with 2 big fingers of fluffy cream colored head and excellent retention quality. After several minutes the head does die down and leaves behind tight, foamy webs of lacing on the glass. Very pretty beer.

S - Fresh smelling...quite hoppy - mostly pine with a hint of citrus in there for good measure. Clean and a bit grassy also. Malt is very mild on the nose with a hint of sweetness and grainy aromas.

T - Spicy, grassy and piney hops up front. Heavier dose of malt than the aroma would indicate, but more in line with the color of this beer. Some caramel and toffee, sugar and toasted malts. Crisp bitterness...this beer is fermented quite clean making this pretty refreshing although the malt gives this a bit of weight and lowering my overall enjoyment.

M - Body is medium with a medium level carbonation as well. Sweet malt lingers into the aftertaste eventually overpowering the hops just a bit. Balance overall is pretty good, but it shifts from a hoppy start to a malty finish as it progresses from the glass through to the swallow and beyond.

O - A good, solid IPA that doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd. Well brewed - yes, exciting - not so much. I don't have much to complain about here, and I would definitely drink another of these if they were sitting in a cooler at a party, but I doubt that I'd head to the store and buy more of this one. Too many great IPA's out there to settle for a good one.

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Photo of Reaper16
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a light amber color with school-bus yellow undertones. Less than one finger of eggshell head forms, large-bubbled and not very lacy.

Hop Ottin' is a very straightforward IPA. You've got some resiny smells, some pine, and some Mandarin orange. That's all the complexity that this beer's hop profile can muster. A greater-than-expected malt presence gives off lots of crystal malt aromas. It's not bad -- I wouldn't throw rocks at it -- but it's just boring compared to a lot of this beer's competition on the shelf.

Hop Ottin' tastes pretty much as it smells: competent but a bit blase. Caramelly crystal malts, bitter pine hop flavors. Some oily resin flavor, light orange. Some people would call this a balanced beer given all of the malt flavor. I disagree. I think this beer is slightly imbalanced towards the malty side. Lots of malt flavor (for the style) and a lot of bitterness, but less true lupulin flavor than desired. It's not a bad drink, it's just an average IPA.

You'd expect this beer, given my description of its maltiness, to have a medium-full body for the style. You'd be right. It's not offensive to me, but it isn't preferable. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA. If you like malty IPAs then this is a good option for you, especially being packaged in cans. Hopheads can do better, however.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 overwhelmingly of booze. Harsh hops kick in about halfway with a harsh, metallic bite. There's only bitterness here, no hop flavor -- and this from a fan of Ruination. Where is the pine? Where is the tropical fruit, the citrus? The only respite is a little bit of honeyed sweetness mid-sip, but it's a short, brief respite. Not impressive. Too much booze, sloppily organized hops. Proof that great beer needs organization -- and it's sadly lacking here.

Mouthfeel is fine, more seafoam and what have you.

Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. Considering how much I liked their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, it's an especially surprising result. Hops, booze, and chaos. I'd call it a double IPA, but even then, it's not a graceful one. Not a fan.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amount of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts. The smell becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel while the finish has flavors of citrus from the hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because unlike other IPAs, the hops do not completely dominate the smell and taste.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/amber body, 2 finger white fluff, quality lacing

S: orange peel, hint of grain, malt, lemon grass

T: sweet lemon, grass, pine, bready malt,
long slow bitter semi-oily finish

M: med body, slick/oily mouth

O: Maybe I'm insane, but this taste almost like an
ESB meets an IPA...wild, still quite good. I want
to gulp it, but the ABV sneaks up on you. Great
to try another Anderson Valley brew and in a can;
well done.


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

12 oz can into a snifter...it's a little light on head but decent lacing and the body is an excellent bright orange-brown color. Strong hop profile in the nose, although I can think of a few that are hoppier (in the single IPA category). Tons of hop bitterness on the tongue...this puppy is chock full of hop goodness and quite bitter, especially for a single IPA. I dig it. Great mouthfeel, very clean. Pretty affordable in the cans, cheaper than most good IPAs. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A deep auburn with some slight haze. A thick, pillowy tan head sits atop and leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. A dark, thick looking IPA.

Not a particularly aromatic beer. What's here is very pleasant, though what I can smell most is a bready malt character and a slight sweetness. Very little citrus elements. What's here is fine, but comes off disappointing for a beer named "Hop Ottin'."

This is a boldly bitter IPA. This is perhaps the most bitter IPA I've had. It's backed up nicely by a bready malt backbone and a touch of caramel sweetness. A delicious beer.

Relatively thick in the mouth and even a touch chewy for an IPA, but it plays well with the bitter tone of the beer and is incredibly drinkable, even refreshing.

An incredibly good IPA; incredibly drinkable; incredibly bitter, yet highly delicious. It all comes together exceedingly well and in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of my favorites!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' on a can, bought at Whole Foods Bowery in New York City for $2.99 (pricey)

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the Ottin' comes with quite the head, over two fingers and lasting. Great retention and lacing too.

Smell: Mild citrus and tropical aromas with some sweetness. Pungent hops, as if they had been leftover overnight at a mildew-infested warehouse somewhere in Washington State (but not in a bad way). Pineapple and orange juices, cooked. A tad of crystallized sugar. Spice, booze at the end (somewhat uncommon for an IPA). Biscuit comes through the nose as the beer warms.

Taste: Follows nose, with juicy tropicalia and mild sweetness. Bready/cookie feel, plus a good dose of malts. Very refreshing, but a tad watery at the end, despite a sharp bitterness that stings the back of the throat at the very end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Disappointing. Thin body, medium flavor and carbonation. The whole thing just dissipates and dies at the end like tap water.

Overall: I've had Hop Ottin' on tap and I suspect the canned version is inferior. Thinner, less spectacular, but nevertheless a solid and very drinkable IPA. Nothing groundbreaking here, but nice for sure.

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Photo of fox227
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium dark amber color, with a decent head.

S: Very citrus-like, and a bit of candy-like sweetness.

T: This is an IPA as advertised = hop forward, and we'll talk malt afterwards; I've been having a lot DIPAs that aren't nearly as hoppy in practice. The beginning is all strong hops with a definite "bomb" effect on the tongue, and is somewhat soapy, but not in a bad way. The malt finish is subtle, yet very complex; there's some caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness here, and these flavors become more pronounced and enjoyable as the glass warms.

M: Very biting hops numb the tongue quickly, so make sure this isn't the first beer in a session. The carbonation is nice, but not too present, and the head is a bit creamy. Very nice.

O: This is one of my favorite easy to get IPAs. It would be nice to get some freshness dating, but so far I haven't had any problems with this beer and freshness, even when I keep a bottle in the fridge for a bit too long. So if you love hop-forward IPAs, this is one to add to the list.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,189 ratings