Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,158 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 Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy finger, absolutely drenching the sides of the glass with a rich sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy, with notes of earth, spice, and bitter fruit. Toasted bready grains sits along the back of the nose, along with just a touch of light alcohol warmth.

The taste has a fresh bitter citric bite to it, with a leafy feeling edge to it that leaves notes of gritty earth and spice in the finish. This is moderately balanced by some sweeter fruit character, while the malts have more of a tight and grainy presence to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation, which then gets a little smoother on the edges. There is a touch of alcohol in the body, which unfortunately helps bring some of the harsher aspects of the hops out here.

This was a decent canned IPA for the most part but I think that the bitterness here got a little too raw and aggressive at times to really keep this as approachable as I would have liked.

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

Let me start off by saying that someone gave me this one so I was unsure of the freshness of it. After some further inspection, I found a date of 344th of 2010. Not sure if thats the best by or the bottled on date... regardless, not the best date either way you look at it...

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice off white head with decent retention and a nice trail of lacing spiderwebbed on the walls of the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with a decent amount of activity

S- Not overly pungent... some floral hop aroma, maybe a touch of malt

T- Very one sided. Has a nice hop flavor, but lacks that sharp bite that other IPAs have, though it does linger for a fair amount of time in your mouth. All in all, enjoyable from start to finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- So... despite the slight amount of age on this bottle, I feel it held up pretty well. Had it been fresher, perhaps it would have had a bit more intensity to the hop flavor. This one deserves some *edits* should I ever get my hands on a fresher bottle


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Photo of EdTheEdge
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - slightly dark brownish amber. Tad bit cloudy. Nice one finger brownish head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Hops, greenery and perhaps more hops.

Taste - very hoppy, aftertaste of hops and some evergreen maybe a tad bit of juniper.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation, strong aftertaste again of hops.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer after work on a warm So Cal day. This beer is quite refreshing and I would definitely buy it again if and when I see it.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly in my book. Lots of off white head that is two fingers thick and an off white color, and has a nicely colored body of clear copper.

The aroma is perfume, citrus, and toffee.

Well balanced in the taste between caramel and a good amount of piny hops.

Oily and well carbonated some up the feel.

This is a great and well balanced brew. Not good for a hot pre summer spring day, but a great specimen foe the style.

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

( 39/50, 7% alc/vol, Home, relaxing after a hard day) When careful not to pour the lie, the drinker's eye is treated to a slightly hazed brass color. Its head is rocky and frothy, lacing and limming down to naught but a tiny disc at the center of the glass. Creamy, light orange-lemon aromas. Smells like a crème brûlée. Blueberry muffins. Nice alcoholic nose. Damn, reminds me of something… but what? A little light, but gets better every minute. I cant get blueberry muffin out of my nose. Delicious malted grain abundant in the palate. Slightly metallic acidity brings with it poignant bitterness of floral, dandelions and grapefruit, quite strongly. Very lasting and complex flavours. Second flavours shows a tad more sweets once the mouth is used to the powerful bite of hops. The hops reminds me of Alesmith and Stone californian hops: a little sea salt in there. The mouth is treadted to a nice fresh hops, strong and acidic, enough to warrant some Tums. The experience is calmed down by a much-stronger-feeling alcohol. Good, but not great. Tends to overstay it's welcome. One of the hoppiest IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Tries to balance things out with what I call barleywinesque sugars, but ultimately, the hoppiness, although being it's main attraction, is overly present and tends to detract from the overall enjoyment of the drink.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle.

pours a nearly clear, amber color. nice, dense head of tiny bubbles, recedes to a thin (but resilient!) layer of foam.

smell is the only less-than-very-good aspect of hop ottin'. it's better than average, malts are a subtle but pleasing mix of aromas; the drawback for me is a somewhat underwhelming hop punch for an IPA.

taste is nicely assertive. big piney shot of hops, some lesser citrus-floral hints. the malt comes through in the middle, and a big, dry finish. classic west coast ipa. nice mouthfeel, the carbonation is excellent and this beer is very drinkable.

always enjoy hop ottin', +1 for the solar power!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, solid finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice and sweet, though a touch mild, presenting a floral earthy hop alongside some sweet caramel malts.

T - Sweet and bitter hops off the top, earthy indeed with a bit of a resiny flavour. Bitterness is prominent on the finish, though the floral hops do linger nicely. A solid IPA indeed.

M - Medium bodied, though does come across a tad thin, but finishes nicely with only a touch of dryness.

O - Super tasty IPA and a solid example of the style. Earthy hops and sweet caramel malts are nicely balanced, and easily drinkable at 7%. A hop heads delight.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A thick amount of head with a golden/copper color with a lot of bubbles running up the glass. The aroma is a faint amount of floral/lemon with a lot of grass. The malt nose was also absent with only a subtle amount extremely pale/almost adjunct aroma. Taste was a quick amount of surprisingly tasty citrus hops but quickly changes to a let down of a backing body by the malt (a sweet water flavor) and a very dry and pungent lemon/orange rind bitterness. The hops were not supported by the body of this beer and the balance of hop characteristics did not match up.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/28/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Plenty of citrus and herbal hops but not overpoweringly strong. Some bitterness and sweet malt linger behind the hops with a hint of herbal earthy aromas and alcohol.

T: Tastes quite a bit different than it smells. Not very bitter and not nearly as much hops as in the nose. The dominating flavor is sweet caramel malt with herbal hop resins and a hint of tropical fruits coming in second to the malt.

M: Well below average on the IPA bitterness scale, sweet medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty malt forward for an IPA, the hops do have a main role in the flavor but can't really hold up to the sweet malt backbone. Still a very drinkable brew.

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

Pour - bright golden in color with a nice clean look with a decent sized stark white head. Things are looking good in this glass. I'm ready to dive in, both figuratively and literally...who wouldn't want to swim in a big glass of IPA!

Aroma - a little grassy, some nice citrus aromas, a bit of sweet caramel and maltiness as well. Not a huge amount of fresh hops in the nose, it's a lot more subtle.

Taste - a big swig from the glass and my mouth is flooded with both maltiness and hoppiness in equal parts. I think my palate is a little confused as its trying hard to focus on whether this is super hoppy or if its super balanced. In the end it finds a happy medium. It's sort of both. There are a lot of nice citrusy, resiny hoppy notes that are well paired with the sweetness that a significant grain bill offers. Their is a slight bit of butteriness that I catch, not sure if that's the yeast or not. Finishes sweet but dry with a lasting bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Overall - very well rounded IPA. Love this on tap and love it from the can. Plenty of hoppy bitterness but well balanced and extremely refreshing. At 7% this one will sneak up on you!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This would be perfect for camping or a round or two of disc golf. I love that they've started canning their IPA!

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Photo of juhl31
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-light gold color with a good white head that sticks around for the ride as well as sticking around the glass

-sharp hop smell of the citrus and pine variety. some sweetness on the nose as well

-a bit of citrus hops up front and a good even keeled bitterness on the back end. has a bit of a sweetness to it that reminds of a single version of hop slam (which i had about 4 days ago for maybe the 4th time). that same kind of honey sweet taste. good overall balance

-carbonation is just right, not too heavy and a hint of oiliness

-this beer gets lost among the large number of very good northern california IPA's, but it is very good and very underrated. it comes in both cans and bottles too which is nice. i keep forgetting how much i like this beer

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hop Ottin', in a can, into a tulip.

A: Orange with golden highlights. Nice creamy finger thick khaki head.

S: Sweet sugary notes, some grapefruity citrus.

T: Right after the nose with sweet sugar, followed by a big bitter and light grapefruit.

M: Thinner than I expected, barely medium bodied.

D: Dissapointing brew. Not potent enough in flavor, but most disappointed with the light body. Overall, blah.

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

So my friend goes out to San Diego and I give him a want list. Iy has Deschutes Abyss, Speedway Stout, Lost Abbey, Pliny and tons of other shiite and he comes back with this!?!?!

Never heard of it so I'll give her a whirl.

Very standard fare, nice head lacing, all of the normal good IPA characteristics.

Actually, this has a great flavor. Not too hoppy and a nice citrus/orange aftertaste. This is not too bad at all. Good mouthfeel, it's got it all. I would order one of these on a summer day to refresh and cool off. Good job guys!

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Photo of hiku7
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Nonic glass.

Overall, this is a solid hop lover's IPA. Not much else coming through, but the hops really got me started with the smell and then filled the palate both in taste and bitterness. This made a great complement to Indian food.

A - Thick eggshell white head on a clear deep amber pour. The lacing was amazing, with sticky rings that stayed there long after the beer was gone.

S - Citrus and pine were dominant, with floral aroma wafting through. Some spiciness in the smell also.

T - Hops and more hops coming through, but it works all the way from the initial hop taste to the strongly bitter hop finish. There is a bit of toasted or caramel malt in there somewhere but it has very little chance against the hops.

M - Creamy and smooth, feels right for the style and doesn't detract from the brew.

This is a solid and hoppy IPA. Will go back to this one.

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Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer. Deep copper crystal clear showing good carbonation and a large 3 inch crispy, fluffy head of white. Long retention and sticky lacing.

Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and cereal malts all shine through and are followed by piney resiny hop aromas. A bit of floral character with very light citrus.

Quite the tasty IPA. Well balance of malts to hop. Chewy thick malts, big caramel, an almost whole grain feel to the middle. Creamy and dense. The hops are very piney, grassy and earthy with a nice brisk bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is medium and fits the bill very well. Easy sipping great IPA that is more old school than what I've been seeing recently.

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 0z flight pour at Yard House San Diego.

Darkish amber with nice lacing. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy, citrus and piney notes filling the nose. The flavor delivers, nicely balanced and not too bitter. Really stood out against the other IPA in the flight (Alaskan). Really good IPA I would come back to again.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a slightly muddled,amber,like the color of strongly brewed tea.The head stood 1 1/2 inches tall and showed moderate retention before giving way to long,stringy lacing.

S-Dank hops,overripe citrus,slowly developing slight pine notes and a sweet,baked dough maltiness.Even more toffee and caramel malt notes as the beer warms.

T-Sweet malts upfront.More nutty toffee and baked sugar traits with a hop presence that almost seems musty to me.The grapefruit and floral notes are there but they seem a little stale.

M-Slightly bitter with a definite malty sweetness.
It tastes a little dingy and unrefined to me.Medium bodied but I'm just not a fan of what's there.

O-This was a little disappointing considering the hype but I will try it again in case I just got an off bottle.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours with a huge ice cream scoop of a head that goes over the rim of the glass. Smells amazing with sharp citrus pine and that floral perfume smell. This beer really gives Green Flashes West Coast IPA some competition. It starts with hop fruitiness from the cascade hop then has a long piney and sharp citrus bitter finish. It's so rich and thick with potent hops that it digs deep into your taste buds. It also gives a peppery resinous hop flavor and finish as well. The malt backing which tastes like toffee and honey brown bread is quite amazing. A lot better than most IPA's where they almost forget about how crucial it is to have a good malt flavor in an IPA. I was expecting just a really bitter IPA but instead got a really bitter IPA with a complex pungent taste that has a pureness to it that most beers lack.

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

Pours clear blood orange with everlasting white foamy head that leaves lacing. Aroma of hop resin, citrus, orange and cream. Tastes of citrus, slight resin, grass, slight evergreen/mint, and finishes sweet grains with hop soap and bitterness that coats the palate. Medium body with light carbonation creates a thick mouthfeel. A damn good West Coast citrus, dry IPA.

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

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant , rich amber in color. 2.25 finger head on a reasonable pour. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Inviting light fruit and pine needles. It comes off extremely fresh.

T: Good hop bitterness up front, and slight tropical hints through the mid. A heavy yet balanced maltiness slides through at the end.

M: Creamier then I'd expected. The carbonation felt natural, something I don't often find with canned beer.

O: A really solid AIPA. Anderson Valley hasn't done anything out of the norm, but they didn't have to; they simply did it right.

Good drinking here.

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Photo of JesteR14
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Damn im a sucker for a nice amber IPA. Its got a coffee like head that is a bout a finger and a half for me in a Mellow Mushroom tumbler glass.

S- When i smell this beer, i first smell fresh wheat, malt and some honey. I really enjoy the smell of this beer.

T- defiantly get a nice floral taste like the bottle promises, but isent the hoppiest beer Ive had in the IPA category. Its a fairly
easy drinking IPA which is kind of hard to come by in the beer world.

M- Mellow and smooth. The hop bitter ness lasts on the tongue.

D- Good IPA but not one of my favorite, but a definite strong hop head IPA! Alcohol sticks out to me which also is a factor in this beers grade.

If you like great craft beer, go to your local store and ask for this beer. It deserves some other opinions.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can

A - lovely head and lacing. Very clear, without the normal hazy/oily look of a beer hop this generously.

S- Not hugely aromatic but smells of spicy hops.

T- very spicy/herbal hop flavors. Makes me think a lot of Columbus late and dry hopping. Very nice. The spicy/herbal tends to dominate any citrus or floral notes but it's still very nice.

M - very good. Nice prickly carbonation and plenty of girth to the beer without being chewy.

D - Could session this beer all day long. I like big hoppy beers and this fills the bill. Very nice

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

This IPA has a very hoppy aroma. It has a citrus taste that lingers long after taking a sip. Overall it is pretty bitter in comparison to IPA's from other regions (such as Bridgeport).

I would definitely recommend to others who enjoy American IPA's with a good bite that tend towards the more bitter side

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Photo of Glibber
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cloudy yellow orange in color with a large 2 finger head that dissipated down to a quarter inch. Not a huge smell for an 80 IBU beer. As advertised the beer has a huge hop kick. Ideal for hopheads, but perhaps a little too much for my likes. It is tough for me to pick out any other flavors. Not too bad going in, and a little floral alcohol tastes with a warming hop feel in the belly.

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

Pours hazy ruby amber with a loose white head that rims and speckles the surface, leaving nice sheets. Caramel and strawberry nose with resin underneath. Toffee and red berried for malts with tropical fruit and spice hops. Salty finish and a crisp straight bitterness. Fizzy, light to medium, and a bit of stick.

This is not an amber? Color and malts would make me think so, though too thin and bubbly to be a classic in either style. But nice fruit and hits with the IBUs.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,158 ratings.
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