Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,159 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
Ratings:
3,159
Reviews:
1,233
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
536
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,159 |  Reviews: 1,233
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color crowned with a thin rimming of creamy white foam that settles to a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malts. Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel and pine.

T: Sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar, butterscotch and gooey caramel quickly yields to an aggressive front of hoppy goodness that results in a sustained and lingering bitterness. Biscuit and toffee surfaces as it warms. In the end, hops prevail over malts with a crisp and satisfying finish.

M: Full-bodied with a coarse feel that runs roughshod over the palate.

D: Complex yet balanced, both sweet and bitter. Hop Ottin' is an outstanding American IPA that's as intriguing as it is drinkable.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a logoless US Pint

A: Nice orange-ish tan, good chunky offwhite head, active carbonation

S: very bready and yeasty, sugary sweet, hops are fairly floral but not as strong as i had expected, maybe woodsy

T: toffee, hops ride a good line between spicy and fruity, a good bit of bitterness in the middle that is defrayed with sweetness in the finish, nice ride.

M: remarkably full bodied and smooth but it doesn't have any stickiness, carbonation did it's job, excellent.

D: This is a nice middle of the line IPA. It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do not see any date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours into my glass a light copper color, a thin film of head just covers the top of the beer, leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The most potent sent is that of a floral Willamette-like bitter hop smell, followed by the slight aroma of a sweet malt finish, Good smell overall.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, a good earthy slightly citrus hop taste with a clean finish that wraps it up rather nicely.

Mouthfeel: O.K. I think it could benefit from some additional carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA ABV: 7%

A: golden, orange with a hint of red color to it. Leaves a very minimal head that falls to a soap like foam on top of the beer. Decent lacing that stays on the glass throughout the enjoyment of the beer.

S: To me, it doesn't have much of a smell. Therefore, that is why I graded it kind of low. From what I can smell, it has a scent of floral/grassy hops and sort of a citrus scent.

T: The taste is pretty hoppy, but not overwelming. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Can taste minimal malts. Not much of a citrus taste like the smell, but can definitely taste the floral hops.

M: The flavors go together fairly well. I am enjoying the mouthful of the beer. Not too overpowering and not underpowered either (more of in taste)

D: I will drink this beer again. I almost bought a six pack of it. However, never trying it, i wanted to make sure I would like it. Next time I may buy the six pack.

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

A: Deep orange and crystal clear. Massive fluffy white head and good lacing. could be a little creamier in my opinion

S: All floral, all american, all hops. no real malt character coming through but it smells great

T: You get some more malt in the taste than in the aroma, but the hops are definitely the profile of this beer. There is a nice hop complexity with earthy, floral notes. there is some subtle citrus that seems to go well with the caramel background

M: Medium body that finishes with the hops sucking your mouth dry. its not overwhelming though and its rather enjoyable.

D: This is a solid IPA, and I can definitely say that AVBC is quickly becoming one of my go to breweries

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Photo of climax
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The easy pour yielded a somewhat darker than expected caramel/amber with a fairly.... er definitely huge head. It cratered nicely and left some good webby lace.

The aroma was a bit more minty than most, bright and well balanced. Juicy grapefruit and orange added the crispness to a pretty sweet and toasty malt mattress.

The flavor had the resiny pine bill that wasn't as detectable in the nose. The balance was good enough to almost (but not quite) lean on the malty side. Very sweet toastiness was no wallflower behind the nice and easy citrus and pine hop bill.

The body maybe a bit on the light side, perhaps emphasized by a very slick feel. Not watery, but it lacked an interesting feel. The carbonation was quite mild, easy to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish, copper with a creamy light tan head that leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass. Nice resinous herbal hop aroma with a whiff of caramel malt. Nice, herbal hop oily flavors up front with malty toffee like flavors to balance. Some candied grapefruity flavors and plenty of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A decent IPA for sure.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful two finger head right to the brim of the glass. Copper, amber, and orange transparent colors here. Lacing develops immediately.

S: Lots of piney hops. Can also smell a malt sweetness. Some fruity hops here as well. Excellent smelling IPA.

T: Grapefruit, pine, and citrusy hops all create a nice bitter, crisp taste. A decent malt backbone to back off the bitterness a bit. Very good tasting IPA - would maybe like a few more pronounced hops.

M: Sticky, resinous. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nothing special here.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Happy our state finally started to get some new and tasty IPAs.

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Photo of niklas0770
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber to light red-brown fluid with a 2 finger head that quickly fades to a thick lid.

I smell lots of dry hops, just as I expected. Some sweetness from honey or syrup, lots of fruits as well, apricot maybe... A very rich and warm smell.

As for the taste is starts out with the sweetness and a warm feeling. It's a lively and very enjoyable sweetness, it's fruity but I'm not so sure about the apricot any more...
At the end the bitterness of the hops hits you, but they get less intense as the beer gets warmer. It ends up with a dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is warm, kind if "round" thick. Very well balanced and It feels very exclusive I must say.

This is a very high quality beer and there for I wouldn't like to have it to often. I want it to be one of those beers you pick up when you want to treat yourself to something special. But I would never say no to this brew.

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

Tried this beer on special @ European Street Jax Beach, 2/2010 Grib Crawl. On special for $2 a bottle.

Orange/amber in color. Evident hop aromas on a solid malt backbone. Tastes as it smells with a more malt forward profile for an IPA. Never heard of this IPA, and it was a nice surprise @ $2 a bottle. I would drink it again.

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

A: Pours a translucent burnt orange color. The tall head has a similar tint and a fairly dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a decent amount of lace sticks to the glass in an irregular lattice.

S: Some whiffs of juicy citric hops give off an orange character. Fruity and a bit earthy. There are ample notes of caramel sweetness, especially for a West Coast IPA.

T: A moderate malt backbone - doughy, with hints of caramel sweetness. A dose of citric (bitter grapefruit) and piney hop flavor quickly takes over, contributing to a strong bitter bite into the finish. There's a slight touch of alcohol evident as well.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation achieves an excellent result - tingly throughout but never overdone. A thoroughly dry, somewhat alcoholic finish.

D: While this is a very good IPA, its bitterness and alcoholic heat slightly ding its drinkability for me. Make no mistake though, this is a pleasant, tasty IPA that any hophead can appreciate.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with sideswipe. (realized after seeing it that this in fact available here, but there nothing in the presentation that has ever really take notice or buy it).

Darker apricot color with slightly off-white head. Decent lacing. Very clear and brilliant color.

Smells of grapefruit/citrus hops. Little piney/floral and bready sweet caramel malt.

Taste is just like nose. Not bad. But it seems to finish slightly astringent.

Medium body. Fair amount of carbonation, but slightly less than I like to see.

Not too bad. Not a crazy flavor hop-bomb, but not a watered down bottle of garbage. Might consider picking this up again.

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

Pours golden, but cloudy with a decent amount of head. Smells of citrus, pine, malts and bread. WOW!! What a taste.. the floral hops burst out of the bottle, but it's also quite smooth. Pairs very well with food.. excellent drinability. This may be the best American IPA I've had thusfar. Can't wait to try another offering from Anderson Valley

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Photo of vdread
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when i picked up a single of Hop Ottin' IPA, i looked at the label and could hear the Grateful Dead playing in my head. i have to be honest, though. it's the moose-bear on the label that made me want to buy it.

pours a clear amber with a very sticky off white cap that leaves vertical trails of lace as it descends.

citrus and floral hoppiness is apparent in the nose. some caramel comes out once it warms.

the hops are abrasively bitter, piney and resinous, with some citrus peel and leafy/earthy dominance. highlighting the hops, the malt is light, bready, slightly sweet. a hint of caramel is detected. yes, it's one dimensional, but it's also so deliciously hoppy that you realize this isn't a brew made to be complex. it's not a hop 'bomb' per se, but very much slanted towards the hop heads.

the malt also carries a sweet buttery note (especially in the aftertaste) that eludes my tastebuds when i try to locate it. i'm not sure what this is, i've tasted it before in Belhaven's Twisted Thistle IPA, where it was too strong to appreciate, but it fits the flavor profile perfectly.

mouthfeel a bit light, very well carbonated, leaves a nice lingering bite from the bitterness.

+ great beer at the perfect ABV. this beer has everything good about an IPA- the bitterness is perfect, if not a little strong (a good thing), malt accents the strong hop profile without competing with it. not complex, but still interesting.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a deep copper color with moderate head that clings to the sides of the glass all over.

Getting quite a bit of caramel malt, some breadiness, maybe biscuit and lighter piney hops.

Big and bitter grapefruit hop bite starts us off. The meaty malt backbone is also there and gives off caramel and buttery bread flavors. Wow, this puppy delivers a significant hop bite that lasts well into the aftertaste.

This is as thick and chewy an IPA as I can remember having. It's about medium bodied, maybe slightly above. Mostly smooth with some light prickly carbonation.

Good drinkability. The hop kick and ABV will limit me to a couple. Hopheads, look no further for an IPA that delivers a bitter blast. I would have this one again.

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Photo of ohoh
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Long-necked 355ml bottle. I don't like the the label very much, but that might just be me.

Pours light amber. A nice head, lasts and leaves nice lacing.

Doesn't smell much at all, but the taste is excellent. Caramel malt, quite subtle hops at first, but then just excellent. Feels great in the mouth, itchy bubbles that pinch the tongue. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

I'm surprised this is 7%. High drinkability, great with food. I've gotten this three times already, so it must be good.

Cheers!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a long-necked brown 355 ml. bottle. The label's got a picture of a great sceenary; a field in a mountain valley with a lake where a bear with great elkhorns looks for fish. I love the label!
The cap's got a sun with the text "Solar powered brewery".

A: The pour is glowing amber with a really large beautiful white thick long-lasting head. A massive amount of lacings and a really nice crater!

S: American piny floral hops, citric notes and caramell malt. Flowery.

T: Bitter and floral hops, citric and piney. A little sweeter caramell malt than I expected, but still very nice. Bready. Complex and well balanced.

M: Longlasting dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

D: This is a very nice American IPA, probably one of the best I've tried so far.

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Photo of hophead247
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one that got me hooked..Nice IPA from Anderson valley. Appearance is gold, crystal, and is capped off by a medium bodied head. Nice lacing. Nose is of herbal flowers, dark fruits, fairly hoppy, and citrus bitters. The flavor is plums, oranges, grass, herbs, and some spicy bitterness with a medium hop flavor and finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a slightly vigorous forced the off white head to rise to the top of my pint and forced me to wait to be able to pour the rest. the color is darker than most IPAs and less hazy. the head retention and lacing is good.

S- mostly floral hops with a bit of piney earthiness to it. the malt profile comes in stronger than usual for the style with some caramel sweetness and biscuit. everything is slightly muted, though, not very strong on the nose.

T- again, the hops are mostly piney slightly floral with a load of bitterness. very pleasant balancing sweetness and finishes biscuity and bitter. a nice balanced IPA.

M- fairly full bodied with great crisp carbonation. a nice smooth feel that helps it go down easy

D- especially easy drinking for A 7% IPA. they didn't make it too in-your-face bitter and that really helps in this department. I'm sure to revisit sometime in the future now that Anderson Valley has entered the Alabama market. I'll have to pick up a Barney Flats and Boont Amber soon.

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Photo of tofulegend
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really blew me away. I actually didn't expect much from this and I bought it mostly for the moose-bear on the bottle. Really quite exceptional and very near exactly how I want a IPA to taste.
Beautiful balance between a sweet mouthfeel and hoppy bitterness. Beer like this is really too good to analyze.

Had it with some blue cheese pasta which turned out to be a really good combination.

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Photo of OskarL
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a great big fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Hops of citrus, pine and flowers backed by malt.

Taste - Very earthy hops, citrus with quite some malt and biscuit presence and a great lingering taste of grape in the finish. A very well balanced IPA!

Mouthfeel - Medium body (though a bit fuller than it usually is) with medium carbonation.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep, reddish-amber body with a full two fingers of frothy tan foam on top; solid retention and plenty of spotty lace. A bit dark for the style, but otherwise impeccable.

S: Fairly sharp, spicy hop aroma that's predominately floral. Some biscuity-sweet caramel malt as well. Pungent and balanced, but not too remarkable.

T: Follows the nose closely, with floral and vegetal hops up front, followed by some brown-sugar caramelized malts and bitter hop bite on the finish. Again, good but not quite great.

M: Lightly sticky medium body with an explosion of soft effervescence. Not bad at all.

D: It's a bit too sweet on the palate and bitter on the finish to offer a seamless IPA experience.

Notes: This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but I was hoping for more of a West Coast detonation of hops. Something about the specialty malt presence just kept me from whole-heartedly digging this beer. Still, it's more than worth giving a shot.

Cheers!

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

Pours a crystal clear amber with a one finger high head that has a slightly off-white colour.

Smells of floral and citrusy hops, the citrus is almost reminiscent of oranges and clementines, and a bit of grape as well. Quite a piny-prescense as well, almost resiny, almost.

Taste starts off with a more earthy hop-prifile than expected from the nose, with a robust malt prescense keeping the hops company as they morph into a more citrusy approach, much grape and an accomplished and well balanced bitterness at the end.

Creamy and light in the mouth, a pleasant drink.

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Photo of mklinger
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorously poured into a shaker pint glass and managed to pull up just a small half inch head formed of large bubbles that dissipated quickly. Color was a nice pale amber, a bit dark for an IPA but nice looking, clear, with good carbonation.

Aroma is full of grapefruit citrus. Plenty of Centennial/Amarillo/Cascade hops. Quite nice though not as robust as some others. Not much malt in the aroma.

Flavor was much different than I expected from the aroma. More complex than I expected from a good but fairly one dimensional aroma. Really complex hop flavors that I'm having a hard time labeling. Some pine, citrus, cat pee (Simcoe hops?), and other stuff going on. This is balanced out by some really nice biscuit, maltiness, & a bit of caramel. I really like the flavor, and find myself just reaching and reaching for more sips. High drinkability here, too. It's a bit more full bodied than many IPAs, but I really like it. Wow! I didn't expect this out of the appearance or aroma.

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Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is clear rather light amber, the head off-white and leaving lots of lacing.

Smelling of floral citric hops, grapefruit and fresh moved lawn, and a bit of sweet candies.

A sweetness of caramel is complemented with orange acidness and grapefruit peel bitterness.

A medium carbonation, and refreshing mouth-feel.

A very good and typical american IPA.

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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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