Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,152 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 WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle, this brew pours a clear amber with a thick white head that settles in due time. It leaves a nice film on the glass, and retains some of it's luster.

S: Balanced on the nose, with hints of caramel and bread, alongside piney, herbal hop aromas. There is also a hint of bark in the backround.

T: Flavors of pine, some citrus, and cedar are dominant, along with a spicy, herbal character. Hops are balanced by sweet toasty malt. Shows notes of caramel and dried fruit. Fisnish is crisp and dry, but long-lasting.

M: Medium to full-bodied, Hop Ottin' has alot going on. Mouthfeel is very silky, and flavors remain on the palate for some time after swallowing.

D: One of the most easily consumable IPAs I have had in quite a while. Very hoppy, yet malty enougn to keep the taste buds in check. Overall an excellent beer!

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Photo of prg1976
2.24/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear darker amber in color. Decent head, fades quickly with good lacing.

Smells of malts more than hops. A little sweet smelling. Not much there really.

I don't taste the hoppiness that the labeling implies.

Sour tasting, slightly metallic. No hop flavor, not bitter. Not very good, imo.

Maybe an older batch, or not stored properly. May have to give it a second chance.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark amber color. Golden/brown. Huge white head. Pretty sweet spider web lacing.

S- Hops and a certain metallic scene. Malt and bread.

T- Standard IPA, but I was completely turned off by the medicinal quality. The metal/nickel flavor was hard to get past. Their was also a grainy/earthy tone to it which didn't sit right with me.

M- Medium bodied and sleek. Resiny and oily.

D- Nice IPA, not my favorite. Some flavors I were not into.

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Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is clear; the colour amber. The finger thick off white head leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of woody notes: Wood, turpentine, resin. But there are also some perfumed notes of fruit candy. Metallic hints in the background.

The bold taste got notes of turpentine, wood and resin. Metallic bitter flavours with a spicy (black pepper) note. Medium bodied. The bitterness is sour-bitter, I noticed that it tastes more on the middle of the tongue than on the back. The aftertaste is bitter with a growing sour note of lemon acid. Sour hints of detergents in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; the bubbles medium-sized. The liquid is light to mid-smooth.

An American IPA that focuses more on sharp bitter flavours than anything else. The aftertaste is surprisingly short.

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

A- Pours a less than clear light copper/medium amber hue, due to somewhat vigorous pour achieved a glorious 3 finger head which slowly shrinks into a dense pillowy mass leaving splatters of lacing around the entire perimeter of the glass.

S- Resins, piney, citrusy, honey, light malty undertones.

T- Sweet, reminds me of green raisins, resin, honey, just a bit of pine.

M- Medium body with the lightest stickiness, medium carbonation.

D- Easy on the palate, and a decent ABV make this fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into oversized tulip glass. Bought from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Don't know how long its been on the shelf.

"Hop Ottin' bites like a can-kicky bluetail."

And apparently, Bears from Boonville grow antlers.

A- Orange to red in color, with fantastic clarity. Pours with a massive cream colored head. Head has a mixture of soapy and creamy consistencies with huge bubbles that leave giant craters when popped. Actively carbonated in several sports throughout the glass. The great head leaves pumice like lacing all over the glass and a giant mountain of frothy foam in the middle.

S- The hop aroma is citrusy and piney, almost reminiscent of tree bark. The malt backbone shows lots of carmel and butterscotch. The combination strangely reminds me of dark cherries...

T- Nice up front with citrus hops, candy and butterscotch: sort of like a hop flavored fun-dip. However, after the initial reaction, an unpleasant dustiness, possibly the unpleasant result of time. Leaves a sweetened bitterness in the front of the roof of my mouth and all 7.7% is detectable. Overall a little too sweet.

M- Smooth with great carbonation that elevates the hop bitterness. Big enough body for 7.7%, but subtraction by addition = big body leaves beer too sweet.

D- Fresh- this may be really good. But with this particular bottle, I'm comfortable stopping at one. Falls right in the middle of a sipper and a session beer.

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Photo of nelson4
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours nice slightly hazy orange. Head is thick and dissipates with a nice lacing.

S - Malty and sweet. I didn't get the hops that the label claimed, but i love malty sweet smelling beers.

T - Wow, the balance of hops and malt is amazing. I am used to getting hit over the head with hops or only getting small sweet malt. The malt at the beginning quickly gives way to a strong bitter hop that lingers at the back. It is a great balance.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated. The 7% alc does not come off as astringent or harsh, but does offer an interesting mouthfeel. The malt offers just enough heaviness at the beginning but it doesn't get chewy like a stout or port. Perfect for the style.

D - I bought a six pack and I am excited to open the rest. Most CA IPA's knock you over with bitter and it is hard to keep moving through them. This one has the nice malty balance that makes me look forward to the next. At 7%, it would be easy to finish a few too many. :)

Overall, I was extremely impressed. This is one of my favorite IPA's that I have tried. I was hesitant to purchase due to the nature pictures and the 'country' feel, but I am thoroughly impressed. I will certainly be buying more of Anderson Valley.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First a note on the bottle - love it when a brewer - as Anderson Valley does on this one - puts a lot of info on each individual bottle; reminds you you're drinking something unique and give you some background on the region/brewery/beer. Kudos.
12 oz bottle (duh) into an imperial pint glass. Poured cold, finished warm.

A - A bit darker than some of the IPAs I've tried recently, but still that dark orange/brown/amber IPA look to it. Rough pour yields rocky head that lingers down the glass.
S - Don't get too much on the nose, more toasted malts than anything to be honest.
T - Toasted/caramel malts - but just very quickly - at the front, quickly changing into hops, then some malty sweetness comes back again before finally resolving into a pleasant bitterness that lingers for quite a while - will really dry your tongue out. Actually prefer my IPAs with a bit more hop-punch, but this has more of a sustained hop-taste rather than a punch. Also, am shocked that this is a 7% ABV beer - alcohol seems to be indetectable in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, and very smooth.

D - Could drink these forever I think. The lack of the hop-punch would head off tongue-fatigue and the balance is pretty good. 7% ABV could sneak up on you....

Ended up liking this quite a bit. Again, prefer the hops a little more "in your face" but the sustain is quite nice. Will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of DanielDavis421
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decsent brew with little to offer, I did not get the hoppy sensation I was looking for, and for an IPA the flavour was pretty blaned! not a bad beer but from what everyone was telling me about it I found it to be very over rated!

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of BierFan
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A couple fingers of light tan head. Hazy amber body. The head is stiff and sticks around for awhile leaving decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine. Seems a little subdued.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine at first followed by a citrus rind bitterness.

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Photo of lester619
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep bright hazy orange/brown. Awesome three finger thick creamy head. Perfect lacing. Nice fresh juicy spicy hops, grapefruit, pine, sweet molasses, toffee, rasins or prunes. Great complex smell. Damn near perfect tasting IPA. Thick bready body with sweet molases and caramel. Hop bitterness is intense without crossing the line. Huge kick of grapefruit and a deep pine. Very pleasantly bitter. Rasins and date flavors add some more complexity to the fruit notes at the finish. One of my favorite beers period. When this style is done right, there is not much that can beat it. This is a great one.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up at WFM in a self-made sampler. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep orangish brown with lots of little bubbles rising to the surface. Awesome head with great retention. Lacing all down the glass the whole time like little snow drifts.

S: Hops. Lots of hops. Flowers and tea leaves too.

T: Bitter hops, lemon, grapefruit zest. You gotta love hops to like this one; it's too bitter for my taste. They disclose it right on the bottle.

Drinkabilty: Personally, I can't see having more than two of these bad boys in a row. A little overwhelming.

Value: Paid $1.99 for a single bottle. That was a good deal to give this one a try.

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Photo of mirish72
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked this up in a mixed sixer after passing over several times. Always put off by the price.

Poured into Chimay goblet, pours rusty copper/amber. Has a citrusy, malty & hoppy aroma. Nothing overpowering but with a nice balance, not as hoppy as I would have expected from a California IPA.

Has an almost oatey taste with a strong malt aftertaste, tastes more like an English IPA than something from the West Coast. Drinkable and overall a decent beer, but definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear, copper body with a two finger, off white head...the rocky head settled with nice retention...nice lacing

S - The hops can be smelled right out of the bottle...they are citrusy and a bit piney...the malts are shining in the background

T - The flavors are well balanced throughout...until the end...the hops in this beer provide a great lingering bitterness that you expect from an American IPA...but the malts are also pretty big and give you that sweetness that you expect from an English IPA...citrus and piney hops can be detected along with the caramel malts

M - Medium bodied...I loved the bitterness...but as this beer warmed the alcohol started coming through (rudely)

D - This was a cross between an American and English IPA for me...a tad sweet but a great bitterness...the 7% ABV does show up...but overall this was a decent IPA

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a rusty copper, which had an orange tint to it. Two fingers of billowy head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Warning -- hops ahead. Grapefruit and orange citrus dominates, but there is a light and sweet caramel malt presence. A little bit of pine makes itself known, too.

Taste: Hoppy. Oh, yeah. The citrus from the smell comes through immediately, and is followed by the strong hop bitterness. It evens nicely after a couple sips and the hops are not so intense, allowing a citrus and caramel malts to come through.

Drinkability: Yeah, it's not my thing. It's too hoppy, but that doesn't mean someone else wouldn't like it.

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

Poured from bottle to tulip

Appearance - Deep orangey amber, crystal clear with a 2 finger frothy white head, laces the tulip beautifully. This tulip shows off this beer nicely.

Smell - Lots of citrus coming as grapefruit and orange. Can smell the sweet malts right out and a small bit of resiny pine. The smell is really strong up front with the citrus and is very enjoyable.

Taste - Very crisp and clean right up front, the citrus comes through with the grapefruit as I smelled, a nice earthy and grassyness to it in the middle also, the malt balances is out nicely and there is a sweet touch to it in the middle but it finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Right where it needs to be, a decent amount of carbonation and a nice bit of bitterness on the tongue makes this right there for an IPA. It's not too heavy or too light, just about right.

Drinkability - Decently drinkable, could not drink all day but could put away a 6 pack more than likely. Nicely drinkable and a world class beer at that.

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

Dark copper pour with and great lacing. Real nice fruity, floral nose. Great peppery, tangy bite right off the bat with a huge hoppy, bitter dry finish. Big piney taste with a complex body. Reminds me alot of one of my favorite IPA's, Bridgeport. A great, unique hop lovers dream!

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Photo of JTahoe
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored IPA with rocky one finger off-white head.

S - I wasnt very impressed with the smell. Not much hops for an IPA. good malt smell though.

T - Bitter hops give off pine, astringent black tea, earth, and rind of grapefruit. An acerbic quality mostly masks a fleeting trace of floral hops. Malts mostly dominate the palate with a faint honey sweetness. With so much going on, though, the taste struck me as surprisingly thin... the composition didn't quite come into focus.

M - Crisp with medium body and copious carbonation. Lingering very dry finish.

D - A worthy brew and a pretty good drink though not my favorite example of the style.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle, purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD, into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass (11/19/09) at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours darker than your standard American IPA in that it is a dark golden shade of bronze with a 1.5 finger off-white head leaving nice lacing behind.

S: A rich aroma of a roasty toffee/caramel malt with a slight citrus hop fluttering in the background. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, but quite nice in its own right.

T: Again the palate is hit with a layer of roasted toffee malt with some lingering caramel and a nice, but subtle citrus hop with quite a bitter bite. Hops are certainly more pronounced than what the aroma would lead one to believe, but I would prefer a bit more flavor from them (perhaps this bottle is not very fresh, but I can't seem to find a date anywhere on it).

M: A medium-bodied IPA with a slightly harsh bitter bite and nice carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable if one is in the mood for a more malt forward IPA.

Overall this beer was pleasant to drink, but I prefer my American IPAs to be a bit more hoppy. If I can find a fresher bottle than I will certainly update my review accordingly. A nice malt forward IPA that is worth a look.

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Photo of greenpumas
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: One of the darkest IPA's I have stumbled upon; Head dissipated at a rapid rate leaving behind a perfect ring of lace.

S: Fruitier than most IPA's I have had the pleasure of trying. I pick up warm fruit notes, maybe grapes.

T: Tastes like a magic hat that really wanted to screw that lagunitas ipa across the fridge. I get fruit on the pallet, but it isnt a mouth full of apricot--melikes. The hops do not leave my mouth dry and in need of another sip.

MF/D: IPA's with lower carbonation and upfront hops really suit my wintertime taste buds. This, like most good beer, is a beer that should be savored with good friends.

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

This is a very nice beer. It tastes great, and is easy to drink. Especially for an IPA with 7% ABV. This isn't my absolute favorite IPA, but Hop Ottin' IPA is a damn good beer. Decent hop bite, with a nice amount of maltiness. Will gladly drink again. Recommended.

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Photo of drink1121
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Good lacing on this copper colored IPA with decent initial head.

S-I wasnt very impressed with the smell. Not much hops for an IPA. good malt smell though.

T- The malt is perfectly set u for a great beer. The hops, like the smell do not come through for the beer. Bitter pine and floral hops try to balance out the beer, but mostly malts domiate the palate.

M-Butter smooth in my mouth, with a little burning. Very slight heat.

D- I could have a few of these, but its pretty bitter so not many

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

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber; nice label with a ditty about the beer, no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark burnt orange/light copper beer with good brightness, fairly high levels of small beaded carbonation, and a beautiful rocky ivory head with great stick and patchy lacing.

Smell: Almost a cross between an English and an American IPA, though it definitely leans more to the American side. It's got the sweet, buttery, and slightly earthy characteristics and maltiness of an English IPA but with a big dose of sweet orange liqueur thanks to big doses of American hops. Overall, quite nice.

Taste: Nice balance between malt and hops. The malts are reminiscent of buttery cracker and the hops are actually a bit earthier than suggested by the smell. Alcohol peeks through a little more than expected at 7% abv, but in a more warming than aggressive way, and hop bitterness is medium yet assertive. Overall, pretty balanced; it's again somewhat reminiscent of an English-style IPA but with more oomph and kick from the hops.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied; a bit lighter than expected from the abv

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Really tasty, solid American IPA; one of the better one's I've gotten the chance to try. In my opinion this is up there with Goose Island and New Glarus.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased for $1.69.

A-A normal pour produced a gargantuan head that filled half the glass. Couldn't fit the whole beer in one pour. In fact, this starting foaming as soon as the bottle cap was removed. Otherwise, appearance normal for an IPA. Beautiful golden amber hue.

S-Citrus hops, especially grapefruit. A hint of malt sweetness in aroma. Pleasant, but hops are too faint. Not nearly as robust as the label promises.

T-Hoppy, but not quite enough so. The taste is balanced by a nice malt presence that is faint, but not overly sweet. Bitter up front, but finishes without the taste buds being assaulted. This was good.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms.

This was more balanced than typical West Coast IPAs. I probably won't buy this often since my favorite IPAs, Racer 5 and Stone IPA, are just as affordable.

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Photo of sictyrannis
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pint glass:

Pours a deep, copper color with amber tints. Nice, 2 finger foam head that dissipates to leave a nice lace on the glass.

The best aspect of the beer was how great it smelled. Extremely floral, a great pine smell, and lots of citrus, with a malty backbone. I even held it up to my nose for a while to savor the smell a bunch.

This seems like a pretty average IPA taste-wise, with extra bitterness up front and not much on the backend. The flavor was not very complex--just hoppy bitterness with a weaker pine finish. There wasn't much else to the flavor structure, and although I enjoy my IPAs, I enjoy a bit more complexity and a more bitter/clean aftertaste.

This beer was not carbonated enough and felt like water. Very light-bodied, if you are into that.

I could go for another, but with all the other IPAs around, I'd probably grab one of those beforehand.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,152 ratings.
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