Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,164 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 MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for tossing me one of these. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Good looking IPA here - big three fingers of dirty light blond foam that has amazing retention and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed golden orange-red color with a few stray bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Good piney hop smell, with some orange zest and a touch of dankness. Doughy malt backbone that is present but subdued. Smells pretty fresh in any case.

T - Starts with some light citrus and caramel sweetness and then transforms into strong pine and earthiness. The taste has some strong bitterness to it that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little higher than I like, but the finish is pleasantly dry and there are lots of residual hop resins. Thicker body than one would expect for a 7% IPA.

D - The bitterness gets a little intense, and the beer feels a touch heavy. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these in a session.

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

Comes in a 12 oz purple adorned bottle with a moosebear drinking some water. 7% abv, nice for an IPA.

Pours into my pint glass with a small foamy off white head that takes quite a bit of time to dissipate and leaves a little bit of non-dissipating foam leaving a little bit of lacing behind. Color is amber-orange.

Smell is of hops, piney and citrusey. The hops seem pretty vibrant so I'm assuming its fairly fresh.

Taste is smooth and hoppy. Very bitter finish. Hops on the tounge are mostly citrus, grape fruit up front and predominant with a hint of lemon in the background. Slight malt reminiscent of bready pilsener malt. This one is mostly hops though, great for anyone who likes their hops on the edge. But for a one-dimensions ipa I would like the hops to explode even more. That being said this one is easy to suck down and has a decent mouthfeel like any other IPA.

Overall a solid IPA for hopheads everywhere.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a very dark dark gold that is surprisingly clear with a huge chunky white head and lots of carbonation. Lacing is one of the better ones I've seen.

The aroma is rather unique, of course you get some nices hops, almost honey laced hops and nice arrangement of flowers.

The tatste is very smooth with floral throughout and a nice bitter touch at the end. Ending needs a bit more bitter to be an upper echelon IPA.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a finger of head at the top. Looks like a fair bit of carbonation coming out of this. A generous amount of lacing going from the top to the bottom of my glass.

Smell: This is an IPA? Alright, maybe I'm being too harsh. It's got a hop presence, but not an enormous one as I expected from a west coast IPA. The nose brings out some earthy hops with an all too balanced malt backbone (at least for this hop head)

Taste: As the nose revealed, an all too well balanced IPA. Not a citrusy aftertaste at all, mostly grass and pine, which is still pleasant, but not what I was looking for. The caramel malts play well with the hops, but I was after something different.

Mouthfeel: A little high on the carbonation in my opinion. It really explodes on the tongue once it hits. A little chewy, but a medium bodied beer. The alcohol is making its appearance, but it's fairly well hidden.

Drinkability: Not that I have easy access to this beer anyways, but I don't think I'd pick this up again. It's a good beer, worth trying, but didn't live up to my expectations given the great reviews it's gotten on BA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Chill-hazed light amber with a supremely solid bone-colored, big, two-finger head. Great retention! As it slowly went down while becoming lumpy, it left stages of lacing in rings on the glass.

S - Delicious heavy pine and citrus hop aroma that has a fruity hint to it with some strong grapefruit. Well balanced with a malty backbone with a light caramel touch to it.

T - The immediate presence of a hearty malt backbone became evident as it flooded my mouth with sweet pale and light caramel malt notes. Instantly changed to a very grapefruit-like fruitiness with lots of pine and a citrus burst at the end. Dry and moderately bitter to the finish.

M - Borderline full-bodied, the residual sugars and alcohol fill it up a bit. Smooth with a crisp and refreshing dry finish of hops. Moderately bitter.

D - A bit heavy for an IPA. Could be lowered a bit to be more drinkable to fit an IPA, not almost resemble a DIPA. Would bring out the hops a bit more but the balance is good and it's a solid brew!

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

pours pretty amber, a bit darker than most ipas...lots of visible bubbles, huge head that lasts the entire drink....thus leaving thick lacing

Smell is citrus almost soapy, floral perfumy hop beauty, great nose

Taste is refreshing and balanced between caramel Malts and a lingering, creamy but bitter hop finish and at the end there is a bit of tea like taste

Such a drinkable, nicely done ipa... Not too much of anything, but. Has about everything - a very good beer that is more fruit than pine

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Photo of Florida9
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a pint glass with two fingers of off-white, slightly orange tinted head. Wife describes the color as "cooked pumpkin" which I wouldn't have ever thought of, but would also find as an apt description.

S: Extremely floral hops.

T: Very sweet pale malts intermixed with floral hops. There is a mix of light spice and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation. Interesting interplay between the malty sweetness which coats the tongue and the hop bitterness on the outside of the mouth.

D: A nice, flavorful IPA. Definitely preferable on tap, though the malty sweetness is too much for me. Could drink one of these at a time and would need something to offset the sweetness before I could continue. Overall, a quality beer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky amber color with a finger of head that dies down to a collar fairly quickly.

Floral hops dominate the nose, a bit waxy but overall not too bad.

Taste is big caramel malts, a bit of front end bitterness to accompany a weak floral hop profile. Very average. Mouthfeel is fine, but there are so many better IPA's out there why drink this?

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber hue with a rising rocky white head. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and herbal hops with some malty bread notes.

The taste is of the hops upfront with a good balancing of bready malts. The hops have a more earthy flavor and less citrusy. There are also some fruity esters that add to the mix.

The mouthfeel is a medium with a slick, oily finish that leaves a little bitterness.

This is very drinkable.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber/orange, with a nice thick head. Nice carbo look too.

S: Nice bouquet of floral hop citrus, as well as malt earthiness. Great balance.

T: Almost identical to the nose. Picked up hints of grapefruit as well as caramel and wood. Very nice, but not overpowering mix of flavor.

M: Nice carbo medium body. Very pleasant on the palate.

D: A nice session IPA. I blinked and I had already drunk 3 pints.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, dusky orange color with a nice, fat off-white head that displays very nice retention and clingy lacing. Great looking IPA.

Nose is of citrus and tropical hops with biscuity sweet malts. Some fruitiness is evident in the form of red grapes, green apples and pears. It is a pleasant smelling brew.

Has an earthy and malty feel to it for an IPA. The bitterness is there, but seems to lack a bit in the way of hop flavor and body. I have really enjoyed the three other AV beers I have had before this one, but Hop Ottin' does not really do it for me.

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Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours copper amber orange with a big pillowy 2+ finger head that leaves lacing down th glass

smells pale caramel malts with pine and citrus hops

taste is much better then the smell - while not an overpowering ipa this beer just seems to beer perfectly balanced wtih great full flavor from both pine citrus hops that give it and bitter/sour/sweet taste along with the pale caramel malts

mouthfeel is very light smooth creamy

drinkability is great - as many times as i have had this beer i can not believe its 7% so i have to pace myself - this could be a very sessionable ipa

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Photo of charlesw
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming right on the heels of the southern star, it's easy enough to compare things like appearance. A very clear light amber with medium head of tiny white bubbles. Ridiculously clingy and lasting lace.

Smells sharp and crisp: Pride of ringwood and hallertauer hops, perhaps? Faint earthy tones.

I'm having trouble getting the initial flavor - of nailing it down. It ends in a lingering bitterness. Some citrus, a fair amount of pine, and your mouth just watering - begging you to drink some more.
There's a fair amount of subdued hop to start with. Citrus and gently sweet all around your mouth (finishing, again, with your mouth watering).

It's nice to drink. I'd think that this would make a great lawnmower beer when super fresh and super cold. As in, there would be enough flavor to overcome the cold. And the hops bite through your thirst in a nice way.

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

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA...on tap at Hop Devil Grill.

Appearance-orange gold with a decent dense head, lots of carbonation, big bubbled as well.

Smell-citrus hop, spicy malt, alcohol, pine and grassy scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hmmm, a medium level of pine hoppiness up front, biscuit malt flavor as well, heavy flavors but balances well.

Drinkability-I could see this as an ok slow drinking IPA.

Overall-a good IPA, not a standout but it does everything better than ok. I would drink this definitely.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and there is a citrusy hop smell as well. The flavor is hoppy in a citrusy and earthy fashion. There is also a strong malt backbone that isn't hiding, it's right up front. I enjoyed this beer, but it's not really the best IPA I've come across. Definitely worth a try.

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

A - One finger of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, amber-copper colored body. The head retention is average and it leaves good lace.

S - Fruity hops, lots of pineapple and lemon with a hint of pine. Some sweet caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Distinct bitterness with a balanced mix of hops and malt. Lots of toffee and a hint of roast in the middle that fades to a dark, hoppy, and bitter finish with notes of tobacco and grapefruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting and drinkable IPA that borders on barleywine territory with all of the dark malt and caramel flavors.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man! This is just a perfect balance of all that an IPA should be. The bitterness, flavor and aroma is just so well balanced, it's incredible.

A-Pours a pretty clear deep golden color with a hint of amber in it. Pours a full medium off white head that has pretty good retention and real good latice work, like a fine fancy oldschool curtain.

S-The aroma is so pungent and unique. It's full of bright floral hop aromas. With a solid balancing caramel malt background. And kind of a foresty pine to it too. As it warms, some toffee comes through as well. This is a very complex and beautiful aroma.

T-And the flavor, wow. That was my first response... WOW, every first sip of this is wow. It's a perfect balance of carmel sweetness, clean hop bitterness, and resenous hop flavor. Nothing shines over the other, it's just balanced. Very nice indeed. The hop flavor is bright and earthy.

M-Very smooth and full bodied. Just a bit dry in the end. With a nice lingering bitterness.

D-If I wasn't carful, I could drink the whole six pack. It's so smooth and easy drinking, but the 7% abv needs to be respected for sure. Two will do you good for sure. Please go and get some if you can find it.

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Photo of Shaw
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been years since I had Anderson Valley brews. I'm very happy to see them in Florida.

A deep copper in color with a big foamy head. Nice.

The smell is all hops. Big citrus and floral aromas.

The taste is wonderfully bitter and hoppy. There's a bit of malt balance, but only a token amount. But as I've written before, who cares? Hops, hops and hops. A real depth of hops, likely from several varieties.

A slick and oily body.

Overall this is a great American IPA. It's very much an example of California's love of hops. A must-have.

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

Appearance: A nicely hazy, red-orange body capped by two fingers of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves terrific sudsy lacing.

Aroma: A blast of citrusy and piney hops over a substantial toasty caramel base. Well-hopped, to be sure.

Taste: Up front, the same citrusy, piney, and slightly resiny hop character from the nose make a big, nicely bitter splash. But it's not all about the hops though, as the rich toasty caramel base is able to keep everything decently balanced. There aren't many signs of the seven percent alcohol content. The aftertaste is biscuity and still quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: The hops and alcohol content keep it about average for the style.

Verdict: Hop Ottin' is a damn good beer and a great example of a highly bitter, yet balanced IPA. I'm looking forward to seeing what else these guys brew up.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy. Billowy head that laces nicely. Slightly amber colored

Smell: Malts and hop aromas present. Needs more hop aroma for the style

Taste: Sweet maltiness comes through first, then followed by highly citrus hop flavor dominated by grapefruit. Bitterness is overpowering of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Medium bodied fits the style perfectly.

Drinkability: Bitterness keeps this from becoming a very drinkable beer.

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

Reviewed from notes, consumed 7/17/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine goblet. Split with GF. Firm pour conjures up a 1/4 inch of very fine off white head that falls very quickly but leaves a nice lace. Color is extremely interesting for an IPA. Almost brown orange and super cloudy.

Nose- Very strong caramel and over-ripe orange. Caramel dominates.

Palate- Slight bitterness initially, followed by over-ripe orange. Lots of very deep caramels, some honey and vanilla. interesting, brown sugar, maple flavors. Slightly sweet. A very nice bitterness kicks in. Long finish. This is a very nice IPA, I usually don't go for the caramelly IPA.

Mouthfeel- Very nice carbonation, slightly dry.

Drinkability- Great, not overbearing, interesting with plenty of malt backbone.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, earthy smell with some orange peel and grapefruit undertones seemed quite enticing.

T: An earthy taste with a sweet, orange peel malt undertones. Hints of bitter grapefruit were evident as well in the aftertaste. Made for a fairly well-balance beer.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel that was slightly thin, but still pretty nice and medium-bodied.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer very drinkable. Very easy going down as the hops aren't too overbearing and the orange peel/grapefruit notes do well to balance.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazey burnt orange with a nice two finger white head that sticks around, leaving good lacing. As always, my nose can't find any good scents (my noses fault). The taste however is very hoppolicious. Lots of bitter bite on the front of the tounge. The backend mellows into both a carmel malted sweetness followed by a grass like flavor. The carbonation leaves good bubbles in the glass but doesn't agrivate the mouth. Very smooth.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

pours a clear light brown amber with a very fluffy off white head.

smell is sweet citrus and biscuity malt.

taste is a mild bitter with a malty finish. sort of a chalky malt.

very easy drinking and nice mouthfeel.

with no date, I am assuming this beer was not fresh. it tasted like an esb but other reviews talk about it being very hoppy.

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

This beer has a medium amber color and a nice dense white head on top of it. The aroma is a nice old-school American IPA: hugely citrusy hop aroma, maybe a hint of malt in the distance. To taste, more of the same as the nose: a load of citrusy hop flavor, though bitterness is not as high as many IPAs. Modest malt rounds things out, with a dry finish.

Not an IPA to get hugely excited about, but it's quite drinkable, and hoppily pleasant.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,164 ratings.
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