Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
3,176 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.

Added by stirgy on 04-23-2001

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Photo of Dspohn
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy honey/amber color with a large 3 finger cream colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S. Lots of pine and floral smell with a little grapefruit and a decent amount of sweet bready smelling malt.

D. The malts that were present in the nose are all but overwhelmed by the bitter pine resin hops. Still exhibits the floral character noted in the nose with a slight bready malt body. The aftertaste is quite bitter with oily hops but is nice. Any citrus fruit flavors from the hops seem to be drowned out by the overwhelming piney flavor. If you like your hops floral and piney, definitely give this beer a try.

M. Nice medium body with pretty good carbonation.

D & Comments. Fairly dry and drinkable, hop profile seems a little one dimensional. Solid IPA, recommended especially if you like the earthy-piney side of the hop profile

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that sticks around.

Smell: A somewhat mild hop aroma (disappointing, was expecting more), with the typical American hop character that is floral, piney, and somewhat fruity. A very faint hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium-high hop flavors that are big-time piney. Much better than the nose. High hop bitterness. The malt backbone is pretty weak and doesn't do much to deflect the hop bitterness, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation, yet it's still a medium-dry finish, which was rather unexpected.

Drinkability: Although it goes down pretty smooth, the high hop bitterness unchecked by a complimentary robust malt backbone limits me to one, two at the most.

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Photo of claminat420
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color. solid off white colored head. medium to thick lacing.

S- just a faint hop smell is all i could pick up.

T- no malt presence at all. light hoppy aftertase. weak and watery.

M- light bodied. medium/ heavy carbonation.

D- glad i bought a single.

Overall- this is one brew i kinda had hopes for. i was going to get a 6 pack which was priced 12.99 and i'm glad i just bought a single. it reminded me of a crap macro lager like bud, coors, etc just hopped alil more. nothing special and totally a overrated beer.

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Photo of jbhuxley
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear, copper in color with 3 fingers of frothy off white head. Good retention but hardly any lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with honey, molasses and biscuits.

Strange taste. The bitterness is present, but not a ton of hop flavor behind it. I can't say much about it, there is just not much going on in the flavor department. Fairly bland.

Very light in body, almost watery. Very little carbonation.

There is nothing offensive about this beer, but at the same time, it has very little going for it. Appearance and smell got my hopes up, but the taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing.

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

Poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Clear and copper-colored - like a shiny new penny copper. No apparent carbonation, but the retention is still... okay. As for the head, it started out huge and foamy; it ended up as a small crown. Very sticky; tons of lace.

Smell: Honey, sugar, and rising bread. Lots of malt. A very strange smell for an IPA. Not a fan.

Taste: Caramel malt, pine, and citric Cascade hops. Great balance. The finish isn't as bitter as I would like, but this is a well done IPA. Again, great balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is velvety. Lightly dry finish. Medium bodied. Really pleasant.

Drinkability: I'm afraid this beer might be a little old. Wisewoman Liz picked it up earlier from Trader Joe's, a place that's not really known for it's fresh beers. Anyhoo, this was still pretty damn good. Not the hop bomb I was expecting, but I dug it.


Wiseman Justin Reporting (February 16, 2010)

Appearance: Nice, two finger fluffy white head. Dark honey/amber colored; head retention is very very good and lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink it. You can't really ask for much more from an I.P.A. But I will ask more. (4.5)

Smell: Smell is very hoppy. I can smell it from about a foot away. I get everglades, wet wood, and light alcohol dancing around. This is a good smelling I.P.A. (4.0)

Taste: Hops, wet wood, and everglades. No surprises taste almost exactly like it smells. This is a very good thing. It's chewy (but not as chewy as my personal favorite I.P.A. Union Jack). (4.0)

Mouthfeel: This has a mouthfeel similar to union Jack. It's why I like I.P.A.'s so much. Silky smooth at first then chewy. I really like it. (4.5)

Drinkability: This is a very well done I.P.A. that can take the edge off a hard day. All though all other things being equal (like price... sigh) I'd grab a six pack of Union Jack. (4.0)

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

On tap at Heroe's in Fullerton.

A: Hop Ottin' pours a light golden color with a small white foam which leaves excellent lacing on the pint glass.

S: The nose was what you generally look and hope for in an IPA. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefuit hop aromas with a mild malt scent to give some semblance of balance.

T: This is an incredibly bitter IPA. Absolutely tons of resinous pine flavor and very mild on the citrus front. The slight malt aroma does not translate to the palate.

M: Despite the lack of malt character, there is a stickiness about this beer. Moderate carbonation helps out with the incredible bitterness.

D: Being a hophead, this beer is absolutely delicious to me. However, this would be overwhelmingly bitter to many people. The alcohol is not very present, so if you enjoy that intense pine taste, this is a very drinkable IPA.

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

Pours a deep amber/copper..I can see the carbonation even with the deep color of the beer. Has a good level of foam..which recedes to a thick cap. Lacing as well

Good amount of malt backing with a floral hop aroma

Strong hop profile with some bitterness following, all with a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability is high..I could have a couple.

Solid IPA..recommended

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully, huge tan head, lots of lacing.
Love the nose on this beer, big huge hit of pine hops.
Surprisingly balanced on the palette, and while i do tend to gravitate to balanced beers, this one is a bit of a disappointment to me. The malt does not mesh with the hops. The initial taste is of pure piney c-hops. The mid palate is hops with a lot of butterscotch caramel malt. Now this sounds great as i write it, but its disjointed,. What i mean my that is that the front and mid-palate are not cohesive. Its a bit off putting. Now having said all that, i do like the beer an awful lot. Its very good, and highly drinkable. If the brewers had turned up the hops a bit more, it would have been perfect beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a reddish hazy brown with a dusty, off-white head that had great sustain

S - Toasty, biscuity with a hint of butter. Herbal hops provide an earthy fragrance

T- Caramel, sweet bread with a fruit juiciness followed by hop/grapefruit bitterness

M- Chewy and thick

D- highish abv for an IPA, very flavorful. I finished a bomber, but could not imagine any more than that

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus and doughy malt. Very floral.
Grapefruit like bitterness yielding slightly to caramel malt. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitterness.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Has "prickly" mouthfeel due to carbonation and bitterness.
I consider this a quality beer but I would prefer more malt to balance out the bitterness. This was a tad "harsh" for my taste buds.

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Photo of dstc
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a big, light tan head. Falls to a small head with thin lace.

Hoppy aroma. Fruity and flowery. Toasty malts in the nose as well.

Big hop taste. Sweet malt undertones. Rather clean finish but lingering bitter aftertaste.

Rather full in the mouth with decent carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Drinkable and delicious.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered bottling Julian date on neck of 10/16/09. Was a slightly hazy orange color. Lots of carb and sticky white lace. It had a good sized beige head that slowly settled into a collar and foam.

The aroma was floral hops, pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. Aroma is on the bitter side but not overly. The taste followed the aroma. Not overly bitter hops from start to finish with some malt to offset it. Pretty much a bitter hop show. Needs some more c-hop or malt balance for me. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carb but had a long lingering hop oil feel.

Overall, a good but not great AIPA for me. Needed some c-hops and malt to offset the bitterness. Was a little one dimensional for me. If you love really aggressive bitter then you might like this one. Rotation: did re-sample and modified the review. Avail here in TX. The rare 6 pack unless I start liking the really bitter ones more. [OR;O;HT]

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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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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,176 ratings
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