Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
1,232 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,232 | Ratings: 3,145
Photo of JayQue
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one is a new item for Total Wine, Chesapeake VA. I got a single to try it out. Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber. Medium size head that hangs in there throughout. Huge amount of lacing. Average smell for an IPA. Great taste. Enough hop bite/bitterness to satisfy this hop head, yet it doesn't give you an "in your face" hops blast like Hop Hog or Bigfoot Ale. The hops and citrus flavors are very well balanced. Very balanced and rich (for an IPA) mouthfeel. I could drink this beer in mass quantities any time. Comparable drinkability to my regular staple, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of dick783
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an excelent cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass while drinking it. Lots of hops in the smell. Mostly an earthy, piney hop smell with some citrus hidden in there. The taste is exceptional. Lots of bitterness but it doesnt overpower the malt. Tastes basically like it smells. Very piney with more citrus in the flavor than in the smell. I even get a bit of a floral taste from this beer. Its got a nice, full mouthfeel and is just a well rounded beer. I'll definitly be picking up more of these in the future.

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Photo of Birmingham
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Complex with prominent floral aroma, malt, piney and grassy notes.

Appearance: Deep copper with white creamy head with thick lacing. The head persist providing a little head with every swallow.

Flavor: The initial taste whacks you in the pallet with hoppy goodness, I could taste the hops. As the beer is drank the strong malt back bone surfaces, providing the canvass that showcases the American hops.

Mouth feel: Full body with a bitter finish that leaves the impression of a crisper body

Overall Impression: It's the classic American IPA. Big hops with a strong malt back bone that compliment the other. This is beer that has a strong well balanced flavor, and drink-ability. I plan to try others beers from the brewery.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle w/a cool label

Appearance: Copper color with a quickly lived head that left a bunch of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops mostly.

Taste: Holy hops! This IPA would certainly satisfy anyone with a taste for hops. The citrusy hops are in command in the taste but the malt is apparent in the body and contributes to balance the hop bitterness, but only slightly.

Mouthfeel: Close to medium body. Has the body and mouthfeel I typically like in an IPA.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing, fruity, hoppy IPA. I love the style and this offering from Anderson Valley is excellent. No way I could stop with just one.

Overall a great offering from AVBC. I have tried for the absolute longest time to get their beers in my home town and I finally was able to, thanks to my good friends at The Wine Cellar here in Staunton, thanks Nancy.

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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Ith as a beautiful slightly tan foamy head with a ton of lace. It has a caramel color. Some bubbles, especially when it splashes around.

S. Very mild sour scent.

T. It has a grape taste with a banana acidic aftertaste. It isn't much bittter and more fruity than floral.

M. Smooth and it is nice and clean.

O. I don't get any floral feel out of it, it is a very fruity, sweet IPA. It is nice balance of a beer. It's a different kind of IPA.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this as a session. Here's my simplified review of the canned offering; Super hot poolside gathering, 104 or more degrees easy. This beer went down effortlessly out of the can. Although not a most primary candidate to drink as a summer quencher, this went down smooth. I figure any beer released in a canned version is somehow worthy to be sipped as so. The bitter biting aftertaste worked well against the well-balanced malt sweetness. I need to try this in a glass for comparison. But based on drinkabity out of the can alone, I'm sure I'd enjoy it equally in a glass. Like others may tell you, this really is a great beer with which to introduce someone into the IPA style. Which means this is not as hop-head aggressive as it is refined and smooth. That said, there is a satisfying linger of bitterness. Nice.

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Photo of Labeerfinder
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color and a large creamy head. The aroma is powerful: take your pick - spicy or floral or grapefruit. Some malty undertones. There is an initial sweetness, then the hops kick in followed by a bitter finish to wake you up. Well balanced though.

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Photo of ccbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a brewery owner, I feel that credit should be given to those that consistently strive for making great beer. Hats off to Anderson Valley for continuing to make a great example of a drinkable IPA. Not over the top, not to anything, just a nice balance of all things that make this style a favorite. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was not expecting such a good ipa when I opened this bottle. I have yet to find an ipa with such a strong hop precense yet be backed up with a good dose of maltiness. This beer had a clear orange color to it with a luxurious creamy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is of a fruity hoppiness, mostly grapefruit but also some sweeter fruits as well. The taste is strong on the hop flavor, esp. up front. Grapefruitness provides a lip smacking bitterness. Floral hops are strong as well and a sweeter element also takes place. Honey maltlike sweetness comes in the middle. I notice some nuttiness in the base. The honey and nut flavor never comes to the fore front but provides a nice mixture with the floral hoppy flavors. The finish has a definite alcohol tone to it combined with the hops and it leaves a dry, spicy finish. The finish lingers. Body is medium thick. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color. Nice big off~white head with superior lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma through and through. No sublety, no hidden smells, just hops. Aroma is very nice, no real grapefruit smell, just a floral hoppy smell. Incredible.

T: HOPS!!! Initially a powerful hop bitterness which quickly fades into a sweet hoppy flavor that I'm growing more fond of day by day. I don't know what particular variety of hops they use, but they use it oh so well.

M: Sharp, medium bodied. Nice and dry on the palate. CO2 and ETOH are damn near perfect.

D&N: All hail the American IPA. If you haven't tried this one yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!?

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Photo of nycwinter
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cold 750ml bottle into a large mug.

A=Transparent orange-amber with a thin head, and lacing throughout.

S= Citrusy and floral.

T= Strong citrus and floral flavors rounded out by a bit of malt sweetness.

M= Medium to light and slightly dry in the finish.

D= Very refreshing on a hot day, but complex enough to keep things interesting.

Overall, a strong contender in the IPA world. It is easy to find in the So. Cal. area and not hard on the wallet. But beware. It is not for the faint hearted light beer drinker.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber golden color, long lasting head. Intense hop citrus nose. Oily body. Initial burst of hop bitterness melts into a chocolate like malt base while bitterness keeps it true to style. Sweet honey flavor in middle. Great balance

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Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a deep golden/light amber semi-opaque; about a 2.5 finger thick creamy offwhite head; looks beautiful

S: major hop aroma; strong whiffs of fresh, crispness and a bitter bite to the nose; a touch of grass and floral citrus round out the smell

T: Surprisingly busy flavors; at first, strong biting hops; next, floral notes; also, crisp citrus; the flavor gets more complex as deep honey sweetness lessens the dry-hopped bitterness

M: Creamy and medium-heavy body; surprising for such a hop-heavy beer; somehow starts fresh, moves toward creamy, and finishes crisp; I love it

D: At the beginning of the first bottle, I thought I'd only want one; by the end of it, I was begging for another; despite the 7% ABV, it goes down smooth and easy; the crisp finish tricks you into thinking you just finished a low-ABV beer

This may be my favorite IPA I've had. Ever.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed orange/amber color with a creamy beige head that left a coating of lacing.

S - sour citrus fruit with a earthy background.

T - I tasted some malt upfront but it soon went to grapefruit rind bitter to carry me through till the end.

F - medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.

O - if bitter is your thing then this beer is a must try.

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Photo of even23
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I love IPA's and has got to be one of the best.... Love the taste. Has that IPA taste but lacks that harsh taste that a lot have.. Wish it came to New Mexico!

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Photo of drmarks
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer had a really strong hoppy kick. The aftertaste lasted for a long time and was really strong and enjoyable. Enjoyed drinking it while being strong and a little bitter. Great beer that I will definitely drink again and would happy to carry in my bar

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Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like the maltiness in this one. the others i remember trying lack this. still hoppier than i'm accustomed to, but this is really decent. i popped the cap and a beautiful gush of head pushed its way from the bottle. i didnt shake it(?). but it was very creamy. there is a refreshing taste and feel to this brew.

A: beautiful orange, beautiful creamy head which dissipated after a few minutes.

S: malty smell (?) which is surprising to me as i wasnt expecting this, yet still hoppy.

T: smooth, refreshing; may just start trying more IPAs. been stuck on belgiums way too long.

M:light to medium body, rests nicely on the tongue with some bitterness.

O: still not close to my favorite type but i guess that's because i have been accustomed to the sweeter double bocks. still, this was a great try. i can drink these- i see why 'the bros' gave it a high score.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Labor Day weekend 2006 *

Pours a bronze colored amber brown with a fluffy head on top. Marvelous trails of sticky lace cling to the sides of the pint glass.

Floral nose with strong whiffs of fruity hops. Whiffs of concord grapes, oranges, limes and pine.

A thick, syrupy and heavy caramel malt backbone provides the base for an impressive unleashing of West-coast hop bombs galore. Big time hop punch on the finish with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon and pine. I can feel the hop resin working overtime on my teeth. Incredibly, this brew is balanced extremely well with the amount of hops used.

An excellent West coast style IPA and a personal favorite. Way more complex than most India Pale Ales that are on the market. Nicely done and recommended without a doubt.

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Photo of Cramletram
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. I had high expectations for this one due to the high score here. It did not disappoint. The best way to describe Hop Ottin' is "well balanced". I know many BAers have used this term for this beer, and I couldn't agree more. It's a strong beerl but doesn't over-do it on any characteristic. Hops are present, but in the mix. Very enjoyable all-round. When I'm in the mood for something a little stronger, I go DIPA. But for a great regular IPA, you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of brendan13
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange hued clear amber with a 2cm dense white head hat falls leaving a thick lace.
S - Dominated by citrus & pine hop notes with some floral touches. A Light bready malt touch is also present.
S - Again dominated by wonderful citrus, pine & floral hops with a slightly sweet bready malt quality to balance it.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a lingering but smooth bitterness.
D - A very tasty AIPA that I'll be drinking again.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think my colleague "tigerpaws" has a little extra time on his hands to be researching bears with antlers...LOL. He is right on however. This is one of my favorite brews. This IPA is not overpowering, is extremely drinkable, yet hoppy enough for the HopHeads. A great hop aroma, without knocking you out with sugar or any other crap. A very solid, bare-bones IPA, and beautiful at that.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite IPAs. Pours an amber brown/red with a big fluffy head. the cloud like head and lace linger in the glass while bubles cascade upwards.It is clearly highly hopped(why else would you be drinking an IPA) but you can definitely taste the malt as the beer is well rounded. The first sip is of pine resin with the malt coming through as the aftertaste. The alcohol is subdued which means this beer sneaks up on you. It is however a highly refreshing brew.

This is a hell of a lot cheaper in California, but worth it for the occasional sixer back east. This is my go to sixer as well as my lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Kiwano
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - opaque orange and light tan with frothy head that fizzles away leaving a nice set of lacing

S - Wheat, perfume, citrus and fruit with hop

T - great hops with a sweet hint of brown sugar but the hop and bitterness comes through quickly - nice depth of flavor around the hoppiness. The bitterness lasts for a long time in between sips. A little bit of citrus comes through as well when you first sip. Nice balance

M - tight fizz - very nice and refreshing

D - Well done. really enjoyed the balance, flavor, bitterness supported with flavor that stays through

(chilled bottle poured into a glass)

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Photo of kflorence
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours copper in color with a fair amount of creamy, white foam that sticks to the glass as it goes down. Looks to be oily, which is always a good sign for an IPA. Carbonation looks to be lower than average, which should make this one quite drinkable. Seems inviting and on the lighter side of the scale.

S: Tons of hop in the aroma. Grapefruit, lemon, flowers and a bit of pine resin. Seems to spread the hop spectrum. There's also a definite barley and malt backbone in there and a touch of huskiness. Pretty much the quintessential hop aroma here.

T: Hop dominant for sure. A solid malt profile sits up front with a healthy dose of barley, the malts are fleeting, however, as they quickly subside to a plethora of hop goodness. Finishes bitter but not overly so, and dry with a lingering flavor of grapefruity citrus, pine and butter.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with a lively, crisp carbonation, a good amount of substance and a bit of oil. Slides smoothly down the tongue and is dangerously drinkable.

O: Loved it. A great example of what an American IPA should be. Both flavorful and drinkable, sits light in the stomach and comes in at 7% ABV. Probably not the tastiest IPA I've had, but definitely up there on the chart. Sure to please the hop head in all of us.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear copper colored, not a trace of visible carbonation. Head rises quickly, falls fast, leaves sticky off-white lace.

Smell: Lots of citrus and lightly floral hops, very tart and assertive.

Taste: Wow, nice hop flavor. Citrus and more citrus grapefruit flavors. Nice carmel sweetness, hops linger a long time, with malt fading slowly into a nice grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very good, no complaints.

Drinkability: A top-notch IPA, nothing close to an off flavor anywhere. The rumours about this beer were true.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,145 ratings.
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