Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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 ClearDog
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance -- Great head . . . three fingers. Nice light amber color. I like my IPA's a little cloudier. Nice lacing.

Smell -- Nice and hoppy. Wonderful smell. It's intoxicating.

Taste -- Floral and hoppy. Great bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -- Medium feel

Drinkability -- Quite drinkable. A very good California IPA. One could easily throw back a couple bottles in one sitting. Very pleasant.

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Photo of crownrl28
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A long-time favorite of mine, this IPA has been very consistent over the past 10 years and if anything has improved slightly in the past few years.

Pours an orange-amber color with an eggshell head that holds some sticky lace until the end. The nose is slightly sweet, spicy citrus rind with some wisps of doughy malt. Grapefruity hops unfold to a medium-full bodied, deeply hoppy mid-palate that shows some soft, bready malt. Hints of tea and candied lemon come through as the beer warms slightly. The mouthfeel is delicate with soft carbonation. It finishes long, with full citrus rind hops and a fleeting hint of sweetness.

At one time one of the hoppiest beers available, AV IPA has since been surpassed by products of the IPA boom in pure hoppiness, but it remains one of the most balanced, drinkable, and consistent CA IPAs. This beer has fresh, bright hop character and a sturdy yet very refined, soft malt profile.

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Photo of claybeer
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley IPA is one of the darkest IPAs I have seen yet. It's golden glow is disturbed by an oily orange redness. The thick head is at least two fingers and seems to be melting down the side of my pint glass. It has a strange but good peppery nose with an earthy grass note. When I took the first sip all I could think about was some very bitter hops. Then the pepper from the nose followed with some citrus. Finally a warm felling of alcohol. What a wonderful trip through the taste buds. This is not a beer for your average beer drinker but if you want an IPA that doesn't follow the rules or cling to the typical IPA style check this one out.

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Photo of Green1981
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 guitarmage
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber, an off white lacing floats on top. Quite a few bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Hop oils are leafy and pleasant, a faint malt sweetness, a woodsy or pine smell, earthy.

Taste: Hops are the star of the show, mild sweetness balances it out, but the hops hang around the whole time. Piney, bitter and juicy. Finish is dry and puckering, with a light bread flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice smooth and medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, creamy and crisp at the same. Very easy.

Drinkability: Great IPA with a nice balance, hops are the highlight, refreshing and easy to drink. Went well with stove top roast beef.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy amber, with nearly 3 fingers of beige/off-white head. Retention is great, with some great lacing to match.

S - Sweet, perfumey, floral aromas are most evident. Citrus peel and some grainy notes are there as well, albeit in a minor role.

T - Immediately the huge floral components hit; this is the most flowery beer I can remember tasting in quite some time. Bitter herbs and touches of lemon peel stand out also. Some fruity sweetness, almost like a sweetened green tea, makes a small appearance mid palate intermingled with modest grainy notes. Bitterness grows throughout and peaks late palate with a very citric and herbal flavor. The bitterness is quite high on Hop Ottin' carrying long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The body is a little heavier than most IPAs allowing some of these very interesting hop flavors to pull through and linger quite easily.

D - A unique IPA with much more emphasis on the floral qualities than the citrus and pine that I'm used to. A refreshing change to be sure, but the uber bitterness coupled with 7% ABV that I'm already feeling 3/4 through the glass leave a little to be desired (or undesired, as it may be).

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Photo of hiku7
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Nonic glass.

Overall, this is a solid hop lover's IPA. Not much else coming through, but the hops really got me started with the smell and then filled the palate both in taste and bitterness. This made a great complement to Indian food.

A - Thick eggshell white head on a clear deep amber pour. The lacing was amazing, with sticky rings that stayed there long after the beer was gone.

S - Citrus and pine were dominant, with floral aroma wafting through. Some spiciness in the smell also.

T - Hops and more hops coming through, but it works all the way from the initial hop taste to the strongly bitter hop finish. There is a bit of toasted or caramel malt in there somewhere but it has very little chance against the hops.

M - Creamy and smooth, feels right for the style and doesn't detract from the brew.

This is a solid and hoppy IPA. Will go back to this one.

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Photo of ckaufman
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass...

A nice clear golden orange in color with minimal head even though I poured with some vigor??? Decent lacing, but nothing to brag about. A moderate hop smell from the glass with the floral notes standing out the most. I noticed a even distribution of malts to hops in the nose. In the mouth is where this beer really shines. Great hop taste here... floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Well rounded with perhaps a malted barley influence? Moderately carbonated with a resinous feel in the mouth. Very drinkable even at 7.0 ABV. A good, well rounded Cali IPA.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- Lightly clouded amber with huge head that retained better than any I've ever seen. Lacing was big, thick, spider web like.

S- Lots of citrus hops and also smell a bit of a malty, maybe toffee, background.

T- Very hoppy initially. Get floral and citrus hops, most espcially grapefruit. Upon swallowing, you are left with a bit of a mixture of hops and caramel malts which balance this beer tremendously. It is very bitter, and delicious.

M- Thick and chewy with a bit of a creamy feeling as well. Coats the mouth well.

D- Not a session beer but tremendous for someone enjoying a few while watching the game. Love it!

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

Poured from an undated can: a beautiful and clear deep golden to bronze with a sustained foamy off-white head.
This is an extremely aromatic IPA: upon opening the can, the ale exploded with resiny and fresh citrusy hoppy aromas. Would the flavor follow this explosion?
Well, not really, but I think that is a good thing as this is a balanced, nuanced ale. The hop bitterness is up front with a nice pine-like punch and bittersweet fruit, but there is a very nice, soothing caramel flavor with a faint herbal taste this keep everything balanced.
The body was light to medium with a refreshing, somewhat thin body. The carbonation was surprisingly restrained.
This one was a pleasant surprise - no in your face bitterness, but a flavorful and balanced IPA. It is difficult to believe this ale has a 7.0 ABV; it is dangerously drinkable.
I have passed this one many times while shopping for beer. The cost and no freshness date were the reasons. I am glad I took a chance.

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Photo of Galaanto
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Photo of BenBreeg
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a wonderful hop aroma, a floral - grassy - resinous character to it. A nice amber color with a slight chill haze. Medium body with a hoppiness up front, followed by a malty sweetness. A resinous quality to the hop flavors as well as other notes of grapefruit peel. This beer finishes quite bitter. There is lots of flavor in this beer.

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

From a can into a Bruery tulip.

A - deep golden color with some white foam 'atop.

S - citrus, pineapple, candy apple Jolly Rancher.

T - bold, fresh, crisp hops with a little bite, followed up by an almost perfect amount of creamy sweetness.

M - really nice. Bite up from, smoothness down the back.

O - really nice IPA here, and it gets an extra point for being canned. Will definitely be purchasing more.

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

Pours copper orange with a gigantic white foam head. Smells piney, grapefruity, citrusy, and overall: hoppy.

Taste has a sweet, thick malty presence that's overladen with pine, grapefruit, and a pungent earthiness. A good beer, and one that's almost a tad too bold to not be called a DIPA.

I'm embarassed that I haven't been picking this up more often. At only 3.29, it's joining my regular rotation.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from my lovely ex-GF. Thanks cupcake. Into my pint glass this one poured a dusky orange-amber color sliding towards copper. The head was huge, a billowing cap of beige foam. The retention was weak and the lacing pretty good. The aroma was a blast of hops, grapefruit in particular with some other semi-sour citrus in there (kumquat?) as well as hints of pine and sap. The flavors were similar, but complex. At first I got the big, bitter hoppiness dominated by citrus. This was followed by some slightly sweet malt that offered nice balance as well as hints of vanilla. As the beer warmed up I began to taste what at first struck me as confusing but was unmistakable - hops famous cousin - marijuana. Kids, don't do drugs, but I'm no kid and I have. That was the aftertaste; I call it like I see it. The mouthfeel was a little watery and the body light but the carbonation perfectly smooth. Though a bold beer I found it quite drinkable after the first shock of hops and I thinks it's a superior example of the style.

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Photo of jvodom
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pokel

thick foamy head, nearly three fingers. deep copper hue with a slight cloudiness. very sticky head.

smells of pine and slightly apricot. a very sweet and delightful nose. a very strong malt background that even comes through in the smell.

tastes so incredibly balanced, definitely piney hops, not so much citrus in the taste but a very well balanced flavor. Once again a strong malt background and definite good use of some bittering hops. centennial and magnum it tastes like.

mouth is oily and thick, but oddly refreshing. drinks very easy and has a wonderful aftertaste. Definitely re-thinking all the things I've said about the expectations from Anderson Valley.

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

Beautiful copper color with a good-sized tan head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Active effervescence is evident as well. The crisp, hoppy smell is strong and pleasant with complementary floral hints. Not surprisingly, hops strongly dominate the taste of this beer. Floral flavors are present too toward the start, as are grains toward the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but not unpleasant, in this pleasantly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of adamks
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

pours a nice gold/copperish color with a two-finger fluffy offwhite head.

smells of hops, some other flowers, maybe citrus, almost no malt.

tastes more malty than it smells, but balanced well by the greenery/citrus flavors. great overall balance.

mouthfeel is medium-body that keeps carbonation fairly well.

a very good overall IPA for any occasion.

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

woo 1000th review for this beer

A - a nice orange/brown body with a massive fluffy head on it. great retention and splendid lacing.

S - orange peel, grapefruit, honey, sweet malts and crackers.

T - bread and orange peels give way too a big smack of bitter hops that is grassy with a nice grapefruit edge to it.

M - very bitter dry finish perfect mouthfeel for an ipa.

O - this is one fine ipa definitely glad i picked it up.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3,188 ratings