Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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89
very good
3,158 Ratings
Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,158
Reviews:
1,233
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
534
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,158 |  Reviews: 1,233
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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Photo of virinow
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Belgeko
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mnstorm99
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent cloudy orange pour, but the small head disipates early but sticking around until the end.
Beautiful citrus/floral/hop aroma.
Taste is a very nice toasted malt with a nice honey sweetness. Hops are very prevelent as I mostly get the pine and citrus out of them.
Nice creamy mouthfeel for an IPA and this is an extremely drinkable IPA as it is very well balanced.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber in color with a nice sized head that has an uneven layer, and leaves good lacing along my glass.
S: Citrus, and a good amount of sweet fruity malts. (sour apple, ripe grapefruit...)
T: Crisp, Hoppy, with hints of sweetness, nice balance
MF/D: Alittle heavier i thought to othre APA's ive had, but the texture of this beer makes it a very pleasnig and easy beer to drink. Will please the people who love DIPA's also just based on the short power of the balanced hop presence. A great beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours an outstanding orange to amber color forming a medium creamy yellow head. Medium retention and some thin lingering molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Lots of caramel. Caramel malts, crystal malts. Brown sugar and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, brown sugar. Great and balanced hops bitterness. Hops are a must! Excellent quality hops. Mainly herby, flowery and a bi piny profile. I would dare to say it's mainly Centennial

M: Medium, creamy and a bit molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet caramel malts mixed with piny hops in the aftertaste. Great bittersweet balance

O: Excellent drinkability. Authentic and delicious American IPA

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

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Photo of bditty187
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny-coppery in hue with a bit of bronze-gold influence as well, the appearance of the liquid is attractive but basically standard for an IPA though. The head was off-white in color; at the apex it was almost two fingers in height. The foam faded to a tight cap after a few moments and lacing began immediately, in other words the collapsed head left a residue. This feature is always bonus eye-candy. Once I started quaffing the lacing bloomed, wow, was it webby and prevalent. Beautiful! The nose is hoppy; it is an IPA after all! Aromas from the hops consist of pine needles, spruce, citrusy lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and just a hint of wild flowers. I could find, beneath the hops, the malt, which was caramely sweet with some pleasant toastiness as well. The potency is solid and the nose is inviting. It says all the right things but it doesn’t say anything I’ve never heard before. Am I jaded? Maybe but I still dig the nose, it is very pleasant. Kudos to the brewers for allowing a hoppy beer to show its malt backbone, nice! The palate has plenty of good things going for it. Hop bitterness is fairly strong, appropriately raw. I always appreciate an IPA with a malt backbone; this one offers a solid toasty yet caramel taste with just a bit of sweetness. Obviously the hops are the star with pine needles, spruce, grapefruit finds, and a healthy dose of wild flowers, especially in the finish. From beginning to end the palate offers one continuous taste, thus complexity is limited but it is still delicious. I mean there are no complaints about the flavor. It is an IPA and a good one at that. Medium in body, if not a tickle fuller, low but natural carbonation helps create a lovely mouthfeel. I found this to be a very drinkable beer, it is big and tasty but it didn’t murder my palate or melt my brain with alcohol. I’d love to sit back and enjoy a six-pack; maybe someday I can do it again (as it is not found in Nebraska but about everywhere else it seems?). I purchased a six-pack in Milwaukee, WI and I’m enjoying every bottle (aside from the ones my girlfriend gobbled down). Worth trying.

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Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into one of my glass mugs...

The beer is dark amber, light copper, with a thick foamy white head that hugged the glass.

Smells of pine grapefrut, sugar, sweet malt and honeydew.

There is a sharp, bitter, citrus bite, then some pine, grapefruit and caramel malt.

It has medium thickness, with a full body that invigorates your mouth and leaves it very dry.

This is a wonderful IPA, it is bold but subtle, makes you want to cherish every drop.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Fairly clear caramel color. Foamy tan head that takes a while to recede and nice foamy lacing stays on the glass.

Aroma: A nice blend of caramel malt and sprucy pine hops.

Taste: Well balanced starting with sweet malts. A tangy fruitiness comes in before giving way to bitter citrus. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A pretty decent beer, the 7% ABV is pretty undetectable. Another good job from AV.

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Photo of argon
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slight haze, not brilliantly clear/golden orange. Good thick meringue head stand. Great head retention and lacing down the glass.

Aroma: not as strong as expected. A little underwhelmed in comparison to other AIPAs i've had. Some pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body with a slight carbonic bite.

Taste: Again not as bitter as expected. But reasonable. Well rounded and balanced. Quite sessionable for an AIPA.

Overall: pretty good example of an AIPA. Good fruity hoppiness and decent malt presence. This IPA is all about the balance I think. Will come back for more.

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Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,158 ratings.
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