Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
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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
Ranking:
#3,661
Reviews:
1,235
Ratings:
3,170
Liked:
2,517
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
12.03%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
162
Gots:
537
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,170 |  Reviews: 1,235
Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a huge creamy white head that sticks to the glass, super fine carbonation.

Grainy malts,some grapefruit peel,sweetness in the nose is dominant.

Fusion of dank citrus fruits and toffee,starts out with a sweetness counteracted by a some bitterness in the finish. A bit higher in the grainy malt department, just like the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel,slightly chewy & syrupy.

Not the bitter grapefruit shock I was bracing for but an enjoyable IPA worth trying, crisper dryer finish and more citrus aroma would help.Malt is huge here.

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

Dunno quite why I bought this six-pack, given all the other choices I had in that well stocked store. Colorful label, and claims of excellence seemed to broadcast from the packaging...

It poured a dark oppery amber and was slightly cloudy, had a rugged, big-bubbled off-white head.

Nose was medium piney hop and slightly yeasty. Pleasant

Taste was piney hops with bitter-sweet dark edges from the malt-hop blend. The alcohol was noticeable, and the finish was bitter. It's a big-flavored brew, but to my taste a little heavy-handed with some malt and reminiscent of stouts and amber ales.

This IPA had a light-to-medium body and develops a little stickiness in the mouth, but not too much. Drinkability is OK, but I probably won't get it again, I guess it's not the flavor or hop-malt balance that I prefer.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Brilliant deep copper, frothy cream head. Bready, caramel malt, and muted grapefruit form the initial aroma. There's a touch of nectarines, along with resin. Flavor reveals fruity hop notes reminiscent of sweet tarts, a fairly sweet caramel malt base, and a bitter finish. I like the fruity hop profile, but the bitterness is more than I prefer.

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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 younger35
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a Weizen glass at a perfect 40 degrees.

Appearance- A very light goldern amber color. Yellow's a bit on the edges. A very small white froth with little or no lacing.
Smell- A very hoppy citrus smell. I get a faint alcohol smell under the hops. This beer actually smells like when I homebrew and open a 1oz package of hops.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet on the front of the tongue. A honey malt note highlights the fruity, citrusy taste of the hops. Slighly bitter from all of these sunny hops. Finishes with slight warming from the alcohol and semi-dry.
Mouthfeel- Small carbonation. Could use a bit more. Has a nice creamy texture that I like.
Drinkability- Overall a pretty decent IPA. Was a bit more bitter than I like. The hops (obviously) are the most dominate figure in this beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 6-20. Review from notes. Can, Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Transparent, light golden honey color. A few bubbles of CO2 visible, and the eggshell colored head has good lace.

S: Hops and some sweetness from the malt. Pine dominates followed by some resinous characters, with the malt underneath and a touch of toastiness on the finish.

T: Hop forward with a good amount of drying bitterness, Again the pine is the star, mixing with some of that earthy resinous character and some caramel sweetness.

MF: Mouthfeel is good, it starts bitter and clingy and finishes dry; nice West Coast feel.

O: A solid IPA and a go-to canned hoppy beer for me.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden tangerine bubbly body with sudsy off-white colored top. Body is just a bit hazy with yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. The initial pour had a wonderful presence on golden bubbles swirling, gathering, and climbing to the top. This brew also boasted stringy blobs of lace for a little extra added character. I am very excited about this one, Anderson Valley is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

S: well let me start by saying that hops are of grapefruit and oranges, otherwise it boasts floral, tea-like notes. Hops are augmented by sweet brown sugar and soft malts. Sweeter smells seem to be hiding some alcohol notes

T: the first sip threw me off a bit. I was thinking of a hop bomb and was slightly disappointed. No doubt hops are in the mix, however it is mostly the floral type as noted earlier and is missing out on the citrusy type hops. This beer leaves little for a hop finish that I was ever so hoping for. Now my palate shifts to a husky malt profile after not finding much for strong hops. Malts are softly roasted and mixed with brown sugar and drizzled with buttery caramel. All in all I must say that I am getting enjoyment out of this one. I guess I was expecting an over the top west coast IPA, this guy has a good dose of tea, leafy, grassy type hops. For what flavors there are balance it nice

M: body gets good marks. In and around the mild to medium category. Finishes rather well and as it warms the hops make a little bit of a stronger showing. Turning out to be quite nice

D: fairly well balanced even though malts have the upper hand as far as I am concerned, especially for an IPA. You know what, I would buy this again and plan to do so. I give it solid marks!

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance with lots of lacing and a slight head all the way through. The hops profile in the aroma and flavor are strong citrus and grapefruit hops to the point of getting perfume-like. There's a sweet malt element, but the hops dominate like a good india pale ale. I'd say this a good, stand-up example of american hops in an american IPA.

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Photo of KMcG
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, slight haze.  Nicely thick white head that is about a finger high. Good carbonation present. 

S: very faint nose of orange and malts.  The volatiles are weak. 

T: upfront bold hops of citrus with a slight sweetness that you be think about to capture.  Even though the malts clearly balance the hops, they are difficult to describe other than a little bready.  The aftertaste is long lasting and bitter grapefruit. 

M: medium body, good carbonation, bright, and freshing. 

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Photo of elricorico
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium brown with a big stable cream coloured head. When the head finally starts to recede it leaves a bunch of lacing.

Very clean fresh aroma, hop dominated. Citrus and pine. Expected it to be a little more fragrant, but smells nice enough.

Taste is also very fresh. Not as dominated by the hops, there is a fair amount of malt presence giving a caramel covered biscuit impression. Citrus rind finish. Good.

Body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is a little coarse. It is not far off how I like IPA's to feel though.

I think this is a pretty good brew. Not the in your face bitterness some might look for, but a pretty drinkable beer all together.

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Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of cream head. Rings of lacing.
Smell is not the high point of this beer nothing bad just not big. Some light floral scent with a pinch of pine and a little dough.
Taste is big earthy resinous hops with a bigger than average malt bill. The hops are about as bitter (due to the pine resin effect) as I can take and still taste some grapefruit. The malts keep up with the bitter somewhat and make the hop hammer easier to take. Really big IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with enough carbonation. The malts keep it from a bone dry finish.
Overall a pretty memorable IPA. Very tasty indeed. Try the canned version. It holds the flavors much better than the bottled version.

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Photo of buzzworthy
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA is a beautiful sight in the glass, with a rich, full head atop an amber-orange body. The head laces the glass all the way to the end. The beer is nicely balanced between maltiness and piney, citrus hops. The smell is faint to me but the taste comes alive with this balanced array. It won't satisfy the true hophead but works well for me.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, courtesy of Wasatch.

Pours a deep slightly hazed amber with a creamy fluffy head and generous lace.

Smells of sweet sticky juicy hops with a nutty malt support. Nose is full of scents, but not overly strong. Slightly floral, slightly bready. There's a definite funky hint of fresh paint.

The first sip didn't quite hit the note I expected from the hops, but then, somewhere by the third sip BAM! there they were, as if the oils have to build up on the palate to get the full effect. Nice subtle caramelly roasted malts add fullness and light sweetness to flavor, followed by by an ascension of hops, juicy and fruity at first, then drying out to a bitter wash in the back. Bitterness rises slowly and hangs around a while.

Feel is medium bodied and characteristic for heavy hops, with an oily sticky feel. Somewhat dry finish with plenty of carbonation throughout.

Overall drinkability is pretty good. Great taste that balances strength with a slight understatement of overall character. Maybe not my first choice for an IPA, but I would drink more.

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Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a nice two finger off white head and lots of little particles floating around. Nice citrus pine mixture in the nose with a solid sweet maltiness in the background, but nothing overwhelming. Taste is slightly sweet, a mild bittering of the hops, some grapefruit and lemon flavors with just a light pine. Pretty well balanced but there isn't enough depth or complexity to it. Medium bodied, a nice bit of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable for 7% ABV as it goes down smooth without a lot of bitterness in the way. Unfortunately, I like bitterness and flavor so I can find much better IPAs than this. Still tasty though.

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Photo of Keffa
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass.

A: Nice copper/orange with a nice thick head that sticks around in the form of a 1/2 cap, thick, rocky lacing that will not leave the glass. Period. At all. Jeez, this IS lacing.

S: Nice herbal/floral aroma, a little bit of a sweet malt, but mainly hop heavy. A little orange and mango. A little pineapple as well. Very nice start.

T: Holy crap. Bitter off the bat, and a tongue numbing bitter at that. Very herbal, piney, oily hop, a little bit of a pineapple, a little orange, mostly hop in this one. Malt comes out a bit at the end, and after taking a few drinks. First few are nothing but hop until the tongue gets used to the level of bitterness. Malt is semi-sweet, and very laid back. This is the epitome of a hop forward IPA, for sure.

M: Oily, well carbonated, medium body. Nothing super special here.

D: IF, and only IF, you can get past how aggressively bitter this one is, very drinkable. This one is almost TOO bitter for a standard IPA.

For further notice, if someone asked me what is the most hop forward single IPA, this is it for me. Two Hearted is a much more drinkable IPA with the balance that it has between the hops and malt, but this one is just a bruiser. If it's hops you want, and malt be damned, this is a fine choice.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Pours a hazy amber with a two finger khaki head. Head retention is pretty good, and there is a good amount of lace that sticks around...

S - Sweet malts and citrus fruits. Scent is fairly docile...

T - Caramel malts up front with some tangerines and grapefruit in the mix. Finishes on grapefruit note with some lingering malt. Abv is well hidden. Pretty well balanced...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Nothing above and beyond, but still a well balanced, solid IPA. Will be revisiting in the future...

Cheers...

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Photo of Mflemis1
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerguy101
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is floral and spicy. A Very hoppy IPA. Nice malts flavor. A medium bodied IPA. Nice flavor. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean, very smooth. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of MattinIdaho
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of AdamGarcia poured into a tulip.

Pours amber with a slight haze underneath a big thick creamy head that sticks aggressively to the sides leaving excellent lacing.

The aroma is hoppy with a dominant herbal and grassy aroma with some pine resin thrown in. There is also some sweet caramel malts.

The taste is an amped up version of the aroma with a highly herbal character to the hops throughout. Very interesting taste as there is very little in the way of citrus, just tons of floral, grassy hops with a big caramel malt underneath. The finish is dry and almost spicy.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an IPA, sticky with herbal hops with lots of carbonation.

I always tend to like brighter more citrus-forward IPAs but this one was really good with one of the biggest herbal spice characters I've had in an IPA.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber/copper color with a medium fully white head.

S - Piny and citrusy... caramel scent is also present. Not as aromatic as I'd like but not bad.

T - First sip is pretty good - I haven't had an IPA in a few days so the taste is quite welcoming. The hops hit you right away and there's just enough malt to balance things out. A slightly bitter aftertaste but I like it - not overly bitter.

M - Goes down smooth - hard to tell its 7% ABV. It has decent mouthfeel but seems a little thin to me.

D - I shop at Trader Joe's pretty often and will definitely pick this one up again. Not the best IPA on the block but definitely not a bad one.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass. Pours a beautifully hazy copper, orange color with a nice creamy head that leaves good lacing.

Possesses some nice piney and citrus hop aromas, but not too overwhelming from an IPA.

Has a nice assertive bitterness without going overboard. Has a slightly malty sweetness and a bready taste though the bitterness lasts on the back of your tongue.

Good mouthfeel as it coats your mouth nicely and has a lasting taste. It's a shame this isn't distributed in Louisiana because it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange golden color, with 1.5 finger white head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of sweet crystal malt - and earthy hops.

Taste is the same really - sweet crystal malts up front then ends with earthy hops - really thought this was going to be more piney and citrus. But I dont mind so much - I like my IPA's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good - med.

Overall this is a good IPA - the malt profile reminds me of Caldera's IPA - although with a very different hopping schedule.

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Photo of bbeane
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying that someone gave me this one so I was unsure of the freshness of it. After some further inspection, I found a date of 344th of 2010. Not sure if thats the best by or the bottled on date... regardless, not the best date either way you look at it...

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice off white head with decent retention and a nice trail of lacing spiderwebbed on the walls of the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with a decent amount of activity

S- Not overly pungent... some floral hop aroma, maybe a touch of malt

T- Very one sided. Has a nice hop flavor, but lacks that sharp bite that other IPAs have, though it does linger for a fair amount of time in your mouth. All in all, enjoyable from start to finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- So... despite the slight amount of age on this bottle, I feel it held up pretty well. Had it been fresher, perhaps it would have had a bit more intensity to the hop flavor. This one deserves some *edits* should I ever get my hands on a fresher bottle

CHEERS!!

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Photo of zak333
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 3,170 ratings
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