Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,159 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.

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Photo of Jonnyb12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice IPA

not a pungent aroma, but has a nice citrus/malty smell to it.

a little bit metallic in the beginning, then it opens up with a hoppy kick, and a light malty flavor.

The beer is on the hoppy side of balanced which I like, its a good beer, worth drinking.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, light orange/copper color with a nice off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Right after opening I got a nice whiff of hops. I'm getting lots of citrus notes...mainly orange and lemon, followed by a sweet malt scent blended with melon. A very nice balance to this. The taste is not quite as good as it smells though. Initially you get sweet malts and sugars, but it's not really followed by all the citrus I get in the nose. The hops are more bittering than fruity and citrusy. As it warms up you get a bit more of the citrus notes and the beer begins to taste more well balanced (the bitterness mellows out). The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is quite nice...no real complaints in this department. And the drinkability can be considered quite high IMO.

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Photo of northaustin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. pours a darker amber with one finger of tan white head. nice lacing.

the smell is terrifically balanced. usually in an ipa i judge based on hop smell. but this one has a slight malty scent to it which leads smoothly to a big hop smell. very nicely done.

taste is mostly the flavor hops and could be a bit more bitter (for my taste). however, the flavors that are present are very nice. a few citrus notes as well as a touch of the fruity, floral hops.

mouthfeel is a bit odd but not in a bad way. doesnt leave your mouth dry by any means but does give you sort of that "oily" feeling left in the throat from the hop flavor.

drinkability is great. for ipa fans this one is a must. for people who dont like the overwhelming bitterness of hops this is a must try as well. a bit expensive here in texas, but worth shelling out the extra dollar fifty or so more for a sixer of a good ipa. im very excited to have these beers coming to texas now and am looking forward to trying their other offerings (im lookin at the brother davids belgian tripel right now).

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Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Fransisco.

Poured a radiant copper colour, with a thin to medium sized bubbly white head of foam. Nice retention and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is most definitely hoppy, but not overly so, and seemed to be a mix of different hoppy scents instead of leaning to dominance of one or the other. There's certainly the citrus and pine you'd expect from the West Coast, but it also mixes in with floral, biscuit and caramel notes, which provide a nice balance.

The same cannot be said of the flavour, which is slightly unbalanced, with the hops really dominating the caramel malt background, throwing the whole thing out of skew a little. Having said that, I love the bitterness, but the one-dimensionality keeps this away from world-class status for me. The mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. The high bitterness of this would prevent me from sitting down and having a bunch in an evening, but I'd gladly return to this hop bomb.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper hue with slim head. Not much retention. The aroma of sweet orange hops presents itself fairly strongly. The taste starts out slowly with a light and sugary malt flavor, before tangy, nectary hops begins to dominate. The finish leaves a nice lingering bitterness that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel starts out a bit watery in first part of the experience, but ends up with a fair thickness and smoothness. Nice carbonation to boot. The drinkablilty is fine with this brew, although with the abundance of American IPA's this might not be top of the line. Either way if you love hops it will do the trick...

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Photo of Mikey440
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 climax
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The easy pour yielded a somewhat darker than expected caramel/amber with a fairly.... er definitely huge head. It cratered nicely and left some good webby lace.

The aroma was a bit more minty than most, bright and well balanced. Juicy grapefruit and orange added the crispness to a pretty sweet and toasty malt mattress.

The flavor had the resiny pine bill that wasn't as detectable in the nose. The balance was good enough to almost (but not quite) lean on the malty side. Very sweet toastiness was no wallflower behind the nice and easy citrus and pine hop bill.

The body maybe a bit on the light side, perhaps emphasized by a very slick feel. Not watery, but it lacked an interesting feel. The carbonation was quite mild, easy to drink nonetheless.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus and a bit of earthiness. This IPA smells as if it will be on the dry side. The flavor profile confirms what I expected... this IPA is definitely on the dry side, with some nice bitterness, a hint of fruit from the light malt, a touch of sandlewood, and an underlying grain flavor. The beer finishes very well, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up no heat whatsoever from the alcohol.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a very easy to take IPA from Anderson Valley.

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

Has a nice, smooth honey-colored look. Thick, foamy head. Quite clear. Thin layer of lace.

Nice aromatic hosp with a swell biscuity malt base. Hops have a first citrus/ester whiff with pine at the end. Very nice; sweet but also bitter.

Nice bitterhop flavor. Quite strong actually. Punishes the front of the tongue. Almost an Imperial IPA, truthfully. Delicious but very STRONG.

Very thick, bubbly and creamy. Fizzy on the tongue. Formidable. It's a delicious beer, but maybe just a bit too strong. Hard to repeat.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - hazy amber with a three finger white head

S - Caramel, stone fruits, grassy

T - very balanced with a good malt backbone and herbal hops, a bit of grapefruit and tea-like bitterness

F - ok mouthfeel

T - good beer, nothing overwhelming but drinkable and lovely bitterness

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

A - nice amber color. pours solid 1 finger head that dissipates. lacing present.

S - subtle fragrence. fruity hops, some biscuit notes

T/M - Nice full body feel. Definitely an IPA. Having problems picking out the subtleties but just hop fruity hopness, malt up front with well balanced sweetness.

D - solid hoppy brew. though this bottle wasnt overly impressive. would drink again

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce can into New Belgium snifter. No idea about a freshness date, but can is stamped 1 08 18 b 1 b d.

A- Pours a pretty orange with two fingers of quickly dissipating white foam. Thick lacing starting to appear where the head was.

S- I smell a lot of citrus and maybe some malty sweetness.

T- Strong hop bitterness dominates and rides all the way through the swallow. If there is any malt balance in this one I do not taste it. (disclaimer here - I am on antibiotics for a sinus infection) I think I can taste a little bit of pine and some grapefruit is definitely breaking through.

M- This one has a little too much carbonation for me, as I like a cask-conditioned feel in an IPA. It would be great refreshment on a hot day, but that isn't the point of IPAs. I would say this was closer to the body of your average Sam Adams product. Not bad, just nothing to brag about.

O- This is a nice-looking, easy-drinking and beautiful IPA. I could picture myself tossing twelve of them in a cooler and heading to the lake for the day. I could not see myself adding one to a formal IPA tasting session at my home. The taste is totally for hop-heads, yet the body makes it a refreshing beverage. I guess if that is what appeals to you, its worth the money. I will keep searching for the best canned IPA.

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Photo of budgood1
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle.

pours a nearly clear, amber color. nice, dense head of tiny bubbles, recedes to a thin (but resilient!) layer of foam.

smell is the only less-than-very-good aspect of hop ottin'. it's better than average, malts are a subtle but pleasing mix of aromas; the drawback for me is a somewhat underwhelming hop punch for an IPA.

taste is nicely assertive. big piney shot of hops, some lesser citrus-floral hints. the malt comes through in the middle, and a big, dry finish. classic west coast ipa. nice mouthfeel, the carbonation is excellent and this beer is very drinkable.

always enjoy hop ottin', +1 for the solar power!

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

Photo of Bookseeb
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance has a hazy amber orange color supporting a thick pillowy head leaving a curtain of lace. Smell is piney, citrus grapefruit with the sweetness of the malt. Taste of the resin and grapefruit bitter balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with an illegible BB date. Purchased just the other day from Trembling Madness in York. What's up with a antler-wearing bear?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of intensely resinous hops and caramel malt, with hints of pine, weed, woodiness, caramel, biscuity grain and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, wood, caramel/toffee, biscuits, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Faintly sweet, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - hop oils stimulate the tastebuds. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Highly astringent; dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine and caramel.

A classic American IPA - pine resin and caramel malt. Looks good, with dank, bitter hops dominating the aroma and flavour. Smooth body. Solidly crafted and nicely balanced; a hop-head's delight. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of rbeechan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber nut brown from a 12oz. can into a Guinness-style pint glass. In-between hazy and clear, with a beautiful, thick, two-finger head, and amazing sticky lacing. What an IPA should look like.

S: Not huge on the nose. It's light, with a nice malt-to-hop balance. The hops don't overpower you, with notes of grass, dried pine needles, earth, smooth barley malts, and a touch of apple on the end.

T: Bready up-front, with a hop-centered middle, and a taste of Rye on the swallow. The malt character is definitely there, with some caramel and bread notes. The hops do a nice job of balancing it all out, with nothing sticking out flagrantly. There is a nice dry flavor that adds a bite, with some earth, grass, caraway seeds, and some oatiness.

M: Nice balance, with a good, chewy feel that doesn't overpower. Eve-keeled, and bone-dry on the end, just so you know it's an IPA.

O: A great IPA for those just getting into the genre. It gives you a taste of what an IPA should be, looks amazing, but falls short of what an IPA CAN be. IPA 101.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,159 ratings.
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