Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
3,157 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 bdupree
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice color... 14kt gold, pours with a creamy dense head that sticks to the glass like glue. Very impressive.

S: Immediately picked up grapes, almost wine-like aroma. Pine, and citrus wafting in there as well along with melon. It will clear out your sinuses.

T: Just perfect bitterness with a blend of complex flavors. Floral, citrus, and hop all blend together well, but are equally represented.

M: The blend of flavors just makes this one feel spot-on. Not too dry, not too heavy either.

D: I can't believe it took me so long to try this IPA. I always look at Anderson Valley different with a much higher price tag, now I know why. This is one of the best American IPAs I have tried in a long time. I will definitely be back to pay the extra moolah for such a great IPA.

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Photo of boss302
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley, Hop Ottin, draft

A Appears to be unfiltered, golden to red in color, thick fluffy head at first pour with nice little dimples in it. The head diminishes, but lasts the whole glass. It looks great!

S Excellent hop aroma, smells like cascade or similar. Flowery and citrusy. Just what I want for an IPA.

T Bitter hit at the start from the hops, then a light caramel/coffee hint comes once the hop hit subsides. Hops are what's on display here, but the malt backs it up nicely.

M Medium body, balance is in the favor of the hops.

O A very good IPA. Definitely recommend, for the IPA lover. I'll have another!

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Photo of kaseydad
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wife picked up a single for me. I forgot how good this is.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a copper colored ale with a nice frothy off-white foamy head with a ton of lacing. The aroma is mainly malty with some tangerine whiffs and slight caramel. The taste is smack dab bitter in the back of your throat with some nice malt upfront. Tangy finish and lingering pleasing grapefruit aftertaste. Full bodied mouthfeel with a slight dry finish and salivating occurring. High drinkability as this went down quickly and I was looking for another. Kind of a double IPA hybrid in an IPA bottle. Great stuff. I see six packs in the future and possibly a "go-to" candidate.

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

There is a high level of carbonation, creating a thick head. A sticky layer of foam coates the sides of the glass

Smells sweet and grassy with a little bit of apricot mixed in. It tastes similar, but I taste a lot of grape up front from the malt. Very unique taste, and it works.

This is about as full-bodied as you can go without altering the style. Very warming in the mouth. With this in mind drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium orange with thin white head, spotty lace. Smell: spicy, slightly leafy, a little tangerine, bready. Taste: fairly sweet, leafy and tea like, a little lemon and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Not great. Not oxidized or anything, but perhaps not super fresh...no dating readable by a consumer...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "Brewed with the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops." And be sure to read the back label, for a brief Anderson Valley dialect lesson.

Burnt orange, sunset and rust come to mind when looking at this beer. Head is an inch and thins to a quarter that size quickly, leaving streaks and spots of lace.

Hop, big hops, both herbal and grapefruit, come quickly to the nose. A bright, fresh aroma, bordering on grassy and hinting at some astringency. Not a ton of malt detected, at least in the nose.

The flavor is big, and luckily brings some malt in with the slammin' hops. Hops, as expected based on aroma, are a combination of citrus rind, fresh green grass and pungent herbs (ok, I'll say it: marijuana). Superbly balanced against the sweet, rich toffee-like malt, and the quite bitter finish, there's nothing to dislike about this beer. If you're an IPA-lover, there aren't many better, brighter, fuller flavors out there than this. I'd put it up there with Bell's Two-Hearted and that crowd.

Fair bit of creaminess in the flavor...yet with pretty light body, which increases drinkability. Some resiny stick bulks it up a bit; carbonation is ample but not intrusive.

Big flavor without a huge ABV...this makes Hop Ottin' IPA a completely, utterly drinkable beer and one that would work wonders as a daily go-to, if available to you. Nice one.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker crimson/brownish color with a tan or ecru colored head. Retention is fair and it does lay down a nice lattice pattern of sticky lacing. Not quite as insane as some of the better IPAs out there, though.

S: Caramel and bready malt aromas blended with big time citrus and a hint of pine. Maltiness enhances the citrus aromatics with a great deal of sweetness. A very pleasant smelling beer.

T&M: Cracker-like malt flavor lays down a nice backbone to the bold citrus and pine flavors contributed by the hops. More hop flavor than bitterness in this one, and the big maltiness really does balance things out very nicely. Balance really comes in later as the beginning very hoppy. Body is medium to full with a light carbonation for an IPA. It's got big hoppiness without being abrasive or harsh, which is always a good thing. There may be just a touch too much malt for my liking, but that's the only minor complaint I have.

D: Full and malty body reduces drinkability somewhat, but it's still a rather tasty IPA.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a great looking beer - copper golden, with a milky head that rings and rings - one of those you can watch all the way down the glass.

Highly floral, with a great amount of hoppy bitterness that pervades the nose, and illuminates the senses.

Really great in the mouth - huge to the tongue with what some would call bitter - I call it awesome. The floral character comes through big as well, releasing with a bit of oiliness, but not so much that there's a slick on your tongue.

Crisp, with a lasting impression on the tongue. Leaves the mouth sloppy wet with little need for a quick drink to follow.

Really great, but it really almost exceeds the IPA label it's so big. More than two might push your mouth over the edge.

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Photo of gks5004
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Golden copper color, fluffy white head slight color, leaves nice lacing.

S: Big hop aroma, citrusy, very appetizing hoppy smell

T: Bitter alpha acids, hoppy bitter aftertaste, malts are surprisingly thin and overpowered by hops, bitterness stays present all the way through

M: surprisingly light, good carbonation

D: very bitter, i'm just not in the mood today to tackle this much bitterness

not a bad IPA, would prefer a bit more of a malt backbone to up the mouthfeel and give more balance, very hoppy but surprisingly 1 dimensional, overall a solid beer, will definitely try again when I have the cravings for hops

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why oh why do I not drink more from these guys? Pours a dark copper with a great white foamy head. Crazy rings down the glass, light chill haze. Terrific.

Pine/citric notes in the nose with a backbone of toasted malt. Great.

Big hop flavor that just outshines the tasty toasted and lightly sweet malt. The hop heavy thing works here, but is just enough out of balance to keep this from a higher rating. Some light fruit and a firm citric bitter finish. Great American IPA.

Medium body, good carbonation to clear the palate.

Overall, a drinker and a winner. Bought as an overstock single. I could literally drink this all night. A great domestic IPA. A touch hop heavy, but not enough to make it a flaw. Great beer.

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Photo of Burl41
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- An amber color with a great two finger head with decent retention.

Smell- Great hop character with a sweet malt note at the end. Not as powerful as many other American IPA's however quite nice overall.

Taste- Citrus, some resin, a range of hop notes, without an overpowering bitterness. Balanced well with a strong malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- I'd say only slightly above average, not watery not heavy

Drinkability- This reminds me of early craft beer in 90's. Not an assault of an IPA but a balanced wonderful brew with nothing to dislike. This is one IPA that all beer fans must try.

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Photo of belgaridub
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber with a small off whit e head that dissipates quickly

smell is all pine and resin - deep and almost earthy - citrus layered in with the pine as well - aroma doesn't really jump out at me, but smells potent like an IPA should

very bitter, but definitely has some sweetness to back it up - the resin continues on the tongue much more than any citrus - the bitterness almost sticks in your mouth

mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly light carbonation so it kind of sits in the mouth - a slightly syrupy sweet finish that i don't like very much - it almost coats your mouth at the end so that i imagine if i drink anything after it will taste like this

would i want to have three or four of these? no
do i want to finish this one? definitely

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Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it's white & kinda dense. Retention is great. You can see lite-moderate Co2, left some very nice looking lacing.

S - Tree sap like aroma with fruity pineapple/grapefruit combo. A little sweet with soft notes of cracker & caramel undertones. Pretty big on the citrus fruitiness & rind.

T - Big rind & tree sap like flavors upfront, fruity pineapple/grapefruit follow with a bit of citrus that cuts through the pretty big bitterness on the finish. I got a bit of toast & cracker mixed up somewhere beneath the barrel of hops, about it for the malts in this beer. A bit of alcohol as it warmed. Long lingering rind/burnt kinda bitterness.

M - Around medium bodied, moderately crisp, actually feels a little thin.

D - A pungent IPA with around average drinkability. I could drink a couple pints & be cool with that before the big hop bitterness becomes overpowering. This is great IPA, solid, Ive got my favorites over this one, but it really comes down to preference with such a full flavored brew. I recommend it. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an english-style pint glass, gives about a 1 finger head that quickly faded to a thin rim of white around the top. The color is somewhere between gold and orange with the transparency being fairly high, maybe slightly cloudy at best.

My first impression on the smell is that it was very sappy leading me to believe the body would or will be somewhat oily. A little bit of pine and tropical fruit is there with just a hint of malt. It has somewhat of a juicy factor that is typical of west coast IPAs.

A notch above medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The taste is dry and has a sappy pine-like flavor up front and throughout the middle. Finish is noticeably burnt-like, bitter and with a doughy malt character. The Somewhat fruity aroma did not follow through in the taste for me.

Overall, this is not a beer i would have more than one of because of the dryness in taste. I believe that it doesn't matter what region a beer is from, the brewery can produce whatever they like. I went into this beer thinking it would be more of a west coast-style beer and just didn't get that juicy, tropical fruit i expected.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a coppery amber color with a 2 finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a balance of malty sweetness and herbal hops with just a hint of grapefruit.

The taste followed the aroma --- but lighter on the malt. The taste was stronger on the grapefruit as well then followed with floral and herbal hops. Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a sticky hop resin middle as it warmed.

Very cold, this is a quite drinkable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ghostee
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers worth of head. The head recedes with time, but a nice layer stays on top the entire way down.

Smells of sweet malt and hops. Not an overpowering smell at all, very smooth.

Tastes of sweet malt with some floral and grassy hops. Has a very slight grapefuit citrusyness to is. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied. Doesn't bruise the tongue.

Drinkability is high. This is a good tasting IPA that's not too strong on the hops. An earlier reviewer mentioned "It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over." which I completely agree with.

Overall, this is a solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Not nearly as good as some of my favorite IPAs, but I got more than I was expecting after never having heard of the brewing company.

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Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy amber/gold with a moderate sized slightly off white head that has fair retention but leaves nice lacing.

S-Noticeable, but not "slap you in da face" floral, and to a lesser degree citrus, hops with a grassy undertone, some sweet malt lurking in the background.

T-Up front is a semi sweet maltiness then some floral hops. The bitterness of the hops comes through in the middle and finish. Some spice comes into play at the back end.

M-Medium bodied IPA, carb level seems to be right on par with a majority of IPAs. Slightly oily.

D-Drinks easily. Could be a session beer without question.

Overall, this is a good solid IPA. Not outstanding, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a big tall glass, cuz that's how I roll when I shop at the grocery store. Appearance was a medium amber color. Poured a finger and a half of head. Very piney nose. A bit spicy. Mouthfeel was a decent creamy carbonation. Very piney, hoppy, quite bitter. Went well with the Red Baron I had. I told you, grocery store.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey amber, really shines in the light. translucent with a fair bit of tiny bubbles traveling up the side of the glass. Airy white head that sticks around, leaves moderate lacing.

I get a powerful sweet-bun smell in the nose immediately, followed by citrusy hops.

Really nice taste. There is pine and some citrus, sweet up front fading into the hop bittering, the cascade hops really come out in this beer. Nice and hop forward, strong flavor.

medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. really refreshing in the mouth with the bite of the hops on the tongue.

Highly drinkable, I bought a single and will probably be returning for a six pack in the future.

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Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fizzy with a fairly thick and huge off-white head which recedes in a patient fashion and leaves a consistent lace all around before settling into one finger of craggy covering. On the nose some oily hops mix with some subtle malts. Initially a bit sweet and malty on the palate with a quick spicy hop hit at the back end. A slight fruitiness exists. Comparatively speaking it goes down smooth, with no chalkiness or rough edges. A lingering alcohol heat is noticed throughout. Highly carbonated with an airy, medium mouth-feel. A great session IPA to help with a hop jones without heading into "extreme" territory. Glad to have this one in Oklahoma.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark amber, brown almost pour. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is a wet hop grass floral type.

Big malt bill, heavily roasted for an ipa with grapefruit resin type of hop character. They don't make too many of ipas like this anymore. A great dry finish on tap. Big difference comparing this beer in the bottle v. tap. Bottle feels woodier. Tap feels crisper, hoppier.

Drinkability suffers from continued price increases every year for this stuff for some reason. No bottle dating either. Score continues to trend downward. . .

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color crowned with a thin rimming of creamy white foam that settles to a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malts. Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel and pine.

T: Sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar, butterscotch and gooey caramel quickly yields to an aggressive front of hoppy goodness that results in a sustained and lingering bitterness. Biscuit and toffee surfaces as it warms. In the end, hops prevail over malts with a crisp and satisfying finish.

M: Full-bodied with a coarse feel that runs roughshod over the palate.

D: Complex yet balanced, both sweet and bitter. Hop Ottin' is an outstanding American IPA that's as intriguing as it is drinkable.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a logoless US Pint

A: Nice orange-ish tan, good chunky offwhite head, active carbonation

S: very bready and yeasty, sugary sweet, hops are fairly floral but not as strong as i had expected, maybe woodsy

T: toffee, hops ride a good line between spicy and fruity, a good bit of bitterness in the middle that is defrayed with sweetness in the finish, nice ride.

M: remarkably full bodied and smooth but it doesn't have any stickiness, carbonation did it's job, excellent.

D: This is a nice middle of the line IPA. It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,157 ratings.
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