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 TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a rusty copper, which had an orange tint to it. Two fingers of billowy head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: Warning -- hops ahead. Grapefruit and orange citrus dominates, but there is a light and sweet caramel malt presence. A little bit of pine makes itself known, too.

Taste: Hoppy. Oh, yeah. The citrus from the smell comes through immediately, and is followed by the strong hop bitterness. It evens nicely after a couple sips and the hops are not so intense, allowing a citrus and caramel malts to come through.

Drinkability: Yeah, it's not my thing. It's too hoppy, but that doesn't mean someone else wouldn't like it.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip

Appearance - Deep orangey amber, crystal clear with a 2 finger frothy white head, laces the tulip beautifully. This tulip shows off this beer nicely.

Smell - Lots of citrus coming as grapefruit and orange. Can smell the sweet malts right out and a small bit of resiny pine. The smell is really strong up front with the citrus and is very enjoyable.

Taste - Very crisp and clean right up front, the citrus comes through with the grapefruit as I smelled, a nice earthy and grassyness to it in the middle also, the malt balances is out nicely and there is a sweet touch to it in the middle but it finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Right where it needs to be, a decent amount of carbonation and a nice bit of bitterness on the tongue makes this right there for an IPA. It's not too heavy or too light, just about right.

Drinkability - Decently drinkable, could not drink all day but could put away a 6 pack more than likely. Nicely drinkable and a world class beer at that.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper pour with and great lacing. Real nice fruity, floral nose. Great peppery, tangy bite right off the bat with a huge hoppy, bitter dry finish. Big piney taste with a complex body. Reminds me alot of one of my favorite IPA's, Bridgeport. A great, unique hop lovers dream!

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Photo of JTahoe
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored IPA with rocky one finger off-white head.

S - I wasnt very impressed with the smell. Not much hops for an IPA. good malt smell though.

T - Bitter hops give off pine, astringent black tea, earth, and rind of grapefruit. An acerbic quality mostly masks a fleeting trace of floral hops. Malts mostly dominate the palate with a faint honey sweetness. With so much going on, though, the taste struck me as surprisingly thin... the composition didn't quite come into focus.

M - Crisp with medium body and copious carbonation. Lingering very dry finish.

D - A worthy brew and a pretty good drink though not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of Lunch
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle, purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD, into my Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass (11/19/09) at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours darker than your standard American IPA in that it is a dark golden shade of bronze with a 1.5 finger off-white head leaving nice lacing behind.

S: A rich aroma of a roasty toffee/caramel malt with a slight citrus hop fluttering in the background. Not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, but quite nice in its own right.

T: Again the palate is hit with a layer of roasted toffee malt with some lingering caramel and a nice, but subtle citrus hop with quite a bitter bite. Hops are certainly more pronounced than what the aroma would lead one to believe, but I would prefer a bit more flavor from them (perhaps this bottle is not very fresh, but I can't seem to find a date anywhere on it).

M: A medium-bodied IPA with a slightly harsh bitter bite and nice carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable if one is in the mood for a more malt forward IPA.

Overall this beer was pleasant to drink, but I prefer my American IPAs to be a bit more hoppy. If I can find a fresher bottle than I will certainly update my review accordingly. A nice malt forward IPA that is worth a look.

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Photo of greenpumas
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: One of the darkest IPA's I have stumbled upon; Head dissipated at a rapid rate leaving behind a perfect ring of lace.

S: Fruitier than most IPA's I have had the pleasure of trying. I pick up warm fruit notes, maybe grapes.

T: Tastes like a magic hat that really wanted to screw that lagunitas ipa across the fridge. I get fruit on the pallet, but it isnt a mouth full of apricot--melikes. The hops do not leave my mouth dry and in need of another sip.

MF/D: IPA's with lower carbonation and upfront hops really suit my wintertime taste buds. This, like most good beer, is a beer that should be savored with good friends.

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Photo of UncleBubba
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer. It tastes great, and is easy to drink. Especially for an IPA with 7% ABV. This isn't my absolute favorite IPA, but Hop Ottin' IPA is a damn good beer. Decent hop bite, with a nice amount of maltiness. Will gladly drink again. Recommended.

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Photo of drink1121
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Good lacing on this copper colored IPA with decent initial head.

S-I wasnt very impressed with the smell. Not much hops for an IPA. good malt smell though.

T- The malt is perfectly set u for a great beer. The hops, like the smell do not come through for the beer. Bitter pine and floral hops try to balance out the beer, but mostly malts domiate the palate.

M-Butter smooth in my mouth, with a little burning. Very slight heat.

D- I could have a few of these, but its pretty bitter so not many

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber; nice label with a ditty about the beer, no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark burnt orange/light copper beer with good brightness, fairly high levels of small beaded carbonation, and a beautiful rocky ivory head with great stick and patchy lacing.

Smell: Almost a cross between an English and an American IPA, though it definitely leans more to the American side. It's got the sweet, buttery, and slightly earthy characteristics and maltiness of an English IPA but with a big dose of sweet orange liqueur thanks to big doses of American hops. Overall, quite nice.

Taste: Nice balance between malt and hops. The malts are reminiscent of buttery cracker and the hops are actually a bit earthier than suggested by the smell. Alcohol peeks through a little more than expected at 7% abv, but in a more warming than aggressive way, and hop bitterness is medium yet assertive. Overall, pretty balanced; it's again somewhat reminiscent of an English-style IPA but with more oomph and kick from the hops.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied; a bit lighter than expected from the abv

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Really tasty, solid American IPA; one of the better one's I've gotten the chance to try. In my opinion this is up there with Goose Island and New Glarus.

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Photo of velosuds
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased for $1.69.

A-A normal pour produced a gargantuan head that filled half the glass. Couldn't fit the whole beer in one pour. In fact, this starting foaming as soon as the bottle cap was removed. Otherwise, appearance normal for an IPA. Beautiful golden amber hue.

S-Citrus hops, especially grapefruit. A hint of malt sweetness in aroma. Pleasant, but hops are too faint. Not nearly as robust as the label promises.

T-Hoppy, but not quite enough so. The taste is balanced by a nice malt presence that is faint, but not overly sweet. Bitter up front, but finishes without the taste buds being assaulted. This was good.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms.

This was more balanced than typical West Coast IPAs. I probably won't buy this often since my favorite IPAs, Racer 5 and Stone IPA, are just as affordable.

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Photo of sictyrannis
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pint glass:

Pours a deep, copper color with amber tints. Nice, 2 finger foam head that dissipates to leave a nice lace on the glass.

The best aspect of the beer was how great it smelled. Extremely floral, a great pine smell, and lots of citrus, with a malty backbone. I even held it up to my nose for a while to savor the smell a bunch.

This seems like a pretty average IPA taste-wise, with extra bitterness up front and not much on the backend. The flavor was not very complex--just hoppy bitterness with a weaker pine finish. There wasn't much else to the flavor structure, and although I enjoy my IPAs, I enjoy a bit more complexity and a more bitter/clean aftertaste.

This beer was not carbonated enough and felt like water. Very light-bodied, if you are into that.

I could go for another, but with all the other IPAs around, I'd probably grab one of those beforehand.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to come across this beer after trying their oatmeal stout. This IPA is very average. Nose was spruce with a little orange peel but offered little in the aroma department. Taste was average like a darker IPA that didn't have enough hop character and the mouthfeel didn't match the texture of the beer. Maybe it was on the shelf too long, maybe it's an average example.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy honey/amber color with a large 3 finger cream colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S. Lots of pine and floral smell with a little grapefruit and a decent amount of sweet bready smelling malt.

D. The malts that were present in the nose are all but overwhelmed by the bitter pine resin hops. Still exhibits the floral character noted in the nose with a slight bready malt body. The aftertaste is quite bitter with oily hops but is nice. Any citrus fruit flavors from the hops seem to be drowned out by the overwhelming piney flavor. If you like your hops floral and piney, definitely give this beer a try.

M. Nice medium body with pretty good carbonation.

D & Comments. Fairly dry and drinkable, hop profile seems a little one dimensional. Solid IPA, recommended especially if you like the earthy-piney side of the hop profile

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that sticks around.

Smell: A somewhat mild hop aroma (disappointing, was expecting more), with the typical American hop character that is floral, piney, and somewhat fruity. A very faint hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium-high hop flavors that are big-time piney. Much better than the nose. High hop bitterness. The malt backbone is pretty weak and doesn't do much to deflect the hop bitterness, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation, yet it's still a medium-dry finish, which was rather unexpected.

Drinkability: Although it goes down pretty smooth, the high hop bitterness unchecked by a complimentary robust malt backbone limits me to one, two at the most.

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Photo of claminat420
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color. solid off white colored head. medium to thick lacing.

S- just a faint hop smell is all i could pick up.

T- no malt presence at all. light hoppy aftertase. weak and watery.

M- light bodied. medium/ heavy carbonation.

D- glad i bought a single.

Overall- this is one brew i kinda had hopes for. i was going to get a 6 pack which was priced 12.99 and i'm glad i just bought a single. it reminded me of a crap macro lager like bud, coors, etc just hopped alil more. nothing special and totally a overrated beer.

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Photo of jbhuxley
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear, copper in color with 3 fingers of frothy off white head. Good retention but hardly any lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with honey, molasses and biscuits.

Strange taste. The bitterness is present, but not a ton of hop flavor behind it. I can't say much about it, there is just not much going on in the flavor department. Fairly bland.

Very light in body, almost watery. Very little carbonation.

There is nothing offensive about this beer, but at the same time, it has very little going for it. Appearance and smell got my hopes up, but the taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing.

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

On tap at Heroe's in Fullerton.

A: Hop Ottin' pours a light golden color with a small white foam which leaves excellent lacing on the pint glass.

S: The nose was what you generally look and hope for in an IPA. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefuit hop aromas with a mild malt scent to give some semblance of balance.

T: This is an incredibly bitter IPA. Absolutely tons of resinous pine flavor and very mild on the citrus front. The slight malt aroma does not translate to the palate.

M: Despite the lack of malt character, there is a stickiness about this beer. Moderate carbonation helps out with the incredible bitterness.

D: Being a hophead, this beer is absolutely delicious to me. However, this would be overwhelmingly bitter to many people. The alcohol is not very present, so if you enjoy that intense pine taste, this is a very drinkable IPA.

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

Pours a deep amber/copper..I can see the carbonation even with the deep color of the beer. Has a good level of foam..which recedes to a thick cap. Lacing as well

Good amount of malt backing with a floral hop aroma

Strong hop profile with some bitterness following, all with a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability is high..I could have a couple.

Solid IPA..recommended

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Photo of redneckchugger
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully, huge tan head, lots of lacing.
Love the nose on this beer, big huge hit of pine hops.
Surprisingly balanced on the palette, and while i do tend to gravitate to balanced beers, this one is a bit of a disappointment to me. The malt does not mesh with the hops. The initial taste is of pure piney c-hops. The mid palate is hops with a lot of butterscotch caramel malt. Now this sounds great as i write it, but its disjointed,. What i mean my that is that the front and mid-palate are not cohesive. Its a bit off putting. Now having said all that, i do like the beer an awful lot. Its very good, and highly drinkable. If the brewers had turned up the hops a bit more, it would have been perfect beer.

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Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a reddish hazy brown with a dusty, off-white head that had great sustain

S - Toasty, biscuity with a hint of butter. Herbal hops provide an earthy fragrance

T- Caramel, sweet bread with a fruit juiciness followed by hop/grapefruit bitterness

M- Chewy and thick

D- highish abv for an IPA, very flavorful. I finished a bomber, but could not imagine any more than that

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus and doughy malt. Very floral.
Grapefruit like bitterness yielding slightly to caramel malt. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitterness.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Has "prickly" mouthfeel due to carbonation and bitterness.
I consider this a quality beer but I would prefer more malt to balance out the bitterness. This was a tad "harsh" for my taste buds.

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Photo of dstc
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a big, light tan head. Falls to a small head with thin lace.

Hoppy aroma. Fruity and flowery. Toasty malts in the nose as well.

Big hop taste. Sweet malt undertones. Rather clean finish but lingering bitter aftertaste.

Rather full in the mouth with decent carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered bottling Julian date on neck of 10/16/09. Was a slightly hazy orange color. Lots of carb and sticky white lace. It had a good sized beige head that slowly settled into a collar and foam.

The aroma was floral hops, pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. Aroma is on the bitter side but not overly. The taste followed the aroma. Not overly bitter hops from start to finish with some malt to offset it. Pretty much a bitter hop show. Needs some more c-hop or malt balance for me. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carb but had a long lingering hop oil feel.

Overall, a good but not great AIPA for me. Needed some c-hops and malt to offset the bitterness. Was a little one dimensional for me. If you love really aggressive bitter then you might like this one. Rotation: did re-sample and modified the review. Avail here in TX. The rare 6 pack unless I start liking the really bitter ones more. [OR;O;HT]

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

Thanks to d0b for tossing me one of these. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Good looking IPA here - big three fingers of dirty light blond foam that has amazing retention and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed golden orange-red color with a few stray bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Good piney hop smell, with some orange zest and a touch of dankness. Doughy malt backbone that is present but subdued. Smells pretty fresh in any case.

T - Starts with some light citrus and caramel sweetness and then transforms into strong pine and earthiness. The taste has some strong bitterness to it that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little higher than I like, but the finish is pleasantly dry and there are lots of residual hop resins. Thicker body than one would expect for a 7% IPA.

D - The bitterness gets a little intense, and the beer feels a touch heavy. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these in a session.

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