Today's IPA month selection hails from Boonville, CA- Anderson Valley's "Hop Ottin" IPA.
I've seen Anderson Valleys beers on the shelf at Julio's for years now, and I've always been intrigued by the label, but I've never taken the plunge. I thought it was time to change that.
Hop Ottin IPA
Anderson Valley Brewing Company,
7% ABV, 78 IBUs
Hop Ottin IPA pours a dark, hazy burnt organge, with a loose, healthy head of creamy foam.
Smell is juicy, piney hops and grapefruit. It smells wet and fresh.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with good, moderate carbonation levels.
Taste is bitter grapefruit rind up front, strong but not lingering. This transitions to a more floral, pefumey hop character. There's a subtle malt backbone (its brewed with Pale Two-Row, Crystal, and Munich Malts) , but it really gets lost behind the strong hop personality of the Columbus and Cascade hops. Finish is bitter and wet.
A nice IPA. Complex in flavor- the floral nature of the flavors caught me off guard. Its not as "bright" and crisp and better known west coast IPA's. However, its still hop centric, and I do recommend this beer.