From a solar powered brewery in Boonville, CA comes Anderson Valleys Brewing’s Hop Ottin IPA (7.0%, poured from a 22oz bottle at home)
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a darker cloudy amber with an inch of foam, nice and bubbly and contains a very, very mild floral and citrus hop aroma with malty toffee.
Flavour: Very, very malt forward with heavy toffee, raisin a bit of hidden hops with a sweet and slightly bitter finish.
Overall Impression: This is one threw me off a bit, not even close to what I was expecting. I assumed a traditional west coast IPA and got a heavy malted, almost barleywine type of beer.
Rating: I would rate about 7/10, it was actually very good, just not what I expected and not even close to most peoples reviews of the flavours. Its possible the bottle was old, the bottle code is 181 d-1 1010, so it’s possible that it was from 2010 as basically all of the hop flavour and aroma was essentially gone.
Food Pairing: Sharp cheddar or something with caramelized onions
3 thoughts on “Import Craft Beers – Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA”
Sounds like you got an old bottle for sure. Sounds like it aged nicely just in an odd way though.
yeah, it was nice, just not what I was expecting nor even close to any reviews I read. I’ll have to seek out a fresher bottle,
Hope it is better.