Anderson valley ‘hop ottin’ IPA


image“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”.

Picked up a bottle of this lovely American IPA from the Tasmanian beer festival in Hobart. We really like this breweries labels, plenty of colour with some good artistry to boot. From the bottle it pours a clear amber hue with a well retained white head. Good lacing. Off the nose we got plenty of citrus, resinous pine, grassy hops and grapefruit. Also a decent smattering of caramel, honey, a touch of spice and dough balances it all out. In the mouth it’s quite astringent with medium carbonation and medium-full body. Flavour somewhat mirrors the aroma with a bitter citrus-dominated palate. Hints of pine resins and herbs also show through. Again, just like the aroma a sweet malt, sugary and toffee-like undertone is present to finish off a well balanced and tasty IPA. Really good length, the tongue fights to produce any saliva. 7% ABV. We thought this was bang on. Top notch IPA.