Review Date 10/18/2000 Last Updated 8/9/2012
Update: August 9th, 2012: Has it really been more than a decade since I've had an Anderson Valley beer? I think so. I've never seen their beers for sale here in Georgia since I moved here in 2001. Earlier this year, however, I was happy to see their beers arrive, including my beloved Hop Ottin IPA. In cans no less! OK, they were a it pricey at $9.99 a six-pack, but I plunked down my hard-earned cash and lugged them home.
I'm glad I did, because sipping this little beauty is like walking into a beer time machine. Hop Ottin' IPA is as hoppy as I remember, simply bursting with resiny hop aroma in the nose. The head formation is just as prodigious, and the beer has a wonderful caramel component at the fore. A big resiny citric hop aroma parades across the palate, and the finish is aggressively long and dry. Just an amazing beer, it doesn't try to be anything bigger than an IPA, and I think it still succeeds for that very reason.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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