Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA

Although I drank a few brews yesterday, I didn’t review any. This was because I got up at 4 AM on Sunday to throw pork in the smoker to make pulled pork. I also brined the thing for 12 hours before and made a rub. 13 hours later (and with homemade barbecue sauce), I had myself a pulled pork. And man, it was good. But, by 10 PM last night, I was absolutely exhausted. So, a new night, a new beer.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hop Ottin’ IPA is, just like Anderson Valley itself, easy for anyone to appreciate while offering depth and complexity for those who take the time to savor. Brilliant copper color with a lingering, lacy white head. The nose sings of grapefruit, pine needles, citron, roses, and bergamot. The flavor is rich in the citrusy, resiny flavors typical of the Pacific-Northwest hops packed into this beer, balanced artfully with a solid malt character and crisp bitterness leading to a beautifully dry, light herbal finish. More than just a hop lover’s dream, Hop Ottin’ IPA is a balanced beer for the ages. As with all of our products, Hop Ottin’ IPA is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized.”

Random: I put Dr. Pepper in my barbecue sauce and it was pretty darn good. I can’t wait to try it on ribs.

This brew poured with about two fingers of tan head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose presented with definite pine hops with a bit of malt and citrus on the background. On the first sip, I got definite pine to it, but it was quickly followed up with caramel malt with some toffee notes. The pine especially came through at the end with some citrus as well. The body of the brew was medium thickness and the carbonation was well matched. I was surprised that the 80 IBUs were so balanced by the malt. The alcohol on this was dangerously hidden. This was an incredibly enjoyable beer and one that really surprised me. I would definitely have this again. Great beer!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0