Thursday, February 21, 2008

Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA

Our latest tasting was Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA.  This beer won the silver medal at the 2001 World Beer Championships.  It poured a clear, bronze color with a big head.  The smell gives off a very hoppy, very dry nose.  The first sip is very smooth and leads into a smooth, sweet, middle with a hint of caramel.  The sweet middle does not last long as the beer moves into a very dry, very long, bitter finish.  The beer is dry-hopped which leads to the very hoppy body.  Overall, I was not overwhelmed by this beer, but then again it is not my favorite style.  My final recommendation is to try it if you are a true IPA fan, but it is nothing all that amazing.      

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