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Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA
October 18, 2013, 3:03 pm
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Pour: Huge three-finger robust, growling, foamy, frothy, off-white head. Dark copper hazey body. Very good first impression, it is begging to be appreciated. Once the foam settles down, there is a lot of cloudy sediment that can be seen in the foam.

Nose: Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, lychee, pine, full and aggressive aroma to the point that there is some funk and must, malty, soy sauce notes. Some carbonation and fizz. Leave it to warm, and the malt and bread notes emerge.

Palate: Moderate and oily on the mouth. Sweet, citrus and grapefruit hits the tongue first, malty and bread notes, with resin and a sense of earth. Then the hops set in, with a pleasant, approachable bitterness that is not overwhelming and leaves one thirsting for more. s it warms, one sense tea. Leave it a bit longer and some roasted malt notes appear. Finish is crisp and dry with subtle lingering bitterness, with a perfume of grapefruit, wood and floral, vegetal hops. Very well-balanced, highly drinkable and is not heavy on the palate despite its complexity. The lingering aromatic bitterness in the finish lasts forever, by the way.

Wow. A really delicious and deliberately refined American IPA. We all know that hops is the mainstay of American IPAs, so it is really special when a brewer shows that he can do something much more than just go full throttle with the hops bitterness and instead impart some delicious complexity into his brew. I can taste the stages that this beer brings to the drinker’s experience, and the concomitant complexity and cornucopia of deliberate tastes. The complexity is organic and morphs with time, and this is deeply intriguing. This beer ranks above the Dogfish Head, but for different reasons. While the Dogfish Head is in your face bitter, this one is complex and more subtle. This is truly world class. My favourite American IPA.

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