jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange body. Big rocky off-white head. Vrey nice resinous pine and floral hop aroma. Slightly sweet malt aroma sits back in the mix. The flavor is hop bitterness plus a honey sweey malt profile. Yum, quite tasty. Medium bodied with a very nice lingering hop finish. A very nice beer.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing wrong with the hop ottin; a more bang for your buck of hop bitterness you expect from a good IPA.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Musty grass smell with some aroma of hops and malt. First impressions are of bitter and hop goodness that transitions into an unbalanced and eventual harsh flavor.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 New rating 7/29/13:
Itís been almost a decade since I rated this... I figured Iíd pick up a six pack and enjoy some AV!
Pours a nice amber with two inches of frothy, foamy head.
Smells of bittersweet pine, grapefruit, and a hint of flowers.
Taste is a sticky pine, some orange peel, and a heavy pink grapefruit finish.
I definitely like this more 9 years later... my original review follows.
Original rating from 1/20/04:
Appearance: 3 cloudy like apple cider, no head.
Not much of a smell, but what was there (typical floral/fruit) was nice. (7)
Too bitter for my taste... very hoppy... very thick... (6)
Nice mouthfeel. (3)
Itís drinkable to sample, thatís about it... for me at least. Itís a very filling beer, and Iíd never be able to drink two in a row. (14)
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 This beer may have the best aroma of any beer I have sampled. Huge, fresh, citrus aroma. And it got plenty of flavor, body, and alcohol to back it. Damn good.
Hadnít sampled this beer in years but tried it at the San Mateo Brewfest 6/10/07. Hops were huge!!! Way bigger than I remember. By far the very best beer at this festival.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Very hoppy nose, however the "honey-drenched" malts were far from obvious for me. Nice, with a bitter finish, but lacking in any real complexity/depth.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 RERATE (3/14/05) - On tap. Very oily, with a big floral hop bite. Iím not sure why I only rated this at 3.7 before, but Iím now a big fan.
On tap. Cloudy amber with white head. Sugar and hop aroma with some flower. Nice hops with hints of sugar or honey and a bite in the finish. Very nice, but not as good as Dogfish Head.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color, huge floral hop aroma with some malt peeking through. A sweet malty opening massages your tastebuds right before a truckload of hops beats you down.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop Ottin' pours a pretty, bright deep gold with a big head that lasts. The nose is almost all hops, with some yeast charecter underneath. The hops themselves are quite interesting-not the normal C-bomb. The flavor is quite bitter and dry, with the malt barely able to get out from under the hop attack. Again, the hop flavor is interesting and atypical. Overall, a good IPA; a definate change of pace, but somewhat lacking in malt presence.
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this beer has a clean ipa taste. dark orange hazy glow. medium head. very tasty brew.