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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 19
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-17-2012

Brewed with a heelch* of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, our double IPA has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation. With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish. (*That’s Boontling for “a whole lot”)
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Ratings: 662 | Reviews: 126
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for just under $9 CDN. Glad to see a number of new imported and seasonal options available at the LCBO, I feel that a couple of years ago this wouldn't even be on the radar. Served at cellar temperature (I love my new cellar) into a pint glass.

Appearance - a crystal clear copper coloured beer that pours a decadent frothy two fingers of head and leaves behind an enormous swath of lacing. The head is mountainous and long lasting. Plenty of visible carbonation. A nice looking IPA.

Smell - plenty of citrusy hops, some pineapple and orange are most prevalent, yet somehow the citrus aroma seems subdued. Slight grainy aroma lingers underneath.

Taste - an interesting medley to be sure. Starts as you'd expect a light citrus flavor, that unfortunately isn't quite as orange like or pineapple like as you'd hope. Then candied fruit and an overwhelming sweetness rush in before finish with a boozy bitterness that finishes the beer off. The sweetness rush is reminiscent of sweetened cranberries. Not bad flavours just not quite put together in a way that I like. Will certainly appeal to some.

Mouthfeel - thick and syrupy too viscous to be refreshing in any way. Carbonation doesn't cut through the heavy mouthfeel.

Overall - a good and enjoyable double IPA for some, but didn't pull my heart strings nor blow me away with anything and given the hefty price, would pass on purchasing this again in the future.

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Tis the season to be fooled by refreshing IPAs!
When you are in the mood and the drinks go down easy (and often), you are bound to find most IPAs to your liking.
Don't be fooled with this one. You can tell that something is missing after one sip and most certainly after several. Even though it's boozy, it lacks the necessary body to battle with the big boys.
Of course it's worth a try (several, in fact) but if you have a choice, pick something else.

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone pretty fast. Very dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Goodly amount of hops, sugar and malt.

T- Heavy hops and malt. Lots of sugar just like it smells. Typical DIPA tasting. Nice beer but very similar to others in this class

M- Sickly sweet on the tongue

O- Pretty good but pretty expensive. Would buy if in 6pks for a reasonable price but not in bombers

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Smoked bacon right out of the smoker


Photo of wLcz0rz
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA! Nice golden color. Floral, citrusy, hoppy aroma. Mango notes are very distinct, hoppy but not too bitter. Laces glass from top to finish.

Photo of hseldon15
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very underrated BA score, but I'm certain it will go up with more reviews. Excellent DIPA with a great balance of citrus, pine and hops.

Photo of ChVauDrinksBeer
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Geruch: Zitrusfrüchten Passuonsfrucht Fruchtlollies.

Antrunk: leicht malzig, Fruchtigkeit setzt sich wunderbar am Gaumen durch.

Abgang: Bitterkeit kommt schon u ist gut ausbalancierte.

Rezenz: leicht perlend

Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anderson Valley

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and orange, a bit floral, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, sweet grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, little spicy, a touch of pine, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Pretty tasty DIPA, I could throw this one back all day.

Photo of TBCE
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful polished copper tone, as the bottle states. Foamy one inch head the dissipates slowly. Very earthy smell, like pine needles and citrus. Very hoppy and bitter taste on the palate. Almost assaulting in its strength but in a good way. Powerful. Hops and citrus linger. Very nice brew.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

spring really is this season for big india pales in my book, its still cold enough to need the booze boost, and the bold flavors are not yet overpowering due to hot weather, while the floral and citrus hoppiness often tastes like the blooming spring to me, so now is the time, and this is a nice one to kick it off with on the first real nice day of the year. looks gorgeous in my teku from the bottle, boasting over an inch of just off white frothing head and a radiant sunny golden color, as patient bubbles slowly rise maintaining the foam on top. nose and taste of very fresh hops, moderate oil content but some sweetness to it, sprucy in nose, less citrus than pine, but its new pine, fresh, not as mature as christmas, again springy. bitterness is also moderate, and while i see this one fitting neatly in the west coast style range, its a little different in its richer honey malt profile, and its almost hop neutrality. i like the hoppy stuff these guys make, and this is a great beer on the whole. it lack a defining element to me though, especially in the hop profile, its just not all that distinct, but it tastes very good. the alcohol level is also right where i like it for the style. nice when super fresh like this!

Photo of CraigS119
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa FL. $3.29 for the single, which is nefarious, but I guess it's gotta come all the way from Boonville, CA. 100 ibus.
MALTS: Pale Two-Row, Victory
HOPS: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade

Pours a cloudy golden amber with sticky white head. Smells of Bergamot orange, juicyfruit syrup, and malts. Tastes of prickly pineapple and piney, resinous hops. Bitterness is prominent, but well balanced, and no where near feels like 100ibus. Some medicinal, turpentiney/resin notes round out the tail-end. Moderate carbonation, full body. Overall and strong showing from Anderson Valley on this sessionable DIPA.. 4.34/5

From website:
Jalapeno poppers, grilled lamb, spicy Thai dishes, caramel cheesecake
Sharp Cheddar, Roquefort

Photo of dan3099
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great, held up to light and can not see thru glass. one finger of head on top w/ lots of carbonation. light smell of pine and citrus. taste is clean and hoppy. very good
crisp feel. overall very enjoyable.

Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an underrated DIPA. It's not going to make any top 10 lists, but Anderson Valley was able to create a really hoppy beer that has some semblance of balance. There is a lot going on in this beer, but none of the flavors jump ahead of the others. Tropical fruits, caramelized onions, and citrus all blend really well together with a nice malt backbone.

I love IPA's that are well balanced and unique. Anyone can throw way too many hops into a kettle, but the balancing act is the real art. This is a nice warming beer to drink on a cold and snowy day.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/golden, hazy beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy, fluffy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass liked whipped cream.

Nose: Floral, sweet malt, butter, caramel and citrus.
Taste: Fruit, pineapple, pine, malt, hops, herbs and grapefruit. A medium bitterness an body. Light carbonation.

Not so sweet as many other DIPA:s - I like this!

Photo of Kraj30
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

one of the worst IIPA i have had from a major brewery...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops" Double India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

What has always made Anderson Valley a great brewery is that they're able to produce a really richly flavored malt. They're obviously using high quality malts, and they know how to mash and sparge them.

That rich maltiness works great in so many of their beers, but it really shines here. Some may argue that it's too malty, and not sharp or bitter enough, but that's all up to one's interpretation of the style and personal taste. And yes, I will agree that it's a bit of a malt bomb, but it's remains a balanced and focused malt bomb.

All of the components of a double IPA are present: a rich biscuity and caramel drizzled malt base, citrusy and softly piney hops, a solid bitterness, and a decent amount of alcohol that just gives a flicker of peppery spiciness to let you know it's there. In one moment your focus goes towards the piney component of the hops, and then perhaps you find a flash of citrus before you start thinking about the golden caramel edge of the maltiness - it's all there, pretty much all at once depending on where you care to look; and that's not possible with many lesser-rounded DIPA's where the flavor progression is set. Bitterness can be argued, of course, because it doesn't slap you, or linger in the throat - but I personally have no problem with the gently lingering combination of soft bitterness, herbal/piney/mildly citrusy hops, caramelish malt, and alcohol that lends a subtle hint of spice and brings everything back to gather in a floral note as it dries the palate.

It's a wonderful beer, and a unique double IPA that should be savored like a barley wine.

Photo of MattR2014
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Double. Not too sweet

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a slight haze. Some good ring lace from single bubble layered head.

Interesting aroma of licorice and white pepper. Slightly sweet, almost like maple syrup.

Spicy with touches of oregano and mild (green) Tabasco. Some sweetness that provides good balance. Full bodied but equally highly carbonated. Long aftertaste with a pleasant blend of cream, maple sugar and black pepper.

Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -20.4%

After loving Holy Gose and Barney Flats this was pretty underwhelming. It was totally drinkable, but here was a honey-like sweetness to it and doesn't really have the hop and flavor profile I have come to expect from double IPAs. I'll bet plenty of people prefer this variety, but I wasn't crazy about it.

Photo of even23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Very good. Doesn't have that strong ipa taste to it. Just wish I could get it in New Mexico!

Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

hunkered down in my hotel here in Cape May, NJ, the first biting winter wind is howling like a madman outside, and I am rating this beer in a silly wine glass (sorry, I didn't travel
with my beer ware and this is all that is available - well besides the plastic cups in the bathroom)

murky orange - think Metamucil, nicely developed one finger of foam, sticky as a triple dog dare, lots of micro carbonation making the commute from the bottom-burbs to feed the white cap, I left to go do something (totally forgetting about the beer) and the head is exactly as it
was on the first pour - super nice, I would insert some weird boonville languge here but I don't plan on speaking klingon either...

caramely malty hops, honey notes, some pine, bready-er than most DIPAs, malt is the definite umph here

taste etc...
definitely too sweet for me, the hops are way too in the background, this is definitely a malt forward beer, this has a nice full mouth feel and the carbonation is absolutely silky, but man the flavor is just not for me, this just kicks in with over powering sweetness and the hops just don't stand a chance, this is like being forced to watch re runs of the chevy chase show, I mean you loved stuff he did in the past but this is a disaster...

Their ESB is one of my all time favorite beers, the fact that I have to reference that shows what I think of this dud. Sorry Boonies, but at least Boonies never say die...

Photo of Mikedive21
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Great golden hue-citrus scents and good tasting IPA. Somewhat pricey-but a great change of pace.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours from the bottle a deep amber with a bit of haze. Off-white creamy head that stays quite a while leaving nice lacing on the glass. Nose of biscuity malt, citrus, pine and caramel. Those are all present and well-balanced in the taste. I really enjoy with sweet/bitter aftertaste. Medium mouth that's right on the borderline of being chewy. A very enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%

Flowery, fruity nose
Pours brilliant amber, 2” off white pillowy cap, lacy, clingy
Palate: a hop driven beer with melony, citrusy, orange and grapefruit rind hop flavors seasoning a biscuit malt backbone.
Medium body and carbonation, Clean and crisp.
Very hoppy and bitter but very well done and well balanced and well executed. .

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Good - hoppy IPA. Enjoyed the pine on the finish and punch this beer packed for a 8.7%.

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Shiny amber pour, small frothy head that sticks around for quite some time.
Big punch of citrus in the smell, along with a lot of pine and sweet biscuity malts. A tropical fruit note too (mango mostly), sticky peach and honey.
Hops are pummeling the palate. Bitter citrus up front with tons of grapefruit peel, lime zest, blood orange and some tangerine. You get the nice peach (almost peach jam) sweetness and dense caramel biscuity malts, but just for a short bit. Huge pine resin, spruce tips, sticky hop oils follows, big and green, also floral. Thus, a huge blitzing bitterness that dominates the finish and the aftertaste, but also shuts down all the nice previous flavours.
Kinda heavy bodied,sticky, a feeling enhanced by the (surprisingly) robust malts and the huge bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden, but on the other hand most of the beer is hidden by the hops.
Not stingy with the hops, quite the opposite. Unfortunately, way too generous. Still, a great colossus of a Double IPA.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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