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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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Photo of pdonovan16
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of let8it8grow
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dan3099
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Kraty1
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruB22
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Lelampp
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KMani
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tomomaille
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paleomau
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rpopescu
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 RJB66
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerSnob
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdcarone1
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kraj30
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +12%
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 KarmicSkrambl8
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoshuaShort13
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.