Heelch O'Hops | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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”)

Added by BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy orange color, hints of amber. Pale head.

Smell is good, nothing off-putting, apricots; mild overall.

Taste is, yah - hoppy. Cousin of Dogfish Head. Not as intense, more, umm, sessionable isn't the right word, but you might actually want more than 12 oz.

Mouthfeel is lovely. Just about perfect for an IPA.

Finish is lovely, super characteristic & well integrated with the rest of the beer. This is fine stuff. Surprised other haven't rated it more highly.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lobina
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look golden and hazy. Smell is awesome lots of citrus pine and hops. Taste bold and crisp. Love the hop and citrus combo. Feel..I feel good with this one. Overall give me another.

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Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium amber color.

The aroma offers pine, resin, old grass, lots of sweet malts.

Up front the beer hits of candy sweetness and lots ob biscuity malt up front, onto tons of resin and pine sol, lots of spicy notes. The bitterness is intense and extremely cloying with woodiness and even hints of vanilla.

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Photo of DevWand
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hell ova bear-deer-beer!

I love IPA's but usually stay away from the doubles... Might have to start breaking into that double category after tasting this shiz.

Can't believe this thing is sitting at 8.6%, the drinkability is off the charts! Pours a amber orange - Smells like a pine forest - yet the taste manages to balance that pine forest, with a nice citrus finish. Mouthfeel while drinking and after is on point (don't get me wrong, the bitterness is there, but it's balanced superbly and doesn't make your face pucker after downing a sip)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark appearance, copper colored, darker and whatnot. 1/2" head on it. Not much for lace, but there was plenty of retention. Aroma was bitter hops, nothing more complex than that.

Really thick beer, showcasing the malt, not the hops. Kind of lacks flavor, so one dimensional, like straight outta the 90s ibu chest thumping. Good in some respects, tired and cliche in others.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange with a gigantic, puffy head that lasts for ever and coats the glass with rings of foam. Piney, floral hops mix with butterscotch and crackers in the nose. Pine sap and citrus hops is balanced out by grainy, biscuity malts and a touch of butterscotch. A good amount of alcohol kick is noticeable, a bit too much even for the high ABV.

A workable DIPA, but the hops are too subdued and there’s too much boozeyness. I wouldn’t recommend, try AV’s awesome Hop Ottin IPA instead.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A darker color than I'm used to for Ipa, but these guys are straight as old school as you can be, so not a big surprise. Amber and copper, you get that half inch off white head on it, standard retention but minimal lace.

Aroma was all bitterness. Pretty one dimensional, maybe some caramel.

Taste was bitter, it came off pretty thick, syrupy and whatnot. Big malt profile. Super resiny, tons of C hops, nothing proprietary up in here. Like a step into time travel having this one. There are no off flavors, but this is a one trick pony.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frothy lacy headed one finger of foam over a bubbly murky orange yellow beer. Smells of sweet fruits with some earthiness and pine. Tastes follows the smell but with much more malt and a pronounced bitter starting in the middle and lasting to the end. Moderately thick bodied(maybe just a tad bit too thick), resinous feeling, and adequate carbonation. Finishes with a touch of lingering alcohol burn and pine.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had a regular bottle. Nice color, nice aroma, the taste was excellent! It had a deep complex character making me crave another. I would highly recommend it!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium Amber (SRM 12) pour with thick off white head; good lace with cap in place to bottom of SAPP; good clarity and carbonation. Citrus and pine nose; some musty damp forest floor aromas as liquid warms. Malt forward with flavor of Myers lemon on top; earthy pine middle with semi sweet caramel malt and hoppy finish. Medium lite mouthfeel with some stickiness; there is a zesty hoppy tongue coating. Overall, Very well balanced - I enjoyed.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a big white head.

The smell is very malty, melon, pineapple,lemon,earth.

The taste is much like the smell very malt forwards, the hops are subdued. There is some tropical flavours but they are weak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I suspect from looking at the other reviews that this was an old bottle but I don't see a date on it anywhere. The hops where overpowered by the malt but I could tell there is potential.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Beautiful light copper color, brilliantly clear and with a white frothy head to accompany. Very sticky lacing. This looks like a Double IPA should!!!

Smell: Pine, and melon, with a ripe rind grapefruit aroma. Smells very promising, though I wish it had more aromas up front to offer.

Taste: Sticky sweet caramel malt, pungent pine hop bitterness. Light grapefruit bitterness. Sweet melon flavors in the back. Really well balanced flavor with the sweetness of the malt and complexities of the hops. Earth and grass.

Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. The lingering bitterness is that of fresh fruit and pine aromatics.

Overall: This is exactly what I want to drink in a Double IPA. Piney and Fruity with an overwhelming earthy quality.

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Photo of Rick_from_London
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a meringue head that settles moderately fast into the drink which is golden in colour.

N - Definitely the hop nose of a double IPA, but without the bitterness sometimes in an overhopped malt.

P - Very creamy and smooth, showing a well-balanced IPA, with a dry palate left behind with notes of resin and citrus.

F - Finish leaves behind a creamy caramel on the mouth with a distinctive black pepper along the tongue.

O - A delicious west coast double IPA, reminiscent of the Tofino Double IPA, but not as refreshingly bitter and yet surprisingly creamy and enjoyable for its differences.

Thanks to Rye-an for sharing in the tasting.

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Photo of PappaSam21
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first beer rating here on advocate,don't know why I never done this sooner, Any how this beer is pretty solid a little weak on the hops for my liking, doesn't have that smack your face bite I like. Overall I taste Suttle pine notes, citrus, and aromatic biscuits.The color of polished brass is true good looking beer. They hide the Abv very well, and the finish is smooth. GOOD BEER would buy again for a refreshing DIPA.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas largemouth glass.

Look: Is Rusty Cantaloupe a Crayola color yet? The head is cream colored and settles to a nice film. Light yet solid lacing remains.

Aroma: Immediate mustiness comes out but it's actually kind of woody and spicy. Faint black peppercorn in the background.

Taste: A huge malt bill provides the base for this with just a touch of honey-like sweetness. A nice piney and mellow spiciness dresses up the body before easing into a mildly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: The hops seem to make this a musty beer, or maybe I'm mistaking that for "dank" I do not know. It's a bit too heavy for my liking, but nothing it really bad about it. I couldn't find anything quite outstanding. Solid all around.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with bitter earthy hops is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops with medium level of bitterness and light grainy malt with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Not bad overall but malt bill is slightly off with a tad too much residual sugar notes and too much bitterness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear amber with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent light tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, mainly evergreen, with a citrus fruit undertone. Flavor is - WOO HOO, seriously hoppy, evergreen, fairly but not fiercely bitter, a little greenwood, subtle fruity notes - very satisfying. Firm texture is fairly fizzy, and finish is woody, hoppy and somewhat bitter with a hint of fruit. Hop hop hop for this one!

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a genre-bender - hoppy, but not overtly so. Malty, but not too malty...piney/resinous, yet not in the category of a super West Coast IPA. I'm a fan, but could see how hop-heads would want more. Overall, very balanced DIPA, and just perfect for someone dipping their toes into the DIPA water.

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Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a nice white head that is pretty creamy, and has good retention for a strong beer.

Big caramel malt sweetness in the aroma, along with a slightly fruity pine hop aroma. Smells like a significant beer without being overpowering.

Nice slug of malt sweetness up front to go with a citrusy/pine hop flavor. No sharp bitterness break, really just the flavors transition to more of a bitter sensation. A lingering bitterness in the finish. Some pleasant alcohol flavors midmouth as well.

Med-full body, and moderate carbonation. Hops bark loudly on the tongue, but not quite astringent. Alcohol warming is fairly subdued.

Quite drinkable for a big, hoppy beer. I like the maltiness without it being overly sweet, and hops being assertive but not overpowering.

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Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice golden Amber colour with a glorious white creamy foam head.
Malt, hops, bread aroma.
Vanilla, citrus, mostly lemon and the definitive pine tastes.
Strong initial bitterness at the front of the tongue. Pleasant. Caramel after taste.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Polished brass" may sound like a pretentious way for a brewery to describe their beer but, what do you know, it's entirely accurate. This DIPA embraces the light like my pasty white skin does the sun on those first, finally hot days of spring. And while a name like Heelch O' Hops sounds silly to my ears its powerful glow and mighty, sturdy head are being taken entirely seriously by my eyes.

When the brewery describes aromas of "California citrus" I'm not exactly sure what they mean. Are there citrus fruits specific to that state? Do citrus fruits taste different there? To my nose the citrus notes in this bouquet are no different from the style's standard: they impart an overtly tropical, juicy sweetness as well as a sharp, bitter acidity to balance it.

The specific notes of mango, lemon, orange, and grapefruit can also be appreciated on the palate, though there they have to compete with a more prominent maltiness and its strong biscuity flavour that, on some sips, can taste almost cookie dough-like with a hint of macadamia nut. Tasted together the hops and malt make for a lemon meringue pie kind of profile.

And all that breadiness, flavourful though it is, doesn't entirely inundate the palate. In fact, it helps absorb the alcohol (a rather sizable 8.7%) and bitterness (a whopping 100 IBU) while still allowing the flavour of the hops to be properly showcased. You really wouldn't associate this beer with those measurements...

Which I'm sure was intentional - nothing in the Anderson Valley lineup is brewed without the ultimate comfort of the drinker in mind. Even their big beers like Heelch O'Hops are made to be first and foremost approachable, regardless of the substantial flavour. The only reason it's not rated higher is probably because it doesn't cut your gums or singe your nose hairs. Consider this a kind of "everyday" DIPA.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am so amused of the cover... because of that bear with that deer antlers. so fresh.
Anyway, the beer is good, citrus, Passion fruit, all that funkee Tropical Odeurs.
First Sip: mhhh nice carbonation, good mouthfeel, very fruity, and smooth bitterness in the finish. For me ist an optimal DIPA....

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Teku glass at Riverside in Chiang Mai.

Hazy-clear gold with great head and lacing. The nose mainline a straight to my pleasure system. Wonderful DIPA -- sweet thick malts, candied grapefruit peel, and loads of citrusy hops. Nice and fruity.

It may be a bit faded, but it's still pretty damn hoppy and fruity. Recognizably a double which is a welcome find. Sweet grapefruit with pine accents. Yummy. Would have again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.