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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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86
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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 721
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 106 | 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

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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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of Rick_from_London
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of PappaSam21
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (438 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,868 characters)

Photo of Schoeni
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.... (298 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Enjoy (602 characters)

Photo of ChVauDrinksBeer
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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 (214 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of TBCE
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (1,231 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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:
FOOD PAIRINGS:
Jalapeno poppers, grilled lamb, spicy Thai dishes, caramel cheesecake
CHEESE PAIRINGS:
Sharp Cheddar, Roquefort (780 characters)

Photo of dan3099
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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! (354 characters)

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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