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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Heelch O'HopsHeelch O'Hops

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-17-2012)
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Photo of SweetChicken


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured to a snifter. Finger a half yellowish head. Slow to recede. Cloudy. Dark brassy orange color. A wee bit o lacing

S- hoppy nose to start with a strong malt backbone. Picking up banana and redwood. Layered but defined.

T- strong caramel at onset. Transitions to that malt backbone in the nose. Ends with some hoppy goodness. Not too assertive. Trails off grassy and earthy

M- not overly carbonated. Nice and smooth. A wet finish but not milky.

O- not a bad take on a DIPA. I wouldn't put it on my daily drinker list, but I also wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 01:02:13 | More by SweetChicken
Photo of ADZA


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

Pours a hazed golden amber hue with a fluffy two finger head and lacing all over,the smell is strong pineapple,fruit salad and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth,moderate carbonation which suits and the taste is a nice mix of fruit salad,sweet toffee malts,pineapple and finished with a soft pine bitterness and overall it's not bad as it's A lot more user friendly than most big doubles and definately something I could drink more than one of cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 13:27:18 | More by ADZA
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows heaps of pine and a fair whack of sweet clean malt. Pretty straightforward but still nice.
Very similar flavours but with some grapefruit and resinous notes along with a hit of booze.
Carbonation feels a bit full on.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 06:07:18 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
Golden amber colour with 1cm, foamy white head with some lacing on the sides & holds pretty well.

Pine hops upfront with a lot of citrus & grapefruit backing it up, there is a hint of tropical fruits too that give the beer a refreshing aroma on the nose. There is a sweet, malty base to the beer with some nice caramel notes & a bit of mango and orange too.

Very bitter double IPA with lots of pine hops hitting the taste buds straight away, along with a solid grapefruit taste. Tropical fruits from the nose with the citrus coming through as well, but the pine seems to dominate here. Around the middle some caramel malts & a sweet base.

Smooth & very bitter with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol content is pretty well hidden in this one and the finish is a sweet one with a lingering bitter aftertaste & a nice tang on the tongue towards the end.

A great west coast IPA, coming through as intensely bitter & hop filled as you would expect from the start & also boasting a great, sweet and malt base than complimented the pine and grapefruit well. The alcohol was well masked & the beer was excellent from the start.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 10:57:36 | More by flyingpig
Photo of martyl1000


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of white head atop a thin, clear, yellow liquid. The foam leaves lacing stuck hard.

A disappointingly subdued, peppery aroma of shy hops. Almost no malt in the nose.

Where's the malt, the sweet, or the bread that I want in a IIPA? The hop character gives grapefruit pith, rather than sweet orange or tropical fruit. A bit of pine on the back end, finishing bitter-dry.

Thin body, medium to high carbonation.

A quality brew, to be sure, but disappointing that it's merely an IPA on steroids, with none of the malt balance or bigger body or sweet fruit of the double IPA's I love: Hopslam, Chillwave, Hi Res, and Double Crooked Tree. Especially disappointing at $12.00 / 4-pk.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:00:29 | More by martyl1000
Photo of delta490


3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a medium amber with a thick creamy white head. MOderate retention but some nice big lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. The taste has a little bit of earthy funk to it, not off, just a little different. But there is still the aroma hops and some caramel malt. Thinner for a higher hops beer. Well-made, but not my favorite is this style and for me a little lacking in the depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 21:05:44 | More by delta490
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at The Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before eventually diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweeter kind of hop aroma with lots of cereal grain malt

T- Bitterness comes in for the kill clamping down on the palate and lingering for a bit. Luckily, there's plenty of flavor from the hops and malt to keep it from being one-sided. Alcohol is decently masked as well.

M- Bitey and a bit dry. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I quite liked this one. The bitterness is certainly aggressive but it works well in the overall profile rather than just being bitter for bitter's sake.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 01:08:37 | More by Immortale25
Photo of BeerLover99


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark honeycomb body, finger head,
awesome legs.

S: lemon peel/rind, fresh grassy scent
sugary candy, earthy biscuit.

T: lemon, sugar mineral, sweet malt.
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: decent Double IPA. Was told this is closet thing
to RR PtE. I visited RR brewery in 2011 and have
had about 6 bottles of PtE and this is NOT it.
Not huge fan of AV, but still solid brewery. If new
to hoppy beers or prefer grassy hop brews, grab
this one.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 21:21:58 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of kindacold


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap, it pours a nice golden amber with a lacy head that dissipates quickly. Citrusy hops on the nose, hint of alcohol. Very smooth and creamy beer. Very hoppy; sweet and bitter flavors balanced very well. Citrus and yeast flavors, cream, dandelion finish. Coats the tongue with a creamy bitter flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 12:14:07 | More by kindacold
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed deep straw color with a white head. Aroma is bright and fruity. In the taste, nice fresh citrus, peach, mango, tangerine and orange. Really nice flavors. Cream sickle like malt and citrus. Sweet and firmly malty, balanced by a drying, satisfying hoppy finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice ipa with a clean, fresh, bright hoppy taste. Worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 22:57:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Pours near clear, typical amber. Lite khaki head, delicate and on the fine side. Leaves ample lower and ringed sheeting.

I'm getting tropical fruit, resiny hops and and a splash of malt on the nose.

Orange notes, more resinous/ pine soaked hops and malt again providing some balance. Balanced DIPA-what a concept...Nicely crafted. Enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:36:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of RuudJH


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My local drinks shop is building up a nice selection of beers to try. I'm glad to see several American brews making their way across the Atlantic.
American IPA is still quite unknown here, so I'm curious what this one will do.

Orange golden colour, clear and with a creamy head. Smell is nice fruits, fresh apricot dominates. Also a bit of creamy caramel. Taste has a nice bite of bitterness. Fruity hoppy.
Overall it's a good IPA to me. The alcohol is well covered, the taste is powerfull and pleasant. It could be more complex, but it's a fine nice experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 12:49:24 | More by RuudJH
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/melon and citrus/grapefruit hops over a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/melon, and pine/resin (in decreasing order of strength). Moderate amounts of bitterness and a touch of alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink because the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer but this beer does have an interesting combination of hop aromas/flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:39:51 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of MichaelBigbone


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, very good.

Very similar to the other Anderson valley brews. It's a certain high quality taste and balance unique to av.

Appearance is golden , with a strong eggshell white head. Lingers foamy.

Smell is outstanding. Floral, orange, bergamot, malt.

Taste: orange, citrus, malted. The malt is very very strong for an IPA. It's hard to get by that, although it is balanced. Floral taste

Mouthfeel. Smooth, flavorful, thick,

Overall. Very well balanced. I actually prefer something a bit more tilted on the hops for an IPA.

Compare to: other Anderson IPA, prohibition

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 08:59:06 | More by MichaelBigbone
Photo of snaotheus


3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. It has a code on the bottom, but I can't read it.

Pours cloudy orange with a respectable coarse head. Dissipates slowly, leaves a lot on the side of the glass. Smell is musty, somewhat sweet, lots of straw.

Taste is musty, lots of straw, sweet, not much clear hoppy bitterness, but maybe a little in the background. It's somewhat nondescript.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick but not heavy. Overall, the flavor is a letdown, and it's basically not special.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:28:04 | More by snaotheus
Photo of stewart124


4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy peach in color with some nice head. Looks to be a beautiful lacing setting up.

Pine and citrus in the nose.

Bigger mouthfeel than I anticipated. Tons of hops here but that is to be expected. Mango and pine needles here. Lingering bite with some light caramel sweetness. Biscuit and fresh bread.

The 8.7% is evident but not overpowering. This is a tasty double IPA but I doubt that many of the could be put down in a single session. It is just too big of a mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:27:25 | More by stewart124
Photo of sfprint


4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: two finger creamy head, plenty of rising carbonation, golden orange in color.
S: it smells like orange soda in the best possible way, sort of like a creamsicle but less sweet.
T: Below average intensity, bitterness and hoppiness for a DIPA, smooth going down with a bite in the aftertaste that almost resembles spiciness. There's a distinct unsweet orange flavor thats really pleasant.
M: smooth, medium body
O: great, nice but particular flavor. easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 23:28:05 | More by sfprint
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light creamy orange pour has a cottage cheese like textured light tan head of manficant stay. Dark orange coloring in the vessel, a thick saturn like foam ring encompasses the glass.

S: Caramel pine scent on the nose. Alcoholic lemon twang. Woodsy floral tones of average delivery.

T: Sour caramel pine hop twang, creamy malts and bread with a bittering citrus appeal Floral afterthoughts, dry grapefruit-caramel with a lingering bitterness left behind. Woodsy spruce-pine with a pungent flowery hopping (Columbus)?

M: Creamy buttery textured with a flowery bittering citrus and dry alcohol leave off the tongue.

O: Overall creamy buttered maltbase, with a caramel pungent flowery citrus hop dryness. Not something i would drink in multiples. Love their pungent Hop Ottin, the choice by which all thier other ipas are judged by. This was decent, B- material with a good dose of hops but nothing fancy flavor wise or anything that entices the anticipation of the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:40:02 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Omnium


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours very cloudy orange color, nice 1.5 pillowy off white head, nice wall of lacing all around the glass.
S - Smell is big on caramel and biscuit malt, some lemongrass, pine, orange, and some hop resin.
T - Big time dankness! I really didnt get a big dank aroma, but its potent in the flavor, but its really taken back by how much biscuit and caramel malt is here, there's definitely a lingering flavor of hop resin, some orange juice, a little peppery, and some pine.
M - Thick and chewy, but not too bitter or sweet.
O - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, nothing majorly outstanding, but the dank flavor is certainly welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:44:28 | More by Omnium
Photo of svanet01


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from Beer Temple in Amsterdam, served in a chalice

Golden coloring with medium carbonation - as is the style, the nose is almost all hops. The taste is nice, dry, citrus hoppiness that permeates throughout. Although a Double IPA, I think this cuts a bit on the softer side (a good thing!), allowing a higher drinkability than some other D-IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 14:47:42 | More by svanet01
Photo of patre_tim


4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey copper filtered, medium low carbonation, a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, candy malts, tropical fruits like pineapple, stinky hop like bad breath, onion, garlic.

T: Candy malts, pineapple tropical fruit, pine, metallic, large dull bitterness at the end but not overwhelming as many are.

M: Thick syrupy body, medium highly foamy fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really nice and I miss this style. Great, really pronounced defined flavours in the ones I mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 14:01:25 | More by patre_tim
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp citrus hop and light caramel.

The taste consisted of a biting pine and grapefruit hop with a soft caramel underbelly.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 20:57:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark copper color. The beer has a woody, dry saw dust character, bright citrus fruit character, lychee notes, and a big floral / fruity character that becomes quite a bit more pronounced as the beer warms up. The citrus character is the dominant not here, but it is really well supported by the bright tropical fruit notes and the subtler herbal / spicy hop notes. The malt plays a distant role in the aroma, if you really dig for it, there is barely a suggestion of whole grain crackers.

The beer has a biting, herbal bitterness to it, with a soft creamy texture that is offset a bit by a prickly carbonation that accentuates the peppery side of the hop character. The peppery, herbal character really lingers in the finish here. Up front it is balanced well by a citrus leaning fruitiness that is quite bright and has supporting notes of lychee, some floral citrus notes, and perhaps a hint of guava. The body is fairly light, definitely on the quaffable side of the spectrum, but does have some chewiness to it. The malt character is definitely supporting here, but provides soft flavors of whole grain crackers, and a soft bready, pale malt character that works quite well with the dominant hop character.

Quite a nice Double IPA, I like that the beer is quite quaffable, and the expressive hop character definitely hits the spot for hop heads. This gets better as it warms up, or maybe my palate recovers from the Rampant that I just had, either way, I like the fruit focus (in this case citrus) that this takes on with time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:49:57 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of beertunes


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly cloudy dark honey-gold color with a bit over 1/4 inch of white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma started with bright citrus hops, and some floral undertones over a somewhat sweet malt base. The citrus dominated the tongue, and the malt didn't taste as sweet as it had smelled. The floral hop aspect was barely noticeable.

The body was a bit fuller than average for the style, and had a slightly sticky-sweet finish that was somewhat balanced by the citrus hops. Drinkability was decent, I would have it again, I'm just not sure I'd have 2 in a row. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 19:21:51 | More by beertunes
Photo of FLima


4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a thick head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Nice aroma of grapefruit, resin, pine and some slightly toasted malts with a hint of honey.
Sweet bitter and acid-citric taste, later it does not feel like the 100 IBUs, though it has an initial strong punch. Flavor of peppery yeast, grapefruit, honey and mango on a sweet malty base. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste that won’t go away. Nice.
Medium to full body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. 8.7% ABV is well hidden.
Very balanced and drinkable for the style and without the usual sin of being too sweet. Not a show-off DIPA, but more friendly and smooth. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:35:00 | More by FLima
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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.