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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-17-2012)
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Reviews by CA_brewster:
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CA_brewster

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

A hazy yellowish orange color with a thick off white head. The head disappeared after a couple minutes but tons of lacing.

S hops, citrus, and pine aromas also some malty notes, strong and bitter. All in all its not a particularly aromatic brew.

T up front hop bitterness but balanced by some malty sweetness then back to a bitter ass hoppy finish. The 8.7 ABV warms the palate. Flavors are a little muddled however.

O A great beer. I was more than happy downing 22 ounces of it but it is far from perfect.

07-16-2013 01:02:41 | More by CA_brewster
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

I was surpised to see such a new AV offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a nonic a clear copper/brass color with a nice fluffy one finger white head that never really completely settles,great clarity and a freat fluffy head.Citric and pine notes in the nose with a hint of hard water wich was a little odd,a dryer malt base compared to many big caramely sweet malt bases of the style.Flavors don't smack you in the face they just give an even keel of citric and piney hops that last from sip to swallow,the alcohol is kept in check really well, and the malt base is not overly sweet.This is a nice change of pace for the style,sure it's got big hops but it doesn't bombard you with sugary sweetness and alcohol like way to many of the style,well done.

11-08-2012 21:23:19 | More by oberon
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mveatch

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-15-2013 00:03:36 | More by mveatch
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.43/5  rDev -35.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a huge meringue off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary crystal malts and tropical fruits with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet crystal like malts with tropical fruits and a decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, I like the fruits and hops but the flavors don't combine well and it was overly sweet. It's really washed out and watery too.

04-15-2013 05:25:26 | More by Beaver13
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-07-2013 15:55:26 | More by TTripp725
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Shagator

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-02-2014 04:11:42 | More by Shagator
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petewheeler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-15-2014 22:30:06 | More by petewheeler
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-13-2014 05:03:39 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-08-2014 02:36:45 | More by Billolick
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-16-2014 03:47:36 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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aquazr1

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-03-2013 22:16:54 | More by aquazr1
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-24-2013 00:00:52 | More by Milkysunshine
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JeffNev

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-27-2013 04:20:59 | More by JeffNev
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KOP_Beer_OUtlet

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-14-2014 22:18:43 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-07-2014 23:52:23 | More by Mantooth
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rringler

California

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%

A: Medium+ hazy dark amber/light copper color. Pours with about a half finger of off-white head, with medium size bubbles that dissolve down to that thin film/edge bubbles. Seems like decent lacing, but I'm drinking this out of plastic, so take this with a heavy grain of salt.

S: Heavy grapefruit zest and malty sweets. Very fruity, zesty, citrusy.

T: Lots going on here. The taste is dominated by the citrus/grapefruit zest start (though it tastes a bit less than it smells) followed by a very biscuity malt backbone, and finished by medium to medium+ hops. I can't really put my finger on the hops; they aren't piney, earthy, or spicy. Maybe they're citrusy and just blending into the grapefruit start? No boozy taste, even with 8.7% abv.

M: Sticky and full like an IPA, but a little bit lighter and quicker than other DIPAs.

O: Nice brew. I could see this beer being a good summer choice for IPA drinkers (it's not that fruity, but most IPAs taste a bit shaded, woodsy, damp, piney, shadowy to me; this one is grapefruit sweet with a bit of hops.)

04-27-2013 03:09:14 | More by rringler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.21/5  rDev -14.6%

Dark amber and copper color produced a good 1/2" head on it, average retention, almost no lace. Aroma was very bitter, but one dimensional hop aroma conveying bitterness more than anything else, some caramel along the way.

Taste and mouthfeel came through with a substantial amount of syrupy, thick, caramel bittersweetness. I wouldn't drink too many ipa's you've never had after this beer, your palate will be fatigued or compromised regarding bitterness. The malt beer is rather heavy, so the bitterness standing out so much is a tad bit of a surprise. Seems like they're still using the old school hops. Very resiny, I'm guessing Cascade, Centennial & Chinook.

This one was kind of middle of the roadish for a double ipa. Anderson Valley was a great brewery back in the 90s, but everything they have been releasing lately tells me they are like an aging prize fighter, never to recapture their past glory.

This one just lacks flavor, its mostly bitterness and some malt heft, which somehow doesn't really absorb the alcohol or bitterness all that well.

Single IPA way better. At this strength, some flavors would be cool beyond bitterness. Pretty much your average, or slightly better than average dipa.

06-17-2013 23:47:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-18-2014 01:52:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-18-2012 01:34:07 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Adkins1203

Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.8%

10-11-2013 12:55:39 | More by Adkins1203
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BrianCuoz

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-19-2014 02:04:27 | More by BrianCuoz
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-20-2013 18:37:32 | More by ste5venla
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-12-2014 00:47:59 | More by DCHritz
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-11-2013 09:12:30 | More by InfernoBoss
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-23-2013 01:17:28 | More by InVinoVeritas
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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.