Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 732
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 114 | FT: 1
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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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mveatch
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JeffNev
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%

Flowery, fruity nose
Pours brilliant amber, 2” off white pillowy cap, lacy, clingy
Palate: a hop driven beer with melony, citrusy, orange and grapefruit rind hop flavors seasoning a biscuit malt backbone.
Medium body and carbonation, Clean and crisp.
Very hoppy and bitter but very well done and well balanced and well executed. .

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.)

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

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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