Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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705 Ratings
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | 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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Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%

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. .

Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from the get-go, which is a hopeful sign of things to come in this particular jurisdiction. The translation of this cute little sub-dialect of American English is 'a whole lot of hops', which I suppose is as good as any obfuscated description of a DIPA as I've heard to date.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of glistening rocky, puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a terrine of fuzzy webbed and imposing iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bitter nondescript citrus rind, acrid evergreen pine resin, all a tad musty, a semi-sweet caramel maltiness, and some soft tropical fruit notes. The taste is tart, sassy citrus zest, very forward in its hoppy goodness, a seemingly hollow alcohol aura, some floral pine needles, and softly nutty, biscuity caramel malt.

The bubbles are timid, sure, but not out of it altogether, rendering at least the barest of structural support, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops not really gaining much ingress here. It finishes just a tad off-dry, which is difficult to discern when the drying agents manifest in the form of pungently fruity, bitter hops, so you'll forgive my equivocation on this point.

Ok, it all ends up damned hoppy, yet well balanced enough to have at least one more, I would imagine, as the booze isn't all that recognizable in its presumed role as the wildcard here, and the overall flavour is hearty enough to cope with any straggling doubts.

Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Peachy colour, big head, lacey. Mild mango aroma. Mellow IPA, big IBU, lots of malt, yet different fruity and citrus hops, still some palate erasing. Not the typical American DIPA, but good drinkability, tasty and satisfying.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops" Double India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

What has always made Anderson Valley a great brewery is that they're able to produce a really richly flavored malt. They're obviously using high quality malts, and they know how to mash and sparge them.

That rich maltiness works great in so many of their beers, but it really shines here. Some may argue that it's too malty, and not sharp or bitter enough, but that's all up to one's interpretation of the style and personal taste. And yes, I will agree that it's a bit of a malt bomb, but it's remains a balanced and focused malt bomb.

All of the components of a double IPA are present: a rich biscuity and caramel drizzled malt base, citrusy and softly piney hops, a solid bitterness, and a decent amount of alcohol that just gives a flicker of peppery spiciness to let you know it's there. In one moment your focus goes towards the piney component of the hops, and then perhaps you find a flash of citrus before you start thinking about the golden caramel edge of the maltiness - it's all there, pretty much all at once depending on where you care to look; and that's not possible with many lesser-rounded DIPA's where the flavor progression is set. Bitterness can be argued, of course, because it doesn't slap you, or linger in the throat - but I personally have no problem with the gently lingering combination of soft bitterness, herbal/piney/mildly citrusy hops, caramelish malt, and alcohol that lends a subtle hint of spice and brings everything back to gather in a floral note as it dries the palate.

It's a wonderful beer, and a unique double IPA that should be savored like a barley wine.

Photo of MtnBiker
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber as clear as water, with a foamy white head about two fingers. Head lingers for a few minutes, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. It looks freaking awesome, I give it that. Smells great but nothing outstanding in the hop dept. ... I noticed the malt in the back of the beer the most. Tastes great, has a nice hoppy bitterness that fades into some pretty solid malt backbone. It's good stuff. Feels a bit watery in the mouth. I was hoping for more of a "chewy" beer, but this is ok, with the great flavor profile it has going on, and all. If it had the mouthfeel like a thicker beer, I think it may be pretty amazing, up there with the likes of Hopslam.

Photo of sfprint
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating, WTH?

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed orange with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention. Never completely clears

S: Pineyness, breadyness & pineapple, boozeyness

T: Follows, the nose, but then breadyness & a hint of oxidization shows up front. Grapefruit, herbal hops, & pineapples as this warms & little bit of leafy hops. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, caramel & a bit of grapefruit & some booze

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, assertive carbonation. Fairly good balance, doesn't quite reach me

A decent DIPA, could better. They should can it, might alleviate some freshness concerns

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange glow, slightly loudy, sticky 2 fingers off white head. Sweet fruits on the nose, almost like candy sugar. A little tropical.

Sweet caramel malts, up front and burnt sugar. Citrus fruits and earthy hops along the mid-palate with a dusting of tobacco flavor. The beer finishes with a grapefruit burst with faint notes of berries and the smallest touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with an expected amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Hops balance the malts extremely well. A great beer.

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a kind of cloudy appearance this IPA had a very bright coppery to orange coloring. The head was a thing of beauty with a dense creamy froth, about a centimeter thick, that was never lost.

The nose held a mix of malty tea leaf and piney hops. There is some lemon and apricot notes that I was able to detect.

The flavors are well balanced but I think the hops win out. The hop flavors is evidenced by a lemon, apricot, honey and pine flavor. The malt is subtle caramel and tea leaf.

This drinks with significant ease and is quite refreshing at nearly 10 pct ABV.

This is a great DIPA that may not set itself over the BA Top 250, but is certainly worth the purchase.

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of jellikit
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: orange. Clear. Thick, foamy, off-white head.

S: orange. Faint pine. Faint grain aroma.

T: citrus, pine, biscuit. Alcohol. Pine resin.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Sweet.

O: meh. Has a pretty harsh aftertaste that lingers. Not great. Not horrible. The bitterness at the end ruins it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: perfectly clear, amber with just a little red. Great lasting head.

S: pretty potent flowery smell. Smells like a very promising dipa.

T: good hoppiness, with a slight malty finish. In all honesty, I would expect a little hoppier for a dipa, but still nice.

M: very smooth. A good lasting taste of hops.

O: not a bad beer from Anderson valley. It was a little steep at $3 a bottle, but it's worth a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big frothy head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of light citrus and pine notes.

Tastes of big hop notes up front layered on top of a solid malt base. The nose is misleading as there are a bounty of hops that hit up front with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine notes. Fairly bitter overall, but it is rounded on the end with sweet caramel notes along with some toasted bread. Finishes with a slightly astringent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is worth checking out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for $3... poured into my slim tulip... good long lasting off-white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is polished dark gold.

Nose shows tangerine zest hoppiness along with a little tropical fruitiness.. some bready pale malts mutes the hops a bit.

Flavor begins with a fairly hefty push of citrus zest and a bit of pine but is quickly muted by too much residual maltiness IMO.. hop bitterness finishes..

Body is standard for the course ... carbonation too.

Nothing to write home about... I probably won't buy again, and am a little upset I have another.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden slightly hazy orange, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite piney, herbal and dank, with some toasted bready malt aromas behind it.

The taste is similar. A pretty big fresh hop explosion- some candied grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine. The malts give the impression of grapefruit covered in sugar and caramel. Some slight bitterness lingers through each sip.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable. Crisp mouthfeel.

This one's pretty good, not a knock your socks off double IPA, but definitely worth trying once.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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