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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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85
very good

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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 palma:
Photo of palma
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This should be a top ten DIPA.
Sharp hop burst at the beginning. Sharp like a good provalone. Middle is big time stone fruit, but still a little tropical. Middle tastes like bitting into a blend of cherry and orange starburst. Finish is slightly drier that I would have liked but this is still amazing.
Not sure why this beer is not raved about. Anderson Valley is soooo underrated.

palma, Jul 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

oberon, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of mveatch
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mveatch, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Beaver13, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TTripp725, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Shagator
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +6.4%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Billolick, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SuperbikeShaun, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

aquazr1, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Justin8mypants, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Milkysunshine, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JeffNev
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JeffNev, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +29%

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. .

pat61, Monday at 06:03 PM
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mantooth, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of rringler
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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.)

rringler, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

Adkins1203, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

BrianCuoz, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

DCHritz, Jan 12, 2014
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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.