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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Heelch O'HopsHeelch O'Hops

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%

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 schoolboy


4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty sure this would be a winner. Anderson Valley mostly produces top notch stuff. I have loved most of what they have come up with.

This one is a serious AIPA. It has the huge floral hops taste all over it. It looks typical in the glass, with a nicer than average lace, perfect color and nice clarity.

Not only is the taste first rate over the top hoppy, the aftertaste that sticks with you is happily quite nice. I want to buy more of this!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:04:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Number 3 of the 2013 Spring Break Tour

Good looking amber, excellent clarity, topped by two fingers of off-white foam.

As billed, inviting aroma of citrus, biscuit, and pine.

Taste follows nose. Sturdy semi-sweet foundation. Juicy citrus fruit. Some pine accents. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Nice mellowing finish.

Big creamy mouthfeel.

A favorite brewery has impressed again. This one needs more love around here. Surprised to find this in Florida when I haven't seen it near home, but I'm going to look harder.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 04:04:15 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Mitchster


4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 12 oz bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a nice tall whipped and creamy white head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing. really nice looking beer. Brewed with Pale Two-Row and Victory malts. Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade. 8.7% ABV per the bottle, 100 IBU per the website.

The aroma is nice and hoppy. i get some tropical fruit like mango, apricot and grapefruit with that distinctly beautiful Chinook (arrogant bastard) nose. Cleanly fermented. The taste is excellent as well...It's got a nice big malt body and the slightly toasty victory malt adds a nice layer of complexity. The chinook is here in droves as well and it's firmly bitter. Nice notes of grapefruit pith and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. If you like Stone's stuff, you'll like this. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium dense body. Alcohol is well hidden and this is an easy drinker. No perceptible off flavors or aromas. Finishes dry and moderately hop astringent. Clean neutral American ale yeast.

This is really nice stuff. It reminds me a bit of Stone's IPA. I love the Chinook hops in this. I would definitely buy it again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:59:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 rajendra82


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A shade darker than the standard orange amber color of DIPA, with a typical two finger thick, and durable, head. The smell was that of tropical fruit (mango and melon) and some pine. The taste was usual for the style in terms of complexity. There were notes of oak and juniper up front, with some citrus fruits and candy sugar following. There was a sting of carbonation in the finish with a touch of Brett like funk. It was as if this DIPA has been mated with a Saison. The body was dense and sticky, with some tongue coating action. I liked this for a different take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:45:18 | More by rajendra82
Photo of sfprint


4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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 JayS2629


4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, crystal amber color with great clarity, a two finger rich white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is full of fruit, tropical notes with lots of citrus and some edgy evergreen hints.

The flavor is definitely West Coast, biscuity malt and dry finish with loads of grapefruit, orange peel, and citrusy notes.

the mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

Overall, a nice beer, but a bit dry for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:55:05 | More by JayS2629
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.)

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:09:14 | More by rringler
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 bpasquini


4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/copper in color, thick head that lasted a bit, leaves nice lacing on the glass

S: Very piney and citrusy smells, some bready malts and caramelized sugars as well, very nice blend of smells

T: Not as much going on with the taste as the smell, citrus notes are rather light, the pine is there but still not very strong, light bready flavor but a good note of caramelized sugar comes through in the end, very light bitterness level too tastes more like an APA, very deceiving for %8.7

M: Very light like an APA, slightly oily, doesn't leave your mouth dry at all like a DIPA should

O: Not as much flavor or bitterness I would like but it is still a good beer, if your trying to get into DIPA's this would be a good one to start out with

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 05:45:23 | More by bpasquini
Photo of FLima


4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot of hops), some citrus (grapefruit), malt, and a good shot of pine. Not a groundbreaking flavor here, but very well done - especially if you like hops.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done beer all around. Very much drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:09:16 | More by avalon07
Photo of MtnBiker


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:39:01 | More by MtnBiker
Photo of MichaelBigbone


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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 RaphaelSC


4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orange cloudy body with a big white head with good rentention.

S: Passion fruit and another citric fruits as orange, a great citric bouquet as commom in the style.

S:Follows the nose with a begginning citric with passion fruit, orange and other citric fruits, then came the bitterness strong enough for an IPA, but too soft for a DIPA.

M: Here we have the bitterness expected from a DIPA in the aftertaste, before we have an acid citric feel in a good equilibrium.

O: A very consistent beer, but not a unique beer, Anderson Valley is a common IPA/DIPA without nothing special to remember, still a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 16:05:20 | More by RaphaelSC
Photo of patre_tim


4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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 oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 21:23:19 | More by oberon
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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 scottfrie


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into matching AVBC snifter. Pricey 4-pack.

A: Pours a clear bright golden-amber with three fingers of very dense off-white head that bubbled up softly and took forever to fade. A thick rocky film lasted the whole beer through and left tons of chunky lace cleaning down the sides of the glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh cut grass and conifer needles. Lightly sweet notes biscuit malt beneath.
T: Pine and juicy citrus comes through alongside the biscuit malt and hints of honey. The finish is bitter with notes of citrus rind, and the aftertaste is grassy and sweet. Super hoppy but still a good balance of sweet malt in the finish.
M: Fuller body, hop resin sticky mouthfeel with smooth and easy carbonation.
O: A very solid, freshly hopped and delicious IPA, perhaps ABVC’s best. I thought this way pretty pricey but I guess it’s about the same as two bombers of Hop Stoopid. I’ll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:16:38 | More by scottfrie
Photo of macrosmatic


4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy but bright deep gold, with a two-finger white head, and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pine and citrus hops, plus a touch of grass, tropical fruit and dank. Sweet bready malts - some caramel and toffee aspects.

T: Hops up front - pine and grass with a bit of citrus, and more bready sweet malts with just a touch of caramel. This is much more balanced than expected. Pine bitterness in hang.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, medium body, alcohol is well-hidden, medium carbonation sensation.

O: This was an enjoyable brew, and nice flavors. It's not a total hop bomb; rather comes much closer to being balanced. It's just not outstanding in a crowded DIPA class.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 13:31:04 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this at the Vintage Estate (Ohio) for $2.79. Very surprised hasn't got many reviews.

A - Boy that just erupted out of the bottle! A very generous (not hard) pour produced over an inch of fluffy, sticky, white head. Color is a touch hazy compared to most DIPA's but it's still very amber brown.

S - Juicy citrus hops/melon bittering goodness that is just awesome. It must be biscuit balanced because it doesn't smell bitter at all.

T - A touch maltier than I expected but right after the biscuit I get a mild pine assault. Not as juicy of a hop as I expected but it is extremely balanced.

M - Drinking like a bittering IPA it hides the ABV well and has no alcohol taste (which I enjoy in an DIPA)

Overall due to it being only brewed one time this may be my only chance in drinking it but it is unique since it smells juicy but delivers a hoppy bite. Pick a bottle up if your tired of fruit forward DIPA's

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:40:16 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of svanet01


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 feloniousmonk


4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops Double IPA, 12 fluid ounces, 8.7% ABV. Boonville, CA.

Totally hazed, deep amber/crimson coloring. Long-lasting creamy head.

Aroma: sharp pine, blistering citrus. Orange rind, lemon peel. Slightly fruity, ending dry.

Taste: More of that and then some. Big bitterness meets juicy malt. Good balance, with alcohol staying fairly docile, not intruding too much. Consistent hoppitude. Fairly good stuff. Not quite what I'm looking for in a DIPA, but close enough. I'd rather have an Abrasive or a Myrcenary.

Let's look at what the label tells us: "A color of polished brass with copper tints and a wavy, dense tan head. Aromas of California citrus and aromatic biscuits, with hints of fresh redwood needles greet your nose. An assertive hop bitterness is delivered to your palate, and balanced beautifully with a malty richness and long, warm and hoppy finish."

Tasty, hoppy, bitter, nice and dry. Like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:25:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of stewart124


4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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 ocelot2500


4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:56:02 | More by ocelot2500
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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.