Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 711
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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 pat61
4.85/5  rDev +26%

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. . (335 characters)

Photo of palma
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Beautiful light copper color, brilliantly clear and with a white frothy head to accompany. Very sticky lacing. This looks like a Double IPA should!!!

Smell: Pine, and melon, with a ripe rind grapefruit aroma. Smells very promising, though I wish it had more aromas up front to offer.

Taste: Sticky sweet caramel malt, pungent pine hop bitterness. Light grapefruit bitterness. Sweet melon flavors in the back. Really well balanced flavor with the sweetness of the malt and complexities of the hops. Earth and grass.

Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. The lingering bitterness is that of fresh fruit and pine aromatics.

Overall: This is exactly what I want to drink in a Double IPA. Piney and Fruity with an overwhelming earthy quality. (796 characters)

Photo of ChVauDrinksBeer
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Geruch: Zitrusfrüchten Passuonsfrucht Fruchtlollies.

Antrunk: leicht malzig, Fruchtigkeit setzt sich wunderbar am Gaumen durch.

Abgang: Bitterkeit kommt schon u ist gut ausbalancierte.

Rezenz: leicht perlend (214 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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! (453 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa FL. $3.29 for the single, which is nefarious, but I guess it's gotta come all the way from Boonville, CA. 100 ibus.
MALTS: Pale Two-Row, Victory
HOPS: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade

Pours a cloudy golden amber with sticky white head. Smells of Bergamot orange, juicyfruit syrup, and malts. Tastes of prickly pineapple and piney, resinous hops. Bitterness is prominent, but well balanced, and no where near feels like 100ibus. Some medicinal, turpentiney/resin notes round out the tail-end. Moderate carbonation, full body. Overall and strong showing from Anderson Valley on this sessionable DIPA.. 4.34/5

From website:
Jalapeno poppers, grilled lamb, spicy Thai dishes, caramel cheesecake
Sharp Cheddar, Roquefort (780 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of dan3099
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great, held up to light and can not see thru glass. one finger of head on top w/ lots of carbonation. light smell of pine and citrus. taste is clean and hoppy. very good
crisp feel. overall very enjoyable. (211 characters)

Photo of Rick_from_London
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a meringue head that settles moderately fast into the drink which is golden in colour.

N - Definitely the hop nose of a double IPA, but without the bitterness sometimes in an overhopped malt.

P - Very creamy and smooth, showing a well-balanced IPA, with a dry palate left behind with notes of resin and citrus.

F - Finish leaves behind a creamy caramel on the mouth with a distinctive black pepper along the tongue.

O - A delicious west coast double IPA, reminiscent of the Tofino Double IPA, but not as refreshingly bitter and yet surprisingly creamy and enjoyable for its differences.

Thanks to Rye-an for sharing in the tasting. (651 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours from the bottle a deep amber with a bit of haze. Off-white creamy head that stays quite a while leaving nice lacing on the glass. Nose of biscuity malt, citrus, pine and caramel. Those are all present and well-balanced in the taste. I really enjoy with sweet/bitter aftertaste. Medium mouth that's right on the borderline of being chewy. A very enjoyable DIPA. (366 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.) (1,055 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (746 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,714 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of MichaelBigbone
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 (582 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of MtnBiker
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (622 characters)

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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