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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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85
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/golden, hazy beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy, fluffy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass liked whipped cream.

Nose: Floral, sweet malt, butter, caramel and citrus.
Taste: Fruit, pineapple, pine, malt, hops, herbs and grapefruit. A medium bitterness an body. Light carbonation.

Not so sweet as many other DIPA:s - I like this!

Photo of RJB66
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kraj30
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

one of the worst IIPA i have had from a major brewery...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MorganH
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattR2014
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Double. Not too sweet

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a slight haze. Some good ring lace from single bubble layered head.

Interesting aroma of licorice and white pepper. Slightly sweet, almost like maple syrup.

Spicy with touches of oregano and mild (green) Tabasco. Some sweetness that provides good balance. Full bodied but equally highly carbonated. Long aftertaste with a pleasant blend of cream, maple sugar and black pepper.

Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -20%

After loving Holy Gose and Barney Flats this was pretty underwhelming. It was totally drinkable, but here was a honey-like sweetness to it and doesn't really have the hop and flavor profile I have come to expect from double IPAs. I'll bet plenty of people prefer this variety, but I wasn't crazy about it.

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2.2/5  rDev -41.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.