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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | 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

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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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 119
Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and some onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with a pine-like flavor on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but borders on vegetal aromas and flavors with the hop profile present.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and cantaloupe from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities to the smell but also has additional flavors of pine resin hops and hints of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA delivers a lot of interesting hop aromas and flavors and isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength. The only apparent flaw is a bit of alcohol that's noticeable in the taste.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley brings sobriety... (well, sorta) to the IPA world. As the strength and flavor exceeds the 8% threshold, the beer retains the balance of malt to hops that gives credence to the standard pale ale family of beers, just all scaled up.

The beer pours with a deep orange-copper color that takes on appearances of clover honey. A fluid and creamy head dances at the top of the snifter with semi-firm retention and light lacing patterns to the glass. Mostly clear, the residual yeast and hops give the beer a slightly diffused glow when back lit. It's a handsome little beer.

Where the nose expects hop-forward notes, the scent of caramel reaches first. Those malty notes draw in complementary aromas of cashews, butterscotch, and light biscuity bread crust. Not to be outdone, the hoppy balance extends into the malty scent with tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and herbal grassy elements. The overall aroma complex is very much of a pale ale, it just registers stronger to the olfactory senses.

Flavors are a very consistent carryover from the nose. The front of the palate is met with a light coat of caramel, nuts, biscuit and butterscotch. It has a way of preparing the mouth, and preventing the brunt of the sharper hop flavors. The middle palate is a melange of candied fruit notes of citrus and tropical fruits that weave together in a very marmalade kind of way. As the beer draws close, the mild pithy and resinous bitterness of hops rise and the malt sweetness fades and gives the beer a mild malty-dry taste to finish.

Medium full, at least to start. The combination of residual caramelized sweetness and embedded creamy carbonation gives the beer a semi-full effect. But the beer slowly traverses across the palate and lightens subtly with the fleeting malt textures and the rise of hop dryness and alcohol warmth to end the session.

Where hop-dominance is the usual name of the game, it's obvious that the brewers favor a more even-keel balance that keeps the beer drinkable. And at a sensible 8% alcohol, any interference from alcohol or unnecessary bite is kept at bay.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

spring really is this season for big india pales in my book, its still cold enough to need the booze boost, and the bold flavors are not yet overpowering due to hot weather, while the floral and citrus hoppiness often tastes like the blooming spring to me, so now is the time, and this is a nice one to kick it off with on the first real nice day of the year. looks gorgeous in my teku from the bottle, boasting over an inch of just off white frothing head and a radiant sunny golden color, as patient bubbles slowly rise maintaining the foam on top. nose and taste of very fresh hops, moderate oil content but some sweetness to it, sprucy in nose, less citrus than pine, but its new pine, fresh, not as mature as christmas, again springy. bitterness is also moderate, and while i see this one fitting neatly in the west coast style range, its a little different in its richer honey malt profile, and its almost hop neutrality. i like the hoppy stuff these guys make, and this is a great beer on the whole. it lack a defining element to me though, especially in the hop profile, its just not all that distinct, but it tastes very good. the alcohol level is also right where i like it for the style. nice when super fresh like this!

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

If nothing else, this whole Boontling thing can at least provide some interesting beer names. This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, light pine resin, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with more greens and a caramel character taking over for the biscuit. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, one that actually provides a decent sense of balance, but one that's a bit too restrained for its own good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks nice and the nose is great. Flavor profile has a nice bite to it from hops, and there is a biting citric and pine thing as well. The carbonation is high, and I do feel that it is interfering with the flavor delivery, at first at least. Seems to tone down as time goes on. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. The earthy tone to it might be a turn off to some people, and even for me, I could deal with a brighter profile instead of the darker earthiness. But it's still nice. Can definitely suggest this one.

Nice label also.

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much a perfect fluffy head that rises up to tower slightly over the top of the SA PP glass, 2 fingers, any more and it would have gone over the edge, any less and it wouldn't stack up, but the entire bottle poured in, and the head fades slowly as it's reinforced by many bubbles rising up, tons of soapy lacing, over crystal clear slightly amber tan straw colored beer.

NOse brings plenty of hops, grassy and floral at first, before turning spicy, slightly earthy pine, and some citrus as well, a touch of candied orange peel hops, faint hint of tropical fruit, and faint hints of sweet amber pale malts underneath. The malts get slightly candy sweetness as it warms with a touch of booze even.

Taste starts quite bitter right off, slight spicy hops with more grassy and earthy tastes, again the citrus cuts in but not a lot, with some stone fruit, maybe a tangerine and almost apricot. Juicy flavors come through, some of the fruit hops, as well as a light juicy malt flavor, hint toasty malts but mostly slightly sweet pale malts, just enough to prop up the beer. The sweetness brings out the citrus for again that candied orange peel hop flavor, and a light hop syrup like flavor. Finish is quite bitter, spicy chewy hop bitterness, earthy, citrus, hint of pine, slightly dry but some lingering sweet malty flavors, and finally a touch of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of fluffy carb and maybe too much carbonation, hint of warming booze on the finish.

Overall not bad, a decent DIPA, typical flavors, nice hops with candied citrus, spicy chewy hops, faint pine is nice, the booze drinks well with just enough sweet malts to balance the beer and deliver the hops without being destroying or astringent. Not bad, but not earth shattering.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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