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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 742
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 24
Gots: 119 | 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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 742
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy, burning orange color. Quite cloudy. Head is doughy and it leaves clingy lacing.

S-Bright citrus is my first thought. Sweetness is stressed. Floral and soft. Its aromas are concentrated but far from intense. Fairly generic.

T-The flavor is spicy and citrusy with a lot of floral accents. Unfortunately, I am getting a bunch of metallic flavor. I almost equate it to a corked bottle of wine. The flavor is lively and bright; the malt is well fleshed as well. Its good but not great.

M-Drinks easy enough. Yes?

O/D-Decent beer. Probably won't remember how it tastes by tomorrow.

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Photo of velosuds
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating evident - too bad since I don't know if lack of freshness affected my experience with this beer. Single purchased for $2.59 at Life Source in Salem, Oregon. New beer to the store.

A-Poured a copper-orange hue with a two finger head with modest retention and scant lacing.

S-Aroma was disappointingly malt dominant and very biscuity. More like a barleywine, which makes me wonder if not fresh. Hops are faint and in the background.

T-Taste improved as it warmed, but tasted a little more like a very bitter barleywine than a DIPA. It is sufficiently bitter from the hops at 100+ IBU, but hops don't contribute much to the flavor profile, which is not a fault of the hops selected. I treasure Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade. Suspect the beer is not fresh.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated, and should probably be rated higher, but after the let down by the aroma and taste it is difficult thinking of mouthfeel as a saving grace of a beer.

O-This was close to a drain pour. But, letting it warm helped. I suspect freshness is the issue, but I will continue to rate non-bottle dated beers as I experience them. As a consumer, I want bottle dating and make many more repeat purchases of beers that are dated than ones that are not.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark brass. Light, fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing. translucent.

S- Smell a level of smokiness with citrus hops...possibly grapefruit. Moderately aromatic.

T- Hops upfront with some floral notes. Tones of mango. More pine flavor than i expected. Lots of biscuit flavors as well. Good balance. Not a huge malt base, but decent. Powerful hops are expected from this DIPA with an IBU around 100. Robust, bitter, dry finish.

M- Full bodied, dry, good carbonation

O- Definitely a different flavor than most west coast IPAs, but pretty darn good none the less. The distinct woodsy, smoky, biscuit flavor may be an acquired taste that others may enjoy even more than I would. I would possibly purchase again but a little over priced.

$10.99 for 4 pk

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Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of WestCoastBrew2
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to Duvel glass. AVBC's Hop Ottin was one of the first brews that converted me to craft, pretty excited about this one.

A: very good looking beer. golden orange color with a fair amount of bubbles coming through. I might have poured this one a little too aggressively as the head is very thick, fluffy, and white. The head does not dissipate very quickly for a DIPA.

S: lots of tropical/citrus notes going on here. Smells very good, cant wait to try.

T: lots of hops but a pretty heavy malty back. bitter flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. i like it a lot.

M: a little thinner than i expected it to be. somewhat watery.

O: according to the notes this was brewed once, not sure how fresh my bottle was. I felt like the hop bite was not quite what i was expecting from a DIPA. Overall though a very good beer. Refreshing and on the lower side of the ABV scale for a DIPA - could drink a few of these in one sitting.

AVBC is special to me so i might actually like this more than i should. More of just an above average IPA in my mind than a great DIPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 10/2/13

A hazy golden orange liquid that almost looks like juice, enough clarity to see some bubbles and there's a very well sustained thumbs width of foam that leaves 3 pencil thin rings and some random lace afterwards, looks pretty solid

S caramel, biscuit, pine and some tropical citrus with orange and pineapple juice.... the juice left behind in the can of tidbits but it works,

T not as juicy and has the faintest lemon vodka thing going on, not a bad thing but not good either, lime rind and vitamin C chewables, a small step backwards from the smell

M just stays on the creamy side of foam, a little booze and slightly sticky on the lips with grapefruit and caramel lingering on the finish

O respectable brew but not the best I've had from this brewer, its easy enough to drink and worth trying but the first impression didn't follow through

There's just so many DIPA's coming out of this part of the world its getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. It's a good beer but nothing to really distinguish itself from the others on the market here in Alberta

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice after the pour. Clear, golden/coppery color. Nice near-white foamy head. Good retention, some lacing.

Not easy to pull aroma, even after a swirl. The bit I can detect: pine, citrus peel, faint bread/toast. But really its surprisingly neutral. I didn't pour it straight out of the fridge--let it sit for 20 or so. After opening up in the glass for another 5, a floral (along with the citrus and pine) aroma has emerged.

There is solid bitterness, and hoppiness comes through slowly. With a swish across the tongue there is more, but one shouldn't have to work at it like that. Tingly pine/mint melds with citrus. It's well grounded by malt; light honey sweetness and biscuit. It finishes clean with lingering bitterness, orange peel.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter, no freshness date. Pretty mediocre ratings, let's see how it is. There is still a bear with antlers on my beer, so far so good.

Pours a very hazy orangish gold with a half finger of foam. Very low visibility on this with moderate retention and lacing. Smells of strong hops, mig malts, some pine and alcohol. Solid, not a bunch going on though. Tastes of earthy hops and a moderate malt. A touch of alcohol is here, not much else. Feel is probably the most redeeming quality of the beer, moderately bitter with a thick medium body. It's drinkable, I'll have no problem finishing the bottle. Overall this beer is pretty week for a double ipa. Of course it'd be tastier fresh, but beside the abv not much sticks out about this

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Photo of Rizalini
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear copper color, with 2 fingers of a dense tan head. Spotty lacing as it fades.

S - Aroma is slightly grassy/earthy. Not as hop-forward as I would expect a DIPA to be.

T/M - Once again, not as aggressive as I would expect a DIPA to be, but there is a piney/earthy hop profile on the front. A bready/caramel malt middle, and a resinous hop aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

O - If this were labeled as an IPA, it would've gotten a higher rating. I just don't feel that this brew was aggressive enough IMO to qualify as a "descent" DIPA. On the plus side, the 8.7% ABV is very well hidden. It's an OK IPA, but just left me wanting more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ledgers just got the beer in recently.

Twelve oz bottle poured into a snifter. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BB50q65CcAEMixt.jpg

A: Pours a deep golden yellow, murky as I can't see through it. 2 finger head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Little weak in the aroma department. Hop forward, some pine and citrus. Lingering sweetness. Nothing over powering

T: Lot of bitterness, some sweetness. Little earthy tones like grassy feel. Malt to balance some of it out. But hop forward for sure.

M: Carbonation on the tongue, residual sweetness that coats the mouth and bitter bitter finish.

O: HIGHLY drinkable DIPA that goes that easy. Not a massive hop bomb, and little more hop forward than most West Coast IPAs. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with two finger thick white head. Settles slowly to a thin ring, and a big spray of lace is left down the glass. Smell: apricot, pale malt sweetness, mild spiciness and grapefruit. Not much there. Taste: pine, citrus rind, in the back apricot jam on biscuit. Finish is drying but sticky, needly. Ok, nothing special. Bottled in Dec 12?

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour of a fairly warm beer yields a tad hazy golden copper color with a frothy 2 inch cream head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of thick lacing.

Skunky, catty hops open the aroma, with toasted caramel malt, fresh cut grass, and dank cannabis rounding out the profile. Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango surface late.

Flavor is fairly dank, perfumey, and finishes decidedly bitter. There's an underlying buttery note that accompanies the toasted malt backbone. Tropical fruit flavors carry throughout. Floral hops emerge in the finish as it warms.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex hop flavor, with enough malt to hold things together and a finish that is interesting.

Update: Tried on tap. Still slightly sweet bready malt, and tropical notes of pineapple and lime. I really like the tart, fruity hop character, and it has substance.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled: unk

Golden with a sheet, some soapy bubbles. Smells of sweet malts, some pine, some mango and a little maple. Malty flavor, bitter, some grapefruit and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, believed to be bottled October 31st, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves gobs of lacing and takes forever to recede.

Aroma is pine, citrus rind, peach, bread, bit of caramel

Flavor is peaches/apricots, citrus rind, grapefruit, pine, some resinous hops, caramel malt and bread in the middle offering a bit of sweetness, finishes with good bitterness and an alcohol bite. Pretty hoppy and juicy overall.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, creamy, good carbonation.

Pretty good Double IPA, is this the same thing as their Imperial IPA? Same ABV, similar flavor profile from what I can remember.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a small off white head. Lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Resiny pine and citrus. More of a dirty dank hops aroma than bright fruitiness. Crackery and caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Very bitter piney hops and a lot of caramel malt sweetness. Its a big punch in the face, with almost aspirin-like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I think the carbonation is appropriate. A bit heavy with FG. Very sticky resiny finish.

Overall: Its a solid beer, but for me it falls a bit between IPA and DIPA, and doesn't quite hit with either. I also prefer the more juicy-fruit sweet hoppiness to dirty-dank, but thats my problem.

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle from 4-Pack purchased @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, WA for $11.59 + Tax. Thin lacy off whit head. Clear pretty bright amber gold color.Rich herbal floral hop aromatics. Herbal pine hop resin infused medium textured balanced sweet light caramel crystal malt body. Balanced bitter hop spice clean earthy burpy hop end. 100 IBU's.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown for $3... poured into my slim tulip... good long lasting off-white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is polished dark gold.

Nose shows tangerine zest hoppiness along with a little tropical fruitiness.. some bready pale malts mutes the hops a bit.

Flavor begins with a fairly hefty push of citrus zest and a bit of pine but is quickly muted by too much residual maltiness IMO.. hop bitterness finishes..

Body is standard for the course ... carbonation too.

Nothing to write home about... I probably won't buy again, and am a little upset I have another.


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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.