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Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 722
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 21
Gots: 106 | 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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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 smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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. (305 characters)

Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

hunkered down in my hotel here in Cape May, NJ, the first biting winter wind is howling like a madman outside, and I am rating this beer in a silly wine glass (sorry, I didn't travel
with my beer ware and this is all that is available - well besides the plastic cups in the bathroom)

eyes...
murky orange - think Metamucil, nicely developed one finger of foam, sticky as a triple dog dare, lots of micro carbonation making the commute from the bottom-burbs to feed the white cap, I left to go do something (totally forgetting about the beer) and the head is exactly as it
was on the first pour - super nice, I would insert some weird boonville languge here but I don't plan on speaking klingon either...

nose...
caramely malty hops, honey notes, some pine, bready-er than most DIPAs, malt is the definite umph here

taste etc...
definitely too sweet for me, the hops are way too in the background, this is definitely a malt forward beer, this has a nice full mouth feel and the carbonation is absolutely silky, but man the flavor is just not for me, this just kicks in with over powering sweetness and the hops just don't stand a chance, this is like being forced to watch re runs of the chevy chase show, I mean you loved stuff he did in the past but this is a disaster...

verdict?
Their ESB is one of my all time favorite beers, the fact that I have to reference that shows what I think of this dud. Sorry Boonies, but at least Boonies never say die... (1,460 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 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 dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Shiny amber pour, small frothy head that sticks around for quite some time.
Big punch of citrus in the smell, along with a lot of pine and sweet biscuity malts. A tropical fruit note too (mango mostly), sticky peach and honey.
Hops are pummeling the palate. Bitter citrus up front with tons of grapefruit peel, lime zest, blood orange and some tangerine. You get the nice peach (almost peach jam) sweetness and dense caramel biscuity malts, but just for a short bit. Huge pine resin, spruce tips, sticky hop oils follows, big and green, also floral. Thus, a huge blitzing bitterness that dominates the finish and the aftertaste, but also shuts down all the nice previous flavours.
Kinda heavy bodied,sticky, a feeling enhanced by the (surprisingly) robust malts and the huge bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden, but on the other hand most of the beer is hidden by the hops.
Not stingy with the hops, quite the opposite. Unfortunately, way too generous. Still, a great colossus of a Double IPA. (993 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: perfectly clear, amber with just a little red. Great lasting head.

S: pretty potent flowery smell. Smells like a very promising dipa.

T: good hoppiness, with a slight malty finish. In all honesty, I would expect a little hoppier for a dipa, but still nice.

M: very smooth. A good lasting taste of hops.

O: not a bad beer from Anderson valley. It was a little steep at $3 a bottle, but it's worth a try. (413 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: orange. Clear. Thick, foamy, off-white head.

S: orange. Faint pine. Faint grain aroma.

T: citrus, pine, biscuit. Alcohol. Pine resin.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Sweet.

O: meh. Has a pretty harsh aftertaste that lingers. Not great. Not horrible. The bitterness at the end ruins it. (316 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 BeerEngineer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

General: Found this at Costco for a good price. I have never had this DIPA but in general i have some pretty good experiences with some of the other Anderson Valley brews so I figured I'd give it a shot. Poured this into my Deschutes Teku glass for this review.

Appearance: Great copper color with a nice off white head. The head is thick and white and comprised of almost exclusively tiny bubbles like foam. This is crystal clear also, very nice appearance in general.

Aroma: The aroma is big and hoppy with mostly pine with hits of grassiness. There is also a big alcohol aroma to this. This is a "classic" west coast style with the pine aroma and not the citrus hits.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is moderate with a bitterness on the back end. It's astringent on from all the bitterness, there is a upper end amount of carbonation. Pretty good mouthfeel

Taste: This is a pretty good DIPA. It's a nice flavor but a bit too bitter for me. Even considering this is a DIPA, it seems more bitter than other DIPAs that I've had recently.

Overall: In general this is a pretty good beer, a little bit too boozy and a touch too bitter. This isn't that bad, just not a favorite for me. It's a kick back to the past with this traditional west coast DIPA flavor!!! (1,257 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Brews Bros.

Light orange / Nice looking beer with a nice thick head.

Smell was very nice...citrus, malty maybe, a little hoppy.

Taste - pretty heavy on the hops, rather bitter at the end. If I want bitter, I'd go chew on some aspirin.

Not too much of a body at all.

Overall, too hoppy/bitter for me, and too little of a body. (354 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong malt aroma and some faint hops. Taste starts very sweet but is quickly overwhelmed by an intense hop bitterness. A bit too intense on all aspects for my taste. Hops were present only in the bitterness and too little in the aroma and taste. (251 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden slightly hazy orange, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite piney, herbal and dank, with some toasted bready malt aromas behind it.

The taste is similar. A pretty big fresh hop explosion- some candied grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine. The malts give the impression of grapefruit covered in sugar and caramel. Some slight bitterness lingers through each sip.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable. Crisp mouthfeel.

This one's pretty good, not a knock your socks off double IPA, but definitely worth trying once. (626 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a kind of cloudy appearance this IPA had a very bright coppery to orange coloring. The head was a thing of beauty with a dense creamy froth, about a centimeter thick, that was never lost.

The nose held a mix of malty tea leaf and piney hops. There is some lemon and apricot notes that I was able to detect.

The flavors are well balanced but I think the hops win out. The hop flavors is evidenced by a lemon, apricot, honey and pine flavor. The malt is subtle caramel and tea leaf.

This drinks with significant ease and is quite refreshing at nearly 10 pct ABV.

This is a great DIPA that may not set itself over the BA Top 250, but is certainly worth the purchase. (672 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (650 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Bottle to snifter,big 2 finger fluffy white head which left some strong lacing on the glass. Beer is golden orange

S - a bit weak. Some orange / tangerine

T - Big malt presence, toffee, and some grapefruit but the bitterness dominates from start to finish and lingers

M - Medium body, good carbonation Dry finish

O - OK DIPA but don't think I'll be picking up again not that enjoyable (395 characters)

Photo of SweetChicken
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured to a snifter. Finger a half yellowish head. Slow to recede. Cloudy. Dark brassy orange color. A wee bit o lacing

S- hoppy nose to start with a strong malt backbone. Picking up banana and redwood. Layered but defined.

T- strong caramel at onset. Transitions to that malt backbone in the nose. Ends with some hoppy goodness. Not too assertive. Trails off grassy and earthy

M- not overly carbonated. Nice and smooth. A wet finish but not milky.

O- not a bad take on a DIPA. I wouldn't put it on my daily drinker list, but I also wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers (589 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden amber hue with a fluffy two finger head and lacing all over,the smell is strong pineapple,fruit salad and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth,moderate carbonation which suits and the taste is a nice mix of fruit salad,sweet toffee malts,pineapple and finished with a soft pine bitterness and overall it's not bad as it's A lot more user friendly than most big doubles and definately something I could drink more than one of cheers. (466 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows heaps of pine and a fair whack of sweet clean malt. Pretty straightforward but still nice.
Very similar flavours but with some grapefruit and resinous notes along with a hit of booze.
Carbonation feels a bit full on. (266 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 martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of white head atop a thin, clear, yellow liquid. The foam leaves lacing stuck hard.

A disappointingly subdued, peppery aroma of shy hops. Almost no malt in the nose.

Where's the malt, the sweet, or the bread that I want in a IIPA? The hop character gives grapefruit pith, rather than sweet orange or tropical fruit. A bit of pine on the back end, finishing bitter-dry.

Thin body, medium to high carbonation.

A quality brew, to be sure, but disappointing that it's merely an IPA on steroids, with none of the malt balance or bigger body or sweet fruit of the double IPA's I love: Hopslam, Chillwave, Hi Res, and Double Crooked Tree. Especially disappointing at $12.00 / 4-pk. (693 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a medium amber with a thick creamy white head. MOderate retention but some nice big lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. The taste has a little bit of earthy funk to it, not off, just a little different. But there is still the aroma hops and some caramel malt. Thinner for a higher hops beer. Well-made, but not my favorite is this style and for me a little lacking in the depth of flavor. (404 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at The Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before eventually diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweeter kind of hop aroma with lots of cereal grain malt

T- Bitterness comes in for the kill clamping down on the palate and lingering for a bit. Luckily, there's plenty of flavor from the hops and malt to keep it from being one-sided. Alcohol is decently masked as well.

M- Bitey and a bit dry. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I quite liked this one. The bitterness is certainly aggressive but it works well in the overall profile rather than just being bitter for bitter's sake. (812 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark honeycomb body, finger head,
awesome legs.

S: lemon peel/rind, fresh grassy scent
sugary candy, earthy biscuit.

T: lemon, sugar mineral, sweet malt.
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: decent Double IPA. Was told this is closet thing
to RR PtE. I visited RR brewery in 2011 and have
had about 6 bottles of PtE and this is NOT it.
Not huge fan of AV, but still solid brewery. If new
to hoppy beers or prefer grassy hop brews, grab
this one.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE! (496 characters)

Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.