Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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: 701 | Reviews: 136
Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.


Photo of kindacold
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap, it pours a nice golden amber with a lacy head that dissipates quickly. Citrusy hops on the nose, hint of alcohol. Very smooth and creamy beer. Very hoppy; sweet and bitter flavors balanced very well. Citrus and yeast flavors, cream, dandelion finish. Coats the tongue with a creamy bitter flavor.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed deep straw color with a white head. Aroma is bright and fruity. In the taste, nice fresh citrus, peach, mango, tangerine and orange. Really nice flavors. Cream sickle like malt and citrus. Sweet and firmly malty, balanced by a drying, satisfying hoppy finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice ipa with a clean, fresh, bright hoppy taste. Worthy.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Pours near clear, typical amber. Lite khaki head, delicate and on the fine side. Leaves ample lower and ringed sheeting.

I'm getting tropical fruit, resiny hops and and a splash of malt on the nose.

Orange notes, more resinous/ pine soaked hops and malt again providing some balance. Balanced DIPA-what a concept...Nicely crafted. Enjoyable sipper.

Photo of RuudJH
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local drinks shop is building up a nice selection of beers to try. I'm glad to see several American brews making their way across the Atlantic.
American IPA is still quite unknown here, so I'm curious what this one will do.

Orange golden colour, clear and with a creamy head. Smell is nice fruits, fresh apricot dominates. Also a bit of creamy caramel. Taste has a nice bite of bitterness. Fruity hoppy.
Overall it's a good IPA to me. The alcohol is well covered, the taste is powerfull and pleasant. It could be more complex, but it's a fine nice experience.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/melon and citrus/grapefruit hops over a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/melon, and pine/resin (in decreasing order of strength). Moderate amounts of bitterness and a touch of alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink because the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer but this beer does have an interesting combination of hop aromas/flavors.

Photo of MichaelBigbone
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of snaotheus
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. It has a code on the bottom, but I can't read it.

Pours cloudy orange with a respectable coarse head. Dissipates slowly, leaves a lot on the side of the glass. Smell is musty, somewhat sweet, lots of straw.

Taste is musty, lots of straw, sweet, not much clear hoppy bitterness, but maybe a little in the background. It's somewhat nondescript.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick but not heavy. Overall, the flavor is a letdown, and it's basically not special.

Photo of stewart124
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy peach in color with some nice head. Looks to be a beautiful lacing setting up.

Pine and citrus in the nose.

Bigger mouthfeel than I anticipated. Tons of hops here but that is to be expected. Mango and pine needles here. Lingering bite with some light caramel sweetness. Biscuit and fresh bread.

The 8.7% is evident but not overpowering. This is a tasty double IPA but I doubt that many of the could be put down in a single session. It is just too big of a mouthfeel.

Photo of sfprint
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light creamy orange pour has a cottage cheese like textured light tan head of manficant stay. Dark orange coloring in the vessel, a thick saturn like foam ring encompasses the glass.

S: Caramel pine scent on the nose. Alcoholic lemon twang. Woodsy floral tones of average delivery.

T: Sour caramel pine hop twang, creamy malts and bread with a bittering citrus appeal Floral afterthoughts, dry grapefruit-caramel with a lingering bitterness left behind. Woodsy spruce-pine with a pungent flowery hopping (Columbus)?

M: Creamy buttery textured with a flowery bittering citrus and dry alcohol leave off the tongue.

O: Overall creamy buttered maltbase, with a caramel pungent flowery citrus hop dryness. Not something i would drink in multiples. Love their pungent Hop Ottin, the choice by which all thier other ipas are judged by. This was decent, B- material with a good dose of hops but nothing fancy flavor wise or anything that entices the anticipation of the next sip.

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours very cloudy orange color, nice 1.5 pillowy off white head, nice wall of lacing all around the glass.
S - Smell is big on caramel and biscuit malt, some lemongrass, pine, orange, and some hop resin.
T - Big time dankness! I really didnt get a big dank aroma, but its potent in the flavor, but its really taken back by how much biscuit and caramel malt is here, there's definitely a lingering flavor of hop resin, some orange juice, a little peppery, and some pine.
M - Thick and chewy, but not too bitter or sweet.
O - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, nothing majorly outstanding, but the dank flavor is certainly welcomed.

Photo of svanet01
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from Beer Temple in Amsterdam, served in a chalice

Golden coloring with medium carbonation - as is the style, the nose is almost all hops. The taste is nice, dry, citrus hoppiness that permeates throughout. Although a Double IPA, I think this cuts a bit on the softer side (a good thing!), allowing a higher drinkability than some other D-IPAs.

Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey copper filtered, medium low carbonation, a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, candy malts, tropical fruits like pineapple, stinky hop like bad breath, onion, garlic.

T: Candy malts, pineapple tropical fruit, pine, metallic, large dull bitterness at the end but not overwhelming as many are.

M: Thick syrupy body, medium highly foamy fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really nice and I miss this style. Great, really pronounced defined flavours in the ones I mentioned.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark copper color. The beer has a woody, dry saw dust character, bright citrus fruit character, lychee notes, and a big floral / fruity character that becomes quite a bit more pronounced as the beer warms up. The citrus character is the dominant not here, but it is really well supported by the bright tropical fruit notes and the subtler herbal / spicy hop notes. The malt plays a distant role in the aroma, if you really dig for it, there is barely a suggestion of whole grain crackers.

The beer has a biting, herbal bitterness to it, with a soft creamy texture that is offset a bit by a prickly carbonation that accentuates the peppery side of the hop character. The peppery, herbal character really lingers in the finish here. Up front it is balanced well by a citrus leaning fruitiness that is quite bright and has supporting notes of lychee, some floral citrus notes, and perhaps a hint of guava. The body is fairly light, definitely on the quaffable side of the spectrum, but does have some chewiness to it. The malt character is definitely supporting here, but provides soft flavors of whole grain crackers, and a soft bready, pale malt character that works quite well with the dominant hop character.

Quite a nice Double IPA, I like that the beer is quite quaffable, and the expressive hop character definitely hits the spot for hop heads. This gets better as it warms up, or maybe my palate recovers from the Rampant that I just had, either way, I like the fruit focus (in this case citrus) that this takes on with time.

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly cloudy dark honey-gold color with a bit over 1/4 inch of white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma started with bright citrus hops, and some floral undertones over a somewhat sweet malt base. The citrus dominated the tongue, and the malt didn't taste as sweet as it had smelled. The floral hop aspect was barely noticeable.

The body was a bit fuller than average for the style, and had a slightly sticky-sweet finish that was somewhat balanced by the citrus hops. Drinkability was decent, I would have it again, I'm just not sure I'd have 2 in a row. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Tropical fruits with light sweet caramel malts.

T - Sweet caramel malts upfront. The sweetness is followed by a nice amount of tropical fruits(orange & grapefruit) and a piney resinous hop bite. Finish has a good hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a nicely balanced DIPA. This would be a good beginner DIPA. Very enjoyable.

Photo of CA_brewster
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellowish orange color with a thick off white head. The head disappeared after a couple minutes but tons of lacing.

S hops, citrus, and pine aromas also some malty notes, strong and bitter. All in all its not a particularly aromatic brew.

T up front hop bitterness but balanced by some malty sweetness then back to a bitter ass hoppy finish. The 8.7 ABV warms the palate. Flavors are a little muddled however.

O A great beer. I was more than happy downing 22 ounces of it but it is far from perfect.

Photo of Wasatch
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Lee's Discount Liquours in LV

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slighlty hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a very nice blend of hops and malts with a slight edge to hops, nice pine and citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice blend of malts, a nice sweetness, with some pine and citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty DIPA, would recommmend and buy again. This would be a very nice addition to the Utah beer scene.

Photo of bpasquini
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.