Heelch O'Hops - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 711
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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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 RaphaelSC
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orange cloudy body with a big white head with good rentention.

S: Passion fruit and another citric fruits as orange, a great citric bouquet as commom in the style.

S:Follows the nose with a begginning citric with passion fruit, orange and other citric fruits, then came the bitterness strong enough for an IPA, but too soft for a DIPA.

M: Here we have the bitterness expected from a DIPA in the aftertaste, before we have an acid citric feel in a good equilibrium.

O: A very consistent beer, but not a unique beer, Anderson Valley is a common IPA/DIPA without nothing special to remember, still a good beer! (622 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange glow, slightly loudy, sticky 2 fingers off white head. Sweet fruits on the nose, almost like candy sugar. A little tropical.

Sweet caramel malts, up front and burnt sugar. Citrus fruits and earthy hops along the mid-palate with a dusting of tobacco flavor. The beer finishes with a grapefruit burst with faint notes of berries and the smallest touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with an expected amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Hops balance the malts extremely well. A great beer. (508 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a white head. Some hops in there but its mostly booze and malt. Same with the flavor. Very sweet and malty. Slight hop presence but not much. Fairly disappointing. This just probably isn't fresh judging by the place I bought it at. Still a pretty good beer and enjoyable drink. (302 characters)

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a tight, white head of an inch-plus. Plenty of tattered lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with classic PacNW stylings of pine and grapefruit. Resinous and hoppy with light biscuit malt in the back.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit with citrus zest starts the palate. Bone-dryingly bitter with extremely light malt character following through. Warming alcohol.

Finishes with lingering pine and grapefruit.

Tasty enough, but the hopping is a bit old-school. The nose could certainly be more pungent and the palate could use some tropical fruit. (651 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle of Anderson Valley's Heelch O'Hops last week for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. This beer caught my eye and I thought I would give it a try since Anderson Valley is a pretty solid brewery, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks real nice, the bright colors caught my eye and I like the design. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of an orange hue when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by loads of hops with the citrus hops sticking out the most and imparting a heavy citrus rind aroma with some grapefruit and pineapple showing up with some piney and slightly floral hops aromas in the background. I also get a lighter biscuit like malt aroma towards the end. This beer had a nice aroma, it was very hoppy and heavy on the citrus rind aromas, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops that impart a lot of citrus zest flavors with a little bit of grapefruit in the background along with some lighter piney and floral hops, Towards the end I get a light amount of malts that had a biscuit like flavor along with a slight stale malt flavor. On the finish there's was higher amount of medium bitterness followed by citrus rind like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice, but it was a little one dimensional and it could use some more complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little rich, on the fuller side of being medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation to it.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer and slightly above average example of a DIPA, it had some nice citrus rind like flavors and aromas, but they were a little too heavy handed with nothing else bold enough to balance it out so it seemed to be a little rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little filling, and the flavors just barely held my attention, I think one would be enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both good and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of complexity, I wish there were some other flavors bold enough to balance out the heavy citrus rind flavors. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, it was solid, but it isn't hard to find a DIPA that I enjoy more than this one, if I did buy it again it wouldn't be often. I would recommend this to anyone who likes DIPA's but I can't see it being an instant favorite. All in all I thought this was a solid DIPA, it wasn't great, but it sure wasn't bad, I just wish it had a little more complexity to it. Nice job guys, another solid beer from a solid brewing company. (3,195 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Medium+ hazy dark amber/light copper color. Pours with about a half finger of off-white head, with medium size bubbles that dissolve down to that thin film/edge bubbles. Seems like decent lacing, but I'm drinking this out of plastic, so take this with a heavy grain of salt.

S: Heavy grapefruit zest and malty sweets. Very fruity, zesty, citrusy.

T: Lots going on here. The taste is dominated by the citrus/grapefruit zest start (though it tastes a bit less than it smells) followed by a very biscuity malt backbone, and finished by medium to medium+ hops. I can't really put my finger on the hops; they aren't piney, earthy, or spicy. Maybe they're citrusy and just blending into the grapefruit start? No boozy taste, even with 8.7% abv.

M: Sticky and full like an IPA, but a little bit lighter and quicker than other DIPAs.

O: Nice brew. I could see this beer being a good summer choice for IPA drinkers (it's not that fruity, but most IPAs taste a bit shaded, woodsy, damp, piney, shadowy to me; this one is grapefruit sweet with a bit of hops.) (1,055 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: very nice almost peach hue. Hazy. fat frothy off white head. Looks delectable.
smell: Full malty with a bitter grapefruit edge.
taste: Very much like the nose. surprisingly refreshing on a hot day after long run.
overall: Had so many great IPA's and DIPA's, it's hard to find standouts. A very nice beer but honestly won't be seeking it out simply due to such stiff competition. (390 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a huge meringue off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary crystal malts and tropical fruits with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet crystal like malts with tropical fruits and a decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, I like the fruits and hops but the flavors don't combine well and it was overly sweet. It's really washed out and watery too. (465 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy orange. Beaten copper in color. Moderate to lively carbonation. Minimal head. One finger classic khaki foam. Excellent retention.

S: Apricot, roasted sugar. Stone fruit dominant hops. Trace of diacetyl though, which makes me wary.

T: tawny, almost oxidized notes in the front. Toffee, dried fruit. Old keg most likely. Malt sweetness is pretty big before being nuked by the hops. Seriously, lot of oily hop bitterness in the end. damn bitter. And cloying. Gets a big plus for that.

M: medium bodied considering the high above. Not refreshing, but still fairly light on its feet.

O: good. Definitely damn bitter, which I alwDays enjoy. Goes from malt sugar to bitter bomb without much in between. (710 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 12 oz bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a nice tall whipped and creamy white head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing. really nice looking beer. Brewed with Pale Two-Row and Victory malts. Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade. 8.7% ABV per the bottle, 100 IBU per the website.

The aroma is nice and hoppy. i get some tropical fruit like mango, apricot and grapefruit with that distinctly beautiful Chinook (arrogant bastard) nose. Cleanly fermented. The taste is excellent as well...It's got a nice big malt body and the slightly toasty victory malt adds a nice layer of complexity. The chinook is here in droves as well and it's firmly bitter. Nice notes of grapefruit pith and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. If you like Stone's stuff, you'll like this. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium dense body. Alcohol is well hidden and this is an easy drinker. No perceptible off flavors or aromas. Finishes dry and moderately hop astringent. Clean neutral American ale yeast.

This is really nice stuff. It reminds me a bit of Stone's IPA. I love the Chinook hops in this. I would definitely buy it again. Highly recommended. (1,197 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Number 3 of the 2013 Spring Break Tour

Good looking amber, excellent clarity, topped by two fingers of off-white foam.

As billed, inviting aroma of citrus, biscuit, and pine.

Taste follows nose. Sturdy semi-sweet foundation. Juicy citrus fruit. Some pine accents. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Nice mellowing finish.

Big creamy mouthfeel.

A favorite brewery has impressed again. This one needs more love around here. Surprised to find this in Florida when I haven't seen it near home, but I'm going to look harder. (521 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey golden color in DFH IPA glass. Huge creamy white head that lingers forever.

Smell is honey, malts, and subdued pine.

Taste biscuity malt up front with orange rind and pine coming in. Bitterness late and lingers well on the palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Average carbonation feel despite the massive head following initial pour.

Overall good. Not just Wow, but enjoyable. (402 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red-orange amber with an off-white head that loves to lace already. Looks approachable.

Pine and citrusy hops. Picking up grapefruit and spruce. A simple aroma with its own punch. Malt backbone isn't quiet, pouring out with cereal and lightly caramelized sugars.

Pithy grapefruit upfront. Notes of pine and balsam in a woody way. A great big smack of bitterness is here, along with copious amounts of alcohol heat. Some late biting malt that offers relief in the form of kilned sugar and toast. Something astringently bitter and floral in the mix, as well. Hard to relax with this flavor profile.

Hot and hefty. Truly, a sipper. Body is blended down to something easier, but the alcohol just takes over from there. Aggressively carbonated.

Not a bad DIPA. Can't speak eloquently about the high marks. I'll take it for what if offers; little in complexity, but a lot on hoppy bursts and pine/citrus tango. (908 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange with a medium white head, some stickly lace, pretty standard look for the style.

S: Definite notes of citrus with some earthy character, nice.

T: Loads of lemon upfront which leads to a nice bready malt component, some sourdough and ends with notes of grass and bitter melon.

M: Crisp and clean for the style, medium/full-bodied, nice resiny feel, slick.

O: This is a good Double IPA. The bomber price sucks, but the 12 oz. single price is quite competitive and worth a pickup for fans of a more balanced 2IPA. (546 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not what I usually expect in a DIPA. It is hard to imagine a balanced IPA at this octane level...They are either great hop bombs or bland beers lacking in hops. This beer features robust caramel and biscuity malts with a big bitter hop finish. All without a hint of alcohol presence.

Pours a hazy coppery color into a pint glass. medium size white head with good retention and bands of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malts with only a little hoppiness.

Flavor starts of with bready, biscuity malts and winds up with a somewhat citrusy bitter hops presence. ALl the flavors are robust and the balance is just right.

Mouthfel is what you would expect in an IPA crisp, rich and a good bitterness in the finish.

Not my first choice for a DIPA, but a pretty solid offering anyway. A flavorful high octane beer that goes down easy. (824 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that is still mostly there with some lacing on the snifter. It is a pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super awesome lacing on the glass too.

Smell: Pungent citrus hops, caramel and bready malts

Taste: Hops are the major influence in this beer. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, and citrus goodness. There is some lingering tingly bitterness that mellows out with the caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Tingling bitterness, smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice Double IPA that gets better as it warmed up to room temperature. Pretty solid beer and the alcohol is hidden well too. (754 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of velosuds
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (1,304 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (814 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of MtnBiker
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of WestCoastBrew2
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,085 characters)

Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.