Heelch O'Hops
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,353
Ranked #21,567
3.79 | pDev: 11.08%
May 03, 2021
Oct 18, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.7%. Hazy deep golden colour, large white head. Strong hoppy aroma of oranges / orange marmalade and grapefruit, hints of caramel and pine needles. The flavour is first fruity and fresh, then a ferocious attack of piney and grapefruity American "C"-hops sets in, and leaves you with a massive bitter finish - all on a background of medium sweet crystal malts.
May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Single 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden bronze with vigorous 2 fingers creamy off white head.
Aroma is captivating - sweet over ripe orange, mango, some hoppy pine, but sweet citrus dominates.
Taste is less defined - grapefruit, grapefruit rind, some orange, pineapple - bitterness carries the flavour with malt sweetness present but taking a back seat - slightly chemical
Full mouthfeel finishing with a prolonged herbal bitterness.
Aug 12, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Drank 4/7/14 @ Candlelite.

Clear orange hue. Bright white head; thick lace.

Orange citrus, honey & slight marijuana nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mild orange citrus & honey up front; a dry biscuit finish.

Flavorful & easy to drink; perhaps a touch too boozy & bitter.
Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Dazka from Italy

May 18, 2018
Rated: 3.04 by DOCRW from Washington

Apr 14, 2018
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Reviewed by cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
650ml bottle
8.70% ABV
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 16, 2015
The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange colour with a generous off-white rocky head that lasts. The aroma is pine, citrus, caramel, and grains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour has a sweet and sour complexity. Nice caramel notes balanced with citrus notes
Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by tottel from Netherlands

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 11, 2017
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Rated by DillDoe from California

4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of the best DIPA's I've had. Wonderfully balanced citrus, pine and floral hops, smooth finish.
Nov 14, 2017
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Reviewed by htomsirveaux from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dropped in here today for the fourth stop on the Great Late Summer 2017 Road Trip. I'll stick with the place review from last time (apparently I come here once every five years).

5oz sampler. Beer is clear light golden brown in color, moderate carbonation. Aroma is slightly tropical. Medium body. Moderate bitterness. Some pineapple. Moderately sweet. Alcohol is somewhat warming. Lingering bitter finish.
Sep 21, 2017
Rated: 4.07 by JaimeLondon from Brazil

Aug 15, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From Optimus Beer. After dinner, in Roquetas de Mar. In shaker glass. Smooth to the palate. Very resinous, but with a refreshing sweetness that makes it not become a disgusting pine soup. High abv that affects
Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by armock from New York

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 4.99 by monkist from Hungary

May 05, 2017
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Rated by PintHalfFull from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Way too carbonated. Overly malty. Nose is all malt.
May 05, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by migleskun from Spain

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by 2beerdogs from California

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Matthew_Warfield from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark orangish color with a faint cream colored head. Almost no lacing on the glass. Smells like pine and caramel but the odor is very faint. Full pleasant mouth-feel with an great hoppy taste. Nothing incredible about this beer but it's a solid offering.
Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Feb 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by BeerTest from Florida

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mikr from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by beFullCircle from California

Nov 23, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by tomb_ride from California

Nov 06, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina

Nov 05, 2016
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice orange colour with an off white lingering head. Great lace. Aroma of pine, caramel, peaches, tropical fruits. Medium to full boody with a creamy dense texture. Taste of caramel, peaches, tropicalf ruits, resines.
Oct 19, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by der_meister from Ukraine

Sep 30, 2016
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Rated by RashomonZero from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very nice mix of intense, citrus\pine hops, malt, mouth-feel, and high abv without tasting like it. Balance is right for me.
Sep 09, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by kgammell1 from Maryland

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Antyk from Belgium

Jul 27, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice ’in your face’ hoppiness, from the aroma straight through to the taste. Dark golden with small creamy head, lacing coats the glass all the way down. This is a citrus/pine explosion, but very drinkable as well. Alcohol is evident in warmth. Nice double.
Jul 21, 2016
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Reviewed by ntanp91 from Thailand

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Cloudy amber color. 1/4 inch fluffy white head. Smell is floral and hoppy. Strong pine taste, bitter fruit notes. Malt base combines well with the strong hops. A nice hopped imperial.
Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Hazy deep orange amber in color, thick fluffy off-white head builds up quickly and withstands with very good retention. The head just slowly sinks to everlasting foamy crown and leaves plenty of refined yet sticky lacing here and there, high carbonation.

Ripe mango, passion fruit, pear, pineapple, citrus, husk, burnt wood, vanilla, a bit spice, and bready malt, those are all aromas sensed in a nose.

The palate whelms with a big and significant malt sweetness and breadiness that same time remind me of vanilla, anyhow, hops thereafter unfold to prevail with their persistent bitter, spicy and herbal notes. Fruitiness from hops is also there too with a touch of citrus and grapefruit. A note of mineral water is at the almost end where all qualities of hop make a combination of pleasant bitterness as the lingering aftertaste.

Medium to rather bold body with a bit chewy and smooth mouthfeel, crisp and lively carbonation that is proper to carry all the things harmoniously well, dry finish. Good DIPA indeed, malt is big, hop is bigger, very well done.
Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 4 by AndyOooo from California

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by jsf14 from District of Columbia

May 18, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 3.43 by Deltoro from Florida

Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffsta1 from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Happy orange color, hints of amber. Pale head.

Smell is good, nothing off-putting, apricots; mild overall.

Taste is, yah - hoppy. Cousin of Dogfish Head. Not as intense, more, umm, sessionable isn't the right word, but you might actually want more than 12 oz.

Mouthfeel is lovely. Just about perfect for an IPA.

Finish is lovely, super characteristic & well integrated with the rest of the beer. This is fine stuff. Surprised other haven't rated it more highly.
Apr 18, 2016
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