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Heelch O'Hops | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Beaver13
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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)

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...

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...

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...

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Photo of righthereisay
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Classic grapefruit juice and pine foliage are noteworthy, although carbon dioxide and a chemical plastic thread tend to be disruptive. Malt goes relatively unnoticed, maybe some weak and ambiguous honey-like quality. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with chewy malts that are heavy on the crystal, and pungent hops aromatics that come across initially as very one-note of pine. Acidity contributes brightness into the middle where hops flavors turn more spicy-herbaceous as bitterness begins to take hold. Honey from the smell is more well-established in the finish, and bitterness is moderate and long-lasting. Some alcohol vapors seem to linger on the palate, amidst the bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, sticky and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This strong IPA appears to place a heavy reliance upon Columbus-style hops, resulting in a questionable outcome. Its hops qualities come across as brash and heavy-handed for the style; focused, but in a misguided sort of way.

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Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark appearance, copper colored, darker and whatnot. 1/2" head on it. Not much for lace, but there was plenty of retention. Aroma was bitter hops, nothing more complex than that.

Really thick beer, showcasing the malt, not the hops. Kind of lacks flavor, so one dimensional, like straight outta the 90s ibu chest thumping. Good in some respects, tired and cliche in others.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber and copper color produced a good 1/2" head on it, average retention, almost no lace. Aroma was very bitter, but one dimensional hop aroma conveying bitterness more than anything else, some caramel along the way.

Taste and mouthfeel came through with a substantial amount of syrupy, thick, caramel bittersweetness. I wouldn't drink too many ipa's you've never had after this beer, your palate will be fatigued or compromised regarding bitterness. The malt beer is rather heavy, so the bitterness standing out so much is a tad bit of a surprise. Seems like they're still using the old school hops. Very resiny, I'm guessing Cascade, Centennial & Chinook.

This one was kind of middle of the roadish for a double ipa. Anderson Valley was a great brewery back in the 90s, but everything they have been releasing lately tells me they are like an aging prize fighter, never to recapture their past glory.

This one just lacks flavor, its mostly bitterness and some malt heft, which somehow doesn't really absorb the alcohol or bitterness all that well.

Single IPA way better. At this strength, some flavors would be cool beyond bitterness. Pretty much your average, or slightly better than average dipa.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A darker color than I'm used to for Ipa, but these guys are straight as old school as you can be, so not a big surprise. Amber and copper, you get that half inch off white head on it, standard retention but minimal lace.

Aroma was all bitterness. Pretty one dimensional, maybe some caramel.

Taste was bitter, it came off pretty thick, syrupy and whatnot. Big malt profile. Super resiny, tons of C hops, nothing proprietary up in here. Like a step into time travel having this one. There are no off flavors, but this is a one trick pony.

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Photo of velosuds
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 maxcoinage
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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

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Photo of Rizalini
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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 harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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 CA_brewster
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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 snaotheus
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with thin white head. Aroma is grassy and citrus hops, but not as aromatic as the top tier DIPAs. Tastes of caramel, bready malts, and grassy hops. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a pleasant beer, above average, but definitely not top tier. With the huge variety of DIPAs around, you can most certainly find better.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley brings sobriety... (well, sorta) to the IPA world. As the strength and flavor exceeds the 8% threshold, the beer retains the balance of malt to hops that gives credence to the standard pale ale family of beers, just all scaled up.

The beer pours with a deep orange-copper color that takes on appearances of clover honey. A fluid and creamy head dances at the top of the snifter with semi-firm retention and light lacing patterns to the glass. Mostly clear, the residual yeast and hops give the beer a slightly diffused glow when back lit. It's a handsome little beer.

Where the nose expects hop-forward notes, the scent of caramel reaches first. Those malty notes draw in complementary aromas of cashews, butterscotch, and light biscuity bread crust. Not to be outdone, the hoppy balance extends into the malty scent with tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and herbal grassy elements. The overall aroma complex is very much of a pale ale, it just registers stronger to the olfactory senses.

Flavors are a very consistent carryover from the nose. The front of the palate is met with a light coat of caramel, nuts, biscuit and butterscotch. It has a way of preparing the mouth, and preventing the brunt of the sharper hop flavors. The middle palate is a melange of candied fruit notes of citrus and tropical fruits that weave together in a very marmalade kind of way. As the beer draws close, the mild pithy and resinous bitterness of hops rise and the malt sweetness fades and gives the beer a mild malty-dry taste to finish.

Medium full, at least to start. The combination of residual caramelized sweetness and embedded creamy carbonation gives the beer a semi-full effect. But the beer slowly traverses across the palate and lightens subtly with the fleeting malt textures and the rise of hop dryness and alcohol warmth to end the session.

Where hop-dominance is the usual name of the game, it's obvious that the brewers favor a more even-keel balance that keeps the beer drinkable. And at a sensible 8% alcohol, any interference from alcohol or unnecessary bite is kept at bay.

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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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