Heelch O'Hops | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Heelch O'HopsHeelch O'Hops

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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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Peachy colour, big head, lacey. Mild mango aroma. Mellow IPA, big IBU, lots of malt, yet different fruity and citrus hops, still some palate erasing. Not the typical American DIPA, but good drinkability, tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

spring really is this season for big india pales in my book, its still cold enough to need the booze boost, and the bold flavors are not yet overpowering due to hot weather, while the floral and citrus hoppiness often tastes like the blooming spring to me, so now is the time, and this is a nice one to kick it off with on the first real nice day of the year. looks gorgeous in my teku from the bottle, boasting over an inch of just off white frothing head and a radiant sunny golden color, as patient bubbles slowly rise maintaining the foam on top. nose and taste of very fresh hops, moderate oil content but some sweetness to it, sprucy in nose, less citrus than pine, but its new pine, fresh, not as mature as christmas, again springy. bitterness is also moderate, and while i see this one fitting neatly in the west coast style range, its a little different in its richer honey malt profile, and its almost hop neutrality. i like the hoppy stuff these guys make, and this is a great beer on the whole. it lack a defining element to me though, especially in the hop profile, its just not all that distinct, but it tastes very good. the alcohol level is also right where i like it for the style. nice when super fresh like this!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and cantaloupe from the hops in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities to the smell but also has additional flavors of pine resin hops and hints of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA delivers a lot of interesting hop aromas and flavors and isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength. The only apparent flaw is a bit of alcohol that's noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a single from the get-go, which is a hopeful sign of things to come in this particular jurisdiction. The translation of this cute little sub-dialect of American English is 'a whole lot of hops', which I suppose is as good as any obfuscated description of a DIPA as I've heard to date.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of glistening rocky, puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a terrine of fuzzy webbed and imposing iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bitter nondescript citrus rind, acrid evergreen pine resin, all a tad musty, a semi-sweet caramel maltiness, and some soft tropical fruit notes. The taste is tart, sassy citrus zest, very forward in its hoppy goodness, a seemingly hollow alcohol aura, some floral pine needles, and softly nutty, biscuity caramel malt.

The bubbles are timid, sure, but not out of it altogether, rendering at least the barest of structural support, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops not really gaining much ingress here. It finishes just a tad off-dry, which is difficult to discern when the drying agents manifest in the form of pungently fruity, bitter hops, so you'll forgive my equivocation on this point.

Ok, it all ends up damned hoppy, yet well balanced enough to have at least one more, I would imagine, as the booze isn't all that recognizable in its presumed role as the wildcard here, and the overall flavour is hearty enough to cope with any straggling doubts.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with bitter earthy hops is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops with medium level of bitterness and light grainy malt with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Not bad overall but malt bill is slightly off with a tad too much residual sugar notes and too much bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Awesome appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surpised to see such a new AV offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a nonic a clear copper/brass color with a nice fluffy one finger white head that never really completely settles,great clarity and a freat fluffy head.Citric and pine notes in the nose with a hint of hard water wich was a little odd,a dryer malt base compared to many big caramely sweet malt bases of the style.Flavors don't smack you in the face they just give an even keel of citric and piney hops that last from sip to swallow,the alcohol is kept in check really well, and the malt base is not overly sweet.This is a nice change of pace for the style,sure it's got big hops but it doesn't bombard you with sugary sweetness and alcohol like way to many of the style,well done.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much a perfect fluffy head that rises up to tower slightly over the top of the SA PP glass, 2 fingers, any more and it would have gone over the edge, any less and it wouldn't stack up, but the entire bottle poured in, and the head fades slowly as it's reinforced by many bubbles rising up, tons of soapy lacing, over crystal clear slightly amber tan straw colored beer.

NOse brings plenty of hops, grassy and floral at first, before turning spicy, slightly earthy pine, and some citrus as well, a touch of candied orange peel hops, faint hint of tropical fruit, and faint hints of sweet amber pale malts underneath. The malts get slightly candy sweetness as it warms with a touch of booze even.

Taste starts quite bitter right off, slight spicy hops with more grassy and earthy tastes, again the citrus cuts in but not a lot, with some stone fruit, maybe a tangerine and almost apricot. Juicy flavors come through, some of the fruit hops, as well as a light juicy malt flavor, hint toasty malts but mostly slightly sweet pale malts, just enough to prop up the beer. The sweetness brings out the citrus for again that candied orange peel hop flavor, and a light hop syrup like flavor. Finish is quite bitter, spicy chewy hop bitterness, earthy, citrus, hint of pine, slightly dry but some lingering sweet malty flavors, and finally a touch of booze.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of fluffy carb and maybe too much carbonation, hint of warming booze on the finish.

Overall not bad, a decent DIPA, typical flavors, nice hops with candied citrus, spicy chewy hops, faint pine is nice, the booze drinks well with just enough sweet malts to balance the beer and deliver the hops without being destroying or astringent. Not bad, but not earth shattering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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