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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Photo of rringler
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.)

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 McStagger
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 Bosoxfan20
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of WestCoastBrew2
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy but bright deep gold, with a two-finger white head, and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pine and citrus hops, plus a touch of grass, tropical fruit and dank. Sweet bready malts - some caramel and toffee aspects.

T: Hops up front - pine and grass with a bit of citrus, and more bready sweet malts with just a touch of caramel. This is much more balanced than expected. Pine bitterness in hang.

M: Chewy mouthfeel, medium body, alcohol is well-hidden, medium carbonation sensation.

O: This was an enjoyable brew, and nice flavors. It's not a total hop bomb; rather comes much closer to being balanced. It's just not outstanding in a crowded DIPA class.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 10/2/13

A hazy golden orange liquid that almost looks like juice, enough clarity to see some bubbles and there's a very well sustained thumbs width of foam that leaves 3 pencil thin rings and some random lace afterwards, looks pretty solid

S caramel, biscuit, pine and some tropical citrus with orange and pineapple juice.... the juice left behind in the can of tidbits but it works,

T not as juicy and has the faintest lemon vodka thing going on, not a bad thing but not good either, lime rind and vitamin C chewables, a small step backwards from the smell

M just stays on the creamy side of foam, a little booze and slightly sticky on the lips with grapefruit and caramel lingering on the finish

O respectable brew but not the best I've had from this brewer, its easy enough to drink and worth trying but the first impression didn't follow through

There's just so many DIPA's coming out of this part of the world its getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. It's a good beer but nothing to really distinguish itself from the others on the market here in Alberta

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big frothy head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of light citrus and pine notes.

Tastes of big hop notes up front layered on top of a solid malt base. The nose is misleading as there are a bounty of hops that hit up front with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine notes. Fairly bitter overall, but it is rounded on the end with sweet caramel notes along with some toasted bread. Finishes with a slightly astringent hop kick.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is worth checking out.

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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 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 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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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 794 ratings.
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