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”)

Added by BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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Ratings: 801 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Kenmac19
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas largemouth glass.

Look: Is Rusty Cantaloupe a Crayola color yet? The head is cream colored and settles to a nice film. Light yet solid lacing remains.

Aroma: Immediate mustiness comes out but it's actually kind of woody and spicy. Faint black peppercorn in the background.

Taste: A huge malt bill provides the base for this with just a touch of honey-like sweetness. A nice piney and mellow spiciness dresses up the body before easing into a mildly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: The hops seem to make this a musty beer, or maybe I'm mistaking that for "dank" I do not know. It's a bit too heavy for my liking, but nothing it really bad about it. I couldn't find anything quite outstanding. Solid all around.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gszorzi
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of peensteen
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Etrusco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear amber with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent light tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, mainly evergreen, with a citrus fruit undertone. Flavor is - WOO HOO, seriously hoppy, evergreen, fairly but not fiercely bitter, a little greenwood, subtle fruity notes - very satisfying. Firm texture is fairly fizzy, and finish is woody, hoppy and somewhat bitter with a hint of fruit. Hop hop hop for this one!

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Photo of Hopportunistic
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MtnSoup
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a genre-bender - hoppy, but not overtly so. Malty, but not too malty...piney/resinous, yet not in the category of a super West Coast IPA. I'm a fan, but could see how hop-heads would want more. Overall, very balanced DIPA, and just perfect for someone dipping their toes into the DIPA water.

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Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a nice white head that is pretty creamy, and has good retention for a strong beer.

Big caramel malt sweetness in the aroma, along with a slightly fruity pine hop aroma. Smells like a significant beer without being overpowering.

Nice slug of malt sweetness up front to go with a citrusy/pine hop flavor. No sharp bitterness break, really just the flavors transition to more of a bitter sensation. A lingering bitterness in the finish. Some pleasant alcohol flavors midmouth as well.

Med-full body, and moderate carbonation. Hops bark loudly on the tongue, but not quite astringent. Alcohol warming is fairly subdued.

Quite drinkable for a big, hoppy beer. I like the maltiness without it being overly sweet, and hops being assertive but not overpowering.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mshade
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice golden Amber colour with a glorious white creamy foam head.
Malt, hops, bread aroma.
Vanilla, citrus, mostly lemon and the definitive pine tastes.
Strong initial bitterness at the front of the tongue. Pleasant. Caramel after taste.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Polished brass" may sound like a pretentious way for a brewery to describe their beer but, what do you know, it's entirely accurate. This DIPA embraces the light like my pasty white skin does the sun on those first, finally hot days of spring. And while a name like Heelch O' Hops sounds silly to my ears its powerful glow and mighty, sturdy head are being taken entirely seriously by my eyes.

When the brewery describes aromas of "California citrus" I'm not exactly sure what they mean. Are there citrus fruits specific to that state? Do citrus fruits taste different there? To my nose the citrus notes in this bouquet are no different from the style's standard: they impart an overtly tropical, juicy sweetness as well as a sharp, bitter acidity to balance it.

The specific notes of mango, lemon, orange, and grapefruit can also be appreciated on the palate, though there they have to compete with a more prominent maltiness and its strong biscuity flavour that, on some sips, can taste almost cookie dough-like with a hint of macadamia nut. Tasted together the hops and malt make for a lemon meringue pie kind of profile.

And all that breadiness, flavourful though it is, doesn't entirely inundate the palate. In fact, it helps absorb the alcohol (a rather sizable 8.7%) and bitterness (a whopping 100 IBU) while still allowing the flavour of the hops to be properly showcased. You really wouldn't associate this beer with those measurements...

Which I'm sure was intentional - nothing in the Anderson Valley lineup is brewed without the ultimate comfort of the drinker in mind. Even their big beers like Heelch O'Hops are made to be first and foremost approachable, regardless of the substantial flavour. The only reason it's not rated higher is probably because it doesn't cut your gums or singe your nose hairs. Consider this a kind of "everyday" DIPA.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 801 ratings.
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