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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”)

Added by BB1313 on 10-17-2012

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Ratings: 804 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of lanciloti
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claybob43
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great with BBQ chicken. Great finish.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Schoeni
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am so amused of the cover... because of that bear with that deer antlers. so fresh.
Anyway, the beer is good, citrus, Passion fruit, all that funkee Tropical Odeurs.
First Sip: mhhh nice carbonation, good mouthfeel, very fruity, and smooth bitterness in the finish. For me ist an optimal DIPA....

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Photo of Wajohnst
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Teku glass at Riverside in Chiang Mai.

Hazy-clear gold with great head and lacing. The nose mainline a straight to my pleasure system. Wonderful DIPA -- sweet thick malts, candied grapefruit peel, and loads of citrusy hops. Nice and fruity.

It may be a bit faded, but it's still pretty damn hoppy and fruity. Recognizably a double which is a welcome find. Sweet grapefruit with pine accents. Yummy. Would have again.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for just under $9 CDN. Glad to see a number of new imported and seasonal options available at the LCBO, I feel that a couple of years ago this wouldn't even be on the radar. Served at cellar temperature (I love my new cellar) into a pint glass.

Appearance - a crystal clear copper coloured beer that pours a decadent frothy two fingers of head and leaves behind an enormous swath of lacing. The head is mountainous and long lasting. Plenty of visible carbonation. A nice looking IPA.

Smell - plenty of citrusy hops, some pineapple and orange are most prevalent, yet somehow the citrus aroma seems subdued. Slight grainy aroma lingers underneath.

Taste - an interesting medley to be sure. Starts as you'd expect a light citrus flavor, that unfortunately isn't quite as orange like or pineapple like as you'd hope. Then candied fruit and an overwhelming sweetness rush in before finish with a boozy bitterness that finishes the beer off. The sweetness rush is reminiscent of sweetened cranberries. Not bad flavours just not quite put together in a way that I like. Will certainly appeal to some.

Mouthfeel - thick and syrupy too viscous to be refreshing in any way. Carbonation doesn't cut through the heavy mouthfeel.

Overall - a good and enjoyable double IPA for some, but didn't pull my heart strings nor blow me away with anything and given the hefty price, would pass on purchasing this again in the future.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Tis the season to be fooled by refreshing IPAs!
When you are in the mood and the drinks go down easy (and often), you are bound to find most IPAs to your liking.
Don't be fooled with this one. You can tell that something is missing after one sip and most certainly after several. Even though it's boozy, it lacks the necessary body to battle with the big boys.
Of course it's worth a try (several, in fact) but if you have a choice, pick something else.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small white head that is gone pretty fast. Very dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Goodly amount of hops, sugar and malt.

T- Heavy hops and malt. Lots of sugar just like it smells. Typical DIPA tasting. Nice beer but very similar to others in this class

M- Sickly sweet on the tongue

O- Pretty good but pretty expensive. Would buy if in 6pks for a reasonable price but not in bombers

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Smoked bacon right out of the smoker


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Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 804 ratings
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