Heelch O'Hops | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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801 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
801
Reviews:
150
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
146
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 801 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a medium amber color.

The aroma offers pine, resin, old grass, lots of sweet malts.

Up front the beer hits of candy sweetness and lots ob biscuity malt up front, onto tons of resin and pine sol, lots of spicy notes. The bitterness is intense and extremely cloying with woodiness and even hints of vanilla.

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Photo of DevWand
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hell ova bear-deer-beer!

I love IPA's but usually stay away from the doubles... Might have to start breaking into that double category after tasting this shiz.

Can't believe this thing is sitting at 8.6%, the drinkability is off the charts! Pours a amber orange - Smells like a pine forest - yet the taste manages to balance that pine forest, with a nice citrus finish. Mouthfeel while drinking and after is on point (don't get me wrong, the bitterness is there, but it's balanced superbly and doesn't make your face pucker after downing a sip)

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Photo of Johnhach
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The description of this beer is the best!

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Shanty76
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Waveoff
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 SteveMarinoff
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of milwaukee512
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of nuebs
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chucker17
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange with a gigantic, puffy head that lasts for ever and coats the glass with rings of foam. Piney, floral hops mix with butterscotch and crackers in the nose. Pine sap and citrus hops is balanced out by grainy, biscuity malts and a touch of butterscotch. A good amount of alcohol kick is noticeable, a bit too much even for the high ABV.

A workable DIPA, but the hops are too subdued and there’s too much boozeyness. I wouldn’t recommend, try AV’s awesome Hop Ottin IPA instead.

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Photo of 4ster
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Beer4Baltimore
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Frothy lacy headed one finger of foam over a bubbly murky orange yellow beer. Smells of sweet fruits with some earthiness and pine. Tastes follows the smell but with much more malt and a pronounced bitter starting in the middle and lasting to the end. Moderately thick bodied(maybe just a tad bit too thick), resinous feeling, and adequate carbonation. Finishes with a touch of lingering alcohol burn and pine.

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Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had a regular bottle. Nice color, nice aroma, the taste was excellent! It had a deep complex character making me crave another. I would highly recommend it!

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Photo of satoberg
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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