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 beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light creamy orange pour has a cottage cheese like textured light tan head of manficant stay. Dark orange coloring in the vessel, a thick saturn like foam ring encompasses the glass.

S: Caramel pine scent on the nose. Alcoholic lemon twang. Woodsy floral tones of average delivery.

T: Sour caramel pine hop twang, creamy malts and bread with a bittering citrus appeal Floral afterthoughts, dry grapefruit-caramel with a lingering bitterness left behind. Woodsy spruce-pine with a pungent flowery hopping (Columbus)?

M: Creamy buttery textured with a flowery bittering citrus and dry alcohol leave off the tongue.

O: Overall creamy buttered maltbase, with a caramel pungent flowery citrus hop dryness. Not something i would drink in multiples. Love their pungent Hop Ottin, the choice by which all thier other ipas are judged by. This was decent, B- material with a good dose of hops but nothing fancy flavor wise or anything that entices the anticipation of the next sip.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours very cloudy orange color, nice 1.5 pillowy off white head, nice wall of lacing all around the glass.
S - Smell is big on caramel and biscuit malt, some lemongrass, pine, orange, and some hop resin.
T - Big time dankness! I really didnt get a big dank aroma, but its potent in the flavor, but its really taken back by how much biscuit and caramel malt is here, there's definitely a lingering flavor of hop resin, some orange juice, a little peppery, and some pine.
M - Thick and chewy, but not too bitter or sweet.
O - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, nothing majorly outstanding, but the dank flavor is certainly welcomed.

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Photo of svanet01
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from Beer Temple in Amsterdam, served in a chalice

Golden coloring with medium carbonation - as is the style, the nose is almost all hops. The taste is nice, dry, citrus hoppiness that permeates throughout. Although a Double IPA, I think this cuts a bit on the softer side (a good thing!), allowing a higher drinkability than some other D-IPAs.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Honey copper filtered, medium low carbonation, a finger of off white head.

S: Pine, candy malts, tropical fruits like pineapple, stinky hop like bad breath, onion, garlic.

T: Candy malts, pineapple tropical fruit, pine, metallic, large dull bitterness at the end but not overwhelming as many are.

M: Thick syrupy body, medium highly foamy fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really nice and I miss this style. Great, really pronounced defined flavours in the ones I mentioned.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sharp citrus hop and light caramel.

The taste consisted of a biting pine and grapefruit hop with a soft caramel underbelly.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark copper color. The beer has a woody, dry saw dust character, bright citrus fruit character, lychee notes, and a big floral / fruity character that becomes quite a bit more pronounced as the beer warms up. The citrus character is the dominant not here, but it is really well supported by the bright tropical fruit notes and the subtler herbal / spicy hop notes. The malt plays a distant role in the aroma, if you really dig for it, there is barely a suggestion of whole grain crackers.

The beer has a biting, herbal bitterness to it, with a soft creamy texture that is offset a bit by a prickly carbonation that accentuates the peppery side of the hop character. The peppery, herbal character really lingers in the finish here. Up front it is balanced well by a citrus leaning fruitiness that is quite bright and has supporting notes of lychee, some floral citrus notes, and perhaps a hint of guava. The body is fairly light, definitely on the quaffable side of the spectrum, but does have some chewiness to it. The malt character is definitely supporting here, but provides soft flavors of whole grain crackers, and a soft bready, pale malt character that works quite well with the dominant hop character.

Quite a nice Double IPA, I like that the beer is quite quaffable, and the expressive hop character definitely hits the spot for hop heads. This gets better as it warms up, or maybe my palate recovers from the Rampant that I just had, either way, I like the fruit focus (in this case citrus) that this takes on with time.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly cloudy dark honey-gold color with a bit over 1/4 inch of white head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma started with bright citrus hops, and some floral undertones over a somewhat sweet malt base. The citrus dominated the tongue, and the malt didn't taste as sweet as it had smelled. The floral hop aspect was barely noticeable.

The body was a bit fuller than average for the style, and had a slightly sticky-sweet finish that was somewhat balanced by the citrus hops. Drinkability was decent, I would have it again, I'm just not sure I'd have 2 in a row. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a thick head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Nice aroma of grapefruit, resin, pine and some slightly toasted malts with a hint of honey.
Sweet bitter and acid-citric taste, later it does not feel like the 100 IBUs, though it has an initial strong punch. Flavor of peppery yeast, grapefruit, honey and mango on a sweet malty base. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste that won’t go away. Nice.
Medium to full body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. 8.7% ABV is well hidden.
Very balanced and drinkable for the style and without the usual sin of being too sweet. Not a show-off DIPA, but more friendly and smooth. Very good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot of hops), some citrus (grapefruit), malt, and a good shot of pine. Not a groundbreaking flavor here, but very well done - especially if you like hops.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done beer all around. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Tropical fruits with light sweet caramel malts.

T - Sweet caramel malts upfront. The sweetness is followed by a nice amount of tropical fruits(orange & grapefruit) and a piney resinous hop bite. Finish has a good hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a nicely balanced DIPA. This would be a good beginner DIPA. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of CA_brewster
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellowish orange color with a thick off white head. The head disappeared after a couple minutes but tons of lacing.

S hops, citrus, and pine aromas also some malty notes, strong and bitter. All in all its not a particularly aromatic brew.

T up front hop bitterness but balanced by some malty sweetness then back to a bitter ass hoppy finish. The 8.7 ABV warms the palate. Flavors are a little muddled however.

O A great beer. I was more than happy downing 22 ounces of it but it is far from perfect.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 23 Jan 16
12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a very nice blend of hops and malts with a slight edge to hops, nice pine and citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice blend of malts, a nice sweetness, with some pine and citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty DIPA, would recommend and buy again.

Got this one at Lee's Discount Liquours in LV

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slighlty hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a very nice blend of hops and malts with a slight edge to hops, nice pine and citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, with a nice blend of malts, a nice sweetness, with some pine and citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very tasty DIPA, would recommend and buy again. This would be a very nice addition to the Utah beer scene.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/copper in color, thick head that lasted a bit, leaves nice lacing on the glass

S: Very piney and citrusy smells, some bready malts and caramelized sugars as well, very nice blend of smells

T: Not as much going on with the taste as the smell, citrus notes are rather light, the pine is there but still not very strong, light bready flavor but a good note of caramelized sugar comes through in the end, very light bitterness level too tastes more like an APA, very deceiving for %8.7

M: Very light like an APA, slightly oily, doesn't leave your mouth dry at all like a DIPA should

O: Not as much flavor or bitterness I would like but it is still a good beer, if your trying to get into DIPA's this would be a good one to start out with

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber and copper color produced a good 1/2" head on it, average retention, almost no lace. Aroma was very bitter, but one dimensional hop aroma conveying bitterness more than anything else, some caramel along the way.

Taste and mouthfeel came through with a substantial amount of syrupy, thick, caramel bittersweetness. I wouldn't drink too many ipa's you've never had after this beer, your palate will be fatigued or compromised regarding bitterness. The malt beer is rather heavy, so the bitterness standing out so much is a tad bit of a surprise. Seems like they're still using the old school hops. Very resiny, I'm guessing Cascade, Centennial & Chinook.

This one was kind of middle of the roadish for a double ipa. Anderson Valley was a great brewery back in the 90s, but everything they have been releasing lately tells me they are like an aging prize fighter, never to recapture their past glory.

This one just lacks flavor, its mostly bitterness and some malt heft, which somehow doesn't really absorb the alcohol or bitterness all that well.

Single IPA way better. At this strength, some flavors would be cool beyond bitterness. Pretty much your average, or slightly better than average dipa.

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Photo of beagle75
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Classic grapefruit juice and pine foliage are noteworthy, although carbon dioxide and a chemical plastic thread tend to be disruptive. Malt goes relatively unnoticed, maybe some weak and ambiguous honey-like quality. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with chewy malts that are heavy on the crystal, and pungent hops aromatics that come across initially as very one-note of pine. Acidity contributes brightness into the middle where hops flavors turn more spicy-herbaceous as bitterness begins to take hold. Honey from the smell is more well-established in the finish, and bitterness is moderate and long-lasting. Some alcohol vapors seem to linger on the palate, amidst the bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, sticky and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This strong IPA appears to place a heavy reliance upon Columbus-style hops, resulting in a questionable outcome. Its hops qualities come across as brash and heavy-handed for the style; focused, but in a misguided sort of way.

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Photo of HansumFilly
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with thin white head. Aroma is grassy and citrus hops, but not as aromatic as the top tier DIPAs. Tastes of caramel, bready malts, and grassy hops. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a pleasant beer, above average, but definitely not top tier. With the huge variety of DIPAs around, you can most certainly find better.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.59. No freshness date on the label.

Poured a somewhat hazy, golden color with a sudsy white head that hung around for a while. Said head left lots of lace.

Big citrusy and piney hop notes, as one would expect.

Like the aroma, this one tastes like a blend of citrusy and piney hops, with a bready malt backbone that provides a decent backbone and keeps the hops in balance. So many DIPAs have really amped up malt bills to increase the alcohol content so that the beer winds up a booze bomb, but this one is just right. There’s very little sign of an alcohol content that is near 9%, so it would not be the greatest choice for a session beer, but, dammit, it tastes like one!

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

A tasty DIPA that isn’t hugely malty, like some. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this, and would have it again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy burnished orange color. A thin white head sits on top and lightly carb'd. Plain jane.
In the aroma I note some citrus hops against bready malts.
Tastes freh and hoppy. The hops are more dank and wet then in the nose but one can taste some grapefruit and pine. The malts are bready with underliying caramel.
The beer is powerfully bitter with a dry clean finish.
I like the fact that the alcohol is lower for a DIPA. It's more in my drinking range.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orange cloudy body with a big white head with good rentention.

S: Passion fruit and another citric fruits as orange, a great citric bouquet as commom in the style.

S:Follows the nose with a begginning citric with passion fruit, orange and other citric fruits, then came the bitterness strong enough for an IPA, but too soft for a DIPA.

M: Here we have the bitterness expected from a DIPA in the aftertaste, before we have an acid citric feel in a good equilibrium.

O: A very consistent beer, but not a unique beer, Anderson Valley is a common IPA/DIPA without nothing special to remember, still a good beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

If nothing else, this whole Boontling thing can at least provide some interesting beer names. This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, light pine resin, and sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with more greens and a caramel character taking over for the biscuit. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay DIPA, one that actually provides a decent sense of balance, but one that's a bit too restrained for its own good.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange glow, slightly loudy, sticky 2 fingers off white head. Sweet fruits on the nose, almost like candy sugar. A little tropical.

Sweet caramel malts, up front and burnt sugar. Citrus fruits and earthy hops along the mid-palate with a dusting of tobacco flavor. The beer finishes with a grapefruit burst with faint notes of berries and the smallest touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with an expected amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Hops balance the malts extremely well. A great beer.

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Photo of Gatch
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a white head. Some hops in there but its mostly booze and malt. Same with the flavor. Very sweet and malty. Slight hop presence but not much. Fairly disappointing. This just probably isn't fresh judging by the place I bought it at. Still a pretty good beer and enjoyable drink.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with a tight, white head of an inch-plus. Plenty of tattered lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with classic PacNW stylings of pine and grapefruit. Resinous and hoppy with light biscuit malt in the back.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Pine-rubbed grapefruit with citrus zest starts the palate. Bone-dryingly bitter with extremely light malt character following through. Warming alcohol.

Finishes with lingering pine and grapefruit.

Tasty enough, but the hopping is a bit old-school. The nose could certainly be more pungent and the palate could use some tropical fruit.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops Double IPA, 12 fluid ounces, 8.7% ABV. Boonville, CA.

Totally hazed, deep amber/crimson coloring. Long-lasting creamy head.

Aroma: sharp pine, blistering citrus. Orange rind, lemon peel. Slightly fruity, ending dry.

Taste: More of that and then some. Big bitterness meets juicy malt. Good balance, with alcohol staying fairly docile, not intruding too much. Consistent hoppitude. Fairly good stuff. Not quite what I'm looking for in a DIPA, but close enough. I'd rather have an Abrasive or a Myrcenary.

Let's look at what the label tells us: "A color of polished brass with copper tints and a wavy, dense tan head. Aromas of California citrus and aromatic biscuits, with hints of fresh redwood needles greet your nose. An assertive hop bitterness is delivered to your palate, and balanced beautifully with a malty richness and long, warm and hoppy finish."

Tasty, hoppy, bitter, nice and dry. Like it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle of Anderson Valley's Heelch O'Hops last week for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. This beer caught my eye and I thought I would give it a try since Anderson Valley is a pretty solid brewery, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks real nice, the bright colors caught my eye and I like the design. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on more of an orange hue when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by loads of hops with the citrus hops sticking out the most and imparting a heavy citrus rind aroma with some grapefruit and pineapple showing up with some piney and slightly floral hops aromas in the background. I also get a lighter biscuit like malt aroma towards the end. This beer had a nice aroma, it was very hoppy and heavy on the citrus rind aromas, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops that impart a lot of citrus zest flavors with a little bit of grapefruit in the background along with some lighter piney and floral hops, Towards the end I get a light amount of malts that had a biscuit like flavor along with a slight stale malt flavor. On the finish there's was higher amount of medium bitterness followed by citrus rind like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice, but it was a little one dimensional and it could use some more complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little rich, on the fuller side of being medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation to it.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer and slightly above average example of a DIPA, it had some nice citrus rind like flavors and aromas, but they were a little too heavy handed with nothing else bold enough to balance it out so it seemed to be a little rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little filling, and the flavors just barely held my attention, I think one would be enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both good and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of complexity, I wish there were some other flavors bold enough to balance out the heavy citrus rind flavors. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, it was solid, but it isn't hard to find a DIPA that I enjoy more than this one, if I did buy it again it wouldn't be often. I would recommend this to anyone who likes DIPA's but I can't see it being an instant favorite. All in all I thought this was a solid DIPA, it wasn't great, but it sure wasn't bad, I just wish it had a little more complexity to it. Nice job guys, another solid beer from a solid brewing company.

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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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