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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 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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Photo of Schoeni
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 DenisKolkin
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -2.3%
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 DaveBar
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ChVauDrinksBeer
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Geruch: Zitrusfrüchten Passuonsfrucht Fruchtlollies.

Antrunk: leicht malzig, Fruchtigkeit setzt sich wunderbar am Gaumen durch.

Abgang: Bitterkeit kommt schon u ist gut ausbalancierte.

Rezenz: leicht perlend

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Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anderson Valley

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and orange, a bit floral, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, sweet grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, little spicy, a touch of pine, and some light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Pretty tasty DIPA, I could throw this one back all day.

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Photo of TBCE
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful polished copper tone, as the bottle states. Foamy one inch head the dissipates slowly. Very earthy smell, like pine needles and citrus. Very hoppy and bitter taste on the palate. Almost assaulting in its strength but in a good way. Powerful. Hops and citrus linger. Very nice brew.

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

spring really is this season for big india pales in my book, its still cold enough to need the booze boost, and the bold flavors are not yet overpowering due to hot weather, while the floral and citrus hoppiness often tastes like the blooming spring to me, so now is the time, and this is a nice one to kick it off with on the first real nice day of the year. looks gorgeous in my teku from the bottle, boasting over an inch of just off white frothing head and a radiant sunny golden color, as patient bubbles slowly rise maintaining the foam on top. nose and taste of very fresh hops, moderate oil content but some sweetness to it, sprucy in nose, less citrus than pine, but its new pine, fresh, not as mature as christmas, again springy. bitterness is also moderate, and while i see this one fitting neatly in the west coast style range, its a little different in its richer honey malt profile, and its almost hop neutrality. i like the hoppy stuff these guys make, and this is a great beer on the whole. it lack a defining element to me though, especially in the hop profile, its just not all that distinct, but it tastes very good. the alcohol level is also right where i like it for the style. nice when super fresh like this!

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Photo of CraigS119
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa FL. $3.29 for the single, which is nefarious, but I guess it's gotta come all the way from Boonville, CA. 100 ibus.
MALTS: Pale Two-Row, Victory
HOPS: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade

Pours a cloudy golden amber with sticky white head. Smells of Bergamot orange, juicyfruit syrup, and malts. Tastes of prickly pineapple and piney, resinous hops. Bitterness is prominent, but well balanced, and no where near feels like 100ibus. Some medicinal, turpentiney/resin notes round out the tail-end. Moderate carbonation, full body. Overall and strong showing from Anderson Valley on this sessionable DIPA.. 4.34/5

From website:
Jalapeno poppers, grilled lamb, spicy Thai dishes, caramel cheesecake
Sharp Cheddar, Roquefort

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Photo of dan3099
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great, held up to light and can not see thru glass. one finger of head on top w/ lots of carbonation. light smell of pine and citrus. taste is clean and hoppy. very good
crisp feel. overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle.

A: Clear amber. 1 finger high of head.
S: Pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. A little toasty. Sweet cooked fruits notes.
T: Intense tropical fruits, mainly pineapple. Medium citrus flavor: tangerine and grapefruit. Generally dry but a hint of sweetness. Medium bitterness. Long, dry, and bitter finish.
M: Medium low bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: This is an awesome DIPA which can be obtained easily in my place. It has complex and balanced texture.

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Photo of abriggs1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an underrated DIPA. It's not going to make any top 10 lists, but Anderson Valley was able to create a really hoppy beer that has some semblance of balance. There is a lot going on in this beer, but none of the flavors jump ahead of the others. Tropical fruits, caramelized onions, and citrus all blend really well together with a nice malt backbone.

I love IPA's that are well balanced and unique. Anyone can throw way too many hops into a kettle, but the balancing act is the real art. This is a nice warming beer to drink on a cold and snowy day.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/golden, hazy beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy, fluffy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass liked whipped cream.

Nose: Floral, sweet malt, butter, caramel and citrus.
Taste: Fruit, pineapple, pine, malt, hops, herbs and grapefruit. A medium bitterness an body. Light carbonation.

Not so sweet as many other DIPA:s - I like this!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anderson Valley Heelch O'Hops" Double India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

What has always made Anderson Valley a great brewery is that they're able to produce a really richly flavored malt. They're obviously using high quality malts, and they know how to mash and sparge them.

That rich maltiness works great in so many of their beers, but it really shines here. Some may argue that it's too malty, and not sharp or bitter enough, but that's all up to one's interpretation of the style and personal taste. And yes, I will agree that it's a bit of a malt bomb, but it's remains a balanced and focused malt bomb.

All of the components of a double IPA are present: a rich biscuity and caramel drizzled malt base, citrusy and softly piney hops, a solid bitterness, and a decent amount of alcohol that just gives a flicker of peppery spiciness to let you know it's there. In one moment your focus goes towards the piney component of the hops, and then perhaps you find a flash of citrus before you start thinking about the golden caramel edge of the maltiness - it's all there, pretty much all at once depending on where you care to look; and that's not possible with many lesser-rounded DIPA's where the flavor progression is set. Bitterness can be argued, of course, because it doesn't slap you, or linger in the throat - but I personally have no problem with the gently lingering combination of soft bitterness, herbal/piney/mildly citrusy hops, caramelish malt, and alcohol that lends a subtle hint of spice and brings everything back to gather in a floral note as it dries the palate.

It's a wonderful beer, and a unique double IPA that should be savored like a barley wine.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with a slight haze. Some good ring lace from single bubble layered head.

Interesting aroma of licorice and white pepper. Slightly sweet, almost like maple syrup.

Spicy with touches of oregano and mild (green) Tabasco. Some sweetness that provides good balance. Full bodied but equally highly carbonated. Long aftertaste with a pleasant blend of cream, maple sugar and black pepper.

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Photo of rjs246
3/5  rDev -21.9%

After loving Holy Gose and Barney Flats this was pretty underwhelming. It was totally drinkable, but here was a honey-like sweetness to it and doesn't really have the hop and flavor profile I have come to expect from double IPAs. I'll bet plenty of people prefer this variety, but I wasn't crazy about it.

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Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

hunkered down in my hotel here in Cape May, NJ, the first biting winter wind is howling like a madman outside, and I am rating this beer in a silly wine glass (sorry, I didn't travel
with my beer ware and this is all that is available - well besides the plastic cups in the bathroom)

murky orange - think Metamucil, nicely developed one finger of foam, sticky as a triple dog dare, lots of micro carbonation making the commute from the bottom-burbs to feed the white cap, I left to go do something (totally forgetting about the beer) and the head is exactly as it
was on the first pour - super nice, I would insert some weird boonville languge here but I don't plan on speaking klingon either...

caramely malty hops, honey notes, some pine, bready-er than most DIPAs, malt is the definite umph here

taste etc...
definitely too sweet for me, the hops are way too in the background, this is definitely a malt forward beer, this has a nice full mouth feel and the carbonation is absolutely silky, but man the flavor is just not for me, this just kicks in with over powering sweetness and the hops just don't stand a chance, this is like being forced to watch re runs of the chevy chase show, I mean you loved stuff he did in the past but this is a disaster...

Their ESB is one of my all time favorite beers, the fact that I have to reference that shows what I think of this dud. Sorry Boonies, but at least Boonies never say die...

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours from the bottle a deep amber with a bit of haze. Off-white creamy head that stays quite a while leaving nice lacing on the glass. Nose of biscuity malt, citrus, pine and caramel. Those are all present and well-balanced in the taste. I really enjoy with sweet/bitter aftertaste. Medium mouth that's right on the borderline of being chewy. A very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%

Flowery, fruity nose
Pours brilliant amber, 2” off white pillowy cap, lacy, clingy
Palate: a hop driven beer with melony, citrusy, orange and grapefruit rind hop flavors seasoning a biscuit malt backbone.
Medium body and carbonation, Clean and crisp.
Very hoppy and bitter but very well done and well balanced and well executed. .

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Shiny amber pour, small frothy head that sticks around for quite some time.
Big punch of citrus in the smell, along with a lot of pine and sweet biscuity malts. A tropical fruit note too (mango mostly), sticky peach and honey.
Hops are pummeling the palate. Bitter citrus up front with tons of grapefruit peel, lime zest, blood orange and some tangerine. You get the nice peach (almost peach jam) sweetness and dense caramel biscuity malts, but just for a short bit. Huge pine resin, spruce tips, sticky hop oils follows, big and green, also floral. Thus, a huge blitzing bitterness that dominates the finish and the aftertaste, but also shuts down all the nice previous flavours.
Kinda heavy bodied,sticky, a feeling enhanced by the (surprisingly) robust malts and the huge bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden, but on the other hand most of the beer is hidden by the hops.
Not stingy with the hops, quite the opposite. Unfortunately, way too generous. Still, a great colossus of a Double IPA.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: perfectly clear, amber with just a little red. Great lasting head.

S: pretty potent flowery smell. Smells like a very promising dipa.

T: good hoppiness, with a slight malty finish. In all honesty, I would expect a little hoppier for a dipa, but still nice.

M: very smooth. A good lasting taste of hops.

O: not a bad beer from Anderson valley. It was a little steep at $3 a bottle, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of jellikit
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: orange. Clear. Thick, foamy, off-white head.

S: orange. Faint pine. Faint grain aroma.

T: citrus, pine, biscuit. Alcohol. Pine resin.

M: medium carbonation. Medium body. Sweet.

O: meh. Has a pretty harsh aftertaste that lingers. Not great. Not horrible. The bitterness at the end ruins it.

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Photo of palma
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This should be a top ten DIPA.
Sharp hop burst at the beginning. Sharp like a good provalone. Middle is big time stone fruit, but still a little tropical. Middle tastes like bitting into a blend of cherry and orange starburst. Finish is slightly drier that I would have liked but this is still amazing.
Not sure why this beer is not raved about. Anderson Valley is soooo underrated.

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Heelch O'Hops from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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