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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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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Photo of BeerEngineer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

General: Found this at Costco for a good price. I have never had this DIPA but in general i have some pretty good experiences with some of the other Anderson Valley brews so I figured I'd give it a shot. Poured this into my Deschutes Teku glass for this review.

Appearance: Great copper color with a nice off white head. The head is thick and white and comprised of almost exclusively tiny bubbles like foam. This is crystal clear also, very nice appearance in general.

Aroma: The aroma is big and hoppy with mostly pine with hits of grassiness. There is also a big alcohol aroma to this. This is a "classic" west coast style with the pine aroma and not the citrus hits.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is moderate with a bitterness on the back end. It's astringent on from all the bitterness, there is a upper end amount of carbonation. Pretty good mouthfeel

Taste: This is a pretty good DIPA. It's a nice flavor but a bit too bitter for me. Even considering this is a DIPA, it seems more bitter than other DIPAs that I've had recently.

Overall: In general this is a pretty good beer, a little bit too boozy and a touch too bitter. This isn't that bad, just not a favorite for me. It's a kick back to the past with this traditional west coast DIPA flavor!!!

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Photo of righthereisay
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Brews Bros.

Light orange / Nice looking beer with a nice thick head.

Smell was very nice...citrus, malty maybe, a little hoppy.

Taste - pretty heavy on the hops, rather bitter at the end. If I want bitter, I'd go chew on some aspirin.

Not too much of a body at all.

Overall, too hoppy/bitter for me, and too little of a body.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong malt aroma and some faint hops. Taste starts very sweet but is quickly overwhelmed by an intense hop bitterness. A bit too intense on all aspects for my taste. Hops were present only in the bitterness and too little in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden slightly hazy orange, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite piney, herbal and dank, with some toasted bready malt aromas behind it.

The taste is similar. A pretty big fresh hop explosion- some candied grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine. The malts give the impression of grapefruit covered in sugar and caramel. Some slight bitterness lingers through each sip.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable. Crisp mouthfeel.

This one's pretty good, not a knock your socks off double IPA, but definitely worth trying once.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a kind of cloudy appearance this IPA had a very bright coppery to orange coloring. The head was a thing of beauty with a dense creamy froth, about a centimeter thick, that was never lost.

The nose held a mix of malty tea leaf and piney hops. There is some lemon and apricot notes that I was able to detect.

The flavors are well balanced but I think the hops win out. The hop flavors is evidenced by a lemon, apricot, honey and pine flavor. The malt is subtle caramel and tea leaf.

This drinks with significant ease and is quite refreshing at nearly 10 pct ABV.

This is a great DIPA that may not set itself over the BA Top 250, but is certainly worth the purchase.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness dating, WTH?

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed orange with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention. Never completely clears

S: Pineyness, breadyness & pineapple, boozeyness

T: Follows, the nose, but then breadyness & a hint of oxidization shows up front. Grapefruit, herbal hops, & pineapples as this warms & little bit of leafy hops. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, caramel & a bit of grapefruit & some booze

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, assertive carbonation. Fairly good balance, doesn't quite reach me

A decent DIPA, could better. They should can it, might alleviate some freshness concerns

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Bottle to snifter,big 2 finger fluffy white head which left some strong lacing on the glass. Beer is golden orange

S - a bit weak. Some orange / tangerine

T - Big malt presence, toffee, and some grapefruit but the bitterness dominates from start to finish and lingers

M - Medium body, good carbonation Dry finish

O - OK DIPA but don't think I'll be picking up again not that enjoyable

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

A- poured to a snifter. Finger a half yellowish head. Slow to recede. Cloudy. Dark brassy orange color. A wee bit o lacing

S- hoppy nose to start with a strong malt backbone. Picking up banana and redwood. Layered but defined.

T- strong caramel at onset. Transitions to that malt backbone in the nose. Ends with some hoppy goodness. Not too assertive. Trails off grassy and earthy

M- not overly carbonated. Nice and smooth. A wet finish but not milky.

O- not a bad take on a DIPA. I wouldn't put it on my daily drinker list, but I also wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers

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

Pours a hazed golden amber hue with a fluffy two finger head and lacing all over,the smell is strong pineapple,fruit salad and toffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth,moderate carbonation which suits and the taste is a nice mix of fruit salad,sweet toffee malts,pineapple and finished with a soft pine bitterness and overall it's not bad as it's A lot more user friendly than most big doubles and definately something I could drink more than one of cheers.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows heaps of pine and a fair whack of sweet clean malt. Pretty straightforward but still nice.
Very similar flavours but with some grapefruit and resinous notes along with a hit of booze.
Carbonation feels a bit full on.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
Golden amber colour with 1cm, foamy white head with some lacing on the sides & holds pretty well.

Pine hops upfront with a lot of citrus & grapefruit backing it up, there is a hint of tropical fruits too that give the beer a refreshing aroma on the nose. There is a sweet, malty base to the beer with some nice caramel notes & a bit of mango and orange too.

Very bitter double IPA with lots of pine hops hitting the taste buds straight away, along with a solid grapefruit taste. Tropical fruits from the nose with the citrus coming through as well, but the pine seems to dominate here. Around the middle some caramel malts & a sweet base.

Smooth & very bitter with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The alcohol content is pretty well hidden in this one and the finish is a sweet one with a lingering bitter aftertaste & a nice tang on the tongue towards the end.

A great west coast IPA, coming through as intensely bitter & hop filled as you would expect from the start & also boasting a great, sweet and malt base than complimented the pine and grapefruit well. The alcohol was well masked & the beer was excellent from the start.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of white head atop a thin, clear, yellow liquid. The foam leaves lacing stuck hard.

A disappointingly subdued, peppery aroma of shy hops. Almost no malt in the nose.

Where's the malt, the sweet, or the bread that I want in a IIPA? The hop character gives grapefruit pith, rather than sweet orange or tropical fruit. A bit of pine on the back end, finishing bitter-dry.

Thin body, medium to high carbonation.

A quality brew, to be sure, but disappointing that it's merely an IPA on steroids, with none of the malt balance or bigger body or sweet fruit of the double IPA's I love: Hopslam, Chillwave, Hi Res, and Double Crooked Tree. Especially disappointing at $12.00 / 4-pk.

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Photo of delta490
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a medium amber with a thick creamy white head. MOderate retention but some nice big lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops. The taste has a little bit of earthy funk to it, not off, just a little different. But there is still the aroma hops and some caramel malt. Thinner for a higher hops beer. Well-made, but not my favorite is this style and for me a little lacking in the depth of flavor.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at The Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before eventually diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweeter kind of hop aroma with lots of cereal grain malt

T- Bitterness comes in for the kill clamping down on the palate and lingering for a bit. Luckily, there's plenty of flavor from the hops and malt to keep it from being one-sided. Alcohol is decently masked as well.

M- Bitey and a bit dry. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I quite liked this one. The bitterness is certainly aggressive but it works well in the overall profile rather than just being bitter for bitter's sake.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark honeycomb body, finger head,
awesome legs.

S: lemon peel/rind, fresh grassy scent
sugary candy, earthy biscuit.

T: lemon, sugar mineral, sweet malt.
grassy bitter finish

M: med body, oily/sticky mouth

O: decent Double IPA. Was told this is closet thing
to RR PtE. I visited RR brewery in 2011 and have
had about 6 bottles of PtE and this is NOT it.
Not huge fan of AV, but still solid brewery. If new
to hoppy beers or prefer grassy hop brews, grab
this one.


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Photo of kindacold
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap, it pours a nice golden amber with a lacy head that dissipates quickly. Citrusy hops on the nose, hint of alcohol. Very smooth and creamy beer. Very hoppy; sweet and bitter flavors balanced very well. Citrus and yeast flavors, cream, dandelion finish. Coats the tongue with a creamy bitter flavor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed deep straw color with a white head. Aroma is bright and fruity. In the taste, nice fresh citrus, peach, mango, tangerine and orange. Really nice flavors. Cream sickle like malt and citrus. Sweet and firmly malty, balanced by a drying, satisfying hoppy finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice ipa with a clean, fresh, bright hoppy taste. Worthy.

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

12 ounce bottle.

Pours near clear, typical amber. Lite khaki head, delicate and on the fine side. Leaves ample lower and ringed sheeting.

I'm getting tropical fruit, resiny hops and and a splash of malt on the nose.

Orange notes, more resinous/ pine soaked hops and malt again providing some balance. Balanced DIPA-what a concept...Nicely crafted. Enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local drinks shop is building up a nice selection of beers to try. I'm glad to see several American brews making their way across the Atlantic.
American IPA is still quite unknown here, so I'm curious what this one will do.

Orange golden colour, clear and with a creamy head. Smell is nice fruits, fresh apricot dominates. Also a bit of creamy caramel. Taste has a nice bite of bitterness. Fruity hoppy.
Overall it's a good IPA to me. The alcohol is well covered, the taste is powerfull and pleasant. It could be more complex, but it's a fine nice experience.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/melon and citrus/grapefruit hops over a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/melon, and pine/resin (in decreasing order of strength). Moderate amounts of bitterness and a touch of alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink because the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would prefer but this beer does have an interesting combination of hop aromas/flavors.

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Photo of MichaelBigbone
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, very good.

Very similar to the other Anderson valley brews. It's a certain high quality taste and balance unique to av.

Appearance is golden , with a strong eggshell white head. Lingers foamy.

Smell is outstanding. Floral, orange, bergamot, malt.

Taste: orange, citrus, malted. The malt is very very strong for an IPA. It's hard to get by that, although it is balanced. Floral taste

Mouthfeel. Smooth, flavorful, thick,

Overall. Very well balanced. I actually prefer something a bit more tilted on the hops for an IPA.

Compare to: other Anderson IPA, prohibition

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Photo of snaotheus
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. It has a code on the bottom, but I can't read it.

Pours cloudy orange with a respectable coarse head. Dissipates slowly, leaves a lot on the side of the glass. Smell is musty, somewhat sweet, lots of straw.

Taste is musty, lots of straw, sweet, not much clear hoppy bitterness, but maybe a little in the background. It's somewhat nondescript.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick but not heavy. Overall, the flavor is a letdown, and it's basically not special.

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Photo of stewart124
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy peach in color with some nice head. Looks to be a beautiful lacing setting up.

Pine and citrus in the nose.

Bigger mouthfeel than I anticipated. Tons of hops here but that is to be expected. Mango and pine needles here. Lingering bite with some light caramel sweetness. Biscuit and fresh bread.

The 8.7% is evident but not overpowering. This is a tasty double IPA but I doubt that many of the could be put down in a single session. It is just too big of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of sfprint
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: two finger creamy head, plenty of rising carbonation, golden orange in color.
S: it smells like orange soda in the best possible way, sort of like a creamsicle but less sweet.
T: Below average intensity, bitterness and hoppiness for a DIPA, smooth going down with a bite in the aftertaste that almost resembles spiciness. There's a distinct unsweet orange flavor thats really pleasant.
M: smooth, medium body
O: great, nice but particular flavor. easy going down.

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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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