Anderson Valley Heelch O’Hops

Tonight’s selection is from Anderson Valley. I haven’t had a beer from them in awhile and I see their beers less and less on local shelves. I found this one on tap in Ohio and decided to give it a shot.


ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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’)”

Random: The flight to Columbus was exactly an hour from Philly.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was grassy with a lot citrus pith, but quickly transitioned into pine needles. There was also some malt and the end of the scent. The taste was a lot more piney than the nose. It was filled with pine resin and tree bark. It also had some alcohol dryness. After the beer warmed, some peppercorns and grapefruit pith came through. It had a light body for a double IPA with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine resin. I enjoyed this beer a lot, I just wish I tried it sooner.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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