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Heelch O’Hops

Rating: 4.5

My second Anderson Valley beer now, well my third actually but the name of the one I tried at Inn Deep in Glasgow a month or so ago is unknown to me, although it was definitely a strong, very hoppy one. This one follows on from the brewery’s Hop Ottin’ IPA that I tried back in November last year and quite enjoyed. I was actually planning on buying this one alongside that beer when I last placed an order from the Beers Of Europe but for one reason or another decided against it, that’s part of the reason I grabbed a bottle when I spotted the Good Spirits Co. bottle shop selling in earlier this year. This one is a double IPA that uses a combination of Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops and should hopefully combine to make a solid beer that I’m very much looking forward to trying.

Heelch O'Hops

Appearance (5/5): Pours a strong, golden amber colour with a thumb-sized, foamy white head on top that leaves some lacing on the sides and holds pretty well, with little movement over the opening five minutes or so; I am very impressed with the look of this one.
Aroma (9/10): Strong pine hops upfront with a lot of citrus and 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 and a bit of mango and orange too. This one smells fantastic, hopefully the good start will be followed up in the taste department.
Taste (9/10): This one is a very bitter double IPA with lots of pine hops hitting the taste buds straight away, along with a solid grapefruit taste. There is some 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 and a sweet base make themselves know and there is a lots more hops in there too providing a very intense, in your face hop flavour to the beer.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and 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 and a nice tang on the tongue towards the end.

Overall (18/20): This one was an amazing example of a west coast IPA, coming through as intensely bitter and hop filled as you would expect from the start and also boasting a great, sweet and malt base than complimented the pine and grapefruit well. The alcohol was masked almost completely in this one and the beer was dangerously easy to drink, particularly considering the high abv. A must try and one I’ll definitely be on the look out for again in the very near future.

Brewed In: Boonville, California, United States of America
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.7%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.80

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