Saturday, February 8, 2014

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Heelch O'Hops Double IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Anderson Valley Brewing Company Heelch O'Hops Double IPA. I have always credited Anderson Valley Brewing Company and their Boont Amber for getting me into craft beers many, many years ago and I always look forward to tasting (and reviewing) their new offerings.

From the Anderson Valley Brewing Company website: “Robust. Brewed with a “heelch” (that means “a lot” in Boontling) of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, our double IPA has a palate pleasing bitterness that is artfully 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 are intertwined with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours clear amber with a large off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, tropical and pine hop scents with caramel, bready/biscuit malts in the mix.
Taste: Following the nose with grapefruit and citrus hops leading the way, pine hops, biscuit and caramel malts to provide a nice backdrop for the hop bitterness.
Overall: Always impressed with this brewery and Anderson Valley Brewing Company Heelch O'Hops Double IPA did not disappoint.  This 8.7% ABV gem is easy to drink and balanced. I highly recommend this to fans of the style.  You’ll probably get hooked!


Mark Harvey

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