Anderson valley ‘Heelch’O’hops’ Double IPA


image“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”)”

Yes it’s probably quite obvious now that we have an infatuation with U.S West Coast ales. In our defence it’s hard not to take a serious liking to breweries such as this that along with providing the best hops in the world also proudly run a completely solar powered brewery. Brilliant. Served in an IPA glass the slightly cloudy amber-orange pour produces a 1 inch white head with good retention. Good lacing. Off the nose are those big bitter hops (Columbus, Chinook, Cascade) offering up refreshing notes of grapefruit, lychee, cedar, white pepper, booze, pine resins and mango. A little biscuit malt tries to balance but is futile up against those hops. Gorgeous aroma. The mouth feel is quite sharp and astringent with medium carbonation. Medium-full body. The 100 IBU rating definitely packs a punch upfront with aggressive bitterness on the tongue. A solid booze sting and spicy pepper through the mid-palate is rounded off by a dry, citric finish with plenty of lip-puckering dryness. Good length. At 8.7% ABV this adventurous and slightly unbalanced DIPA should only be consumed by hardcore hop lovers. So, no need to mention how much we liked it.