Heelch O’Hops DIPA – Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (Boonville, CA, USA)

Heelch O’Hops Double India Pale Ale – Anderson Valley Brewing Company, 8.7% ABV, 22 oz., (Boonville, California, USA)

on the front-left label:

“A color of polished brass with copper tints and a wavy, dense tan head. Aromas of California citrus and aromatic biscuits, with hints of fresh redwood needles greet your nose.  An assertive hop bitterness is delivered to your palate, and balanced beautifully with a malty richness and long, warm, and hoppy finish.”


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Heavy alcoholic biscuity barley malt orange/grapefruit citrus grassy numbing bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $11.40 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: mostly

Visual: Pours orangish-brown with a very small head, half-sticky lacing, thin big island retention, steady singular streams

Nose: sweet whiskey’d alcoholic barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fine-creamy full CO2, incoming heavy malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), biscuity-toffee malts, tangy orange/grapefruit citrus, alcohol heavy

Finish: grassy woody bitter hops, residual alcoholic barley malt sweet, palate numbing bitter.

Summary: Good bold biscuity malt flavour backed by significant citrus hopped bitterness. It drinks quite alcoholic heavy, not the smoothest DIPA that I’ve had.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA, USA)


  • My Rating: B+

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Anderson Valley Brewing, 6.9 ABV –1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Boonville, California, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Complexity. Aged for three months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character. Our exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey gives Anderson Valley a world class, consistent source of barrelage, allowing our brewers to explore new frontiers in barrel-aged craft beer.”

  • Style: (Bourbon) Barrel Aged Stout
  • Taste: Smooth malted light-roast coffee toffee
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra-dark brown/black with a decent sized dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, thin lacing, lots of steady streams when held up to the light.

Nose: mildly aromatic roasted malts with hints of fishiness/nuttiness. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: oily light-thick silky-fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) dense lightly roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, coffee

Finish: airy, clean malty bittersweet coffee finish

Summary: A very clean and sippable stout without much sourness or jaggedness. High quality, but a little soft with the body and depth.

Anderson Valley Boonville Imperial IPA


Imperial IPA – Anderson Valley Brewing, 8.7% ABV – 500ml, (Mendocino County, CA, USA),

On the back label:

“This IPA was first created in honor of our second decade as a brewer and purveyor of the finest ales in the world. This limited release, over-the-top brew is loaded with excessive amounts of malts to balance 20 separate additions of the finest Pacific Northwest hops to create the kind of product ‘… that made California craft ale famous.’”

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: caramel sweetness -> mellow hopped/creamy/coriander/grapefruit/orange blossom -> soft creamy hoppy bitter
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: $5 (after 10%), February 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours orange copper brown, smallish head, a few slow streams. Caramel citrus malts on the nose. Drinks with a very balanced caramel 7/10-sweetess, sharp – mellow hoppy bitterness, amazing creamy mouth feel with hints coriander, grapefruit, orange blossom, finishing soft creamy and hoppy bitter. Medium complexity, med-high depth, excellent transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability. Almost perfect, highly recommended.

Hop Ottin’ IPA, 7% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the label:

Hop-Heads, your dreams have come true! Hop Ottin’ is Boontling for “hardworking hops,” and they’re surely hard at work in this brew. Hop Ottin’ starts with a strong floral aroma, which winds into a deep and complex body. In an intriguing balance, honey-drenched malts coat rich hop undertones. At length, the hops prevail, with a satisfyingly crisp finish. Hop Ottin’ bites like a cankicky bluetail (Hop Ottin’ bites like a rattlesnake looking for a fight.)

My notes:
  • My Rating: A-
  • Why it’s special: mellow bitter citrus with a creamy mouthfeel
  • Where I got it: W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6.50 , 1 pt 6floz., Feb/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark orange, nice lasting foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Hops and tangerine on the nose. Soft bitter hops up front, mellow sweetness and creaminess, clean tangerine peel, medium malts, and a crisp clean lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability. An ultra-smooth IPA that is balanced and not overly aggressive.

Brother David’s Triple Abbey Style Ale – Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA, USA)

Brother David’s Triple Abbey Style Ale – Anderson Valley Brewing, 10% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the side of the front label:

“We had to conjure up the high Priestess of fermentation to help formulate and create this rare hand-crafted ale. It is luxuriant and smooth and at 10%, more than a little wild and bound to raise your spirits. Open a bottle and greet the high Priestess. You are worthy.”

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: great smoothness for 10% abv
  • Where I got it: W. 16th
  • How much: $10 (after 10%), 1 pint 6 fl.oz., Feb/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: yes

Tasting notes: pours copper orange, almost no head, thin ringed retention, some slow-moving CO2 streams. Mainly malts on the nose. A burst of medium malts up front, honey, chamomile, brown sugar, slightly hoppy and finishes alcoholic. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Not super complex but quite smooth for 10% ABV.

Brother David’s double abbey style ale – Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA, USA)

Brother David’s double abbey style ale – Anderson Valley Brewing, 9% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the label:

“Brewed in a cloistered nook of remote Anderson Valley, this handcrafted Belgian-style strong ale may be the closest you’ll ever get to heaven on earth. Made in very limited quantity, it is malty, tangy and a little wild, it is sure to raise your spirits. We suffered to brew this enormously complex beer so that you can enjoy it completely guilt free. Never heat pasteurized nor sterile filtered. For maximum flavour, enjoy at between 48F and 55F. Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar and special trappist yeast.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: smooth malty potent
  • Where I got it: St. Johns Liquor Store (Port Moody)
  • How much: $11 for 1pt.6floz. (750ml), Oct 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Nope
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours hazelnut brown with minimal head, ringed retention, show moving lacing, super micro CO2, scattered slow moving CO2 streams. Dark malty nose with a bit of scotch. Strong brown sugar up front, 7/10 sweetness, mixed with deep malts, slight caramel and very apparent ethyl alcohol backdrop. Slightly dark fruity. Silky carbonation and buttery mouthfeel. Low-medium complexity, med-high depth, excellent carry, medium-long length, decent carry. Potent high ABV beer, but not complex enough for me to try again.