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Rapture - The Alchemist

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 63
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 08-11-2014

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of AMcT22
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is beer is nothing short of FABULOUS.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Purchased at the truck sale on 8/16 and consumed that evening. Pours with a big sticky head, remarkable for a beer of this ABV. Aroma is pine, tangerine and blueberries with some herbal dankness lurking in the background. Taste is more of the same, with some sweet malt flavor and considerable alcohol. There is a slight oxidized flavor that doesn't detract much. Rapture is pushing the upper limits of the style, and alcohol is getting too much stage time at the expense of hops, IMO. I know that alcohol is needed to dissolve the hop oils and deliver them to our taste buds, but this one just seems a little over the top... not that it isn't a great beer, just one to approach with caution as it is very clean and dangerously drinkable for a strong beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Medium white head. Nice surface wisping and a medium collar.

Smell - Has a sharp simcoe hop aroma. Grapefruit. Pungent garlic. Pale malt and some caramel.

Taste - Intense grapefruit. Not quite as simcoe-y. Orange citrus lends a sweetness. Some caramel malt. Slightly bready. Mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Sweet, but not like Heady Topper. It has a deeper sugar flavor.

Overall - Well, it's totally different from other Alchemist IPAs. Not as citrusy with a deeper malt profile. It's a more varied beer, but less enjoyable in the end.

Photo of MNishCT77
4/5  rDev -7.8%

16 oz. can gifted from GMRFx, unknown can date but purchased at the most recent Alchemist tent sale on 08/11/2014, poured into a small plastic glass at a BJCP study group, drank 08/27/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - deep amber-brown coloration, high clarity (can both see or read through), off-white head dissipates into a glass lacing that persisted throughout the drinking session, some thin greenish floaties in there but whatever; big alcohol legs for an imperial IPA

S: 11/12 - immediately hit with a Fruity Pebbles aroma up front (likely from Mosaic dry-hopping); more malt character on the nose than other Alchemist IPAs - bready/biscuity and slightly caramel; minor alcohol aroma

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness but is quickly overpowered in the middle of the mouth by the fruit components - green apple, pear and berries; the alcohol is present in the taste with a more firm biscuity and sweet character than the other Alchemist IPAs

M: 4/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 9.6% is present but not overbearing (more like a single IPA at times); high carbonation for style/ABV and moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - least impressive but maybe the most generally accessible of The Alchemist IPAs due to the firm malt and alcohol backbone; do the head-to-head-to-head-to-head challenge and pick your own favorite on the fantastic voyage!

TOTAL = 41/50

Photo of FFreak
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to my neighbor and good friend for bringing this by last night. Poured from 16 oz can into willy glasses.

A nearly clear orange tinted golden yellow with a tight white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving slight viscosity on the glass.

Aroma is very nice with tropical fruits, some citrus, pine and resin.

Taste is great. Tropical fruits combined with caramel, butterscotch, citrus, dank and resin. Slightly boozy with nicely balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied and lowly carbonated. Leaves a slick feel on your tongue. Lasting bitterness.

Overall, another excellent Alchemist DIPA. This one is big and boozy and really showcases the Mosaic hops. I hope it becomes a regular when the new brewery opens.

Photo of Joe_Grizzly
5/5  rDev +15.2%

poured a finger of of white quickly fading head

smells like no other alchemist beer has a bubblegum type smell thats sticky

its also see thru amber color threw me for a loop u can never see thru an alchemist beer

the mouthfeel is amazing like ice cream

has a slight bitterness to it has almost a caramel like finish

goes down like water no hint of alcohol upfront but can feel it in your belly

another champion that I did and will stand in line for hours to get

Photo of RobbDogg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Like everything from the Alchemist, Rapture is a well design and expertly crafted brew. Unlike most Alchemist brews, this one got better with a little time. I got a four pack in my mixed case on August 16th. After drinking each of the four (Heady, Focal, Crusher, and Rapture) this was my least preferred. However, a month later the beer has mellowed, and the flavors melded. I have waited to review until now, having had one per week for a month. The beer pours a thick, but not cloudy orange honey with a typical but dissipating head that thins but provides good lacing. There is a nice citrus hop pop upon opening the can, an Alchemist trademark. The scent in the glass is similar. I get pine, grapefruit, and a nice overall fruit and hops flavor. The carb is light but sufficient, and there is a nice bitterness that offsets the thicker fruity feel. There is some malt presence, which some of the Alchemist brews seem light in. A nicely balanced beer, though not as bold as some from the brewer. I look forward to the comparisons between this and the Crusher. We'll done.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Very clear, dark golden, strong citrus, abv is not noticeable

Photo of Beer4B
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

This is probably rating it a bit low…against the curve if you will. However, it is a fantastic beer with excellent balance. It has a stronger malt backbone then HT and the Crusher. That isn't good or bad but just a distinction. Worth seeking out. Personally, I have it as my fourth best beer from The Alchemist: Focal, HT, Crusher, and then this. However, it's still one of the best beers I've had! Touche Alchemist.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%

Tried this alongside the Crusher (which I have had before). Apparently this is the Crusher but with 35% more hops and dry hopped with Mosaic as opposed to the Crusher's Citra. This one poured much darker. It also poured with chunky detritus. The aroma is explosively hopped, of course. Big Mosaic nose. Lots of tropical fruit and pine. Flavor is big, bitter and bracing but it isn't devoid of intense Mosaic, tropical and spicy hoppiness. The beer wasn't all too hot. Hops are chewy and resiny. Drank far too easily like every Alchemist brew. Another stud beer. Yet I may still like the Crusher just a tiny bit more.

Can.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

My thanks to John Paradee for this beer :)
Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter.
Pours a medium slightly hazy amber with half an inch of head.
Aromas are very much Alchemist, tons of hops, dankness, sweetness from the malt backbone.
Taste is insane. So flavorful, sides of my tongue were singing. Big, big hop flavor. Mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel was great and there was not a lot of heat from the 9.6% abv.
Another masterpiece from Jedi John Kimmich.

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Honey colored and translucent, which seems odd to me for an Alchemist IIPA offering, 1 finger of white head that dissipates within a couple minutes and leaves some solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma, first time from the can in a hotel, do not recommend from the can (to start with) unlike Heady is. When poured,there is a massive blast of Mosaic hop with a generous amount of booze, and as it warms up the booze stands out quite prominently.Very tropical aroma with some grapefruit and pineapple in there.


Lots of grapefruit and lots of heat, very bitter, very hot, lasting bitterness also.As juicy as this is, it is more akin to straight hop pellets and alcohol but with a bit more finesse. Hard to tame these 9+% IIPAs, they all start to taste boozy at a certain level and this is no exception.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation,oily and slick,lasting bitterness.

Glad I tried Rapture, it really pushes the limits of a Double IPA, bordering on a Triple. This is BIG beer and was enjoyable and quite potent. I'd rather see Focal Banger in the stores alternating with Heady or both together would be just fine.

Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

16 oz can from 8/16 truck sale.

Pours a clear medium dark copper with a sticky, retentive white head and leaves behind some thin sheets of lace. Some chunky sediment remains suspended in the otherwise clear body. Huge hoppy nose of pine and candy, resin and light cedar. Medium thick body, chewy and sticky throughout. Bubblegum bitter citrus sweetness dominates flavor with a hint of spiciness, leaving a prickly dry and bitter film on the tongue and a strong boozy warming sensation in the throat. Throughout the flavor dances right up to the too sweet and too boozy line while rarely crossing it. Been turned off by IIPAs this big lately and this was my least favorite of the Heady, Focal, Crusher lineup from this sale, but that doesn't diminish the quality and "ease of drinkability" for what this is.

3.75/4.25/4/4.25/4

Photo of Mike1216
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Not the greatest but not the worst.

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

Did a blind tasting on 8/29/14 with the recent batches of Focal Banger, Rapture, The Crusher and Heady Topper.

It was the darkest colored of the 4 beers with an orange-honey hue. On the nose I got papaya skin, hints of pineapple, citrus, pine and some slight fruitiness. After letting it sit a bit and warm up I got a slight "fart" smell and could definitely smell the malt.

The taste was the maltiest of the four. A lot bigger and chewier. It didn't really mask the high ABV that well. There was also a lot of bitterness.

Overall my blind guess was that this was the Heady Topper based on tasting some of the recent batches that are no where near what HT once was. I like that the Alchemist is continuing to experiment with recipes and blends. Hopefully they can improve some of the balance on this one. Overall, Rapture came in last place and I was a little disappointed.

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Rapture from The Alchemist
95 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.