Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Reviews by Dennoman:
4.35/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Reasonably fresh can, as fresh as I can get them in Europe. Thank you PaulMcConnell, been dying to try this hype monster since I first heard of it. Canned September 5th, had September 23rd. Poured a small amount into a glass for the appearance.
A: A muddy yellow attractive looking DIPA. Foam dies down very quickly: is this intentional because of the can drinking gimmick, or is there just not enough attention to details like PH levels during brewing?
S: O... M... G. This is where this beer shines. Waves upon waves of citrus. Pineapple is predominant, followed by overripe peach. Slight lemon and orange zest. Some honey and even a tiny bit of booze. Every time you take a whiff off this, you get something new.
T: Everything you get on the smell is what hits the palate first. After the swirl and swallow, it magically turns into a dry bitterness that cleans the palate completely. I might have enjoyed some more fruitiness, which is why it scores lower in the flavor department for me than i.e. the Three Floyds Zombie Dust. It beats any other IPA I've had in the smell department hands down, but the taste just turns overly dry and bitter for me. Not disappointing, but a lot different from what I expected.
M: Nice medium carbonation that befits the style beautifully and makes this beer insanely light (and dangerous) to drink. You need to drink this fairly fast though, as mine went almost completely flat after a good ten to fifteen minutes.
O: Wow. It's hard to say this considering there are so many different styles, each with their own distinct smell and taste profiles, but this is probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. The pineapple and peach aroma is simply divine and one of the easiest 5/5 I've ever handed out. I would drink this by the case-load for the rest of my life, if only it wasn't damn near impossible to get here in Europe. I'm very thankful to have tried this, and it was very interesting to taste a non-West Coast IPA that's still considered one of the world's finest.
A true honor and a reminder to how very humbling it is to be a part of this great community. Thanks again Paul!
Serving type: can
09-23-2012 17:40:28 | More by Dennoman
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4.94/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A - pours beautiful hazy orange (I've poured it out and drank from that can, as advised). Amazing two finger head with slight lacing around the glass. A real work of art.
S - heavy citrus and floral notes. I got a slight pine cleaner scent.
T - the king of the double IPAs. Perfectly hopped. Was very surprised that it was everything and more than expected.
M - the most quaffable well balanced of the style (I've had)
O - A beer that truly lives up to the hype. Can't really add anything that hasn't been said. Big time beer! Perfect.
Serving type: can
03-15-2014 00:59:49 | More by ZBR101
4.73/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of the best Double IPAs I've ever tasted.
Hoppy. Clearly. But not too bitter or over powering. You will like this even if your not an IPA/Double IPA fan.
Citrus notes such as orange and grapefruit. Little bit of pine as well.
I enjoy road trips to have you!
Serving type: can
03-14-2014 05:05:59 | More by phuntasy
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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