Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Reviews by JimsArcade:
4.83/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
(Notes from an April 2012 sampling)
The brewers at The Alchemist are forthright in why Heady Topper should be enjoyed from the can. While the beer pours a gorgeous ruby-amber, tan chunks of what I believe to be yeast and hop resin spread throughout the beer. They do not affect the mouthfeel in or out of the can, though. If you can stomach the visuals, I highly recommend pouring the beer in a large snifter to experience the explosion of citrus and herbal aromas from the hops. The taste: it's like an orange was cross-bred with a hop and squeezed into the can. There is a perfect bittersweet balance at play here. I could drink these one after the other if availability allowed me to,
Simply put, this is a world-class IIPA. As far as I'm concerned, it's the new flagship for the style. I'm glad I got it when I did as I'm sure future releases will reach Pliny the Young levels of insanity.
Serving type: can
09-24-2012 20:21:01 | More by JimsArcade
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5/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
What is there to say about this beer that hasn't already said a million times?
I don't know the appearance because under strict orders from the can, I am gulping this sucker down out of the can. I don't care. Its that amazing. The aroma is explosive. Resin, pine, grapefruit, citrus, anything and everything you can imagine..and can't imagine. Same goes for the flavor. Huge hop explosiveness perfectly balanced by a huge malt backbone. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. This beer is so good I just want to ramble on all day about it.
All in all. Best DIPA I've ever had. Lived up to and beyond the hype.
Serving type: can
03-11-2014 00:13:59 | More by BoardwalkBock
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 5,839 ratings.