Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Reviews by birderbeerer:
4.22/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From a glass with about a third from the can.
Very pale yellow with a foamy, two-finger white head. Very small flecks of yeast float around.
The aroma from the can is an exceptionally concentrated hop. Just potent hops. Mostly pine, musky, with a citrus edge. Maybe a little grass in the back. I get no malt in the aroma. A glass tames the smell--same stuff at lower concentration.
Tastes like a musky, piney grapefruit--but not a red grapefruit. It lacks the sweetness and lush, tropical juiciness of the best of the best. Still, it's a great hoppy taste. Very bitter, minimal malt that's only in the back end, which is just the faintest bit of biscuit. It's all that great bitter hop.
It's fairly thin, though. That was disappointing. Red's Rye and Sierra Nevada Celebration are thicker, and they're singles. I expected more from a double. It's nicely carbonated, but finishes thin. It tastes more full from the glass and thinner and more single-noted from the can.
Serving type: can
12-27-2011 02:38:35 | More by birderbeerer
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4.65/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Heady Topper is by far one of my favorite beers ever sampled. I've had it probably over 20 times, very hard to get, but they always happen to show up at our beer tastings. I'm not a huge fan of the amount of yeast/sediment in the bottom, but if you pour it just right into a pint glass you can avoid most of the sludge. Very hoppy and very flavorful.
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 22:46:23 | More by Gfunk
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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