Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.6/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A. Kinda ugly, watery deep yellow. Decent 3cm white head tho. Minor lacing. Nice silver can, which tells you to drink it from the can - I did not. Maybe another time. No canned on date that I can see - how lame. Get with the program, Alchemist, and don't advertise "drink this beer immediatly" and then neglect to tell us just how old it is.
S. Huge citrus, East-Coast style nose... Moylan's Hopsickle, Boy King. Citra. Deep fruit notes, mango, some phenols, pepper... mandarin orange, touch of booze. Lots of sweetness that's pretty well hid back behind the greenery. Spicy in places. Bold and fun.
T. Hmm... Very nice work here, Alchemist. This is a large East-Coast style DIPA; one that has the malt and hops joining hands and walking together in harmony, rather than being a pine-sap bitter wallop like a lot of its West Coast brethern are. Thickish body, too, which is fun and helps carry the hop-load.
Plenty of malt sweetness to go around here, but it frankly is tough to tease out exactly what behind the grapefruit, papya, mango, lemon-citrus flavor. There is a high-minded juniper note going on here that is welcome, and ultimately a softer bitter finish that is quite welcome and fades out along with the stalwart malt. Well balanced stuff, I think. 8% is just right, frankly I wouldn't up the booze any more as this is fine as-is.
M / O. Full-on all the way across the sky body, excellent softer, substantial carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish, long fade-to-silence flavor. Topper is quite easy to drink, which is as-advertised.
Frankly, there really isn't much to dislike with Heady Topper. When my biggest gripe is for the brewery to put a born-on date stamp on their can... they must be onto something. This isn't the absolute best DIPA I've had, nor the biggest, or booziest, or weirdest... but it is certainly one of the most balanced and, for what it is, flawless. Sigh... guess I gotta get more.
Serving type: can
10-18-2011 23:05:10 | More by kkipple
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