Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Reviews by whoneeds8:
4.49/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought from a Charity Auction with the proceeds going to "Open the Taps": A grassroots organization of Texas craft beer consumers.
Even though the can says to drink out of the can, which I did with the first can, I poured this one into a duvel tulip glass so that I can see what it looks like. Now I know why they want you to drink it out of the can . . . it is a murky nasty yellow. It's just not an appealing looking beer. With that, it does pour out with a good three finger white head with good retention and great lacing.
The scent is amazing. I have a bad nose and often can get any scent off a beer. After pouring I set this glass down next to the computer, walked away, and then when I came back I could smell the aroma of green hops. If my nose can catch a scent without putting my nose in the glass, it gets a 5.
If we're grading this off the style . . . then I have to say this, I don't know if this is an true Double / Imperial IPA. I would expect the best of the style would have to be a well put together hop bomb. This isn't a hop bomb by any measure . . . but it IS well put together. There is the hop punch, but it's well balanced by orange flavor and pine. The bitterness finishes the flavors very well.
The mouthfeel is well carbonated. I would have to say I'd like the body to be just a tad heavier. There is a noticeable alcohol burn for only 8%.
Overall, this was well worth the extra money I spent for three reasons: this is a high quality brew, the rarity of it in Texas, and for the GREAT things orgainizations like Open the Taps has done for Texas Craft Beer Consumers during this Legislature session. PROSIT, Ya'll!!!
Serving type: can
05-26-2013 02:20:10 | More by whoneeds8
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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
100 out of 100 based on 5,869 ratings.