Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Ratings: 7,415 | Reviews: 1,557 | Display Reviews Only:
4.56/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
7/22/14: at home, poured from a (fresh) can into a 16 oz. snifter
A: cloudy, light orange. some hop resin that sinks to the bottom.
S: one of the best smelling beers I've had: pineapple, orange, lemon, spice.
T: similar to the smell, but the bitterness has a cumulative effect that grows harsher as you drink.
M: pretty balanced, not too thick/syrupy and not too dry.
O: the bitterness borders on being annoying, but the smell and taste more than qualify this to be considered among the best DIPAs around.
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 13:02:44 | More by dr_rash
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.95/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Yup. The hype gets so intense that there is often a rogue wave of backlash to counter its momentum. It was in this mind frame of slightly lowered expectations that I had my first sip of this admittedly outstanding beverage.
It's not that the beer is intensely rich or bitter, but that its profile is one of the most layered I have ever tasted, especially in an IPA, a style which can often times seem very one dimensional, no matter how hoppy you may like it.
Appearance - Silver with black highlights. Beautifully shaped cans. ;)
Smell - Marijuana. No joke. Pineapple. Caramel. Pine. Flowers. Wow.
Taste - Soft bitter pine, malt, pineapple and a variety of consumable greens. Very consistent with the smell.
Mouthfeel - Creamiest IPA I've ever tasted. Chewy even.
Finish - Stays with you all day.
Overall - Yup. It's the best IPA I've ever had, knocking the citrus-heavy Lagunitas Sucks off of its perch. Having tried other great double IPA's like Triple Sunshine, The Crusher, Abner, Lunch and Society & Solitude #4, I think I have enough comparison to justify my reaction.
Now time to hunt down those west coast IPA's ..
Serving type: can
07-23-2014 01:44:37 | More by WantonFaun
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,415 ratings.