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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,225 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6225
Reviews: 1469
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%


Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA” 75 IBU 8.0% abv

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004)
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Koufax21

New Mexico

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint can poured into SN pint glass. It says drink from the can, but for the sake of review it got poured.

A - nice orange color, with a 1 inch head that quickly settles to a light ring.

S - wow, now that's what I'm talkin' about. This beer smells fantastic. Lots of tropical and citrus smell. It's like opening up a hop cone and burying your face in it.

T - yum. I didn't think this one could live up to the hype, and it replied with a smack in the face. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Very hop forward. I love it.

M - sticky on the lips. Medium bodied, and perfectly carbonated.

O - I wish I lived in Vermont. This truly is world class. I'm an emotional rollercoaster right now. I'm so happy because I have 3 more of these, yet I'm so sad I only have 3 more of these. Soooo good.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 23:18:40 | More by Koufax21
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GarrettMD

New York

4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy light orange with a thin layer of white head made of extremely small bubbles. Fades to a ring almost instantly.

S - Hops, hops, hops. Smells like I'm sticking my nose in a fresh bag of hops from the homebrew store. Lemon and orange citrus, hints of pine, lots of grapefruit. A touch of caramel malts in the distant background.

T - Right up front, extremely bitter. All the IBUs come right at you from the get-go and it fades to let the more subtle flavors come through. The sweet malts first, then the pine hops, followed by a quick citrus taste and right back to the caramel.

M - Medium boded, good carbonation, slightly sticky, slightly drying finish. Sweet malts coat the mouth while the bitterness sticks to that.

O - I'm not sure how I would rate it in comparison to having it on-tap, but still very good. Nice flows with the flavors, nice balance overall.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 23:00:31 | More by GarrettMD
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pixieskid

Germany

4.72/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just here to say that this thing is definitely worth the hype it always recieved and I am thrilled that they took the leap to start packaging it (cans...awesome!) and thus making it available to everyone.

Pours a dark orange color with a solid white head, good retention...not sure how I ended up with so many floaties in this thing; doesn't bother me though.

The aroma; killer. Tons of tropical fruit passion fruit, mango, definitely some citrus in there as well.

Upfront, the taste is the same; tropical all day with undertones of lemon grass, candied orange, and more tropical fruitiness!

Finishes with a clean piney bitterness and a solid caramel back to round it out

Overall; I absolutely love this beer, will be seeking more of it out and can't wait until they start distributing in states that I visit ofter. This is definitely everything that it was said to be, if not more and is the East Coast's answer to Pliny/Sculpin!

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 21:49:52 | More by pixieskid
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint tall can poured into a fantome tulip glass.  I, too, could not bring myself to drink straight out of the can, but I have another one that I will give it a whirl with.

A: Pours a hazy, darker copper color with a two finger off-white head that rises quickly from a violent pour and settles slowly and gently to almost nothing but a thin ring.  Heavy, frothy lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Delicious red grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind right up front.  Very nice pine resin and resiny and floral hops along with a touch of sweet caramel are a little more subtle but quite present.  There's a very, very slight hint of a grassiness that hides in the background, that offers just a bit more complexity to the aroma.  Really nicely balanced between resiny bitterness and sweetness. 

T: Juicy and fruity up front with some plenty of citrus fruits bursting out of the glass.  The orange and tangerine are a little more prominent in the flavor, with the grapefruit making itself known, but taking backstage.  The pine resin and hops compete with the fruitiness, but can't quite put up a fight.  There is a subtle sweetness that sneaks in here and there that manifests itself in the form of caramel, which is a great dimension that isn't overly sweet.  The finish is comprised of floral hops, a touch of orange zest, and a slight grassiness.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky on the tongue.  Starts out mostly sweet with juicy citrus fruits and then transitions to a slightly bitter finish.  Really well balanced, though, without an overwhelming quality on either end.  Just a little drying at the finish. 

D: This is a really, really tasty and really well balanced DIPA.  Like the can says, it's not the most hoppy, but it's really tasty and really well balanced.  A real treat to get to try this and one that can stand up to some of the best from out west.  I look forward to getting a few more cans down the road.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 05:02:57 | More by Mississipping
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for the hookup on this one...

Can states "Drink from the can!" Poured half of the can into a Bruery snifter, and drank the other half from the can...

A - Pours a golden orange with a one finger head that dissipates at a fairly decent pace. There is a little slippery lace to be had...

S - Alot going on here. Grapefruit, apricot, peach, orange, a little pine, and some malt sweetness. Scent is very inticing...

T - Sweet malts up front followed by a good blast of citrus. Grapefruit, orange, and apricot. Ends with some pine, lingering grapefruit, and a little caramel. Very well balanced...

M - Very smooth. On the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and a dry finish...

O - Smooth and tasty. Could easily put a few of these back in a sitting. Definitely something i'm going to be looking to try again...

Cheers...

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 04:07:04 | More by comfortablynumb1
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vande

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, so this is one I'll search for, gladly accept as extras or be willing to trade for again in the future!

A: A beautiful, hoppy-golden color with a bit of head

S: Upon opening the can, the aroma of hops burst into the air, enjoying the newly given freedom! Lots of citrus, grapefruitness was about!

T: Can only say, one of the best Imperial IPAs I've tasted... left hoppy-prints all over my tastebuds..

M: Pretty smooth, medium bodied good feeling beer here...

O: Great! Worth searching out if you haven't. Hope you're lucky enough to try-

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 01:06:55 | More by vande
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although the can warns it will be hazy, it is way beyond that: murky and dirty looking with plenty of floaties and barely any head in spite of a very vigorous pour, Heady Topper does look BAD.

Fortunately appearance is the only unimpressive aspect of this beer. Smells dank and piney, with a freshness I have not encountered in any other DIPA. Some citrus-y fruitiness comes along later but this beer is seriously green, in the manner I like. Ok, finally some onion makes me reluctantly take half a point off.

And the taste is something to die for, and kill: an IPA can only get so much bitter without getting unpleasant, and Heady manages to stay very very pleasant. Fruity without the sweetness (!), and almost like chewing on pine needles and rind with a bone dry finish and long lingering bitterness. This is the perfect Double IPA. I don't like to make "Pliny killer" statements but I can safely say that this can is better than the bottle of Pliny I reviewed, and I gave that one a 5 on taste... so is this a 5.5 or what?!

Ah, Heady Topper is just what I need in my IPAs --- low alcohol (for a DIPA), clean and crisp character, mind blowing hoppiness, and palate killing bitterness. Looks aside, Heady is the perfect DIPA and the perfect beer.

So glad to have tried it, and I will trade for it again and again and again. In past I have been let down by IPAs I have traded for but this?! A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Thanks Dave!

1, 4.5, 5, 5, 5

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 03:56:42 | More by tewaris
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with some haze. Left a nice lacing halfway around the glass.
Taste and smell are pretty much the same. Wonderful floral and piney hops. Enjoyable but not overwhelming bitterness. Kinda reminds me of one of my favorites: Sculpin. Medium carbination works perfectly. Can't ask for much more.

I wouldn't mind drinking this a little more often. Near the top of the IPA food chain. Its a great feeling when hype delivers!

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 01:24:31 | More by IdrinkGas
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drseamus

New York

4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden amber body. Slight amount of white head. I only poured about 2 ounces into the glass because the can specifically advises to "DRINK FROM THE CAN!"

S: If this smell eminated from my apartment the DEA would show up with cuffs. It is some dank shit. Tons of resiny hops and a good bit of sweetness.

T: Tastes like it smells. The natural thing to compare this to is Pliny. It is sweeter and more resiny than Pliny but on the same level for sure.

M: Thick and resiny. It sits heavy but leaves light. It is probably a bit heavier than I would like but definitely acceptable.

D: It's 8% so it's not exactly an all day drinker. That said, I would drink it all day if I could.

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 21:50:37 | More by drseamus
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to n2185 for the can. Canned 11 October 2011, from what I hear. Enjoyed 21 October 2011, reviewed from notes. I followed the instructions on the can and tried it before I poured it - delicious, and as described, more of the hop aromatics still in the flavor.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a yellowish tone. One-finger whitish head, great retention and lacing.

Smells fantastic. Hops, hops, and more hops. Starts out with potent resiny pine, then kicks up the citrus with some grapefruit. Layers of fantastic smells just keep coming. Wow.

Taste is not quite on the level of the smell, but really really good. Hops come heavy, with sticky pine as the most prominent piece. The bitterness is strong, a little more than I'd like, though it doesn't take much away from the beer. Supported well by a nice malt base, but this one is all about the hops. Note: I let it warm up some, and it became a very different beer - less bitterness, smoother, and still quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied, sugary IPA stickiness, medium-high carbonation. A tingly bite from the bubbles and the hops. Finish is long, straight, and true.

This is a darn good beer. Heavy on the hops, but dominated by what I call the positive hop characteristics - pine, citrus, and floral. Up there with Surly Abrasive as one of my favorite DIPAs. Really freaking good all around, and probably the best example I've encountered for showcasing pine hops on top of a bed of others.

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 00:57:28 | More by zeledonia
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can poured into snifter.

A- Pours a darker yellow brown color, ½ finger to one finger off white head dissipates quickly, nice lacing, good looking IPA.
S- Wow big hoppy aroma, peach, grapefruit, pine, citrus slight mango tropical fruits, nice malt backbone to balance it out.
T- Really tasty beer, sweet citrus, peach, mango, grapefruit, slight pine, grassy flavors, nice malt characteristics to balance it out, this is a well-balanced DIPA, love it.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, love the sediment that was flowing throughout the beer, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Really impressed, been waiting a while to try this one and I was not let down. So tasty and well balanced, hop bomb but not too over the top, one of the best DIPAs I have had the privilege to enjoy.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 22:35:57 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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jIsh

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The silo can opens with a satisfying crack; almost immediately, massive hop aromas begin to make their way through the mouth. As directed, I take sips directly from the can.

Wow this beer is good. What I really enjoy about it is that it is exactly as it is advertised on the can - it's not the biggest or most bitter IIPA in America, what it is, however is the purest, most honest expression of hops in a beer (that I've ever had).

I can literally taste the extremely high concentration of hops with every drink. I feel the resin sticking to my tongue and I almost feel as though I'm chewing on a bud (of hops). This dense feeling lingers in my mouth for quite some time, but with only the slightest amount of bitterness accompanying it. My only complaint is an ever so slight metallic taste that accompanies the long lasting finish.

It's amazing how drinkable this beer is being 8% abv. I feel like I could easily throw back a sixer of these (probably a bad idea).

This is perfect camping/skiing beer, I wish I could get it regularly. I poor a small amount into my half-pint glass just to study the appearance, but quickly decide that the brewer is right, this beer is meant to be enjoyed out of the can...

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 03:33:34 | More by jIsh
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Beer was a cloudy amber, with about a finger and a half of creamy white foam. Head didn't stick around for too long, and left minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smelled of big-n-juicy hops, tropical fruits and resinous pine. Very floral and fragrant. Taste was malty sweet up front, with much of the same fruity notes found in the nose. Body was medium+, with a soft but adequate amount carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a tasty East Cast DIPA.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 02:51:47 | More by surlytheduff
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint can from recent trade with mountainsnow 1010--a big thanks!
No can dating.
The inscription implores "DRINK FROM THE CAN!".
Started that way, then realized I would not be able to comment on the appearance-Duh!.
Golden-orange, clear elixir poured into SA glass. Thin, white head, quickly dissipates. Nice lacing.
From the can, huge hop resin and floral notes--heaven to this hophead. After the pour, grapefruit, lime, sweet and tangy fruit explode. Wow.
This is all about the hop. Full bittersweet hop all over the tongue, smooths out to leave a nice tingling sensation across the landscape. Grapefruit to lemon aftertaste but the sweet hops do not die! Awesome!
Medium body, plenty of bubbles, alcohol hidden (cannot believe 8%).
This is a keeper and one that all hopheads should seek. The standard for DIPAs. Now you can argue that Hopslam is sweeter, but really, for those that crave the hops and all of its glorious characteristics, this is the one. And in a can. The debate is dead.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 02:39:53 | More by CaptCleveland
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive "thank you" to optimator13 for this 16 ounce can from my "Want" list. Archaic date code reads "1 07 20A2 B B" though I'm at a loss for how to accurately convert that to a canning date. Ignoring the "drink from the can" instructions near the lip, this one is poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...

The copper/orange/brown body pours much darker than anticipated, and is perhaps as dark as a DIPA can get before it begs consideration as something else. White unfiltered particles give the appearance of a colloid, and when observing closely, the body does appear to have a gel-like nature because of these particles. About an inch of off-white, foamy, bubbly head develops but subsides quickly to a ring and patches of bubbles. Legs of wet, gooey lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is phenomenal, consisting of grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, and a host of other citrus fruits all masterfully balanced with a piney, earthen, resinous hop character. Some grasses, hay, and a touch of malt round out the nose beautifully. It tastes of spicy, earthen hops in the front, followed by pine, grass, loads of citrus (grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon) in the middle. The rear brings the bitterness of the hops and a glimpse of caramel from the malt. Very well done here.

Mouthfeel is crisp through and through, the carbonation dancing off the tongue, and finishes a touch dry, leaving one wanting for another sip. Overall, a phenomenal DIPA that is truly deserving of its “world-class” status. Do not hesitate to seek out this one if given the opportunity.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 01:27:25 | More by eclipse54
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A chilled can is poured into a mini pint glass (the can advises to drink it right from the can, so I'm pouring out a reviewable amount and will drink the rest sans glassware).

Golden orange liquid contains many clinging bubbles with a pure white foamy head on top. The body is translucent and has a little bit of rising carbonation. Swirling the glass leaves a foamy slick on the walls of the glass.

Hop oils can be smelled as soon as you begin pouring the beer. Closer inspection reveals a wealth of grapefruit and some pine hops. It's all very bitter and oily.

Initially, the beer is slightly sweet with good crystal malts. Then the hops come in. Big crunchy bitterness is everywhere. There is some orange citrus and some more earthy flavors as well. Warm bitterness lingers.

This is a fuller bodied beer. Carbonation and hop oils tingle my tongue a lot. A decent coating is left behind; it isn't overly slick and packs plenty of flavor. This beer feels good.

This is a good quality DIPA from a fine brewery. While the pub is being reconstructed, this is the only way to have their beers. If you have a chance to pick some up while in Vermont, you should, but I'd also suggest seeking out some Hill Farmstead Galaxy, another great DIPA from the region (of course, HF doesn't come in a convenient can form, so stock up on Heady to bring home).

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 00:18:37 | More by ToasterChef
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Treebs

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can and served in a DFH signature glass. Big thanks to Mike (Gushue3) for sending me a few of them!

A: Pours a dark amber color with a little light brown in the body and some orange hues around the edges. Has a bunch of floaties as well. A nice off-white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice film ring. Leaves a nice sticky lace down the glass.

S: Grapefruits and resin with a light flower back note. Nice caramel malts and some solid breadiness as well.

T: The taste is more of the same. Nice flowery notes pop up, some candied sugar and some biscuit malt with a little toffee as well. Solid grapefruit with a little citrus pop to round it all out. There is some solid bitterness on the finish with a hint of pine needle.

M: Nicely carbonated with a nice medium to light body. Leaves a nice floral and fruit taste across the palate. Very drinkable.

O: Awesome beer. Tons of flavor and it really lingers in your mouth for a while. Glad I got some more of these guys!

Serving type: can

10-21-2011 23:11:27 | More by Treebs
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10/19/11- Review of a 16oz can marked 10720A2BB.
A: Hazy amber orange, steady cream head with decent lacing.
S: Great hops character! Love that earthy-grapefruit-fresh-hops-cones smell! Behind is pineapple and caramel sweetness with tropical punch type backbone.
T: No surprises here, it tastes like the aroma with a gin earthy pine finish... creamy with a rustic hops tea character.
M: Medium body, creamy near-froth, ends crisp like refreshing juice.
O: A new bar has been set for DIPAs.

Serving type: can

10-21-2011 03:49:16 | More by ne0m00re
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into an alchemist pint glass

A - inviting hazy dark orange body. big vanilla colored head two fingers deep forms off a not too hard pour. sticks brilliantly with very good retention. this thing looks like the real deal.

S - big whiffs of hops grapefruit orange peel some peach in there. a hint of a doughy malt backdrop.

T - orange peel and dough malts battle at the start. grapefruit edge comes in after giving the bigger hop bite but is quickly countered again by the malts. finishes dry and not too harshly. phenomenal.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation. light feel of alcohol on the throat and light hop puckering (for the style).

O - this is the best double ipa i've had to date and was very much worth the visit up north. can't wait to be able to get this in the store on a regular basis.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 23:20:36 | More by celticfutblclub
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter despite the can's instructions. I love the "Don't be a D-bag, recycle this can!" on the back.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Small particulates throughout. Two and a half fingers of white frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is good and some lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nice nose on this. Incredibly floral with orange and mango citrus. Can't really pick up in terms of malts other than a light neutral sweetness and a touch of breadiness.

4.0 T: Surprisingly sweet and bitter at the same time. Pithy grapefruit with orange, papaya, and mango citrus. Malts and yeast give a hearty dose of breadiness and graham cracker.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a light bitter aftertaste.

4.0 D: Solid brew, though I'm not huge on bready DIPAs. Still, I'd have no problem putting down a few of these.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 23:01:01 | More by DavoleBomb
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Brew33

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from mkabull, thanks Alec!

Poured the beer into a large tulip glass ignoring the odd explanation on the can. This beer has a pillowy, off white head three fingers high. It's a murky amber color with lots of bits of what look like yeast and pellatized hops.

The aroma is the best part of this beer. Sweet but intensely hoppy. Tropical fruits and sweet malt are in perfect harmony. The aroma is relentless.

The flavor is just about what you'd expect after the appearance and aroma. VERY sweet initially then a flash of hop flavor and a TON of bitterness. The finish is much drier than I expected with that much sweetness. Lingering bitterness hangs around for quite a while but makes the next sip all that much sweeter.

There are very few ipas out there that carry this much sweetness and this much bitterness. I don't want to call this beer balanced though. It's incredibly sweet but incredibly bitter at the same time. The drinkability is off the charts. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Heavy, creamy, and thick.

Overall very enjoyable, Cheers to a great trader sending great extras.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 14:16:45 | More by Brew33
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a trade from Cheezy Blaster, where he shared the best New England has to offer, and I sent along some of Northeast Ohio's best brews. This beer was among the batch, all of which came through unharmed and ready to drink!

This comes in a 16 oz silver can featuring a professorial-looking dude sippin a brew with a cloud of hops lingering around his head. The labelling exhorts you to "Drink from the Can!" I, however, wanted to see what I was drinking, so I poured this into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy mango-orange color, with a decent amount of sediment suspension floating throughout. A sticky three finger off-white head presents upon pouring, and it ever-so-slowly reduces leaving a fair amount of sticky foam down the sides.

Has an intense, floral aroma, with tons of citrus, white grapefruit, pine boughs, mandarin oranges, and nectarines. While there is evident malt from the appearance, you wouldn't know it to smell it.

Taste is simply epic. The malt, while hidden in the nose, is evident in the taste, giving this brew a solid malt backbone. Bitter and hoppy up-front, with grapefruit pith, resin, and oaky herbal tastes combining to form a hopsplosion of flavor. Though strong, the flavor is not overpowering, and it is amazing what little aftertaste is left behind.

This ale leaves the toungue and gums tingling. It is my understanding that at a certain point, beers with a high IBU begin to express that extreme bitterness with the onset of tingling and numbness; this ale is getting me to that point!

Overall, just a fantastic beer. Piney and hoppy with plenty of up-front bitterness, without the lingering dryness you'll get from a west-coast style DIPA. Moreover, while there's an evident abundance of malt, it is not so sweet as to completely kill the spiciness of the hops. What a well balanced brew from The Alchemist!

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 01:48:16 | More by TheHoppiest
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musicforairports

New York

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking about half the can out of a small snifter, the rest from the can.

Golden and somewhat hazy in the snifter. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

Smell is detectable as soon as you crack the can open. Sweet and resinous citrus peel, pine sap and pineapple notes. A grassy aroma that reminds me of dried hop pellets also noticeable, especially from the can.

Taste is a blast of slightly sweet hop flavor. Pine and citrus all over the place, tropical fruit notes, a lot of sticky, prickly resin. I think I get some cracker-y malt in the finish, but it certainly can't rival the hop flavor. Not overwhelmingly bitter or intense. I'm always impressed with how smooth this tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and not very carbonated. It's the perfect amount of carbonation from the can, but when poured into the glass, it lacks a bit in carbonation.

I've thought this was the best IPA made on the East Coast I've had when I first had it at the brewpub a year ago, and now that its in cans I still feel that way. Really glad I bought a whole case at the cannery. I also was surprised to find that it's a bit better out of the can.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 00:57:06 | More by musicforairports
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cosmicevan

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

extremely excited to try this long time want. huge thanks to baconsausage for hooking this up in Growler BIF round 2.

a - can is shiny. cracked it and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a deep but semi transparent honey orange brown with a finger of frothy off white ipa head that hung out for a while. visible carbonation. slightly sticky lacing. very attractive and to style.

s - a very nice burst of hop. great sweetness. not over the top at all. just pleasant. pretty resiny and somewhat sweaty. smelling from the can (as suggested by the can) has a very similar smell but a bit more citric concentrated and definitely more metallic (think i'm actually smelling that can itself).

t - wow. very nice. as suggested on the can, not an all out assault of hops, but rather a nice thick hop with good balance. definitely more resiny in the taste than the smell. took a couple of swills from the can and the hop concentration is definitely more significant and in your face. it also finishes much more bitter from the can.

m - alive. lots of carbonation, great tingle in my mouth. medium bodied with a refreshing finish and thick bitterness.

o - overall, a winner. wish this was readily available to me. would love to try it as fresh as it can get. quite nice from the can or the glass and one that i'd happily swig from the can.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 23:28:02 | More by cosmicevan
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Traded big for this one - a '11 DL for a four pack of this delicious stuff. Glad the brewery decided to can this beer! Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine, resin, and a slight bit of citrus and dankness. Taste is mildly sweet bready biscuity malt being assassinated by an onslaught of hops. Medium to thin body and level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. There is a bitterness finish, but it is pleasant, aromatic and not harsh at all. Tried this out of a can, but ended up too dangerously drinkable that way.

Serving type: can

10-19-2011 17:23:19 | More by CuriousMonk
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