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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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6,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 6163
Reviews: 1465
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

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Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden with a finger of fluffy eggshell white head that settles after a minute or so to a thin layer of head.

Smell: Straight up citrus bomb. Tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit dominate the aroma, while a hoppy, dank bitterness cuts through the end of the smell. Very sweet smelling beer.

Taste: Bitey, piney, hoppy bitterness last throughout the entire sip. Citrus flavors are strong as well, it's almost like biting into a grapefruit/pineapple/mango/tangerine hybrid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky.

Overall: Hands down deserves the hype it's received. I've had this out of a can and bottle so far and I haven't been let down.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 23:42:50 | More by Axic10
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can provided by Urbancaver (thanks Cam!).

Pours a hazy orange/copper with a nice white head. The nose is a combination of tropical fruit and pine smell that comes together in a very encouraging and welcoming fashion. The hop flavor combination is unusual in that it almost combines into the suggestion of a light mint tea. The taste is that same killer combination of tropical and pine flavors, and a good background malt base that is in balance with the hops. Lighter in body and sweetness than some DIPAs, but not dry, this achieves a good balance. Good carbonation. This is a really good DIPA and another to add to the list of 'must trys' for the hop head. Not brutally bitter, but a fantastically interesting hop flavor. Had this right after Hill Farmstead Double Citra and they were right on par with each other and fairly similar.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 13:16:26 | More by seeswo
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4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mallory for going to the alchemist cannery with me and enjoying this amazing beer! Also, good luck to everyone at the Alchemist brewpub, what happened was horrible and I hope for a fast and complete recovery.

A - Light brown 'apple cider' appearance with a half-inch of head that lasts almost throughout the session. Wisps of white lace that dance around my new alchemist glass. Looks like it will pack a punch. Graphics and text on the can are unique as well...notibly the incentive to be green..."Don't be a D-bag. Recycle this can!".

S - Bursts of hoppy goodness...I'm not sure which hops John Kimmich uses, but it seems as though a little bit of everything is in here. Some pine is there along with fruity esters as well. It might be the fact that it looks like apple cider, but I also pick up some cinnamon.

T - As expected, hops...this must be where hops go to heaven. Not overwhelming...well it's overwhelming (in a good way), but a unique hop/malt balance. Some fruit character is here as well such as orange peel and maybe some lemon zest. There is also a complex spice presence involving ginger, cinnamon, and...who knows?

M - Pretty much all you could ask for in a DIPA - lingering hops of all shapes, names, sizes, genders, races, and sexual orientations.

O - This is the best DIPA I've ever had. It is all that anyone could want this style to deliver. The statement on the can sums this beer up perfectly..."Not intended to be the biggest or most bitter. It is meant to give you wave after wave of hoppy goodness on your palate". I like this beer better than Pliny the Elder, but that might be because I had this beer fresh from the brewery whereas I had Pliny a couple of months after it was bottled.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 00:51:31 | More by BeerMaverick


4.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robtobfest for this one. Reviewed from notes 09/29/11.

Pours a hazy amber/gold with little head an retention. Lots of floaties when decanted. Aroma is a big blast of grapefruit, pine, and some weed-like astringency. Great smell. Mouthfeel is slightly slick and resiny but still nice and full-bodied. Super drinkable.Taste is heavy on grapefruit, orange, and pine before giving way to a solid malt backbone. Shows great balance despite the heavy bitterness. This is a world class DIPA but I'd hesitate to call it the best I've ever had. Nevertheless, I'm depressed that I can't get this gem of a beer regularly, not to mention 4 packs.

I tried one from the glass (the basis for this review) and one from the can (as it says to do) and honestly, I liked the one from the can better. Maybe it's just my mind playing tricks on me because that's how the brewers wanted it but I usually never drink from the can unless I have no choice.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 21:34:03 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Four pack courtesy of beertruth, via younger35, long story. Either way I am extremely glad to have it.

I normally would pour this type of beer into a snifter but I drank it out of the can as recommended by the brewer, hence my 4.0 rating on appearance. The smell is exceptional with a huge pineapple, grapefruit and piney aroma hitting my nose a few inches before the can even reaches my mouth. The taste is tropical fruit and major dry, piney blast to the taste buds. The beer is quite bitter but exceptionally drinkable and I am savoring every sip. Mouth feel is awesome with spot on carbonation. The pine taste is very dry but it works for me.

Overall heady topper is everything I had hoped it would be. In my opinion it lives up to the hype and is certainly one of the best doubles I have had to date. The hop flavors and drinkability are amazing. I wish I could get this on a regular basis but I can't so it looks like I will be trading more often. If you like the hops do not miss this brew because its exceptional. Thanks again Adam and Dan, I owe you both!

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 17:28:34 | More by gibby
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4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint can poured into a newly acquired Weyerbacher tulip(against the can's behest). Thanks to DaveHack for the beer & the glass.

A: Hazy amber hue with a dark core that pushes the light out to the edges of the beer. Bubbly eggshell white head that fizzes out to a soft film that clings to the edges of the glass & leaves a disc shaped ring with frayed edges in the center of the glass. I haven't seen many dipa's that look like this & I am entranced by the murky elixir that is swirling in my glass.

S: Incredible. Intense tropical fruit aroma that dominates, mainly mango with soft pineapple undertones. A nice zesty citrus kick that brings in the finish that ends with a hint of sweetness. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers I have had the pleasure to stick my nose in. The smell does lose a bit of intensity after it is poured in the glass, but still retains the same character.

T: A bit of mango mixed with pineapple that ends with a zesty, grapefruity flavor. It's all brought together by a mellow hop biterness that tingles the front of the tounge.

M: Sticky & sweet with a hop biterness that lingers on the front of the tounge while hop oils coat the back of the tounge & roof of the mouth. A bit heavier than most dipa's but excellent balance that ties together all the elements.

O: Amazing aroma & captivating appearance. This is truly an experience that any hop lover should seek. Huge thanks to DaveHack for helping me cross this off my list & for the awesome glass.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 03:55:22 | More by Cisco619
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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz from the Nice Cans III BIF. Even though the can says to drink it from the can, I'm gonna pour this into a NB Globe (I've got 3 more cans to try straight out the can).

A: Hazy amber color with a bone white head, about half an inch thick or so, sticks around nicely, and leaves a nice ring of lacing as it slowly recedes.

S: Tons and tons of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, you name it, its got all of the hop characteristics that I love. Juicy hops even. Just smells absolutely fantastic. Pineapple and mango. A lot like opening a bag of hops. Spot on here.

T: Oh man, this is worth every bit of the hype that it's received. Tons of hop flavor, no other way to describe it. Just like sucking on a Citra hop cone. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind, and passion fruit all are hugely present, it's almost like a slightly bitter malty tropical fruit cocktail. Just loaded with hop flavors. Bitterness is there, but is not overbearing, just enough to keep things in check, tons of hop resins as well. Malt profile, no need to worry about a malt profile with all this hoppy goodness, there isn't much there, and I'm not missing any malt. Easily the most flavorful DIPA I've had in a long time.

M: Excellent, just the right amount of body, lower carbonation, slight warmth, finish is dry, but not annoyingly so.

O: Yeah, easily the best DIPA I've had in a long time. Huge aroma, even bigger flavor, not overly dry or over carbonated or too heavy or boozy. More and more I'm liking DIPA's to be in the 8.0% to 9.0% range, because the hops seem to get lost in the huge amount of malt it takes to push a beer over that 9.0% threshold, this beer hits everything right on. Great beer, completely worth the hype.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 02:29:48 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a couple cans as extras from GoGriz. I've read a lot about Heady Topper, so I'm really excited to try this!

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a fair amount of sediment floating around, which is a little off-putting. A finger or two of slightly off white head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin layer of foam on top and a lot of lacing.

S - Citrus fruits - pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Some pine notes are in there too.

T - Starts with a piney bitterness. The citrus fruits are slightly present, but not as much as they were in the nose. The bitterness lingers all the way through the finish, which is slightly dry.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable DIPA. Surprisingly easy to drink for a relatively big beer. The hops grab you from the first sip and do not let go. Definitely worthy of the attention it receives and would never turn down more!

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 01:19:28 | More by ratedz
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4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange almost amber or brown with a frothy off white two finger head leaving supreme lacing down the glass.

Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits and a little bit of caramel. Everything about this beer is fantastic so far.

Strong citrus flavors hit at the front of the tongue balanced out in the middle with some caramel malt. Finishes with a light piney resin bitterness.

A little bit sappy and good carbonation levels.

Fantastic beer. Not the very best of the style I've had, but right up there.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 19:38:39 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

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

A: Poured. Floaties, as you know. Cloudy medium amber with a thick resinous depth and minimal head but thick frothy residual on the sides

S: Can't do better than this. It's like boring your nose into mother earth's hop vagina. Heaven. Best clean citrusy smell of any IPA I've come across (Ephraim's smell is quite an experience too but not citrusy per say, more like it's alive like a luscious liquid swamp thing)

T: Sharp bittering attack up front and definitely the dominant component of the taste. Slowly transitioned some deafened citrusy flavors, hit with another punch of bitterness, then lulled out with a dampening dryness that lulls the taste buds into enjoyment of their anesthesia. Slightly lacking dimension wise (I know, I know).

M: Very very neutral for a big IPA, minimal dryness and residue. Appropriate carbonation - slightly above average.

O: Definitely enjoy it more poured than out of a can haha. The can restrains the aroma and taste imo. CANNOT beat the price here. I've had it on tap at the brew pub and only thought it was slightly above average. This is the most enjoyable Heady Topper I've had yet.

*Also better canned than on draft.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 03:30:59 | More by CharlieMurphy
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3.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Courtesy of huadog (thanks Russ, you rock buddy).

Pours a vibrant burnt apricot with a white frothy head. Moderate lacing decorates the glass as I continue to guzzle this baby down. Smells of citrus fruits, grapefruit, and malt. Piney hops I was looking for seem to be mellowed down quite a bit in the nose. Taste is very smooth, pretty much zero bitterness whatsoever. Hops (thank goodness) makes its appearance as the beer rolls around my tongue. I was tempted to call in a search party to look for any bitterness from the hops, but it appears it will just remain on the missing persons report. Mouthfeel is quite impressive. Overall, it's a good DIPA. However, I have had better.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 01:22:15 | More by leschkie
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Drank about half from the can first, then poured the rest for this review. Canned 9/21/11

A: Pours cloudy, burnt orange. 2 finger head which some retention. Some scant lacing, but very limited

S: Blast of hops up front. Settled into a nice aroma of citrus fruits, orange, pineapple and mango. Some pineyness as well. Balanced somewhat with breaded malt

T: Mirrors the nose. Starts with some piney bitterness. Moves on to juicy citrus fruit with some bread crust mixed in. Finishes with hop bitterness

M: Full bodied. Crisp, but slightly undercarbonated. Bitter hop flavor lingers

D: Such a lovely, flavorful beer. Hops are forefront but kept in check by an underlying malt base. A must try

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 21:22:56 | More by Brez07
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ashley for sending this my way! Poured into a taster glass. There is a nice one inch head on top of a hazy orange color. There isn't a ton of head retention on this particular can though.

The aroma is full of sweet pineapple, orange candy, and some pine. Very inviting.

The taste is slightly sweet in the start with more pineapple and citrus. There is a nice dry bitter finish to balance out with some notes of pine that linger. This would definitely qualify as juicy.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with some good refreshing carbonation.

This is top notch. I can't wait for my ski trip in January to stock up.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 04:12:56 | More by andrewinski1
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4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into RR tion glass.

A very cloudy coppery, orange color comes from the can. Its not a very pretty color. Decent head quickly dissapates, leaving some sticky lacing behind.

This beer smells like the heavens. The image I get in my head when I smell this is a large hop, just dripping oil. Words have trouble describing the fanatastic aroma of this beer.

First taste is a delicious bitter hop bite. That bite lasts all the way through the swallow. It tastes like a pine cone had sex with a tropical fruit and Heady Topper flavor was born.

This stuff is awesome in the mouth. Again, excellent hop oil abounds. It is definately on the heavier side of medium body.

Overall, the beer is just great. It smells freakin' awesome and tastes excellent. The alcohol is really hidden in this gem. By all means get this beer and consume!

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 01:44:21 | More by DaveHack
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can.

The pour is a nice hazy amber with a foamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Sure, not the prettiest brew but good enough that the Brewers shouldn't be ashamed of it leaving the can.

The smell is awesome when you pour it out, better than sniffing it form the can. It has a great deal of tropical mango and cane sugar. Very resiny. Kind of one-dimensional but in a way that I love.

The flavor is really nice. It has a mellow front end with sugar and melon being the main flavors. There is a bit of pale graininess in the beginning that is that sweet biscuity type which is awesome. The finish is bitter with some nice pine. It is pretty balanced with sweetness all the way through and a nice bitterness at the end. It prob could have had a pinch more bitterness to make it absolutely perfect. I feel it actually is sweeter in the glass than in the can, odd but that is what it seemed like.

Glad I got to try this, I am often let down by hype, but this one is delicious and worth tracking down.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 21:58:49 | More by crossovert
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4.28/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull light brownish-orange in color. Hazy. Forms about an inch of barely off-white head. Good stability, reducing slowly to a bubbly surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Intense aroma of spicy, piney hops with some notes of orange and citrus in the background.

T: Light caramel malts with a slight sweetness. Spicy hops. Pine and pine resin. Fades to more spicy hops on the finish.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation, giving the beer a heavier feel to it than it really is. A noticeable fusel spice on the finish.

O: A very good, quite tasty, hop-forward IIPA.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 12:46:22 | More by Florida9
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4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to have a friend give me a can after stopping by the brewery this past weekend. Pouring a little less then half into an Allagash chalice and will drink the second half from the can, as commanded.

A- Pours a cloudy pale amber color from can. Sits an opaque hazy orangey gold hue. A slight white head forms, then quickly fades to a wispy cap. Not much carbonation.

S- A good dose of both sweet and zesty citrus fruit. Really good. The crisp tang of ripe grapefruit is met by sweet sun ripe orange slices. No malt really detected under all these hop aromas.

T- GREAT! Loads of fresh juicy hop goodness. Sweet orange meets mellow pink grapefruit. A touch of drying caramel malt on tongue. Very hop forward, but not very bitter or abrasive. Really good. A little bit of pine on back end. Sips from the can are different. The flavor profile has shifted slightly and the mouthfeel is different and more bitterness comes through. I prefer the glass, so pouring the rest in.

M- A medium bodied DIPA that is full of hop flavor. Some bitterness on palate but rather mild and soft for a DIPA. Drinking from the can affects the mouthfeel. Makes it a tad harsher. Not much carbonation on palate, pretty flat.

O- An awesome DIPA. Very smooth in the body, yet completely hop forward. Top notch. Completely worthy of being my side beer as I brew my first batch tonight (Nobel Trappist ale). Will need to get more of this beer.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 03:01:07 | More by busterthecat
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New Jersey

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

A: Pours cloudy and orange with a thick white foamy head. The head has a little staying power but leaves some great lacing behind.

S: Great hoppy nose. Tons of grapefruit and citrus (I catch some hints of lemon), with a touch of pine.

T: Less hoppy than expected on first taste. The maltiness hits me first. Sweet but not overly so. But then the hops kick in. Tropical and citrus with some grapefruit intertwined. Toss in a shot of pine at the end. Very balanced throughout.

M: Medium in body, medium to low in carbonation. Yet still creamy and silky smooth. Fits the taste very well.

O: A perfect example of how a DIPA should be. Really glad I got an opportunity to try this.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 14:28:40 | More by PatrickSullivan
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a Heady Topper as an extra from Stakem and then the next day a box landed from Tanger that had another one of these cans, I can't tell you how pumped I was to recieve these. Thanks a bunch guys.
I poured about 3-4oz. of the beer into a glass just so I could see what it looked like and give it a sniff, the rest I drank straight out of the can as directed and it felt great.
The beer that was poured came out a hazy almost murky gold with a fairly small white head that left some lacing.
The nose was dominated by sweet citrus notes with orange, grapefuit, pineapple and cumquat.
The tast was also pretty intense with citrus juice and pine flavors that did not present themselves on the nose. There was a slight malt presence that brought it all together.
This beer has insane drinkability with a smooth and creamy body followed with good carbonation.
This is a great DIPA that lives up to the expectations and belongs at the top with the best of them.
Huge thanks again Stakem and Tanger for giving me a chance to have some of this.
Oh and I am going to be a D-bag and not recycle this can because I'm saving it. Love it.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 03:33:37 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose comes out of the can . . . piney with an explosion of mixed citrus, also mildly tropical. Characteristics I've had before, but extremely well done here.

Nothing I've ever had tastes or feels like this perfectly balanced, sweet, aromatic, tropical citrus party. So effing balanced. I didn't know hops could dance so well. So absurdly drinkable. I don't have words for this work of art.

I just don't know what to say. This is the first perfect beer I've ever had.

Appearance: it was out of the can like they recommend, but I gave it a 5 because I love the can art.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 00:00:19 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to spwalshesq for the trade. Huge want of mine! And so worthy...
Cheers Shaun!

Notes from 09/27/11
Tried w/ pint as well as straight from the can.

A: Heady Topper is exactly that. Pours a darker gold color with an orangish hue and just a great big 3 finger head of pure white foam. Amazing retention with a cascading lace all down the glass.

S: Huge grapefruit and massive mango attack at immediate pop of the top. Awesome Awesome Awesome aroma. Very fruity with hints of kiwi and lime. Barely pick up some light sugary sweet bits of malt.

T: Fruity tropical blasts of hop goodness. Spikes with bitter melon, grapefruit and mangoes. Nice hop bitterness overall. Resinous and lingering sticky-icky deliciousness. Some caramel malt background but light and sugary pronouncing the hops. Slight alcohol flavs. Really danky stuff. This is true hop juice.

M: Great creamy texture. Nice carbonation. Lighter body and an oily slick mouthcoat with a refreshingly crisp finish.

D: A fantastic exhibition of hops with great balance. Enough caramel sugar base but just superhoppy and very drinkable. Really great stuff.

Glad to have the chance to try and will definitely be seeking out again. Highly recommended. A contender with Abrasive for sure.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 18:38:02 | More by Nugganooch
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4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to exitmusic00 for giving me one of these. Very generous of you sir! Tried directly from can as well as poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy sunset orange with a ton of sediment. There is a one finger head that dissipates leaving some tiny spots of lacing.

S- Right when I open the can, the smell was powerful and bursting with mango, peach, pineapple, melon, apricot and passion fruit, basically a fresh tropical fruit salad. A great deal of floral hops are there as well as a bit of pint and biscuit malt. An amazing aroma.

T- Biscuit malt is more present as well as some citrus notes such as pink grapefruit and lemon zest. Still some tropical fruit such as peach and mango, but not as tropical as the aroma. Orange marmalade in the middle with some citrus bitterness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry.

O- Extremely drinkable with a great aroma. The only issue I had was that it was a little less complex in the taste and a little malty, but a fantastic DIPA that can compete with the best.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 05:54:10 | More by iadler
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4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a five day old can on October 2, 2011.

Pours a very hazy tangerine orange with a huge, lasting, frothy head of three fingers. More or less what I expected given the fact that it's unfiltered.

I love this nose. Fresh orange, citrus, candied fruit, and light floral notes, with just a hint of juicy tropical fruit and pine. Almost a perfect combination of pungent fresh fruit, bitterness, and sweetness.

Opens with the orange and tropical fruit (especially mango) punch - the bitterness is really only moderate in character on the front of the palate, with just a tiny resinous bite. Some grapefruit and more pine makes its way on the mid-to-late palate, accompanied by a light honey sweetness. Very juicy, fruity, and wonderfully integrated, which is what I look for most in a DIPA. I appreciate that this isn't harshly bitter (though it's no slouch).

Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. I hoped for a little more carbonation, but that's not stopping me from working my way through the can.

Heady Topper lives up to its reputation, and I love that The Alchemist has devoted an entire facility to making and canning it. If I lived close, it'd be hard to justify buying much else at $12/4 pack. An elegant and supremely balanced DIPA.

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 01:13:53 | More by Verecund
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to warriorsoul for the chance to try this one!

A-Pours a very cloudy orange with some honey notes,a forthy white head subsides quickly.

S-Smells great! Sweet and juicy pineapple, tangerine and apricot.

T-Stand up to the promise of the nose. Very solid malt backbone behind a huge variety of hoppy flavors. Sweet citrus dominates, with notes of oranges and pineapple, then a solid bite of grapefruit. Outstanding.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness.

O-Excellent. Up there with Abner and Elder as the best DIPAs I have had.


Serving type: can

10-02-2011 19:09:10 | More by sholland119
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4.2/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says to drink from the can but I just can't.

A - VERY murky apricot. Off white head, leaves to ring fast. Some cling.

S - Hoppy, bitter. Mostly grapefruit.

T - Sweet malt tries to dominate but the grapefruit overcomes. A tiny remnant of the malt survives to the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, fairly clean, errs to the hops at end.

D - Not as kick ass as I was expecting, but a great beer!

Serving type: can

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