Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.21/5 rDev -11%
A kind of ugly beer - I see why they suggest drinking it from the can. Pours a hazy orange with a little sediment and not much in the way of head action. The aroma is fruity - tropical, with some apricot and mango. The flavor follows suit, with mango, apricot, pineapple, and a bast of big sticky hops. The mouthfeel is big and round. This beer is at once unusual and familiar - it reminds me of the beer to which it is so often compared, Pliny the Elder, though it is bigger and fuller, both in its tropical fruit and rounder mouthfeel. It's clearly less dry than the Russian River beer. But curiously the West Coast beer to which it most closely compares, in my view, is Racer 5 from Bear Republic - they are different beers, but both are round, fruity and given to showing up with a thick orange haze. It is as if Racer 5 and Pliny crashed into one another and spawned some crazy new hybrid. Heady Topper is a very good beer, but I wonder whether the frenzy would be as great if it were produced in greater quantity and distributed more widely.
01-06-2014 00:59:36 | More by Seanibus
4.73/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured a hazy yellowish orange with a white head.
S: Tons of fresh fruits, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit, papaya in an incredible nose.
T: Lots of orange, grass, pine, tangerine, tropical fruit, papaya.
M: Somewhat typical of an IPA, but a bit smoother, which is nice.
O: An incredible IPA. Not my favorite, but BA inflates their ratings, and they don't weight them how I personally would, so it might look that way. I don't know. I'd give it a 95.
01-05-2014 19:04:36 | More by BierJager89
4.94/5 rDev +4.4%
Believe the hype!
Poured from can into shaker pint. Cloudy to say the least, lots of sediment In the straw colored beer. Solid not so foamy head that leaves some wondrous lacing throughout.
Resins piny hoppy dank goodness in the nose, with more to follow in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is tasty.
I will NEVER turn down this beer.
01-04-2014 02:58:50 | More by ProudBeerSnob
4.71/5 rDev -0.4%
Poured from the can (oops) into a dimpled mug. Pours a cloudy orange-straw colour with a foamy white head.
Smells of alpine grasses and minty herbs. Pungent hop stank.
Tastes of orange and lemon citrus hops, floral hops, grassy hops, hops hops.
Creamy and ebullient in the mouth.
It's a hop bomb that pushes the envelope and manages to stay within the bounds of good (great?) taste.
01-04-2014 02:16:04 | More by Muhly
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,833 ratings.