Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.99/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance - They say to drink it from the can, so that's what I did. Living fairly close by (in NH) I've had more than my fair share of Heady, and a few times I've shared it with friends that have poured it out. I've not seen the extreme cloudiness on these occasions, but you can definitely tell it is unfiltered.
Smell - Perhaps the best thing about this beer, once you pop open the can you get a big whiff of incredible hop aroma's. Citrus, big and bold. I like to take a little time to take it all in before I even start drinking.
Taste - Talk about balance! Many IIPA's try to bludgeon you over the head with hops or over the top IBUs, this gives you a full palate of hop flavor that isn't off putting. Not super bitter, lots of citrus hop notes, with some lingering pine afterwards.
Mouthfeel - Just right, not overly carbed.
Overall - I had heard lots about Heady before trying it, and I have to say I was expecting to be let down (as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is). In this case the legends held true for me. An IIPA like no-other, the perfect balance of all things hoppy.
As a side note I was able to try Heady alongside Pliny, and have to say they both hold up incredibly well. Totally different beers that shine in different ways. Certain palates may prefer one over the other, but side by side you can really appreciate the different directions they take the IIPA style.
Serving type: Can.
Serving type: can
10-30-2013 18:06:00 | More by JesseLV
4.98/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Many thanks to shawnp for hooking me up with this one.
Appearance - A very cloudy straw colored beer. The cloudy appearance is expected as this is an unfiltered beer.
Smell - Hops, not much in the way of malts. Like citrus and grapefruits - smells fresh.
Taste - A perfect level of hops and the taste is similar to the smell - citrus and grapefruit. It is more sweet than bitter. Sometimes IIPAs can be overwhelming, but this is a very well balanced example of the style.
Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbonation and it goes down smooth
Overall - This one lives up to the hype. It is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Would love to try it side by side with pliny and abrasive
Serving type: can
10-30-2013 00:15:01 | More by shadetree67
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,413 ratings.