Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.85/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
After receiving this in a generous pre-wedding gift-box of beers from a friend, I too neglected the bold warning to only drink this straight out of the can. I really wanted to see the beer I was drinking so I busted out a frosted mug for the occasion.
Appearance: A very pleasant golden-wheat color, not the alarming looking orange associated with some less subtle IPAs. As others have noted, there was quite a bit of particulate floating through the beer but I'm assuming that is part of its charm (and flavor).
Aroma: As much as a smell can be crisp, this was. Very up-front, fruity notes and you could sort of smell the bubbles over the top of the glass like you might with a fresh glass of champagne - speaks to the great carbonation of a can.
Taste: Oh man, oh man. After the first small sip I was really tempted to take a backyard PBR-sized gulp of this stuff - that crisp, pleasant hopped fruit taste was really the first wash of flavor and it had an excellent mouthfeel. I'll drink anything, but the IPAs that leave a bubblegum film aren't my thing; the Heady Topper does not have that. It's a clean flavor burst that then leaves you, as I said, ready for a nice big follow-up gulp. So many high-end beers aren't necessarily drinkable, this one is. In terms of other flavor notes, you could really pick out a dry, honey-ish malt flavor throughout and a not-quite lemon peel zestiness on the hop. It's quite possible I just made that up, but that's what comes to mind...
Great beer and, having grown up in VT, I can attest that Waterbury is a very worthy city (aka small village) of an IPA so great. Will look forward to a chance to sample again!
Serving type: can
03-28-2013 12:25:21 | More by luckyluke1184
4/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I also didn't buy into the hype of "Drink it from the Can" because I wanted to see what I was working with. I can see why they wanted me to though, because there was a ton of gnarly looking sediment in my glass when it was all said and done.
Aroma was really nice, but not quite as strong as I was expecting from reading all of the reviews and hearing from friends.
Great tasting IPA for sure, but not nearly as aggressive as most of the West Coast styles that I am accustomed to like Pliny, Green Flash, or Alpine.
Certainly a decent IPA, but it definitely doesn't deserve the hype it receives. I bet it would be far better on tap than in the can, but since I live at the complete opposite side of the country from where that could happen I will just settle for the little taste that I got.
Overall, there are far better IPA's and DIPA's out there, but this one is definitely worth a try!
Serving type: can
03-27-2013 20:36:46 | More by JRoth420
4.9/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Outstanding in every respect, fresh and wonderfully aromatic. Little cloudy, so there's that.
But all in all, most of the positive stuff you'll read and hear about it is true, so get up to VT and get you sum.
Aroma: hoppy, good mild cheddar cheese, pine.
Froth: massive and abiding, beyond the empty glass.
Color: cartoonishly gold, cloudy.
Taste: hops balanced bitter to sweet, mild cheese, perfectly bittered, and balanced with malt.
Texture: rich full balanced mouthfeel.
Let's talk hops. They don't disclose what they are using, but there are several, which in combination, like 36, 24, 36, makes a winning hand. It tastes as packed with them as they claim.
If you like hops, The Alchemist is making one Brick House of a beer-- it's the winning can, right on par with other hopped monsters, such as Tall Grass' 8 Bit, Half Acres' Daisy Cutter and FFF's Zombie Dust.
Serving type: can
03-27-2013 03:36:28 | More by Ethanol4one
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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