Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to Rob for acquiring this one. Really cool can, by the way, although I didn't heed the advice to drink from it.
Poured a very hazy orange with a big billowing head that receeded slowly with ample lacing.
Pine and ripe tropical fruit in the smell, and that's where the ride started and it didn't end until the glass was emptied, or nearly emptied sans the heavy sedimentation that had settled into the bottom of the glasses. Smells of pine, tropical fruits, peppery even..almost like the faint cordite that lingers in the air after fireworks.
Flavors of tropical elements, also mint, sap resin, canteloupe, star fruits, watermelon rind..this fella is chaotic, but oh it's flavorful. Hints of the alcohol poking through. Mouthfeel is firm and zesty, excellent carbonation, very well crafted.
This one takes you for quite a ride but in the end it's simply refreshing and tasty.
08-14-2012 21:34:06 | More by JackieTH
5/5 rDev +5.7%
A - An awesome can - Drink from it.
S - A Beautiful strong sweet Smell
T - Hoppy explosion with gusto and wisdom
M - crisp and refreshing
O - It's simply the best 2xIPA out there.... I had a fun time tasting the beer in Waterbury and meeting the crew. Its a great beer made by good people. Enough said.
08-14-2012 01:15:58 | More by TronDave
4.73/5 rDev 0%
A - An orange, almost amber color. Quite cloudy. Limited carbonation.
S - Amazing smell. Rich and full of fruits. I immediately get pineapple (SImcoe?), mango, and pine. THe smell is luscious almost.
T - Same as the smell, with just a bit of hop bitterness, and a little bit of alcohol warming. But all very well balanced, with hop flavor taking center stage. The malt sweetness is there to balance it out also. This almost like eating a slice of peach pie - but also nothing like that. Frankly, it's delicious. There are no flaws at all.
M - Medium, definitely low carbonation, I would have preferred the carb just a tad higher; but maybe that would have masked the flavor.
O - If you can, please try this beer. I live on the right coast and don't trade, so I haven't been privy to Pliny, but it would be hard for me to imagine it being any better.
08-13-2012 00:44:29 | More by mattbk
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,957 ratings.