Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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Ratings: 7,821 | Reviews: 1,588 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev -1.1%
I decided to go for this long awaited treat from The Alchemist for my 200th review.
Poured from 16oz can to imperial Surly pint glass...
Pours a hazy honey gold, gorgeously unfiltered. I like my orange juice with pulp, I like my beer with floaties. A big, rocky off-white head swells to fill the 20oz glass. Spotty, sticky lacing. Great looking beer, I don't really understand why this beer is suppose to be hidden inside of a can.
The nose is stuffed with fresh hop aromas - tangerine, orange peel, fresh floral bits, plenty of evergreen harshness to balance the heavy citrus. Not really any detectable malts here.
On the tongue... hop abrasion like I've never really experienced. Grapefruit, orange peel, massive flavors. Exceedingly hoppy and bitter. The super dry, bitter afterburn keeps me going for more. What a delicious thing this is.
Overall, I can see why people go nuts over this stuff. A unique, aggressive, very satisfying drink.
06-02-2012 22:10:23 | More by yamar68
3.85/5 rDev -18.6%
Light in color sort of a amber straw, nice white head and good aroma, not as much aroma as I would have expected, but good citrus and flower comes through. Also drank out of the can as suggested. The taste is nice and smooth, great drinkability. Maybe not as well balanced as others, the bitterness seems to linger with this one and I think it tends to take over the thin malt base. Great beer overall, but needs a bit better balance.
06-01-2012 16:28:48 | More by Prospero
4.51/5 rDev -4.7%
Re-Review. Drank this beer from the Can, as stated on the Can the first time, the second time I poured it into a glass. As soon as I poured it I understood why they want you to drink from the can. The beer looks like I cloudy mess with hop particles in it. It smells like a floral hop party as soon as the can was opened. The taste followed the nose, with a very thin malt backbone, this beer was smooth and very easy to drink. It tastes so citrus-y it almost tastes like juice was added. No booze present. This is probably my Third favorite DIPA behind Kern Citra, and PtE.
06-01-2012 01:38:01 | More by Rau71
4.4/5 rDev -7%
I've had this beer in a pint glass from the can and directly out of the can (as the label suggests). Liked it better in the glass. It is by far one of the finest beers I've ever had. Excellent pour brilliant finish. Place it up there with Pliney the Elder.
05-31-2012 17:09:45 | More by jduff
4.5/5 rDev -4.9%
Thanks to Joe for breaking this out and sharing.
Poured a nice coppery hue with a long lasting white head. The beer itself is cloudy with particulates all over the place. Impeccable smell. Huge gobs of pine resin and orange/grapefruit rinds all over. I don't even know if words can appropriately describe this. Pine, earth, grass, and citrus fruits battle it out on my palate amongst delicate carbonation. A healthy honey-grain malt backbone keeps everything together. Wow, quite a treat.
05-31-2012 16:23:08 | More by DmanGTR
4.68/5 rDev -1.1%
My first can of Heady Topper. A clean snifter glass ready-to-go, but I promise I’ll take that first sip from the can.
Pours an extremely hazy yellow-amber with a lush, creamy head that is kept at bay at an inch plus. Impressive hop-haze, if that’s what it is. 4.0
Don’t think I was catching whiffs from the moment I opened the can to the moment I was typing out my appearance description. This beer has some serious hop aromatics. Pineapple, fir tree, mango nectar, tangerine, grapefruit, and herbal tea. A top three ranking for best-smelling DIPAs. 5.0
Amazing fruity hop profile. Phenomenal flavors of a cornucopia of tropical fruits; notably pineapple, grapefruit, starfruit, and mango. Mildly bitter, which works to balance some sweetness, yet not obscuring the showcase of the hop flavor profile. Hardly a malt presence other than some light syrup (as in the light syrup in canned fruit) and biscuity character. The hop character is dank and oily and complex in that it has a plethora of different varietals’ flavors. Exactly what an Imperial IPA should be. I could drink this all night. 4.5
One milky brew with heft. Pockets of bubbles in the back of the mouth. Velvety smooth and a sly strength make for an incredible mouthfeel. 4.5
Elite class. Hoisting my empty can up high to pay homage to one of the greats. 5.0
05-30-2012 02:41:35 | More by thecheapies
4.25/5 rDev -10.1%
Many thanks to woodychandler for coming through big time with this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with hops and citrus. Taste is also very good, hoppy, citrus and tropical fruits abound, bitter but not overly so, a well constructed beer. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall was a pleasure to drink, worth seeking out.
05-29-2012 23:28:10 | More by tone77
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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