Heady Topper - The Alchemist
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4.9/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A- Deep golden in color, very hazy nice foamy white head that sticks around for awhile a lot of lacing nice looking beer.
S - Lots of hops. Lots of pines, some floral and citrus notes as well. The slightest scent of sweet malt.
T - Tastes great and amazingly balanced. Sweet malty caramel flavor followed by very piney and again slightly floral and citrus hops. Nice refreshing bitter finish but not overpowering at all. I must say it has lived up to the hype.
M - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation.
O - Overall, I've been trying to get this beer for a long time I am a "Hophead" and I'm glad I got to try this one. It is a wonderful DIPA and has lived up to the hype I will try to get this one again.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2012 23:23:17 | More by LiquidBread219
4.48/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Out of the can, from multiple fresh deliveries in VT. Thee hops, citrus, pine, and malt come together perfectly. Not the biggest fan of drinking from cans, but it seems thats the brewers preference. Not much booze until it warms up, which makes that 8% catch up with you fast, but the cans also warns you off this. Listen. The can makes it feel like a session beer but it's far for a session beer. Def one of my favorites, but meant to be shared, paired, and part of tastings
Serving type: can
03-31-2012 17:32:30 | More by FoundersPounder
4.78/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Big ups to woodchopper for hooking me up
16oz can poured into a pint glass
Appearance : very cloudy golden color. A nice one finger white head forms after a less than aggressive pour that slowly dissipates to sticky lacing
Smell : lots of wonderful evergreen and pine tree aromas. Lots of pineapple and orange citrus aroms also abound
Taste : flavor is spot on one the most easy beer to fall in love with. Tons of orange citrus flavors and pineapple dominant. Finishes with mild hop bitterness. Strong malt backbone adds a pleasant sweetness
Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with pleasant carbonation
Overall : I really love to drink this beer quickly I just can't seem to sip this one. I suggest drinking this one in a big gulps. Every BA owes it to themselves to seek this beer out. Make sure to get your self a 4pak because one is not enough
Serving type: can
03-30-2012 01:38:23 | More by BUNZILLA
4.2/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On draft at Blind Tiger.
Beautiful pour, plenty of head with solid retention. Aroma holds fresh hops, pine, malt, citrus. Great balance of malts and hops in the flavor profile. Many Vermont IPAs fall into the West Coast style while Heady sits somewhere between East and West.
My biggest criticism of Heady Topper is its relatively thin body compared to other DIPAs. It's much improved on draft (vs the cans I've had), yet still lacking. But this is just splitting hairs -- HT is easily one of the best DIPAs brewed today.
Serving type: on-tap
03-29-2012 04:27:30 | More by brystmar
4.58/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First - thanks to MRMOJORISIN for bringing cans to our annual ABB-festival.
A: Yes, I ignored the warnings on the can, and, after a couple sips, poured it into a mug. The result? A cloudy, hazy dark orange with a ton of stuff in suspension (given the smell, I'm guessing hop remnants of some sort). On top is a finger of white head.
S: The nose is intense. Dank. Perfumey. Loads of citrus (grapefruit & lemon zest) and pine (resin and needles). This is a hop lover's nose.
T: Citrus and tropical fruity hop goodness, with resiny, bitter pine and a hint of apricot. After the palate gets adjusted to that big hop onslaught, I sense a bit of sweeter malt underneath, but it's having trouble asserting itself here. Lingering lemony bitterness in the aftertaste, and a little bit of heat from the 8% ABV is felt in the belly. Man, I'll be tasting this lingering palate-coating hops assault for awhile.
M: The body is medium in heft with only a modest level of carbonation. Finishes dry - and bitter. Real bitter. Brings to mind my first tastes of Victory Hop Wallop or Stone Ruination many, many years ago.
O: This is great stuff for a hophead. I'm not sure you'd want to drink more than one or two of these, however, but if you like a fresh-tasting, hop-juiced beer, this should be right up your alley.
D: Certainly a very, very good IPA. Actually reminded me a lot of Sculpin, but more bitter. Would definitely like to have this one again.
Serving type: can
03-29-2012 01:30:11 | More by Kendo
4.93/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A: Poured a small amount in a glass to see this. Bright golden color with a small white head for as much as I poured. Drank the rest out of the can.
S: Smells like a bag of fresh hop pellets. Concentrated hop aroma mixed with pineapple, orange and wet pine. A superb example of what a DIPA should smell like.
M: I noticed the hops coating my mouth with with a thick layer of greatness which stuck around for what seemed like forever. The flavor of hops lingered in my mouth until I drank something else.
T: By far one of the most delicious DIPA's I have ever had. Starts out with a beautiful upfront pine flavor followed by an almost marshmallow like sweetness. As the can states, not much bitterness just layers and layers of hops. Citrus, passion fruit, and pine blast the palate with flavor. No alcohol present, I could enjoy these all day.
O: Incredible "drinkability" I think someone should give up their slogan. Haha. Really glad I got my hands on one of these, thanks to ixodus for throwing in this amazing extra. It was so good im going to have to get more at some point.
Serving type: can
03-28-2012 18:45:59 | More by shuntstout
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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