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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,320 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,320
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,394
Gots: 1,741 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA” 75 IBU 8.0% abv

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004)
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Photo of Jefe73
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jsvt for sending a 4 pack down my way. Drank from the can like instructed. Haha. Guess I'll have to review one from the glass next.

A - Good looking can.

S - Upon cracking you get an intense burst of hops! A few people who had been standing nearby could even smell the floral bouquet from this one. Very prominent pine and citrus notes, smells like hoppy fruit punch.

T - Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be based on the nose. Loads of tropical and citrus fruits...pineapple, mango, papaya and grapefruit. Very balanced with a strong malt base. This is a hop-heads dream...wave after wave of resiny flavors wash over your tongue from start to finish.

M - Medium bodied and sticky. Light carbonation. Hop flavors definitely linger.

O - A top notch DIPA. Really glad I've got three more of these in my fridge. Definitely seek this one out.

Jefe73, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
4.03/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a buddy up north. Not inlaws, indigestion, or even nagging children could deter him from personally delivering the goods. Good man.

Poured into a Rave Vos Tumbler. Solid inch of stiff, off-white head. Hazed, light orange/amber body.

Smells fresh. Haven't had a fresh beer in a while. Soft citrus rind, muddled leaves, & a splash of orange juice. Aerosol. Not tropical, just green.

Taste is a satisfying one two of citrus & really dry cracker-like malt. Leafy/herbal/rind bitterness is big, but not as big as the fruit. Green Peppers? Very dry middle on in. Bitter aspirin & grain finish.

Carbonation is soft, but active; foamy. Unfiltered of course. Alcohol doesn't hide.

Very solid & refreshing. Bonus points for being fresh.

PEBKAC, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beefy for this can.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger white head. Very foamy with good retention and sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Very fresh. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits - some pineapple, grapefruit, and lots of grassy hops. Some lemon and a little bit of orange pith/zest. There is a little bit of pale malt, but the hops dominate, as they should.

T: Fantastic. Heavy tropical fruit flavors with some grapefruit, mango, and a bit of tangerine. A little more zest/pith going on as well. Very faint pale malts give it a slight backbone. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great level of bitterness, spot on. Drinks very easy and extremely smooth. Scary drinkable in fact. No sign of 8% whatsoever.

O: Lives up to the hype surrounding it. Could drink this beer all day everyday.

mdaschaf, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Day old can picked up at the new cannery. Despite the advice of the can, poured into a nonic.

An aromatic wave of dank pine and citrus hops emerge immediately upon cracking the can open. Pours a fairly dark, dull copper/orange. Cloudy and thick with a thick cream colored head. Clumpy streaks of lacing and a thin retentive layer of bubbles throughout. Sweet, juicy, ripe aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, with grass, pine and citrus rind balancing out the profile. Thicker side of medium body, chewy and oily on the palate with a resiny and pulpy finish. Strong bready malt body hides underneath the rich, fresh, intense hop flavor. Much more resiny and pulpy than the aroma, grapefruit and pine flavors dominate. Finish is dry and remarkably smooth. Just about perfect, this is a miracle in a readily available can.

yourefragile, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this last weekend after the bottle release at the Alchemist pub.

Poured from a pint can into my Alchemist glass.

Appearance: Hazy and unfiltered orange (almost copper body). Looks pulpy. Foam is thick and retention is good.

Smell: I can smell it as i pour. Mango, grapefruit a bit as well as pineapple. Juicy, not really bitter but all fruit. Peach slices as well. Heady and never lets up.

Taste: Like eating fruit. Plump orange, mango and some grapefruit. A bit of cedar lurking around. While really good, not as good as aroma.

Mouthfeel: Extremely well balanced and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really good. Would have liked the flavor to measure up to the aroma but you still can't go wrong with this one.

papat444, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Graciously offered by hoppymcgee in our most recent trade; what a huge treat, big shoutout.

Pours a, holy cow the aromas are huge! Focus... pours a dark orange, borderline copper color with a nice fluffy off-white head that leaves nice sticky and soapy lacing. A few yeasty chunks made their way in as I was pouring from the can. (I know it said not to on the can but how can you appreciate the aroma in a can, honestly...)

Aromas are straight hop juice. Huge citrus hops; I want to say more but there really isn't anything needed, so I will repeat HUGE PINEAPPLE AND GRAPEFRUIT! As it warms you get a little of the sweet bready and light caramel maltiness but the hops own this show for sure. Okay it's still opening up now; I get the grassy hops which were initially overwhelmed by the pine and citrus. Really a nice balance of hops smells here.

The tastes begin with light sweet toasted bready and pale maltiness but you are immediately bombarded by hop flavors and lesser hop bitterness. The order of dominance is pine, grassy/floral, then citrus/grapefruit. The hops are much more dominant in the flavor department which I LOVE, because too much hop bitterness ruins the hop flavors in a good DIPA. Don't get me wrong, there is def some bitterness (it is 120IBUs), but the light caramel maltiness and pale malt sweetness keeps the bitterness in balance but is still light enough to allow the hop flavors to really own this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nothing to crazy or complex, just perfectly balanced once again. The finish is also fairly balanced with a lean toward the dryer side thanks to the ample hopping and high-ish ABV.

Overall this beer eats Pliny the Elder's lunch. I would take this 10 times out of 10 over it's west coast comparative beer. It is just so damn delicious it's crazy. I may have to move to Vermont in the near future. It also scores extra point for coming in a 16 oz can which is by far the best packaging around. My new philosophy is 6 pack 12 oz bottles need to go away and 4 pack 16 oz cans need to take over; it just makes way too much sense on so many levels. Nice tangent there, anyway this is the best DIPA I have ever had, worth seeking out and highly recommended. I hope all is well and things get back on track because their brewery was damaged during Hurricane Irene and I know they had to shut down for a while. Let's hope all is returned to normal soon so they can continue to churn out stellar beers like this.

claspada, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drinking FROM THE CAN, no pour.

A - Well, it's a very nice can.

S - As soon as you crack the top you smell the intense hop bouquet. Thick, resinous pine aromas paired with grass and citrus -- grapefruit. really only a touch of malt. Hard to get a whiff from the can, but I'm not going to knock it since this is something of a novelty review.

T - Intense piney hops and some grapefruit. Really only a little bit of sweetness of any kind, but it also isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Just intensely hoppy. So dank and resinous. Yowza.

M - Medium body and a perfect amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth only slightly dry.

O - Overall I would say the beer is surprisingly great to drink directly from the can. I would still recommend pouring it, but it is really awesome from the can as well. I have matched my scores to a previous review in order to minimize allowing this review to impact the overall score

greenmonstah, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of readbaron
3.88/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for the pour.

Pours out golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. Limited lacing, and decent retention.

Smells hoppy - piney and bitter - but with a strong tint of copper/metal in the nose. For an east coast DIPA, not as much malt as I would have expected. The hops and copper do fade into a bit of honey sweetness, but this is a hop forward beer.

Taste is better than the nose - there's still something metalic/copper going on, but it's not as overwhelming as it smelled. Starts off with Sweet honey caramel malts, followed by dank hoppy bitterness.

Feel is solid - medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall - I don't get the hype for this beer - actually for all the Vermont DIPAs. Not a bad beer, but certainly not world class.

readbaron, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for dropping this in my box.

Appearance: Out of the can, Heady Topper has a bright orange amber color, slightly hazy, with a soft sea foam froth.

Smell: Pale malt, some honey, and a long drawn out bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and a little spice.

Taste: The flavor starts with a little malt sweetness and toasted grains, then moves to a blend of hoppy bitterness - pine, grapefruit, and a bit of herbal spice. The finish is a straight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is slightly fuller than medium. Grainy character, with some hoppy resin from the middle to the end. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This has a strong, pleasant bitterness, with the hop flavors taking a backseat. Good, but I don't see how it really differentiates itself from the top notch DIPA's.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. No canning dates. Poured into a glass, despite the fact the can tells me not to.

Murky amber body with tons of floaties (unfiltered!). Small, tan tinged head. Mostly bubbles and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

Pine, citrus and some menthol on the nose. Some caramel and biscuit malts. A floral aromas appears as well.

Lots of pine and citrus hops attack the tongue right away. Some brown sugar and biscuit malts form a base, but this is destroyed by a bracing bitterness. Very floral on the back end. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

Lives up to the hype. Wish I could drink this all the time.

litheum94, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of zbellino
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A delightful deep orange, even the head, which was two fingers of irregular froth dithering to an uneven lace (really a sloppy cobweb) has an orange hue. Sediment chunks that float about make this the Goldschlager of DIPAs.

S - The Topper doesn't mince words ... it's like smelling a bag of tropical skittles. It smells unreal and fruity, with a hint of pine. Or perhaps like a nice fruit taffy, because there is a bit of cooked sugar in there. Not quite caramel. There aren't too many beers that would appeal to that sense so viscerally. This is select.

T - Imagine biting into a starfruit that grew from a balsam fir. That is about it. Juicy and amazing, with a pitchy taste. OK, so pine aromas are normal. But starfruit is something else. Impeccably balanced. All of the aromas deliver. No false scents.

M - It has legs in the mouth. Perhaps it's one chink, it's a hair thicker than perfect for me. But perhaps that is good, because if it weren't I would drink it too quickly.

O - Only rivaled, not beaten. This is the best DIPA you can get, or at least that I've tasted.

This is one of those beers that makes you want to quit tasting beers, and just drink a whole lot of beers.

zbellino, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of loose white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, tangerine, grapefruit, and light pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Burst of citrus and tropical fruits up front followed by a strong caramel malt backbone with hints of buttered popcorn. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

No hint of the higher ABV; easy-drinking and tasty for sure. Enjoyed this beer but found it a little too sweet and malt-forward for my tastes (maybe I prefer the hoppier West Coast DIPA's?).

grittybrews, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Provided to me by good friend and fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A finger's worth of tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and moderately thicker collar... A very muted amber with a faint haze... Fairly still with no discernible carbonation just a bit of suspended sediment...

S - Some subtle grapefruit with a bit of tropical fruits mixed in too... Some light orange zest... A very subtle piney hop presence as well... A touch of muskiness... A light spiciness as well...

T - Citrusy hops to start... Tropical fruits... Grapefruit... Oranges... Mangoes... There are also some muted yet assertive piney characteristics... Very well balanced by a strong malt base... Heavy on the doughy bread with just a hint of spice... A bit of a peppery finish... Extremely complex... Each sip yields new subtleties...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Even and consistent... Exceedingly smooth... Surprisingly light and delicate given the overall potency...

D - An outstanding American Double IPA... Well crafted artisan brew... Loaded with both complexity and character... The appearance and aroma really didn't live up to my lofty expectations, but everything from there on out more than impressed...

philbe311, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can purchased at the source one week ago, canned two days before that, so yeah its fresh...

Decanted into a New Belgium tulip. Its clouded darker tangarine, off white head, leaves a lasting collar and a super fine film and again fine bits of lacing.

Nose is loaded with pineapple, mango and fruity/spicy hop goodness.

More of the same on the tongue and palate, pineapple and citric hops seem to dominate. Flavorful, fresh and pleasingly complex DIPA. As advertized this is not designed to blow away your senses with overwhelming loads of hops, but instead dominates your palate with wave after wave of hoppy goodness.

Fine creation in brewing..Every self respecting BA should pick up a case of this nectar everytime they find themselves in the general area of the cannery.

Billolick, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Alchemist tumbler. (14oz poured into the glass). Purchased from the cannery on 10/9/11.

A: Pours a hazy light amber colour. 1.5 fingers of off white frothy head. Minimal lace.

S: Floral hops, pine, orange peel, grapefruit, some malts. Perfect!

T: Just like the can says "wave after wave of hoppy goodness!" All the notes from the nose come through in the taste. This is a hopheads dream. Pure joy in a can. Every sip makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside! Long lasting hoppy finish that I wish would never end!

M: Heavy body/moderate carbonation. Bitter and hoppy throughout the mouthfeel. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Overall this is the best DIPA and best beer I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy! Every sip is filled with amazing hoppy goodness! I would make the 6 hour trip to Waterbury every month if I could, just for this beer! Thanks to the folks at The Alchemist cannery for being friendly awesome people and for making this truly wonderful beer!

muletrane, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mr. Topper, we finally meet. Via Fluke828 and AleLovinRuskie.

I will initially be tasting you straight from your container, per your request, but you will make it into a glass for the rest of the analysis.

Crack the can and a rush of flowery citrus and slightly piney hops punch me in the nose.

A sip is akin to making love for the first time. So long as that coitus involved a basket of assorted pineapples, grapefruit, oranges, and a frisky roll atop a bale of grassy hops. Beautiful creamy mouth feel with just the right amount of bite against the sweeter caramel malt. 8% ABV? Where? This is dangerously drinkable. I need a cigarette, darling...

After pouring it into a pint glass, I failed to notice the label -- there is a ton of hop sediment. I'm not adverse to this, but it's a little surprising to me that it's not a little cleaner, given that if I finished this from the can, I'd be enjoying a big gulp of pulp. The light caramel color is nice and a smooth head laces well.

Finally! A hyped beer that did not disappoint! Better than Pliny? Firstly, who cares. But also yes, it's made on the East Coast!

OldIronLungs, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of andrewinski1, thanks again!

I just received this can this afternoon, figured I'd better drink this as fresh as possible.

I going to take this cans word for it, and leave some of the beer in can, and drink from it. We shall see...

Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty nice bubbly bright white head. Some lacing on the glass.

Aromas are of course, hoppy. Very floral and fresh, bright oranges, tangerines, mangos, and sugary grapefruit. There are also some resiny notes as well. Smells wonderful.

Taste is sugary and bitter up front. Then beer settles into light sweet crackers and creamy malts. There are lots of hop flavors dancing around too, mostly mixed sweet citrus. Hints of sweet orange, tangerines, mango, and bitter grapefruit. Finish is dry, snappy, crisp, and with some sticky resin flavors, Very tasty and balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and very nicely carbonated.

Overall, an expertly made DIPA, one of the best I've had in quite a while. Very easy, and a pleasure to drink.

I have to say, I sipped this from the can and a glass, I preferred the glass because I could pick up the aromas better.

flexabull, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured to my La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Thanks for the shot at this one Oreo!

Pours a musty Orange that sizzles at the top for no longer than 10 seconds and the small bubbles fade to nothing. No lacing is left behind on this one.

Smell is of juicy pineapple, wildflower, pine, and some good citrus-y hops with the sweet caramel malt finish.

Taste is outstanding. Everything you could ask for in a DIPA. Extremely well balanced between the malt and aggressive hops in this one. Big fruity body with citrus shining through the most.

Mouthfeel is dangerously good. This stuff is too easy to drink. It's a good thing this is hard to get ahold of for me, otherwise I'd be drunk for the majority of my days. Creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth with some great juicy hops and an orange pulp film.

My expectations for DIPA's were raised the other day after having Ephraim, but this one put up a good fight with it. Very glad I got to try this and I'm happy this happened to fall on my 100th review. Thanks again cookie!

DearthVader, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to sixthglass for this one. Tim came into my store on Friday to share this then came back on Monday to share a Westy 12 and gave me this can of Heady Topper for a Ten Fidy. Great BA, thanks Tim!

This one pours a muddied and cloudy dark gold in color with a soapy white head that clings to the rim of my snifter. The nose is phenomenal. You get a lot of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus fruits, with a light malty sweetness. It is very pungent and very, very aromatic. The flavors too are a combination of grapefruit and pineapple with a moderate amount of bitterness and a clean finish. It's just so intensely hoppy. Like the description says, it is wave after wave of hoppy goodness. It drinks well, both from a glass or out of the can. It's just a really nice beer through and through. I'm really glad I got to try this one.

aasher, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed golden amber color with good cap of soapy white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Scent hits the nose with a big rush of tropical and citrus fruits... grapefruit, tangerine, mango, orange... slight presence of malt, finishes with a hint of grass. Taste starts off with a quick little bitter punch but quickly moves into a cocktail of tropical fruit with light citrus, again a faint presence of malt and a grassy and piney note at the end. Medium bodied, good carbonation, lacking some oily body preferred in the style. Overall, fantastic scent and taste make this beer highly drinkable and a great IPA.

rfgetz, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from tasting notes.

A Pours a hazy copper color with a pretty good white head.

S Lots of pine and resin with a bit of grapefruit. Malt really not noticable.

T By far the best part, lots of pine and grapefruit and other citrus type fruits. There is just enough of a bready malt presence to provide some balance.

M Nice medium body that's easy to drink.

Overall this is an amazing IPA that I think is one of the best of the style and actually lived up to the hype. I wish this was easier to get here in WA

beerandcycling88, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Andy donated a can towards my drinking. Excellent. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw with a finger of fluffy white head.

The real deal on the aroma here. Lots of grapefruit and orange with some grassy hops in the background. Hints of caramel malts but lots of fruity bitter hops here. A little more of a candied orange flavor here on the pallet. Still, this one delivers the fruity profile and lots of bitter grassy hops in the finish.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is simply great. Real tough to beat here. Glad to see these guys canning this guy regularly now.

Bendurgin, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden with a finger of fluffy eggshell white head that settles after a minute or so to a thin layer of head.

Smell: Straight up citrus bomb. Tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit dominate the aroma, while a hoppy, dank bitterness cuts through the end of the smell. Very sweet smelling beer.

Taste: Bitey, piney, hoppy bitterness last throughout the entire sip. Citrus flavors are strong as well, it's almost like biting into a grapefruit/pineapple/mango/tangerine hybrid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky.

Overall: Hands down deserves the hype it's received. I've had this out of a can and bottle so far and I haven't been let down.

Axic10, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can provided by Urbancaver (thanks Cam!).

Pours a hazy orange/copper with a nice white head. The nose is a combination of tropical fruit and pine smell that comes together in a very encouraging and welcoming fashion. The hop flavor combination is unusual in that it almost combines into the suggestion of a light mint tea. The taste is that same killer combination of tropical and pine flavors, and a good background malt base that is in balance with the hops. Lighter in body and sweetness than some DIPAs, but not dry, this achieves a good balance. Good carbonation. This is a really good DIPA and another to add to the list of 'must trys' for the hop head. Not brutally bitter, but a fantastically interesting hop flavor. Had this right after Hill Farmstead Double Citra and they were right on par with each other and fairly similar.

seeswo, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mallory for going to the alchemist cannery with me and enjoying this amazing beer! Also, good luck to everyone at the Alchemist brewpub, what happened was horrible and I hope for a fast and complete recovery.

A - Light brown 'apple cider' appearance with a half-inch of head that lasts almost throughout the session. Wisps of white lace that dance around my new alchemist glass. Looks like it will pack a punch. Graphics and text on the can are unique as well...notibly the incentive to be green..."Don't be a D-bag. Recycle this can!".

S - Bursts of hoppy goodness...I'm not sure which hops John Kimmich uses, but it seems as though a little bit of everything is in here. Some pine is there along with fruity esters as well. It might be the fact that it looks like apple cider, but I also pick up some cinnamon.

T - As expected, hops...this must be where hops go to heaven. Not overwhelming...well it's overwhelming (in a good way), but a unique hop/malt balance. Some fruit character is here as well such as orange peel and maybe some lemon zest. There is also a complex spice presence involving ginger, cinnamon, and...who knows?

M - Pretty much all you could ask for in a DIPA - lingering hops of all shapes, names, sizes, genders, races, and sexual orientations.

O - This is the best DIPA I've ever had. It is all that anyone could want this style to deliver. The statement on the can sums this beer up perfectly..."Not intended to be the biggest or most bitter. It is meant to give you wave after wave of hoppy goodness on your palate". I like this beer better than Pliny the Elder, but that might be because I had this beer fresh from the brewery whereas I had Pliny a couple of months after it was bottled.

BeerMaverick, Oct 10, 2011
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,320 ratings.