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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,177
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,608
Gots: 1,214 | 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

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Photo of nickd717


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, huge thanks to nathanjohnson.

Pours clear copper with a two-finger white head and excellent lacing.

The aroma is really awesome. Huge floral and citrusy hop punch with sweet caramel malt. Clean and intense.

The flavor is deinitely east coast style, but probably the best in that style I've had. Sweet caramel malt balanced by a huge flavorful and bitter hop burst. Floral notes, grapefruit, and orange. Tasty as hell.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied with big hop resins and a long enamel-ripping finish.

Nice beer overall. Awesome for an east coast style DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 18:07:48 | More by nickd717
Photo of Kegatron


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can pour straight into the mouth. Thanks go to Funkel81 for this generous extra in a recent trade.

No pour here, since I decided to follow the directions on the can and sip straight from it! We’ll skip right to the nose. The aroma is lush with bright smelling hop character, as pine and bitter smelling grapefruit are funneled up the nose. There are some leafy herbal tones and tropical fruit notes here as well, along with some spiciness, and a firm malt sweetness across the back that gives the hops something to bounce off of. This is full and bright feeling in the nose.

The taste has a fresh feeling vibrancy to it, with a blast of grapefruit and sticky resinous hops. This is tempered on the edges by a ripe and juicy tropical fruitiness and a sweet malt character that almost honestly seems like an afterthought compared to the bulk of this hop onslaught. The finish is dry and piney with some lingering bitter pith that sticks to the tongue. This has quite the aggressive finish on it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller, with a big creamy crispness to it that blows up in the mouth. Some slick and oily textures weave in and out with this, really keeping things overall smooth for 8% ABV. There is some gentle warmth to the body that mostly adds some extra boldness to those hop flavors.

This is my third different time reviewing this beer and it still holds up even here in packaged form. I still feel that it shows just a tad too much alcohol to really go the full monty on the style for me but there is no doubt that this is a DAMN great DIPA. The fact that this beer is now available in cans is just mind-boggling to me. I see many more of these in my future.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 20:19:47 | More by Kegatron
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!

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 08:05:22 | More by DearthVader
Photo of DividedAvery


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Can into a 4oz Snifter.
Drank the rest from the can

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange. One finger head lingers. This beer is really a looker

S: Lots of citrus and resin. Smells clean

T: Wow. Heard the rumors and they were all correct. This beer is everything a DIPA should be. The resiny citrus hops explode through with just the right amount of bitterness and wonderful malt balance. Awesome. Just awesome

M: Very smooth and a great amount of carbonation. Feels as good as it tastes.

O: Incredibly impressed. Beers with this much hype don't usually live up to it and my oh my did this one. Now I just need more..

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 07:06:31 | More by DividedAvery
Photo of titosupertramp


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to nathanjohnson for the chance to try this beer.

A: I'm drinking this from the can as recommended, but I did drink one last night from my Duvel tulip. Hazy orange in color with lots of floaties from the dry hopping, I guess. Finger or two of white head. Decent amount of lacing and fairly thick film.

S: Big hop smell as you'd expect. Weird to say, but this just smells bitter and juicy at the same time. I get mostly grapefruit and orange citrus with lots of pine and some tropical smells that I have trouble picking apart. Despite all of the hops, the malts are still present..caramel or crystal..maybe both. I don't know. Good stuff either way.

T: Heady Topper is awfully bitter, but the malts do an admirable job of balancing things out and reigning in the hops. Citrus, pine and tropical flavors are all here and enjoyable...pine seems to win out towards the end leaving a resinous aftertaste. Also, when the beer warms, there's a peach like flavor that I like a lot.

M: Can a beer be both creamy and chewy? That doesn't make sense to me, but this seems to have both qualities. Bitter and sticky.

O: I'll be perfectly honest, when I first drank this last night, I was a little let down. Not that I thought it was a bad beer by any means, but it just didn't wow me the way I thought it would. With that said, I'm really liking it tonight.

I'm not sure if drinking it from the can really makes that big of difference or maybe I was just suffering from seasonal depression last night. At any rate, this is a top notch IPA that's certainly worth seeking out and that I'm glad I got the chance to try. Thanks again Nate.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 00:38:27 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of Buggies


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper/orange with a thin fizzy head. Nice ring of lacing leaves blotchy chunks on the glass.

Smells great. Dominated by big booming aroma of pine. A little earthy with citrus coming through.

Tastes even more amazing. Once again the earthy pine flavors are up front. The citrus gives it a little sweetness. Nice bitter snap at the end.

What I really like about this beer is that the body is just right. Its pretty light focusing mostly on the hops. It's quite easy to drink due to the lightness of the body. You could drink a bunch of these and not feel full or have your mouth all tied up by stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:15:42 | More by Buggies
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can.

The pour is a nice hazy amber with a foamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Sure, not the prettiest brew but good enough that the Brewers shouldn't be ashamed of it leaving the can.

The smell is awesome when you pour it out, better than sniffing it form the can. It has a great deal of tropical mango and cane sugar. Very resiny. Kind of one-dimensional but in a way that I love.

The flavor is really nice. It has a mellow front end with sugar and melon being the main flavors. There is a bit of pale graininess in the beginning that is that sweet biscuity type which is awesome. The finish is bitter with some nice pine. It is pretty balanced with sweetness all the way through and a nice bitterness at the end. It prob could have had a pinch more bitterness to make it absolutely perfect. I feel it actually is sweeter in the glass than in the can, odd but that is what it seemed like.

Glad I got to try this, I am often let down by hype, but this one is delicious and worth tracking down.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 21:58:49 | More by crossovert
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Drew.

A: The pour is a cloudy dark orange with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is intensely perfumey with lots of grapefruit, mango, pine, and lemon zest. There's a pretty nice pine aroma, and just an overall fruitiness to it.

T: Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon zest give this a big fruitiness. Though it does have a lot of fruit notes, it's also pretty intensely bitter and piney, which is very nice.

M: The body is medium with a pretty lively carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

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: bottle

12-11-2010 10:00:08 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: can

10-13-2011 01:29:26 | More by flexabull
Photo of draheim


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (no dates/codes) - thanks again cavedave for this unexpected, unsolicited treat, beer karma lives! - partially poured into a snifter to evaluate appearance; the remainder drunk from the can per the text on the can.

Pours a bright gorgeous slightly hazy golden color with minimal head.

(From snifter) Aroma is bright piney citrus hops - juicy, tropical. Taste is sharply bitter & acidic - grapefruit, pine, resin.

(From can) Taste is more tropical, orangey, pineapple than from the glass. Still a sharp piney bitterness on the finish, but mouthfeel is smooother, more juicy.

Overall this is indeed a unique beer. Extremely, dangerously drinkable and clean - I taste no alcohol at all. Tastes basically like grapefruit juice, feels a bit like getting your mouth scoured out by pure hop extract. This is as close to hop mouthwash as I ever want to go - but in a good way.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 04:12:39 | More by draheim
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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.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 03:39:33 | More by litheum94
Photo of juhl31


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewing the taste 1st out of the can as suggested before i pour in a glass to review the rest.

-pours a light orange color with a good looking white head on top. it leaves both above average retention and lacing. there is a good amount of hop sediment lingering within

-big time grass, weed mix with a hint of grapefruit

-big time hop flavor right off the bat. the hop flavors for me are grass mainly with a bit of grapefruit following behind. after this some malt sweetness rolls in to balance out the big hop flavor leaving a lot of hop resins, but not a big lingering bitterness

-there is a good body on this one with a lot of hop oiliness that coats the mouth tools

-i got a 4 pack of this on tuesday. drank the 1st the night of and it was pretty epic. i was a bit bummed to find by friday that the hop smell and flavor had changed so much. most of the flavor and smell was still there, it had just gained some soapy, harsh accent. for this i cant give it a 5 in both those categories. that being said, this is a great IIPA and i would put it right behind both plinys and citra. it just didnt have an unbelievability to it in certain areas like those

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 02:18:08 | More by juhl31
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mkabull and AutumnBeerLove for sending me fresh cans(on the same day)!

Pours a hazy golden orange with tangerine hues and a 1.5 finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.

Dank, uber-fresh hop aroma with lots of resinous hop oils and grassy pine along with a ton of citrus and tropical fruit character. Spicy with hints of pine needle, orange peel, grapefruit, mango and pineapple as well as a subtle biscuity malt presence.

Chewy fully body with a blast on dry, oily hops that linger over the sweeter fruit notes and subtle malt backbone into a nice dry finish. The hop profile is pretty complex with dry, earthy pine needle flavor countered by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of papaya, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel give this beer some nice sweetness and great balance without overpowering the bitterness. In fact, these two flavors continuously bounce off of each other back and forth throughout. In addition, there is a faint malt presence which gives the beer a good backbone, again without taking anything away from the hops. Toward the finish there is slight boozy heat but overall the ABV is very well masked and this beer is dangerously quaffable.

This beer is legit, living up to the hype I wish that I had easier access so I could add it to my regular rotation.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 06:49:53 | More by corby112
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint tall can poured into a fantome tulip glass.  I, too, could not bring myself to drink straight out of the can, but I have another one that I will give it a whirl with.

A: Pours a hazy, darker copper color with a two finger off-white head that rises quickly from a violent pour and settles slowly and gently to almost nothing but a thin ring.  Heavy, frothy lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Delicious red grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind right up front.  Very nice pine resin and resiny and floral hops along with a touch of sweet caramel are a little more subtle but quite present.  There's a very, very slight hint of a grassiness that hides in the background, that offers just a bit more complexity to the aroma.  Really nicely balanced between resiny bitterness and sweetness. 

T: Juicy and fruity up front with some plenty of citrus fruits bursting out of the glass.  The orange and tangerine are a little more prominent in the flavor, with the grapefruit making itself known, but taking backstage.  The pine resin and hops compete with the fruitiness, but can't quite put up a fight.  There is a subtle sweetness that sneaks in here and there that manifests itself in the form of caramel, which is a great dimension that isn't overly sweet.  The finish is comprised of floral hops, a touch of orange zest, and a slight grassiness.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly sticky on the tongue.  Starts out mostly sweet with juicy citrus fruits and then transitions to a slightly bitter finish.  Really well balanced, though, without an overwhelming quality on either end.  Just a little drying at the finish. 

D: This is a really, really tasty and really well balanced DIPA.  Like the can says, it's not the most hoppy, but it's really tasty and really well balanced.  A real treat to get to try this and one that can stand up to some of the best from out west.  I look forward to getting a few more cans down the road.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 05:02:57 | More by Mississipping
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Drank about half from the can first, then poured the rest for this review. Canned 9/21/11

A: Pours cloudy, burnt orange. 2 finger head which some retention. Some scant lacing, but very limited

S: Blast of hops up front. Settled into a nice aroma of citrus fruits, orange, pineapple and mango. Some pineyness as well. Balanced somewhat with breaded malt

T: Mirrors the nose. Starts with some piney bitterness. Moves on to juicy citrus fruit with some bread crust mixed in. Finishes with hop bitterness

M: Full bodied. Crisp, but slightly undercarbonated. Bitter hop flavor lingers

D: Such a lovely, flavorful beer. Hops are forefront but kept in check by an underlying malt base. A must try

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 21:22:56 | More by Brez07
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a head that is thick and fluffy and retains. Aroma of bold citric and piney hops that is in your face in a good way, generous malts to back it up. Taste follows nose, so good so amazing. Smooth and easy to drink, I love this beer, it will perpetually stay in my wants!

Serving type: can

12-19-2011 03:54:35 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN


4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a Heady Topper as an extra from Stakem and then the next day a box landed from Tanger that had another one of these cans, I can't tell you how pumped I was to recieve these. Thanks a bunch guys.
I poured about 3-4oz. of the beer into a glass just so I could see what it looked like and give it a sniff, the rest I drank straight out of the can as directed and it felt great.
The beer that was poured came out a hazy almost murky gold with a fairly small white head that left some lacing.
The nose was dominated by sweet citrus notes with orange, grapefuit, pineapple and cumquat.
The tast was also pretty intense with citrus juice and pine flavors that did not present themselves on the nose. There was a slight malt presence that brought it all together.
This beer has insane drinkability with a smooth and creamy body followed with good carbonation.
This is a great DIPA that lives up to the expectations and belongs at the top with the best of them.
Huge thanks again Stakem and Tanger for giving me a chance to have some of this.
Oh and I am going to be a D-bag and not recycle this can because I'm saving it. Love it.

Serving type: can

10-04-2011 03:33:37 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go...

Pour - when poured into a glass Head Topper is an apricot color with about a half inch of white bubbly head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Its slightly hazy with some sediment settlling at the bottom of the glass. When you drink it straight from the can (I'm not crazy, read the can) it's all just a mystery - a deliciously hoppy mystery.

Aroma - pungent, citrusy, floral, sinus-clearing and downright heavenly. One of the best smelling IPAs we've come across - so fresh and so clean. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose. Wow. I think you can get a contact buzz off this...

Taste - one sip and you know you've stumbled upon something special. This is fresh times a thousand. Big flavors of grapefruit and hop resins abound. My mouth is puckering within seconds and my tongue is starting to succumb voluntarily to the 120 IBUs this is hop-forward beauty is packing. I'm completely surrendering to this beer. It really hits all the marks perfectly for the style and makes me wonder what I'm going to do after my last can is gone. Like hops? Like style perfection, freshness and in your face goodness? This is for you.

Overall - fantastic! One of the best big, hoppy IPAs that we've ever tasted. Big, floral aroma with tons of chewy, piny, citrusy flavor and smooth finish that keeps you wondering if you might just be able to finish one more can. The strength, 8% ABV, is hardly noticeable with this amazingly smooth and drinkable delight. When you focus all of your attention on brewing just ONE amazing beer its hard to expect anything less than greatness and this embodies just that.

Note - When you look at a can of Heady Topper it might be hard not to notice that the can actually reads along the top, "DRINK FROM THE CAN". The back of the can explains the reasoning behind this and I can honestly say that it tastes fantastic poured into a glass or straight from the can. This is an absolutely amazing beer any way you enjoy it.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 00:28:30 | More by indiapaleale
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ted!

Had out of the can, and in a glass.

Pours bright orange with white head. Theres bits of hops floating around, some are green and some are bright white.

Actually smells better out of the can. All the aroma hops of pine needles, fresh grapefruit, and hints of lemon.

Taste is pretty much exactly what the nose leads you to believe. Grapefruit takes the lead, but dont forget about pine needles and lemon zest. Unlike Pliny, there is a pervading bitterness that just goes about a full-frontal assault on your tongue.

Serving type: can

01-22-2012 22:56:49 | More by VncentLIFE
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit into a tulip, had most straight from the can

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, orange-gold in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big citrus hops, pineapple, earth, and rind

Taste: big citrus hops, pineapple, earth, rind, and some grapefruit at the back

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, lightly bitter with a sharper bitter end, medium bodied

Overall: Really happy to have found this. When I think of the best IPAs I have had, I think of Pliny, Hill Farmstand's Double Galaxy, and Mama Masala. I personally would choose any of those over this one as my favorite IPA. That said, the shear raw hoppiness of this one merits that it is in the discussion of the best. This one is a delightfully hoppy beer, but not one that kills you with high intensity, more like a gradual roll up of juicy flavors. I appreciate the complexity and quality flavor without the excessive bitterness. I would get this again if I can find it. Well worth the hype.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 14:20:06 | More by tigg924
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New York

4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here it is. Never thought I'd get a chance to try it, or if I did I'd have to pay a ton to get it, which I wouldn't at this point, so I guess this makes this a rare and valued occasion, for which I am indeed grateful.

Appearance: Though I'm trying to drink some out of the can, I'm also pouring it into a North Brewery snifter / tulip glass to get what's coming from all the supposed eye candy. Retention is decent, though not spectacular, but what's great about this beer is the haze within the color of it. Pour at least some in a glass, people. I imagine you are. It's a gorgeous yellow-orange-copper hue, hazed up beyond belief, looking more like a dirty Witbier than a DIPA.

Smell: An amped up and balanced bouquet of effervescent fruit, being orange, lemon, pineapple, and probably many tropical indigenous fruits I've never had or may never have. There's definitely a good amount of sweetness going on here too. Not sure if that's from any additional sugars or honey malt, but they're there. Really, though, the heady rush of beautifully crafted ingredients is there. Each whiff reminds of this or that or this or that, but either way, this is up there.

Taste: What gets me most about this beer is how this isn't necessarily a hop bomb, as I maybe thought it would've been. I guess even if the IBUs are up, the point, as with, I imagine, all good beers are, is that it IS balanced. That said, again, there is sweetness, and not the point of being cloying, but man, it's there. But I imagine it's there because of necessity. And again, honey malt? Honey? Brown sugar? Anything else added here to quell the said monumental hops? The finish is insanely long, the good and balanced sweetness is there, and the fruits are monumental without being overpowered by bitterness.

Mouthfeel: One of the best if not the best things about this brew. Heavy enough, yes. But insanely velvety overall. Not perfect, but close.

Drinkability: It's impossible to say what's the best, but as far as DIPAs go, this is up there, at least in my top three. Many are, I imagine, saying the same thing, versus some you've reviewed and have in your mind, with matching characteristics and equally good balanced. Don't pay an arm and a leg for this, I'd say, but I'm thrilled I got to try it, and if it comes across again, I'll definitely be one who's ready to crack it open and enjoy it.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 22:01:50 | More by asabreed
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer Ive had several times.

Can and poured into a glass.
THe head is white like it came with batteries.
The aroma isnt as intense as i thought it would be but, hop aroma with out senses being overwhelmed.
The color is a solid amber-orangish. Not light penetrating. haze.
The flavor is strong hop, spicy, dramatic, and pronounced. The mouth feel is smooth, coating the tongue.
Overall this is a solid example of an IPA.

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 02:59:10 | More by DakotaRules
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kojevergas for this one!

Reviewed live directly from the 16 fl oz can:

S - Vibrant fresh fruits including pineapple, mango, orange and grapefruit. The tropical fruit notes are fantastic. Light pale malt body. Juicy. It's moderate in strength but I'm certain there'd be more if I poured it.

T - Fresh, raw floral hops notes open, followed by the juicy citrus and tropical fruits notes I'd found on the nose, though the grapefruit's the most dominate. I wish more of the pineapple was present. Woody/grassy hops on the finish provide a touch of bitterness. Caramel malts provide a sturdy backbone, but it's far from sweet. Impeccable balance, and the layering of the hops is superb. The alcohol's never present. This one's a real treat.

M - Oily. Medium bodied, crisp, and a little thick. Pretty much perfect.

D - The best IPA I've had, hands down. I could kill a few of these easily. Definitely a treat and I'm glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 23:07:28 | More by blakelive784
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up from a great friend at the Borefts Bier Fest! It's a little over a week since it was canned so it's super fresh. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a huge 2+ finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Fresh, dank, resiny hops totally dominate the nose along with some great perfumey, floral and citrus notes. This is one of those really special smelling beers that you'll always remember. The taste is just as big and bold. It starts off like the nose as a total fresh hop monster, full of resiny pine and bitter grapefruit along with some nice tropical notes. About midway through there's a measure of balance as some of the caramel malt sweetness emerges along with some orange peel, tangerine, and a bit of grassiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oddly creamy for an IPA. Surprisingly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a big, hoppy beer. Overall, not sure it lived up to all the hype, but still one hell of a beer!

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 22:34:11 | More by beerdrifter
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sending this can my way! Thanks elliot!

tall boy can into duvel tulip.

Appearance: yellowish/orange opaque bodied beer with alot of white floaties. 2 to 3 fingers of white head that drops down to a small thin cap with some decent staying power. Spotty thin lace everywhere that the head touched the glass. I love how it says to drink the beer out of the can. I think its purpose for saying that is to hide all the floates in this beer. HA! Classic tactic right there!

Smell: This smells amazing! Big dank resinous hop oil upfront. Big citris notes mostly oranges. Some mangos and peaches too. Also has a little bit of sweetness in the nose, similiar to honey.

Taste: This beer tastes very hoppy without being over the top bitter. Thats a great trait for any hoppy beer to have; I dig it for sure! Very nice balance between the malt and hops! The hops have a fairly complex profile here, probably the best that I have ever tasted. Oranges, tropical fruits(mango and pineapple), melon, grassy, herbal, hint of pine resin, and all the hops taste really juicy. The beer finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Not a hint of booze at all...very nice! Semi-dry finish, yet still juicy and dank thanks to the hops!

Overall: Wow what just happened, this beer is so good its disorienting! This im my favorite hoppy beer I have ever drank! This is my new favorite DIPA! Added bonus...its in a can the best beer vessel that there is with added convience factor of not needing a bottle opener to get into this nectar! Bravo Alchemist! I am moving to VERMONT!

Serving type: can

06-21-2012 02:52:47 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,177 ratings.