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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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6,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 6178
Reviews: 1467
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%

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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4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Heady Topper many times at either the pub or the VT Brewers Fest. None of those occasions really allowed me to do a review. Recently, a friend moved to VT and got me a special release bottle of this wonderful beer.

Heady Topper pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger wide, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of lines of lace on the glass. Unfortunately, the bottle had many 'floaties' in it that hung in suspension for quite a while.

The strong hoppy aroma has notes of pine and grapefruit citrus with a little grass mixed in. A little bit of pepper and apricot is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with lots of pine, grass and grapefruit citrus. In the background pale malt and light fruit (apricot) help balance out the hops. Once gone the pine and grapefruit linger on the palate.

This is one of my favorite beers from New England that I wish I could get more often. But then, I'd be too spoiled.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:02:13 | More by WanderingFool
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4.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Kuhnhenn winter solstice (thanks to whomever shared this!)

Appearance- Copper and orange. Clear crisp and a really nice head. Definitely a solid looking DIPA.

Smell- lots of great hops on the nose. Pine, grapefruit, a hint of citrus. The pine was a bit too much I think but otherwise a very pleasant aroma.

Taste- nice malt backbone supporting a great hop profile. Very tasty with all the different citrus and pine flavours coming off the hops but falls short I think of Pliny and Hopslam. Smells better than it tastes I think

Mouthfeel- decent carbonation, about the right thickness I think. Would be better on cask

Drinkability- a bit of bitterness and the overly pine nose turns me off to this one a bit

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 15:47:17 | More by Urbancaver
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4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, thank you, thank you profusely to akorsak for sharing this great beer with me last night 1/9/11. Poured slightly cool into a cervoise glass.

The beer pours clear and golden with a skosh toward amber with a fairly large amount of ecru cap which rises and retains well. The lace clings amply with a tight bead. Carbonation is visibly moving gradually at a moderate pace upward. The beer is very attractive and exemplifies the color of Imperial Ipa's I tend to enjoy. The aroma is intense, a plethora of aromas - pine and strong pineapple greet my nostrils instantly. The smell of herbs, mild sweet grass and elements of citrus which could be tangelo and mellow mango. The floral elements work with a juicy grapefruity scent and lots of tropical notes join the fray so fresh smelling, so intense it is just jammed with beautiful hop aroma. The feel is smooth and very moderately carbonated which is nice as it doesn't push the bitterness to the forefront. There is lots of juicy and resinous texture with slightly sweet finish -not quite oily and not tangy just fits the style perfectly showcasing the depth of hop presence.

A wondeful taste experience - the exceptionally smooth citric bitterness blends with a juicy lightly tangy tropical quality and slightly sweet malt cushions the impact ever so slightly and not intruding at all. the juicy grapefruity and piney flavor is there in abundance it does have a mild mango aspect too with subtle acidic taste and mild resinous edge. I like that the fruity, semi-sweet passionfruit and honey like malt and green grassiness compliment each other so well. It has pineapple without all the acidity and tangy light astringency of grapefruit without going over the line with pithy rind notes. The citrus is like sweet less bitter lemon, maybe meyer lemon with a clementines juicy quality. I sipped on this and was dreading swallowing the last drops since it had such a delicious array of hop flavors I didn't want it to end.

Thanks Adam, really it brought a little sunshine to a cold winter's eve - the wonderful big IPA is a treat. You have to monitor yourself because the hops are so juicy you might forget you are drinking an alcoholic beverage. It is supremely drinkable and met every expectation, I just dind't have any idea how good it could be. I consider this possibly one of the best of the style, it is very near a perfect Imperial Ipa to me. Mr Korsak, thanks again for sharing this Heady topper with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 17:48:35 | More by Slatetank
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4.72/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed last night as the first in a multi beer tasting in a small (8-10oz) snifter, split with multiple friends, last couple ounces left in the bottle still had some hop flakes and yeasty dregs in it.

A: Clear copper to a burnt orange, beautiful and as perfect as I could see for an IPA. Head settled to less than a quarter inch of whitish foam but left nice lacing on the glass.
S: Have to say this one topped all others I've had, including PtE, as the nose (even ~1.5m old) reached out of the glass and crossed the room. Huge piney nose with notes of grapefruit and other citrusy hops with underlying earthy notes.
T: Damn good DIPA... phenomenal balance of just enough malt to counter the hop bitterness but not so much its cloying or overly astringent/bitter. Hop contribution to flavor is more of the same with citrusy notes taking the front stage and the piney/earthy ones slightly subdued. Taste is exceptional but isn't quite as strong/phenomenal as the smell.
M: Carbonation is a little on the low end (intentionally - note on the bottle indicating carbonation at pub draft levels) but is damn near perfect for this style and brew. Makes for easy drinking and keeps you wanting for more.
D: Could have kept this whole thing for myself and then some and would definitely be a standard stock in the fridge f it was available.

Highly recommend! If you didn't know better it would definitely comes across as a top notch "west coast" DIPA - Excellent work by a top notch brewer/brewery!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 17:52:50 | More by scray24
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4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes over Christmas break. Many thanks to the sister-in-law for making our Christmas amazing with this surprise under the tree!

A: fantastically hoppy with a citrus overtone.

Ap: golden amber hue, fairly transparent. 2 finger white head with amazing lacing that lines the glass from top to bottom.

B/T: mildly carbonated, with a smooth and quite refreshing tongue feel. It lingers on the tongue for just the right amount of time to be considered perfect.

Af: hits the tongue with a punch of citrus hops, but also a faint sweetness undertone. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

Overall: definitely gives Pliny the Elder a run for the money in the DIPAs. If only it were more readily available, it would be a staple in our fridge!


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 18:03:09 | More by THECPJ
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4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle in trade from beerometer, enjoyed with Jwiss22, from my notes for once...

A- A ridiculous color for a DIPA. Where is the hazy golden, amber color? No where, it has succumb to the light brown/dark caramel color similar to freshly brewed sun tea. I am almost transported back to summer time and the innocence of child hood. A wild looking color with a crazy amount of yeast swirling around and bouncing off the carb bubbles. This one is all capped off with a medium, fluffy white head. Astounding!

S- A barrage of pine, pine resin, grapefruit, citrus fruits and tropical goodness all come through at once. The aromas have staggered me, but I can't give up this one smells too incredible. It's a West Coaster that has found a home on the East Coast. A slight warming and the tropical, citrus and piney aromas are still leading an onslaught of my senses, but is accompanied with the sweet smell of caramel to balance this monster out. Amazing aromas, just want to keep sniffing and sniffing!

T- This one is all about the hops and does not disappoint. After all the smelling and anticipation here it comes...a smack of hops right upside my head. Pine, bitterness, pine resin, bitterness, citrus juice, grapefruit, more bitterness and some tropical hints to keep it all together. It's a crazy balance of hops that continue throughout each sip and seem to just keep coming. Oh yea there is a slight caramel sweetness quivering in the background to try and herd all of the hop nuances from spinning out of control and murdering your taste buds.

M- This one is not syrupy, but kind of oily in a way. It seems to stick to everything and coats every area of the mouth that can taste. It actually feels balanced in a way. The carb is not to tingly, the hops aren't to sticky and the slight sweetness keeps it all in check.

D- A definite hop bomb that is incredibly drinkable. Could drink this for any meal, brush my teeth with it and use it as mouth wash. High abv says no, no, no, but everything else says yes, yes, yes.

My first try of this one and sad to say it was a bottle, would love to try the draft and can't wait for the cans. Looks like the West Coast has found a little bit of competition.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:51:24 | More by StormKing47
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New York

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to eggplantwiz for grabbing me this bottle.
A: Pours a thin white head that recedes quickly. Light caramel colored, with an unfiltered appearance.
S: Malt first, then tropical fruit, like pineapple and mango.
T: Wow, this is good. Nice hops, more than a typical DIPA. The hops and the malt balance well, with the malt in the background as a complimentary flavor rather than a dominant one. Bitter hops start the beer off, then it goes to tropical fruits, mango. I also get a hint of a fruit I wouldn't normally find in a beer, maybe a honeydew melon. Then the beer ends with more bitter grapefruit hops.
M: Not too sticky. Sits well in the mouth without being syrupy like some DIPA's. The lack of stickiness makes it refreshing.
D: I could drink lots of this. It goes down easily and is such a complex and interesting beer.

This beer definitely lived up to the hype for me, I look forward to trying it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 16:40:24 | More by CaseyK
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like the label says, drink fresh. The first bottle, enjoyed within 24 hours of release was a joy and virtually the same as on draft.
Enjoyed the last bottle on New Years Eve and while still very nice, noticed reduction in the intense hop nose.
A: slightly hazy, amber color, medium head.
S: Bold hops first - sweet lemon and a little pine, hint of bread
Taste - pleasing citrus, bitter and not boozy or hot - very smooth.
M - medium, soft carbonation but clean and crisp to finish.
D - not quite session, but scary drinkable for 8%

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 17:30:11 | More by spider05660
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3.98/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean Lawson for the bottle.
A: honey amber color with lots of floaties, which detracts from the appearance. If it didnt have these in there, it would be a 4+ in this category
S: piney citrus hop blast, smells yummy
T: grapefruit and hops, pine needles, bitter bite of a good IPA
M: medium bodied, oily but smooth and bitter, but not too much bitterness, well balanced
D: Its a good Double IPA, hoppy and bitter. However not in the top 5 and definately not a standout amongst the more familiar West Coast style Double IPAs. It reminded me of Stone Ruination.
However to be fair, it was sent across country and not as fresh as it could be. I will reserve final judgement if I ever get to drink this superfresh.
Overall, one of the better East Coast IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 02:17:41 | More by Solomon420
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4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sisuspeed for this bottle.

A: The DIPA is darker, a fuller amber color that, when the bottle is emptied, is thick and brown. A finger and a half of white head laces in bands around the glass. When fully emptied, the ale has yeasty sediment suspended in it.

S: Mr. PtYounger, meet Mr. H. Topper. The nose is citrusy sweet, tropically lush. Pine is a heavy ingredient, adding resiny thickness. Pineapple, fresh pine needles, grapefruit. The leafy strength is impressive. Near the end, just enough caramel comes through to settle things down.

T: Oily smooth, the hops jump out immediately. Following the hops are more hops and more hops. Really, the bitterness rolls throughout each sip. Pine starts off, resiny thick, followed by the citrus blast. There is caramel, providing more balance than I initially suspected. Flat out hop heaven, an oily mess of hops that refuses to go away. The ale benefits from the pub draft level of carbonation, as advertised on the label.

M: Oily hops on top of resiny hops on top of tropical hops on top of caramel malts. The hoppiness steals the show but the balance is welcome.

D: The ale, admittedly, feels bigger than 8%. The hoppiness, strong as it is, benefits from the balance of the malt. An excellent IPA, even if it isn't quite the west coast hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:53:05 | More by akorsak
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New York

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KristinCooks for this one in a trade! I'm enjoying this while pre-gaming for a Phish show - my first Heady Topper and my first Phish show... I'm officially a ... hippie?

It pours with a short head and lovely lacing. I'm a bit late in drinking this - and I will have to make it to the brewery to have it freshly brewed - because this one is from the bottle release back in November. It's amber and rich, hazy and with some sediment in it. Lacing sustains throughout the glass. The smell is richly hoppy, with some excellent malts coming through in the nose too. Straight pine and rich goodness.

Taste follows the nose, and is remarkably smooth. The cleanest finish I've had in a while, and I can definitely say that this is one East Coast IPA ready to take on the West Coast big guys. Not sure if it tops them - for that I'll have to drink it fresh.

UPDATE: had this on tap 2/23/11 at Blind Tiger. Thank you, Alan. This beer on tap looks better, smells more complete with more citrus and malts, and tastes just as hoppy and thick. I will never reject a Heady Topper. Definitely raising my review score on this. A- to A.
With a smooth medium body and drinkable crispness, The Alchemist Brewpub's Heady Topper is certainly a top IPA. Cheers to 2010!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:51:33 | More by afksports
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4.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than Pliny, eh? We'll see.

Pours a murky brownish-gold. Lot's of unfiltered stuff floating around in the glass.

Smell is slightly muted, but I can tell I'm in for an amazing DIPA. Perhaps I should let this warm up a bit more before I make any judgments. Pine, citrus, yum. Not getting as much aroma as I get from the Pliny (side by side comparison), although that might be because there's 2 weeks difference in the freshness between the two.

Well-rounded, it's a bit smoother than Pliny, not as much of a kick. But that's not necessarily a good thing in this category. Getting a little more complexity. I like it. Lots of pine and grapefruit flavor with a little something else in there that I can't put my finger on, maybe some apricot.

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA, but I think I'll have to have it on tap before I can decide whether it lives up to the hype or not. Either way, I will seek this out again if I am on the East coast.

Well done, Alchemist.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:37:07 | More by Estocker
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4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a light amber straw yellow color with a slight white head. Some sediment floating around. Danky type aroma of citrus and some pine type notes, some onion as well. Some lace. Medium mouthfeel. Slighlty sweet taste with a strong hop bitter flavor. Lingering bitterness. Does it live up to the hype? Hmm, it's decent but nothing that I think warrants the hype that it gets.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 21:17:38 | More by kbutler1
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4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Alex for sharing this one, you generous SOB.

Slightly hazed orange due to it's unfiltered nature, and the bottle was approaching it's end. In a tulip glass, there initially was a solid finger's width of white foam, fading to a wispy skim dotted with minor spotty lacing.

Huge tropical aroma, fresh hops galore, sweet citrus, bitter grapefruit, mango, resiny dank herbals. Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity.

Flavor is similarly fruity, with a big grapefruit presence, moderately bitter, lush and packed with resinous hop flavor and a slight undercurrent of pale malt sweetness. Sticky and dank. Body is fairly light, and with no trace of the abv, it's almost too easy to drink. "Carbonated to pub draft levels" as the label states. A bomber or two of this hop nectar would be awesome, on tap even better. Thanks again Alex!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 15:24:40 | More by emerge077
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4.2/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle re-reviewed. Thanks to Richard.

The nose was much improved vs. previous bottle. A huge pineapple citrus hop nose not present in the last bottle. Went from a 3.5 to a 4.5. Taste was pretty similar but it lacked the spicy hopiness and not just didn't have the bright hop character I wanted. It had a maltiness to it which prevented me from loving it as much.

22oz. bottle generously shared by oreo. I normally don't review from tastings, but thought I would this time considering it was the first beer we had, its hyped up status and it being bottled for the first time.

It poured an amber honey orange with a decent cream fresh looking head with minimal lacing.

The nose had a medium to medium high amount of citrus orange with present levels of resinous pine. The nose is nice but not as bright and fresh or light as other world class examples I've had

The flavor really almost exactly mirror the nose with an addition of a spicy hop after taste. This spicy aftertaste reminded me of drinking the wort from a beer using a lot of fuggles hops. I know it sounds crazy, and I'm sure heady topper doesn't use fuggles but that particular hop to me has a distinct spicy aftertaste, much more so pre-fermentation, that my mind went right to the comparison. After the hop showcase a firm light neutral flavored malt sweetness became present.

Mouthfeel was medium light, right where I would prefer it, carbonation was just fine. Drinkability was great personally; no signs of alcohol and an inviting hop flavor with a nice malt finish.

I really appreciated having the chance to sample this bottle but it only had room to disappoint considering the hype surrounding it. While a solid and good DIPA, it's no Piny killer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:01:51 | More by weatherdog
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for sending this out.

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige off-white head. Color is a burnt golden orange. Sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Dank, weedy hops. Onion flavors from what I think is summit hops. Grapefruit citrus. Very hoppy. Very weed-like. Massive hop attack.

Taste: Starts out with a big dank weedy hop bite. Huge hops. Hop resin. A bit of malt shows, but hardly any. Grapefruit citrus. Sticky goodness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a lot of hops.

Overall, this is a really solid DIPA. It is pretty drinkable. A lot of great flavors and very fresh. I had no problems with my glass of this. Good stuff. Thanks Steve!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:35:57 | More by mothman
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4.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak gold with tons of sediment and a dense head that lingers through the whole glass.
Smells fantastic of resiny pine, mild herbal notes and just a hint of citrus.
Taste is just a bit off of the smell. Slightly thinner but has an incredible lingering finish. Pine is the dominant note and the malts hang through the finish.
Feels smooth and creamy and is very nice to sip and appreciate the dominant pine notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:58:51 | More by kirok1999
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4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely unfiltered with tons of yeasty delicious sediment. An off copper translucent with a small white head.

Huge bops on the nose piney and resiny as can be and then a burst of citrus at the end, some light cereal grain and coffee eaters as well.

Very piney earthy aromas thick drying in the middle with only a bit of that citrus on the finish. Oily and resiny with caramel and cereal quailities. Toffee is there as well a bit of sweetness with a forever finish. Great ipa and not one that falls into the everyday category

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:42:13 | More by mcallister
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4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to Masterhomebrewer for hooking me up with this in a trade!

A - Medium red/light brown in color, different for a DIPA. Slight haze with lots of "goodies" floating around if the bottled is swirled before pouring. Nice off-white head and no visible carbonation.

S - About as stinky and pungent as hops can get IMO. Thick alpha acid aroma, earthy, and musty. All other DIPAs please take note!

T - Sweeter than aroma suggests but one still has to chew through all the hop flavors. Tons of sticky alpha acids and nice residual sugars. Pretty much as good as it gets for the style but not a 5 because the hops could be a little fresher tasting in my book, but not by much. Back of bottle said to drink before New Year's Day and I had it Dec. 28. I'm sure having it straight from the tap would easily bump it to a "5".

M/D - Thick body and a little lower on carbonation than I prefer. Mouth drying bitterness in the aftertaste and super easy to drink for a hophead. Alcohol sneaks in with it's weight but none of the flavor.

An awesome treat to land this bottle and if it's ever bottled again I will do everything I can get snag another!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 17:13:56 | More by VaTechHopHead
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4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Narke tulip...Medium copper, not bright or sparkly enough for me. Tope head pretty good, looks good, nice retention and lacing...Aroma is really malty, lots of caramel, great to balance out the hops and alcohol. Hop presence is huge though, really good...The taste is also really malty, very different and unique for a dipa, but great to mask the hops and make it drinkable. Hops are more there in the feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:33:44 | More by jrallen34
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District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer, and a gold mine for hop heads! Thanks to TCassel1 (Todd) for the trade for this!

A: Dark Orange with lots of sediment floating around, which I like (unfiltered is great IMO). Small ring of head and some lacing cap it off.

S: AWESOME Smell, huge hops and bready malts to boot. Tropical fruit, pine, citrus all appear.

T: Awesome flavor, really great. Huge hop to malt ratio- Dry biscuit with floral and citrus hops presiding. Really tasty juicy center with dry finish and bitters. Great, complex flavor that just falls short of a 5.

M: Great feel, man its great. Says pub level on the bottle, and thats how it feels. Low carb, smooth and huge palate of flavor.

D: Insanely drinkable, wish I could live at the pub and get this on draft!! Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:14:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one, again. He had shared one with me before, but I was drunk and kept falling asleep and don't feel like a review based on that experience would do this justice.

A - Copper colored beer with a nice, foamy head that dissipated to a solid cap, and left a bit of intricate lace.

S - Purly on the nose, this one blows you away. Huge hop aroma, with citrus, grass, pine, floral, and some awesome tropical notes. Not sure how they packed so much into this nose, but it is great.

T - Great tropical fruit, citrus, and floral taste with some bittering on the end. There is a strong carmel malt base to this beer. The taste is great, although not quite as good as the nose.

M - Medium bodied and crisp, it got a little sugary for me at the end, but still quite good.

D - One of the top DIPAs I've ever had. It really lived up to the hype and was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 07:14:16 | More by AgentZero
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4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kelp for hooking me up with a few bottles of this Vermont jewel! I have had this beer some years ago on tap at The Alchemist but that was before my reviewing days. Let's see how they did trying to capture the hop magic of this one in a bottle.

A-Hazy bronzed copper with a large off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace. Head revived nicely with a bit of swirling.

S-Impressive tropical fruit blast of mango and pineapple with support of spicy orange rind. A light touch of caramel malt sweetness adds moderate support and balance to the intense hop bill.

T-Huge tropical fruit hoppiness with a pleasant spicy bite following. A fairly robust but non intrusive malt bill of caramel and biscuit sweetness. Pineapple, mango grapefruit and orange peel bitterness strike out and assaults the palate. Absolutely delicious.

M-Medium bodied fairly sharp and crisp with long lasting hop bitterness. Hop astringency becomes quite present with warming offering up a drying finish.

D-Not the hoppiest, the biggest, the most bitter or the most spectacular IPA but in the end the hop and malt bill work wonders on the palate and makes for one mighty fine drinking brew. Thank you John Kimmich for producing such an impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:27:54 | More by Deuane
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4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to a very generous BA for the opportunity to try this one, 22oz bomber.

Pours a bright, clear amber with a big pillowy white head with a rocky bottom fed by a steady stream of bubbles Retention is good and leaves a soapy collection of big bubbles on top with good lacing.

Aroma is wonderful and typical of a top-tier west coast DIPA. Tons of juicy citrus with oranges and pineapples mixed with a thick resinous pine aroma. Bit of biscuity malt in the background.

Flavor is just as good with an initial astringent citrus bitterness, pithy grapefruit, that flows into a more juicy citrus backbone with the oranges and pineapples coming back in. The finish is bitter and resinous, sticky with pine hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a wonderful stickiness clinging to the palate after each sip.

One of the best DIPAs I've had in recent memory and possibly the best east coast DIPA I've ever tasted. Super drinkable but with tons of hop character and bitterness. Really superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:11:00 | More by gford217
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4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into snifter. Thanks goes to Alex for this one, you be da man. Been looking forward to this tick for a while.

A - Pours a reddish/copper color, cream-colored head, lots of lacing and a nice cap on top with bubbles here and there.

S - Tropical fruits, dankness, grapefruit, bitter/hoppy, some pine. Really excellent nose. Anything with tropical notes, I'm a huge fan of. This one fit the bill.

T - Pretty much right on target with the nose (although the nose is better). Lots if pine, hops/bitterness but yet very smooth, slight malty backbone, nice citrus profile, and a bitter finish.

M - Light, good carbination, crisp, refreshing, piney finish.

D - Okay, so this beer has been hyped up and down for a long while. East vs. West, this one stands up to the best DIPA's out there. So easy to drink is ridiculous. World-class, as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:08:25 | More by Sean9689
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