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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% ABV. "Drink from the can."

Added by scottum on 03-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4
Reviews:
2,469
Ratings:
14,173
pDev:
7.01%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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9,454
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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.43/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeanO7984
4.97/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sumnerw
4.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KingLee
4.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Lakespapa
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of R-O-B
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mariahhu
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsfox
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tstonesnyder
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a tulip to a hazy golden yellow topped by a dense two finger white head which fades slowly and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of straight hops that's herbal, pithy, and smells a bit like fresh cut grass. Hints of malty sweetness in the background but you have to go searching for it behind a mountain of hops.
T: Taste is straight hops with pine resin, citrus rind, some grapefruit, and hop oils. Slight herbalness and earthy notes at times as well. Sweetness struggles to come through but it does as the sip warms. Swallow is oily and resinous hops with more pine, grapefruit and citrus.
M: The beer has a medium body with a slightly oily and slick feel. Carbonation is slightly prickly which is nice and the beer has an oily and refreshing finish.
O: Overall this beer is just insane. Just a straight punch in the face with hops. This can is a little closer to the tap experience than the first one I drank but heady from a tap is still king when it comes to an unruly amount of hops in a beer while still being drinkable. Definitely a hyped beer but it is a unique experience.

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5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kevin_ipaking1
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcc449
3.94/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DougSomeBeer
4.91/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joeybbal
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. A lot of drops happen in NYC making it fairly accessible. Has a traditional IPA taste with a lot of resin.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Barleycorn
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mgroner
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopsputin
4.35/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy deep amber color with a hint of burnt orange. Large amount of glories and a 1 finger frothy white head

S: mango, pineapple, crackers, strawberries. Sweet citrus and apricot. Finish is tropical and fruity

T: ripe mango, pineapple and apricot. Some bitter herbal tea leaf behind that. A hint of melon and sweet orange behind that. A big hit of sweetness in here as well. Finish is a little bitter on the back of the tongue

M: medium mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation. A touch of the fluffy mouthfeel, but not as much as some of the newer NEIPAs

O: extremely smooth DIPA with good balance. Fruit, sweet, and bitter all in good harmonization. There is an obvious hype factor with this beer, but it is definitely worthy of praise.

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4.19/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best

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Photo of GritzyBaby
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer but don't really see the hype for it

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Photo of steve_r405
3.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

what am I missing? this is just a slightly above average ipa, yet they come into our market, not allowing sales of cans.. really? who needs them? there are so many outstanding ipas now being made in the northeast. I think Alchemist needs to put more effort into their beer..

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4.99/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.12/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 14,173 ratings