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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:
2,471
Ratings:
14,180
pDev:
7.01%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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9,460
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6,187
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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4.58/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DC118
4.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jetobias7
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 505beergeek
4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.34/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured just enough into a glass (2oz) so I could look at it, will drink the rest from the can. Fairly clear (I'm sure there are floaties in the can) honey yellow with a white head. Aroma is citrusy, hoppy, piney. Flavor is sweet and hoppy up front and has more malt backbone than I was expecting. Medium body feel. Very nice beer, would love to have it super fresh (not sure the age of this one) and/or on tap at the source.

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

Amazing!

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

One of the beers I would consider a gold standard. Classic balanced taste that never gets old. This is one of those rare things that lives up to the hype.

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 14,180 ratings