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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:
#3
Reviews:
2,441
Ratings:
14,010
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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9,420
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6,050
Trade:
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4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jsthomas for sending this to me.

A: Drank most of this directly out the can as directed but poured a few ounces into glass; presents clear blonde color with small white head.

S: Srong, and like a bed a flowery hops

M: Good carbonation, actuallyperfect

T: Wow!Hops, hops and more hops! A great mix/balance of floral hops and sweet citrus; bitter on the back end

Overall: At or near the top of the class for DIPAs, a world class beer. Easy to drink, especially if you like hoppy beers

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4.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-11-20 in Columbia, PA. This was canned four days ago. I've had this about twelve more times since this initial review (most recently on 2016-03-06 from a 1-week-old can) and it remains very high on my list.

A - Per the instructions, I smelled and drank most of this beer directly from the can. I poured the last 4 ozs into a nonic glass. The color is amber-orange with a 1/2-finger off-white head. It's somewhat hazy with some small floaties. There isn't much lace but there are alcohol legs.

S - Lots of pineapple, pine and fresh-crushed hop buds, sticky and oily. Not much malt. A tropical hop lover's dream.

T - Big, marvellous flavor, much like the smells. Huge fresh pineapple and orange flesh, big oily resinous hop buds, pine, moderate pale malt and very light caramel sweetness but the fresh pineapple sweetness is more dominant. The bitterness is orange zest and comes in more towards the finish. This fantastic taste lingers but doesn't assault the tongue. Balanced. Remarkable.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. A bit creamy and dries out nicely.

O - This is flat-out a great beer; hovering at the very top of my IPA/DIPA favorites. One remarkable thing about this brew was my wife's reaction, who isn't a fan of bitter hop bombs. She too loved the smell. Her comment on the taste is that it was really good and for the first time, she can appreciate what I like about hop-centric brews, my favorite style of beer.

Notes: A ton of thanks to matador677 for continuing to hook me up with this taste treat.

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.42/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Ryan for hooking me up with this stellar double IPA. I have had it a couple times now, both directly from the can and decanted into a pint or tulip on various occasions.

This beer is a hazy brownish amber color covered by wisps of sticky foam after the pour. Some lacing, but not nearly as sticky as I have seen on my favorite-looking imperial IPAs. Looks significantly better in the glass than it does in a can...go figure!

The aroma right out of the can is unreal. Concentrated mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, as well as a hint of pine. When decanted, it gets a but more citrusy and brings out some sweet stonefruit and toasted coconut aromas. On the palate, the pine is certainly more assertive, and it does drown out the citrus to a good extent, but the grapefruit and orange notes remain. The bitterness is kept in check, but that which does come through is a dank bitter flavor...my favorite. The alcohol is masked completely, and there is almost no malt backbone present. Just delightful.

While not as sticky or resinous as other DIPAs, the nearly perfect carbonation level makes this an extremely enjoyable beer to drink. One of the most enjoyable "new" DIPAs that I have had in a long time!

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4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thx to Hopopotomous for this awesome DIPA !!

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 Dipa , looking forward to my next can -:)

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 14,010 ratings