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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:
2,421
Ratings:
13,844
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Traded big for this one - a '11 DL for a four pack of this delicious stuff. Glad the brewery decided to can this beer! Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine, resin, and a slight bit of citrus and dankness. Taste is mildly sweet bready biscuity malt being assassinated by an onslaught of hops. Medium to thin body and level of carbonation, resinous bitter mouthfeel. There is a bitterness finish, but it is pleasant, aromatic and not harsh at all. Tried this out of a can, but ended up too dangerously drinkable that way.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured to a Duvel Tulip.

Very aggressive pour yields a 1” white head. Ok retention and some webs of lacing. Very cloudy medium amber with a hint of orange when held to light.

Way too cold when a first poured it but as it warms the nose greatly improves. Quite complex and stronger as it warms: tropical up front, mango and slight pineapple, with a big juicy hop presence and slight pine and malt. Taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose. Grapefruit makes an appearance here along with the mango pineapple and big juicy hops but the bitterness is just not really balanced here it builds and builds and really hurts the aftertaste and mouthfeel but is still pretty good. Low carbonation, medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, this is still an elite DIPA but having this right after Bad Boy did not help its case. Medium drinkability with the odd aftertaste but still up there near the top of the DIPA mountain.

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Photo of xraided81
4.1/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with greenmonstah.

Poured the can into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky deep golden orange with persistent carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, apricot, herbal green tea. guava comes to mind as the beer warms up. dank like resins are intertwining with the tropical fruits

T: tropical fruits, as mentioned above. one of my fellow BAs nailed this right on, its almost like you are tasting a hop laced gummy worm (cavery). a hint of maltiness is in the background but well balanced. a bit of a sweet finish but not overly cloying. doesnt give you the bittering bite towards the back of the palate.

M: Is a light bodied beer,
O: a very pleaseant beer, i loved the aromatic components of this beer there is so much going on at different temperatures of this drink. the hop presence is there but not in the taste did not give me the hop bite that im used to in most ipas, would have given this a higher rating if this quality was present. overall a great beer would purchase this quite often if it was available in So Cal

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Photo of chalsk
4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big, big THANKS to Damico for this can share. Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a nice white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit and earthiness, with some caramel mixed in. Has a sweet caramel taste with ridiculously perfect dank hop resiny hit. Smooth as can be. The harsh hop hit does not outlast the finish, leaving you with delicate grapefruit notes at the end of this perfection. Not overhyped.

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Photo of b3shine
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jnorton00 for this brew. It's better than Pliny (the Elder), but I'm not quite sure if it's Dreadnaught status (my gold standard). However, given it's abv, it's remarkable. The quintessential camping beer (and yes, the can contributes to this moniker). Everything you want and nothing you don't. Better price point and more convenient than Dreadnaught; just can't decide if it's as good or better. I guess it'll take another night of "research" to come to a conclusion :)

Update: After a 1 for 1 comparison the next day, this beer edges Dreadnaught. And for the value, it blows it out of the water.

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Photo of kkipple
4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Kinda ugly, watery deep yellow. Decent 3cm white head tho. Minor lacing. Nice silver can, which tells you to drink it from the can - I did not. Maybe another time. No canned on date that I can see - how lame. Get with the program, Alchemist, and don't advertise "drink this beer immediatly" and then neglect to tell us just how old it is.

S. Huge citrus, East-Coast style nose... Moylan's Hopsickle, Boy King. Citra. Deep fruit notes, mango, some phenols, pepper... mandarin orange, touch of booze. Lots of sweetness that's pretty well hid back behind the greenery. Spicy in places. Bold and fun.

T. Hmm... Very nice work here, Alchemist. This is a large East-Coast style DIPA; one that has the malt and hops joining hands and walking together in harmony, rather than being a pine-sap bitter wallop like a lot of its West Coast brethern are. Thickish body, too, which is fun and helps carry the hop-load.
Plenty of malt sweetness to go around here, but it frankly is tough to tease out exactly what behind the grapefruit, papya, mango, lemon-citrus flavor. There is a high-minded juniper note going on here that is welcome, and ultimately a softer bitter finish that is quite welcome and fades out along with the stalwart malt. Well balanced stuff, I think. 8% is just right, frankly I wouldn't up the booze any more as this is fine as-is.

M / O. Full-on all the way across the sky body, excellent softer, substantial carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish, long fade-to-silence flavor. Topper is quite easy to drink, which is as-advertised.

Frankly, there really isn't much to dislike with Heady Topper. When my biggest gripe is for the brewery to put a born-on date stamp on their can... they must be onto something. This isn't the absolute best DIPA I've had, nor the biggest, or booziest, or weirdest... but it is certainly one of the most balanced and, for what it is, flawless. Sigh... guess I gotta get more.

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Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was so excited when I got the cans a few weeks ago, I completely forgot to review the damn beer. Anyways, I know it's awesome, and esp in a tall boy can! Tasty crack cans!

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with some soapy lacing, over hazy golden orange-red nectar colored beer.

Nose explodes with fresh hops, plenty of fresh squeezed grapefruit, over ripe musty orange as its freshly sliced into and spraying mist ala the opening credits for Dexter, tropical fruit like papaya, mango, tangerine, and even passion fruit, with the slightest hint of fresh musty hop aroma. There is also a slight malt in there somewhere, hidden way behind the gushing hops. Very late as it warms, a bit of a candy earthy hop kick tries to poke it's head out but gets quickly knocked back down by another wave of tropical fruit.

Now comes the taste, yay! Juicy fruit, it's like mounds of tropical fruit was compressed into 1/10 the original size and 10x the fruit concentrate and ground into a liquid, then carbonated and you have this beer. The tropical fruit comes out and runs amok, lots of mango, tangerine galore, papaya, passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, it has it all. Also some citrus playing with the other hops, some musty orange rind and again fresh squeezed orange juice blended with pink grapefruit. The taste brings more of the fresh musty resinous hop flavor, must have added some nice dry hops. The hops are so juicy it literally is like drinking tropical fruit juice. Finally some malts weigh in, giving a nice rounded body and big mouth fell. Malts bring a slight sweetness and touch of booze to help balance the huge hop blast. the bitterness is decent at first, and ramps on the finish as it dries. It plays with your tongue, teasing on bitterness and tickle of almost astringency but before it gets there it leaves like a balk by a pitcher. A slight musty hop flavor lingers with all the tropical fruit and citrus orange rind that never wants to fade, but at the same time clean finish. It seriously lingers in my mouth for about 10 minutes after I finish (and it was hard not to crack another can in that 10 minutes). Damn, even the burps taste awesome.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, full bodied, decent carbonation, slightest hint of booze warmth.

Overall just friggen awesome. So far the best IPA on this side of the Mississippi, and probably best I've every had. So full of awesome hops, tropical fruits of all shapes and sizes, citrus orange rind, a bit of musty resinous hop, and all that with a nice big malty balance that takes the way back seat and still lets the hops take the show. A nice dry and clean finish that lingers forever. All that and it comes in a can, I mean who doesn't like it in the can. If I could get this all the time...

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

Tasty brew and my first form The Alchemist.

Poured out of the can for one tasting and left in the can for the other. I preferred in the can, probably why the brewery recommends this.

A: 2 fingered, soapy, slightly off white head that exhibited good retention. Murky orange body with a deep orange core.

S: Wow, those hops are strong. Lots of floral, pine, grapefruit, lemon, and grassy notes. Sweet malts were also evident. I usually can't identify so many different smells!

T: Quite hoppy, with loads of grapefruit. Not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. However, the rest of the scents were evident in the tasting and were well balanced. Delicious.

M: Medium light, crisp yet silky.

O: A great brew, what else can I say.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jsvt for sending a 4 pack down my way. Drank from the can like instructed. Haha. Guess I'll have to review one from the glass next.

A - Good looking can.

S - Upon cracking you get an intense burst of hops! A few people who had been standing nearby could even smell the floral bouquet from this one. Very prominent pine and citrus notes, smells like hoppy fruit punch.

T - Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be based on the nose. Loads of tropical and citrus fruits...pineapple, mango, papaya and grapefruit. Very balanced with a strong malt base. This is a hop-heads dream...wave after wave of resiny flavors wash over your tongue from start to finish.

M - Medium bodied and sticky. Light carbonation. Hop flavors definitely linger.

O - A top notch DIPA. Really glad I've got three more of these in my fridge. Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.02/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a buddy up north. Not inlaws, indigestion, or even nagging children could deter him from personally delivering the goods. Good man.

Poured into a Rave Vos Tumbler. Solid inch of stiff, off-white head. Hazed, light orange/amber body.

Smells fresh. Haven't had a fresh beer in a while. Soft citrus rind, muddled leaves, & a splash of orange juice. Aerosol. Not tropical, just green.

Taste is a satisfying one two of citrus & really dry cracker-like malt. Leafy/herbal/rind bitterness is big, but not as big as the fruit. Green Peppers? Very dry middle on in. Bitter aspirin & grain finish.

Carbonation is soft, but active; foamy. Unfiltered of course. Alcohol doesn't hide.

Very solid & refreshing. Bonus points for being fresh.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beefy for this can.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger white head. Very foamy with good retention and sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Very fresh. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits - some pineapple, grapefruit, and lots of grassy hops. Some lemon and a little bit of orange pith/zest. There is a little bit of pale malt, but the hops dominate, as they should.

T: Fantastic. Heavy tropical fruit flavors with some grapefruit, mango, and a bit of tangerine. A little more zest/pith going on as well. Very faint pale malts give it a slight backbone. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great level of bitterness, spot on. Drinks very easy and extremely smooth. Scary drinkable in fact. No sign of 8% whatsoever.

O: Lives up to the hype surrounding it. Could drink this beer all day everyday.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Day old can picked up at the new cannery. Despite the advice of the can, poured into a nonic.

An aromatic wave of dank pine and citrus hops emerge immediately upon cracking the can open. Pours a fairly dark, dull copper/orange. Cloudy and thick with a thick cream colored head. Clumpy streaks of lacing and a thin retentive layer of bubbles throughout. Sweet, juicy, ripe aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, with grass, pine and citrus rind balancing out the profile. Thicker side of medium body, chewy and oily on the palate with a resiny and pulpy finish. Strong bready malt body hides underneath the rich, fresh, intense hop flavor. Much more resiny and pulpy than the aroma, grapefruit and pine flavors dominate. Finish is dry and remarkably smooth. Just about perfect, this is a miracle in a readily available can.

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Photo of papat444
4.39/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this last weekend after the bottle release at the Alchemist pub.

Poured from a pint can into my Alchemist glass.

Appearance: Hazy and unfiltered orange (almost copper body). Looks pulpy. Foam is thick and retention is good.

Smell: I can smell it as i pour. Mango, grapefruit a bit as well as pineapple. Juicy, not really bitter but all fruit. Peach slices as well. Heady and never lets up.

Taste: Like eating fruit. Plump orange, mango and some grapefruit. A bit of cedar lurking around. While really good, not as good as aroma.

Mouthfeel: Extremely well balanced and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really good. Would have liked the flavor to measure up to the aroma but you still can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of claspada
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Graciously offered by hoppymcgee in our most recent trade; what a huge treat, big shoutout.

Pours a, holy cow the aromas are huge! Focus... pours a dark orange, borderline copper color with a nice fluffy off-white head that leaves nice sticky and soapy lacing. A few yeasty chunks made their way in as I was pouring from the can. (I know it said not to on the can but how can you appreciate the aroma in a can, honestly...)

Aromas are straight hop juice. Huge citrus hops; I want to say more but there really isn't anything needed, so I will repeat HUGE PINEAPPLE AND GRAPEFRUIT! As it warms you get a little of the sweet bready and light caramel maltiness but the hops own this show for sure. Okay it's still opening up now; I get the grassy hops which were initially overwhelmed by the pine and citrus. Really a nice balance of hops smells here.

The tastes begin with light sweet toasted bready and pale maltiness but you are immediately bombarded by hop flavors and lesser hop bitterness. The order of dominance is pine, grassy/floral, then citrus/grapefruit. The hops are much more dominant in the flavor department which I LOVE, because too much hop bitterness ruins the hop flavors in a good DIPA. Don't get me wrong, there is def some bitterness (it is 120IBUs), but the light caramel maltiness and pale malt sweetness keeps the bitterness in balance but is still light enough to allow the hop flavors to really own this beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nothing to crazy or complex, just perfectly balanced once again. The finish is also fairly balanced with a lean toward the dryer side thanks to the ample hopping and high-ish ABV.

Overall this beer eats Pliny the Elder's lunch. I would take this 10 times out of 10 over it's west coast comparative beer. It is just so damn delicious it's crazy. I may have to move to Vermont in the near future. It also scores extra point for coming in a 16 oz can which is by far the best packaging around. My new philosophy is 6 pack 12 oz bottles need to go away and 4 pack 16 oz cans need to take over; it just makes way too much sense on so many levels. Nice tangent there, anyway this is the best DIPA I have ever had, worth seeking out and highly recommended. I hope all is well and things get back on track because their brewery was damaged during Hurricane Irene and I know they had to shut down for a while. Let's hope all is returned to normal soon so they can continue to churn out stellar beers like this.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drinking FROM THE CAN, no pour.

A - Well, it's a very nice can.

S - As soon as you crack the top you smell the intense hop bouquet. Thick, resinous pine aromas paired with grass and citrus -- grapefruit. really only a touch of malt. Hard to get a whiff from the can, but I'm not going to knock it since this is something of a novelty review.

T - Intense piney hops and some grapefruit. Really only a little bit of sweetness of any kind, but it also isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Just intensely hoppy. So dank and resinous. Yowza.

M - Medium body and a perfect amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth only slightly dry.

O - Overall I would say the beer is surprisingly great to drink directly from the can. I would still recommend pouring it, but it is really awesome from the can as well. I have matched my scores to a previous review in order to minimize allowing this review to impact the overall score

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Photo of readbaron
3.85/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for the pour.

Pours out golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. Limited lacing, and decent retention.

Smells hoppy - piney and bitter - but with a strong tint of copper/metal in the nose. For an east coast DIPA, not as much malt as I would have expected. The hops and copper do fade into a bit of honey sweetness, but this is a hop forward beer.

Taste is better than the nose - there's still something metalic/copper going on, but it's not as overwhelming as it smelled. Starts off with Sweet honey caramel malts, followed by dank hoppy bitterness.

Feel is solid - medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall - I don't get the hype for this beer - actually for all the Vermont DIPAs. Not a bad beer, but certainly not world class.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for dropping this in my box.

Appearance: Out of the can, Heady Topper has a bright orange amber color, slightly hazy, with a soft sea foam froth.

Smell: Pale malt, some honey, and a long drawn out bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and a little spice.

Taste: The flavor starts with a little malt sweetness and toasted grains, then moves to a blend of hoppy bitterness - pine, grapefruit, and a bit of herbal spice. The finish is a straight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is slightly fuller than medium. Grainy character, with some hoppy resin from the middle to the end. Medium carbonation.

Overall: This has a strong, pleasant bitterness, with the hop flavors taking a backseat. Good, but I don't see how it really differentiates itself from the top notch DIPA's.

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of zbellino
4.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A delightful deep orange, even the head, which was two fingers of irregular froth dithering to an uneven lace (really a sloppy cobweb) has an orange hue. Sediment chunks that float about make this the Goldschlager of DIPAs.

S - The Topper doesn't mince words ... it's like smelling a bag of tropical skittles. It smells unreal and fruity, with a hint of pine. Or perhaps like a nice fruit taffy, because there is a bit of cooked sugar in there. Not quite caramel. There aren't too many beers that would appeal to that sense so viscerally. This is select.

T - Imagine biting into a starfruit that grew from a balsam fir. That is about it. Juicy and amazing, with a pitchy taste. OK, so pine aromas are normal. But starfruit is something else. Impeccably balanced. All of the aromas deliver. No false scents.

M - It has legs in the mouth. Perhaps it's one chink, it's a hair thicker than perfect for me. But perhaps that is good, because if it weren't I would drink it too quickly.

O - Only rivaled, not beaten. This is the best DIPA you can get, or at least that I've tasted.

This is one of those beers that makes you want to quit tasting beers, and just drink a whole lot of beers.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of loose white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, tangerine, grapefruit, and light pine.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Burst of citrus and tropical fruits up front followed by a strong caramel malt backbone with hints of buttered popcorn. Mild hop bitterness on the finish.

No hint of the higher ABV; easy-drinking and tasty for sure. Enjoyed this beer but found it a little too sweet and malt-forward for my tastes (maybe I prefer the hoppier West Coast DIPA's?).

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Photo of philbe311
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Provided to me by good friend and fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A finger's worth of tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and moderately thicker collar... A very muted amber with a faint haze... Fairly still with no discernible carbonation just a bit of suspended sediment...

S - Some subtle grapefruit with a bit of tropical fruits mixed in too... Some light orange zest... A very subtle piney hop presence as well... A touch of muskiness... A light spiciness as well...

T - Citrusy hops to start... Tropical fruits... Grapefruit... Oranges... Mangoes... There are also some muted yet assertive piney characteristics... Very well balanced by a strong malt base... Heavy on the doughy bread with just a hint of spice... A bit of a peppery finish... Extremely complex... Each sip yields new subtleties...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Even and consistent... Exceedingly smooth... Surprisingly light and delicate given the overall potency...

D - An outstanding American Double IPA... Well crafted artisan brew... Loaded with both complexity and character... The appearance and aroma really didn't live up to my lofty expectations, but everything from there on out more than impressed...

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Photo of Billolick
4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can purchased at the source one week ago, canned two days before that, so yeah its fresh...

Decanted into a New Belgium tulip. Its clouded darker tangarine, off white head, leaves a lasting collar and a super fine film and again fine bits of lacing.

Nose is loaded with pineapple, mango and fruity/spicy hop goodness.

More of the same on the tongue and palate, pineapple and citric hops seem to dominate. Flavorful, fresh and pleasingly complex DIPA. As advertized this is not designed to blow away your senses with overwhelming loads of hops, but instead dominates your palate with wave after wave of hoppy goodness.

Fine creation in brewing..Every self respecting BA should pick up a case of this nectar everytime they find themselves in the general area of the cannery.

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Photo of muletrane
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Alchemist tumbler. (14oz poured into the glass). Purchased from the cannery on 10/9/11.

A: Pours a hazy light amber colour. 1.5 fingers of off white frothy head. Minimal lace.

S: Floral hops, pine, orange peel, grapefruit, some malts. Perfect!

T: Just like the can says "wave after wave of hoppy goodness!" All the notes from the nose come through in the taste. This is a hopheads dream. Pure joy in a can. Every sip makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside! Long lasting hoppy finish that I wish would never end!

M: Heavy body/moderate carbonation. Bitter and hoppy throughout the mouthfeel. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Overall this is the best DIPA and best beer I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy! Every sip is filled with amazing hoppy goodness! I would make the 6 hour trip to Waterbury every month if I could, just for this beer! Thanks to the folks at The Alchemist cannery for being friendly awesome people and for making this truly wonderful beer!

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mr. Topper, we finally meet. Via Fluke828 and AleLovinRuskie.

I will initially be tasting you straight from your container, per your request, but you will make it into a glass for the rest of the analysis.

Crack the can and a rush of flowery citrus and slightly piney hops punch me in the nose.

A sip is akin to making love for the first time. So long as that coitus involved a basket of assorted pineapples, grapefruit, oranges, and a frisky roll atop a bale of grassy hops. Beautiful creamy mouth feel with just the right amount of bite against the sweeter caramel malt. 8% ABV? Where? This is dangerously drinkable. I need a cigarette, darling...

After pouring it into a pint glass, I failed to notice the label -- there is a ton of hop sediment. I'm not adverse to this, but it's a little surprising to me that it's not a little cleaner, given that if I finished this from the can, I'd be enjoying a big gulp of pulp. The light caramel color is nice and a smooth head laces well.

Finally! A hyped beer that did not disappoint! Better than Pliny? Firstly, who cares. But also yes, it's made on the East Coast!

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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