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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States

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

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4.47/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can pour straight into the mouth. Thanks go to Funkel81 for this generous extra in a recent trade.

No pour here, since I decided to follow the directions on the can and sip straight from it! We’ll skip right to the nose. The aroma is lush with bright smelling hop character, as pine and bitter smelling grapefruit are funneled up the nose. There are some leafy herbal tones and tropical fruit notes here as well, along with some spiciness, and a firm malt sweetness across the back that gives the hops something to bounce off of. This is full and bright feeling in the nose.

The taste has a fresh feeling vibrancy to it, with a blast of grapefruit and sticky resinous hops. This is tempered on the edges by a ripe and juicy tropical fruitiness and a sweet malt character that almost honestly seems like an afterthought compared to the bulk of this hop onslaught. The finish is dry and piney with some lingering bitter pith that sticks to the tongue. This has quite the aggressive finish on it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller, with a big creamy crispness to it that blows up in the mouth. Some slick and oily textures weave in and out with this, really keeping things overall smooth for 8% ABV. There is some gentle warmth to the body that mostly adds some extra boldness to those hop flavors.

This is my third different time reviewing this beer and it still holds up even here in packaged form. I still feel that it shows just a tad too much alcohol to really go the full monty on the style for me but there is no doubt that this is a DAMN great DIPA. The fact that this beer is now available in cans is just mind-boggling to me. I see many more of these in my future.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an unchilled beer glass.

Appearance: Dark Yellow/orange with a large amount of yeast suspended in the beer and at the bottom of the glass. Small this white/beige foamy head that lasted throughout drinking. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: sweet malt, slightly piney, fruity, vague pineapple, mango, warm caramel smell

Taste: smooth, slightly piney on the front with a pleasant oiliness. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and slight citrus in the middle. Very pleasant juiciness. Slightly bitter and dry finish. Leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pleasant mouthfeel with pleasant dryness on the finish. I would prefer a little heavier body, but that is my preference.

Overall: For the style, this beer looks a mess, but it tastes and smells great and I could easily drink several and not realize it. Definitely a beer to check out!

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4.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter

A hazy orange body with a slightly off-white cap. Head rose about a finger and faded rather quickly. Some minor lacing and a thin layer of foam left behind.

Bold tropical fruit nose. Papaya, pineapple, mango and white grapefruit leap out of the glass and attack the nostrils. Oily, resiny hops. A light pale malt backdrop does not detract from all these fantastic hops.

The flavor profile really follows the nose. Huge tropical fruit blend. Sweet papaya, pineapple and mango up front while bitter white grapefruit and pine resin carry through to the finish. The finish is highly bitter and builds with every sip. The beer is brash and in your face. Unrelenting with bursts of flavor and bitterness.

A medium body, smooth and luscious. The hops keep coming in waves and beat down on your palate. The body has a bit more heft than some of the elite.

This is a damn fine DIPA that is scary drinkable. The 8% is unnoticeable. I find this to be on the Mt. Rushmore of DIPA's that I have been able to try. It is not as clean and refined as PtY, but rather brash and in your face. Which, is both good and bad.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 14,006 ratings