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Alchemist Heady Topper

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RATINGS: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oaklandbeerguy (5) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2016 does not count
Finally got try the infamous heady.. Super bright aroma, great full mouthfeel. Got overripe peaches, orange juice, a little funk of pickles. Nice lacing, cloudy pour. Amazing how the taste changes as it warms. Great beer! If I lived in VT, this would be my go to. Honestly after having tried it, donít know what all the hype is about..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoret (292) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
De llauna al BBF-Lab. Cervesa color groc-daurat una mica tŤrbola i amb escuma blanca poc duradora. Aromes díherba, resina i afruitats que recorden al melů i/o al pomelo. en boca tambť trobo cereal, galeta i mťs resina amb un final llarg, sec i amarg. Molt bona.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (483) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
Canshare with Bratchris - Aroma is enormously tropical, candy-like fruits. Incredibly complex aroma. Flavor has lemoncurd, sherbet, tropical, citrus. A very clean bitterness finishes this beer nicely. World class.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Cans and draught since the second-coming of Alchemist (post-flood), most recently on draught at the new brewery, 7/8/16.
Never did manage to have it pre-flood. Seems like I was always missing it by a week or a few days. But Iím confident itís as good as it always was.
Tough to rate these sacred cows. What more could I possibly say here for its 1,482nd rating? I generally shy away from rating the big boys like this (havenít really wanted to log a rate for Westy 12, for the same reason). But whatever.
Of Focal, Crusher and this, that I had on draught at the new brewery, this was the weakest of the three. Not by a huge margin, but a noticeable one.
A bit too much garlic and cat/sweat, moreso than in other batches Iíve had. Probably a pretty standard "problem" with beers of its nature, though I do think it still remains highly enjoyable. Lots of sweat, lemon rind, light pineapple and dank spiciness. Good, dry, crackery malts back it and the yeast is clean, providing no alcohol or flaws. Soft melon/watermelon as it warms, emerges, enjoyably so.
Fantastically soft texture, with a dry nature overall, but still a malty-soft feel to it with mostly tight carbonation. Bitterness is certainly felt, but never becomes overbearing/fatiguing. Gains various levels of tropical fruit and citrus depending on how fresh it is. I do love the dryness and overall understated hop character. Itís always enjoyable seeing people that donít understand it drink it for the first time and complain that they donít think itís very good and donít get what the big deal is; since Iím a cynical asshole.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosco (287) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pint can, very hazy (unpasteurized) apricot, thick head and sticky lacing. I chuckled when I saw other reviews mentioned tomato, but uh, yeah, tomatoes! I get it. Velvety smooth, not spicy, aromatic, nice smooth bitterness on the finish. Delightful. Gift from friends (thanks Barry) returning from Vermont.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4986) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Pours hazy apricot with a fair creamy head. Aroma features strong hoppy and citrus tones. Bold flavor delivers resiny hops, fresh malt and tangy orange-grapefruit citrus notes. Mouthfeel offers firm body and lively fizz. Yet another beer off my bucket list!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1853) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 10, 2016
Can. Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma grapefruit, peach, citrus. Taste bitter, citrus, peach, grapefruit, herbal.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
King_Alex_II (1146) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Cloudy orange color with foam ring. Grassy hoppy nose with some tomato aromas. The taste is delightfully clean bitter with a creamy, light juicy and a little sweet thin body. Very nice bitterness, a tiny boozyness and a little dryness in the aftertaste. Perfect to drink beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ritzn (314) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
Hazy bright yellow with little white head. Aroma is tomatoes, grass, sugar, pine cone, citrus. Taste is is very sour with fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, more of the same in the finish. Overall good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2443) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2016 My 100th US brewery. Can from a trade with sneakychi, many thanks! Pours hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is tomato, resinous, grassy hops. Taste is juicy, resinous, grassy, yeasty. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit of a booze punch in the back. Very good, but completely different from what I expected. Itís much more simple, but still a bit delicate. Extremely drinkable though.


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