Prufrockstar (1575) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 Can, shared with friend and wife, poured into glass because Iím a rule breaker. Big citrus aroma - grapefruit and orange, packs huge citrus punch. Can smells basically like fresh hops. Pours hazy yellow/gold. Taste big citrus deliciousness. Well balanced, with some sweetness to go with the citrus. Even though it packs a hoppy punch the bitterness is surprisingly well-integrated and not even remotely harsh. Medium body, average carbonation, slick texture, long finish. Overall: initial assessment was "this is damned tasty, but no need to trade my firstborn for it - good double ipas abound out here." then we followed it with the freshest batch of stone enjoy by 7/4/13, which hit the shelves today, and which was practically a revelation for me regarding fresh, great ipas when I had it last time around. Directly following on the heels of heady topper really drives home that heady topper is in another league. Yeah, different flavor profiles and all, but I didnít expect anything could make stoneís offering taste bland and tame by comparison. Actually a good combo for me - wanting to keep open mind, rejecting the hype, then getting a second look that showed me a glimpse of where itís coming from. Damn fine brew.
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Berta4519 (26) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Citrusy a tad sweet and not very bitter. Honestly never had an IPA like it, in a good way! Very easy to drink. One of my favorites in the world!
GregClow (3012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of jercraigs & mabel. Yeah, I drank a few mouthfuls from the can as suggested, but then I poured the rest into a glass - sorry, my snobbery got the best of me. Lovely hazy-orange with a big white head and some sparkling floaties. Aroma is ridiculous, like smelling a handful of fresh hops - pungently floral and fruity, with notes of pine, peach, orange peel and heady herbs. Flavour is obviously heavy on the hops - OK, thatís a bit of an understatement - bit itís not aggressively bitter or astringent like many hop-heavy beers. The hop character is rounder and more complex - thereís the expected citrus and pine, some papaya and passionfruit, a bit of orange blossom honey, some zippy spiciness, and a long, palate-coating finish of grapefruit peel and hop resin. I was skeptical that this would live up to the hype, but goddamn, it surely did!
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml can from czar - thanks mate. I did pour some of it into a glass, but as suggested, drank most straight from the can. A very hazy orange-brownish gold with a resilient, whitish-yellowish head. Aroma is tons of floral, citrus, herbal and spicy hops. Flavor is fruity, fresh cereals, malt, citrus, tropical fruit. Finish is very bitter, lots of citrus, somewhat floral and accompanied by a touch of spice. Lingering floral, fruity, pine tree and mint flavors. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, average carbonation. A very, very solid Double IPA, taste fresh, like I was biting straight into fresh hops.
Wedmonds (1) - - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The IPA! In a class all it's own! All others want to be it! All of us want to drink it! The Alchemist needs to increase production a couple thousand percent please!
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kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Tommy as en extra, thanks man!! Shared around the fire right after some Pliny, double jack and Mag 7. Nice golden pour, there were litterly chunks of goodness floating in each glass. Great smell lots of pine, the taste was Lemmon and very crisp. Really enjoyed this
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canned on May 27, 2013.
Appearance: The body is amber colored with murky clarity, some sediment is floating around, nothing can be seen through this only the color is noted. The head is tall and messy with great retention, slowly settling into a messy ring and lots of spotty foam on top.
Aroma: The aroma is complex with notes of pine, peach, apricot, oranges, and mango. Very fruity and hinting at some bitterness.
Taste: Peach greets the tongue immediately into a moderate bitterness of pine with some spicy notes. Mango is woven in towards the mid-taste through the finish as the pine mellows out and orange is left lingering with some spice on the finish. Long after the sip, pine sits on the tongue.
Palate: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation, moderate to high levels.
Overall: This is a fantastic imperial IPA. The bitterness isnít harsh, and the flavors are complex. I wouldnít go out of my way to get this again, but when I travel to Vermont I will be picking a case up.
hellburner (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden blonde with a generous fluffy white head and tons of floaties. Big citrus and fruity bomb. Clean, fresh, hoppy, fruit salad. Alcohol very well hidden here. Delicious!
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Can courtesy of bytemesis, thanks! Heady Topper certainly lives up to its reputation. Nice smell, not too strong, of citrusy pine. Orange color, quite hazy. The flavor finds a perfect balance of hoppiness - lots of character without overpowering - and a classic, clean lager-like malt, grain, etc. It is mostly bitter but also sweet and spicy in turns. The aftertaste is remarkable, it makes your mouth feel cleaner, like a beer-based breath freshener. What really sets this DIPA apart is not the particular smells/flavors. It is how deeply integrated all those components are to create something that tastes like it was squeezed from a single plant instead of a bunch of ingredients steeped in water.
jbaker67 (23) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very complex and bitter brew. Lots of pine and citrus. An amazing IPA that is worth the effort to obtain