blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can [500ml] shared with garthicus & HogTownHarry -- c/o garthicus. March 21. Pours a hazy copper-gold with a small diminishing frothy white head. Great aroma with tons of grapefruit, tropical fruit, resiny/catty/hempy hops and a touch of sweetness. Flavour is just as good and follows the aroma: Very citrusy, catty and hempy along with some sweetness and a big bitter finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff!
m4rest88 (382) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a murky yellow hue with head - aroma is of tropical fruits, yeast, and of course hops
flavor is refreshing with hints of spice, orange peel, pineapple and wheat in it
medium mouthfeel with light carbonation
HeistAlmighty (1126) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
471ml can. The Alchemist people insist you drink from the can, but I shared this with maddmaxstar so I poured half into a glass for him. The half that was poured out was a cloudy yellow/orange with a moderate head and some particulate. Aroma is both a citrus sweetness and bitterness with some pine notes. Taste is very hopsy with some earthy hops as well at the citrus. Taste is very well balanced, it is hopsy without being overly bitter. Body is light enough to be highly drinkable. Overall, this is a DIPA that could have broader appeal, which is kind of fascinating.
jegross2 (1) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Re-reviewing the Heady Topper from The Alchemist. I know I promised never to drink this one outside of the can again, but I thought a snifter glassed might do Heady Topper some justice. And I was right.
Score (snifter): 97
Canned 01/12/12 and enjoyed 01/21/12 in a snifter glass. This is about as fresh as you can get this in the Midwest. Thank you AdamJackson for hooking me up with this brew this time around!
Appearance: Like my previous pour in a Duvel tulip, Heady Topper is a hazy orange-amber color with a finger of super foamy cream-colored head that sticks around for a bit, settling into a ring around the glass. Slightly below average lacing -- leaves behind an oily layer with no sticky head. 4/5
Smell: Less than 10 days old, this one has even bigger notes of citrus than my first can did. LOTS of intense, fresh tropical fruits -- oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, papaya and mangoes. Fresh grass clippings and dank resin. The nose is absolutely packed with bright, floral hops. I stand by my original sentiment: that this is like sniffing "a sunshine of citrus." Even after having Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, White Rajah, Anit-Hero IPA and Zombie Dust, Heady Topper is still the best smelling heavily hopped beer that I have ever had. Short of Surly Darkness, this is the best smelling beer that I have had to date. I still "wish I could buy an air-freshener that smelled just like this!" 5/5
Taste: Zesty lemon rind and tropical fruit with a sharp malty backbone throughout. Huge waves of citrus. In my original review, I felt the taste was mellower and more subdued than the aroma. Having a sampled a fresher can (my original can was just under a month old), I can say that my original sentiment no longer stands. Heady Topper is sharply bitter, loaded with tropical citrus and malty. Oranges, lemons, mangos, pineapple, papaya, and rainbow sherbert throughout. You name your citrus, it’s here. The sharp bitterness is more earthy and dank than piney. Finish is a lingering orange citrus hoppiness. 5/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. The Citra hops really explode on the palate like a Citra hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter with a little stickiness. 4.5/5
Overall: Though this beer is hard to find because it is only sold in a few places in Vermont, it is well worth the effort that it takes to get ahold of this brew. Heady Topper an absolute must try beer. While I have softened my original "you must drink this out of a can" stance, I still think it should be enjoyed in a vessel that minimizes the oxidation of volatiles present in the brew and maximizes the concentration of the aroma. In other words, serve this in a snifter and not a tulip glass. Even my friend who hates IPAs enjoyed this one.
Recommendation: This is an absolutely must-seek out imperial IPA. Drink it from the can or a snifter glass.
Food Pairings: Kuma’s Corner hamburgers or spicy Mexican food.
Cost: $12 for a four pack.
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can 1 pint.
Note: drank from can, but sampled in glass too.
Pours hazy golden, low white head, some lacing.
Aroma is of grapefruits, pine, fruits. Taste is of grapefruits, other sweeter fruits, christmas tree gone wild, pine. Very refreshing, good bitterness. Incredible balance. Look for it: worth the time it takes to drink it. Certainly one of the best DIPA.
joeneugs (3176) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can poured into a duvel glass. Oops didn’t read the instructions first. Big thanks to fbm115 for a very generous bonus! It pours a hazy orange color with a big off white head. The aroma is really complex hoppy with nice notes of florals, spicy hop, grapefruit, tangerine and a little cat pee. The flavor is off the charts with tangy grapefruit up front followed by minor notes of sweet peaches, pineapple and oranges, finishing off with a bitter/spicy hop finish. The body is perfectly light and crisp considering the gravity. Absolutely delicious. One of the best IPA’s I’ve had.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Miamilice (Thanks!). Pours bright orange with soapy white head that fades to a film and lacing. Aroma is bright fruity pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is more fresh pineapple and grapefruit with a solid bitter resinous hops and just the right amount of malt to round it off. Palate is sticky and chalky with a dry finish. Awesome balance and alcohol is well hidden!
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by portableparty! Clear dark apricot pour, medium carbonation and a dry hop aroma. Flavor is slick, slightly sweet hops and left an aftertaste of dry bitter oranges and hops. Alcohol on this is well hidden, very nice!
Bacterial (1521) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Jeff at Caleb's - pineapple grapefruit nose. Thin white head, golden in color. Taste hoppy, fresh, light and snappy. Excellent!
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Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can from my friend Brett. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized white frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of earthy and resin hops with big caramel and other malt notes. The taste is nutty caramel malts and lots of hop notes.. earthy, citrus, resin and tropical. Medium bodied, low carbonation, well balanced. Quite nice.