squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 16oz can into a clear plastic tumbler. Looks like a hefeweizen. Smells like walking through a sassafras grove on the warm summer afternoon. For its vividness and abv the beer is very balanced and soothing. Clingy, refreshing, layers of soft resinous dewy golden flowers, fruits, and herbs. Sweet vs bitter battle long toward a no decision. Can’t recall a better strong IPA in this classic American style.
Steve_0 (3016) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Can at home, courtesy of Frank. Thanks buddy! Poured a hazy, bright orange, with a big off-white head. The smell of this beer is off the charts, just fresh hopiness. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and big resin. I could smell this beer all night long. The lacing is sticking around nicely. Taste is bitter from the start and continues throughout, I am not picking up much malt at all - pine, citrus, weed, grass, and biscuit. This beer is just hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, and I love it. A hophead’s dream. Delicious.
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can shared by bhensonb. Pours dirty blonde with a thick off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a very satisfying sweet caramel malt flavor with nice balancing hop bitterness that doesn’t seem like 120 IBU. Very tasty.
bhensonb (11901) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Pours hazy amber with a near-white head. Strong resin/citrus aroma. Med body. Flavor is grapefruit ring with maybe a little resin. There’s a nice malt backbone, which struggles to stay afloat.
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange/straw hue with 1 finger white head. Best lacing I have seen on a beer, no visible carbonation. Citrus (orange/lemon) and pine hops in the back. Pine hops dominate, mostly bitter hops with a good malt background. Slightly grainy. Light to medium bodied
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/14/2011. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for dropping this in my box.
Out of the can, Heady Topper has a bright orange amber color, slightly hazy, with a soft sea foam froth.
Pale malt, some honey, and a long drawn out bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and a little spice.
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.
The body is slightly fuller than medium for the style. Grainy character, with some hoppy resin from the middle to the end. Medium carbonation.
Heady Topper 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.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can as an extra in my growler swap box. Rating #233. Very cloudy, almost looks like a hefeweizen, dark yellow in color with some orange highlights and a small white head. Decent citrus aroma with a little onion in there mixed with some pine. Above average bitterness, a touch of sweetness, mild citrus and pine. Decent stuff. (2229)
OmegaX (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the chap in line that shared this with me at Hunahpu 2012. Nose is huge grapefruit and orange. Earthy as well. Incredible aroma. Pour was a light amber color with some light off white head. Taste was full of citrus and grass with some light honey malt. Dry as hell on the finish with an effect that makes you come back for more. Excellent DIPA.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours a nice amber. Pine tar aroma is almost stinky. Flavor is highly pine pitch with some slight sweetness. Really nice.
dogfishho (600) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is full of grapefruit, resin, and pine resin. The flavor is spicier than expected but mostly dominated by sweet malts. Very bready and full of caramel. Great balance. Fantastico!