italianjohn (2438) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange pour thin white head .... aroma is of grapefruits, oranges, peaches and pineapples wow very fruity aroma .... taste is of dank earthy hops, very very citrusy: peaches, grapefruits, oranges, pineapple a very fruity ipa, rindy and not overly sugary .... bitter rindy hops throughout ... reminds me of three floyds dreadnaught ... abv hidden throughout .... mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, little oily and lives up to the hype
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the cannery in Waterbury, VT. Pours a cloudy, bright orange colored body with a golden hue. Inch thick, very dense, creamy and frothy, pure white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a veil of lacing. Gorgeous beer. Aroma is awesome. Tons of fresh, juicy citruses with plenty of grapefruits, tangerines, and oranges. Lots of tropical fruits with some pineapple showing up with pines and florals galore. Very nice caramel backing offering a nice sweetness that accentuates the freshness and resins from the hops. Flavor is...wow. So many fresh pineapples, grapefruits, tangerines, oranges, and tropical fruits. Very juicy in the middle with pines and florals accompanied by a soft malt backing with a light caramel and pale malt sweetness. Resins come on nicely towards the end as this finishes juicy, moderately bitter, and filled with fruits as this dries nicely and remains soft and balanced. Lengthy aftertaste following an ultra soft, medium-light body and a very gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is definitely worth the hype. Soooo many fresh fruits and plenty of bright pine resins and florals with such a soft and easy drinking palate. Wow, I came a long way for this one and it was worth every mile. Absolutely outstanding.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pounder can from PUB’R courtesy of a Vermont operative (the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Railroad, which I am founder and chairman of). Pours turbid orange with 2-finger white head and some floaties. Looks like Dreadnaught, so that’s a great start. Nose is complex and huge; a medley of tropical fruit, including mango, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, black peppery spice, and caramel malt. My God the smell on this is as intense as I’ve ever experienced. Tastes incredibly hoppy, tropical fruity, resiny, and peppery, with a huge malt bill that balances the hops surprisingly well. The mouthfeel is dense, incredibly complex, and the finish pounds the papillae with hops, tropical fruit, and spicy peppery flavor. The repour gets thicker, more turbid, with a huge amount of flocculence, and is truly amazing to behold. This one is worth driving to Vermont for.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A can with no date via a trade with 46er3498. Pours (into my glass, although I did try some out of the can as instructed) with a very lightly hazed golden hued body with a large and lasting, frothy, eggshell hued head. Body hue is on par with west coast hop bombs (light in color). Pretty good retention and solid lace. Aromas are floral, hoppy, resin, pine, grapefruit pith, tangerine, mild candied and tropical fruits, grassy. Smells pretty tasty. Floral, very minimal malt and clean yeast wise. Its all about the hops as it should be. Flavors are citrusy, grassy and floral with light tropical fruit. Medium bitterness with quite a bit of resin character. Tangerine, grapefruit and some (medium) notes of high cohumulone hops that leave a bit of a tickle at the back of the throat. Very light bready and malty qualities, medium alcohol. Medium to slightly fuller carbonation, medium bodied, lasting resins, dry. Quite good, but I might lean towards fresh Surly Abrasive (especially as they have easy to find canned on dates). Solid.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’ve had it from the can and from a glass. It pours a hazy pale amber with a nice white head. The color is fittingly not too unlike the color of grapefruit juice. The aroma is unbelievable with an extremely pungent bouquet of hoppy, citrus, grapefruit awesomeness and some floral notes. The taste is more of the same, very dry with intense hoppy flavor and bitterness. Literally like drinking carbonated grapefruit juice, this brew is spectacular. An instant all-time favorite.
blankboy (6426) - 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 (387) - 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 (1156) - 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 (2337) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2015 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, resin. Very refreshing, good bitterness. Incredible balance. Packed with hops. Certainly one of the best DIPA on the shelves.