RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, - JAN 27, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a few in the summer and fall 2012, in can. The best double IPA I have ever tasted so far. Boy this is just a perfectly balance dIPA, Full of scents, great citrus and at 120IBU, suprisingly great hoppy finish. This beer is THE balance! Need to do a trip to the USA soooooooooooooon, and just to get packs of Heady Topper, itís that good!
Hallstein (483) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
ClarkVV (5552) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Bosco (287) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Cybercat (4983) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
fugitive (1848) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma grapefruit, peach, citrus. Taste bitter, citrus, peach, grapefruit, herbal.
King_Alex_II (1140) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ritzn (278) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
SinH4 (2407) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jonas (6644) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really fresh can, danke Stefan! Salty, dank, light vegetal - strong tomato vine! Cloudy yellow, white lace. Medium body, foamy. Herbal, tomato vine again, fermenting citrus peel, salt finish. Alright, interesting, a bit overyped, but very very drinkable.
jfb (5366) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(can, many thanks to sinh4!) hazy golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of herbal hops, nettles and sweatsocks, with a light touch of cherry stones, some yeast slurry and honeymelon. flavour is mostly yeast and pale malts, quite resinous, with some more nettles, herbal hops and a medium-bitter finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.