josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewpub: Clean hop aroma, orange amber color, stable tight white head. Nice grapefruit flavor, this batch did not exhibit the sweetness of previous batches. This is a great beer.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: Simple but effective sugary IIPA. Alchemist does much better (I)IPAs.
How: Tap at brewpub december 2007
The look: Clear golden body with a small white head
In long: Rather sweet beer with a body that could have used a little more caramelised thickness. Instead the sweetness felt as sugary as caramelised. That ultra-clean sugary body didnít provide a place for the alcohol to hide. Sharp but short bitterness with orange peels and pine-tree flavour. By the end of my glass the sugary and alcohol presence was starting to bother me. This is a well-brewed but simple beer. One of weakest (I)IPA from Alchemist. Compared to their El Jefe that I had the same night this one felt as intense and complex as a Christmas carol.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from 11/23/07 - Draft at the brewpub - Poured a slightly hazy orange-amber in color with a medium white head that stuck around. Aroma was big with citrus and pine hops. Flavor followed pretty much the same yummy profile. Some malty sweetness to provide the minimal amount of balance required to make this an excellent beer. John has hit another home run with this one...
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed biscuits ride the large bubbling, successfully reaching the potent citrusy hoppiness. A balanced mammoth this Double IPA is, but it still lacks the panache of their wondrous Heady Topper, imho.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the hazy orangey blond.
-The hops offer a piney character as well, but mostly remain in the citrusy realm of things.
-Hop bitterness is prominent, but never exaggerates.
-The honeyed cereals are fun, but the alcohol warming that comes with it is not necessary methinks.
-Donít get me wrong, this is another solid beer from The Alchemist. I guess Iíve come to expect grandeur out of every one of their creations.
On tap at the brewpub.