The Alchemist-Vermont Heady-Topper Double IPA Waterbury, VT
For some of you, this beer doesn’t need an introduction. I happen to have been blessed with two cans of this fine liquid due to a good hook up.
This will be my first experience drinking this beer, so lets crack this thing and see how it holds up. Again I’m looking for Balance, Complexity and Brewer Execution.
I have very high expectations, and will be drinking this from the can, as it suggest.
First whiff; lots of fresh dank hops, citrus, pine, I can pick out centennial for sure and some other “C” hops, and I’m sure there are others in the mix as well.
First sip; a tad of alcohol up front, but very silky in the mouth. A little caramel sweetness and tons of hops! Loads of hop character here.
Is it balanced? Yes. For sure there is a definite lean toward hops and a tad of alcohol in there at 8%, but overall I prefer a hop forward DIPA rather than something on the sweet side.
Is it complex? Yes. There is a lot of hop character going on here. Malts are in the background providing a silky medium mouth feel, leading to a powerful, but not overpowering bitterness. I’m wondering what the IBUs are on this, my guess is somewhere in the mid to upper 70s?, maybe more.
Execution: For sure, 100%, this is a double IPA that would satisfy any IPA lover and Hop Head.
I have to say that this beer is unique in its flavor. I can’t think of anything I’ve had in the past that is similar. Heady Topper really lives up to the hype and I feel pretty lucky to have a few cans of it. I’ll be heading up to VT this summer and hope to sample this on draft.
Bottom Line: DRINK IT!
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