The Alchemist – Heady Topper

Tasting: February 10, 2012
Style: Imperial IPA

The Alchemist Heady Topper

I am a beer can collector. Well, I guess I’m not actively collecting anymore, but I still have a collection of about 1,000 plus cans that sit in cardboard can-totes in my attic. When I was a teenager, I thought they made a pretty cool display. I have quite a few that are works of art and number that I’d call conversation pieces. I’ll try and get up to my attic and post some photos of some random gems. But, as someone that appreciates beer cans – I am happy to see resurgence in the popularity of the can – at least in the craft beer arena.

This can of Heady Topper was a bolt out the blue gift. I was truly floored at the sight of the two cans as they was handed to me. I know of this beer and was aware of its perfect 100 rating on Beer Advocate. It’s brewed in Waterbury, Vermont and from what I understand; it is only available in a limited amount of places in Vermont. Checks in at 100 IBU with an ABV of 8%. Although the label says drink from the can to retain the hop oils – I prefer my oversized cognac glass. I’ll try the other one from the can. This one pours a cloudy orange and wow, what a hop aroma. One sip and you can tell this is a classic beauty. Strong grapefruit and lemon hops over subtly sweet malt. This is definitely a beer where you’ll be able to taste the hops even after brushing your teeth. Really only medium in body but truly enjoyable. 97 points.

PS — love the comment on the label, “Don’t be a d-bag, recycle this can”.

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