Description:We love hops – that’s why our flagship Double IPA, Heady
Topper, is packed full of them.Heady
Topper was designed to showcase the complex flavors and aromas these flowers
produce.The Alchemist has been brewing
Heady Topper since 2003.This Double IPA
is not intended to be the strongest or most bitter DIPA.It is brewed to give you wave after wave of
hop flavor without any astringent bitterness.We brew Heady Topper with a proprietary blend of six hops – each imparting
its own unique flavor and aroma. Take a big sip of Heady and see what hop
flavors you can pick out.Orange?Tropical Fruit? Pink Grapefruit? Pine? Spice?
There is just enough malt to give this beer some backbone, but not enough to
take the hops away from the center stage.— The Alchemist Random thoughts: Heady Topper is not available in Oregon. A fellow beer blogger gave it to me at the Beer Bloggers Conference. I decided to crack this open on IPA Day. I've heard that it rivals Russian River's Pliny the Elder as one of the best Double IPAs. We shall see...
The tasting:Golden orange in color, very hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. It looks a bit like orange juice. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and juicy mango. Taste starts with a rush of grapefruit and piney hop flavors that are strong, but not overwhelming. There's a light bready and caramel malt backbone that provides a touch of sweetness and helps to balance the hop flavors. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but some is
present in the middle and finish. However, it's stealthy and doesn't
taste like an 8% ABV beer. Heady Topper is medium bodied, has a resinous mouth feel, and finishes dry with lingering grapefruit and tropical fruit bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to taste this beer! There is a lot of hype about it, and it's well deserved. This is one fine double IPA! Is it better than Pliny the Elder? I'll leave that for you to decide. But first, you'll need to find one of each! What do you think about Heady Topper?