Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Alchemist Heady Topper

type: double IPA
origin: Waterbury, VT
price: $12/4x16oz
ABV: 8%
NSP: 9.5

Oh man, I'm smitten.  This is now on my list of top three double IPAs ever, along with The Elder and The Hoptologist.

We visited The Alchemist recently and I freaked out after trying Heady (for the first time ever).  So much so that I bought a whole case of 24, just because it's so damn good and who knows when I'll get it next.  And now I realize why Alex put that horrendous picture of himself on his review: Everyone who sees it will be too creeped out to try the beer, leaving more for him!  What a dick.

This is a simple, yet perfectly crafted double IPA.  It's so wonderfully hoppy and also perfectly bitter for the amount of booze (8%).  After a full can you get that nice boozy edge where if you go further you're drunk, but if you back off you'll have a nice relaxing hour.

Pure beauty.
Alex is certainly spot on when he says the only time you get the same hop blast from a San Diego beer is from Alpine.  When this warms a bit that doesn't go away either, and then you taste a faint bit of smoke.  Chris tasted a bit of apricot too.  I also love that this tastes wonderful out of a can, and they rightfully demand that you do so.

I'm very impressed, as might be obvious.  So, Alex, in exchange for your devious photo, I offer you this:
Don Carlos and Don Double IPA.


  1. Lucky enough to live near there and had two, and have my wife's colleague travel right by there weekly.
    Time for a case.

  2. Question: How much money was a case?

    1. Fuckall expensive... somewhere like $75 - 80. I would buy another in a hot second though!