My X-brother in law brought me back a case from a trip to Vermont. I LOVE THIS BEER! Probably my favorite IPA. After drinking through my case, I became obsessed with this beer. Now whenever I try a high graviy IPA, and am usually disappointed because "it's no Heady Topper." This beer lives up to it's hype. LOVE IT!
Served In: Pint Glass
16 oz can sent to me by the amazing Deco. Half served up in a tulip, the other half from the can as suggested on the packaging.
A: Pours up pale orange body, that is more matte than a vibrant color explosion. The matte appearance is due to a heavy amount of murky debris floating around in here. I don't see that too often in a DIPA, and I like that. The pour got me a little over a finger of white head. Retention is ok and lacing is chunky on the glass all the way down.
S: Hops and lots of them. Dankness at its best with notes of the herb. Behind that is just a metric ton of tropical fruit. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange zest, etc. Tons of citrus and it is glorious.
T: A lot like the nose. Bright, citrus hops up front and pretty much dominating the experience in the best possible way. Starts off with the sharpness of some orange, orange zest and grapefruit. Then it is mellowed out by notes of mango and pineapple bringing some sweetness to the mix. Not enough malt presence to really mention other than it adds the perfect amount of balance but still allows all of the hop flavor to shine. Delicious.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation. Hop stick on the palate but the beer dries out completely and quickly. The beer has a touch of tingly bite to it as soon as it hits the tongue. ABV is light but noticeable. Aftertaste is just a myriad of tropical fruit flavor.
OA: Hard to reach perfection but The Alchemist has gotten pretty damned close here. Just a great representation of ehat an American DIPA can and should be. Its aggressive enough without being too aggressive. The hops shine without the malts being too sweet and the hops being too bitter. Just fantastically crafted and incredibly enjoyable. Love this beer. Thanks, Mark!
Served In: Tulip
16oz cans, love 'em! First beer I've sampled from The Alchemist. Hazy golden yellow/orange pour with a nice creamy white head on top. Lots of hop sediment so be careful on the pour. Aromas are a blast of deep fruity, tropical hops. Such a wonderful, juicy, resinous hop blend that I could easily sit and inhale all night long. I would advise to drink this hoppy treat as fresh as possible.
First sip brings a rush of bright, pungent hops. Huge fruity, tropical flavors with resinous hop oils all over the place. Sweet crisp malts take their rightful place as it flows down with a bitter hop blast. Love that this is unfiltered and unpasteurized. An amazing fresh hop experience that is incredibly tasty!
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation. Medium bodied. This ends up being an extremely drinkable hop monster of a beer. Go ahead and drink this one from the can. Well worth seeking out if you're a hop lover. I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to try this. I have to get to Vermont one day!
Served In: Other
Just received this brew tonight and CAN’T wait to try it!! I’ve heard so much about it from a jerky friend out in Connecticut. Now I get to try it! Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a cloudy light yellowish with a nice half finger bright white creamy head. A nice cap and collar is left the entire beer along with a few random spots of lacing.
Smell- Super fruity with an insane West Coast bright hoppy profile. Tons of pineapple, mango, orange peel, lemon zest and grapefruit pith. Like literally the fruitiest nose I’ve ever taken a whiff of. Not much else I can say about it. Hops, hops, hops!
Taste- Wow. Starts out with a fruity blast that isn’t as intense as the nose but still remains fresh and vibrant. A kick of mango and pineapple right from the get go along with a crazy vibrant blast of peach flesh. I almost get vanilla tones at times as the beer is crazy fruity but not bitter in the least. There isn’t a real malty thing going on but there is a light cracker sweetness in the background to sort of balance the hoppy goodness. Honestly, the beer sort of tastes like a peach Jolly Rancher to me. The finish is full of grapefruit and Georgia peach.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a super light spritzy carbonation. The body is spot on for a IPA of this style and the carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability- Oh man. What a great freaking beer. I honestly can’t think of another IPA that’s like it. It doesn’t have the sort of bitterness of the Pliny’s, the sweetness of a Hopslam or the maltiness of a Furious. It’s sort of an enigma among IPA’s and I freaking love the shit out of it. Really glad this brewery put out a few bottles. Hopefully they put out more in the future; this beer needs to be shared!
Price: $12.00 Served In: Pint Glass
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