Alchemist Heady Topper

Alchemist Heady Topper

I have a confession to make. For the last week I have been working on a beer project that doesn’t involve the blog. Yes folks, I’m cheating on LIBA. I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but stay tuned as soon all will be revealed.

Hint: I’ll soon be published (in print) for the first time. Very exciting.

Alchemist Heady Topper

Related to my secret project, tonight I was over in Worcester at Dive Bar interviewing the owner Alec Lopez. Alec has quite a reputation; he is NOT afraid to speak his mind. Despite his strong opinions on beer, he’s a very friendly guy. I had a great time and at the same time got to try some of the uber-hyped Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper.

Alchemist Heady Topper

Alchemist is a Vermont based brewery. Having grown up in Vermont, that inherently gives me a magical intangible connection to the brewery. My brother works in Waterbury, VT where the brewery is…why I haven’t had him stop and get me some beer prior to this, I don’t know.

Heady Topper is not for the weak of heart – it is full flavored and HOPPY! It’s got a hazy unfiltered look and a cirtusy smell. From the look and smell of it, you might not guess that you’re about to get punched in the face by “the bitter”.

At first taste, I get bitter citrus (grapefruit). This fades initially to a piney aftertaste and for a second I am bored. But WAIT! The beer packs a surprise…very late in the aftertaste strong tangerine citrus sweetness comes bleeding through.

5 words: Roller. Coaster. In. My. Mouth. This beer, my friends, meets the hype. I need a case of this stuff.

Alchemist Heady Topper

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

3 thoughts on “Alchemist Heady Topper”

  1. Stopped by the Alchemist cannery the other day on a recent trip to VT and sampled some freshly brewed Heady Topper. All I can say is, WOW! By far, one of the best beers that I’ve have tried to date, regardless of style, and a sure ‘must-try’ for all who appreciate the finer beers of the world. Hoping that this becomes more available in MA, because as of now, there are only a few places that you can enjoy this ‘world-class’ brew. I’ve yet to try Pliny the Elder and/or Younger, but have read that this DIPA rivals both. If you get the opportunity to try this beer, it’s a must. Kudos Alchemist, looking forward to other offerings in the near future.

  2. The Alchemist Cannery is a regular stop on my Thursday drive home. Be sure to go on canning days (Mon & Thurs). Even at $72/case it’s not unusual for them to sell out within 24 hours but more production capacity comes online late 2012/early 2013.

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