Beer Review: THE ALCHEMIST HEADY TOPPER

Beer Review: THE ALCHEMIST HEADY TOPPER

The Heady Topper, poured into a goblet from a 16 oz. can, exhibits a lackluster hazy amber gold hue. Upon closer inspection, suspended particulate matter creates a less-than-appetizing visual appeal. The thin, swirly white film atop does little to elevate its aesthetic.

Aroma

The aroma is a mishmash of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit, with a dominating pine presence. The olfactory experience is far from refined, lacking subtlety or nuance.

Taste

The taste profile unfolds with a bitter onslaught, showcasing a blend of piny citrusy hop flavors. A hint of toffee and spicy malt adds some complexity, but the overall impression is a rather unimpressive, one-dimensional bitterness. There’s a fleeting fruity note that is overshadowed by the beer’s sturdy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of Heady Topper is characterized by a full-bodied presence and an excessive level of carbonation. The effervescence adds little to the overall experience and may be off-putting for those seeking a more refined drinking sensation.

Overall

Despite its shortcomings, there’s an apparent fondness for Heady Topper. Following the unconventional suggestion to drink it straight from the can reveals a cloudy concoction with floating particulate matter. While this may appeal to some, the practicality of sticking one’s nose inside an aluminum can detracts from the overall experience. The clichéd notion of “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” holds true here; the beer’s internal qualities manage to salvage its appeal, making Heady Topper a noteworthy choice for those willing to overlook its visual and tactile flaws.