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The Alchemist Heady Topper

Top o’ the evenin’ to ya! And a Happy Saint Paddy’s Day to ya all!  Today we have a mighty special goodwilltasting review for ya, even finer than me pot o’ gold!  They’re always after me lucky charms!


NAME: Heady Topper by The Alchemist
TYPE: American Double IPA
ORIGIN: Waterbury, VT
ABV: 8.0%
REVIEW: This is a big deal guys. After about 6 months since I heard about the existence of this beer I finally got a taste of it. Props to Mr. Weers for hauling back a couple 4 packs from VT for me! Light golden opaque color, bubbly head, tangerine peel, pine on the nose. Poured out a little to get the color and smell but drank the rest from the can as directed. The hops hit you immediately but it’s not overly bitter. Nice citrusy taste with a lingering sweetness that sticks around longer than your average IPA. It’s a slow morph from bitter to sweet as you drink. Really interesting. This is a beautiful, ridiculously drinkable double IPA. Even so, I still think I gotta give the gold to Pliny the Elder. Hope I can get some soon!

goodwilltasting grade: A

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Long Trail IPA

Long Trail IPA

NAME: Long Trail IPA
TYPE: English IPA
ORIGIN: Bridgewater Corners, VT
ABV: 5.9%
REVIEW: Drank from the bottle so not sure about appearance, but smell has a subtle hop nose, faint pine and very floral on the tongue, weird biscuit-y mouthfeel, bitter finish with an unpleasant aftertaste. This beer pretty much solidifies my distaste for English-style IPAs. Try again, Long Trail.

goodwill tasting grade: C-

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