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Heady Topper Beer Review

Heady Topper Beer Review

Heady Topper Beer Review

The Alchemist is a family run brewery located in Vermont that specializes in brewing “fresh, unfiltered IPA”. This brewery is the stuff of legends in New England but one major issue for drunks like me is, they only distribute in the state of Vermont. I’m in Massachusetts so it’s just far enough away to be far but close enough to hear about how awesome they are. It’s a tough life over here.

Being the drinker heavy drinker I am, I happen to know THE Brews Springstein from Oakdale Liquors here in Tewksbury and once this Covid thing locked everyone down, he shared something with me. He said that at some point, we were going to see all the awesome breweries from New England that don’t normally distribute to Mass, start distributing to Mass. He was right because on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, he sent the Instagram post I had been waiting to see. Oakdale had Heady Toppers.¬†Shit got real pretty quick.

Heady Topper is an American Double IPA and the ABV is 8% so it is a little stronger than I like to go but sometimes you just have to man up and be somebody. The can says to drink this out of a can and since I am a direction follower, I did that. The reason you are not supposed to pour it into a glass is because it releases the essential hop aromas that they have worked so hard to retain. Seems legit.

Since I drank straight from the big boy can (another bonus), I have no idea what color this is but I do know that they were not bullshitting about the hops. My god. Besides the hops, you get a citrus taste like the New England IPAs but it wasn’t off-putting. One thing I hate about most double IPAs is that they taste “boozy” and make me feel like I am going to blackout at some point but this one doesn’t taste boozy at all. You will black out if you drink more than four though so try to keep yourself from getting wild like that. Or don’t, I’m not your dad.

Although it’s awesome, this is not the type fo beer you take to your fantasy draft to show out in front of your league mates. You will be useless by the 5th round. I would say it’s more of a celebratory beer once you have finished your draft. It’s all fun and games to crack one mid afternoon but there is no chance you are only having one after you taste this. I don’t care how much will power you have, it’s too good.

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