One of my brothers ski buddies lives in Vermont. He came out West for business trip and stopped by to say hello. Lucky for me, Glenn is a beer lover who brought me a present. Heady Topper from The Alchemist. This beer often makes the best beer in the world list. They are so wildly popular in Vermont they don’t even ship it any where else. People line up on delivery day. No joke. Since I have no plans to visit Vermont I assumed I’d never get a chance to try it. Surprise! What a treat. It’s a double (Imperial) IPA, that they sell in cans. It’s unfiltered, and it’s the only beer this brewery makes. They advocate drinking it out of the can. I drank half out of the can and half in a glass because I wanted to smell it. The aroma is fantastic. Pine and citrus extravaganza. The taste is the same. An explosion of happiness on your tongue. This beer truly lives up to the hype. For those who have had Pliny the Elder…this is similar. Hoppy, piney, herbal, citrus. It clocks in at 8% ABV. Packs a punch, but doesn’t taste it. This is a world class beer. If you have a friend in Vermont…call in a favor. Or…ROAD TRIP!