Labor Day road trip to Burlington, VT, in pursuit of the great Heady Topper. Research takes us to Penny Cluse Cafe. We sample biscuits and pesto cream gravy; banana bread with walnut cream cheese; bucket of spuds topped with chive, cilantro, and sour cream; corn polenta; and apple wood smoked bacon. Delicious food paired with long sought after brew.
Heady Topper comes in a can. Side of the can directions explicitly state: drink from the can! Drank out of can vs. from a glass, the can sips taste best.
Aroma is light and citrusy, and lagery, and fresh. Hops are hinted at in a pepper scent spiked with spice.
Appearance seems like a lager, champagne gold like Miller High Life. I am wondering where in this drink is the hops.
Flavor is a short hop, neat and tidy. Tongue dives into the home plate which is in fact a dish of lemon slices. IPA is super brief that finishes more like a dry ale.
Overall I will try this again. I enjoy its levity and lusciously squeezable citrus body.
Unexpectedly this does not taste like an IPA, but surprisingly it cleaned my palate. I will revisit with a different pairing of food stuffs.
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