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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,218 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,218
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,634
Gots: 1,230 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA” 75 IBU 8.0% abv

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004)
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Reviews by Blanco:
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank most of this from the can, but also poured enough of it out to see what it looked like and to see what it's like in the glass. Honestly not sure which I like better. It does seem like the aroma is almost too potent in the glass, making the can a nice step back.

Appearance is golden and hazy. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is pure piney hops. I'd hoped for more tropical fruit or citrus, but it's almost one-note piney, though those notes are there. Just not upfront.

Flavor is bitter, very bitter. Dry and woody, it's attack to the palate is relentless. The citrus missing in the aroma appears a little bit in the taste (grapefruit). Malt backbone balance is almost non-existent. I've certainly had hoppier, but the ones I enjoy the most are more balance. Still, the hop presence is impressive and the flavor really opens up and bitterness subsides as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is actually where the beer stands out. The intense bitterness really creates a lively mouthfeel, with a strong aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA. I've had others I prefer, but that in no way is a knock on this beer as the reason I prefer others is balance. I also prefer more hop emphasis on aroma and taste rather than bitterness. That's just personal preference.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 04:04:27 | More by Blanco
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,218 ratings.