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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,157 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6157
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%


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 DannyS:
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DannyS

New York

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed right from the can, because The Alchemist told me to, and I'm not about to second guess that magnificent man.

A - ok ok, I poured a little bit into a taster glass. Came up bright hazy yellow with lots of particulate in it. This beer is rustic and untamed, and it shows. But I just put a 5 because how this looks is irrelevant. DRINK THIS FROM THE CAN, DANGIT!

S - imagine sticking your head into a refrigerated bucket of hop pellets and taking a deep whiff. Pretty much. Pine, grapefruit/citrus, malt sweetness, grass, mint

T - first taste is bracingly bitter and smacks you right in the face with its hops. Subsequent sips mellow out but still leave that lightly resinous aftertaste. It's like drinking straight hops.

M - First sips are bright, clean, and fizzy on the tongue, As you continue drinking, the now stirred-up hop particulate really begins to coat the mouth and significantly dry up the mouthfeel. Personally I don't mind it at all but some people might be turned off by the change halfway through. Expect this one to morph a bit as you're drinking.

Overall - I love this beer. Not just because it's a damned drinkable brew at 8% and a blast of hops with every sip. No no, I also love this beer for the values it represents. In this world of pasteurized brews that'll stay good for a long time and change little in the bottle, this is a meticulously crafted product designed to be the best at its youngest. Like Pliny the Elder, this demands vigilance in finding it and drinking it while the time is still right, rewarding one's diligence with an experience hopheads, and beer fans in general, would give their eye teeth for.

Keep this refrigerated. Treat it like a perishable product. Take a road trip to VT with friends and ravenously track this down. Just took my last sip of the can, and it's still a bitter, sweet, hoppy, resiny, beast of a brew. Is it my favorite beer I've ever had? I'm not entirely sure, but I can safely say this deserves BA's #1 spot on the rankings.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 19:33:29 | More by DannyS
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standDEFIANT

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-16-2014 14:42:25 | More by standDEFIANT
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SovietBear1982

Connecticut

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer, it is everything people say it is and the hype is spot on. Although, the level if IBU's have been consistent at times I can have one where the hoppiness really comes through while other times it is more gradual and the notes are released with perfection. I know that the brewery has other brews that it releases in limited quantities, but I hope they can try and produce the other options with a bit more releases then they currently offer. But no complaints they are staying true to their brew and "Heady Topper" is always on my list of brews that I would have on any given day.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 13:45:14 | More by SovietBear1982
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-16-2014 03:08:47 | More by funkyaudio
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mabermud

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an extremely, well-crafted beer. It is wonderfully balanced and well-hopped. Truly made by an Alchemist, or the devil himself.

I now understand why it is the #1 beer on BA. My favorites were always Pliny the Elder and Enjoy by. This one boasts them both. I immediately opened a Pliny to compare while I still had some Heady left at the bottom of my glass. To me, the Heady looks much better. The PtE is clear and the Heady is cloudy with yummy goodness. The Heady smells scrumptious and emits a better aroma. The PtE is crisp and clean and the Heady is complex tasting. PtE is a bit more carbonated than the Heady, however, I believe this Heady is nowhere near as fresh as the PtE. In the end, I love them both.

If I were to be stranded in the mountains for any amount of time and I had to select one of these to keep me company, I would have to select the Heady, and the PtE would be his backup.

Nauseatingly good.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 01:55:39 | More by mabermud
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KornWallace

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-16-2014 00:37:06 | More by KornWallace
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Justinmatt21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-15-2014 23:14:09 | More by Justinmatt21
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jvf1970

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank Heady Topper a couple times from cans only, never on tap. I thought it was a great beer but not the best in the world. If I went out to a pub and they had HT , I would order and drink it over probably others because it's so hard to get anywhere outside Vermont.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 20:57:44 | More by jvf1970
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sugarman


5/5  rDev +5.7%

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DanVW

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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jmlschlee

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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avalenzuela

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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ICMTM

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say this is a really good beer. I also have to say it doesn't live up to the hype of being the best beer ever. With all these hyped beers I have noticed a trend:

Limited Distribution + Good Brew = Cult Following

I did the taste test with it and Pliny and yes it's better than Pliny in my opinion HOWEVER I think there are better DIPA's than both beers out there.

O - It's a more complex IPA which I liked about it. There is a bigger malt presence and therefore not as bitter as some out there. I liked it better out of the can, which actually balanced the beer out. The beer pours like a hefeweizen. It's a great beer, but I don't know that I'd want it over some of the local options I have.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 21:00:05 | More by ICMTM
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Thebarrick56

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-14-2014 20:04:28 | More by Thebarrick56
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 6,157 ratings.