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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,218 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6218
Reviews: 1469
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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DaveHS

California

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of only a few 4 packs left at a Burlington area grocery store. The beer guy said it would be gone soon, as the first order of 160 cases disappeared in less than 4 days.

A-Not sure. They reccomend drinking it out of the can. I don't entirely trust that advice, but since there's a whole 4 pack, I'll give it a shot. (Edit: I poured out a little bit just so I could give a rating. Rusty orange with a thin, bone white head. No lacing.

S-As soon as I pop the top, bold, vibrant hop aromas. I can smell them from a few feet away. Resinous pine needles, spruce, grass clippings, tangerine skins,skunky weed,grapefruit juice...I could go on. There's plenty going on here.

T/M-Reminds me a lot of Russian River Blind Pig. From the first sip it's clear this beer is in the same echelon as the best IPAs the West Coast has to offer. The malt profile is thin and bready, acting as a skeleton for the muscular, assertive hops. Leans towards the piny side of the spectrum, with some undertones of dry bitterness and fresh cut flowers. The finish is dry without coating the palate.

O-Really great. Top notch. If they can start producing enough of this to get it outside of Vermont it could become formidable competition for Pliny or any of the other highly regarded West Coast hoppy beers.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 05:37:24 | More by DaveHS
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Excited to finally try this beer.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 6,218 ratings.