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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,385 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,385
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,766
Gots: 1,317 | FT: 38
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 Estocker:
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Estocker

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4.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than Pliny, eh? We'll see.

Pours a murky brownish-gold. Lot's of unfiltered stuff floating around in the glass.

Smell is slightly muted, but I can tell I'm in for an amazing DIPA. Perhaps I should let this warm up a bit more before I make any judgments. Pine, citrus, yum. Not getting as much aroma as I get from the Pliny (side by side comparison), although that might be because there's 2 weeks difference in the freshness between the two.

Well-rounded, it's a bit smoother than Pliny, not as much of a kick. But that's not necessarily a good thing in this category. Getting a little more complexity. I like it. Lots of pine and grapefruit flavor with a little something else in there that I can't put my finger on, maybe some apricot.

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA, but I think I'll have to have it on tap before I can decide whether it lives up to the hype or not. Either way, I will seek this out again if I am on the East coast.

Well done, Alchemist.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:37:07 | More by Estocker
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,385 ratings.