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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,442 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,442
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,816
Gots: 1,342 | FT: 37
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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up from a great friend at the Borefts Bier Fest! It's a little over a week since it was canned so it's super fresh. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a huge 2+ finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Fresh, dank, resiny hops totally dominate the nose along with some great perfumey, floral and citrus notes. This is one of those really special smelling beers that you'll always remember. The taste is just as big and bold. It starts off like the nose as a total fresh hop monster, full of resiny pine and bitter grapefruit along with some nice tropical notes. About midway through there's a measure of balance as some of the caramel malt sweetness emerges along with some orange peel, tangerine, and a bit of grassiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oddly creamy for an IPA. Surprisingly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a big, hoppy beer. Overall, not sure it lived up to all the hype, but still one hell of a beer!

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 22:34:11 | More by beerdrifter
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Kevin79

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2014 15:10:26 | More by Kevin79
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hatfulofhollow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-28-2014 14:28:32 | More by hatfulofhollow
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KennyA


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2014 12:46:22 | More by KennyA
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-28-2014 03:42:29 | More by metalc84
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spauldo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-28-2014 02:17:57 | More by spauldo
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to try my first Heady thanks to a very generous fellow BA(mojosly!!)

A: not sure because I "drank it out of the can!" Like it says to do but I gotta believe it looks like all great DIPA's do.. Hazy orangish with a cream head and a good amount of lacing?

S: smells of citrus.. I got alot of lemon and even a little flower bouquet.. Not much pine which was a bit surprising

T: citrus.. Less lemon than the smell.. More sweet.. Zero pine and no bitter after taste.. Devine!

M: medium

O: very very good.. Is it better than other amazing DIPAs that I've had? Maybe? Either way it is damn good and I am stoked to get some more and try it out of a glass to see if it changes anything for me.. Thanks again for the hookup Nat!

Serving type: can

07-28-2014 02:07:56 | More by BarrelAgedG
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Angling_and_brewing

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2014 01:05:45 | More by Angling_and_brewing
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smithj4

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-28-2014 00:20:01 | More by smithj4
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to get a can of the Heady Topper through a new acquaintance out of J'Town, PA. I traded Two Bros Night Cat and Side Kick for it. The beer poured a hazy straw color with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is mostly sweet malt....and I was hoping for more pine and citrus. The taste was a good balance between sweeter malt and bitter hops there is presence of some pine and a touch of apricot like citrus all bolstered by an oily resiny base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....but not the best IPA I've had (IMO). It's great...don't get me wrong...but the original Zombie Dust before is was massed produced was better.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 22:45:34 | More by WoodBrew
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CourtneyBlum


3.5/5  rDev -26%

07-27-2014 19:19:43 | More by CourtneyBlum
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BeerMeBro720

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-27-2014 19:08:49 | More by BeerMeBro720
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Kanye234


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 17:32:45 | More by Kanye234
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 16:54:38 | More by alanmcgrath87
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-27-2014 15:05:17 | More by JohnofUpton
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California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-27-2014 07:20:22 | More by Ferrari805
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Crewdog13


5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Runingfool


4.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard-to-find, but when I did I drink it straight from the can. Overall a good IPA but not the best I've ever had. I busted two cans in my luggage flying back from Vermont. So please protect it better than I did. Hoppy yes, but not too hoppy. Good balance.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 02:50:33 | More by Runingfool
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Swettenham_Shire

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with malfunxion. First time trying this - and as advised from The Alchemist, I drank it straight from the can. The artwork on the can draws you in to that first sip. Taste is a perfect blend of hops with very little bitterness; delicious. Well done, but best beer in the world? No way.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 02:11:12 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Brihon

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 01:23:38 | More by Brihon
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kenstogie

New York

4.31/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and it packs a deceiving kick. Though I do think this is a great beer for hop heads and I do enjoy massive doses of that piny spicy flower I am not sure I could give this a 100. Great yes but a 100 no. The best beer not to me.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 00:47:31 | More by kenstogie
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Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2014 00:41:50 | More by Jgiroux77
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,442 ratings.