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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,223 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,223
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,639
Gots: 1,233 | 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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dasenebler

Maine

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

16oz. can, purchased at the brewery. No coding. Told by an employee that it was "probably" canned on 2/10/12. It's fresh, okay?!

Cloudy, glowing orange with some chum floating around. Small head, without much lacing or retention.

Aroma has it all. Hops in spades: pine resin, bright citrus, tropical fruit, melon, and a big floral note. Most IPAs have one or two hop qualities in the nose, but Heady Topper seems to have them all, I do reckon. Wow.

Flavor has some pale, malty heft to it, but not in terms of richness. The alcohol has to come from somewhere, right? This beer is a vehicle for hops, and they come through loud and clear in waves of drinkable goodness. Lots of sappy, resinous hop character. Fruity, but not as strong or citrusy as the aroma. Nevertheless this stuff is really, REALLY good. Mouthfeel seems a touch under-carbonated-- is this intended?

Great to drink some fresh, fantastically hoppy beer from New England. As the Bros. have preached all along, East Coasters know how to hop (even if they are emulating West Coasters). Prost! Slainte! Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 02:44:37 | More by dasenebler
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,223 ratings.