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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,394 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,394
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,773
Gots: 1,321 | 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 portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in a trade with rowingbrewer. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy, slightly brownish tinged golden orange. A finger of off-white foam, dense and tight- bubbled sits on top and falls slowly to a few islands of bubbles and a thick collar. Light rings of lacing left around the glass.

S - Big hits of hop aromas in the smell. Huge pine and grapefruit that completely dominate. Thick and sticky aroma...very little malt gets thru to contribute much of anything here. Not especially complex, but very good.

T - Really mirrors the aroma closely. Thick with hop flavors - very citrusy and piney with just a hint of what others call meaty flavors (Summit hops used in here?), but I find a bit spicy and desirable. Might be a hint of malt at the base, but I really don't care...the hops shine brightly...this tastes great.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with a lowish carbonation level. This is so smooth and creamy in feel and just packed with resiny hops. Hop flavor lingers forever after the swallow.

D - This is a great IPA...I am definitely not let down at all by this one. Reminds me a bit of Pliny and Gubna...both of which I really enjoy. It is right up there in the upper echelon of IPA's...hope they bottle this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:59:48 | More by portia99
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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