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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,375 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,375
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,751
Gots: 1,309 | 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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pwoods

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rpstevens for the bottle in Secret Santa '10.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Russian River tuliip.

A: Pours a very hazy dark apricot color. Moderate head on the pour but with plenty of retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is heavenly. Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial. Some pineapple in there as well.. so maybe Citra? A candy like sweet aroma from all of the tropical fruit and citrus fruit hops. Malt is there a bit but this is all hops.

T/M: Massive hop flavor, mostly dominated by the citrus and tropical fruits. Not much bitterness here... it's there but not to the level that I was expecting. Malts don't bring a whole lot here either. There's a good amount of sweetness but more from the fruity hop character and the lack of a firm bitterness. It doesn't finish very dry, either, and I think the low-ish carbonation(which the label says is intentional) adds to the lack of perceived dryness.

D: Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional with only hop flavor and not much bitterness or dryness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:02:33 | More by pwoods
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,375 ratings.