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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,471 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,471
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,832
Gots: 1,356 | 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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Reviews by silentdonkey:
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silentdonkey

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in a snifter at the cannery in Vermont.

A: Cloudy golden orange with a small fluffy off white head. Awesome lacing that clings to the side of the glass resembling a spider web by the time you are finished.

S: One of the best smelling things on earth! It might have helped that the tasting room at the cannery was filled with sweet hoppy scents. I verified that the nose was as good as I remembered when I cracked a can later. Lots of herbal pine and resinous hops mixed with fruity tropical citrus.

T: This beer is no joke. I would classify it as the smoothest tasting hop juice you can imagine. Lots of late kettle addition hops. Tons of hop flavor. Crisp with lots of pine, resin, and grapefruit/orange hops up front. Slightly bitter at first that transitions into the best tasting sweet tropical citrus hop flavor that lingers. Slightly sweet malt profile balances the hop bitterness very well.

M: Crisp with a medium-full body. Really smooth with a nice syrupy consistency. Perfectly carbonated. I could drink this every day of my life.

O: Honestly, this beer meets all the hype. There are a lot of rarities out there that are really sought after that do not live up to their hype. This beer absolutely does. Easily the best DIPA out there that I have tried (I haven't had younger).

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 23:34:43 | More by silentdonkey
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WCW

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 12:05:07 | More by Kvestel
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vermontskier

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best DIPA in the world. Feel like the ABV % is much higher than stated, which is a bonus.

Keep it cold, always. Never let it warm, it will change the taste. Drastically. I think lower reviews for Heady on this site had this beer shipped or let it warm up and re-cool.




Serving type: can

07-30-2014 11:13:41 | More by vermontskier
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eclinchy


5/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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802Brewing

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am looking at all of these reviews from people all around the country,getting this beer shiped or allowed warm at any time, the taste seems to get compromised and you dont get to enjoy the full experience. If your in Vermont, waiting every Wednesday at 10 am outside of the store for the truck to arrive, hoping you'll get a 4 pack or 2, when it's as fresh as ever.

This beer has a truly one of a kind taste and smell. A bright hazy gold, with a fluffy head. It's by far one of the most unique beers in Vermont, and anyone who's from here knows, that's a lot to compete with. Absolutely the greatest IPA out there. We're all hoping for "The Crusher", "Focal Banger", "Holy Cow IPA" to start bigger production. Keep it up Alchemist.

Serving type: can

07-30-2014 03:13:55 | More by 802Brewing
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3/5  rDev -36.6%

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Rocknroll52

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I have some for trade...if interested. Number 1 beer right now. Lives up to its name. Turning heads in DC with it!!!
Looking for hillstead Farms and Lawson's. Also crop Bistro Idyletyme ipa !!!
Beautiful color. Every sip is like the first sip. This beer is amazing.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,471 ratings.