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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,518 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,518
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,861
Gots: 1,377 | 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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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on our deck as the sun sets behind Camel's Hump.

I poured a little into a wine glass to look at and smell, then drank the rest straight from the can as recommended. This review is a composite of impressions from both approaches.

A: Very cloudy, dark straw color. Head was a little thin and weak, but a viscous looking brew nonetheless.

S: Melons, mangos, lemons, grapefruit and cannabis. I don't want to crawl into the can like John, but I'd like to get more of my nose in there. Fantastic.

T: Sweet malt supports loads of wonderful hop flavor perfectly. All the flavors suggested by the aroma are there, sometimes blending and sometimes standing out as single notes for a second or 2. Like hop candy, as someone else mentioned. Alcohol is detectable but you have to look for it. Extremely smooth finish that lingers forever. I can still taste it 20 minutes after finishing the beer.

M: Very smooth, medium-light body. Bitterness is never harsh at any point. I feel this is where HT distinguishes itself from PtE; Pliny has a rather harsh hop bitterness by comparison... this is the only substantial difference. Both are super world class beers but, IMO, HT pulls ahead by a nose here. My only quibble is that carbonation seems slightly low.

O: It's unfair to cap this rating at 5. HT deserves a 6 (at least) for overall drinkability. Sublime and dangerous, as the alcohol is not really noticeable, and it comes in pint cans!

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 00:46:41 | More by skivtjerry
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,518 ratings.