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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,413 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,413
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,791
Gots: 1,333 | 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 tewaris:
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although the can warns it will be hazy, it is way beyond that: murky and dirty looking with plenty of floaties and barely any head in spite of a very vigorous pour, Heady Topper does look BAD.

Fortunately appearance is the only unimpressive aspect of this beer. Smells dank and piney, with a freshness I have not encountered in any other DIPA. Some citrus-y fruitiness comes along later but this beer is seriously green, in the manner I like. Ok, finally some onion makes me reluctantly take half a point off.

And the taste is something to die for, and kill: an IPA can only get so much bitter without getting unpleasant, and Heady manages to stay very very pleasant. Fruity without the sweetness (!), and almost like chewing on pine needles and rind with a bone dry finish and long lingering bitterness. This is the perfect Double IPA. I don't like to make "Pliny killer" statements but I can safely say that this can is better than the bottle of Pliny I reviewed, and I gave that one a 5 on taste... so is this a 5.5 or what?!

Ah, Heady Topper is just what I need in my IPAs --- low alcohol (for a DIPA), clean and crisp character, mind blowing hoppiness, and palate killing bitterness. Looks aside, Heady is the perfect DIPA and the perfect beer.

So glad to have tried it, and I will trade for it again and again and again. In past I have been let down by IPAs I have traded for but this?! A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Thanks Dave!

1, 4.5, 5, 5, 5

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 03:56:42 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
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spacebear09

Maryland

4.61/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy darkish yellow coloration. Strong white foamy head, but dissipates quickly.
Smell- Grassy with some floral characteristics.

Smell- Grassy, dank and floral.

Taste- Very piney taste, notes of citrus, a lingering earthy bitterness. I was surprised by the strong biscuity backbone of pale malts here.

Mouthfeel- This beer is resinous but surprisingly easy to drink. Carbonation and consistency are both very good.

This is a very good beer but not the best double IPA I have tried.

Serving type: can

07-26-2014 05:44:27 | More by spacebear09
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bp567924


4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-26-2014 05:32:31 | More by bp567924
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dmawer

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2014 03:41:13 | More by dmawer
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DrunkyBuddha

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2014 03:07:30 | More by DrunkyBuddha
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Hosehead01

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2014 00:21:02 | More by Hosehead01
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Manninp


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2014 00:19:50 | More by Manninp
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HopLover1

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 23:38:24 | More by HopLover1
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ginthman

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 22:34:27 | More by ginthman
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Austin_M

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 21:10:56 | More by Austin_M
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hoppyhour

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2014 18:26:21 | More by hoppyhour
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averagjoe3

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2014 18:11:53 | More by averagjoe3
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jamis

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -26%

07-25-2014 17:31:36 | More by jamis
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ThunderHorse


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2014 16:53:40 | More by ThunderHorse
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Tyecko

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 15:41:54 | More by Tyecko
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Beans11

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 14:37:52 | More by Beans11
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MackAttack81


4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-25-2014 11:53:51 | More by MackAttack81
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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2014 10:32:33 | More by IPAalways
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IreRican

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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jwjon1

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-25-2014 04:07:07 | More by jwjon1
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -31.3%

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Utah

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-25-2014 01:05:30 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Tonyd315

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2014 00:27:48 | More by Tonyd315
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Tobes181

New Jersey

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

Appearance - Even though you are supposed to drink from the can i poured a little bit out just to get a look at it. Pours a very light orange, with almost no head.

Smell - Very hop full aroma. hints of citrus and heavy pine, i would even say it has a canabis type aroma being very grassy and piney.

Taste - Hops are strong forward and stay consistent all the way through. Hints of pine and grass.

Mouthfeel - very rich mouthfeel, staying wet on the palate making you want more.

Overall - this beer is perfect, very complex and well balanced making it one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: can

07-25-2014 00:27:28 | More by Tobes181
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Graviz

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-24-2014 22:24:49 | More by Graviz
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,413 ratings.