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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,232
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,333
Gots: 1,701 | FT: 35
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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5/5  rDev +5.7%

irv2424, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of deparker
5/5  rDev +5.7%

One of the most amazing beers I have ever experienced. From the pour it looks great, a carmel brown. The smell is crisp hopps, the taste starts in one place and ends in another ( to me a sharp grapefruity finish), that leaves you ready to open the next one because the first one is gone! One of the best beers I have ever tasted.

deparker, Oct 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

BigBlueShep, Jan 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

AD17, Jan 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

eyeenjoybeer, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

BxSTEW, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

langchops, Dec 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Indy, Mar 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

epicbeard85, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Dolphinsmarlins1, Apr 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MasterPenguins, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

There's not much to say about this beer that already hasn't been said. It just doesn't get any better.

HT is so appealing on so many levels. The fact that it's hard to get outside VT/New England, the cool-as-hell-can and Alchemist credo on the back, ("Don't be douche!") and if that weren't enough, the beer is just mind-blowing.

The aroma is dank and almost sweet, and it tastes exactly as the nose would indicate. It's hazy and beautiful (if you decide to ignore the recommendation to "drink from the can" it would be hard to notice). I usually like to see what I'm drinking, and I do it quickly, so I don't mind losing some of the experience in order to see the product and the lacing in a proper glass.

This is a hoppy, powerful, wonderful IIPA and really the one by which all others are/should be measured. Any time I can get my hands on some, I do, and you should too.

CarlosDanger, Aug 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

sisterthelonious, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

JellyBean2245, Aug 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

RyanBeer13, Jan 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

ecarl97, Aug 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

BrettD, Jun 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

I snatch one of the four silver cylinders attached together by a molded plastic frame, a classy version of un animal friendly can holder that's been villified accross beaches nationwide. I put my index finger squarely on the tab, and lift it up. I reach the can up to my lips, I've entered Hop Heaven.

JaredYanofsky, Jan 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

This is, hands down, the best double IPA I've tasted. The hops explodes out of the can when you open it, literally filling the room with the smell. Great coloration, and the remains that come out of the can at the end add even more flavor. The aftertaste is not bitter at all, and leaves a very nice, non bitter flavor. Drinking it out of the can is definitely the best way to drink, though out of the tap is certainly right up there (Proabition Pig in Waterbury Vermont)Visiting Vt is a great thing right now for Beer lovers. Hill Farmstead and Lawsons are also right up there with their double IPA's as well. But neither can keep up with Heady...

jbellows, Nov 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

rich42, Jan 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MattSalisbury, Jan 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

TonyNate, Jun 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Beersalesman802, Sep 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

GregoryMo, Nov 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

melleblond, May 22, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,232 ratings.