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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,925 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,925
Reviews: 1,909
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,075
Gots: 2,698 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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Ratings: 9,925 | Reviews: 1,909 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Knobs303
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
4.41/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Combination of two separate drinkings. Once from the can, once from a snifter on two separate days.

A: 1) Metallic, silver with a guy who appears to have flaming hair. No light comes through. For some reason he's drinking from a glass when it says not to. 2) Golden, clear in appearance as I left the last 2-4oz in the can to drink separately.
S: 1) limited amount coming through, definitely grapefruit with some melon. 2) Much more open. Citrus, pine, grapefruit all come strong on the nose.
T: 1) Nice and clean, balanced flavor throughout each sip. Somewhat dank, a bit of tropical fruit pushing through. 2) More tropical fruit comes through from the glass
F: Nice medium carbonation and a dry finish. Comes across the same in the glass.
O: Excellent double IPA with great balance

Photo of AbeRod1986
4.95/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was my first double IPA ever, and it's still the best I've ever had. Can't wait to try it again.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.64/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.54/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dynobolt
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing drink! Tried it with my brother in San Diego. He was able to get from a coworker that has family in Vermont. Definitely lived up to the hype.

Photo of bleedblue9150
4.98/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of opel
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Termynator
4.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievable balance. My first thoughts were that it's a fantastic beer with incredible hop flavor, but probably not the best beer in the world. However, now when I drink an IPA I realize everything the Topper was and everything the beer I'm drinking isn't.

Photo of AlyssaMk22
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soooo damn good. So happy I was able to try it!

Photo of kjmcc0729
4.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try after a friend visited Vermont. A beautiful beer visually (I cheated and poured into a Spieglau IPA glass.)
While I absolutely enjoyed it, I wonder if the quest to obtain Heady overwhelmed the experience of tasting it.
I am a relative noob, but I can recognize a truly great beer and this is definitely one! Definitely worth the try-though if I'm being honest, I am more partial to Gandhi--but that could be a Connecticut bias;-)

Photo of Hopheadgou
3.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aj_tuna
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adkieffer
4.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of teffcity0331
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PhillyBrewPhan
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As good as it gets.

Photo of ssman4432
3.9/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to have this one at Sam Horne's Hop Rodeo. The only bad thing was, this was the "mystery beer" and it was consumed after Pliny The Younger. While it was a very good beer, I believe it's slightly over-hyped. I'm a West Coast IPA guy, so that might also be why. This was good, not great. Both Plinys blow this beer out of the water. But, hey, I got to cross this one off my bucket list. Never thought I'd get this on the West Coast, and glad I did.

Photo of Gregaustin24
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bongodan
4.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of EcoBrew
4.46/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of munnster76
4.88/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

UMMMMMM HEADY.....UMMMMMMM....Give me more. Daddy likes... The only bad thing is that it comes in a can. Otherwise, it would be the perfect 5....Just reflecting on my personal biases

Photo of Mwmeunie
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cringram01
4.77/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PincherMonkey
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I ever had. Great taste, great buzz.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,925 ratings.