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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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Heady TopperHeady Topper

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10,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,119
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 7,305
Gots: 2,852 | FT: 48
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: 10,119 | Reviews: 1,965
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1.45/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Honestly, I have either received two of the worst cans in the history of mankind, possibly infected, who knows but let's be honest, I tried this once before Sip of Sunshine and Once the following day after drinking Sip of Sunshine. The absolute worst double IPA I have ever had, and this is my favorite style!

Hops are barely existent, there is an inherent smoothness to the beer but it tastes of wet cigarettes. I wish I could say better things, but it almost tastes like a homebew that was not properly sanitized. But two cans from a two week old batch? What in the world. Now Sip of Sunshine from Lawsons was incredible, but this, not a chance. just awful.

Photo of KMC
1.57/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Taste was too bitter, the drink too carbonated, and without any redeeming qualities.

Photo of Klister
2/5  rDev -57.7%

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2/5  rDev -57.7%

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2/5  rDev -57.7%

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2/5  rDev -57.7%

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2/5  rDev -57.7%

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2.08/5  rDev -56%

Photo of fupa
2.23/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer is rusty peaches. Theres a bit of foamy toothpaste on top, but it's not that totes. It smells like my grandma's canned fruit cocktail, with a nub of my buds in it. While I pull this into me, I note the medium viscosity balanced with a tight, penetrating carb. My mouth wants a little more pounding than this. It leaves me dry, and i like being wet at the finish. Okay beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -52.4%

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2.28/5  rDev -51.8%

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2.36/5  rDev -50.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

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2.52/5  rDev -46.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -45%

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2.75/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of TriggerMolyneaux
2.82/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not sure why there so much hype behind this beer. I loved the old Alchemist pub in Waterbury and miss it a lot. Alchemist makes a few great beers but Heady Topper isn't their best offering. Living near the brewery makes you hate it however. Tourist obsess over it and it's become an annoying attraction.

Photo of Dusting
2.84/5  rDev -40%

2.85/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Easily the most overrated beer I have ever tasted. Though it isn't bad, it really is just a $12 hop bomb. So many better IPA's out there, it's shocking to me that this is the "top rated" beer on BA.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a light white head, and immediately fills your nose with hops. It has a mild sort of carbonation and goes does easily. If you like hoppy beers, this is a good one for you.

Good, but not that good. Does not live up to hype

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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