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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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Heady TopperHeady Topper

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,668 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,668
Reviews: 1,840
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 6,628
Gots: 2,489 | FT: 39
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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Photo of kemoarps
4.55/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gotta start with gratitude. Much love and big thanks to @Roguer for sending this one along in the BIF box I received. Awesome.

The pour is... just kidding! You don't pour Heady Topper! What do you take this for, some peons drink! It's silver! And black! Like the Raiders! But way better than the Raiders! Because the Raiders are terrible!
Nah, since I'm such a rebel, I ignored Mr. Kimmich's pleas and poured a small amount into a glass, just so I could peak at what I was about to enjoy. A murky yellowish that turns greeny orange in the middle dense bits... Let's leave this one in the can as John suggests. Big bubbles fade to a patchwork of offwhite greenish accumulations. Lacing slithers back from whence it came.

The nose is at once floral and tropical mangos and softly nuanced. On first pop it's the florals and some light summer afternoons. Word. Tropical fruits sneak up on your olfactory like something that would sneak up really well and bring out the aforementioned mangos and orange and maybe some spice creeping in behind the shadow.

Somewhere in the world between fiercely sweet and reassuringly bitter strength the vicissitudes of flavour this beer brings forth unrepentent pleasure. The parents of this beer are an oddly matched pair: the matron the sharply protective, unflinchingly polite hostess honey sweet matched with a quiet behemoth. His strength only matched by his compassion and the floral bitterness of tropical fruits, culminating in a resinous pine blended bitter finish. That's the most pretentious god damn description I've ever given. Damnit Vermont! Anyway, to summarize: great soft hops to start; floral and tropical and spicey and starkly sweet. Gets more bitter throughout finishing with a blend between the original and some more pine sap elements for a long finish that retains the best of all the above components. Carbonation is fineprint tiny pinpricks. Medium-well body, but trending closer to medium, which I'm all for.
Is this the best beer out there? I don't know. Is it a damn good beer bottom line? Absolutely. If you stripped away the hype and did a true blind taste test, I don't know if it would consistently top everything ever, but it absolutely deserves the plaudits it receives as an incredibly drinkable amazingly delicious concoction. I consider myself lucky to have had this can sent my direction. Again, Roger, thank you thank you, you put the rest of us to shame ;)

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,668 ratings.