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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,164 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,164
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,601
Gots: 1,207 | 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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ryang1428

Delaware

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-20-2014 03:36:46 | More by ryang1428
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AkaFlash

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-20-2014 03:26:52 | More by AkaFlash
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Evahflow

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a can into a pub glass.
Excited to finally try this beer.

A- Pours a murky orange about two fingers of head that settles to just a small top layer. They say to drink from the can but I am one of those people who prefer an unfiltered beer that is cloudy. Im not a big clear beer person so this gets high scores for me. Such a beautiful beer.

S- Hop bomb. Tropical citrus fruit notes, Big bold Peach, Little bit of resiny pine/grass. Everything seems to be in perfect balance. This beer smells like the creater brewed it hundreds of times just to get the right smell ratio.

T- Oranges, Grapefruit,Peach,lemon, slight pine/grass aftertaste. Sweet malt backing up all the hops. This beer is a showcase for the hops, nothing more nothing less. You get everything from the smell except even better. If I could give this a 5.25 I would.

M-Substantial high end of medium bodied. fruity, then bitter. Not a harsh bitterness though this is a carefully calculated bitterness. It's very pleasant. Is the bittering addition all hop extract?

O-Some reviews may be skewed because the hype behind this beer. It has a lot to live up to before you even try it. That may seem unfair but this beer surpassed my expectations. This is the Michael Jordan of beers circa 89-97 It is going to score 30 a night on you and not give a shit if you planned on stopping it. Is it the best beer in the world? I have no clue I haven't tried every beer yet. I do know its the best beer I have ever had, and I've had a lot of them. John is a Hop Whisperer and I will drink his beers anytime I get a chance to.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 01:01:40 | More by Evahflow
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bgfresh

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-19-2014 22:22:37 | More by bgfresh
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beerforpresident

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-19-2014 19:35:36 | More by beerforpresident
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Ultimate

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-19-2014 17:19:34 | More by Ultimate
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JeffNev

Nevada

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-19-2014 16:40:31 | More by JeffNev
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njbusa

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-19-2014 14:12:50 | More by njbusa
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stephensinner

Missouri

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-19-2014 12:56:05 | More by stephensinner
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jeezie

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-19-2014 05:14:21 | More by jeezie
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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-19-2014 03:24:26 | More by WuBByG999
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Mikus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-19-2014 02:07:22 | More by Mikus
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BobsledTM

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-19-2014 00:05:29 | More by BobsledTM
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Nefarious

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-18-2014 22:07:52 | More by Nefarious
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CLaBarre

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-18-2014 21:32:15 | More by CLaBarre
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773-F-I-B

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-18-2014 21:24:14 | More by 773-F-I-B
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kfh227

Connecticut

3.21/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had one of these in Burlington, Vermont at a bar straight from the can.

I was pleasantly surprised that they had it.

I only care about taste so here it goes. I generally don't like IPAS because they are bitter. Some bitterness is OK. There are two things to know. 1) This one is not bitter at all. 2) this is very hoppy.

Having said that, this is one of the best IPAs that I have ever had. But it is in all honesty, just a good version of Budweiser. A very good version. Point being that I don't understand all the fuss. I could name 20 beers that I'd rather have than drink this ever again. It's honestly not all that special unless you prefer IPAs above all else..

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 21:22:51 | More by kfh227
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tripeldan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-18-2014 15:03:41 | More by tripeldan
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smolder23

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-18-2014 13:27:54 | More by smolder23
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bthomas

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-18-2014 03:04:50 | More by bthomas
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jsunj

California

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Although residing in the west coast, I've had the pleasure of trying this beer multiple times due to awesome friends. The first time I had this beer it was split three-ways, poured into glasses. At that time i felt that this beer was overhyped and couldn't stand up to the likes of PtE. However upon having a can to myself, straight from the can, I can definitely see why HT is so highly regarded.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 23:36:45 | More by jsunj
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jburns301

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-17-2014 22:57:14 | More by jburns301
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westlaunboy

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-17-2014 21:47:24 | More by westlaunboy
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SavvyStudent

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-17-2014 18:34:44 | More by SavvyStudent
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-17-2014 18:06:03 | More by athomasPSU
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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