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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,095
Reviews: 1,715
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 5,963
Gots: 2,091 | FT: 38
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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4.76/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

WOW Fantastic.

A - N/A since it's in a can and should stay that way.

S - Citrus, Passion Fruit, Mango, Pineapple, And of course HOPS

T - Sooooo smooth for a DIPA. Scary smooth. You can chug this it is so crisp. I'm having a hard time putting the can down just to do this review. OMG on a Hot day after mowing the grass this would be soooo good. You taste the citrus and the Hop balance. Very little malty flavor.

M - Smooth and dry. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - I can finally mark this off my Holy Grail of beers to try. Got 2 cans via my first trade here on BA. Now i need to find out how to get this in Pittsburgh more often. If you have a chance to get this and try it you have to or you will regret it.

Slayer213, Sep 08, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev 0%

Case purchased 8/8/14 at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Gave away half, drank half. Not much variation between cans, which is what they strive for.

Drank all from can as directed, had tried a sampler at brewery in 2013 so I have a rough idea what it looks like. Can does focus nose, but a good tulip glass will do the same. You can definitely tell the difference between a fresh and month-old Heady, but the month-old is still fantastic.

Nose to me is mostly grapefruit with some lemon. Subdued floral component as this isn't quite a West Coast (or quite an East Coast) style DIPA. Subdued malt profile as this is about the hops.

Taste is all citrus and hops, as much as one could possibly want in a beer.

Medium to full-bodied, strongly carbonated, incredible balance, dry finish.

Had to leave some room in my rating for something better to come along (hope to grab one of their other beers at a truck sale sometime, for example).

I do a round-trip drive from VA each August to get my case (or as much as I can get). Very difficult to get if you aren't willing to travel to VT and not easy to get unless you plan before you get there. I recommend the Heady Spotter website to maximize your opportunities. Worth the trouble, though. There's nothing quite like it.

IvoryFoxhole, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

Got to try a sample of this beer. Pretty damn good IPA. It reminds me of a really good, unfiltered homebrewed IPA that is bombed with hops.

MaltLickyWithTheCandy, Sep 08, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +3.8%

I thank my best friend for introducing me to craft beer and...heady topper. I now hate my best friend as I am now addicted and have to drive to Vermont and wait in line to buy heady topper!!

BeerTrooper606, Sep 07, 2014
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,095 ratings.