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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,113 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,113
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 5,988
Gots: 2,093 | FT: 37
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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4.6/5  rDev -2.5%

childrenofthehops, Sep 16, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +1.7%

bbudnik, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

dheldman, Sep 16, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +3.8%

Had half from the can, half poured in a glass, just couldn't resist.
Looks hazy orange, a big two finger fluffy head that recedes to half-a-finger and stays like that for a longer while, with lots of traces on the glass.
Layers upon layers of hops straight from the smell, getting big citrus (grapefruit, blood orange, tangerine), also big tropical notes (mango, maracuja), but also strong pine and strong leafy hops. Light pale malts, nothing to concentrate on there.
From the get go, truckloads of hops, but not the most "painful" bitterness, just a ton of flavor. Begins with bitter sweet blood oranges, grapefruit peel, some tangerines too, peach, easing into tropical fruit with pineapple, juicy mango and maracuja. Big floral note, hinting honey, but more like sweet petals, closer to, say.. orange blossom water. The "green" part of the hops dominate the finish with pine resin, concentrated hop oils, Sweet Kush dankness, making up a big bitterness that doesn't erase all the previous flavors.
The aftertaste is hoppy, also leaving a bit of room for the grainy/bready malts. Low carbonation, medium body, incredibly smooth. No time to detect any alcohol.
It's so tasty that you don't even realise it's over so fast. Drinking it from the can tilted the balance more towards leafiness for me. Incredible show of hops. This time, do believe the hype!

dcmchew, Sep 16, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +4.2%

MattArchambault, Sep 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.8%

zadro, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

SteamPilot, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Had this twice! Soo soo good! I wish it wasn't so hard to get a hold of in California. Where all my beer geeks at?? I need this in California!

TATTSNSNAPBACKS, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -15.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -15.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.6/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,113 ratings.