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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,696
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 6,695
Gots: 2,524 | FT: 41
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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4.92/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had my first Heady Topper from the can..this ones from a tulip. Pours a very hazy pale orange with 2 fingers of head. Great retention and lacing. Some bubbles rising in the glass.

I could smell big tropical fruits upon opening the can. Pineapple sweetness, juicy hops, mint, really intense fresh hop aroma.

Taste doesn't disappoint either. More ripe tropical fruit, more citrus than the nose, incredibly clean bitterness and finish. An explosion of hops but insanely balanced and drinkable.

Perhaps the pinnacle of DIPAs

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4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.17/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A chilled can is poured into a mini pint glass (the can advises to drink it right from the can, so I'm pouring out a reviewable amount and will drink the rest sans glassware).

Golden orange liquid contains many clinging bubbles with a pure white foamy head on top. The body is translucent and has a little bit of rising carbonation. Swirling the glass leaves a foamy slick on the walls of the glass.

Hop oils can be smelled as soon as you begin pouring the beer. Closer inspection reveals a wealth of grapefruit and some pine hops. It's all very bitter and oily.

Initially, the beer is slightly sweet with good crystal malts. Then the hops come in. Big crunchy bitterness is everywhere. There is some orange citrus and some more earthy flavors as well. Warm bitterness lingers.

This is a fuller bodied beer. Carbonation and hop oils tingle my tongue a lot. A decent coating is left behind; it isn't overly slick and packs plenty of flavor. This beer feels good.

This is a good quality DIPA from a fine brewery. While the pub is being reconstructed, this is the only way to have their beers. If you have a chance to pick some up while in Vermont, you should, but I'd also suggest seeking out some Hill Farmstead Galaxy, another great DIPA from the region (of course, HF doesn't come in a convenient can form, so stock up on Heady to bring home).

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been lucky enough to have this both right out of the can (as suggested) and poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Huge thanks to my buddy Doug and my co-worker Zach for hooking me up two separate times with this gem. This review is from a 5 day old can that was consumed half in a glass and half in the can...

A - Pours a very murky, honey color that is quite obviously NOT filtered in any way. It's a slighlty darker color at times than I would've thought. An eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers thick and hangs on for quite a bit befre it recedes leaving gloriously sticky lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is strong the second you crack the can! HUGE hits of juicy, citrusy fruits. Mango, pineapple, orange, and strong aromas of grapefruit jump out of the can. I LOVE how juicy this smells! Bitter notes jump in and out as the citrus really has me entranced. As it warms a bit, there is an undercurrent of buttery malts that really rounds out the aroma here.

T - The taste is superb. Sae juicy citrus flavors all mixed together perfectly. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple stand out the most with mango and some lemon zest coming through as well. The favor is so smooth and buttery it is almost unreal. Bitter, piney hops come through and onloy add to the onalsught ofhop perfection.

M - Smooth, even carbonation on the tongue making this one extremely pleasant on the tongue. The body is medium bodied, but because of the richness of the beer, it can feel full at times. A bitter, dry fnish rounds things off nicely.

O - This beer is SO FREAKING DRINKABLE!! That is really what stands out the most to me. It doesn't overpower with hops, but puts them on an evenly mixed display that allows you to enjoy every single sip. There is a reason this is on the top ofthe food chain (on this site anyway). Either way, this reallh does deserve the accolades it has received thus far.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,696 ratings.