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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,260
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,356
Gots: 1,715 | FT: 34
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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Photo of Gushue3
4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got home from Waterbury and cant wait to try it. Went to The Alchemist about a month ago and wasn't on tap, so this is my first Topper. Yes my first few sips were from the can...

Poured from can into glass

A- Nice 1 finger head that quickly turns foamy and bubbly. Retention is good and the body has a good amount of carbonation jetting toward the head. The beer is a slightly hazy orange up to the light and murky orange away from it, looks very good. Nice lacing is left after the head resides. Starting off great.

S- Nice piney scent that dominates. definitely some bitter citrus is there as well as a hearty malt presence.

T- Big piney bitter bite that carries from front to back. A slight citrus sweetness pokes its head out somewhere in the middle to make it a nice combination of all things that make IPAs great. Strong bitterness lingers on the finish that is in between wet and dry. Top Notch.

M- Medium to lighter feel that has a similar carbonation feel. Nice and smooth DIPA

O- Fantastic DIPA! As if the trip through beautiful Vermont and New Hampshire wasn't enough, this beer is great. Good luck to the Alchemist Cannery, the future brewpub and the town of Waterbury that was hit incredibly hard by Irene. Great Job!

Gushue3, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Domvan, Apr 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Goldfishman, Apr 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -26%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

juicebox, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

RayUF07, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

jbuddle, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of moarmare
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

moarmare, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cfh64, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -15.4%

deebo, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of leschkie
3.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a tulip. Courtesy of huadog (thanks Russ, you rock buddy).

Pours a vibrant burnt apricot with a white frothy head. Moderate lacing decorates the glass as I continue to guzzle this baby down. Smells of citrus fruits, grapefruit, and malt. Piney hops I was looking for seem to be mellowed down quite a bit in the nose. Taste is very smooth, pretty much zero bitterness whatsoever. Hops (thank goodness) makes its appearance as the beer rolls around my tongue. I was tempted to call in a search party to look for any bitterness from the hops, but it appears it will just remain on the missing persons report. Mouthfeel is quite impressive. Overall, it's a good DIPA. However, I have had better.

leschkie, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

woah. orange-amber with a slight haze. off-white head with good retention and pretty lace. nose is grapefruit, orange, blood-orange, pineapple, mango, papaya, passionfrut, piney tropicalness harmonized near-perfectly with a caramel graininess that simply rocks. taste is all of the above with the perfect amount of bitter/dry to balance. this is as heady as it comes. yes, I said heady. bitter in the finish with pine singing, but tropical fruitiness lingering. all good things about hops are here amplified by all good things about malty harmony. thick, yet light and fluffy. fanf'ingtastic. thanks al. and alchemist.

timtim, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of pearljam118
5/5  rDev +5.7%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Googs, May 15, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned just over a week ago. For this review I poured it into a snifter, I just need the aroma and carbonation release.

Appearance: An ugly looking beer. An orange/yellow color sits with the murkiest body of an IPA I've ever seen. The unique appearance of this beer has some charm and mystery to it. A solid finger of lacing on the pour with an average amount of lacing randomly left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Once I popped the can open, the hops explored out. Sitting in the glass, an extremely potent combination of straw and tropical fruits. The grass and pine notes provide a biting bitterness while the fruity accents lighten up the aroma. The bitter tones no doubt dominate but there is plenty else going on here.

Taste: The sweet tropical fruit lacing hit the palate right away. The grass and straw tones burst through on the front as well and provide delicious bitter front. The bitterness is beautifully matched with bright hop tones and a balanced malt backbone. I really think the malt is key here. Allows the hops to have a bright presence yet keeps them grounded and balanced. The finish is some sticky hops and sweet malt. Not sure if there is anything I would dream of changing about this part of the beer, simply wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Balanced in every way it should be. Not much else I can say, this is what an DIPA should feel like.

Overall: This beer is so much more then just another hop bomb that you continually see today. A beer with truly complex character, balance, and hop presence. I got a case of this from a friend and thought about trading some, but I think I'll just be selfish and keep them all. An all-timer in my book, no doubt lives up to every bit of the hype.

KFBR392, Jul 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

krl2112, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

adamant1912, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - (only poured a little out to see) cloudy, kinda apple juicey, small white head, but since your supposed to drink it outa the can, amazing can art, really cool looking and nice write up on the beer.
S - huge mix of pine and floral hops
T - perfectly balanced between both hops and malts, and floral and piney hops
M - very easy to drink, slightly creamy, very smooth
O - quite possibly the best beer I have ever had, totally worth the wait it took me to get in pa, the perfect IIpa

vicsju1991, Mar 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

jaminjohnson, Sep 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light in color sort of a amber straw, nice white head and good aroma, not as much aroma as I would have expected, but good citrus and flower comes through. Also drank out of the can as suggested. The taste is nice and smooth, great drinkability. Maybe not as well balanced as others, the bitterness seems to linger with this one and I think it tends to take over the thin malt base. Great beer overall, but needs a bit better balance.

Prospero, Jun 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

CesarLopes, Apr 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Oidmoe, Feb 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,260 ratings.