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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,233 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,233
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,331
Gots: 1,701 | 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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5/5  rDev +5.7%

johnnyboy76, Jan 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Stevie_Janowski, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev -5.5%

16 oz can. No canning dates. Poured into a glass, despite the fact the can tells me not to.

Murky amber body with tons of floaties (unfiltered!). Small, tan tinged head. Mostly bubbles and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

Pine, citrus and some menthol on the nose. Some caramel and biscuit malts. A floral aromas appears as well.

Lots of pine and citrus hops attack the tongue right away. Some brown sugar and biscuit malts form a base, but this is destroyed by a bracing bitterness. Very floral on the back end. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

Lives up to the hype. Wish I could drink this all the time.

litheum94, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -26%

hopkrid, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of JimGlonke
5/5  rDev +5.7%

JimGlonke, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jayhunter357, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of kmanjohnson
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

kmanjohnson, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

johntfox, Jun 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

cfinch2, Dec 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Kyrojack
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Kyrojack, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

cp45, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of _morandi_
5/5  rDev +5.7%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Gosox8787
4.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Presentation: 16 oz. can chilled from the second batch. Huge thanks to Phingdong for giving me this can for nothing. It was definitely appreciated. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass (I know it says to drink from the can, but I didn't).

Appearance: Bright orange in color. Pours a nice creamy beige head that has nice retention. Very cloudy. I love the unfiltered look of this beer.

Aroma: Pineappple, mango,citrus and bursts of pine. The hop notes are bright and aromatic. Flawless really. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Really bold and really pleasant all around.

Taste: Big tropical fruits upfront. A wave of citrus and pine follows after. Incredibly flavorful. Some candied hop notes as well. A rather substantial malt backdrop, but the hops really are the star. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky, medium bodied. Low carbonation, but it almost works well here as it allows you to drink faster.

Overall, a near perfect DIPA. That's really nothing bad I can say about it. It was even better on a fresh palate. Another great IPA from Vermont that's affordable and so damn tasty.

Gosox8787, Sep 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Hessian257, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mtbdonn, Apr 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

HollyHops, Apr 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

powdersoldier, May 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

BeerBeast, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Pahn
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

16oz can into Duvel tulip (drank small amount from the can--prefer it in the glass, *as with every beer*). No freshness info, but my friend just bought it for me when a stray case hit Boston a couple days ago. Sold out in a day at 1 can per customer.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours an opaque orange-ish yellow. Some spotty lacing. I quite like the solid yellow color; gives a real nectar impression.

Smell: Grapefruit, mango, and lemon, with a slight pungency and some pale malt. With time, it's all grapefruit and lemon--dankness disappears as does the malt. Bursting with bright citrusy hop aromas.

Taste: Up front, beautiful citrusy hops with a tinge of tropical fruit. Finishes with just enough bitterness along with some subtle pale malt.

What a simple, direct, but genius beer. Every sip is that succulent citrus and mango hop explosion up front, leading to a sort of soothing balance of slightly toasted malt, alcohol heat, and bitterness. The latter three all read as "soft", and the hop flavor persists on top of them through the dryish finish into the aftertaste. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Just right. Medium bodied and smooth, juicy with a slight creaminess. Low to moderate carbonation comes across as an occasionally noticeable tingle. Perfect dryness, bitterness, heat.

Overall: This beer reminds me of a great jazz band. The malt, heat, IBU, and mouthfeel are all playing wonderfully subdued parts, supporting the hop oil virtuoso soloist. DIPAs don't get much better than this.

Pahn, May 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

durlta, Aug 25, 2012
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4.74/5  rDev +0.2%

This has been on my wants list for almost 2 years. I am going to try to be as open minded. If you would have told me 5 years ago that the #1 beer in the world would be from a can I would have said you were crazy. Lets see.

A strong pour generates two fingers of foamy thick yellow tan head. Retention is very good and spotty lace is left behind barely. Body is a hazy honey orange in tone. Really pretty standard for the style. Just hard to get excited about this tone.

Nose is prickly and piney all in one. Citrus rind and sweet marmalade play all surrounding a generally musky tone that carries this wonderful scent. Truely sweet nose in terms of what you usually expect from a big IPA.

And then you get it. With first sip you immediately are greeted by such a unique hop profile. Bold hop goodness attacks the mouth. Its almost like sucking on a whole hop cone. Full of dynamically bitter hoppines from the moment it hits the tongue all the way through the nicely long lingering mouthfeel. Pineapple and musky pine play in the entire palate.

This is a truely wonderful beer. I would easily put it up there with the top 5 I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

SPLITGRIN, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

pperez38, Jan 28, 2012
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,233 ratings.