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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,957
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,173
Gots: 1,592 | FT: 36
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%

03-09-2012 15:17:13 | More by TheRuss9585
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-03-2013 03:19:07 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Photo of Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%

Drinking straight from the can. Have poured it into a glass before, but definitely prefer the can. As soon as I crack it open you smell all the hops. Pine. Citrus. Big grapefruit aroma.I miss going to the brewery and smelling all the hops. Smells so fresh. A ton of hops on the flavor. All the stuff in the aroma comes through and coats the tongue with a wave of pine and citrus. So resonious. Nice carbonation, as well. Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Such a great beer and absolutely worth seeking out.

01-29-2014 06:10:36 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

09-03-2013 20:44:09 | More by blindpiggie
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-14-2013 05:43:21 | More by carrollmel7
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-25-2013 02:33:55 | More by stealth
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2014 18:06:35 | More by PappyVans
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%

I know I'm supposed to drink from the can, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Heady pours a hazy light copper with a fluffy head that lingers as beautiful lacing on the glass. Pine, citrus and fresh cut grass fill the aroma. Especially when fresh, this beer is the closest thing to sticking your nose into a handful of hops. Thick, resiny hops fill the flavor, but there is almost more sweetness than bitterness upfront. Delicious light malt rounds out the intense, fruity, citrusy hops. The resiny, piney character lingers on the tongue in the after taste, and begs me to take another sip.

A friend was kind enough to bring me a 4 pack, and despite being around three months old, the beer is still delicious.

06-08-2014 02:24:37 | More by ericj551
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Big thanks to Jason for getting me a can of this! I drank it from the can but poured some out to get a look at the beer.

A- pours a orange/copper with a slight haze and a decent sized head that dissipates to about 1/3 of an inch, a little bit of lace.

S- the second my nose gets close to the can I'm hit with an incredible punch of really fresh, piney, resiny hops that immediately bring with it citrus rind and tropical mango aromas. A feint but solid bready malt aroma is present as well.

T- this is just incredible. At first I want to call this an extreme hop bomb, but it isn't. Instead, it is the perfect display of extreme hopping and a good malt presence in one. It is ridicuously easy-drinking, and hits the bitter and sweet notes at once better than any other beer I've had.

O- I think this is the best DIPA I've had, and one of if not the best beer I've had. Really lives up to the hype.

01-09-2012 15:13:49 | More by Tschnab
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-25-2012 12:48:17 | More by chefduff2
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-04-2012 15:56:38 | More by djre4orm
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2014 18:19:06 | More by Lucnifter
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-25-2013 19:53:07 | More by woodchip
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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

16oz can my friend had shipped from a VT hook-up. Served in a snifter. 

Pours cloudy orangey gold with with 2.5 fingers pale head that fades quickly. No lacing.

Sweet tropical fruit hoppy aroma. Really nice. 

Great mix of hop flavors. Pineapple, piney and orangey with a hint of sweet biscuit. The malts are there in perfect balance to give body while allowing the hops to shine. Alcohol isn't noticeable. 

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet tongue-coating feel with a long dry bitter hop aftertaste. 

A very well executed imperial IPA. Having tried a fresh Pliny the Elder recently I have to say this blows it away. Totally worth seeking. I'll be looking for more in the future. 

03-21-2012 02:22:00 | More by ThickNStout
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-06-2013 17:59:03 | More by JakerLou
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-21-2012 19:42:22 | More by pjs234
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4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Took the first sip from the can to get the full affect.

A: Poured from the can to my glass this brew pours like your average IPA. Murky golden hue with a white capped head.

S: The aroma is delightfully hoppy fresh. Resinous hops take over. This brew is a little less fruity than a normal DIPA.

T: The flavor is near perfect. Very well balanced and not over sweetened in the process. The flavor is fresh, raw hops.

MF: The carbonation is great, my pallet isn't torn up, the after taste isn't offensive.

Overall, a great beer, deserving of the top 10 on BA? Maybe not, but an incredibly drinkable IPA

03-18-2012 00:23:14 | More by TKEbeerman
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-20-2011 16:41:22 | More by Rempo
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4.63/5  rDev -2.1%

Big Thanks to spwalshesq for the trade. Huge want of mine! And so worthy...
Cheers Shaun!

Notes from 09/27/11
Tried w/ pint as well as straight from the can.

A: Heady Topper is exactly that. Pours a darker gold color with an orangish hue and just a great big 3 finger head of pure white foam. Amazing retention with a cascading lace all down the glass.

S: Huge grapefruit and massive mango attack at immediate pop of the top. Awesome Awesome Awesome aroma. Very fruity with hints of kiwi and lime. Barely pick up some light sugary sweet bits of malt.

T: Fruity tropical blasts of hop goodness. Spikes with bitter melon, grapefruit and mangoes. Nice hop bitterness overall. Resinous and lingering sticky-icky deliciousness. Some caramel malt background but light and sugary pronouncing the hops. Slight alcohol flavs. Really danky stuff. This is true hop juice.

M: Great creamy texture. Nice carbonation. Lighter body and an oily slick mouthcoat with a refreshingly crisp finish.

D: A fantastic exhibition of hops with great balance. Enough caramel sugar base but just superhoppy and very drinkable. Really great stuff.

Glad to have the chance to try and will definitely be seeking out again. Highly recommended. A contender with Abrasive for sure.

10-03-2011 18:38:02 | More by Nugganooch
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4.08/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a weak gold with tons of sediment and a dense head that lingers through the whole glass.
Smells fantastic of resiny pine, mild herbal notes and just a hint of citrus.
Taste is just a bit off of the smell. Slightly thinner but has an incredible lingering finish. Pine is the dominant note and the malts hang through the finish.
Feels smooth and creamy and is very nice to sip and appreciate the dominant pine notes.

12-28-2010 23:58:51 | More by kirok1999
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-01-2013 05:27:58 | More by grumpygerman
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-07-2013 03:24:52 | More by wonothesane42
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-06-2013 14:28:22 | More by cnbrown313
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-19-2014 01:26:50 | More by tykechandler
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 04:23:49 | More by megamass
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