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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,996 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,996
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,202
Gots: 1,610 | 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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scottwurst

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-11-2013 02:43:29 | More by scottwurst
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-25-2014 01:05:30 | More by DerwinWentworth
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-05-2013 21:03:48 | More by StArnoldFan
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Rado

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-21-2012 01:53:15 | More by Rado
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -13.3%

A: Pours a very hazy light apricot/peach color. One of the cloudiest IPA's i've seen. Definitely unfiltered. The head is thin and pretty white.

S: Huge nose on this beer. Tons of tropical fruit. Mango,tangerine and peach. One of the best smelling beers ive encountered.

T: Taste is like the nose. Tropical citrus. Fresh, super fresh grapefruit. The Grapefruit shows up on the finish and makes this beer finish extremely dry and bitter.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and extremely dry.

Overall: I was a bit disappointed with Heady Topper. I've heard PTE comparisons and i really didn't get that. I think the main fault with this beer is the bitterness is way over the top. DOn't get me wrong, it's an awesome beer. I just wouldn't put it in my personal top 10 list of IPA's or DIPA's.
I am glad i got to try it.

11-16-2011 21:33:33 | More by BigMike
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-07-2013 17:46:14 | More by taospowder
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-21-2014 13:44:11 | More by Celtics76
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jk3

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-08-2012 00:49:14 | More by jk3
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -12.3%

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).

10-23-2011 00:18:37 | More by ToasterChef
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

I've reviewed the tap and cask version of this beer. I wanted to try a fresh bottle so I cracked one open tonight on taco night and split it with the wife 12-6-10. There is nothing like an ipa fresh on tap. This beer still amazing. Didn't loose anything on taste, smell, or appearance. Not quite as crisp as on tap which effects only the mouthfeel and drinkability ever so slightly. What an exceptional beer.

12-07-2010 02:03:59 | More by DNICE555
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%

appearance: poured a bit into a glass to get a look and drinking the rest from the can as advised. Cloudy medium gold. Nice enough white head, messy lacing that doesn't stick around long. Pretty enough though I guess looks aren't what this guy is all about.
smell: now that is a rich, creamy, citrusy nose. Orange, pine, mango....just bursting with citrus.
taste: Even better. I have to restrain myself from gulping. All those citrus flavors so perfectly melded. Damn.
overall: Extraordinary. I went back to poring in a glass. The can just didn't open the flavors like the glass pour. Maybe i'm not doing it right. Also notice the hop intensity dulls the mouth a bit. I'm not tasting as much as I drink more. In any case...wow.

05-30-2014 23:47:15 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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weonfire

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Golden/Amber, hazy, 2+ inches big thick fluffy head, light patchy lacing, light carbonation rising, large amount of yeast.

S - Huge citrus, lemon, orange, lovely grapefruit, carmel

T - Dry grapefruit, lemon, citrus, tropical fruit, pine. finish: bitter (8/10), med/high acidity

M - Creamy, super frothy, full body, certainly a piney grapefruit lingerer, excellent carbonation

O - Phenomenal grapefruit, just about perfect IPA mouth. zero booze, love the pine. my only preference happens to be a sweeter opposes to drier IIPA.

05-15-2013 02:07:28 | More by weonfire
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Cooker_stp

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-17-2013 23:59:50 | More by Cooker_stp
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -7%

Thanks to Robtobfest for this one. Reviewed from notes 09/29/11.

Pours a hazy amber/gold with little head an retention. Lots of floaties when decanted. Aroma is a big blast of grapefruit, pine, and some weed-like astringency. Great smell. Mouthfeel is slightly slick and resiny but still nice and full-bodied. Super drinkable.Taste is heavy on grapefruit, orange, and pine before giving way to a solid malt backbone. Shows great balance despite the heavy bitterness. This is a world class DIPA but I'd hesitate to call it the best I've ever had. Nevertheless, I'm depressed that I can't get this gem of a beer regularly, not to mention 4 packs.

I tried one from the glass (the basis for this review) and one from the can (as it says to do) and honestly, I liked the one from the can better. Maybe it's just my mind playing tricks on me because that's how the brewers wanted it but I usually never drink from the can unless I have no choice.

10-08-2011 21:34:03 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Docrock

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%

Received in trade from Bricenice, Thanks Mike!

A: okay, if you follow the directions " drink straight from the can" how can you rate appearance? So I started drinking from can then poured the second half into a FFF Teku. How anyone can rate appearance a 5 is beyond me unless you thin the can is beautiful. Appearance is a murky golden color with decent head but retention was lacking.

S: amazing, one of the best smelling beers I have ever had, tons of floral notes, cirus, pine, aroma does not dissipate at all.

T: again, outstanding. Very different than any other DIPA I've had. On par with Pliny, Dreadnaught, and Abrasive.

M: very good but not quite as smooth as Dreadnaught or other slightly higher abv beers.

O: definitely worth seeking out if you like DIPA's. Very different from most others as well, the aroma is probably the best I have ever sensed but the taste, mouthfeel, and appearance bring it down for me a bit.

12-20-2013 03:19:39 | More by Docrock
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kodt

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-28-2013 16:30:02 | More by kodt
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

Alchemist Heady Topper is a delicious DIPA. It has the delicious aroma and flavour of hops without being particularly bitter. How did they do that? I want to know so I can homebrew some.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts very well. 5

S: Strong grassy hops. There is some subtle sweet malt and some unusual spiciness. Some light vanilla notes too. 4.5

T: Malty and a little sweet with some delicious grassy hops. Amazingly, it's not really bitter at all. There are some light yeasty and vanilla flavours that come through in the finish. 5

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: 5

10-18-2012 02:13:06 | More by vandemonian
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-07-2013 22:26:35 | More by Burkbom23
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Schlafly33

Missouri

4/5  rDev -15.4%

08-18-2014 12:39:47 | More by Schlafly33
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 15:33:29 | More by comfortablynirm
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-12-2014 20:10:03 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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AlexChillton

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-16-2012 08:25:59 | More by AlexChillton
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-14-2014 19:52:52 | More by Fargrow
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-23-2013 19:15:47 | More by Boston_Steve
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev -15.4%

04-16-2013 03:14:23 | More by drgonzo2k2
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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