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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,718 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 9,718
Reviews: 1,857
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 6,740
Gots: 2,548 | FT: 42
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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Ratings: 9,718 | Reviews: 1,857 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JavaNoire
4.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tine802
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bonercityUSA
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first 5; I feel justified in the rating. Everything is firing on all cylinders.

Photo of robertjskelton
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Drgnfkr
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It backs all the hype, best DIPA I have ever had.

Photo of PIGuy9
4.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kvngaughan2
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SKarmic
4.62/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to all the hype. Wonderful aroma with notes of florals and citrus, and goes down incredibly smoothly. The extremely limited distribution and difficulty of acquisition of this beer certainly adds to the mystique/reputation. But the beer does stand on its own merits.

For a similar brew that is easier to find, try Resin.

Photo of njbeergeek01
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Smclaughlin1
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Patrick17
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA beer in VT. Had it while I was on vacation there and it's really hard to get. Can't wait to visit the brewery in 2016.

Photo of ryanpalmier123
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TimTodd27
4.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottRG
4.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dwatty
4.57/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coffdaddy
3.33/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is definitely overhyped. Certainly it's a good IPA, but it's not as great as others would leave you to believe. I think Cigar City Jai Alai IPA kicks Heady Topper's butt any day of the week. Found the instructions "drink from the can" a bit ridiculous.

Photo of Lemieux123
4.98/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very smooth and well balanced but complex

Photo of Carson52
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The greatest beer in the USA hands down

Photo of AaronDio
4.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Triblake
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shinck14
4.64/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jae61
4.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jdgleason
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Crab_gang
4.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 85urquattro
4.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been fortunate to have access to this beer over the past few years....still amazes me...continues to be the best.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,718 ratings.