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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,473 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,473
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,831
Gots: 1,357 | FT: 37
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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HaightAshbury

New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe the hype. This is a fantastic hoppy dbl IPA. The unfortunate part is the availability and the cost.

The pine hoppy smell and taste just makes you want more after every sip. Just make sure you're home or have a dd as this also gives a happy glow buzz.

Equal to La Cumbre Elevated IPA and Pliny the Elder for my taste buds. I just wish I could try all three at the same sitting.

Serving type: can

04-27-2014 14:07:47 | More by HaightAshbury
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AnthonyK

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-27-2014 11:08:17 | More by AnthonyK
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kerry4porters

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-27-2014 09:04:39 | More by kerry4porters
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-27-2014 04:36:48 | More by zp6167a
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had to revisit this beer as all my previous examples were gifted to me, and never completely fresh. So, took a trip to VT, and grabbed myself a fresh case. So I'm re-reviewing.

Hazy, unfiltered, fluffy off white head which clings to my glass. Yes, I used a glass.

Dank resinous hop smell. spicy woodsy pine, and citric oils.

Explosion of resinous pine and citrus rinds. Mixture of grapefruit and lemon. Spicy, musky, and full of depth. Rare a call a beer dank, but it applies here. Malt back bone, although not cloying or sweet like some DIPAs, does an amazingly job at balancing out the huge complex hop profile.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is biting.

Overall, having one of these fresh as opposed to a few months old is a game changer. I wrote my previous experiences off as a beer with too much hype. But being able to enjoy fresh examples has made me into a believer.

Serving type: can

04-27-2014 01:19:10 | More by Ieatlambfries
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vermilcj

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2014 23:39:28 | More by vermilcj
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glass_house

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-26-2014 23:27:19 | More by glass_house
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untitledeuphoria

New York

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 2.22.14 from the Montpelier Discount Beverage and Redemption Center.

Drank 4.26.14, poured from a can into a Lagunitas Mason Glass.

We were on a mission to find this beer, and after a grueling drive up from NYC through blizzard conditions we were barely able to acquire anything to bring back with us. Luckily, the local bars of Montpelier had more than enough supply to keep a half dozen thirsty beer guys from burning down the capital of Vermont after discovering they purchased the last six 4-packs in a ten mile radius.

However, when you hear (after the fact) that a line forms on Friday mornings at Hunger Mountain Coop, two hours before opening, and that they sold out their entire 4,320 can delivery in less than 90 minutes, you realize you never stood a chance, and to be thankful you found anything to bring back, and even more thankful than McGillicuddy's Pub not only doesnt overcharge for Heady, but that they have tons of it. Anyways, on to the important stuff...

A: Cloudy honey coloring, no visible particulates, lots of visible carbonation immediately after pouring, one finger of crisp white head, leaves a few small traces of lacing.

S: I never seem to pinpoint much of the aromas found in DIPAs, but if I had to try, I would say Tangerine, Grapefruit zest, Lemon grass, and a few other tropical notes... maybe Mango. Whatever you 'think' it smells like, it smells fantastic, and is definitely a beer built for the nose.

T: Immediate taste of pine, then the aforementioned tropical fruits, and then finally, a lingering hop heavy, but malty finish. Not enough to overwhelm, but just enough to remind you that yes, this is a DIPA loaded with savory hops for your enjoyment, but also big enough to knock you on your ass after two pints.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, with a slight oily retainer. The residue remains long after the initial sip, enough to remind you that you need to keep drinking, but not enough to ruin your tastebuds. Just what I want, and expect out of a high end DIPA.

O: A beer that suffers from its own success. Make no mistake, Heady is a fantastic beer, one of the best I have ever had, but the hype machine is far too powerful. I would put it in the same category as Double Sunshine, Hopslam, Double Daisy Cutter, and Dreadnaught, with no clear winner...and I dont consider that a slight. That is heavy company.

Serving type: can

04-26-2014 21:39:32 | More by untitledeuphoria
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TboneRN

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -15.4%

04-26-2014 16:35:43 | More by TboneRN
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opwog

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-26-2014 02:55:27 | More by opwog
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Iamstryker

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-26-2014 02:34:55 | More by Iamstryker
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Tanger112

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 23:49:08 | More by Tanger112
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HoudiniRN

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -26%

04-25-2014 22:56:38 | More by HoudiniRN
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Boomer_Briggs

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-25-2014 22:53:24 | More by Boomer_Briggs
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-25-2014 22:43:13 | More by sanitarium16
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bcornwell74

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-25-2014 22:21:26 | More by bcornwell74
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ikats

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-25-2014 21:37:20 | More by ikats
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boilerwillie

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 21:32:08 | More by boilerwillie
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TastyDelicousness

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-25-2014 21:25:02 | More by TastyDelicousness
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jmadrigal2

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 20:23:58 | More by jmadrigal2
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xanok

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 19:41:52 | More by xanok
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SaltySizzle

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-25-2014 17:05:16 | More by SaltySizzle
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Cmteagardin

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 02:41:41 | More by Cmteagardin
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Biff_Tannen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-25-2014 02:40:50 | More by Biff_Tannen
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kniles38

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-25-2014 02:23:15 | More by kniles38
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,473 ratings.