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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,384 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,384
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,764
Gots: 1,315 | FT: 38
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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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 21:45:49 | More by RummyRedbeard
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ICMTM

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have to say this is a really good beer. I also have to say it doesn't live up to the hype of being the best beer ever. With all these hyped beers I have noticed a trend:

Limited Distribution + Good Brew = Cult Following

I did the taste test with it and Pliny and yes it's better than Pliny in my opinion HOWEVER I think there are better DIPA's than both beers out there.

O - It's a more complex IPA which I liked about it. There is a bigger malt presence and therefore not as bitter as some out there. I liked it better out of the can, which actually balanced the beer out. The beer pours like a hefeweizen. It's a great beer, but I don't know that I'd want it over some of the local options I have.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 21:00:05 | More by ICMTM
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Thebarrick56

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-14-2014 20:04:28 | More by Thebarrick56
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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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Danfransisco

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 18:34:13 | More by Danfransisco
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Gunch52

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 17:20:02 | More by Gunch52
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abrodsky

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-14-2014 15:24:34 | More by abrodsky
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MarkOberempt

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 13:42:45 | More by MarkOberempt
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braican

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-14-2014 13:31:04 | More by braican
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nicole309

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-14-2014 08:03:34 | More by nicole309
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carlitos92

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-14-2014 03:25:47 | More by carlitos92
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ToddKehoe


5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 00:27:09 | More by ToddKehoe
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batfireman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-13-2014 22:19:41 | More by batfireman
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Bhoward0698

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-13-2014 18:15:43 | More by Bhoward0698
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microbial

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-13-2014 05:58:35 | More by microbial
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Finnhammer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -15.4%

04-13-2014 05:10:41 | More by Finnhammer
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SirElton

California

4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this right from the can as I was instructed. The nose smells like beer candy and the beer is creamy and hoppily delicious. This beer just does everything right, and honestly gets better with every sip. While it's not my favorite IPA I've ever had (Double Citra from Hill Farmstead currently wears that crown), this is absolutely wonderful and I would drink this every night if I could.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 03:54:09 | More by SirElton
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Travitten

Iowa

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-13-2014 03:36:30 | More by Travitten
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shoretaxi

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-13-2014 00:49:45 | More by shoretaxi
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mehoffman


5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-13-2014 00:00:10 | More by mehoffman
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Amysantiago

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-12-2014 23:57:19 | More by Amysantiago
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trevor_s

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-12-2014 23:51:29 | More by trevor_s
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Ken_P

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-12-2014 23:10:45 | More by Ken_P
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charrel

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-12-2014 20:50:50 | More by charrel
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy burnt orange with a finger of off white foamy head. Foamy spotty clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Honey, malts, citrus hops, tropical fruit, resinous, lemon grass. Nice smelling brew - lots of depth in the nose.

T - Semi sweet up front followed by a building development of hops; citrus, zest, fruity, dry, resinous. Finishes dry and bitter. Flavor lingers.

O - First of two cans I acquired from a trade. Phenomenal DIPA - unlike really any other brew I've had - can't just place it in a category saying it taste like X Beer.

Notes - surprised it says to "drink out of the can" - I didn't follow those instructions and poured it into a snifter.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 20:20:10 | More by andrewjraab
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,384 ratings.