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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,296 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,296
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,379
Gots: 1,732 | FT: 34
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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

theJohnChamp, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

elzilcho, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of j-con1263
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first BA review... here goes..

Drank most of them from the can as instructed (but had to drink one from a glass too)
Appearance is a wonderful, murky, yellow-orange.. looks as much like a geuze as it does an IPA

Smell is ridic, best scent on an IPA ever... whatever your 'mental image' of the way an IPA should smell like is, it should be heady.

One of the best tasting IPAs out there, but HF double citra was the first I have had beat it in a side by side. Not excessively citrusy or floral, but a good mix of the two.

Mouthfeel is what makes this beer amazing in my opinion, unlike any IPA I have ever had.. almost thick in its own unique way. Incredible

Overall this has to be a 5. It ca be beat, but when you are comparing greatness to other greatness, it is hard to say that one is the clear winner. This beer has made me drive 12 hours one way 2 years in a row. If you haven't had it, trade for it, or make a beer-cation to Waterbury VT... it is worth the effort and then some.

j-con1263, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

dougieboy, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

timjr2500, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

kushlash23, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

suckaj, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

englishwc, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

HeadyIPA, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

StayWhatYouAre2, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

agandt, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ralba003, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

greenalisson, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MikeM417, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

MattHolloway, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

ckocay, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

JKIPA05, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Ronin, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

poorbuthappy, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BabyTree, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

teamwinning, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WI-Beer-Man, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of MisSigsFan
4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hands on a can after all this time. Poured into my SN Liettich Balloon glass despite the "DRINK FROM THE CAN" text on the can. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head. This is exactly what a DIPA should look like. Smell is of citrus and mango. The Simcoe really comes through in the smell. Taste follows the nose. Just in-your-face juicy hops. Fruity, cirtusy, a little pine. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, which makes for a very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA. Mouthfeel is great. I always say with a juicy IPA you need a fuller mouthfeel and this is exactly what I mean. Overall, a great DIPA, one of the best. Would I go way out of my way to get it again? Probably not but it's something everyone needs to try at least once.

MisSigsFan, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

grifter119, Jun 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Spigs84, Jun 30, 2014
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,296 ratings.