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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,995 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,995
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,201
Gots: 1,609 | 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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jymkata


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-14-2014 02:26:32 | More by jymkata
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Geraurd

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-14-2014 02:16:01 | More by Geraurd
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Vinithing

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-14-2014 01:49:00 | More by Vinithing
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

It's hard to be number one, and only be sold in Vermont...thanks again to cwelsh55 for the beer trade. Stand up dude, who drove 7 hours each way from outside of Philly to track down this highly sought after beer. Looks great in a glass took sip from the can but didn't think it would do the beer justice after that first sip.

Pours into a chalice with a semi hazed golden peach/apricot hue with a bright white head, forms nice even layered lacing down the sides of my glass. I love the can the label the huge paragraph on the back, but the DRINK FROM THE CAN! I just can't figure it out.

Aromatics, beautifully dank hop explosion from the minute you crack the can. Resinous hop oils, dank Mary Jane, lemon pith, slightly vegetal even dare I say garlic note in the tail end of the nose.

Flavor has the perfect light malt base to provided biscuit bready notes without ever touching into the caramelized sugar realms, leaving each sip of this stuff right into an assault of hop character with a bone dry finish. I would honestly brush my teeth with this stuff, it's so good. No hype train here, a highly drinkable completely unique DIPA. Is it the best DIPA I've ever tasted? Certainly not but it's Fuckin' Good!!! A really resinous complex hop explosion on the palate remaining quite balanced and extremely effortless to consume. I would be dangerous if I had access to affordable cases of this stuff. The highlighted hop notes are as follows: dank hop resins, lemon pith, pine, and that vegetal garlic note I picked up on the nares. Usually offended by that trait in a hop profile, that's not the case here.

Mouthfeel is perfect, like I said way to easy to consume this stuff. Oily slick with those hop resins, medium bodied carbonation is soft and caresses the palate, bitter drying hop bitterness finishes each sip...with hop burps soon to follow.

Overall, I really really like this DIPA I can't explain why but I do. I'm willing to make a pilgrimage at some point, also to checkout fine beers like Lawson's, and Hill Farmstead both of which I've never consumed. Not earth shattering but so unique there's just no other canned/bottled/draft DIPAs with these traits they built they're brewery around this recipe and I can see why. No let's see more innovation and how about some distribution outside of Vermont.

06-14-2014 01:40:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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Eriv


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-14-2014 00:42:56 | More by Eriv
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derekvec


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-14-2014 00:10:28 | More by derekvec
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Buddance

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Ns2361

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Gdirt

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Kidspice


4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -9.3%

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan, burnt yellow with a nice, foamy 1 inch head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Upfront blast of piney, grapefruit hops. Floral note, lemon, banana, tangerine. A slight amount of caramel near the end.

Taste - Ok so here go's, I am drinking about 6oz in a glass, the rest out of the can. At first sip, piney, grapefruit hops. Very smooth, not so much bitter, a little mix of lemon and honey smoothness. Floral and citric , has a little grassy flavor from the hops. Minimal caramel malt is noticed at the finish. Nice hop bitterness with slight alcohol warmth at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue with pine and grapefruit. Tongue gets a nice floral, herbal flavor, with some honey and minor caramel malts. Aftertaste is Hop bitter and a little dry.

Overall - Well, The #1 dipa has been conquered. I'm surprised at how smooth, and easy drinking this is. This reminded me of a more smooth, balanced and less alcohol version of hopslam. IMO, which honestly means nothing to anyone else other then me, this is not the best dipa ive ever had. I can think of 2 or 3 locals ive had that I enjoy more. And a few other ipa's ive had that I liked more. I did enjoy It moreso then the other highly ranked, hyped dipa pliny but there's no way id travel a long distance to buy it or I wouldnt trade for it again but,,,,if it was available at local shop id pick it up for sure in when I want a change up from my favorites. I did enjoy this more from glass, as I always do for any canned beers.

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Illinois

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Pennsylvania

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California

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,995 ratings.