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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,443 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,443
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,816
Gots: 1,343 | 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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Matty123

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say that hasn't been said already? Best beer in the Country? That depends on the drinker. It is easily one of the best beers I have ever had in my life and I smile just thinking about it. Pliny, Lawsons, Hill Farmstead, New England Brewing Co... I've had them all many times and they are all so damned good! I find no point in saying one is "better" than the other.. This beer leaves you feeling like you just ate a fresh grapefruit. It leaves you wanting to crack another. I've had it out the can and out of a Tulip, and its just as good either way! GOD BLESS THE ALCHEMIST!

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 18:56:56 | More by Matty123
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2014 15:11:43 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2014 14:00:48 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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sourdog

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2014 04:42:54 | More by sourdog
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2014 04:15:30 | More by dmorgan310
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a half finger white head that dissipates to a light film, light lacing.
S: Citrus, and floral, not as big on the nose as I was expecting.
T: WOW! This tastes amazing, with grapefruit, orange, pine. Well done.
M: Medium body, light carbonation, sticky, and dry. Perfect.
O: Lived up to the hype, now I know why they have a hard time keeping up with demand. Seek this out!

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 01:15:31 | More by N_Schleret
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Eurso16

New York

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been a member for a while now and visit the site frequently but have never written a review so i figured why not start here, after finally getting my hands on this gem.

like others, i was a skeptic, wondering how much better could this beer really be compared to dirt wolf, hopslam, other top knotch ipas, etc. Well for me, the hype is real. IMO, this is a perfectly crafted, well executed representation of a DIPA. Now that i have began home brewing, i have a new appreciation for what it takes to craft a delicious beer. From the nose right on through to the mouthfeel, this brew is outstanding. sip after sip you continue to taste just the most absolute fresh, juicy, dank, hop flavor. mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied and almost creamy.

definitely my new favorite beer. well done Alchemist, Well done.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 01:14:26 | More by Eurso16
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JoeMans

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2014 00:59:12 | More by JoeMans
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Gorm019

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 20:51:51 | More by Gorm019
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JackOC85

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 18:55:57 | More by JackOC85
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UFOsandBeers

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 05:45:14 | More by UFOsandBeers
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delaced21

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-26-2014 03:17:14 | More by delaced21
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Hoggo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 02:25:48 | More by Hoggo
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cpxc

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 01:57:53 | More by cpxc
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needMIbeerinMD

Maryland

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2014 00:24:08 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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Jimsal27

New York

4/5  rDev -15.4%

03-25-2014 23:13:11 | More by Jimsal27
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-25-2014 22:30:01 | More by aqualung23
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JLeet

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2014 21:54:13 | More by JLeet
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spham

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-25-2014 14:13:20 | More by spham
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kgncfl

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2014 05:35:27 | More by kgncfl
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-25-2014 03:45:05 | More by brpendergast85
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WildMaverick1200

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2014 00:52:29 | More by WildMaverick1200
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zerocrane

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-24-2014 22:46:35 | More by zerocrane
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Da314man

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-24-2014 19:28:14 | More by Da314man
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Chilly444

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A long time coming for this review. Two of my great friends brought back 2 cases. I went into this the same way it sounds like a lot of people do. very excited BUT somewhat skeptical. How can everyone agree that this is one of the best beers no matter what your personal preference in style is? Well...just because it is. Luckily my favorite beers are imperial IPA's. The can says Heady Topper, but I almost instantly nick named it 'rolling thunder' for two reasons. 1. Its got a high ABV in a 16 oz serving. 2. because its rolling waves of super deep hop, after hop, after hop. Each wave releases a different flavor that ignites your mouth with an assertive force and refuses to leave after you're done drinking it. It takes about 5-10 minutes for it linger away. My favorite part of this wonder is the very middle. There becomes a blast of grapefruit dryness in the middle that is incredibly apparent. You might say its sweet because its a very bright flavor but its not sweet in any sugary artificial way. I think the moment when the middle grapefruit blast hits is the best because of the waves of pine and floral hops that come on the front, and back ends before you reach that middle peak explosion. It has an awesome body that you can really feel on your palate, and has an aromatic smell that you can not ignore.

SO. that all being said.

A - Awesome. really cool looking (slightly funny) can. I poured a tiny bit out to see what it looked like for real. Musky greenish/deep brownish yellow. Almost completely non-transparent.

S - A piny hoppy blast straight to the dome that is noticeable from the moment you crack the can.

T - Insanely awesome. Rolling waves of hops that include pine, grapefruit, and slight floral notes.

M - A medium body on the heavier side. Lacing up your mouth with goodness.

O - You know you want one...or 10. Its awesome. Do your self a favor and make the trip to buy a case!

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 19:00:56 | More by Chilly444
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,443 ratings.