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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,241
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,340
Gots: 1,705 | 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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This heady topper is about 3 weeks old which is about the peak in my opinion. The very fresh stuff is a little off to me.

Served in a tulip glass, yes I ignore the serving instructions because I can't resist the smell.

Appearance is orangey/straw color with a white head that fades to lacing

Aroma is orange, pineapple/tropical fruit, flowers, melon, and "green" and really shines as the beer warms. I always enjoy how the smell progress from more green/floral initially to more a more citrus/tropical fruit dominated as it warms.

Taste follows the smell to some degree. The hops dominate and the malt plays a balancing role at most. The balance is amazing not too bitter and the carbonation refreshes the palate. Very drinkable. I have noticed that as this beer gets older the green can turn towards the "green onion" notes.

Overall just an amazing beer. Not the hoppiest beer out there, not the most citrus (try double sunshine) but the big hop nose, the balance, and the drinkability make this all around awesome.

ET-12345, Jun 14, 2014
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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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 14, 2014
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,241 ratings.