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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,451 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,451
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,823
Gots: 1,346 | 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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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
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cowbird

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-24-2014 16:10:35 | More by cowbird
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -15.4%

03-24-2014 14:47:52 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-24-2014 14:01:45 | More by woodchipper
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kamikazeokami

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-24-2014 06:23:14 | More by kamikazeokami
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NikkoE82

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-24-2014 01:20:23 | More by NikkoE82
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -26%

03-24-2014 01:16:20 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Fejj

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-24-2014 00:14:04 | More by Fejj
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PierceNY

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-23-2014 22:45:07 | More by PierceNY
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-23-2014 22:06:03 | More by JuliusCaesar
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alexk307

Maryland

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-23-2014 21:51:03 | More by alexk307
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Hamerica

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a party in my mouth when I had this beer. All I ended up with was just some good beer, no GREAT beer. I think the hype of this beer hurt the chances. I prefer a nice florally west coast IPA over this one note beer.
If you want a nice double ipa, grab a Palette Wrecker or a Southern Tier 2X

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 21:48:49 | More by Hamerica
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Shy5

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-23-2014 19:36:21 | More by Shy5
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kidzord

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-23-2014 18:40:19 | More by kidzord
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tony11

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so the beer is perfect. I have been drinking it for a while and it never disappoints nor does it become old. the flavors are always fresh tasting and always exciting. the first time I drank it it I poured it into a glass because I thought the "Drink out of the can" was hype. Incredible as the taste out of the glass was, it was otherworldly out of the can. The initial whiff of the hops when you pop it open is Ecstasy. The promise of a great beer to come delivers on your first sip and then the magic happens as each sip brings out different flavors from bitter to sweet back to bitter all in different stages.

I received the new IPA glasses as a gift and drank the Heady Topper from it. Sacrilegious I thought to myself. The glasses do a great job as the initial aroma is less dramatic and more subtle which is not a bad thing. Now I get to admire the color of this golden nectar.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 16:59:08 | More by tony11
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mpenning13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-23-2014 15:53:20 | More by mpenning13
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RobertHolley

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not like to "believe the hype" but Heady Topper did not disappoint. Did not drink out of the can. The color when poured in a glass is beautiful. The smell is very unique and the flavor holds true. One of my most important factors in tasting beers is the after taste. Heady just keeps going and going. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 15:05:08 | More by RobertHolley
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WebGuyMike

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-23-2014 14:33:51 | More by WebGuyMike
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,451 ratings.