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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,409 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,409
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,784
Gots: 1,328 | FT: 38
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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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4/5  rDev -15.4%

03-17-2014 19:32:52 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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tclipse

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-17-2014 19:25:37 | More by tclipse
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Jackz29

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-17-2014 19:22:32 | More by Jackz29
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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-17-2014 19:20:46 | More by NWer
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pmorris71

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-17-2014 15:23:53 | More by pmorris71
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PStriedl

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-17-2014 10:35:20 | More by PStriedl
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Blahstarr

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-17-2014 06:48:47 | More by Blahstarr
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, and I certainly won't be the first to say this, but I HATE drinking beer in cans. You do not see, you cannot smell correctly and it looks cheap! Anyway, I did obey what the can says and I did drink it out of the can.

Tasted in two serving, first time is out of the can, as prescribed, and second time is poured into a glass. No big difference in smell/taste between the two servings. But at least I could appreciate its golden slightly orange colour. Looks hazy and forming a nice head with some lacing.

N- Immediately at opening, a delightful smell emerged from this can. How this amazing smell comes out of this? Mesmerised, totally impressed! Explosive notes of hops resins, very citrusy, pink grapefruit, tropical fruits upfront with herbal undertones (cannabis). Very floral. WOW

M &T-mouth is extremely pleasant, more dry the expected as from the nose revealed at first. Bitterness is biting strong at the very beginning but not overshooting. Feeling is slick, almost creamy. Tremendous amounts of flavours are released on firsts sip. Explosive taste of hops resins, citrus and tropical fruits, pink grapefruits. Carbonation is moderate/low which is perfect for a DIPA. Perfectly balanced, Highly drinkable.

Overall, a PERFECT DIPA ! Perfectly balanced on all levels. Would enjoy over and over again. A definitely must have for all hophead.
Thanks to the Church Street beverage manager who point this beer out and picked it up for me, because I would have skip this beer while making my choices the last time I was there. Today, I can tell you I would have made a great mistake. I regret that I only had one four-pack!

Serving type: can

03-17-2014 01:39:53 | More by blaje
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amack622

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-17-2014 01:15:10 | More by amack622
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BrewsforBreakfast

Texas

4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know how beer can taste any better than this. I thought there was no way this could live up to the hype. Wrong.

I drank from the can, as instructed.

The smell crushes your nose with all of the citrus fruits. You almost don't think its beer.

The taste is a hop utopia with the perfect amount of bitter. Finishes very clean. Wide-mouth + tall boy can makes the gulps large and satisfying. You don't want the beer to end and it doesn't. The last sip was better than the first. Everything balances. Taste sensations come on in waves.

Mouthfeel is perfect. I don't know how else to describe it. Not thin, not thick. Medium carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

Completely sober, this gave me a solid buzz but I never tasted the alcohol. There is a reason this beer is so loved. It is joyously good.

Serving type: can

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rpetroni

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-16-2014 19:22:04 | More by rpetroni
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WellRested518

New York

4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- although I drank this gorgeous elixir from the can, I watched as it was carefully poured into a tulip. Perfect orange-salmon haze with a prominent head and steady lacing.

§- straight hops, done right. Citrus and pine are prominent with a light hit of alcohol at the end.

T- once again... large, delicious, beautiful, hopsss. It's not like most double ipa's though. This has real flavor. I can tell that the brewer used his skills meticulously. A nice sweet grapefruit prevails, amongst the likes of pine and pride.

M- by far my favorite thing about this brew. Perfect carbonation leads to a buttery bouquet that clings to the pallet.

O - lives up to it's title.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 18:20:54 | More by WellRested518
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-16-2014 15:16:21 | More by arlingtonjoe
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vidisad

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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77apm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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erikro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -15.4%

03-16-2014 00:45:54 | More by erikro
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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augustg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-15-2014 21:38:31 | More by augustg
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Mblack

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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JoeHopster

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-15-2014 03:12:31 | More by dbc5
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,409 ratings.