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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,929
Reviews: 1,911
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,081
Gots: 2,701 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer is so unique and exceptional that it's hard for me to figure out how it was concocted.

A - RUSTIC......cloudy, unfiltered, dark orange hue, glows like the sun when held up to the light.

S - Explosive dank weed and grapefruit......hops that must have been found in another world....unique in every way....never smelled or tasted anything like Heady.

T - Dank weedy citrus upfront following the smell but the hop explosion is ridiculous. I recall thinking of other easy to find IPAs being explosive in taste and smell and when I had Heady for the first time and returned to the beers I've had before it ruined what I thought was once complex.

M - immediate dankness, carbonation and hop explosion that I can only describe as hoppy pop rock grapefruit earthy soil weedy candy in the mouth that lasts for minutes. If you're a wine drinker think high end $100 bottles napa cabernet lingering explosion. This beer changed what I thought a beer could be.

Danger - my new category that I created on my own. Danger is when you have an 8% beer that at first sip you feel like one pint will be just plenty but as you continue to drink you want to sip more frequently and more frequently and the alcohol is so well hidden by the mesh of flavor and mouthfeel that you continue to drink and go back for more until your night is over. Most 8% beers let you know when enough is enough. Heady does not. That's how you get notoriety apparently;)

O - is it the best hoppy ale on the planet? From my experience some days yes and some days top five. Abner certainly is right there, Lawsons too...harder to get and I recall a side by side on draft where i preferred Abner but there's something about scoring those 4 pack cans and bringing them home. Heady is not for beginners in some cases but if you like hops this one will blow your stack.....I'll end by saying that this is the most dangerously drinkable 8% beer I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

It really is unique and fabulous. I've had a ton, and it does vary in quality from time to time, but has never been anything lower than "great". Seriously, the worst I've had is still very delicious. I've had hundreds of cans, had many a sampler from the brewery when it was open and also had on draft several times. All good stuff.

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Yeah. I could drink this all day. And night. And day again...

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,929 ratings.