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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,355 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,355
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,741
Gots: 1,295 | 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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Litterbean

New York

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a can (well, a couple of cans) in Burlington, VT. Stores all around were completely sold out but there were a few pubs on Church Street that still had them in stock.

Anyway, I ordered one with a glass not realizing that the can COMMANDS you to drink straight from it. I tried it both ways, and it is one great beer. Hell, you could drink this off the floor with a straw and come to the same conclusion.

Golden in color, and hazy (as is my memory after a few). The taste is amazingly well balanced between the sweetness and bitterness. It is a mighty brew, full of complex flavors that I can't begin to describe accurately. Needless to say it is relentlessly drinkable, but will put you right to sleep if you are not careful. Goodness gracious, it truly lived up to the hype.

Serving type: can

07-20-2014 20:02:38 | More by Litterbean
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mjhall1989


4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-20-2014 19:58:36 | More by mjhall1989
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ErikVT

Vermont

3/5  rDev -36.6%

07-20-2014 16:50:05 | More by ErikVT
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-20-2014 16:35:55 | More by fostachild
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lorenwhite7

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-20-2014 15:56:35 | More by lorenwhite7
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dnarzemsky


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-20-2014 05:22:25 | More by dnarzemsky
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dapatte2

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-20-2014 04:27:51 | More by dapatte2
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I drank from the can so it's hard to judge appearance, but the can looks super sexy.

The nose is heavily fruity, but there's a piney quality to the hops too. A second whiff gives me some floral hints and.... more hops. What can I say? It's intensely hopped up, but it smells delicious.

Interesting. It's citrusy and grapefruit-like, but doesn't possess that dry bitterness that I usually find. There's still something fruity and berry-like going. Mid-palate there's a breakthrough of sweet, caramel-like malt, some breadiness, and more earthy hops. This provides an excellent balance.

Initially, the beer was drinking rather mellow-like, but with successive sips the intense bitterness overtakes my tongue. This thing is a beast. There's a good bit of carbonation and a medium-body that allow for some enjoyment before the brutally dry, long finish. I only get a hint of astringency on this towards the finish and that contributes to the dryness.

The fruitiness in this beer is what makes it most impressive. It's not excessively grapefruit heavy while still offering citrus and it's not overly piney either. It's deceivingly easy-to-drink and that would mean trouble if I had access to more.

Serving type: can

07-20-2014 03:10:20 | More by ONovoMexicano
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mdr4669

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-20-2014 02:22:39 | More by mdr4669
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Kettle1

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-20-2014 01:58:53 | More by Kettle1
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Wattie

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-20-2014 01:28:54 | More by Wattie
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furrowedbrew


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-20-2014 00:22:10 | More by furrowedbrew
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 22:57:56 | More by nkelley77
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brewski09

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 20:36:10 | More by brewski09
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Skramer82


3.5/5  rDev -26%

07-19-2014 20:33:17 | More by Skramer82
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CellarDoorTim

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-19-2014 19:21:03 | More by CellarDoorTim
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IPASong


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 19:04:10 | More by IPASong
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jt2488

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 18:10:01 | More by jt2488
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CliffyB


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 14:35:13 | More by CliffyB
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Sellen

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 14:32:33 | More by Sellen
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brittanylicious

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 13:25:44 | More by brittanylicious
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heysuz

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 12:37:22 | More by heysuz
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 06:00:32 | More by tweezer159
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soulspanker


4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-19-2014 05:28:34 | More by soulspanker
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satisfied1013

Kansas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 03:51:42 | More by satisfied1013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,355 ratings.