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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,417 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,417
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,798
Gots: 1,335 | 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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T-34-85

New York

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

Stopped by the brewery as part of a tour around New England, having an onsite sample and picking up a case of cans.

Poured into a balloon glass (tried from can as well):

A: Orange and cloudy with a nice foamy head.

S: Intense and complex hop aroma with citrus and pine notes.

T: Hop bitterness with surprising level of sweetness.

M: Intense mouthfeel that really attacks the tongue.

Overall: Intense beer that leaves you hard pressed to have another right away. Great hop aroma and intense flavor. Worth the effort to get your hands on this beer. Amazing Double IPA.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 16:16:10 | More by T-34-85
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-10-2013 04:45:27 | More by bulldogg915
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morrowd3

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-10-2013 04:34:52 | More by morrowd3
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11JON11MO

New York

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK we made the pilgrimage from the Capital District in NY to Vermont. The Alchemist will not be open to the public past 11/15/13 while they look for another place to open up. Yep it was worth the trip.
A - If you are looking for clear then look for a filtered beer. This is and was meant to be unfiltered. Nicely done
S - Pine, Grapefruit, Citrus very nice smell.
T - Again the Hops shines and the pine, grapefruit taste comes out.
M - Very nice not too much alcohol.
O - very nice almost perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 02:51:22 | More by 11JON11MO
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saxclar123

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-09-2013 23:45:37 | More by saxclar123
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WMEugene

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-09-2013 20:36:54 | More by WMEugene
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The OG of the DIPA world. Had 1 from the can and 1 from a glass.

Pours a murky, shiny orange color. Smells very citrusy and piney. The bitterness is extraordinary. Has a thickness to it that makes it unique but not strange. Easy drinking, making it hard not to just chug it after a long day. Lives up to the hype for sure, and would highly recommend it

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 20:09:59 | More by xVERITAS
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-09-2013 03:24:30 | More by bobsy
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plaid75

New York

4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy bronze hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was excellent retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured waves of balmy pine, grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste was nothing short of a hop laden punch in the mouth. Puckering pine and grapefruit assault the palate initially, with a secondary and somewhat soothing tropical fruit and grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was full and round with a drying bitterness.

An extraordinarily complex use of hop additions makes this one a world class experience. Believe the hype.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 02:31:51 | More by plaid75
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JDD419

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-09-2013 01:01:31 | More by JDD419
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lilphilw

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -15.4%

11-08-2013 20:47:37 | More by lilphilw
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kirbmeist

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-08-2013 20:22:27 | More by kirbmeist
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HarriAle

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-08-2013 20:21:37 | More by HarriAle
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-08-2013 16:43:39 | More by Travcofarms
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Scipio

Mississippi

4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heady Topper from The Alchemist is the counter-point to Pliny the Elder. It's brash, fun, and overpowering. This is not a subtle beer. Truth be told, I'm not sure I've had enough of it to rate it.

But every time I crack one, I am reminded that God loves us and wants us to be happy, whether we're up to our assholes in alligators, or sitting on the back porch watching the dogs play. I may prefer Pliny, but I can't shake the feeling that Heady Topper is better. It's hard to admit your favorite ain't the best.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 16:39:16 | More by Scipio
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-08-2013 16:15:54 | More by Benesi88
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ItsGotaBeUrBull

Illinois

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

Acquired in a trade from member on HBT Forum.

Appearance - Drank from can so nothing to report here.
Smell - Opened the can and was immediately hit by waves of grapefruit, peach, pine, lemon, and flowers. Aroma continued throughout the entire can.
Taste - Huge hop presence upfront that is balanced very well by the sweet flavors contributed from the tropical hops. No harsh or lingering bitterness to speak of. Get tastes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pine, mango.
Mouthfeel - Smooth bitterness with a soft carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish with a medium body that makes you instantly want to go back for more.
Overall - This a wonderful beer that is deceivingly strong as you get no sense of any alcohol in it. The amazing aroma paired with the fantastic tropical and piney flavors makes any hophead rejoice. I normally pour every beer into a glass to consume butnI chose to follow the instructions on the can and I do think it makes for a more enjoyable drinking experience. I will try pouring the next one into a glass to compare. Regardless, this beer has set a new bar for all IPAs moving forward. Well done!

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 03:20:20 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This review is based on a couple Headys I've have over the last week (following a great trip with the girl up to northern Vermont). Drank one from the can, another from a snifter.

A - I can see why Alchemist encourages you to drink from the can. Heady pours a muddy amber, not the least bit of clarity, with a surprisingly robust fizzy head. The odd yeast floaty is visible. Resembles White Oak Jai Alia or Burton Baton, or some other barrel-aged IPA.

S - Now the substantive argument for drinking out of the can. Crap the top and you're smacked with a barrage of grand aromas: pine needle, passion fruit, tangerine and doughy malting. What's amazing is how each note is distinct and sharp. Really assured. Poured in a snifter, the nose dissipates quite a bit.

T - Heady is more salad than stew. The IPA flavors are bright and they don't so much meld as dance off each other. The grass, grapefruit, and lemon flavors are held together, it seems, from Alchemist's proprietary yeast and the slight malt back. Sweet and earthy, tart and succulent.

M - Dances that fine line between substantial and refreshing. This is a deviously drinkable IIPA.

Massively tasty IPA. I can simultaneously understand the fanaticism surrounding it and am perplexed that people speak of it as a total mold-breaker. What it is is incredibly well-made. Perhaps I'm being harder on it because of the hype, but Heady hasn't ruined all other IPAs for me. That said, pretty psyched to have a case of it.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 01:41:17 | More by TheCuriograph
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-07-2013 23:04:50 | More by yummybeer
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AmericanSpeller

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

11-07-2013 22:27:44 | More by AmericanSpeller
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HOMEPL8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-07-2013 20:34:53 | More by HOMEPL8
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jokermanboy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-07-2013 20:00:19 | More by jokermanboy
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MattyBones

New York

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The legendary Heady Topper! I was able to get my hands on this quite a few times at a local bar that was selling them in NYC. After having Pliny I was most definitely curious to see how heady ranked next to it. So....

Appearance: I chose to ignore the label and drink it out of a glass rather than the can. It pored an extremely cloudy golden color. The color and head it pored with made it extremely appealing, but it lost points to me as all the sediment floating around definitely takes away from it.

Smell: HOP BOMB loaded with citrus. Very strong nose which lead me to believe that my palate would soon be demolished. Beautifully potent smell.

Taste: An absolute explosion of flavors. Hops attack loaded with tangerine, grapefruit, a slight hint of pine. This is what I love about DIPA. The alcohol is almost non-existent which is extremely dangerous for something that tastes this good.

Mouthfeel: stick yet very smooth. Doesn't wreck the palate like I thought it would as it goes down 100% clean making me want more and more.

Overall: Couldn't be more pleased with this beer. Definitely wish it was more readily available, but there is something cool about seeking it out and getting it on rare occasion. Like finding the holy grail. Is this better than Pliny? In my opinion, I remember enjoying Pliny a tad bit more, but would love to get a hold of each to do a side by side comparison.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 18:56:07 | More by MattyBones
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HookemHoos

Virginia

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

Served from the can approximately one week after the canning date. The beer was kept cold from the initial purchase. The smell when you first crack the can is one of the best smells I've experienced while enjoying beers. The perfect balance of hops hits your palate with perfect balance. When poured from the can, the color is slightly hazy and beautiful. Overall one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of having.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 14:18:03 | More by HookemHoos
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chamawaiian

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-07-2013 14:08:31 | More by chamawaiian
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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