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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,891
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,029
Gots: 2,672 | FT: 41
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

7/22/14: at home, poured from a (fresh) can into a 16 oz. snifter

A: cloudy, light orange. some hop resin that sinks to the bottom.

S: one of the best smelling beers I've had: pineapple, orange, lemon, spice.

T: similar to the smell, but the bitterness has a cumulative effect that grows harsher as you drink.

M: pretty balanced, not too thick/syrupy and not too dry.

O: the bitterness borders on being annoying, but the smell and taste more than qualify this to be considered among the best DIPAs around.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yup. The hype gets so intense that there is often a rogue wave of backlash to counter its momentum. It was in this mind frame of slightly lowered expectations that I had my first sip of this admittedly outstanding beverage.

It's not that the beer is intensely rich or bitter, but that its profile is one of the most layered I have ever tasted, especially in an IPA, a style which can often times seem very one dimensional, no matter how hoppy you may like it.

Appearance - Silver with black highlights. Beautifully shaped cans. ;)

Smell - Marijuana. No joke. Pineapple. Caramel. Pine. Flowers. Wow.

Taste - Soft bitter pine, malt, pineapple and a variety of consumable greens. Very consistent with the smell.

Mouthfeel - Creamiest IPA I've ever tasted. Chewy even.

Finish - Stays with you all day.

Overall - Yup. It's the best IPA I've ever had, knocking the citrus-heavy Lagunitas Sucks off of its perch. Having tried other great double IPA's like Triple Sunshine, Enjoy By, Focal Banger, The Crusher, Lunch, Abner, and Society & Solitude #4, I think I have enough comparison to justify my reaction.

Now time to hunt down those west coast IPA's ..

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,891 ratings.