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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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10,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,119
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 7,305
Gots: 2,852 | FT: 48
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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Ratings: 10,119 | Reviews: 1,965
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3.23/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't get it. Maybe I'm daft but the reasons for the over-the-top love for this beer elude me. It's a very nice, refreshing, not terribly complex brew. Good quaffer on a hot summer day, with a light grapefruity bitterness and a clean finish. It's fine. It's nice. I'll drink it again for $4 a can, but I won't drive to Vermont to get it or pay a scalper $14 for it. If I don't see it again, no big deal, there are hundreds of equally good, similar brews out there.

This seems like one of those "the harder to get the better it tastes" situations.

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In the taste, big grapefruit, dank herb, a wall of bitterness, and a fruity ale yeast strain. Papaya, pine, sap, menthol, eucalyptus, citrus. Wood, earth, but still fruity.

Fruit flies appeared quickly after opening the can and pouring, possibly the best scent this species has ever experienced in nature. I felt much like the flies, in a drunken stupor and following the smell by instinct.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 10,119 ratings.