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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,373
Reviews: 1,756
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 6,207
Gots: 2,232 | FT: 39
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank in the can.
Overall taste is superb. Worth the hype. Never liked it too danked or too bitter but this beer is so balanced. I wish I was alot closer so I can get access to the source but it is a pleasure to have tasted the best.Cheers! I did a trade that made me have second thoughts but I am thankful I went with it. Thanks bmx87!

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

it doesn't take alot of words to describe this beer because it's near perfect.

Traded for this, advertised as 1 week old, by the time i got it i'm assuming closer to 1 month old… however i'd find it hard to be any better fresh than it was a few weeks old.

the smell is very attractive.

The first sip blew me away with the perfect blend of the tropical citrus and hops built into a body that is a bit more full than your average dipa ... few sips in you get more of the hops. After taste sticks with you for a while.

You easily forget that this is an 8% beer, and it'd be nice if they could bump it up a notch more but this is still a creeper. This is so drinkable it's dangerous.

Thank you to the dude in PA that shipped me this amazing stuff. Cheers

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A: The website made me categorize this even though it tells you to drink from the can. The can's art is kinda nice...

S: Amazing, as many others have said. Lots of fresh hop smell with a nice citrus aroma.

T: Fantastic. With the IBU's coming in at 75, it's neither too overwhelming nor boring. Well bittered for the style. Grapefruit and sticky resin notes.

M: Smooth and appropriately bitter on the tongue. Not overly carbonated.

O: Living in VT and being able to get this all the time (at least Thursday afternoons) where I live I may be biased, but Heady Topper is one of the best DIPA's I've had. At 8% ABV it's biting but not overwhelming (I do like a high ABV stout or barleywine) and keeps it crisp with the aroma hops addition(s). Delicious and perfect for a VT summer BBQ.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A very light orange, almost yellow, and quite cloudy.

S: Heavy tropical fruits and flowers: mango, pineapple, lychee, and jasmine. There's very little hint of hop bitterness in the nose.

T: The fruits are not present in the flavor. Instead it's a wash of hop resin; bitter but not overpowering. The finish is sweet and boozy. The aftertaste is strikingly bitter.

M: Medium bodied with some astringency.

O: Good. Not the best tasting DIPA but perhaps the best smelling.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,373 ratings.