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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,833 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,833
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,083
Gots: 1,525 | FT: 33
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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blange3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-06-2014 16:36:25 | More by blange3
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crobinso

Colorado

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-06-2014 15:11:20 | More by crobinso
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cwehr13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-06-2014 15:03:52 | More by cwehr13
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lzepplin01

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-06-2014 01:49:54 | More by lzepplin01
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JDub22

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-06-2014 01:14:01 | More by JDub22
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Seanibus

California

4.21/5  rDev -11%

A kind of ugly beer - I see why they suggest drinking it from the can. Pours a hazy orange with a little sediment and not much in the way of head action. The aroma is fruity - tropical, with some apricot and mango. The flavor follows suit, with mango, apricot, pineapple, and a bast of big sticky hops. The mouthfeel is big and round. This beer is at once unusual and familiar - it reminds me of the beer to which it is so often compared, Pliny the Elder, though it is bigger and fuller, both in its tropical fruit and rounder mouthfeel. It's clearly less dry than the Russian River beer. But curiously the West Coast beer to which it most closely compares, in my view, is Racer 5 from Bear Republic - they are different beers, but both are round, fruity and given to showing up with a thick orange haze. It is as if Racer 5 and Pliny crashed into one another and spawned some crazy new hybrid. Heady Topper is a very good beer, but I wonder whether the frenzy would be as great if it were produced in greater quantity and distributed more widely.

01-06-2014 00:59:36 | More by Seanibus
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BierJager89

California

4.73/5  rDev 0%

A: Poured a hazy yellowish orange with a white head.

S: Tons of fresh fruits, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit, papaya in an incredible nose.

T: Lots of orange, grass, pine, tangerine, tropical fruit, papaya.

M: Somewhat typical of an IPA, but a bit smoother, which is nice.

O: An incredible IPA. Not my favorite, but BA inflates their ratings, and they don't weight them how I personally would, so it might look that way. I don't know. I'd give it a 95.

01-05-2014 19:04:36 | More by BierJager89
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ThatsThatDude

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-05-2014 18:20:58 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Lucnifter

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2014 18:19:06 | More by Lucnifter
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-05-2014 18:12:50 | More by lgmol
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rflips86

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-05-2014 06:35:02 | More by rflips86
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-05-2014 04:37:16 | More by crowbar540
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broadway848

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2014 02:02:39 | More by broadway848
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Mayhem

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-05-2014 01:49:27 | More by Mayhem
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baklo

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-04-2014 20:32:26 | More by baklo
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-04-2014 04:47:49 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.94/5  rDev +4.4%

Believe the hype!

Poured from can into shaker pint. Cloudy to say the least, lots of sediment In the straw colored beer. Solid not so foamy head that leaves some wondrous lacing throughout.

Resins piny hoppy dank goodness in the nose, with more to follow in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is tasty.

I will NEVER turn down this beer.

01-04-2014 02:58:50 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%

Poured from the can (oops) into a dimpled mug. Pours a cloudy orange-straw colour with a foamy white head.

Smells of alpine grasses and minty herbs. Pungent hop stank.

Tastes of orange and lemon citrus hops, floral hops, grassy hops, hops hops.

Creamy and ebullient in the mouth.

It's a hop bomb that pushes the envelope and manages to stay within the bounds of good (great?) taste.

01-04-2014 02:16:04 | More by Muhly
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theoceantakesme

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-04-2014 00:19:32 | More by theoceantakesme
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J-dub


5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-03-2014 12:04:43 | More by J-dub
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ccronin

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-03-2014 07:33:11 | More by ccronin
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Hastur23

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-03-2014 05:05:32 | More by Hastur23
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21Maestro8

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-03-2014 04:52:42 | More by 21Maestro8
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-03-2014 03:47:58 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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mmhannon

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-03-2014 02:07:22 | More by mmhannon
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,833 ratings.