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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,033 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,033
Reviews: 1,606
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,220
Gots: 1,631 | FT: 36
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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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-03-2014 02:07:29 | More by jbhollis1180
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motothrillz

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-02-2014 21:09:24 | More by motothrillz
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jcugafsu

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-02-2014 16:15:30 | More by jcugafsu
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cjckson

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-02-2014 14:24:01 | More by cjckson
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klegos

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-02-2014 05:28:19 | More by klegos
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

Finally made it to the Holy Grail. Gratefully, the experience took place in a true Mecca location...Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont -- appropriately, the very site of The Alchemist's original brewery (prior to Hurricane Irene). In any event, as my good friend Khalil Saliba and I saddled up to the bar here (on Tuesday night, 1/28/14) and nervously ordered the first Heady Topper of our lives, the excitement was noticeably palpable. Hell, I almost shit my pants when the lovely bartendress set the beautiful tulip glass down in front of me. Awesome 2-finger head, which dissipated very slowly. Beautiful, cloudy orange/amber color, with expected cloudiness. Tremendous sticky lacing throughout. The nose was an incredible citrus pine of grapefruit, with hints of orange/mango/tangerine, all of which was replicated on the palate. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect, and (I believe) the signature of the HT experience, was the stupendous balance between the citrusy hops and the chewy malts throughout, with no heat of alcohol evident whatsoever which, along with the lovely, full mouthfeel, makes this beer outrageously easy to drink.

All in all, an outer-body religious experience. If I could paint worth a damn, I'd cut my ear off for a cannot this Joe!

02-02-2014 05:12:09 | More by JohnParadee
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MJKerr

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

Can from Winooski.

A: N/A Tried it in a glass once. Way better from the can.

S: Citrus, citrus, citrus with hints of pine, grass, and all other sorts of hoppy goodness.

T: Bright and refreshing with loads of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Great intense bitterness, with little to no lingering astringency. Hops are all in the nose, with very little (relatively speaking) hanging around the back of your throat.

M: Delightfully full, but crisp not creamy.

O: Worth all the hype. I've tried plenty of tasty DIPAs but this is king. It's a truly impressive balancing act, getting all that flavor without compromising any other aspects of the beer. Awesome.

02-02-2014 00:22:40 | More by MJKerr
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Capitals82

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-01-2014 23:50:29 | More by Capitals82
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DaveGood

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2014 23:24:58 | More by DaveGood
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Troville1990

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-01-2014 19:54:13 | More by Troville1990
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VT-Mike-BeerParadise

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2014 17:39:38 | More by VT-Mike-BeerParadise
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oneforyouoneforme

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-01-2014 02:06:16 | More by oneforyouoneforme
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2014 00:40:08 | More by TimHitchings
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%

American double/Imperial IPA
8% ABV
75 IBU

APPEARANCE: drink from the can like I was told right on the top!

AROMA: once I cracked the can I got my nose as close to in it as I could. Lots of hops, dark pine, more earthy and vegetal then the bright citrusy west coast ipa's I've been tasting.

TASTE: the hops for sure hit your mouth like a punch from Mike Tyson. Dank, grassy bitterness in there. Herbal spiciness, lite citrus and floral notes.

MOUTHFEEL: medium to heavy body, oily and slick that coats your mouth with a hop resin. Has a very creamy texture to it.

OVERALL: I do believe this is a great IPA and understand the hype behind it. For my palate personally I still put this right under Pliny the Elder.

RATING: 4.9/5 Zombie Heads!

02-01-2014 00:14:04 | More by BeerZombies1
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ReginaldEnglish

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-31-2014 20:55:22 | More by ReginaldEnglish
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Scooch

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-31-2014 02:41:08 | More by Scooch
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mesatrin

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%

This is the best DIPA I have ever had. Piney, grapefruit, citrus, sweet. All these flavors in perfect harmony. Some how there is a hop bitterness but also refreshing. There is just so much balance in this can. Nothing is overwhelming or outshining the overall balance of the beer.

01-31-2014 01:23:08 | More by mesatrin
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CrazyDan

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2014 23:38:21 | More by CrazyDan
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CraftFan5

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-30-2014 21:19:20 | More by CraftFan5
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drz955

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2014 14:16:13 | More by drz955
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nygannon

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-30-2014 06:32:11 | More by nygannon
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Whitley

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

I have been wanting to try this for quite a while now. So many people I know are always telling me this is the best. Well, I have to agree with them. As soon as I cracked the tab on the can the beautiful aroma overwhelmed me and the taste of this beer is so delicious and it is so smooth and citrusy....wow !!!! Definitely worth the wait and highly recommended for any IPA lover !!!!

01-30-2014 01:58:02 | More by Whitley
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LCS46208

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2014 01:32:58 | More by LCS46208
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rjvanston

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2014 01:26:49 | More by rjvanston
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dannykugler

Oregon

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-29-2014 22:54:13 | More by dannykugler
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,033 ratings.