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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,413 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,413
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,791
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 38
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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kris_n

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-03-2013 20:07:37 | More by kris_n
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Affini7y

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-03-2013 16:11:10 | More by Affini7y
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-03-2013 10:42:19 | More by Josiah2729
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MJSawyer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -15.4%

11-03-2013 01:53:30 | More by MJSawyer
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bevoduz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-03-2013 01:51:07 | More by bevoduz
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-03-2013 01:36:26 | More by WVUbrew
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-03-2013 01:17:20 | More by Tyrawlings
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 22:20:12 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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Kenai4

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 14:58:33 | More by Kenai4
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MRVermont

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 14:13:59 | More by MRVermont
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sphyrn

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -15.4%

11-02-2013 07:10:13 | More by sphyrn
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 01:50:57 | More by tkdchampxi
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JackLloyd

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-02-2013 00:20:11 | More by JackLloyd
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churningfroth


5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-01-2013 20:53:57 | More by churningfroth
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WTKeene

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-01-2013 20:09:32 | More by WTKeene
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-01-2013 17:00:27 | More by ChicagoNick
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-01-2013 14:43:35 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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hogansct

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-01-2013 04:15:23 | More by hogansct
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jkwi222

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-01-2013 02:19:33 | More by jkwi222
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sjjn

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-30-2013 19:07:01 | More by sjjn
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JesseLV

New Hampshire

4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - They say to drink it from the can, so that's what I did. Living fairly close by (in NH) I've had more than my fair share of Heady, and a few times I've shared it with friends that have poured it out. I've not seen the extreme cloudiness on these occasions, but you can definitely tell it is unfiltered.

Smell - Perhaps the best thing about this beer, once you pop open the can you get a big whiff of incredible hop aroma's. Citrus, big and bold. I like to take a little time to take it all in before I even start drinking.

Taste - Talk about balance! Many IIPA's try to bludgeon you over the head with hops or over the top IBUs, this gives you a full palate of hop flavor that isn't off putting. Not super bitter, lots of citrus hop notes, with some lingering pine afterwards.

Mouthfeel - Just right, not overly carbed.

Overall - I had heard lots about Heady before trying it, and I have to say I was expecting to be let down (as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is). In this case the legends held true for me. An IIPA like no-other, the perfect balance of all things hoppy.

As a side note I was able to try Heady alongside Pliny, and have to say they both hold up incredibly well. Totally different beers that shine in different ways. Certain palates may prefer one over the other, but side by side you can really appreciate the different directions they take the IIPA style.

Serving type: Can.

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 18:06:00 | More by JesseLV
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-30-2013 11:56:42 | More by br3wmeister
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Many thanks to shawnp for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance - A very cloudy straw colored beer. The cloudy appearance is expected as this is an unfiltered beer.

Smell - Hops, not much in the way of malts. Like citrus and grapefruits - smells fresh.

Taste - A perfect level of hops and the taste is similar to the smell - citrus and grapefruit. It is more sweet than bitter. Sometimes IIPAs can be overwhelming, but this is a very well balanced example of the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbonation and it goes down smooth

Overall - This one lives up to the hype. It is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Would love to try it side by side with pliny and abrasive

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 00:15:01 | More by shadetree67
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timmy2b

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-29-2013 23:51:59 | More by timmy2b
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Chuck_IPA_Mathus

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-29-2013 22:17:24 | More by Chuck_IPA_Mathus
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,413 ratings.