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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,174 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,174
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,605
Gots: 1,207 | FT: 35
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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mani

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-30-2013 13:13:24 | More by mani
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Bakker

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-30-2013 04:33:03 | More by Bakker
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ajramirez1

Washington

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this can from my good friend DWitt. Good looking out, even though u r a g damn Sander.

Poured 3oz into a taster and drank the rest from the can. Initial taste is awesome, get that nice hit of hops. Aftertaste, smooth as fluck. Wow. Very well balanced iipa. Very impressed, lived up to the hype like PtY.

I need to get my hands on more of this amazing beer...

Oden!

A-

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:16:15 | More by ajramirez1
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BrooBub

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-30-2013 02:41:03 | More by BrooBub
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Svendozen

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-30-2013 00:49:42 | More by Svendozen
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DrinkingCraft

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-29-2013 23:38:12 | More by DrinkingCraft
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up from a great friend at the Borefts Bier Fest! It's a little over a week since it was canned so it's super fresh. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a huge 2+ finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Fresh, dank, resiny hops totally dominate the nose along with some great perfumey, floral and citrus notes. This is one of those really special smelling beers that you'll always remember. The taste is just as big and bold. It starts off like the nose as a total fresh hop monster, full of resiny pine and bitter grapefruit along with some nice tropical notes. About midway through there's a measure of balance as some of the caramel malt sweetness emerges along with some orange peel, tangerine, and a bit of grassiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oddly creamy for an IPA. Surprisingly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a big, hoppy beer. Overall, not sure it lived up to all the hype, but still one hell of a beer!

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 22:34:11 | More by beerdrifter
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ffejepoh

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-29-2013 22:10:16 | More by ffejepoh
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JKV96

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-29-2013 20:58:23 | More by JKV96
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Strelnikov

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

09-29-2013 20:20:11 | More by Strelnikov
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sunnrider

Spain

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-29-2013 19:39:11 | More by sunnrider
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liquorsuit

New York

4/5  rDev -15.4%

09-29-2013 18:13:58 | More by liquorsuit
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clubarsky91

California

4/5  rDev -15.4%

09-29-2013 15:12:27 | More by clubarsky91
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-29-2013 15:07:36 | More by jplopez21
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JeremyK684

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-29-2013 14:30:17 | More by JeremyK684
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DustinSWB

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-29-2013 14:11:42 | More by DustinSWB
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jimmycoulas

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-29-2013 13:27:27 | More by jimmycoulas
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Tamorin

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-29-2013 03:09:59 | More by Tamorin
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jd18

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else really needs to be said? Had a taste from the tap but reviewing based on 1 pint cans.Both are my first experiences with Heady. It's perfect. Beautiful pale hazy yellow when poured, which I did with 1 of 4 cans I've had so far. Delicious, smooth and flavor-filled. Hits all the right notes. Little floral, little citrus and a little pine lumped together into a spectacular punch of flavor. Spent 10 hrs in a car to bring this home and it was worth every second.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 02:36:30 | More by jd18
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wedge

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden orange color with a fat layer of off-white foam on the surface. Deep, dank, fresh bag-o-hops smell...spicy, resinous pine, pungent, juicy citrus, and peaches. An almost toffee-ish malt profile lurks underneath. Huge hoppy flavor (obviously): fresh floral hop cones, grapefruit, pine needles, stone fruit, maybe some tropical fruit. Seems kind of like a lot of Simcoe to me. Dry, smooth,and textured. Bitter, but nothing crazy. This is a great, supremely hopped-up DIPA that manages to stay really drinkable. A bit too hyped up, but undeniably impressive.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 01:13:36 | More by wedge
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Los1324

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-29-2013 01:05:33 | More by Los1324
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MSandahl23

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-28-2013 22:51:00 | More by MSandahl23
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-28-2013 22:31:13 | More by ChrisChagnon
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SSS

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Religious experience. I went to the brewery on a Saturday, opens at 11am, and by that time there were, 40 people behind me, from all over the continent!

A - No idea, BECAUSE I DRANK FROM THE CAN LIKE ANY GOOD STANDING CITIZEN WOULD
S - Like heaven, floral perfume of hops and mild citrus and sweet sweet good times to come
M - Carbonation is perfect, does not take away, but adds to the flavor
T - Absolutely glorious, bitter, yet sweet and citrus, pine, fruity, crisp and fresh...this needs a poem to describe it with any real value...

I drank one right after picking them up from the brewery and then others a week later. Haven't noticed a big change, perhaps very slightly less juicy, if that makes any sense.

Take care not to get carried away, after one, you are good, nice buzz for at least one hour...attempt any more and you are waiting for a pounding, or in my case, a four hour nap!

If you are having a bad day, open a can of Heady and all your problems instantly disappear, seriously!

Jesus would turn wine into this if he only knew!

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 22:04:40 | More by SSS
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JaySchneider

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-28-2013 20:15:49 | More by JaySchneider
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,174 ratings.