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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,359 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,359
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,742
Gots: 1,296 | 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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lhibbard

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-18-2013 00:55:06 | More by lhibbard
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ali1987

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-18-2013 00:47:15 | More by ali1987
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-18-2013 00:11:25 | More by kylehay2004
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IWannaEatFood

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-17-2013 20:05:14 | More by IWannaEatFood
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JWallace1013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-17-2013 18:59:58 | More by JWallace1013
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matto4444

Missouri

4/5  rDev -15.4%

10-17-2013 17:26:56 | More by matto4444
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jumboj11

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-17-2013 15:18:11 | More by jumboj11
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Cramerican

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-17-2013 06:13:39 | More by Cramerican
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JakeWright

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-17-2013 04:25:35 | More by JakeWright
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jshusc

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer lives up to the reputation. Had a successful trade that landed me 6 of these beauties and I'm now sans HT.

As instructed, I drank from the can, so I will not rate the appearance.

S: Nice bitter, citrusy nose. Plenty of hops in there, but I wouldn't describe it as particularly "piney." The citrus really comes through and makes the bitterness pleasant.

T: Perfect balance, a barrage of hoppy goodness that holds up over the entire 16oz. Grapefruit provides a tarty sweetness to compliment the hops. Delicious.

M: Low carbonation, medium to full body. Can really get the complexity by letting it sit on the tongue before swallowing.

Overall, this is a great, great brew. A lot of these beers get overhyped to the point of no return, but Heady stands up to the reviews. Alchemist does right by this beer, and I couldn't find a fault.

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 20:20:37 | More by jshusc
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can was about 2 months old, thanks brian!

Appearance - Hazy, light gold, sticky off-white head.

Aroma - Soapy, peachy. A flowy grapefruit and citrus in the back end.

Taste - See aroma.

Mouthfeel - Tiniest bit of bitterness keeps you interested in this juicy bomb. Medium bodied perfect for an imperial IPA. Slightly sticky / chewy.

Overall - Well done. Worth the hype. Would like to rate after having fresh from brewery.

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 19:13:47 | More by KVNBGRY
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MTfish

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-16-2013 18:51:28 | More by MTfish
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Mgm54

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-16-2013 18:33:12 | More by Mgm54
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-16-2013 12:52:55 | More by Phil_H
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TexIndy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-16-2013 12:52:44 | More by TexIndy
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santomark

California

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

Appearance - Had the luxury of having this on tap while visiting my hometown of Middlebury VT but I will review the can considering everyone is drinking this from a can. Appearance from pouring from a can, you will quickly notice that this brew is unfiltered, sentiment at the bottom, slight bubble carbonation, pours a nice murky orange color with a two finger head that slowly will disappear. The color is enough to tell you this is unfiltered.

Smell - Aggressively hoppy at first, when you crack open the can you will definitely smell the hops coming from the can. Grape fruit, mango, peach, nectarine, grapefruit; you can immediately tell this is an IPA, not the strongest but smells very balanced in combination with the slight breadiness and sweet tones.

Taste - Man, where do I start here? It's this great combination of grapefruit, bitterness, sweet, bready, goodness. I mean to pick apart each individual characteristic is a disservice to this brew, everything is so balanced.

Mouthfeel - A slight carbonation, if you hold it in your mouth there's not enough carbonation to burn the tongue, it is very smoothing going down the pipes and will leave this bitterness that will make you return for more.

Overall - Upon first drinking this, I thought it was extremely over hyped. But when you realize you've hit the middle of the can in 2 minutes, you'll understand it's drinkability. This isn't the most aggressive IPA out there, the ABV is a bit high; however, considering it is a DIPA, I'd say this brew is spot on. It's a great brew; however, to you that are buying this on the gray market, I strongly suggest not paying more than $8 a can. These run $12 a 4 pack in Burlington and I've seen locations out here in Los Angeles reselling them for $12 a can. This is completely ridiculous... It's a great experience to try, but don't get taken advantage of. Cheers!

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 10:00:38 | More by santomark
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-15-2013 18:29:57 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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kabritz

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-15-2013 12:52:17 | More by kabritz
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ChelseaGuy

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-15-2013 05:28:51 | More by ChelseaGuy
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Reappropriated

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-15-2013 05:05:28 | More by Reappropriated
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TimothyMorgan

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-14-2013 23:47:47 | More by TimothyMorgan
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-14-2013 14:05:35 | More by BuckTuckian
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JaceCole

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

10-14-2013 12:36:45 | More by JaceCole
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my neighbors Nate and Erika for bringing this back for me. This is a Holy Grail beer that I have wanted to try for a long time now.

I can see why they say to drink from the can. It's a cloudy, murky yellow amber color with a slight head. It reminds me of homebrew in how it looks. I guess I have gotten used to super bright IPA's like the ones from Stone. The appearance is the only knock. The smell is magnificent. Super citrus, pine and resin. Upon tasting, I really can't believe the lack of bitterness that does not come with all that hop flavor. The hop flavor must come from a killer hop stand. Small amount of sweetness at the end of the sip, but make no mistake, this is all about hop flavors and aromas. I've never had an IPA quite like this. Mouthfeel is moderate and well-carbonated. Overall, this is a new type of IPA that I will look out for. Huge hop flavor and aroma and slight bitterness. This one kills it!

Serving type: can

10-14-2013 00:04:12 | More by 33nickadams
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Dommel

New York

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

This is the nectar of the Gods! Wow!

Didn't look at the color because as recommended I drank it out of the can. The smell is a punch in face of juicy hops and tropical fruit. Each sip gets better and better.

This beer lives up to the hype. I can't get enough of it.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 23:05:18 | More by Dommel
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,359 ratings.