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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,012 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,012
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,209
Gots: 1,617 | 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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trojanshawn

California

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

I've been lucky enough to grab a can of Heady Topper through a friend who did a trade for it, otherwise I wouldn't have had the sheer pleasure of tasting this beauty. Living near the "Hop Highway", I'm used to good IPAs near me. Put this one up there with Pliny and Enjoy By, which are the best IPAs that I can easily get.

01-15-2014 21:06:47 | More by trojanshawn
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rich42

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-15-2014 12:25:35 | More by rich42
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MarkSansone

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-15-2014 01:19:37 | More by MarkSansone
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Peder

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-15-2014 00:08:13 | More by Peder
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CaspermanDan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

I've tasted a fair amount of beer to this point in my life. This beer is by far the best beer I've had the privilege to enjoy. It has a very hoppy aroma, so strong in fact you can smell it in your car with the windows rolled up as you're arriving to the brewery in Waterbury, VT. It has a fantastic hoppy flavor as well.

01-14-2014 22:35:22 | More by CaspermanDan
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AD17

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-14-2014 22:12:49 | More by AD17
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yukoncornelius

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-14-2014 22:10:55 | More by yukoncornelius
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-14-2014 21:30:19 | More by Molson2000
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timotao

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-14-2014 18:47:36 | More by timotao
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Trader told me this is about 6 weeks old so not the freshest but I'm not as worried about canned IPAs as far as age goes, as long as it's not super crazy old.

A- Pours a muddy hazy golden rod color, looks like a shade of preserved lemon. A medium white head that dissipated to a thin film. Pretty hazy but can still see the shadow of my finger through the glass. The second pour from the can is very hazy and has some particles.

S- As soon as I cracked the can a way of hops fills the air. It is a hop dream. Sweet, lots of pineapple and citrus. Dank pine and a mellow bitter nostril burn. All the aromas are the biggest I've experienced in a beer.

T- HUGE HOPS, sweet, dank, long mellow bitterness, pineapple, orange, light malt on the aftertaste, the hop resins stay on your tongue for a long time. 2 hours after drinking this and I could still taste the hops.

M- Easy drinking all while having a full mouthfeel that is not too thick not to thin.

O- This beer definitely lives up to the hype in my opinion. Hops to the max. They must have a huge late addition of hops in this beer. Seems like definitely some Simcoe and Amarillo in here. This is how I like my IPAs, dank, slightly sweet, fruity and mellow long bitterness. A benchmark beer for sure. Congrats to The Alchemist for having the balls to make such a huge hop aroma and flavored beer.

01-14-2014 18:28:43 | More by PaulyB83
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nh_hawkeye

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-14-2014 18:27:36 | More by nh_hawkeye
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%

Served from can (duh) into a belgian glass.

Appearance is murky apricot orange with big and bountiful light cream colored head. Hazy as can be for an IPA. Massive lacing, more so than any other Double IPA I can remember.

Aroma is huge orange, pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine, parsley, and star fruit. Smells very west coast with really no malts showing up.

Taste blows up with straight hop character. Big bitterness followed by a dry herbal finish. Tons of orange peel throughout with piney highlights. Little to no dank character. Almost all citrus and pine. It goes where many fail to go though, to that point of huge bitterness that actually has complexity and balance that keeps you coming back for more. Grapefruit for days in this.

Mouthfeel is heavier side of light or maybe lighter side of medium? Definitely crisp and gives the impression of being lower in abv.

Overall, this is classic. Full of fresh hop character and a masterpiece among many brewed in the same style. Doesn't break ground in any new way but just shows what something masterfully brewed tastes like. Deserves to be in the same sentence as that which contains other world class double IPA's, but to me falls short to the likes of Kern Rivers Citra, Lawson's Double Sunshine, and the stellar Alpine Bad Boy.

01-14-2014 03:50:10 | More by MarcWP
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Mplsbrew

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2014 23:40:37 | More by Mplsbrew
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Moheban

California

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%

I was luck enough to land six in a trade recently and enjoyed 3 of them. One in the can, one in a glass, and one where I poured a few ounces into a glass at a time. Overall, best IPA/IIPA I've ever had. I'm still having olfactory hallucinations about the massive tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, aromas this beer displays. I will be trading for moe of this soon. Well worth the effort and lives up to all the hype.

01-13-2014 03:48:57 | More by Moheban
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braedon_peluso

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2014 02:41:36 | More by braedon_peluso
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MurphyCorp

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2014 02:24:06 | More by MurphyCorp
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2014 23:03:24 | More by mattmarka1
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tegelaar

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2014 22:44:01 | More by tegelaar
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -21.1%

A- Orange in color, with a good clingy IPA head.

S- Smells spicy in hop aroma. Definitely an East Coast IPA in that the hops aren't bright and citrusy, but more earthy and vegetal.

T- Tastes of an EC IPA. It tasted solid, but I don't like the hop profile.

M- Solid mouthfeel, I like a good thick IPA.

0- Overall it wasn't a bad beer. Would I want to buy more, no not me personally.

01-12-2014 21:20:05 | More by Wetpaperbag
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jweave16

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2014 14:15:50 | More by jweave16
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MattSalisbury

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2014 05:45:22 | More by MattSalisbury
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seyton

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2014 04:06:44 | More by seyton
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Elprico

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-11-2014 22:52:22 | More by Elprico
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-11-2014 18:31:23 | More by sd123
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%

Searching for the holy grail of beer, brought me to Vermont. Found 12 cans at hunger mountain coop, will taste from the can as well. Continued the pilgrimage to the prohibition pig. Ordered heady toppers for me and son #2 whilst waiting for a table.

Tap poured into a snifter. Hazy yellow with a nice white foam cap.

Citrus and pine hop aroma.

Taste of the hops but without a bitter start. Slight bitter aftertaste and that is what sets this beer apart. More flavorful without the explosion of bitter taste . Citrusy with a hong of pine. Even the college son appreciated this beer over his preferred Budweiser, Great beer , flavorful, well balanced but doesn't club your senses. Rewards you with a great taste that warms as it settles to room temperature.

01-11-2014 04:06:04 | More by WunderLlama
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,012 ratings.