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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,355 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,355
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,742
Gots: 1,295 | 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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brewdog444

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-13-2013 02:22:52 | More by brewdog444
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parksed24

New York

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

10-13-2013 01:52:11 | More by parksed24
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fairly fresh, received in a trade. Should be less than 2 weeks old. I poured a little bit into a taster just to see appearance, the rest of the review will be from the can, as the brewer intended.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a half inch white head. Very good retention and lacing. Clarity is downright ugly, although I personally prefer the rustic look for a good double IPA. There is no denying this thing was dry hopped to heaven and back.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, some malt. Huge hop aroma that has some floral grassyness, but mainly a full frontal assault of pine resin mixed with grapefruit, pineapple and peach.

T- I missed this beer. Follows the nose very well. Tropical fruits mix with a strong bitterness that overtakes the malt, although not so much that it is overwhelming. In my opinion, the best tasting DIPA out there.

M- Carbonation is spot on, body is a medium with a fairly dry finish. No lingering sweetness, although certainly a ton of lingering bitterness.

O- I am admittedly a huge Heady Topper fanboy. Honestly, I am kind of surprised it has taken me this long to actually review this. Definitely not the best looking beer from the classic definition of how a beer should appear, but I think the cloudy, almost dirty look shows you that they care most about the flavor and aroma of the beer, sacrificing looks for the characteristics they like the most.

(Ok, maybe that sounds like something you say about a really ugly girl.)

Either way, this is a world class example that I hope the alchemist can continue to produce at this level for a long time.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 00:05:50 | More by justforrazors
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rct

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-12-2013 23:16:53 | More by rct
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easong

California

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank it from the can as advised (6 days old) and also poured into pint glass. Lived up to the hype. Lugged some back to CA, drank it side-by-side with Pliny. In that pantheon. Loved visiting the brewery in Waterbury -- simply evil that it is essentially next door to Ben and Jerry's. Evil.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 21:25:01 | More by easong
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Kevin_Siqveland

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-12-2013 21:07:11 | More by Kevin_Siqveland
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inspektor

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-12-2013 18:51:45 | More by inspektor
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semaj

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-12-2013 02:52:50 | More by semaj
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A:
*- Since it says to drink it from the can, this is a moot point as far as their presentation of it goes, I suppose. Nonetheless, I don’t think it looks bad at all (I had read that is wasn’t pleasing to look at).

Pours a greenish, slightly cloudy orange with a fat creamy white head. Good retention; good lacing.

S:
Green. Stanky citrus, crisp twinge of astringency (it kinda tickles something inside you) and bold resinous hops. Hits you square in the face upon opening the can.

T:
Waves of piney, medicinal, skunky, grassy, and citric hop flavors with the same weird twinge of astringency as the smell; pineapple, grapefruit, weed, and hops of all stripes intermingled with rich odorous grass flavors. If hops have the flavor, it is here in varying degrees.

M:
Good carbonation, medium body very slightly creamy with a finish that manages somehow to both linger and disappear quietly.

O:
I hate hype and I think that oftentimes it does a disservice to otherwise enjoyable things. As such, I was not expecting HT to live up to the myth created around it. Boy was I wrong. I had multiple audible gasps while trying it and have savored it every time since.
Part of what skewed my expectations was the general tendency towards intense IPAs that a lot of breweries have. Because of this, I assumed that it would be the bitterest hop-bomb to ever destroy my taste buds. However, it is so good because it is so restrained. It tastes like hops; no question about it, but it tastes like little else. This means that it can be as hoppy as it is without being needlessly ‘confrontational’ in its flavors and aromas. Actually my girlfriend (who can’t stand hoppy beer) tried it, liked it and sneaks tastes of it when I drink it now.
Anyway, I am gushing.
It is a world-class beer for what it is. Is it the best beer in the world? I honestly don’t think so. Is it one of (if not the) best double IPA in the states (and possibly the world)? Without a doubt.
Would fight to be able to try again. A must-have for any beer enthusiast.
With apologies to Chuck D, do believe the hype.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 01:59:23 | More by TheDoctor
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sunofneurot

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-12-2013 01:41:45 | More by sunofneurot
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cw13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-11-2013 20:58:24 | More by cw13
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Jaycase

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-11-2013 20:01:10 | More by Jaycase
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jdaddy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-11-2013 19:55:00 | More by jdaddy
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MichaelJWynne

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-11-2013 18:56:39 | More by MichaelJWynne
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-11-2013 05:05:15 | More by ethanmc12
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Bringthebeards

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-11-2013 05:02:37 | More by Bringthebeards
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scottwurst

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-11-2013 02:43:29 | More by scottwurst
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BeerTick

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-11-2013 02:02:56 | More by BeerTick
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JandJMD

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-11-2013 00:46:37 | More by JandJMD
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CubsJedi

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-10-2013 23:58:24 | More by CubsJedi
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a pint can to a poco grande style glass; just enough to look at the body, drank the rest straight from the can. Hey it's right on the can to enjoy it that way!

Cloudy orange-gold body light skim of a head on top. Didn't pour enough out to really let one form or allow any lacing. A slight swirling of the glass brings it back to life; small tight bubbles.

Smells...Holy Sheeet! Citrus. Grapefruit. Lemon. A dank hoppy aroma on the end. Some malt sweetness.

Tastes...Wow! Can see why this is so highly rated. I just fills the mouth with hops and a great amount of carbonation that fills the whole mouth with hoppy goodness. A dry finish.

Drank it out of the can and out of the glass and I gotta say...I prefer it out of the can! It seems to retain a nice bite to it. This isn't to say that I would refuse to pour it into a glass to enjoy it either. An all around great DIPA, no doubt in my mind as to why this is on top!

(Thanks again to jzeilinger for the hook-up!)

Serving type: can

10-10-2013 21:47:38 | More by jhartley
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dmhurdle

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-10-2013 20:20:03 | More by dmhurdle
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mmink27

Florida

4/5  rDev -15.4%

10-10-2013 19:43:30 | More by mmink27
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Pecafaced

Maryland

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-10-2013 10:06:02 | More by Pecafaced
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbaker67 for the can! Poured at fridge temp into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise glass.

Appearance: Pours a tight and creamy looking two finger head. Cloudy, peach colored body. Looks like pulpy peach juice. Yum!

Smell: Hell of a nose. Hop resins, a bit of onion, bright citrus fruit, pine, sweet tropical fruits, and a sweet malt maltyness.

Taste: Tastes like caramelized hop candy. Very resinous hops. Follows the nose; citrusy and fruity. Some piney bitterness. Sweet malt backbone and a lingering breadyness. Despite the hop overload this is very balanced and never too much.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, low carbonation mouthfeel. Sticks to your teeth, bro. Very little heat.

Overall: Definitely a must try for any hop head and a wonderful example of what a DIPA can be. Outstanding nose and spot on mouthfeel. Overall, a hoppy, balanced tribute to American hops.

Serving type: can

10-10-2013 03:55:03 | More by CowsandBeer
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,355 ratings.