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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,183 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,183
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,613
Gots: 1,214 | FT: 34
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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AnalogErik

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-16-2013 00:03:22 | More by AnalogErik
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drebin8

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-15-2013 19:29:03 | More by drebin8
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-15-2013 19:16:39 | More by Agentveba
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Jimbobebop

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-15-2013 16:11:26 | More by Jimbobebop
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JacobDike

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-15-2013 04:09:29 | More by JacobDike
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bonsaihippie

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-15-2013 03:58:28 | More by bonsaihippie
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Hacksaw99

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-15-2013 03:43:34 | More by Hacksaw99
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BigPapaMolar

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-15-2013 01:39:15 | More by BigPapaMolar
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nova50

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-15-2013 00:09:41 | More by nova50
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bosox2004

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-14-2013 23:45:59 | More by bosox2004
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a can which was about 2 months old. Poured into a tulip glass.

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Hazy golden orange, with a reasonably thick, fluffy, pleasingly appetizing head. Looks like those good-weather-clouds over a lazy sunrise, but only briefly, as the head is rather quick to die out almost entirely, leaving some lacing that looks like it won't stick around so much either.

SMELL : First nose is fresh hops, fresh hops, fresh hops and more fresh hops, with a thin but solid malt foundation. Very tightly packed, richly textured but somewhat indistinct. Second nose has some very sharp herbal aromas, tons of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pineapple and some mango and other tropical fruits. The third nose releases hints of strawberries which, once noticed, become more obvious and extremely pleasing. Some dusty earth as well.

TASTE : Small impression of sweetness, but really, really faint. Almost imperceptible. Definitely honey-like. The mouth follows the nose and releases the strawberries even more, with some mango and even watermelon notes. Some kind of barnyard funk also comes out in the mouth. The whole thing lasts and lasts and lasts. I took a sip when I started to write this paragraph a minute ago and I still feel some aromas.

MOUTHFEEL : Very round, pleasing texture. Carbonation is a touch too active for me, but a few swings around the glass and it's down to something more to my taste. Leaves a pleasing wet tropical fruit punch sensation after swallowing. Impressive.

OVERALL : Among the best brews I've had. I probably wouldn't go so far as to call this the best beer in the world (too much amazing stuff out there) but it's definitely up there, way up there. I bought a 4-pack 3 days ago on-location at the brewery and I'll probably review this one tomorow, for the sake of comparison. And also to give me an acceptable excuse to drink another one.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 22:58:59 | More by FrostBlast
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Jlu73183

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-14-2013 22:41:01 | More by Jlu73183
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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-14-2013 15:58:54 | More by VernonBaxter
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TheBierBoutique

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-14-2013 15:56:59 | More by TheBierBoutique
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-14-2013 05:43:21 | More by carrollmel7
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16oz can, thanks to Phyl21ca for getting this across the continent to me. If we are entreated to "Drink from the Can!", then why does the label illustration show the dude getting his mind literally blown ('heady topped?'), using a GLASS?

This beer pours a cloudy medium apricot amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, billowy, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some thickly rendered, sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, bitter grapefruit and orange pith, acrid pine resin, musty forest floor detritus, a crackery sourdough maltiness, and a hint of spicy yeast. The taste is still bitter, but in a more leavened sense, as the grapefruit, tangerine, and other muddled tropical fruit display a modicum of their sugary, fleshy nature, with the pine needles still pleasantly in neutral, the yeastiness going native and ethereal, a caramel essence attaching itself to the steady bready (and, why not - heady) honey-tinted malt sweetness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, manifesting mostly in a mild frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and smooth like unfiltered orange juice. It finishes off-dry, the slightly yeasty, and now toasty bready malt faring surprisingly well amongst the hovering hipster hops. Still no alcohol notes readily perceptible.

A DIPA worthy of its stature, but for reasons I did not quite expect - this is a hop bomb, sure, but more of the neutron variety - the attack leaves the infrastructure (i.e. my tastebuds) intact. It's all about flavour here, rather than overt bitterness or astringency, and while my mind remains unequivocally unblown, I can surely admit that this is the best combination of tasty and easy-drinking that I have ever encountered in the style. Oh, and I took a sip out of the can before I poured it - seemed the same to me.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 23:51:10 | More by biboergosum
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theblub25

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-13-2013 21:56:59 | More by theblub25
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FINEBEERGUY

Michigan

3/5  rDev -36.6%

09-13-2013 17:59:47 | More by FINEBEERGUY
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Kmercado

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-13-2013 17:13:05 | More by Kmercado
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MugOfGoodness

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-13-2013 16:45:54 | More by MugOfGoodness
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mobilarz85

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-13-2013 16:45:27 | More by mobilarz85
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bruins1924

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-13-2013 15:56:59 | More by bruins1924
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bcrossan

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-13-2013 12:33:19 | More by bcrossan
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-13-2013 11:41:58 | More by craft_shannie
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dgfool

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-13-2013 05:41:43 | More by dgfool
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,183 ratings.