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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,370 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,370
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,748
Gots: 1,305 | 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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adhuntr

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-09-2013 00:56:16 | More by adhuntr
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Nuggetz

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

10-08-2013 19:17:52 | More by Nuggetz
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SteveKotajarvi

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-08-2013 18:54:28 | More by SteveKotajarvi
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mrz200

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Does HT really need another review saying how equally good and unattainable it is? Well I thought so, so here it is.

If you are a craft beer fan with any level of affinity for hops, you will love this beer. I say that because there is so much more to it than the "DIPA" classification suggests.

Is good cold, is good a little warmer, is good as an IPA, is good as citrus-ey hop blended ale, oh and it's incredibly drinkable for a high ABV... If you could actually get your hands on enough of them to have a HT session!

If you've never had it, or fear you never will, take solace in the fact that HT gets less unique every year of this craft beer era. Sure, I've still never had this perfect combination of flavors and craftsmanship, but you've tasted everything in HT before. Ithaca, Lagunitas, Maine Beer, all of them seem to owe a tip of the glass to HT with some of their IPA's.

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 14:58:53 | More by mrz200
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jloomis

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-08-2013 01:25:07 | More by jloomis
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ThreeFishes

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-08-2013 00:20:02 | More by ThreeFishes
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viperfan01

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-07-2013 23:59:05 | More by viperfan01
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jaywes754

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-07-2013 22:50:55 | More by jaywes754
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lord_jordo

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-07-2013 22:06:24 | More by lord_jordo
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jme015

Florida

4/5  rDev -15.4%

10-07-2013 14:57:24 | More by jme015
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-07-2013 12:12:43 | More by Denzo
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mckowned

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-07-2013 10:52:51 | More by mckowned
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flowdiggity

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-07-2013 01:07:25 | More by flowdiggity
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -15.4%

10-07-2013 00:31:39 | More by chinchill
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kayakandbeer

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-06-2013 23:20:40 | More by kayakandbeer
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FLenoci

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 20:55:31 | More by FLenoci
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from the can. Did not pour into a glass, so I can not say what it looks like, but the can is very cool. My dad will love this addition to his beer can collection. Bittersweet grapefruit and dank hop resins dominate, I can already tell this drinks like juice. A bit of pineapple and mango are noticeable on the nose as well. On the first sip, I couldn't believe how complex a one dimensional beer could be. This beer really doesn't need a malt backbone, what a use of hops. Drinks so easy from the can.

Overall: If I lived in Vermont, I would buy this every week. What a treat.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 18:41:12 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
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bilhelm

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-06-2013 17:57:14 | More by bilhelm
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maximus_rebel

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 16:19:22 | More by maximus_rebel
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beer-thirty

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 13:45:48 | More by beer-thirty
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-06-2013 12:40:58 | More by Yeti1979
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-06-2013 05:33:04 | More by Boozecamel
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ksodemann

Missouri

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 05:32:40 | More by ksodemann
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-06-2013 03:53:28 | More by BeersAndBears
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bodhi185

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

--Update-- thanks to a second from 'dorsch'...this beer is way better out of the can. the green comes out, the dry-hop is more prominent, and it really is a different beer. both good, but like pbr...better in the can.

Canned...pour into a pint glass...although i know this violates the first seven unwritten vermontonian beer laws.

A: Hazy orange with a thin bubbly head. No floaters. I have to admit I was hoping for some resin and shake hanging out in the glass. But, too new, too fresh. I have a feeling I'll find a way to get through it.

S: A little citrus on top of an aromatic double ipa-ness.

T: Bitter, piney, and hop-sweet with lingering grassy kind of notes. This is a great beer. It reminds me of an earthy Double Jack or what a Double IPA version of Two Hearted would taste like. Seriously tasty beer.

M: Sticky with a super long linger and a little bit of lupulin kicking in now. I'd be willing to bet a second or third would still taste pretty good though.

O: Fantastic beer. One that I'm hoping finds its way past NPH into ready availability. I know that Northwest Indiana could support a steady influx. No doubt that this one beer is all that the Alchemist needs...although, in case the northern vermontarians felt like branching out, a fresh hop version would probably be pretty epic.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 03:12:51 | More by bodhi185
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,370 ratings.