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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,949 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,949
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,168
Gots: 1,586 | 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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RichIron883

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-06-2013 18:47:24 | More by RichIron883
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meathookjones

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-06-2013 17:43:45 | More by meathookjones
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derp

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-06-2013 17:43:19 | More by derp
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Davelicious

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-06-2013 14:59:11 | More by Davelicious
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WreckedPalate

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

This is my 2nd time having this, and it shocked me both times.

Appearance: perfect color for this type of beer with a mild haze to it. Almost greenish hue.

Smell: Pine and citrus through and through. Pineapple, mango, orange, and pine. Its what I had always dreamed of for a IIPA.

Taste: Wow, amazing, simply put. The taste matches the nose but there's almost a candy like sweetness to that's very very subtle but works for it incredibly well. Hops up front and citrus more towards the middle with a perfect just sweet enough finish.

Mouth feel: Perfect carbonation, insanely drinkable. That's worth the experience alone almost!!!

Don't let the hype scare you, it scared me. This truly is what its cracked up to be. Good work Alchemist Brewing co!

12-06-2013 14:02:45 | More by WreckedPalate
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stooge

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-06-2013 04:40:08 | More by stooge
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-06-2013 03:55:17 | More by schmidtmattsays
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jw1978

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-06-2013 02:39:18 | More by jw1978
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BeerTrader57

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-06-2013 02:13:08 | More by BeerTrader57
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bsm80x

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-06-2013 00:57:29 | More by bsm80x
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Schooner12

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-05-2013 23:01:18 | More by Schooner12
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Netdogca

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-05-2013 21:54:38 | More by Netdogca
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adam42381

Florida

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Spiegelau tulip - no, I didn't follow the rules and drink it out of the can. No freshness date printed on the can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark honey blond with orange highlights and a 3 finger fluffy eggshell white head which dissipates very slowly leaving a 1/2 finger puddle of foam gently resting on top. Decent lacing.

Smell: The nose is huge. I got a blast of hops as I poured it from the can into the glass. Huge citrus aroma with resinous pine, floral sweetness, pineapple, a touch of honey and just a bit of bready malt in the background .

Taste: Sweet citrus, pine and grapefruit dominate throughout. The flavors aren't overly complex, but it's incredibly well-balanced. The aftertaste is bitter, but not overly so. There are hints of sweet orange in the aftertaste as well. This beer just does what it intends to do: give waves and waves of hoppy goodness on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Insanely high drinkability. I wish they still counted that toward the score here on BA. Goes down so smooth, I can't believe it's 8% ABV.

Overall: Amazing beer overall. There is a reason this is considered amongst the world's best beers. It's phenomenal. Honestly, I don't think there's one thing I would change about this beer. This is a beer to seek out. If you ever get the chance, you must try it. It's world class.

12-05-2013 21:31:11 | More by adam42381
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seanfbell

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-05-2013 20:16:43 | More by seanfbell
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De_Nada_Brewing

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Finally got my hands on some of this, first off let me say this beer is awesome. The second you open the can you are hit with an explosion of hops.

Everything about this beer screams DIPA

Definitely one of the top 3 IPAS I've had!

The questions is Pliny the Elder vs. Heady

Verdict HEADY TOPPER

12-04-2013 22:34:44 | More by De_Nada_Brewing
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-04-2013 19:32:29 | More by Ncpogs
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london1o1

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-04-2013 13:49:47 | More by london1o1
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natethamac

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-04-2013 06:40:05 | More by natethamac
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coreyb024

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-04-2013 04:13:01 | More by coreyb024
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ha-sheem

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-04-2013 02:26:52 | More by ha-sheem
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dbattey

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-04-2013 01:52:43 | More by dbattey
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MrEggSandwich

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-03-2013 23:39:51 | More by MrEggSandwich
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Rwallace612

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-03-2013 19:38:52 | More by Rwallace612
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eclosson22

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-03-2013 18:48:57 | More by eclosson22
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-03-2013 06:59:30 | More by AndyEich
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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