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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,967 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,967
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,175
Gots: 1,595 | 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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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
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-03-2013 02:58:25 | More by Jamison85
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Pratt33

Vermont

4.89/5  rDev +3.4%

I must say this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Not only does it taste flawless but it looks and smells flawless as well. One of the most difficult beers to purchase on the market! Well worth the wait though. The smell alone if like no other, very fruity and strong, but not over powering.

12-03-2013 01:11:34 | More by Pratt33
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Mock_Weeze

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-03-2013 00:02:01 | More by Mock_Weeze
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-02-2013 23:40:35 | More by King_KongDCO93
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-02-2013 21:32:42 | More by Makebelieve81
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MeganPhillips

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-02-2013 20:34:13 | More by MeganPhillips
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MookieBlaylock

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-02-2013 20:24:28 | More by MookieBlaylock
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,967 ratings.