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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,184 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,184
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,614
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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SenorHops

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-23-2013 04:04:01 | More by SenorHops
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tpoutasse

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-23-2013 02:32:40 | More by tpoutasse
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hopstermonster1

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-23-2013 00:29:33 | More by hopstermonster1
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asabreed

New York

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

So here it is. Never thought I'd get a chance to try it, or if I did I'd have to pay a ton to get it, which I wouldn't at this point, so I guess this makes this a rare and valued occasion, for which I am indeed grateful.

Appearance: Though I'm trying to drink some out of the can, I'm also pouring it into a North Brewery snifter / tulip glass to get what's coming from all the supposed eye candy. Retention is decent, though not spectacular, but what's great about this beer is the haze within the color of it. Pour at least some in a glass, people. I imagine you are. It's a gorgeous yellow-orange-copper hue, hazed up beyond belief, looking more like a dirty Witbier than a DIPA.

Smell: An amped up and balanced bouquet of effervescent fruit, being orange, lemon, pineapple, and probably many tropical indigenous fruits I've never had or may never have. There's definitely a good amount of sweetness going on here too. Not sure if that's from any additional sugars or honey malt, but they're there. Really, though, the heady rush of beautifully crafted ingredients is there. Each whiff reminds of this or that or this or that, but either way, this is up there.

Taste: What gets me most about this beer is how this isn't necessarily a hop bomb, as I maybe thought it would've been. I guess even if the IBUs are up, the point, as with, I imagine, all good beers are, is that it IS balanced. That said, again, there is sweetness, and not the point of being cloying, but man, it's there. But I imagine it's there because of necessity. And again, honey malt? Honey? Brown sugar? Anything else added here to quell the said monumental hops? The finish is insanely long, the good and balanced sweetness is there, and the fruits are monumental without being overpowered by bitterness.

Mouthfeel: One of the best if not the best things about this brew. Heavy enough, yes. But insanely velvety overall. Not perfect, but close.

Drinkability: It's impossible to say what's the best, but as far as DIPAs go, this is up there, at least in my top three. Many are, I imagine, saying the same thing, versus some you've reviewed and have in your mind, with matching characteristics and equally good balanced. Don't pay an arm and a leg for this, I'd say, but I'm thrilled I got to try it, and if it comes across again, I'll definitely be one who's ready to crack it open and enjoy it.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 22:01:50 | More by asabreed
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iwillhaveanother

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-22-2013 21:29:56 | More by iwillhaveanother
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 20:52:45 | More by Mcallaghan04
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-22-2013 19:39:16 | More by hellhammermario
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afi4lifer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 17:29:26 | More by afi4lifer
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silverking

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-22-2013 13:04:27 | More by silverking
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

08-22-2013 07:03:25 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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detrockcitey

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 04:16:30 | More by detrockcitey
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littlepeeg


5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 03:27:48 | More by littlepeeg
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mwgroove23

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-22-2013 01:33:00 | More by mwgroove23
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dllman25

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 00:32:11 | More by dllman25
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DStoked

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-22-2013 00:16:28 | More by DStoked
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -15.4%

08-21-2013 23:26:36 | More by ubenumber2
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trginter

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

08-21-2013 17:37:54 | More by trginter
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VACraftBeerLover

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-21-2013 03:33:21 | More by VACraftBeerLover
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hifirestone

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-21-2013 01:25:21 | More by hifirestone
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En29356

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-21-2013 00:56:04 | More by En29356
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shillelaghlaw

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-20-2013 22:17:18 | More by shillelaghlaw
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ianroodt

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-20-2013 21:08:53 | More by ianroodt
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BeerBeast

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-20-2013 20:55:39 | More by BeerBeast
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally trying the famous Heady Topper, thanks to an awesome gift from Ljudsignal!

Poured half into a tulip, drinking the other half from the can to get both experiences.
Pour is translucent bright orange-yellow, like orange juice, with a fluffy white head that leaves slick lacing. Smells AMAZING. Waves of flowers, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, melon, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, pine...best smelling beer I've ever had. Now the taste...
Taste is perfect. Sweet malt backbone quickly bows out of the way to seemingly infinite hops. Tropical fruit, melon, berry, citrus, pine, herbal/leafy, bitterness...it's all perfectly balanced and in harmony with itself, the malt, the mouthfeel...this is a perfect beer. Amazing!
As far as from the can, it's a slightly more concentrated experience and is amazing in its own way as well. It's somehow simultaneously managed to taste complex and amazing while being incredibly refreshing as well. I know now why this is the only beer The Alchemist makes...it's because they've perfected it.

Thanks again to Ljudsignal for sending me this amazing beer and giving me the opportunity to try the [currently] best beer on BA!

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 18:51:34 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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MrIncognito

Virginia

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

Had at the Skinny Pancake at Burlington Airport

A - Hazy orange body with a thick white cap that leaves great lacing.

S - One of my favorite parts of the beer. Like smelling a hop bouquet. Sweet, floral hops and a bit of orange zest. Just a hint of sweet malt and a smooth alcohol aroma as the beer warms. Piney and citrusy at the same time. Love it

T&M - Tons and tons of hops but I would not say this is an overly bitter beer. A little less than moderate carbonation allows the beer to coat your mouth with each sip. Pine and citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone. Warming alcohol on the swallow but not overly forward; just enough to balance things out. Every time I take a sip I think of aromatic flowers.

O - Insanely drinkable for a IIPA. I had this at 12pm which is usually way too early for me but I couldn't pass it up. Still went down now and easy. The key to this beer's greatness is its balance. All the flavors and aromas meld so well together and compliment each other wonderfully.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 15:25:17 | More by MrIncognito
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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