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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,372 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,372
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,750
Gots: 1,307 | 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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mishtif

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

08-14-2013 17:42:03 | More by mishtif
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Newenglandcraftbrew

Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-14-2013 15:14:13 | More by Newenglandcraftbrew
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kob424

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-14-2013 04:12:50 | More by kob424
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cutsw

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-14-2013 00:20:56 | More by cutsw
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AGust82

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 23:55:13 | More by AGust82
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408Bryan

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 22:28:24 | More by 408Bryan
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satorirotas

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 22:18:30 | More by satorirotas
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

08-13-2013 16:34:34 | More by Kevinhcraig
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BlueWinged35

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 15:04:13 | More by BlueWinged35
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-13-2013 06:33:13 | More by JonnyBeers
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Evarigan

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 03:14:33 | More by Evarigan
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JaredA

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 03:09:50 | More by JaredA
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amatos89

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-13-2013 03:00:39 | More by amatos89
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wezzul

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-13-2013 01:35:07 | More by wezzul
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Brionna

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-13-2013 00:54:44 | More by Brionna
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Chrisras

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-13-2013 00:52:02 | More by Chrisras
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KungGustav

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-13-2013 00:00:22 | More by KungGustav
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sampling of it at my local World of Beer with the owners who received it from a patron

A- Too be honest it looked like a Pilsner in the 4oz sample glass I drank it out of. I really couldn't belive that something so light in color could be considered a Double IPA

S- Hoppy, but overpowering like most Doubles that I've smelled

T- Wow, now I know what the hype was all about. Very crisp, refreshing and hoppy all in the same sip. I still can't wrap my head around how this beer is even possible. It almost defies the laws of brewing (or at least the beers that I've considered Doubles)

M- Drinks like a pilsner, very light and carbonated ...I could crush these all day in 90*F and not feel weighted down by the malts

O- As stated before....I'm puzzled, I don't know how this beer exists. I wouldn't go to say that it's my most favorite Double IPAs, I prefer Pliny the Elder over this any day. However, I have never experienced beer the way this beer has. I would love to get my hands on a whole can or 2 to understand what it's like to experience 16oz of this masterpiece.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 20:17:09 | More by GatorLCA
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-12-2013 12:18:08 | More by jrfehon33
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-12-2013 07:53:03 | More by BRYeleJR
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TastefulNudity

California

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

Shared with a selfless coworker who held on to the can until we could share it.

Appearance: Can has an awesome design. Beer poured a very hazy yellow. My first thought was that it reminded me of Alpine's Nelson (another one of my favorites). Very unfiltered and rustic, but I don't have a problem with that.

Smell: Tropical fruits all the way. This surprisingly did smell more concentrated out of the can, though. I see why they demand you consume it that way. Pineapple, mango, citrus, pine, resin, sticky floral. Pure sweet fruit hop goodness.

Taste: Follows suit with the smell. Amazing. All I'm pulling from it is pineapple and tropical fruit. The taste surprisingly reminds me a lot of Nelson also, minus the rye. Bitter back end that we've all come to love. This stuff is amazing, I could easily tear through a case.

Mouthfeel: Mildly bubbly with a dry finish. Exactly what you want in a DIPA.

Overall: Very, very thankful I got the opportunity to check this one off of my list. At first I sat there with my glass, contemplating if I prefer this or the Elder. I went back and forth only to realize that these are two separate animals. Pliny is the quintessential West Coast DIPA, and this is the king of the tropical fruits. I would be sad having either of these beers disappear. There is no clear winner IMO. Well, except for me, because I get to drink these masterpieces.

5/5

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 04:54:18 | More by TastefulNudity
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davegray

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-12-2013 03:28:04 | More by davegray
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

08-11-2013 20:33:11 | More by groleau
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-11-2013 18:21:27 | More by Dreamer
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -26%

08-11-2013 06:37:03 | More by BrownAleMale
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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