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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,209 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,209
Reviews: 1,544
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,629
Gots: 1,229 | FT: 35
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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Jasonp79

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-27-2013 23:59:40 | More by Jasonp79
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ib21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-27-2013 21:29:01 | More by ib21
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MWilt

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2013 19:30:47 | More by MWilt
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BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 15:54:15 | More by BierGartenok
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 02:28:23 | More by cosmonick
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Buster

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 22:33:39 | More by Buster
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enslighet01

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 17:57:01 | More by enslighet01
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Dylan101

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 14:06:18 | More by Dylan101
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jorrx003

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-26-2013 02:15:32 | More by jorrx003
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 22:54:04 | More by Insubordinator
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GABrew

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 21:47:14 | More by GABrew
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travisdiener32

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 19:39:05 | More by travisdiener32
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KaylynSchneider

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 17:51:03 | More by KaylynSchneider
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mttyfla

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 16:56:35 | More by mttyfla
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Buff0910

Alabama

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2013 16:39:02 | More by Buff0910
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EricDrinksGoodBeer82

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-25-2013 15:56:51 | More by EricDrinksGoodBeer82
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MCZACH5664

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-25-2013 14:29:16 | More by MCZACH5664
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-25-2013 03:37:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-25-2013 03:21:39 | More by ROGUE16
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BA_Berto

New York

4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh beer, and one of the best of its kind. The one thing that I always look for is balance. This beer has beautiful balance! Is this the number one beer that I've ever had? I would have to disagree with it being ranked number one, but I would definitely drink again, and would rank in the top 20 of the ones that I've tried.

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 03:16:49 | More by BA_Berto
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Hellmeh

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2013 01:53:16 | More by Hellmeh
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mobrockman

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2013 00:25:20 | More by mobrockman
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Respect_the_Saaz

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-25-2013 00:04:04 | More by Respect_the_Saaz
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

For the love of all that is holy!!!

Please drink this beer out of a glass, not the can. I swear they just put that on there as a joke to fuck with beer nerds who’ll believe anything. This beer smells amazing, and deserves to be enjoyed in a glass.

And for the record, I bought a full case of it at the brewery. Had it on tap fresh at the Alchemist(WHERE THEY SERVE IT IN A GLASS), then in can’s at bar’s in Burlington, then back home out of the can, and also back home in a glass. After all those experiences I can say beyond a doubt the glass version is 100 times more enjoyable than drinking out of the can. Seriously, don’t do it. Or at least try it both ways and judge for yourself.

Ok, on to the beer…

This beer pours a cloudy tan yellow body with an off-white head.

Nose has a strong citric and fruity hop smell.

Taste is medium to full bodied, and yet surprisingly light for a DIPA. Loads of fresh cut grassy citrus and fruit. A lot of strong orange, melon and grapefruit hop flavors, with a touch of black pepper and some mild lemon peel. The hop taste in this one is really dominated by the fruit flavors, and reminds me a lot of Wormtown’s Hopulance. A nice present malt flavor. I’d say just your typical fresh grain, not a lot of distinction since it’s covered up so much by the hops. Bitterness is there, but well balanced and in fact actually takes a back seat to the hop flavor. Not overly bitter at all, and even ends with a very clean aftertaste without a long hop numbness. Very clean beer from start to finish.

So… the elephant in the room is that this beer is basically the current holy grail, circle jerk, of beers.

Obviously its rarity and the lengths you need to go to obtain it help the myth. But, and I humbly apologize for saying this, but this beer doesn’t live up to the hype. It is amazing, don’t get me wrong, definitely deserves to be in the top 100 of BA, but no way in the top 10, let alone #1. It’s on par with other stellar DIPA’s like Hercules or Pliny or Hopulance or Kiwi Rising, but isn’t vastly better than any of the others. But as they say, that’s just my opinion. Still an amazing beer, but… the hype and shortage of this beer have made it more popular than it probably should be. Oh well… I’m still going to enjoy the rest of the case I bought. :-)

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 22:50:12 | More by taez555
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utopiajane

New York

4.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so much to Tom for this beautiful can of elusive goodness from vermont.

Pours a murky banana yellow with an orange hue and is not as ugly as everyone said.( I think) It has some floaties in it but no matter. Bone white head of foam that fell pretty fast to some decent lace. Pine and earth. Nose is pounding citrus. Pink grapefruit, and pungent with tropical notes. Stone fruits too, mango, apricot and peach. The malt is not heavy on the nose but there is plenty of honey to tempt and tease. It’s drippy, and sticky with it and I can’t wait to taste it. First sip is powerful grapefruit, enamel stripping hops with a forceful bitter that lays itself in to stay for a while. Pine resin and bitter. All the tropical fruits are flashing in evidence on the nose and on the palate. They all are there. I won’t make a list. The malt is thick with honey and balanced so well that you hardly notice it except for the sticky sweetness and the fact that it lends substantial body. A bit of spice to bite you and an almost imperceptible edge that is sharp like crushed aspirin. That edge is just a little sour.

Holy god almighty. More!

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 13:58:35 | More by utopiajane
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,209 ratings.