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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,245
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,343
Gots: 1,707 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

HugeBulge, Nov 20, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -5.3%

I suggest getting multiples to try one from the can, one in glass. Although most of everything you can say about this beer has been said, my take way is hugely balanced beer with great hops to malt balance, up front citrus fades to pine then to a roasty malt.

jordanimal, Nov 20, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +0.2%

The beer pours a pumpkin hued orange that is very cloudy. Ecru colored head is well maintained with thick gobs of sticky lacing left with each sip. The scent is overwhelmingly hoppy and seems to span the entire hop spectrum without becoming muddled. Notes of pineapple, pine, orange citrus, pear and some background general scent of yeast. Very heady experience.

The taste is a wonderful progression and balance. This isn't a bitter IBU bomb, but a cascade of hop flavor. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel that doesn't thin out or dry out the palate. The flavor begins with the citrus hops and gives way to a more fruity impression of peach and apple. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that refrains from overpowering. Obviously the beer heavily favors hops rather than malts, but gives an impression of balance rather than being overly hop agressive.

I was wary to review this very hyped beer without careful consideration. I was lucky enough to have a case from a recent trip to Vermont to mull over the different aspects of this beer. Difficult to call any beer #1 in the world, but very appropriate to call it outstanding.

Jmamay22, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.91/5  rDev +3.8%

My Heady/Pliny Side by side comparison...

Look 9/10
Smell 20/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 97/100

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

Head--- Even
Look--- Heady
Smell--- Heady
Taste--- Heady (by a hair)
Feel--- Pliny

Summary: Pliny The Elder was a bit more light, crisp and dry... Heady Topper was a bit more sweet, full bodied and well rounded. Had it been a little warmer, I would probably prefer Pliny... Looks like Heady by a hair in my opinion. That said, Pliny makes the perfect warm west coast DIPA!

BrewUSA, Nov 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Ivegotmule, Nov 19, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev -2.1%

A friend gave this to me out of nowhere, he said it was canned within the week.
pours an odd, murky brownish orange with lots of sediment chunks floating around and a think white head

aroma- mango, peach, pineapple, fresh grains, some rose, spicy hop zest

taste- sweet citrus hits the palate up from with tangerine and lemons, fresh tropical fruits mango/pineapple, a little hop spice with subtly sweet bready malt. Some berries in there. Finishes with a grip of pine/hop spice and a bit dry-malty

feel- medium bodied, drinkable, mild booze, delicious, juicy, zesty, dry

this is a great beer. Obviously a lot of hype, probably mostly due to its limited availability, but this is probably one of the best IPAs out there. Juicy, resinous, clean. I'm glad I got to try it!

evanforbeer, Nov 19, 2013
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,245 ratings.