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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,051 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,051
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,225
Gots: 1,637 | 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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BrewsandBlues

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-23-2013 01:01:54 | More by BrewsandBlues
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ititani

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -26%

10-23-2013 00:00:29 | More by ititani
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hwy395

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-22-2013 23:04:48 | More by hwy395
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Nick_RobertsM3

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 21:07:36 | More by Nick_RobertsM3
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dkw0063

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 20:56:20 | More by dkw0063
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raynmoon

California

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

Overall an outstanding beer. Not perfect but very good. The first few sips may have you thinking " disappointed" but if you are like me you'll have yourself smelling the can afterwards. Such a complex mix of resin, earth, and pine. Very well done. Better than pliny? They are on the same tier.

10-22-2013 05:26:05 | More by raynmoon
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ekardz

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 04:24:38 | More by ekardz
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 03:55:47 | More by CurtisD
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jiggad369

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 02:35:32 | More by jiggad369
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LouDogg114

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 01:14:01 | More by LouDogg114
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-22-2013 00:53:55 | More by Liberatiscioli
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kbhess

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-22-2013 00:43:47 | More by kbhess
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MO5290

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-21-2013 22:00:24 | More by MO5290
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sorvats

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-21-2013 21:38:11 | More by sorvats
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deparker

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

One of the most amazing beers I have ever experienced. From the pour it looks great, a carmel brown. The smell is crisp hopps, the taste starts in one place and ends in another ( to me a sharp grapefruity finish), that leaves you ready to open the next one because the first one is gone! One of the best beers I have ever tasted.

10-21-2013 20:20:23 | More by deparker
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drewfull

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-21-2013 14:12:40 | More by drewfull
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-21-2013 05:49:18 | More by CaptainQ
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wpqx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-21-2013 03:49:55 | More by wpqx
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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-21-2013 02:07:50 | More by pagesofphotographs
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bcerv-ca

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-21-2013 01:57:41 | More by bcerv-ca
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sspencer1

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-21-2013 01:46:34 | More by sspencer1
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tipofthetongue

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-20-2013 19:29:24 | More by tipofthetongue
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Dpgsox

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-20-2013 19:05:14 | More by Dpgsox
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -18.6%

Thanks to Johnmichaelson and Kurmaraja! 2 cans of Heady in one week! I prefer the glass, and the brewery wants you to drink straight from the can. What do you do? Have them side-by-side! This will be a combined review from a straight pint glass, and the 16oz can, switching between sips as I watched the Talladega NASCAR race.

Big piney and citrusy hops wafted out of both cans, whetting my appetite for this much hyped brew. The beer poured a very cloudy, barely translucent, orange color with about 1/2 inch of just off-white head that moderate retention and low lacing.

As mentioned, lots of citrus and pine hops upfront in the aroma, with a low, almost nonexistent malt profile. The taste was the same, tons of hops and low malts. The beer from the can seemed harsher and more bitter, not in an entirely pleasant way, than the beer from the glass. The flavors were smoother and more even from the glass.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but this is one of the driest finishing beers I've ever had. I'm almost thirsty after finishing each drink. Drinkability was dangerously good, I could see a 4-pack disappearing before you realize it. Overall, a very good brew, one that almost matches the hype that surrounds it (which is not the fault of either the beer or the brewery). Certainly a must try if given the chance. Thanks again Ryan and John!

10-20-2013 18:40:26 | More by beertunes
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-20-2013 01:00:45 | More by ScotNH
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,051 ratings.