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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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Heady TopperHeady Topper

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9,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,890
Reviews: 1,897
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,023
Gots: 2,670 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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Photo of lewzer99
4.13/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: it pours a straw color with an orangy tan head.
S: A lot of citrus, some pine, and a hint of booze.
T: citrus, orange pithe, pine, lingering resins bitterness that coats the mouth, balanced by tropical fruit sweetness, and some booze
M: crisp and coats the mout
O: great but not the best I've had. Johnny Hash by Sweetwater comes to mind as double IPA I enjoyed more (I sadly lost my notes from that one).
It is still great, and totally worth trading to get if you can't get it where you are.

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4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I won't make this a complicated review. I will tell you that his beer lived up to the hype for me. We all have different palates so I'm not going to try and tell you what I smell and taste other than the fact that this beer, to my palate was ridiculously smooth, incredibly drinkable, and had a great finish. Continue your mission to find it. You won't be disappointed.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mick303
4.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured half into a tulip glass to compare can vs glass, beer is a light yellowish gold, quite cloudy and hazy with a good white head and lacing. Looks fantastic.

S- very fresh, citrusy grapefruit and mango, florals, apricot, a subtly balanced malt profile, very inviting and complex. Hops are so full bodied, from the can I detect some peach, pine, maybe some slight nuttiness, very delicious.

T- lives up to the expectation of really flavourful balanced hops, from the can it is really tasty and full bodied. Waves of grapefruit citrus and apricot, light and floral notes are in abundance, slightly sweet malt notes provide a solid base. This deserves a high reputation. It all flows so smoothly together, a rustic fruitiness and slightly resiny hops come through, such a flavourful hop character without being an overly bitter dipa. I think out of the can is the way to go on this actually, it's amazing.

M- from the can, a filling assertive carbonation. Satisfying big pale malt body with a coating light pine resin. So tasty with a creamy balanced finish, with a dry floral/citrus aftertaste. Simply, it tastes and feels like utter perfection, brilliant start then waves of hoppy resins.

It's quite the reputation to live up to, being ht. My first experience tangling with this legend was a very positive experience, it's certainly up their with Pliny, and I would love to do a h2h. It's a very nuanced and flavour forward profile, lighter and more floral than I might have expected, it nonetheless delivers what could easily be called a flawless execution. As a dipa goes, this would have to be near perfection, as far as across all styles... That's a matter of opinion. All I can saw is I feel privileged to have gotten to try this beer, especially the lengths taken to get this can... And it doesn't fall short of giving a really excellent experience

Photo of CampusCrew
4.95/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great huge balanced IPA. Does not have the drinkaablity of Pliny but if you are loking for a wham in your face IPA with some malt backbone this is the best. Huge citrus and pine flavors very overhemling. medium to medium high mouthfeel. Not a hot weather IPA, would go great and standup with very spicy foods. Love the can and artwork.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,890 ratings.