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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,193 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,193
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,616
Gots: 1,218 | 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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jstout26

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-06-2013 15:08:38 | More by jstout26
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Liquid_Bread

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -15.4%

06-06-2013 14:39:08 | More by Liquid_Bread
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Rob_pbr81

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent double IPA, there is a reason why this beer is #1. The smell, the taste, and the feel of this hoppy conconction of godliness are all there and do not disappoint. I'm hoping to get my hands on another 1 soon. Definitely worth the hype, cheers to Alchemist!

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 14:24:33 | More by Rob_pbr81
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-06-2013 14:24:11 | More by Ant4711
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stella77artois

New York

4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Headed across the lake to Winooski Beverage to grab some of these bad boys. Needed to know if this beer lived up to the reviews. It did!

A - Medium yellow, very light in color for a DIPA. Lot's of carbonation visible, and some fizz stayed for the duration of the sipping. Nice, large head with lot's of residual left behind.

S - Lot's and lot's of quality hops! Such a strong aroma. Very fruity, immense amounts of grapefruit, also some lemon, lime, and even an ever-so-slight hint of pineapple. Some dankness as well, but in the good way we all know and and love. Also hints of pine and MORE hops. DANK with hops!

T - It lives up. I was partly expecting this beer to be incredibly bitter, just for the sake of being able to say "there is a ton of hops in here." Not the case. The hoppy taste is there in abundance, sure, but there's more to it than that. Huge amounts of flavorful hops. Big blasts of grapefruit, and a good amount of lemon. Hints of pineapple and lime, plays off the heavy grapefruit flavor so well. So much hop taste present, that it almost has a "nutty" taste. People have said this beer is so hoppy it's almost juicy. That's 100% true. So much fruitiness going on, (although I know this isn't the case) that I wouldn't be shocked in the least to learn fruit was actually added to this beer during fermentation. An outstanding tasting DIPA. Editing here - I've noticed once the beer is a couple weeks old, the nutty taste is more prevalent. Not a bad thing by any means. I enjoy when a beer ages and different tastes can be noticed.

F - Dangerously drinkable. Does sting a bit, slightly dry (but not as dry as many IPA's, so that's a plus), but the "juicyness of the hops make up for that I think. I liked that it seems to have a bit more carbonation than most IPA's, which helps with the dryness. This stuff is so easy to drink, I could easily picture myself drinking several in a short time, then being more buzzed than I planned!

O - It lives up the reviews. One of the best beers in the world, and my 2nd favorite beer of all time. So much hoppy taste, but not just for the sake of being big and bitter. The hops are full of flavor, they make you want to drink this fast. So tasty, yet so dangerously drinkable. Certainly a world class beer, it deserves all the praise it gets.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 12:57:16 | More by stella77artois
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V2icki

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2013 11:59:31 | More by V2icki
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heygeebee

Australia

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge, thanks to MrKennedy for this. Believe to be two-three weeks old max.

DRINK FROM THE CAN! , eh?

So I did, at first... drank around 1/3, then poured...

A - cloudy pineapple juice. Minimal head.

S - hops, mango, pineapple. I noted less intense than others have.

T - wallop! Pineapple, pink grapefruit, mango/peach as sweeteners, sublime and integrated. Malt backbone is solid. Citrus hops follow but do not overpower. Just the way I like it.

M - medium weight, well carbonated but not overcarbonated. On the money.

Overall - world class brew, and amazing I got the chance to try so fresh. Real downside is it goes down just so easily, you would never guess it was 8%. One day I will go to Waterbury.

Dunno about this can lark, tho.... :-0 ....having said that - it does accentuate the pine notes and makes for an overall less sweet (and maybe more archetypal) DIPA experience. I'll go the glass, thanks.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 10:25:20 | More by heygeebee
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Paccamacca

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-06-2013 04:54:21 | More by Paccamacca
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Nadlerjordan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

06-06-2013 04:03:04 | More by Nadlerjordan
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TPSReport

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2013 04:02:50 | More by TPSReport
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michaellcoates

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 03:03:54 | More by michaellcoates
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clemson14

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2013 02:02:54 | More by clemson14
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bubseymour

Maryland

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

A - Drinking from a can so really can't rate appearance.

S - Phenomenal hop scents explode from the can. Is this for real or infused with something?

T - Simply Amazing. So much flavor explosions like a grand finale fireworks show on the palate. Floral notes, pine, citrus...lots of resin present. Malty balance to control the bitterness to minimal levels of tolerance that even novice craft drinkers can handle and love.

M - Very smooth and buttery.

O - Well worth the hype. Love this beer. Thanks to my pal Kevin for remembering to pick me up some samplers from his Burlington, Vermont business trip!

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 23:45:05 | More by bubseymour
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apf

Utah

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 21:57:49 | More by apf
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -15.4%

06-05-2013 21:40:59 | More by dazedandconfused
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 15:33:29 | More by comfortablynirm
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mjm47

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-05-2013 15:23:57 | More by mjm47
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anders36

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-05-2013 15:20:14 | More by anders36
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-05-2013 05:16:20 | More by Apathetiq
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BrettD

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 04:06:17 | More by BrettD
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IPeteA91

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 02:01:53 | More by IPeteA91
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sachie23

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2013 01:30:01 | More by sachie23
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earljones199

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-05-2013 01:01:15 | More by earljones199
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Battenkill

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-04-2013 23:51:35 | More by Battenkill
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jacwomyn

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-04-2013 22:50:58 | More by jacwomyn
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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