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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,692 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,692
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5,649
Gots: 1,900 | 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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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Sophist, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

OC_Beer_Fan, Nov 19, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My Heady/Pliny Side by side comparison...

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

Overall 97/100
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Pliny~~~
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
Drinkability---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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!
cheers

evanforbeer, Nov 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

DGF88, Nov 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

NickyT, Nov 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

klcallahan13, Nov 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

lowfatevan, Nov 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

slatetupelo, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

cpuglisi, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

bigorange, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

jagrbombz69, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Travis7009, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

pcause, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DrewZ926, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

adeblieck, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Labeorphile, Nov 17, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA. Fresh nose, with tons of citrus. The mouth feel has kind of a oil texture to it. This really is one of the best out there. I have been told that it is not as good if not fresh. I would actually like to try one a couple months old to taste the difference.

vinny21bal, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Druss157, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Givemebeer, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

torimattschriver, Nov 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

newyork326, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jrjj211, Nov 16, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,692 ratings.