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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,170 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,170
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,604
Gots: 1,208 | 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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miketd

Ohio

4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-20-2013 01:32:39 | More by miketd
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Ctrauty

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-20-2013 01:25:11 | More by Ctrauty
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can > 2xIPA Glass

A - Pours an off color amber, 2 finger white head, minor lacing. Lots of yeast floating around.
S - Very dank hop aromas, some pine & spruce, citrus peels, grapefruit, white grape juice.
T - Those dank hops are intense, lots of white grape flavor, pine, spruce and earthy tones, tart apple, and a little sweet malt.
M - Full and well carbonated, easily drinkable.
O - While I'm not on par with the appearance, everything else is solid about this beer, though its not my favorite, nor do I think its worth all the hype. Compared to Pliny, its a no-contest situation, its thoroughly better. This actually delivers, lots of good aroma and the taste is solid, love the big grape flavor in this. Its a shame Alchemy is being too hipster to expand and make other things, or even distribute more.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 23:29:30 | More by Omnium
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TreeBeard

Ohio

4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-19-2013 20:34:41 | More by TreeBeard
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been lucky enough to have this both right out of the can (as suggested) and poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Huge thanks to my buddy Doug and my co-worker Zach for hooking me up two separate times with this gem. This review is from a 5 day old can that was consumed half in a glass and half in the can...

A - Pours a very murky, honey color that is quite obviously NOT filtered in any way. It's a slighlty darker color at times than I would've thought. An eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers thick and hangs on for quite a bit befre it recedes leaving gloriously sticky lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is strong the second you crack the can! HUGE hits of juicy, citrusy fruits. Mango, pineapple, orange, and strong aromas of grapefruit jump out of the can. I LOVE how juicy this smells! Bitter notes jump in and out as the citrus really has me entranced. As it warms a bit, there is an undercurrent of buttery malts that really rounds out the aroma here.

T - The taste is superb. Sae juicy citrus flavors all mixed together perfectly. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple stand out the most with mango and some lemon zest coming through as well. The favor is so smooth and buttery it is almost unreal. Bitter, piney hops come through and onloy add to the onalsught ofhop perfection.

M - Smooth, even carbonation on the tongue making this one extremely pleasant on the tongue. The body is medium bodied, but because of the richness of the beer, it can feel full at times. A bitter, dry fnish rounds things off nicely.

O - This beer is SO FREAKING DRINKABLE!! That is really what stands out the most to me. It doesn't overpower with hops, but puts them on an evenly mixed display that allows you to enjoy every single sip. There is a reason this is on the top ofthe food chain (on this site anyway). Either way, this reallh does deserve the accolades it has received thus far.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 20:23:58 | More by KAP1356
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Dyelawn

Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-19-2013 19:09:32 | More by Dyelawn
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indybearsfan

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-19-2013 17:50:36 | More by indybearsfan
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masshlx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-19-2013 17:16:12 | More by masshlx
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ShawnMH

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-19-2013 14:52:25 | More by ShawnMH
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haknort

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-19-2013 03:06:12 | More by haknort
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-19-2013 03:04:36 | More by Damian74Shensky
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eyeenjoybeer

Seychelles

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2013 16:41:50 | More by eyeenjoybeer
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had an unexpected opportunity to buy this from someone so jumped on it. Never thought I'd get a chance.

Drank 1/3 from can, then rest from pint.

A - Cloudy, nice full head. Very foamy head with lots of lacing.

S - An amazing aroma, with tons of citrus/grapefruit/lemony and herbal smells. You could find yourself just sniffing the can or glass for . . . minutes. But then you have to drink.

T - Without a doubt, the least hoppy and bitter DIPA I've ever had. Extremely smooth. Not too carbonated. While this isn't my favorite style, if this were the only IPA I ever drank, it probably would be a favorite style. Almost tastes like a sparkling beverage that's been spiked. But better.

M - Rich, creamy, and very smooth.

O - I can understand why people rave about this beer. I found myself saying several time, "Mmm, this is quite good. I'm really impressed" I rarely say that about IPAs. I'll happily drink this again. And again.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 15:59:24 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2013 14:27:02 | More by jbarletto
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JonRogers

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I didn't see the beer in a glass as I drank it from the can as recommended, but I imagine it is beautiful judging from the smell. I also drank it a little on the cold side... to thirsty to wait. Taste is fruitful and as smooth as in Imp IPA gets. Hoppy as hell in the best way. Again, very smooth. I drink IPA's 90% of the time and I cant say I have had a better beer.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 02:56:27 | More by JonRogers
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mkirkland80

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2013 02:09:05 | More by mkirkland80
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timoteo833

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-18-2013 01:55:23 | More by timoteo833
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PowderRay

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2013 19:30:05 | More by PowderRay
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Glider

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-17-2013 13:34:22 | More by Glider
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muzzy

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2013 11:37:09 | More by muzzy
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HinghamRick

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2013 06:43:43 | More by HinghamRick
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BillyHayes

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2013 06:40:33 | More by BillyHayes
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2013 06:18:00 | More by zestar
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myersk27

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2013 03:44:23 | More by myersk27
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BigStein88

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2013 02:38:49 | More by BigStein88
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,170 ratings.