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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,311 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,311
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,384
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 34
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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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Brewski, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Herky21, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of lancecenter
4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz. can picked up from the Alchemist cannery in Waterbury, VT. Drank from both the can, as instructed, and a New Belgium snifter.

A - beautiful orange-yellow color, completely hazy, with sticky head leaving a ton of lacing.

S - a citrus hop explosion! Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and mint. This literally smells like heaven. The alcohol becomes more present as it warms.

T/M - oily hops with a surprising amount of sweetness. The hop bitterness is definitely present, but it doesn't overpower the beer. This is amazingly balanced.

O - few things live up to the hype. This does. I have not drank another IPA since first trying Heady Topper. And considering I came back from Vermont with two cases, I probably won't have another IPA for a while.

Other notes:
Obviously the appearance and smell are much better in glassware, however, the taste is strangely enhanced straight from the can.

lancecenter, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

brewmasterbrown, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of MrBoh
4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking straight from the can...will try pouring on the next one.

I expected the can to limit aroma, but there is no way! It explodes with a nice strong amount of pine, with some orange. Some nice bitter citrus coming through as well. And just a slight bit of sweetness.

A real explosion of flavors. THe citrus is more present in the taste, as well as a bit of floralness. A bit more malty sweetness here, as well.

The mouthfeel of this is what I think really makes it so drinkable. The nice constant carbonation going back over the tongue stimulates the buds so well to help accentuate the flavors. Just enough bitterness to make you crave more and truly bring out the flavor it seems in some odd way.

Overall is it the best beer I've ever had? Well, probably. THe only bad thing I can think of with this beer is I don't want to drink it (despite the extreme drinkability) because it is like killing a unicorn or something. Honestly, though, when drinking it, it is basically impossibly to say "this" could be better if...

Enough writing, time to bask in the awesomeness that is HT, one of God's greatest gifts to human kind.

MrBoh, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

olivermonster, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

qcbrewer, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Basshooker, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Bnjmnlws, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Chiefilliniwek, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Indytruks138, Aug 15, 2013
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4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my SH*T! I consume at least 2 per week. Luckily I live in Northern NY and can take the Ferry across the Lake to Vermont to get my hands on this beloved brew! YUM YUM YUM!! Although I have not actually been to the Alchemist them selves, I can get it at beverage depots and bars in Burlington VT.

ColterKoch22, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

slowonder1, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

justwork, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Mbennett, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Bjorn2bWild, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Cpapallo
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply sublime all around.

Color: a mix of light orange with a tint of deep golden yellow cloudiness (because its unfiltered).

Aroma: a pleasant balance of sweet citrus and pine

Palate: also perfectly balanced; it is my understanding that the flavor profile changes depending on whether this is consumed from a glass or as Alchemist recommends, right out of the can. For this review, the beer is in a glass. It's a warm, flavorful blend of citrus, pine, with a bouquet of undertones.

Mouthfeel: smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. Easy drinkability, especially considering the high IBU content.

Overall: the best, most complex and enjoyable beer I have had. So fantastic and drinkable. Even non-craft drinkers would probably enjoy this.

Cpapallo, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BAsbill, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

biertrinkenja, Aug 14, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:

I drank this baby as recommended; she stays in the can. So, it’s hard to note on appearance here… the can looks nice?

Aroma:

Thick, aromatic, resinous pine. The lid of the can smells like a freshly opened packet of hop pellets used for homebrewing. The smell is fantastic, and I needed to remind myself that the beer was meant to be drunk. Here goes nothing…

Taste:

Bubbles hit first, giving a pleasant prickle on the tongue. As soon as the sensation fades, you get hit with hops. Hard. Not melt-your-enamel-off bitter, like some DIPAs out there, but true hop flavor. Pine is the most prevalent flavor here, and the experience is not unlike what I image a pine-needle tea would be like. The woodsy flavor lingers for a few seconds before it melts into a slight citrusy sweetness. The aftertaste leaves you with an impression of the first sip accompanied by a mellow alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel:

Moderate, prickly carbonation, as well as slightly viscous; not a hop syrup however, as it finishes dry.

Overall:

Wow, I’m glad I like piney hops or this would’ve been a letdown. I would not recommend this one to people who can’t handle their beers with a coniferous twist. That being said, yes…This beer lives up to the hype. Never before have I had a beer that tastes so much like a pure hop cone. Heady Topper was a journey and a pain for me to find, but it truly is an amazing example of hop-wizardry; although simplistic, the fresh flavor was worth the effort.

PS:

If you do get the chance to try this beer, don’t be like the others who gave it a 5 and wrote nothing. We get it, you had a top-rated beer, congratulations … it was good, we know… Why don’t you do yourself a favor and try to help the community out by describing what you had (maybe you noticed something that others did not).

SnifterWorthy, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

mishtif, Aug 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

kob424, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

cutsw, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

AGust82, Aug 14, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,311 ratings.