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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,408 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,408
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,445
Gots: 1,775 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Kimbo1318, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Dbrulet, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Beardcore
3.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0) Poured from a can into a pint glass. Hazy, straw yellow color, with a one inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: (3.0) Hoppy and fragrant, though not floral.

Taste: (3.5) Hoppy flavor that is pervasive though-out the flavor profile. Not as well balanced between malty and hoppy as I have come to expect from DIPA’s, but still a fresh, citrus flavor that is easily drinkable, not even seeming like a “sipping” beer even though it has high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: (4.5) Nice medium body with good medium carbonation. Very easy to drink in that sense.

Overall: (3.5) Good beer. Seems more like an IPA than a DIPA, but maybe that is a bonus, more alcohol with the IPA flavor. Regardless, very smooth and drinkable with a long lingering hop flavor on the back of the tongue.

Beardcore, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -26%

hopkrid, Jul 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

DanforthPewter, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

vogeljason, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Vuaspeliador, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Mike_Whitcomb, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

csustar001, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

anticipation23, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

bccrosley, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
3.99/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got in a trade thanks to Circlenine, cheers!

Poured into Tulilp (had one from the can the other day, looking to compare). Bunch of sediment, two or three fingers of white head, decent retention.

Smell is pure hoppieness. More on the fruity citrus side.

Taste is smooth, almost closer to sweet than bitter.

Viscous and fruity, very balanced, very drinkable.

Very good IPA.

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

DawgPhan, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No real appearance, since I took the suggestion and drank directly from the can. However, I popped the top, and it immediately smelled like I was in the middle of Shenandoah Valley. One of my favorite places to go hiking/camping with my dad. Heady is clean, slightly piney, sweetly floral, and rather bright in aroma. The taste is really light for the 8% ABV. A great hop presence on the tongue, and sweet/bitter combination from the malt/hops. Surprisingly, the piney-ness of the hops isn’t bothering me. I typically don’t like that in my IPAs, and tend to stick towards brighter/more tropical offerings. Short duration on the tongue, which is making me drink this beer faster than I normally would have. My first HT thanks to a trade from lhteacher

mverity, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

cw577enfield, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

jjf3792, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dcp27, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

choda, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

hopslam11, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

1Sundown2C, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kdivers, Jul 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

TheHumanTorch, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Mizahri, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sean802, Jul 18, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,408 ratings.