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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,415 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,415
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,792
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 38
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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Rons35

Michigan

4/5  rDev -15.4%

03-28-2013 17:23:42 | More by Rons35
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-28-2013 15:34:40 | More by sclitch
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luckyluke1184

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After receiving this in a generous pre-wedding gift-box of beers from a friend, I too neglected the bold warning to only drink this straight out of the can. I really wanted to see the beer I was drinking so I busted out a frosted mug for the occasion.

Appearance: A very pleasant golden-wheat color, not the alarming looking orange associated with some less subtle IPAs. As others have noted, there was quite a bit of particulate floating through the beer but I'm assuming that is part of its charm (and flavor).

Aroma: As much as a smell can be crisp, this was. Very up-front, fruity notes and you could sort of smell the bubbles over the top of the glass like you might with a fresh glass of champagne - speaks to the great carbonation of a can.

Taste: Oh man, oh man. After the first small sip I was really tempted to take a backyard PBR-sized gulp of this stuff - that crisp, pleasant hopped fruit taste was really the first wash of flavor and it had an excellent mouthfeel. I'll drink anything, but the IPAs that leave a bubblegum film aren't my thing; the Heady Topper does not have that. It's a clean flavor burst that then leaves you, as I said, ready for a nice big follow-up gulp. So many high-end beers aren't necessarily drinkable, this one is. In terms of other flavor notes, you could really pick out a dry, honey-ish malt flavor throughout and a not-quite lemon peel zestiness on the hop. It's quite possible I just made that up, but that's what comes to mind...

Great beer and, having grown up in VT, I can attest that Waterbury is a very worthy city (aka small village) of an IPA so great. Will look forward to a chance to sample again!

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 12:25:21 | More by luckyluke1184
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MykelJH

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-28-2013 08:23:24 | More by MykelJH
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bstave

Washington

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-28-2013 04:23:01 | More by bstave
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DrewKid4

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-28-2013 03:15:09 | More by DrewKid4
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kevrice88

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-28-2013 03:04:52 | More by kevrice88
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Fantalek

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-28-2013 02:56:00 | More by Fantalek
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CTChef

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -36.6%

03-28-2013 01:15:26 | More by CTChef
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-28-2013 00:52:36 | More by SanFranJake
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-27-2013 22:53:56 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Mclaughlinpr

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-27-2013 22:04:43 | More by Mclaughlinpr
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JRoth420

California

4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I also didn't buy into the hype of "Drink it from the Can" because I wanted to see what I was working with. I can see why they wanted me to though, because there was a ton of gnarly looking sediment in my glass when it was all said and done.

Aroma was really nice, but not quite as strong as I was expecting from reading all of the reviews and hearing from friends.

Great tasting IPA for sure, but not nearly as aggressive as most of the West Coast styles that I am accustomed to like Pliny, Green Flash, or Alpine.

Certainly a decent IPA, but it definitely doesn't deserve the hype it receives. I bet it would be far better on tap than in the can, but since I live at the complete opposite side of the country from where that could happen I will just settle for the little taste that I got.

Overall, there are far better IPA's and DIPA's out there, but this one is definitely worth a try!

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 20:36:46 | More by JRoth420
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jarrigo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2013 19:33:05 | More by jarrigo
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Ethanol4one

New York

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding in every respect, fresh and wonderfully aromatic. Little cloudy, so there's that.
But all in all, most of the positive stuff you'll read and hear about it is true, so get up to VT and get you sum.

Aroma: hoppy, good mild cheddar cheese, pine.
Froth: massive and abiding, beyond the empty glass.
Color: cartoonishly gold, cloudy.
Taste: hops balanced bitter to sweet, mild cheese, perfectly bittered, and balanced with malt.
Texture: rich full balanced mouthfeel.

Let's talk hops. They don't disclose what they are using, but there are several, which in combination, like 36, 24, 36, makes a winning hand. It tastes as packed with them as they claim.

If you like hops, The Alchemist is making one Brick House of a beer-- it's the winning can, right on par with other hopped monsters, such as Tall Grass' 8 Bit, Half Acres' Daisy Cutter and FFF's Zombie Dust.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 03:36:28 | More by Ethanol4one
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yottachem

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2013 01:48:27 | More by yottachem
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B2theDoss

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2013 00:18:58 | More by B2theDoss
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-26-2013 21:24:05 | More by BradleyR
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aranton

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2013 19:48:31 | More by aranton
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jschonert

Missouri

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2013 18:14:01 | More by jschonert
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straightlambic

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-26-2013 15:35:28 | More by straightlambic
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Shakory

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-26-2013 14:57:35 | More by Shakory
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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-26-2013 05:29:24 | More by hopazoid
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larybrew

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-26-2013 01:46:39 | More by larybrew
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Dmbphoenix

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2013 22:02:22 | More by Dmbphoenix
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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