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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,161 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,161
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,600
Gots: 1,206 | 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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ackbarleywine

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2013 22:04:25 | More by ackbarleywine
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leafsfreakvt

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-15-2013 18:32:23 | More by leafsfreakvt
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rpbuckeye

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2013 13:59:55 | More by rpbuckeye
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bozodogbreath

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-15-2013 05:19:49 | More by bozodogbreath
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DogfishJoe

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2013 04:48:53 | More by DogfishJoe
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OK, here we go. The unofficial holy grail of IPAs. Great appreciation goes out to SatlyMalty for this excellent surprise! Poured into a snifter (screw what the can says). The code on the can is apparently not a freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass. Once the can is emptied into the glass, little specs of sediment are suspended in the body.

S- The hop aroma has a remarkable balance of citrus and pine but mostly citrus with bursting notes of pineapple, mango and guava. Also has a sweetness from the malts making this pretty perfect, smell-wise.

T- The flavor has much of the same: piney, earthy bitterness with a tropical fruit kick to compliment. Alcohol is well-hidden but still present and there's a graininess to the relatively sturdy malt backbone. The bitterness is stronger than I expected but is also welcome. Good hop burps. The sweetness of the malt is picked up more as the beer warms. Incredibly drinkable, even when warm.

M- A bit dry and prickly from the hops. Medium carbonation and a solid body.

O- Not as amazing as Zombie Dust IMO, but still easily one of the top 5 IPAs I've ever had. I really must say that it's a travesty to encourage the buyer to drink this from the can since the aroma is so sublime. Oh well, he has his reasons.

Serving type: can

02-15-2013 03:47:48 | More by Immortale25
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jonnyb79

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-15-2013 02:56:54 | More by jonnyb79
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VinoGuy

Maryland

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drink it from the can...yup, follow the directions printed on the top of the can. The hops are incredible, spicy and super floral. There is plenty of malt to back up the massive amount of hops and it keeps the beer in balance. No question, this certainly ranks up there on the list of greatest beers ever enjoyed. If you are ever in the area of Northern VT and have a chance to pick some up, don't think, just buy it!

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 23:51:21 | More by VinoGuy
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mbockstruck30

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 23:12:43 | More by mbockstruck30
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nasastrums

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 22:23:54 | More by nasastrums
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DanH83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 22:10:53 | More by DanH83
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RaulMondesi

California

4.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a glass

*First and foremost, Raul has to grade this review with an asterisk because Raul was sicker than a hound dog after eating a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich for 10 days or so, so the Heady's sat in the fridge for awhile. So without further ado...

Good, but not great. Raul was simply reminded of a Racer 5 - and Raul likes him some Racer 5 - but he don't get Cialis excited over it like he was for Heady.

Smooth, but it had a slightly astringent aftertaste. Raul does not approve.

Raul is pumped on life, but not too much on Heady.

Peace!

*Overall, Raul graded this a 3.79. But then he tried it out of the can which changed things and made it necessary for a re-review.

Quite simply: boom went the dynamite! All of a sudden, more flavor came out; the beer was tastier, smoother, and overall, insanely drinkable.

Mass props to the Maple State.

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 20:07:11 | More by RaulMondesi
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Rupert50

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

02-14-2013 17:54:15 | More by Rupert50
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AleShark

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-14-2013 17:37:16 | More by AleShark
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kerklein2

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 16:08:25 | More by kerklein2
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mikeyv35

New York

4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date: 02/13/2013
Type: 16oz. Can
Glass: Southampton Large Tulip (I know this is against the rules, per the can!)
Canned: 01/15/2013 *Pretty fresh, but not uber fresh.

I cannot believe it took me this long to get around to sampling the mighty Heady Topper! Ranked #1 in the world on BA, only one way to find out the truth. Thanks to BA ajfa531 (Joe) for providing me this 16oz. can to sample.

Poured this brew from the can into a Southampton large tulip glass, breaking the rules written on the can, in order to give a more accurate review of appearance and nose. Future samples will be consumed straight from the can in accordance w/ the rules.

Poured a burnt orange to light brown mahogany in color w/ a skim coat white head that produced light lacing. I did not realize this brew had huge amounts of remaining yeast in the can that soon entered the glass due to me pouring it too quickly. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and citrus fruits (mandarin orange, cantelope, and nectarine). The flavor started off w/ big, sweet citrus flavors of mandarin orange/grapefruit in your face, transitioning to a blast of piney bitterness, finishing with floral notes. Medium bodied and lush w/ moderate carbonation that suits the beer well. Drinkability? I was done with the 16oz. can & starting the 2nd before I even finished writing out the review. Insane!

Overall, this beer is the truth! What can I say? This is dank, hoppy, awesomeness in a can! I now understand why this is currently ranked #1 in the world in all style categories. Take Pliny The Elder as good as it is and kick it up a notch & you have Heady Topper. The only reason it is not possible for this beer to attain a perfect score is due to the fact that it is by far the ugliest DIPA one will ever encounter. However, the ugliness grows on you and it works. Not only does the brew taste like all of the flavors that could possibly be extracted from a hop flower, but it is brewed so well that there is not very much bitterness at all. Crazy stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 10:53:38 | More by mikeyv35
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Cvescalante

Texas

4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- this beer is quite ugly, but like an ugly puppy and you still love it

S- fruity fruity hops. it smells fantastic!

T- heaven on the tongue. citrus and tropical fruit

M- light-medium bodied, perfect carbonation

O- best ipa I've ever had... period

..apparently my review wasn't long enough, so I have to continue writing lol

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 07:07:18 | More by Cvescalante
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: orange/light amber with a creamy off-white head. from what i'd read i was scared of huge fugly floaties. instead i only see some fine particulates in this hazy beer. i can't ding it for being unfiltered.
s: wow, this pops with juicy hops. like being in an orange grove at harvest time. maybe some mango or other tropical fruit along with some fresh green notes ala citrus leaves. despite what the brewer says the aroma cums thru way more via proper glassware than from the can. i forgive him for this.
t: follows through. juicy, juicy, fresh fruity hops. not the overripe kind either-like peeling a great orange. honey sweet malts provide just enough to support these beautiful hops. finishes somewhat clean and definitely more-ish.
m: just over medium-bodied but very crushable. i want to pound this but restrain myself to small sips. carbonation is perfect. so, so smooth for a dipa. hardly any astringency and no sharp bitterness.
o: lives up to the hype. will continue to trade anything for this. em me w/trade offers anytime.
update: this fades fast for being in a can-the little floaties get bigger and darker. the fresh hops quickly turn to the overripe fruit/banana thing. still good but a different animal after a few weeks.

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 05:18:06 | More by MrMcGibblets
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mvdillman

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 05:10:20 | More by mvdillman
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Sisky

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 03:40:25 | More by Sisky
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-14-2013 03:38:21 | More by sustyhops
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BibsBrewing

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-14-2013 00:53:51 | More by BibsBrewing
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buckyp

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-14-2013 00:33:38 | More by buckyp
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wil19b85

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-13-2013 23:42:52 | More by wil19b85
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XxCRYSTAxX

Oregon

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-13-2013 11:09:02 | More by XxCRYSTAxX
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,161 ratings.