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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,194 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,194
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,616
Gots: 1,219 | 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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JonNunes

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-02-2013 08:23:41 | More by JonNunes
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mzeld

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-02-2013 06:38:40 | More by mzeld
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-01-2013 23:25:04 | More by JasonSiedman
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2013 20:56:17 | More by discharmingly
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-01-2013 19:43:22 | More by jbdpsu82
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Laurdeeds

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2013 03:38:07 | More by Laurdeeds
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nedvalton

Alabama

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

Drank 1-31-13
Free the hops snifter

A- golden light amber. Hazy but massive dry hopping causes haze. Small head

S- wonderful hop burst. Definitely pickup american hops citrussy resinous but balanced by earthy maybe piney background

T-awesome. Hop heavy but not overly bitter as many others are. Malt backbine to support hops but not overpower them.

M-good carbonation not excessive but enough to be effervescent and release the hops.

O-wonderful beer. Top iipa i have tried. Unfiltered is the only way to do iipa's. Will love to get my hands n more.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 02:16:02 | More by nedvalton
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dctriman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -15.4%

02-01-2013 01:57:52 | More by dctriman
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to Rutager.

A: cloudy and resiny amber liquid and very minimal cream colored head. A ridiculous amount of solutes floating around and settling at the bottom of the glass.

S: grass, lemons, tangerines, earth and leaves.

T: the taste came in three waves. First wave of lemon, grass and aspirin. Second wave of earth, leaves and grapefruit. Third wave of lemon and oranges.

M: thick resinous viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: a religious experience. I keep coming back for another palate wrecking sip of wave after wave of citrus and forest hop flavors.

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 01:21:21 | More by DaftCaskBC
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Does appearance include the can? Canned beer with a message "Drink from the Can" on it and you know you have a brewer with a sense of humor. If I did that than how do I know what the true appearance is? Pour it into a glass and see the beautiful iridescent orange and a bright white head.

The scent is pungent, strong and pure hops.

The taste is so incredibly interesting that I truly can't articulate what I found. No citrus, just pure hop flavor. No complexities, per se, but the hops flavors are diverse within themselves. It's as if you taste each and every hop variety yet its perfectly blended. If my palate were talented enough I believe I could name each hop variety this is so distinct. This is a truly special IPA!

Serving type: can

02-01-2013 00:51:23 | More by KYGunner
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CityofBals

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2013 23:17:41 | More by CityofBals
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Davihaw

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drinking directly from the can as instructed.

A: I poured this once and remember it being really cloudy and not very pretty. It says drink it out of the can so I am doing it, therefore I can't see the beer. The can is beautiful though.

S: Smells of citrus and fruit initially and finishes with a pine bite.

T: A great piney flavor at first, followed by an amazing assortment of tropical fruits.

M: Good even carbonation that helps aid in the piney bite you taste.

O: Currently ranked the #1 beer in the world and I can not disagree. There are a few beers that I would consider perfect, and this is one of those. Perfect example of a delicious DIPA.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 22:09:42 | More by Davihaw
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Maximusmaximus

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-31-2013 21:38:30 | More by Maximusmaximus
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CTJman

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2013 17:57:38 | More by CTJman
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sfr26

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2013 15:46:53 | More by sfr26
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Ataraxia, I finally get a chance to slay this one! The directions say "drink from the can" but, at least for the first one, I have to pour it out and get a good look at it. Pours a golden-orange color, some straw around the very edges - mostly opaque and hazy. Many people bring up the unadulterated, unfiltered look of Heady Topper, though mine doesn't have the liberal amounts of sediment that would showcase this. Rather it appears quite clean, with maybe a tiny bit of very small particles that have seemingly vanished five minutes into this one. Either way, a nice looking beer with a super foamy, just-off-white head that leaves pretty tremendous lacing atop the glass.

The aroma - simply fantastic. It's fruity, all right. Huge amounts of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, citrus. Very interesting - the fruit has a nice, pithy aroma along with the typical component of juicy, tropical sweetness. Despite being so vibrant and powerful, it's almost difficult to say the fruit component "stands out", seeing as how the hops are nearly just as amped up. Heavy, heavy pine, super slick and resinous oils, grassy and floral, with a dank weed aroma following it all up. The bitterness can be spotted from the nose, but is combated by the fruity goodness. Definitely one of the most unique smelling beers out there, the aroma is doing nothing but getting me excited to finally bring this one to my lips.

HT glides through my palate; across my tongue and against every corner of my mouth, with a medium, slick body, pumped full of carbonation. The flavors explode all at once, like a time bomb of hop-filled citrus fruits going off inside my jaws. From the fruit-side of things, you've got the intense grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some other tropical fruit that is hard to identify, but clearly stands out - I want to say maybe guava? Either way, very tropical and exploding with fruit. "Juicy" would be a good way to describe the fruit profile. Mouth-watering juiciness.

But it doesn't stop there, just like in the aroma, the hops match the fruit on the palate as well; thick and heavily resinous hop oils cascade over your taste buds, pine needles left and right, wet, dank weed, grass, flowers and intense floral flavors. Bitterness is abound and definitely resounding far into the aftertaste. The malts bring a bready and somewhat sweet character to the table, but don't do much else than that. From a DIPA this highly acclaimed, though, you don't really expect much from the malt, do you? Super bitter, piney, resinous, and citrus peel-y aftertaste.

Guuuhh. Well all you people certainly weren't kidding. Heady Topper is a delicious fucking beer and if I was in Vermont, it's probably all I would drink. How does it compare to my other favorite hop monsters, like Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, or DRIPA? Well, it'd be hard to say whether I like HT "better" than any of them, because despite being a Double IPA, it is still vastly discernible from the rest. Nevertheless, the acclaim Heady Topper receives is deserved - this beer is fantastic. A true hop-head's wet dream. Next time, I will drink from the can.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 12:52:36 | More by tectactoe
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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DocJitsu

California

4.21/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, pale, wheat golden color with a cottony, stubborn white head. Flecks of barley and vegetable matter float all around the beer. Juicy grapefruit with some pine on the nose. ONce the beer settles, sweeter fruit breaks through. Grapefruit up front then grass and pine emerge. But, the flavor suddenly falls of a cliff for an abrupt finish. Alcohol and unami get picked up right away and pervade throughout. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. It dries a little toward the finish. Pretty big disappointment. Pliny, Abrasive, Sucks, all way superior in my opinion.

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 03:04:43 | More by DocJitsu
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NickMGlass

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-31-2013 01:40:11 | More by NickMGlass
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d5001986

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2013 23:09:14 | More by d5001986
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heteroscedastic

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2013 18:33:53 | More by heteroscedastic
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petah12

Oregon

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2013 16:06:18 | More by petah12
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2013 04:17:28 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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Jsmercer

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2013 03:17:34 | More by Jsmercer
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Michigan

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2013 03:07:22 | More by Michigan
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