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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,075
Reviews: 1,714
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 5,946
Gots: 2,086 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

james582, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Thia417
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have driven 3 and half hours just to get this beer. That's saying enough about how awesome it is. I just can't get enough of it!

I went to the Alchemist's new brewery a couple months back and bought as much as they would let me. This beer is in high demand and in general not distributed very far as they're still a small brewery. But it's definitely worth the trip.

This is extreme hop heaven. But unlike some it is not too overwhelming as it is perfectly blended. The smell and taste are like heaven.

Thia417, Aug 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

flyasalt, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

rcjennings, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

APB, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

DBlackford, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Javi_bobby, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Kruja5, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

wolf_switzer, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of maxcoinage
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, thanks to mshull for trading this to me! My first Heady on my 31st birthday

I poured a few ounces into a snifter so that I could properly rate it - but drank the rest from the can and I must say I enjoyed it more from the can!

Appearance - hazy golden/orange. As i swirled in snifter left some good lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma - on point!! Burst of hops and citrus, pine/ resinous and floral

Taste - nice hop bite with a bit of sweetness and a good malt backbone. Grapefruit, citrus, pine

Mouthfeel - didn't seem to carbonated. so smooth and drinkable it's crazy.

overall - just an amazing brew and definitely worth the hype, I couldn't believe how smooth this beer went down. I wanted to have another one right after but with only four might have to stretch them out over a week.

maxcoinage, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

emottram, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of xseanprimex
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 5 oz. taster just to see the color.

A: An unfiltered golden straw color. Poured a nice thick white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: As soon as I popped the can I could smell the pretty complex hop profile. A little piny but mostly citrus on the nose. Sweet and juicy.

T: Not a hopbomb, it's a hop experience. The flavor is a little piny but overall it is fruity. Crisp and not overpowering I am getting grapefruits and tropicals.

M: IMO the best feature of this brew. The beer completely coats your mouth with the juicy goodness of its complex hop profile. The carbonation is perfect, not too prickly but invigorating.

O: Overall this is an impossibly drinkable DIPA. If had access to this brew I would pay the $3 a can and drink it every day. Can't wait to have the opportunity to do a blind side by side with the likes of Pliny and a few Alpines. It's the only way to really rank these top contenders.

xseanprimex, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.3%

Broanoke, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Aug 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Cooker_stp, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

instinct2, Aug 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

woooobeer, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

firstlighthiker, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Lamdawg420, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Kmat10, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

jakea, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Ljudsignal
4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to Ben Warner for this unexpected treat.

Pours a murky orange with an impressive creamy two-and-a-half-finger head. Head fades over the course of two-three minutes to a film of foam atop the beer. Splotchy, cobwebby lacing.

In the nose--well, lean in to within about six inches of the glass and you can smell it. Big dank floral hops with a slightly peppery spice edge, citrus and tropical fruits, wet grass and a faint but persistent sweet bready malt note. Hops for days, man, hops for days.

Taste follows the nose almost to a T. Massive juicy hops from the very first sip--pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit all clamor for attention. Also present are potent floral notes--fresh-cut grass, a dank oniony note, pine sap, and again that effervescent peppery character. Sweet bready malt rounds out the equation, with a surprisingly clean phenolic bite at the very back. The balance is what really impresses here--no one flavor profile dominates over the other in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and creamy.

On the whole... "lush" is the word that comes to mind here. From the raw hop juiciness of the flavor profile to the creaminess of the feel, this is a deceptively smooth beer for the intensity of hop flavor it packs. Delicious and well worth the effort necessary to procure it.

Ljudsignal, Aug 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

smitherz22, Aug 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

SuperCutePanda, Aug 17, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,075 ratings.