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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,157 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,157
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,597
Gots: 1,205 | 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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ckobes

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 17:35:23 | More by ckobes
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steeltown71

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 17:19:04 | More by steeltown71
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Heady978

Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heady Topper. This is it. This beer in my hand is truly the best DIPA, and maybe the best beer period. Pouring this beer into a brand new tulip glass seems blasphemous given the clear instructions to drink form the can, but I've done that enough, and can't miss an opportunity to enjoy the full sensory experience of HT.

A: Just gorgeous. Sunset orange with a bright white head that dissipates quickly but sticks around for the whole glass. Unfiltered to the max, which IMHO is a plus, especially when we're talking about DIPAs.

S: Smell is off the charts. Massive citrus and pine notes assault your nasal cavities from the moment you crack a can until the moment you take your last glorious sip. If only they made HT air fresheners...

T: 120 IBUs never tasted so good - a hopheads wet dream. Once the initial punch of hop bitterness passes, you are left with bright, cleansing grapefruit and overripe orange which fades into a subdued but present malt sweetness that leaves the beer tasting rather balanced (although this beer is not mean't to be balanced, so I'm puzzled as to why so many people criticize it for being too hop forward)

M: Brilliant. Smooth, almost creamy carbonation that pops the palate open and readies you for the onslaught of goodness.

O: Those who find themselves disappointed by HT, IMHO, simply do not possess the necessary knowledge of the DIPA style or the requisite love of American hops. This beer fires on all cylinders and I feel truly blessed to be able to drink it regularly. John Kimmich & company really have it figured out and I couldn't be happier for the heady people that make this heady beer come to life.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 17:02:57 | More by Heady978
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clutchmeister

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-11-2013 15:08:53 | More by clutchmeister
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sirsteve42

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 14:03:49 | More by sirsteve42
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-11-2013 04:39:44 | More by st9647v3
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megamass

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 04:23:49 | More by megamass
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primrose54

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 03:00:26 | More by primrose54
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Debrowen

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-11-2013 02:34:35 | More by Debrowen
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mclynch

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-11-2013 01:49:55 | More by mclynch
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gueuzehead

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-10-2013 21:26:18 | More by gueuzehead
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Efay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-10-2013 19:56:37 | More by Efay
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TomD

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2013 13:34:33 | More by TomD
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robsee

California

2/5  rDev -57.7%

01-10-2013 09:30:44 | More by robsee
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ipafool

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-10-2013 08:02:07 | More by ipafool
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-10-2013 05:02:52 | More by WYVYRN527
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-10-2013 02:21:48 | More by madtowndmb1
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da_beers

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It just hit #1 on BA yesterday, and today he local shop sold out in two hours. Jmscowcroft was able to get a four-pack and set me up but when I went at lunch it was sold out.

A - Supposed to drink from the can, but poured a bit to see. Cloudy burnt orange color. Good head of a finger and a half. Can tell that it is unfiltered but looks great.
S - Smell is amazing. Really adds to the taste in a big way. Floral like a bouquet of smells and really hoppy. Also a piney fragrance towards the end. A little citrus at the very end.
T - This one tastes great. Obviously very hoppy but surprisingly smooth. Definitely a citrus taste, it seems bitter but ends so smooth. This beer is so evolving across the palate its hard to put a name on it.
M - It feels very smooth and buttery, but has a way to remind you it's their, it's very "sippable" however. The aftertaste doesn't dominate as some can, but you can taste it in your mouth in a good way.
D - Drinkability was its only downfall. As far as taste, it was great, but I personally didn't want to have multiples. Great for enjoying it smaller quantities. But overall very drinkable.
O - Overall a great beer. The way the smell and taste mingle is artistic. It confuses and makes sense all in one sip. It deserves the efforts to obtain it.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 01:59:23 | More by da_beers
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

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

Heady Topper - 1 Pint - Can

First off it took me three weeks to get my hands on some even though I live in the area. Exciting to see such high demand for local product! This brew gets better every time you have it! (Editing this review again because it REALLY does get better every time you have it!)

Look - Hazy golden unfiltered (also unpasteurized) with an average amount of carbonation. Full, frothy head. I only poured an ounce or so for evaluation purposes, I enjoyed the rest right from the can. I have found through several reviews that I actually prefer pouring this into my Dogfish Head IPA glass, I love getting the aroma while drinking and seeing this beast in all its glory.

Smell - Hopsimus maximus with earthy, floral (piney) overtones. Quite unique smelling compared to other, similar brews. Almost has a spice tang to it. Again using my DFH glass I am able to get much more out of the aroma than from the can.

Taste - Wave after wave of hoppy goodness is how they word it and that is EXACTLY how it is. There is a resonation but it is pleasing compared to other hoppy beers that sit on top of your tongue. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly drinkable but one needs to be careful primarily due to alcohol content but also so as to not over-abuse the palette. This brew has a way of masking the 8% but at the same time hitting you like none other, it must be super concentrated hop juice!

Overall - This is one of the best brews I have ever had. I am proud of Vermont microbrews and this just makes me even prouder. Time and time again I go back to this brew and it just seems to get better and better.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 01:30:56 | More by JMScowcroft
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miadw3

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-10-2013 01:16:00 | More by miadw3
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BeerNFoodDood

Colorado

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 23:46:06 | More by BeerNFoodDood
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1424IpA

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 22:40:48 | More by 1424IpA
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 22:20:35 | More by nanobrew
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jgagne

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 22:15:41 | More by jgagne
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pgrow

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-09-2013 22:06:55 | More by pgrow
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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