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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,816 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,816
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,067
Gots: 1,517 | FT: 33
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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pottergator

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-31-2013 02:49:49 | More by pottergator
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Zaximus

Washington

4.81/5  rDev +1.7%

I thought my first full review should follow my first can of Heady. Thanks to patric11 for the trade on this one. Was told it was picked up from the brewery on 8/2/2013.

A - Aggressive pour into New Glarus Fat Squirrel pint yields a strong three finger head. Cloudy, peachy color persists.

S - Love the nose on a fresh IPA and this one about knocks me over. Intense floral nose. Grass. Something sweet. Just fantastic.

T - And there it is. I get sweet at first followed by a nicely balanced bitterness and perhaps a little alcohol at the end. Delicious. Though I do get a little alcohol I get the feeling I could drink quite a bit of this on a hot summer day. Subtly different from many of the IIPAs I've had. Not sure what that taste is but it's delicious.

M - Full. Almost a little creamy with just the right amount of carbination.

O - Fantastic. Very well balanced. Not overly hoppy. Just very well done. As advertised.

03-31-2013 02:48:22 | More by Zaximus
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rbschult

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 23:55:24 | More by rbschult
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emile772

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2013 22:46:17 | More by emile772
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adamcarlson28

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2013 22:45:03 | More by adamcarlson28
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 22:07:18 | More by Lukafer
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msondel

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

I made it up to Waterbury last weekend and had my first (and 5th) Heady Topper on that visit. I went into the weekend figuring it couldn't be as good as all the hype. I also doubted whether drinking anything out of a can would be one of my best beer drinking experiences. I was blown away by how great this tasted and by how drinkable it was. I had a game plan to try the first one in the can (per the instructions on the can) and then try one in a glass so I could see what I was drinking...I scrapped this plan after tasting how good the first one was in the can. The rest of my tastes were directly from the can. Apparently there are only two places that serve this beer on draft (the brewery and the Prohibition Pig)....the rest of the places in town serve it in a can (when they can get it).

Warning: we went up on a Friday night and it was very hard to find any stores (including the brewery) that had any for sale...only places that had it were bars and the rest of the places were waiting for the next release on Monday. Therefore, plan your trip for mid-week if you want to ensure you take some home.

I'm hoping the expansion of the cannery makes this beer more available....looking forward to the next one.

03-30-2013 18:28:01 | More by msondel
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sben88

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -5.3%

Though a very good IPA, I wouldn't consider HT in the same breath as either Pliny. I think with this beer we have an extreme case of confirmation bias. I can think of 5 or 6 other beers I'd rather drink. I drank my first HT a couple hours after it was canned.

03-30-2013 17:09:02 | More by sben88
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rjknyy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 16:24:36 | More by rjknyy
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 16:16:52 | More by griffeyb
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Bluecane

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2013 15:52:53 | More by Bluecane
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TheEvilGenius

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-30-2013 13:42:42 | More by TheEvilGenius
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2013 11:57:15 | More by GuyIncognito
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comradekyle

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 10:44:38 | More by comradekyle
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 09:03:50 | More by ldhughes3
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TheFugitive

Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into a goblet style glass also sipped from the can <not recommended

A: Copper orange color with a two finger head

S: Hops and Pine dominate this one

T: Heady Topper is the finest DIPA avaialble. The balance is perfect, I wouldn't change a thing. Big Hops and Pine, finishes with a huge burst of citrus, it's like no other DIPA

M: Carbonation and body are light to medium, very easy drinking

O: As good as it gets

03-30-2013 05:26:01 | More by TheFugitive
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Choclathai

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2013 01:33:33 | More by Choclathai
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BChertow

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2013 01:00:07 | More by BChertow
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dfillius

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Poured gently into a pint glass
A: 1/2 finger of off-white head with good retention. Hazy/cloudy greenish orange. I'd like less cloudiness, but could it be as hoppy without this?
S: Juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Man Candy. Papaya, a lot of pine, slightly dank. Slight sulfurous allium. Slight esters in the finish are the only sign of alcohol in this beer.
T: Brilliant hops are quite bitter up front but stop shy of soapiness. Middle of the taste into the aftertaste is citrus and fruit from hope. The end is not punishingly bitter but is assertive. Delicious. New waves of hops cascade over each other, as opposed to many other DIPAs that build in estery quality as they warm. Perfect.
M: Bright, bitter, full but not chewy. Not hot or boozy at all for its 8%
O: A very good to great DIPA. Assertive hops and bitterness, little to no maltiness but full feeling. Fresh hop flavor with bold American character.

03-30-2013 00:43:46 | More by dfillius
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jeg518

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-29-2013 23:34:35 | More by jeg518
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-29-2013 21:32:03 | More by bman_85
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Nubicks

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-29-2013 20:29:37 | More by Nubicks
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Bauzen

New York

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%

This is not a balanced beer by any means. If you're a hops lover, this beer certainly celebrates it like no other. It's almost comical and whimsical if I had to think of fundamental words to describe it. When you first crack open the can, you get hit with a sledgehammer of aroma; notes of citrus and pine hit you hardest. With every sip, the bitterness provides for a lingering complexity that makes this beer unique.

I found myself laughing at the experience of the entire first can. Not sure how much of it was the reputation that preceded it, but I enjoyed every sip like a fat kid knee deep in chocolate cake. I only wish it was more easily accessible in NYC. As of the time of this review, it's available exclusively at Uncle Barry's in Park Slope, Brooklyn via Union Beer distributers.

03-29-2013 20:22:20 | More by Bauzen
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

03-29-2013 18:32:31 | More by aslamm75
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

A - (only poured a little out to see) cloudy, kinda apple juicey, small white head, but since your supposed to drink it outa the can, amazing can art, really cool looking and nice write up on the beer.
S - huge mix of pine and floral hops
T - perfectly balanced between both hops and malts, and floral and piney hops
M - very easy to drink, slightly creamy, very smooth
O - quite possibly the best beer I have ever had, totally worth the wait it took me to get in pa, the perfect IIpa

03-29-2013 17:31:48 | More by vicsju1991
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,816 ratings.