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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,163 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,163
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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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
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OrangeAmps

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 20:48:45 | More by OrangeAmps
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evilc

California

4/5  rDev -15.4%

01-09-2013 20:40:08 | More by evilc
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LegalBrew87

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 18:36:35 | More by LegalBrew87
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BeerNerd84

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 17:33:35 | More by BeerNerd84
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soyuz

Virginia

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

All around best IPA ever. Might be due to how fresh it was, I picked up a case and it was gone within 2 weeks.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 16:22:49 | More by soyuz
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 15:04:52 | More by Skye1024
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mborden

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-09-2013 13:59:34 | More by mborden
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JAramini

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 13:43:23 | More by JAramini
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Fluteswell

Maryland

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 13:01:31 | More by Fluteswell
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krkearney

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 12:34:11 | More by krkearney
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Carloco

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-09-2013 06:41:54 | More by Carloco
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Schmaltzy

California

3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't know why this beer is so hyped up. I've tried it fresh multiple times and think it is the best east coast attempt at a west coast IPA that I have had. With that said, it falls very short when put up against west coast ipas. Nose is slightly muted and taste is light and slightly too malty. Not much else to say except in glad I live in san Diego...

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 05:39:07 | More by Schmaltzy
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darknova306

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 05:15:20 | More by darknova306
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 04:39:09 | More by oglmcdgl
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 04:29:25 | More by jjheinrichs
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whiterapid

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 04:02:31 | More by whiterapid
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jeff1973

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-09-2013 03:33:48 | More by jeff1973
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Eweimer1


5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 02:35:02 | More by Eweimer1
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brewtus

Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yesterday this was #3, new BA format and BOOM #1, tastes even better now!

Anyways. It's Tuesday and this can was canned last Thursday, picked it up at the brewery. I had one that day but wanted to focus on the mindblow.

It's great out of the can but I poured this into a bourbon snifter to review, it had the smallest mouth opening of any glassware I had.

A- Pours a hazy beautiful orange with a quick fading white head
S- smells like straight hops but not in a sharp way, I get a lot of lemon, I get tropical fruits.
T/M- this is pretty unique, it's so freaking balanced for DIPA and its goes down almost buttery. Needless to say you get a boatload of hops but its sooo smooth, I don't even get it. As it goes down you get a lot of lemon and tropical fruit, pine, some subtle caramel. even the the aftertaste is great, very earthy
O- I honestly never thought I'd get to buy fresh heady, and I'm so glad I did. This is not overhyped if you like DIPA's, I can't believe this is 120 IBU's. is so smooth and it leaves you waning more after every sip, good thing it comes in 16oz cans. Almost makes me want to drive 12 hours to buy more.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 02:06:13 | More by brewtus
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,163 ratings.