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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,458 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,458
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,827
Gots: 1,348 | FT: 37
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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Hogfitz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-29-2013 00:58:03 | More by Hogfitz
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BeerPilgrim


5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-28-2013 22:29:16 | More by BeerPilgrim
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first go with the one, the only, Heady! Super stoked right now. Fresh 16oz can poured into a tulip (what's the big deal about all the "DRINK FROM THE CAN" stuff anyway?) a super hazy, almost totally opaque pastel orange with an initial 2 finger bright white head that recedes quickly to a ring that leaves moderate lacing. A little hop sediment is visible floating around. Great looking beer.

Basically a tropical and stone fruit hops explosion in the nose. Big grapefruit and grapefruit rind, blood orange, mango, peach, and some earthy, dank herbal hops with a slight hint of sweet caramel malts. Truly remarkable aroma...I wish they made Heady Topper air fresheners. I could just smell this all day.

The dank, piney hops give a nice kick in the mouth in the front, but quickly gives way to huge, juicy citrus; mango, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, maybe even some slight apple and pear, a little lemon zest. Sweet caramel malts kick in towards the finish, giving this nuclear hop bomb great balance. Leaves a beautiful, sweet, juicy hop aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness. There's so much citrus that there seems to be an almost tart-like note to the beer, like fresh grapefruit dusted with sugar (which also happens to be one of my favorite fruits). Just straight up delicious.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Velvety and inviting.

I'm always interested in seeing if the beer lives up to the hype when it comes to "whales" like Heady. In this case, Alchemist deserves all the praise it gets. Enjoy By DIPA by Stone has just been replaced. Beautiful hop bouquet, great looking and even better tasting. Amazing hop depth with just the right amount of bitterness (which is quite low for a DIPA). Alchemist really needs to start distributing outside of VT! Best beer in the whole world? Not sure about that, but best DIPA and one of the best beers I've ever had? Indeed. So glad I have 4 more of these.

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 18:09:50 | More by cjoc83
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pk18

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-28-2013 18:03:10 | More by pk18
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srbcurti

Brazil

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-28-2013 17:52:24 | More by srbcurti
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SBoyar1

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-28-2013 15:19:47 | More by SBoyar1
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've enjoyed this beer both on tap and in a can, review based on the can

A - The can says to drink it straight from the can, and I'll agree that tuis is the best way to do it. But I've poured it into a glass as well, and the appearance is a murky orange semi opaque appearance with a medium density head. Looks like somebody blended up some orange slices in a beer.

S - best smelling beer I've ever encountered. Tropical pineapple mango citrus goodness. Smells like a juicy bunch of tropical fruit.

T - largely follows the nose. Pineapple is a dominant flavor. First and only beer where I've really been able to pick that out. Lots of tropical and citrus notes. Tangerine, mango, orange. Just the slightest hint of bitterness. Perfect.

M - medium carbonation, nice presentation of oily hops, leaves plenty on the palate for copious amounts of aftertaste.

O - the best IPA I've ever had, period.

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 05:35:15 | More by Beerandboards
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RayUF07

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-28-2013 05:26:47 | More by RayUF07
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mj0126

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-28-2013 03:55:47 | More by mj0126
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mjr333

California

4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WOW---a clean crisp ipa that deserves to be on top!

The smell, taste, mouth-fell and overall ipa greatness is in this c
an!!!

Ive heard that they are now offering 22oz glass for this???

This is by far the BEST dIPA i have sipped!!!

fresh fresh fresh is the vermont way--THANKS!!!

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 01:47:26 | More by mjr333
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themind

New Jersey

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

Well being an advocate for Pliny The Elder as the best beer on the planet I was reserved about the hype behind this brew. I do not really know what to say or explain the comparison. Heady Topper is a magnificent massive hop bomb that is amazingly balanced. This brew is World Class and lives up to the hype. I will now travel to Vermont to get more!!! I could drink these one after another enjoying every sip....really just an amazing beer! The bottom line is this is a World Class, top notch, killer IPA that leaves you wanting more.

I drank it from the can as instructed and WOW! just crazy good! The alcohol is so well hidden that Waldo couldn't find it.

Bottom Line: Sell your home, sell you car and hitch hike to Vermont to attain this beer!

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 00:27:28 | More by themind
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kapkenobi

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-27-2013 22:34:26 | More by kapkenobi
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coachob3

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-27-2013 21:26:13 | More by coachob3
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-27-2013 19:44:41 | More by ohtheguilt
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Jonny41

Maine

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-27-2013 19:22:56 | More by Jonny41
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Dirtinabottle

New York

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

I followed the rules and drank from the can. The can appearance is intriguing by itself.

This beer is what got me into craft beer and specifically doubles. The smell was bright and citrusy. It kept coming before, after, and during every sip. I may have spent more time smelling the beer than actually drinking it. Totally unique.

Like biting into an explosive, carbonated starfruit. So many citrus and floral flavors going on.

More carbonated than I am used to in a beer. This, however, allows more taste to penetrate the palate.

Overall, this is my favorite beer of this style. I look forward to every opportunity to have another. Please allow access to this hop combination for a long, long, time. A blind tasters dream.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 19:07:04 | More by Dirtinabottle
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-27-2013 15:15:41 | More by Hopsiam14
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dna1964dna

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-27-2013 03:57:20 | More by dna1964dna
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Jose2412

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-27-2013 03:23:59 | More by Jose2412
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-27-2013 03:20:29 | More by mirish72
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Gretlawn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-26-2013 22:23:32 | More by Gretlawn
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bahnfire

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-26-2013 21:30:20 | More by bahnfire
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-26-2013 21:26:59 | More by beer2day
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cocoapuph

California

4/5  rDev -15.4%

01-26-2013 19:19:49 | More by cocoapuph
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Spleeb

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-26-2013 18:29:11 | More by Spleeb
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,458 ratings.