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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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Heady TopperHeady Topper

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8,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,252
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 5,356
Gots: 1,711 | FT: 34
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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Photo of banglin
4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Enjoyed a Heady a few weeks ago poured in a glass (from same batch) and wrote down notes on appearance. Poured a white foam which dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. Nice golden color and a bit cloudy.

S: Strong hops smell. Perhaps a bit sweet. Excellent.

T: The hoppiness sits in the mouth, building in intensity, until you swallow and get a rush of the flavor.

M: Carbonation is great.

O: Overall this is a great beer with a hops flavor that builds and builds.

banglin, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Rheaume17
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Rheaume17, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Mack
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Mack, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Shankopotamus
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

Shankopotamus, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Holmes698, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: drank most of it from the can poured a small amount to see what it looked like Poured a golden color with a sight haze about 1 finger of bright white head with a good amount of lacing

S: lots of resin dank earthiness and pine on the nose finished with bright citrus

T: taste has much of the same notes as the nose bitter dank hop flavor up front followed by juicy citrus good warming sensation at the back end only defect that I can get is a bit of hop astringency

M: full bodied with a good amount of carbonation very smooth dangerously easy to drink for 8% abv

O: well worth all of the high scores and praise its a shame that I can't get it on a regular basis

smcnulty1981, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Jeff17
4/5  rDev -15.4%

Jeff17, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of MiamiRedSkins13
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

MiamiRedSkins13, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of msigona85
5/5  rDev +5.7%

msigona85, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of HopsMatt
5/5  rDev +5.7%

HopsMatt, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Saviorself
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Saviorself, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of JamesGWittel
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

JamesGWittel, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of tbarris
4/5  rDev -15.4%

tbarris, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of heavenlyStash
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

heavenlyStash, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of mmosey
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mmosey, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Heavy-G
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Heavy-G, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4/5  rDev -15.4%

pmoney, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit into a tulip, had most straight from the can

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, orange-gold in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big citrus hops, pineapple, earth, and rind

Taste: big citrus hops, pineapple, earth, rind, and some grapefruit at the back

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, lightly bitter with a sharper bitter end, medium bodied

Overall: Really happy to have found this. When I think of the best IPAs I have had, I think of Pliny, Hill Farmstand's Double Galaxy, and Mama Masala. I personally would choose any of those over this one as my favorite IPA. That said, the shear raw hoppiness of this one merits that it is in the discussion of the best. This one is a delightfully hoppy beer, but not one that kills you with high intensity, more like a gradual roll up of juicy flavors. I appreciate the complexity and quality flavor without the excessive bitterness. I would get this again if I can find it. Well worth the hype.

tigg924, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

toofdoc, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of arcook11
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

arcook11, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Malzie13
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Malzie13, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -15.4%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of gordo3735
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

gordo3735, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

nquigley16, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

DarkLordPsycho, Mar 03, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,252 ratings.