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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,989 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,989
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,198
Gots: 1,605 | FT: 36
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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CanisMajor

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-14-2013 00:04:07 | More by CanisMajor
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crager013

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

Best. Beer. Ever. Well maybe but its incredible. The hops smell from the can is overwhelming. It must be drunk from the can. For all the hops smell the bitterness is smooth and just right. Drink this if you can find it. And if you find it buy me a few extra cases, I will pay ya back!

01-13-2013 23:28:05 | More by crager013
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YuenglingMike78

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2013 22:29:37 | More by YuenglingMike78
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gos42

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2013 22:07:50 | More by gos42
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ZRT

Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2013 21:59:51 | More by ZRT
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Bapoonini

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2013 18:33:51 | More by Bapoonini
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2013 08:56:22 | More by RedneckBeerz
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CTBeerPope

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2013 05:02:56 | More by CTBeerPope
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2013 04:42:49 | More by outoffocus
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Keyportnick

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev -0.4%

16 oz can of deliciousness served into a tall tulip.

A- pours golden pale with a lot of sediment floating around giving a very unfiltered look.

S- big huge hops orange and citrus floral notes.

T- the taste pairs right up to the nose.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth week rounded body for such a big beer.

0- heady is a great offering. Big bold hops and great drinkability make this beer great. The only problem is never having enough of it!

01-13-2013 04:42:33 | More by Keyportnick
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TheeBeerCollector

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2013 00:54:37 | More by TheeBeerCollector
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zach60614

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-13-2013 00:42:07 | More by zach60614
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scotv

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-13-2013 00:35:08 | More by scotv
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steelcitydrinker


5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-13-2013 00:15:00 | More by steelcitydrinker
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-12-2013 21:55:59 | More by marine1975
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rvajohn

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2013 20:57:20 | More by rvajohn
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%

This is definately my favorite IPA.

Smell: Great aroma with a nice piny kick that lets you know that these hops mean business.

Taste: Great residual taste that stays with you for nearly fifteen minutes after you've completed the can. Certainly has a ton of hops but what i love most about this beer is it seems to have a yeast strand that i both love but am unfamiliar with.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel with alot of yeast sediment which i personaly am fond of however i know not everyone feels the same sentiment.

01-12-2013 19:38:43 | More by KELPAK
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Drumomatic

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

Keeping it simple, this is a fantastic beer worthy of the praise it gets. Great job Alchemist on brewing a single beer perfectly. Please don't change that focus. You can't miss with a singular objective like that!

Smell, taste, and appearance sum up to be a beautiful thing! I made it up to Waterbury at the brewery where I picked up some stock and had an excellent experience. Stopped by the Prohibition Pig afterwards for a full serving and lunch, which was epic.

01-12-2013 17:17:46 | More by Drumomatic
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wintbs379

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-12-2013 17:12:53 | More by wintbs379
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canadianghetto

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2013 16:32:02 | More by canadianghetto
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Goobastic

New York

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

01-12-2013 13:26:20 | More by Goobastic
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bklynj

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

01-12-2013 13:00:16 | More by bklynj
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-12-2013 01:04:24 | More by CaptDavyJones
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev -1.9%

Second time around with this beer in the last week.
The first I think might have been less than fresh or didn't travel well (?) - I guess I really don't care now.
Thanks to RandyKemka for hooking me up with this one.

I have to give an average 3 for appearance - although I'm drinking from the can, I owe it at least a par score for that.
The smell is what I expected - pungent grapefruit hop citrus...very nice
The taste kind of took me by surprise - a biting hop resin up front, and then WHAM...it did a disappearing act on my tongue, as if my mouth was a cloud drawing little droplets of water and nothing else.
Then just as I was focusing on the amazing nothingness - the hops came back and gave my mouth a little hop resin kick (or should I say re-kick)
The mouth feel is nothing short of amazing...medium to full body on an IPA? WoW!

Overall, I would say I will have to bow to the hype on this one. A+
It reminds me of an AIR Abrasive (if they made such a beer) - except Abrasive doesn't have the magic trick in the middle of the show.

01-11-2013 23:12:22 | More by lonewolfcry
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nharres

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

01-11-2013 22:30:00 | More by nharres
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,989 ratings.