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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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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.91/5  rDev +3.8%

5/13/2013 - Snifter. I was told this was "4 days old" from the kind bearded man who apparently had a trunk full of this bounty.

A - hazy bronze, like a yellow Post-it note left in the dash and faded by the sun. 1 inch head, but that settles down after a bit.

S - citrus and pine all around. Mango / pineapple / grapefruit. Also a yeasty and slightly musty hint as well. Did I leave anything out?

T - Pretty much perfect. Smooth hop roller-coaster with malty loop-de-loops. Bitterness is present, but not overbearing...more of a whiffle ball bat than a Louisville Slugger. Bread and biscuit. Sugary and sweet. Hints of honey and maybe some lemon for good measure as it warms. Overall, terrific.

M - tasted like beer. Smooth with no carb issues.

O - I'm a believer in the hype. This beer gives unspeakable pleasures and I would gladly trade my wife for a case. Warning: This beer will give you the urge to hunt predatory animals. You have been warned.

10-02-2012 17:08:14 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

10-02-2012 04:34:49 | More by markgoodman10
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

Can thanks to juliusseizure. Enjoyed from the can, because my mother taught me to follow directions.

Appearance: Yeah, yeah... I know. Its just a can, But I truly enjoy the way this can looks. The glossy metallic with only black is pretty badass in my opinion.

Smell: Tough to get a whiff out of that little opening, but what does come out it so inviting, Huge grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. A little bit of pine, but just ever so slightly. Nice honey sweetness supports.

Taste: Incredible grapefruit, orange juice, and pineapple. A pretty supportive caramel sweetness bolsters the juicy affair, but lets the hops shine. A light resin and citrus lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: This is so utterly drinkable. Incredibly juicy, with a wonderful prickly carbonation. A pretty substantial bitterness that I don't remember the last time I reviewed this.

Overall: I have no idea how old the can I reviewed the last time was, but this one blows it away, and I know it was less than a week old. Incredible stuff, lives up to the hype, and blows Pliny out of the water in my opinion.

10-02-2012 02:24:53 | More by cfrances33
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soroka24

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-02-2012 00:21:56 | More by soroka24
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BeerChanticleer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-01-2012 23:33:49 | More by BeerChanticleer
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ScienceGuy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-01-2012 18:48:38 | More by ScienceGuy
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RyanWantAle816

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-01-2012 16:09:53 | More by RyanWantAle816
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-01-2012 00:06:12 | More by mendvicdog
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-30-2012 18:22:11 | More by pvequalsnrt
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tdjb

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

09-30-2012 16:52:31 | More by tdjb
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-30-2012 16:28:33 | More by alamode
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sbrotschul

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

What a fun can of beer! It is great that we can zip up to Vermont and bring a couple of cases home for sharing over the summer. Of course, the warning "drink from the can" does make a difference. I did pour some in a snifter, but you lose some of the smell and the creaminess.

Appearance (4.5). The can hides the yellow color of the beer -- which isn't all bad. Can't tell about lacing, and the change of color over time.

Smell (5.0). Citrus explosion, with some hints of mango-like sweetness.

Taste (4.5). Hops, citrus tickles the tongue. Mmmmm.

Mouthfeel (5.0). Love the creaminess of the beer. Not too bubbly.

Overall (4.75). A world-class beer. It is no surprise that this beer has been moving up the charts over the last year.

09-30-2012 05:26:41 | More by sbrotschul
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colbyguy

Maine

4/5  rDev -15.4%

09-29-2012 02:55:01 | More by colbyguy
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rderedin

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

09-29-2012 00:40:49 | More by rderedin
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours a hazy dark straw yellow in color with some hints of golden yellow and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense and creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Huge aromas of citrus and tropical hops - lots of citrus/grapefruit along with pineapple, mango, and peach tropical aromas. The smell of this beer makes me want to drink it, and want more and more of it.

T: Just like the smell, the taste of this beer is completely dominated by the hops. Moderate to strong flavors of grapefruit/citrus, pineapple, mango, and peach hops with a light amount of bitterness that does not linger. Upfront there is a light amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy.

O: Poured half the can into a glass for my review and drank the other half from the can as recommended on the can. This is definitely a world class DIPA, great aroma and great flavor...and it comes in a can to top it off. This beer is super easy to drink but I think it could really sneak up on you because the alcohol is very well hidden. Delicious!

09-28-2012 22:18:10 | More by dbrauneis
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meaghan2k

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-27-2012 17:45:16 | More by meaghan2k
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LarryK

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-27-2012 17:14:22 | More by LarryK
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OldCrustacean79

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-27-2012 03:28:30 | More by OldCrustacean79
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arash1000

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

09-26-2012 17:48:43 | More by arash1000
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ChanChan

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

09-25-2012 15:01:30 | More by ChanChan
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-25-2012 12:48:17 | More by chefduff2
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batkinz

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-25-2012 01:58:13 | More by batkinz
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-25-2012 00:50:47 | More by beermanbrian
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Shnanign

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-24-2012 23:38:06 | More by Shnanign
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +2.1%

(Notes from an April 2012 sampling)

The brewers at The Alchemist are forthright in why Heady Topper should be enjoyed from the can. While the beer pours a gorgeous ruby-amber, tan chunks of what I believe to be yeast and hop resin spread throughout the beer. They do not affect the mouthfeel in or out of the can, though. If you can stomach the visuals, I highly recommend pouring the beer in a large snifter to experience the explosion of citrus and herbal aromas from the hops. The taste: it's like an orange was cross-bred with a hop and squeezed into the can. There is a perfect bittersweet balance at play here. I could drink these one after the other if availability allowed me to,

Simply put, this is a world-class IIPA. As far as I'm concerned, it's the new flagship for the style. I'm glad I got it when I did as I'm sure future releases will reach Pliny the Young levels of insanity.

09-24-2012 20:21:01 | More by JimsArcade
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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