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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,415 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,415
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,792
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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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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franklinn

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-08-2012 00:19:46 | More by franklinn
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dmsulli

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-07-2012 22:26:16 | More by dmsulli
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kennethkearns

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-07-2012 21:59:42 | More by kennethkearns
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to merc7186 for picking up a few cans of this for me...

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy yellowish pink. It reminds me specifically of grapefruit juice. There is a full finger of pure white puffy foam that settles fairly quickly. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer has some serious citrus, a good amount of pine, and a mild underlying sweetness. There are some fruit notes and herbal tea in there as well. It's really pleasent.

T: Mmm. This is awesome. It's juicy citrus, herbal tea, and pine. Wow. I'm amazed by how smooth this beer is. Tons of flavor, but very little harsh hop bite or booze. It's really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied beer. The citrus and tea envelop the palate to start, but it fades in the middle as the pine comes on strong. The finish is bitter, and it lingers for a bit, but it's never overwhelming.

O: This beer is pretty fantastic. I was expecting a lot, and it delivered. I only have one can left, and I want more immediately! Road trip to VT... anyone?

Side Note: I never took the "drink from the can" seriously, but it's legit. Maybe it's just mental, but it tastes better straight from the can.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 20:28:46 | More by trxxpaxxs
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millertime416

Iowa

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-07-2012 14:39:18 | More by millertime416
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Ohmu

Sweden

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from can.

l: hazy, really hazy. (I had to pour a bit of it up, though this was drunk from the can)

s: herbs, orangey, hops!

t: grassy, sweet botttom tones, dry on top, bitter (but only initally, nice roll off)

This is one beer I wish I could have more of. Initially when opened (straight from the fridge) it's kind of over powering in the bitterness, but some mouths in it's just so balanced and just beautiful all the way. One of the best DIPA's I've had.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 14:34:33 | More by Ohmu
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The1WineGuy

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-06-2012 22:44:09 | More by The1WineGuy
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can. Drank straight from the can. no freshness dating. thanks to markasparov for this one.

a- the haziest ipa i've ever seen. extremely murky and lots of floaties. Has with a nice, fluffy head. a bit of lacing.

s- out of this word. has a huge wave of piny hops and grapefruit and orange, and every other delicious thing you can imagine.

t- the juiciest ipa i've ever had. this is mind-blowing. i can taste and smell this beer even after i put it down, and putting this beer down is really difficult. this is like the biggest citrus orgasm in a beer ever. the hops in this are delicious, but the maltiness in this beer is equally insane.

m- incredibly well balanced. the perfect carbonation. i can't say anything else. But at 8%, this is the most drinkable beer I'eve ever had.

o- This is for Mark: Heady Topper...How do I begin to explain Heady Topper? Heady Topper is flawless. I hear a case of this stuff should be insured for $10,000. I hear Heady does car commercials...in Japan. Heady's favorite activity is knocking people senseless over the head with its awesomeness. One time, John Stamos drank Heady on a plane...and said it was pretty (unbelievable). One time, it punched in the face with its deliciousness...It was awesome.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 04:14:50 | More by dejrrma
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Apricot hue with a thin head and a good amount of lacing; some sediment floating around, which is why I suppose they want you to drink it from the can--sorry, guys, I just can't do it

S: That is a tropical bouquet of awesomeness: pineapple, mango, grapefruit; spicy and awesome

T: This is a hoppy awesome beer--so fruity and fantastic: the mango, pineapples, and grapefruit are the stars here but there is a pleasant, slightly sweet malty backbone

F: Oily and sticky medium body, which is exactly what a DIPA should be

O: This is an amazing beer; hoppy and fruity and oily and so damn good

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 04:08:35 | More by dbossman
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Hoppypocket for the opportunity to try this bad-boy!

Appearance. Pours a very murky straw-orange (maybe just a little blue-green??)with a massive, frothy off-white head that lasts forever, but doesn't leave much for lace. I know it says to drink from a can but c'mon, let's be civilized here ;-)

Smell. Pine needles and citrus rinds, some good toasty malt, a little floral soap-like smell as well.

Taste. Big bitter floral, grassy hops with a splash of citrus juice. Some great roasty malt is there and there's a bunch of bitter citrus rind and grass in the finish that stays on the tongue.

Mouthfeel. Just below full body with medium-low carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. Had this side by side with my (previously) favourite dipa. I still have a great love for the other one, but this has to be the best tasting dipa I've had to date. Looks kinda' iffy, but a guy gets over that after one taste.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 03:33:25 | More by Rutager
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from the can into Harpoon Limited Edition snifter.

The color is cloudy deep orange with some yellow highlights around the edges with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell bursts out from the can with a bright piney aroma. Nowhere near the can and before the pour the hops are already present. The aroma is fresh hops all the way as if you had a packet of hops about to be poured into a boiling wort.

The taste is hoppy with some pine flavor sitting on top of a juicy citrus flavor. The layers of hop flavor both big and small seem to meld well here. From orange pith to the piney Douglas fur flavor to the slight bitterness toward the end. Sweetness right where is should be with some bitterness that comes in but has out the dull knives and only eases into the bite.

The feel is smooth and goes down easier then expected from a hop forward beer. It is really drinkable and seems to want to go down without a thought. This is may be the most drinkable hop-flavorful beer I have had. Worth the wait and the travel to have this beer.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 02:08:40 | More by Duhast500
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second time having this super hyped up beer. Both times I really enjoyed it. This time I am reviewing and only poured 5 ounces out of can to see appearance and get more smell than outta can...not that you can't smell the hops as soon as you crack the can. Really hazy yellowish with minimal head. Laces but not as sticky as I was anticipating, dissipates as the head did. This beer you can smell as your drinking it, rinds, grapefruit,citrus, and don't forget the hops. Different than any dipa that I ever had. Great hop pop, Med Carb,and balance that makes you want more!! Big hop aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Overall lives up to hype and will seek out again. Hop heads dream and really really leaves hops for days in your mouth. In my top 5 just unsure until I have access to more where it falls.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 02:00:28 | More by Mounty4Life
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-05-2012 22:57:01 | More by bbadger
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BWHD

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-05-2012 21:17:05 | More by BWHD
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MarkFy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2012 21:02:44 | More by MarkFy
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cccarson

Illinois

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

My girlfriend's brother brought us a 4 pack straight from the source. I gave it all 5s for a reason.

A: Beautiful yellow-orange sunset. It's unfiltered and various particles are visible. Note: the label recommends consuming the beer straight from the can. I tried one like this and also one that I poured into a tulip glass. Both were magnificent.

S: Incredible aroma of mango, grapefruit and guava (yes, guava). Some orange and lemon thrown in for good measure.

T: Taste follows the nose perfectly, with the mango standing out beautifully. Astonishing flavor. Important hop note: as stated on the can, this isn't supposed to be a hop explosion, and it's not. What it is, is a perfectly balanced beer.

M: carbonation is perfect. Just enough to let the hops dance around the tongue, and not too much to overpower the hops.

O: This is, by far, the best DIPA I've ever had and perhaps the best beer I've had period. PtE, Hopslam, and Dreadnaught are incredible beers but not even in the same class as Heady Topper. HT leaves them in the dust. I've had CBS on more than one occasion, and almost all Cantillon variants. I'm not exaggerating or going overboard when I say this might be the best beer on earth. A remarkable offering. Do yourself a favor and try this brew. It's worth it and then some.

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 20:43:01 | More by cccarson
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aztraz

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-05-2012 20:39:36 | More by aztraz
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JohnnyChowder

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2012 03:35:43 | More by JohnnyChowder
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-04-2012 23:48:46 | More by SlickestWilly
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josephwa

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-04-2012 20:49:31 | More by josephwa
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-04-2012 17:11:26 | More by GrindFatherBob
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camhack

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-04-2012 08:13:59 | More by camhack
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

06-04-2012 04:49:39 | More by vrbulldog22
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cvidal84


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-03-2012 22:55:58 | More by cvidal84
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-03-2012 13:01:06 | More by BugTownPub
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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