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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,950
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,170
Gots: 1,586 | 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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New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2012 02:10:49 | More by jpowers315
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2012 01:27:56 | More by helmdog525
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

11-02-2012 00:09:02 | More by chippo33
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

This is, hands down, the best double IPA I've tasted. The hops explodes out of the can when you open it, literally filling the room with the smell. Great coloration, and the remains that come out of the can at the end add even more flavor. The aftertaste is not bitter at all, and leaves a very nice, non bitter flavor. Drinking it out of the can is definitely the best way to drink, though out of the tap is certainly right up there (Proabition Pig in Waterbury Vermont)Visiting Vt is a great thing right now for Beer lovers. Hill Farmstead and Lawsons are also right up there with their double IPA's as well. But neither can keep up with Heady...

11-01-2012 20:38:52 | More by jbellows
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-01-2012 04:46:05 | More by Phacoman
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-31-2012 21:44:36 | More by bennetj17
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-31-2012 21:25:11 | More by millelacsmark
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4.69/5  rDev -0.8%

Went to the brewery to get this one, only to find they had sold out. Luckily a local pub had it on tap and all the travelling was well worth it. Appearance wise it is cloudy with a grainy foamy head. Not overly pretty but i know this is meant to be drunk straight out of a can, so i wont hold that against them. Hops hit the nose straight away in a big american way, citrusy, piney, tropical, but underneath it all is a reasuring earthy malt base. Tastes a lot like it smells. A bunch of wonderful things coming together in a way that isnt completely cohesive, but complimentary enough that you can enjoy everything together or pick out the various delicious elements, like a farmers market salad. Really, really like this. its got a nice oily mouthfeel, lively carbonation and finishes clean and moreish. taste well rounded, complete, refreshing a little raw, but in a surprisingly endearing way. Would drink a lot of these, but i dont live in Vermont so i can't.

10-31-2012 17:43:01 | More by jmaharaj
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-31-2012 03:04:13 | More by tswater
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-30-2012 23:55:15 | More by megsevents
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-30-2012 00:13:29 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-29-2012 23:07:02 | More by twillingthenoz
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-29-2012 18:28:25 | More by 603BeerMe
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-29-2012 16:06:56 | More by dsuedbeck
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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

Thank you so much to Jzeilinger for sending me this in return for absolutely nothing. You sir are truly awesome!

I'm drinking from the can as I am instructed to by it...

Appearance - can art is awesome. The dood's head is exploding hops!!!

Smell - I was worried I wasn't going to be able to smell the full aroma through the can, but I can! A lot of hops filling my nose through this small can hole.

Taste - really does live up to all the hype for me, an amazing representation of hops in this beer.

Mouthfeel - great

Overall - very very good. I hope everyone has a chance to try this beer.

10-28-2012 18:19:49 | More by Bills453
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-28-2012 16:28:14 | More by FoodiePilgrim
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-28-2012 02:16:48 | More by pveilleux
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev -2.1%

I am reviewing based on a 16oz can poured into a pint glass. I regularly drink this right from the can but made the pour for purpose of this review. I've had it on tap as well.

A-Pours a very hazy light golden with a hint of orange or light copper. It is definately not amber. This pour produced a 3+ finger head, white and fluffy, that slowly tapered to a film. There is clear evidence of sediment floating about, colloids. A little lacing.

S- Wow! A citrus hop punch in the kisser! Grapefriut to me, tart. Call it lemon, orange, tropical if you want to, that's ok as well. No matter, the aroma could fill an arena as soon as the top is popped. I cannot get enough!

T-Citus hop on the lip, tongue, taste buds, etc. I pick up a bit of oily pine., but hops rule.

M- The hops just keep on coming, but they never overrun, overstate, or overpower. This is a bold, yet drinkable body, nicely carbonated, too. Smooth as well as tart, with bite without bitterness. There's a drop of pine resin. It's just right.

O- This beer is not sold in NJ, nothing's perfect!

10-27-2012 23:11:29 | More by NiceTaps
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4.73/5  rDev 0%

Very hazy amber color, dirty juice look with a lot of particulate, with just over one finger of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Surprising lack of lacing is left down the glass. The beer is nothing great to look at.

All hop aroma with mostly tropical fruit and citrus smells. It is a very good hop aroma, but not the best of the style.

Not the best aroma but it is the best tasting DIPA I have had. It is bitter but not brutal. Hop dominant but malt does add some sweetness and flavor. Alcohol is warming but is not too hot or distract from the hop goodness. This goodness comes in the way of tropical fruit, citrus, and herbal flavors.

Wonderful texture thanks to a solid body and perfectly matched carbonation. It is lively but not harsh and far from dull.

Arguebly the best DIPA out right now. Even if I had ready access to this beer I am not sure I would want to drink more than one can at a sitting. But I would love to have more than one can a year of this great beer.

10-27-2012 18:24:16 | More by morimech
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-27-2012 03:41:44 | More by JCrandall
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-26-2012 00:43:07 | More by djmichaelk
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

10-24-2012 22:51:46 | More by Kmccabe33
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4.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours hazy gold into a Sam glass. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Tropical fruit and grapefruit aromas. Full with sweet tropical fruit upfront turning to full resin and grapefruit in the lasting finish. Truly a wonderful ale from a great up and coming brewery.

10-24-2012 09:18:38 | More by Samichlaus82
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

10-23-2012 20:45:36 | More by cmonfradi
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

10-23-2012 20:26:07 | More by wittyjoe
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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