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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,370 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,370
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,748
Gots: 1,305 | FT: 38
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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Stunmai

New York

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

This is really an amazing beer. I am generally not into double IPA because they usually substitute taste for strength of content. However, I bought a 4 pack of this from Waterbury VT, and I loved it more each time I had it. The hops are incredible, the flavor is ... well try it. Its worth the three bucks that it costs.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 01:13:09 | More by Stunmai
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awotupski


5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-20-2012 00:06:04 | More by awotupski
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tony32408

New York

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the can. An unfiltered cloudy orange/yellowish/bronze color with a light bubbly white head, and yeast particles abound. This beer is not the prettiest thing to look at.

The smell is of immense citrus and some pine.

The taste...This is an 8% American Double/Imperial IPA that is as smooth and easy to drink as any a 6% American IPA. As the beer starts to warm, all of the delicious tropical flavors just explode in your mouth.

Overall, this is how you make a World-Class Double IPA. It deserves all of its hype. I'm going to travel all the way to Vermont just to pick up a case this summer. I declare this Summer of Heady Topper!

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 16:27:56 | More by tony32408
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ten1965

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-19-2012 02:16:13 | More by ten1965
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erha2

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-19-2012 01:02:07 | More by erha2
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-18-2012 23:09:23 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-18-2012 17:28:24 | More by Stockfan42
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-18-2012 14:00:00 | More by baybum
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GrogEqualsCourage

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -26%

05-18-2012 13:47:11 | More by GrogEqualsCourage
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Spartan213

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-18-2012 12:01:23 | More by Spartan213
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2012 11:33:52 | More by Donsmitty
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drinkmorebeer07

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its the real deal. Hoppy, Cirtusy, delicious. Smoothest finishing IPA / DIPA ever. No idea that it packs any extra booze than a smooth IPA. Wish I had more.

I hope they up production, because they could charge triple what they do now, and still sell everything they could produce and more.

Hopefully they will distribute in Boston soon.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 03:37:10 | More by drinkmorebeer07
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PorterBoy14

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2012 01:18:03 | More by PorterBoy14
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Whimpers

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2012 21:06:34 | More by Whimpers
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Can at Deccico's in Brewster - and several since. Poured into tulip. Pours a hazy sticky orange. Smells fantastic. Fruity intense hop aroma! Pineapple and pine. Taste is very hop forward with a bit of fruity sweetness, pineapple, pine bitter, and some nice malt balance. A nice bitter but smooth mouthfeel...
Overall, quite an amazing DIPA! Always ISO...

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 18:23:36 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tbeq00

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2012 04:23:46 | More by tbeq00
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bsimms

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2012 04:01:25 | More by bsimms
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nopucophop

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-17-2012 02:06:22 | More by nopucophop
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-17-2012 00:17:28 | More by randylangford
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-16-2012 18:28:11 | More by Chugs13
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schmoilito


4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-16-2012 15:16:38 | More by schmoilito
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AlexChillton

Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-16-2012 08:25:59 | More by AlexChillton
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can, no date, drank most of it out of the can, poured the rest into a snifter. Big thanks to Agold for sharing this with me.

A- Pours a cloudy amber color, nearly opaque, has some floaty stuff in it.

S- Huge juicy citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, lots of resinous pine, lots of different fruits, a bit of sweet malt and caramel in the back. The aroma is huge and smells totally delicious.

T- Powerful bitterness combines with citrus and tropical fruit, some pine resin, big hops, everything is very vivid and bright but also in complete balance.

M- Medium-bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, very dry and bitter finish.

O- One of the best DIPA's I've had, insane drinkability, this definitely lives up to the hype for me, I've always been a huge Pliny fan, but this is just as good (not getting into that argument). This is the kind of beer I would drink every day forever if I could.

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 01:25:57 | More by WillCarrera
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-15-2012 22:56:54 | More by pearljam118
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Now I know why this beer has a 100 rating! Popped open my first Heady Topper tonite (am drinking it right now) thanks to a great trade bonus from rudzud (thanks again!) Notes follow:

A: Hazy orange copper color, a bit of a slight head that dissapates quickly....(still very carbonated...)
S: Oranges, grapefruits, big citrus notes.
T: Nice bitter IPA! Really nice! Big Citrus, almost sweet but at the same time bitter. Very smooth with absolutely no crappy aftertaste found in cheap IPAs.
M: Silky smooth, no harshness here..
O: A really, really nice IPA. Definitely enjoy these higher-powered IPAs!!

Serving type: can

05-15-2012 22:49:05 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,370 ratings.