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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,896
Reviews: 1,899
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,032
Gots: 2,676 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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3.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review 17JUL13
Once again. Here we go. Canned 08JUL13
Looks ugly as ever, but at this point I respect that in it's merit 4. Nice nose with some fruits, resin and lots of herbals 3.75. Flavor is certainly very hoppy without being bitter as fuck, multilayered with the fruits and herbals 4. Medium on heavy with moderately hi carb and an off dry finish 3.75. I think this beer is excellent, but I'm not quite sold on the overall exquisite rating it gets here so regularly. I predict this will fall like Pliney in the next few years as the hype dies down (slowly due to distro). 4

Review 05FEB12
Thanks Keith!
3/3.5/4/3/3.5 - 3.53
Pours a cloudy apricot with some off-white foam formation. This falls to a broken sheet of the same. (3) Smells of fruits, resin, pineapple. The nose is a little bit raw and harsh, but not bad. (3.5) The flavor is really nice with a sweetness that is collaborative with the bitterness. There are flavors of resin, pine, mango. Decent enough. (4) Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style with moderate carb and a dry finish. A little too dry of a finish. (3). This beer is not nearly as wonderful as it was the first time I tried it, maybe it's the fact that I've had it multiple times, or that I'm now immune to it's glory, but it is a far cry from the initial tastes I had. Maybe it's the new brewery, whatever the case is, I will likely not be seeking this out again any time soon. too bad. (3.5)

Review: 21SEP11
Dave, you did this. Thanks man.
Can date: not listed, but I know it to be recent.
A: Pours a hazy apricot ale with no domineering head formation, but a night sheet of honey cream foam. Spotty lace.
S: Oh yeah, pine, resin, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits with a touch of feline urine. Very complex and the underbelly is a sweet malt foundation.
T: Plenty more of what happened in my olfactory: sweetened honey, aggressively bitter with many, many differing fruits on the palate. There are some wood tones as well. This is complex and refreshing.
M: Medium bodied with moderate on hi carb with a semi dry finish.
O: Well, I can see what all the hulla balloo is all about. This beer is hardcore hops and proves its value in my mouth. There have been some discussions about the comparison between pliny and this beer. Simply put, they cannot be compared, they are both outstanding beers with unique and ingenious characteristics which shine to each's own. Simply put: drink this beer, it will make you happy. 4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5 (~4.5)

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Abbbp
4.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all thank you to Tammy in Barre, Vermont for saving my homie that was in Massachusetts 4 packs of this special brew. If you're reading this [ever] you've got a place to drink here in Texas.

As the can clearly instructs, " Drink from the can", so I did. I tell you it came on strong hitting me with an explosion of hops, however the part that really did it for me was lightening quick way almost like a magic trick the way it disappeared. On mouthfeel and aftertaste alone I'd give this Alchemist production a perfect grade!

Hard not to be swayed by perfect scores and its all time ranking, but one additional bonus I'd give the Heady is its availability. I realize it's not available nationwide but the fact that's its so readily available in Vermont, that combined with how small the northeast is, he'll my friend said it was the easiest prettiest 2 hour one way drive he's ever made. Unlike PtY or PtE which are retry difficult to find, PtY being impossible aside from 2 weeks, Heady can be found. I give it a 99 just because only the Westy 12 i can so far consider perfect, but let me assure you this is a mere technicality, get your hands on it you won't be disappointed

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this recently out of two cans, unfortunately one was absolutely flat with no carbonation. The beer in general has a lovely little bubbled good amount of carbonation. It is actually one of the highlights of this mindblowing beer.

Poured part of it into a glass as it comes in a super hazy unfiltered orange/gold, maybe a grapefruit reddish too. It's super hazy.

The aroma has a huge brilliant aroma. The best I've smelled from a beer. Pineapple, tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit papaya, almost like a fruit juice, but also this sticky candy sweetness and pine and resinous aroma. Apricot really does stand out from the Conan yeast. It's gooey, huge sweetness. It's so darn juicy, no Double IPA has pushed towards how good the aroma is in this. There also an almost vegetable aroma. Chivey, leafy green, spicy pepper. It's very "fresh."

For some reason, out of the can, the aroma is so much more piney. I guess it's the residue left in the can, but it's almost like air freshener.

Your initial hit on your tongue is just a bouquet of fruits and freshness. It's just shocking how much hop and fruity flavors this IPA packs. You get smooth grapefruit, peach, pine bitterness.

It is so smooth after that hit, but then after that, there's a bitter aftertaste that stays in your mouth. It has just huge strong bitterness that is very dry and astringent. It's of grapefruit pith with that deep bitterness. But it's interesting that the beer itself isn't bitter, it just grabs onto your tongue as the beer finishes. It's a late hit.

The mouthfeel is where this beer stands out. It's almost like an IPA was mixed with unfiltered fruit juice. There is a round mouthfeel that never cuts thin like other Double IPAs.

It is the best IPA/double IPA I've ever had. What stands out is the perfection of hop bomb/drinkability that this beer has. It pushes towards what a hop head wants, but just completes it with this perfect mouthfeel. No Double IPAs will be able to complete with this complete roundness of mouthfeel and flavor, at least so far. It just gives you more wow-ness and complexity that you cannot match it.

(I'm literally having Double Trouble right now, which is a world class beer, and I'm just sitting here disappointed and picking apart how good Heady Topper is compared to it.)

Re-review: Testing this beer 8 weeks old, as Kimmich says the beer holds up as long as it's fridged. Beer changes to a bit more orange than straw yellow. Tastes exactly the same.
Testing it between can and glass, I prefer the glass. The glass lets the carbonation roll around your tongue to outer mouth, which gives it more fruit flavor and creamy mouthfeel.

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3/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of carmike813
4.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this out of the can as the can directs the drink er to do.

It didnt have an appearance as i didnt see it, excellent beer that is dangerous. The 4 pack was gone in an hour. The bitter grapefruit taste makes Heady spectacular. Like stated before, dnagerously easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What else can I say about this beer that hasn't already been said? Very few beers actually live up to the hype - Heady Topper does. Im not one to stand in line for hours to get a case of beer but the stores around here serve me well enough. One of the finest beers in the world with out a doubt.

11/04/13 update: Enjoying a can that is 17 days old right now, and I have to say, its better than a day-of freshie. The flavors seem to have blended a bit and it is FANTASTIC.

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,896 ratings.