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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,880 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,880
Reviews: 1,593
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,112
Gots: 1,549 | FT: 34
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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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-02-2012 15:30:38 | More by ferrettman687
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

scored a couple 4-packs and smuggled them back to PA. pint can into flying dog tulip. no canned on date.

A: a very hazy body that is a pale orange color. head is white, but not bright. big bubbles. good retention and lacing. almost too hazy, but i guess it must be fresh then.

S: pine. grapefruit. very inviting. kiwis. melon. but mostly pine. lots and lots of pine. very good.

T: a very american hop profile is thorough. the palate is actually sticky. enough sweet malt/caramel flavor is back there, but just detectable towards the finish. a little vanilla? bitterness lingers into the finish but is not over-cloying.

M: mild carbonation on a full bodied IPA.

D: like the can says, dangerously drinkable. hands down top 3 DIPA's i can just pick up and enjoy several without being overwhelmed. just lovely.

08-02-2012 04:26:47 | More by Jimmys
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%

This is incredible stuff, this beer was drank mostly from the can... only poured a sample of it out to enjoy the orange yellow color of it with a nice looking white head on top. Had a nice unfiltered cloudiness to it also. The smell of the beer is very hoppy, lots of pine aromas in it with the delicate floral and citrusy notes in there as well. The taste is probably worthy of a 5.5 honestly. There is no doubt that this has some of the best transitions of flavors I've had from any IPA. There is a huge rush of floral sweet citrus notes on the tongue in the very beginning, as the liquid settles there is a very subtle burst of malts on the tongue right before the aggressive pine resin starts to claw away at your taste buds. The mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated making this beer very easy to drink, it's medium bodied and has a nice dry finish to it. Overall this is something very special, The people up at Alchemist aren't screwing around here, they are setting out to make the best IPA in the world and I would say that they just might have it. This is a beer I would drive to Vermont to get cases of. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Looking forward to drinking the next 3 in the pack.

08-02-2012 03:14:41 | More by Knapp85
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sip_smack_smack

Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-02-2012 00:44:33 | More by sip_smack_smack
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freyguy10

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-02-2012 00:01:46 | More by freyguy10
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sendsilk

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-01-2012 23:29:59 | More by sendsilk
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scotzoid1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-01-2012 20:59:07 | More by scotzoid1
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

08-01-2012 03:40:58 | More by Psychmusic
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Uvastephanie


5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-01-2012 02:25:49 | More by Uvastephanie
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks to a great friend for sharing with me.

Nice frothy snow white head, leaves brief sheets of lacing down glass. Opaque orangish hue with a charming rustic feel to it.

WOWY WOW WOW WOW! This is a citrus bomb in a can, me likey. Orangey pineapple mango piney resony goodness.

This like an adult version of a creamcicle, abundant sweet orange grapefruity goodness. Packs a wallop on the bitterness too. Touch of booze (in a good way) gives way to a hint of grainy malt. Long citrus finish and smoooth bittering.

Creamy smooth with excellant carbonation.

Loved it, ranks up with the exsellant boyking batches and the pliney I had last fathers day. I need a friend in that part of the country to ship.

08-01-2012 00:54:54 | More by welldigger888
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-31-2012 22:30:53 | More by ShemRahBoo
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HopBrain

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-31-2012 22:19:10 | More by HopBrain
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DogfishIPA

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%

A: golden straw colored with a light eggshell colored head

S: smelled strongly of hops, also scents of grass, citrus, lemongrass, light scents of orange peel

T: the taste of fresh hops really come through, with hints sweet pine and grass each sip starts off lightly sweet and ends crisp and bitter

M: great balanced mouthfeel, on the thinner side considering an 8% abv

O: overall a great D-IPA, very well balanced not too much alcohol taste, perfect on a hot summer day, wish it was more readily available

07-31-2012 19:51:58 | More by DogfishIPA
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stunna

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-31-2012 18:38:22 | More by stunna
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skullsplitter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-31-2012 16:56:11 | More by skullsplitter
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mmcnamara14

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2012 14:46:40 | More by mmcnamara14
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azorie

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

07-30-2012 12:55:20 | More by azorie
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Hopster2380


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2012 00:50:07 | More by Hopster2380
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Cpt_Caveman


4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2012 23:08:05 | More by Cpt_Caveman
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Gilmanbrz

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

I got no bad words about it. But this is theee best beer that I ever drink in my holler life of travelling the world. And I have to say that the alchemist brewery did an exceptional job on this unique beer. For those that can handle the heady topper, maybe you should try the walden. That is a brew made by the alchemist and hill farm brewery together. Very similar to heady topper but much lite. I wish the alchemist made more then 1800 cans of week so that other stores closer to my house would be able to have them.
Thank you.

07-29-2012 21:56:35 | More by Gilmanbrz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -19.7%

Sorry, I had to pour into the glass despite the can's pleading to drink directly. Thick, slowly receding head. Leaves plenty of chunky, blanketing lace. Cloudy, dark gold color.

Very strong evergreen hop smell. Prickly with a touch of citrus rind. Like smelling a bag of hop pellets.

Extraordinarily bitter. Starts off fairly neutrally with a bit of mild pale malt. Still this is a bitter, bitter hop bomb. Be prepared to pucker up. Hop heads shall rejoice, but I think this might be too much of a good thing (and I lean towards more hoppy beers). The body is predictable and appropriate for the style.

I was very excited to find this beer in Boston, but its hype exceeds my expectations.

07-29-2012 19:57:18 | More by smcolw
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%

As instructed, I drank this AMAZING beer directly from the can as well as from a tulip glass. Hands-down, no-doubt one of my Top 3 IPAs of all-time...

Appearance - 4.5 only because the beer does show a lot of sediment that settles at the bottom of the can/glass, but I actually love a beer that has a little "meat on the bones". After pouring in a tulip glass, there was a 2 finger, slightly off-white, tight bubble formation head.

Smell - OUT OF THIS WORLD! There are huge wafts of pineapple and grapefruit to this beer. Heady Topper has an uncanny ability to perfectly mesh the fruit scent with fresh, piney hops. If I were a Genie, I would love to live in this can as my bottle.

Taste - Explosion of hops that resonates in your mouth, perfectly balanced by the slightly-bready malts. And when I say "balanced", I am generously favoring the highly-potent fruity hoppy goodness of this beer. A MUST have. I forgot to mention, one can't even taste the whopping 8% ABV from this beer due to its' heavenly hops.

Mouthfeel - This unpasturized beer has a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Certainly not as light as your typical APA/IPA or as heavy and thick as a Porter/Bock, etc... but it does feel semi-dry after drinking. Mouthfeel and Appearance are overwhelmed by this beer's IMMENSE smell and taste.

Overall, in my opinion, any beer connoisseur needs to add this beer to their beer-"bucket list"... ESPECIALLY for hopheads.

07-29-2012 18:54:15 | More by GeckoPunk
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Yesterday, HT was a beer I hoped to try some day. Today, after a tasting, HT is the best beer I've ever had. Thanks to Brandon for sharing a 4-pack, of which I greedily and surreptitiously consumed more than my fair share.

Utterly blown away that a beer can be this hoppy, this alcoholic, and this smooth and easy to drink. The first sip almost made me cry. There is not a lot I can add after 750+ reviews that hasn't been said. Is there such a thing as perfection? I don't know. But if perfection means a beer can't be improved on, this might be perfect. I don't know how you improve on it....except to relocate the Alchemist to Minnesota so I have easy and frequent access to it.

A day later I'm still thinking about this beer and trying to figure out how to get some. I suppose this is the way junkies feel about heroin. I wonder if that stuff's any good....

I'm agnostic, but if there is a (non-Mormon) God, may he bless the Alchemist, and watch over them so they can keep making this incredible beer.

07-29-2012 16:19:57 | More by lurpy1
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2012 15:25:51 | More by andylipp
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FalconA

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2012 05:58:37 | More by FalconA
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