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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,372
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,751
Gots: 1,307 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-09-2012 17:47:27 | More by adamdd
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-09-2012 04:31:54 | More by Joeybones3
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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, Heady Topper only being sold locally is both a blessing and a curse... This beer lives up to all the hype. Wave after wave of insanely fresh hops, with absolutely explosive aftertastes. I stick to The Alchemist's recommendation, and drink it straight from the can, so it's tough to comment on appearance, but that's hardly necessary for this big, fresh double IPA. In spite of being a slightly lower ABV than many double IPAs, it packs a bit of a punch, probably because the alcohol is entirely covered up by the hops. Make sure you drink it fresh, and don't fear drinking it out of the can!

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 02:11:17 | More by JDRomano2
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-09-2012 01:56:43 | More by RMR
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-08-2012 22:35:34 | More by localhost
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-08-2012 15:04:04 | More by pawpaw
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-07-2012 22:28:25 | More by lwburns15
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4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to kalvarez for this

poured into a snifter

appearance: an opaque golden color, very unique, nice clean looking 1" white head, chunks of yeast that pour out at the end. very unique looking for an ipa

aroma: delicious nose of grapefruit, pine, honey. not super strong, but crisp

palate: medium bodied, medium carbonation, heavy alcohol feel to it, and yet this beer feels pretty smooth and very crisp

taste: big citrus flavors, a true DIPA in taste, a bit flowery too, huge kick

overall: definitely one of the best DIPAs ive had in my life, but it didnt quite live up to my expectations. dont get me wrong, this beer is great, and if i lived in NE USA id be drinking it all the time. but theres just as good (some better like zombie dust, odell) ipas/dipas that i can get my hands on much easier.

all in all, loved this beer, wish it was easier to get for me.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 21:11:34 | More by mobius387
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-07-2012 18:44:58 | More by luvbier
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-07-2012 14:10:09 | More by CEDAMA
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-07-2012 05:51:45 | More by andrewborstein
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-07-2012 02:57:42 | More by cardern
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4.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Unknown as we drank from the can as demanded by the can.

SMELL: Macerated oranges, minty, herbal, estery alcohol, excessively hoppy

TASTE: Raw, sweet, super bitter, semi-dry, kernel of malt sweetness, hop oil, orangey, mouthful of grass

Hop insanity in a can! Lots of talk about this brewski finally being canned. The greatness forgives the sheer rawness it brings to the palate. In our opinion, this is what sets it apart from other highly hopped ales in the US. Keep it tamed in the can, as pouring it out will only show the extreme rustic measures to make this beer.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 13:46:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review #100! Big thanks to Fijii13 for this one. 16 oz. can poured into pint. Decided to ignore the request on the can for reviewing purposes. Had the second straight from the can.

A - Pours a very hazy pale caramel/orange color with very little off white head. More floaters than I have ever seen in any other beer. They are suspended throughout the body and I am guessing this is why they want you to keep it in the can. There is so much floating uniform sediment, that it looks impressive and intended, so I won't really dock it too many points for that.

S - Powerful tangerine and grapefruit citrus with some subtle malts. The hops are piney and spicy, but they pale in comparison to the citrus and tropical aromas emanating from the glass.

T - Fantastic tropical fruit flavor coupled with some tart citrus on the front. Once it reaches the back of the tongue, there are some piney hops that linger, but they do not detract form the forward citrus flavors. I am blown away by the flavor. The aftertaste is of nice, dry hops. Balanced and impressive. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

M - Medium body with some delicate, tingly carbonation. Extremely smooth with a dry finish. Every sip leaves me wanting more. No alcohol present here.

O - Despite the lofty expectations I had for this beer, I was not disappointed. It is not overwhelmingly hoppy for the style, but the hop flavors work very well with the dominating citrus and tropical fruits. The finish and aftertaste are a remarkable blend of bitter and sweet. I was able to keep myself to only consuming two tonight, but I easily could have drank all four. A beer deserving of its world class rating that I will certainly seek out in future trades. It is not the hoppiest or biggest, but it is damn near the best. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 02:51:45 | More by NoLeafClover44
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-05-2012 17:50:04 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, light yellow-orange body strewn with fine particles and topped with a barely off-white head.

Smell: Heavy, heady resins, staunch florals, crushed aspirin tablets, and a squirt of white grapefruit juice over a thin cracker-toned malt base.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly crackery malts with just a little bit of honeyish sweetness. Strongly floral, heavily resinous rounded with a fruity kick of grapefruit. Medium-high bitterness. Dry, citrusy, pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad. Not bad at all.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 15:49:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First shot at trying this. Poured into a plain snifter to judge appearance and aroma. Four pack got in a trade with youbrewidrink.

Pours hazy straw yellow with lumps of sediment all over the place. Nice head of white reaches 2 fingers high, decent retention with little flecks of lace.

Nice perfume aroma with a nice mixture of resin, herbaceous grasses and earthy tones. Nice malt sweetness a touch of caramel and doughy. A bit tropical and exotic interesting aroma.

Caramel malt, very doughy and chewy to balance the resinous and grassy hop profile. No citrus yet it's got tropical notes. Really herbaceous with wonderful balance and a steady bitterness.

Finishes dry and a sticky coating that leaves lasting bitterness. Perfect carbonation and the body is chewy and raw.

Very evident why you need to drink this one out of the can, it has perfect balance and comes out of the gates swinging with a unique east coast bold hop profile. Raw and resinous yet well crafted. A beer that is blue collar, steady and bold. Glad for the opportunity.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 04:41:35 | More by rawfish
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can - thanks to zuma for this

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a wack of citrus flavours - lemons, grapefruits, and tangerines. Juice and zest. It ends with a sweet and bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It reminded me of a pliny meets rad racer taste wise. It's got a lot of lemony citrus flavour that almost makes it seem more like an IPA than a DIPA. I consider this the pliny of the east - worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 02:31:31 | More by spinrsx
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-05-2012 01:55:55 | More by tln13
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Jesse (arniepnminne) for hooking me up with this!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy golden color with lots of sediment mixed in. The head is a dirty white, very dense and produces staying power and lacing.

Very fruity and slightly effervescent nose. A mixed bag of tropical fruits with citrus standing out the most. Mouth watering scents!

Lovely hop burst up front with grassy and leafy notes to go with the marijuana hop presence. Lovely malt backbone to cut through some of the bitterness. Grapefruit lingers at the end and into the aftertaste.

Very smooth and soft all around. A medium body with a warm alcohol presence at the end.

Great beer, so glad I finally got to try it. This definitely goes towards the top of the list for the style.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 00:48:44 | More by jera1350
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-04-2012 17:51:23 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-04-2012 15:04:22 | More by bernie879
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4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into my Pretty Things pint glass. Kudos to Erik for bringing this back from VT. I am eager to try it.
A - cloudy orange color, foamy head, not too vigorous. Actually the head fades quickly.
S - smell of hops as soon as the can opens. it fills the room. Sweet, very citrusy. Getting a little yeast fragrance too
T - wow. Lots of hops but there is more to it than that. Almost a citrus bite. Nice resiny bitterness, but I can still taste the grains.
M - thick and chewy, but the bitterness keeps it from being cloying. fizz comes back in your mouth
O - as the can says "so drinkable it is scary". Pretty delicious. Extra credit for local and canned. My favorite beer style, done right. How can I not give it 5's. Going to have to have a blind taste test with Resin and G'Knight.

Serving type: can

04-03-2012 23:30:37 | More by greenengineer
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-03-2012 21:15:04 | More by yeti123
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-03-2012 01:47:52 | More by psychotia
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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