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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,273 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,273
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,362
Gots: 1,722 | 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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Photo of Pinknuggets
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all this is my favorite beer definitively. Its in the top 5 best things about living in Vermont for me (I still lovermont) so take this review with a grain of salt if you must

Can to HFS sniffer but I went ahead and drank one straight from the can because the paragraph on the back tells me to.

A:Pours like an DIPA should hazy cloudy orangey honey with plenty of hop floaters and completely opaque with a nice fluffy white head.

(rest of review is direct from the can)

S:citrus hop smells are more powerful then any beer I've ever smelled its overwhelming and fantastic at the same time. There is definitely hints of pine resin from the blast of hops but other then hops there really isn't anything else but in a DIPA thats all i need.

T: This stuff is liquid hop juice there really just aren't many beers that can even compare. There is just a massive amount of hop flavor (citrus orange pine resin) and bitterness with a wide range but they do not overpower one another and still maintain balance. This thing is the hop bomb of all hop bombs and it still tastes balanced. WTF?!?!??!

M:Oily and dripping with resin you can feel it in your mouth for a long time after just a single sip. It is very pleasant though and I consider it the proper bitterness feel as it is good and matches the tremendous amount of hops used

O: LIke I said I love this beer, I don't know what I will do if/when I leave VT it really is that good it makes my day every time I pick it up and never lets me down I can't recommend it enough. Get it if you like ipa's it is the top of the mountain.

Pinknuggets, Nov 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

AndrewDeci, Nov 10, 2012
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Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Hopmarc, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy and ugly peach colored body with tons of floaters. Head is a big frothy white color that leaves a ton of lacing. It makes sense that they want you to drink this out of a can.

S- Huge aroma of hop resin. Tons of citrus fruits with grapefruit coming through the most. Definitely a pine and herbal note in the nose as well. Tough to get better than this aroma.

T- Hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit up front that gives way to huge tropical fruit flavors like pineapple and guava.

M- Medium to high carbonation levels with a huge bite. Flavor allows it to be very drinkable.

O- Certainly one of the best IIPAs out there. Surprisingly different from Pliny and Hopslam in a good way.

stephenjmoore, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

c_patton, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

soulkeeper1369, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

littlebeer, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

johnsilk, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

csniezek, Nov 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

grachdar, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -26%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sjstraub, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of SirBentham
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Drank straight from the can.

Smell – I would have liked to smell this in a glass, but the smell of hops and citrus jump out just sniffing out of the can.

Taste – Huge hops are incredibly well balanced with a sweet malt. A little bit less piney/citrus than a Pliny. More of a slightly toasted hop than the Pliny as well.

Mouthfeel – Perfect amount of carbonation. Medium body.

Overall – Excellent Double IPA. A slight step above Pliny The Elder and Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness for me.

SirBentham, Nov 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

dbatch, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

boonejag75, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of nelson4
4.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy and overall not a deterrent but it is cloudy. It depends on your expectation for a great IPA. Pliny is clear, heady is cloudy. So what. What do you want

S - Grapefruit and citrus. Very clean. Not over the top but prevalent. Overall it has a great aroma and it's not about the intensity but rather the completeness.

T - If you don't like it, you are just wrong. It is a very balanced blend of bitterness and sweetness. It isn't sweet, but it is balanced in the sense that the sweetness is not ever overpowering.

M - Very smooth and perfect carbonation. This is not up for debate.

O - There is the magic that is heady topper, but there is also the facts. The facts are that even if you want to be hater you cannot. It is a very balanced, hoppy and smooth IPA. It is hard to imagine that this is the best beer I will ever taste, but it is harder yet to imagine a beer being superior. Don't kill your first born, but don't stop trying to find it.

nelson4, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

shuggy, Nov 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

mmmaaattt, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of BeerMeFitz
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this fresh at the Brewery in June

A- I poured a linto a tasting glass at the Brewery- cloudy and golden color

S- You can smell the awesome hop profile and the earthyness

T- Amazing, very cold so my palate was numb but the fresh hop taste comes through

M- the carbonation is spot on

O- this beer extremely fresh is the perfect DIPA

Heady Topper you have placed in the number 1 spot for me,Cheers!

BeerMeFitz, Nov 04, 2012
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,273 ratings.