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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,633
Reviews: 1,673
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5,625
Gots: 1,869 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

thebigredone, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TCgoalie, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

deanhead, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

Lare453, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of emsjf
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing aroma of the can! Definitely drink out of the pour a little in a glass so you can remember what the best brew looks like : )

Wonderful citrus with clay earthy notes in the background. Nice carbonation - tastes awesome but smells out-of-this-world. Best IPA, in the running for best brew ever.

Seek it out!

emsjf, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Bizoneill, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

oregone, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

ndepriest, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Tperrotte777
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the best I have ever had. It is strong with a bite. The biggest flavor you will taste is a heavy amount of Grapefruit!

This is only sold locally and in 4 pack cans for about $14 a pop!
It is well worth every penny you will spend on it!

Or you can come to Vermont and have some straight off the tap! Thats the best way.

Tperrotte777, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

daleyke, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

WotanMitUns, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

bobv, Jan 08, 2013
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benjaminahudson, Jan 08, 2013
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HoldenDurden, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

AntLeatherface, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. There is a slight amount of carbonation visible along with some fine particles floating in suspension.
S: There are strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin. As the beer warms up, the piney hops become replaced by aromas of mangoes and other tropical fruits. I poured a little from the can into a snifter glass to give due justice to evaluating its appearance and aroma, but the smell is so strong that you can get most of it by simply sniffing the mouth of the can.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors from the hops—grapefruit really stands out in particular and contributes a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish. There are also some interesting hints of tropical fruits such as mangoes, which lend to the complexity and become a little stronger as the beer warms up. The hops also taste extremely fresh and seem a somewhat reminiscent of a wet hopped beer.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite being an Imperial IPA, this beer is a citrus hop bomb that drinks more like a regular IPA and has no traces of alcohol whatsoever in the taste. If I could find a four pack of this, I would have no problem knocking back each one of the cans in a single sitting.

metter98, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

benoit917, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

TARDIS, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of BobZ
4.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz Can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow near opaque, short initial head of about 1" which receded to abut 1/8" cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, big, big citrus, over some pine.

Taste: Massive grapefruit hoppiness, the most dominant flavor by far. Any pine resin flavors are subservient to the power of the citrus. This is what a "hop-bomb" should be. No hint of alcohol. The finish is (pleasantly) bitter tasting like you just finished a glass of grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth albeit with the strong bitter finish. In fact I found this to be the creamiest IPA/DIPA I have ever had, unique and well done.

Overall: I can see why this beer is so loved, extreme flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Not highly complex and verging on one dimensional. Still a well crafted beer and a very good example of the style

BobZ, Jan 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

beerborn, Jan 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here I thought Hillfarmstead was a winner! This beer is by far the best kind of brew prolly in the world! If you have not tried Heady Topper, you are nuts. OMG. It made me a believer of hops and the magic is provides when it comes to sleep. Heady Topper is drinkable. I'm telling you right now, it doesn't taste like 8%. So, if you are a fast drinker, a 4 pack should do ya!

Quanz_Kitty, Jan 07, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,633 ratings.