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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,783 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,783
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5,730
Gots: 1,943 | FT: 36
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%

beer2day, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

cocoapuph, Jan 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Spleeb, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of HopLuva
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As soon as I opened the can,the fresh aroma of tropical fruits hit me in the nose. The best hop beer ive ever had. Its well balanced aroma is amazing.Just the right amount. The 8.0 abv is perfect too...If you havent tried this beer,seek it out. Its well worth it

HopLuva, Jan 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

prdstmnky, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of BarRoomHero88
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So, my first review! Had it a few times, and it's surely the best beer I've had.

A: Hazy, cloudy orange

S: Dank, Citrusy sweetness. Just ridiculously hoppy

T: Surprising malt backbone. But the hops are crazy. Piney, floral, tropical. So perfect!

M: I'd say medium bodied. Superbly drinkable. Delicious.

O: Maybe I'm biased, since it's semi local, but I cannot get enough of this. Easily the best beer I've ever had.

BarRoomHero88, Jan 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

EricTheRed, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So lucky to have gotten a 4 pack of this...so selfish that I've only got 1 can for sharing purposes left.

L. Pours a dense hazed yet bright yellow/gold body. Very bright even for an IPA yet there's clearly a LOT of yeast left in here. This looks big and dense, it looks wonderful. Though I guess I should be looking at a silver can according to said can.

S. Tropical fruits are just blowing this one up. There's a slight and I mean slight alcohol note in here, but beyond that this is one of the smell well balanced aromas I've ever smelled. It hits the line between sweet and tropical fruits in a way that neither seems too strong nor too light. You really have to experience this to fully grasp how perfect it is.

T. Best hoppy beer ever made? Well, that's always a hard one to claim, but we're talking upper upper level. Head-topper doesn't attempt to blow you away with bitterness, instead it nails once again a perfect middle ground that is simply out of this world. A mix of citrus hops with intense passion fruit and pine apple all pushed to perfection with a malt bill that dreams are made of.

M. 8% is so perfect for this kind of beer. Strong enough to give it intense flavors, but no so strong that an over abundance of hops and malt are needed to balance it all out. This one goes down like the liquid candy it is.

O. I love deadnaught. I love Pliny. I don't think either are this good. This is easily one of the best beers ever made and without a doubt proof canned beer works. Seek this one out, even if a weird guy at a bar asks you go behind the bar for a surprise....maybe it'll be Heady-Topper, it was for me!

bobhits, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Huffs
4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass and a nice fluffy head developed which lasted through the drink. Aroma was very hoppy with flower and citris notes. Appearance was a cloudy straw color with nice sediment chunks. Tast was super hoppy with strong flower and hop notes with grain on the back. Mouthfeel was light but with a hint of creamyness. Aftertaste was dry and bitter on the end.

Huffs, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

BMan33, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

mikediesel124, Jan 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

UNCCTDawg, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

AngusOg, Jan 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

atrain64, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Azrael, Jan 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

RWNay, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

YogiBeer, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

vtbeerandbud, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Frddymck
4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have really been enjoying this beer. Its easily available to me and I find that I'm picking up a four pack of it at least a couple times a week. Seems to be the beer that everyone wants to trade for as well. Overall, it's become my go-to beer. Just like many others, I have tried this poured in a few different glasses but prefer it out of the can.

Frddymck, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Tibi81, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of doughanson78
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to kingcrowing for this MAJOR want!!! Reviewed side by side with Pliny the Elder

A: Darker orange than Pliny and hazy, Pliny was super clear. One finger off white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Huge citrus hops with dominate grapefruit. Tangerine, and orange zest. Just a touch of caramel malts coming through. Would be nicer if the grapefruit was more subdued.

T: Huge grapefruit bitterness with a slight orange zest in the middle. Caramel comes through in the end to mellow it out. A touch acidic in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Slick. Very very dry. Nice.

O: Definitely an exceptional DIPA. Not on par with Pliny, and I'd have to do a side by side with Dreadnaught and Double Trouble to really classify all these tasty beers. But yes, TOP notch.

doughanson78, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

mrovelli, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Jan 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

dcguitar, Jan 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

mojiboo02, Jan 23, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,783 ratings.