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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,415 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,415
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,792
Gots: 1,333 | 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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BruChef

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-09-2012 15:09:41 | More by BruChef
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boralyl

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an inch of white head which has nice retention and leaves tons of lacing. The beer is unfiltered resulting in a hazy brew with a pale orange hue.

S - The aroma is full of floral and piny hops. There is also hints of orange mixed throughout. Really awesome nose.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Resiny feel and fairly dry.

T - The beer begins with some floral flavored hops followed by a wave of orange. Hints of pine pick up near the finish along with a floral bitterness. I couldn't make out much malt presence, nor detect the alcohol content.

A fantastic DIPA, and it works wonderfully in the can format. I really wish this was easier to obtain, everyone deserves to try this gem.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 05:34:03 | More by boralyl
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got some of these on a recent beer trip to VT. Glad In did too, man is this one killer IPA. Official review now. PT sized can...

A: A murky golden color with a 1 inch white fluffy head that fades quickly to a small lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Awesome! A hop heads wet dream. Some piney citrus upfront quickly blended with some tropical fruit scents some more grapefruit citrus on the end. Such a well blend of hop varieties. Awesome!

T: Starts off with a mouthful of bubbles and piney malt which is quickly drowned by a hop flavor that ramps up quickly and overtakes the taste. A beautiful grapefruit / pineapple blend with a piney bitterness which sticks with you on your palate. Man, such a well blended IPA. One of the best blends of hop flavors I've had in an IPA.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A creamy bitter finish. Very good.

O: All in all, yep, this is one of the best IPA's I've had. If you like an IPA that blends all flavors exceptionally well, than this will blow your mind. If you like an IPA that is just bitter and nothing else, this is satisfy, but not blow you away. A must try for the hop lover!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:38:46 | More by steve8robin
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-09-2012 01:28:30 | More by splendidsplinter
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-09-2012 01:18:08 | More by JRod1969
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PhillyP

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-08-2012 21:26:55 | More by PhillyP
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PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-08-2012 20:36:59 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-08-2012 03:33:58 | More by brez8791
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gniv

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-08-2012 03:14:10 | More by gniv
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rlee1390

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had multiple times since then and updating some things

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head and rather carbonated and some lacing is left behind.

S-Citrus and grapefruit, earthy pine and grass. Very resiny

T-Waves of citrus goodness, very earthy with pine and grass. Ends with nice bitterness. What a beer Once again you taste the hop resins.

M-Medium bodied, good carbonation and the resins are simply wonderful..

O-Wow. Not an over powering hop bomb but a balanced hop force. It is a wonderful beer. I would love to be able to have it every day. I had side by side with PtE. Blew PtE out of the water. The best beer I've ever had.

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 16:42:44 | More by rlee1390
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Winslow

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2012 15:41:20 | More by Winslow
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C2H5

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2012 06:15:36 | More by C2H5
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Phelps

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ejyoung. Poured into a tulip.

Cloudy grapefruit in color. It’s like a sunset, with many varying shades of orange. One finger of fuzzy off-white head becomes a moderately-sized ring that leaves some spatters of lace.

Holy jeebus. This is one of the dankest, grassiest, most resinous noses I’ve encountered. It’s not bright; it’s absolutely FUNKY with hops. Behind the blend of liquified weed and grass blades, I get saltine crackers, a touch of burnt sugar and orange cream. The crackers crumble under the weight of the hops, and I love it.

The resinous character can be read in the flavor, but a little bit is lost in the translation. The dank funk is still there, but the bitterness behind them is huge. Sugar-dusted orange slices and grass mix with sticky alcohol, a little caramel, and perhaps even some mango. It gets better and better as it warms and as the malt sweetness improves. By the bottom of the glass, it’s nearly perfect.

Medium in body with nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderately high and pinching, breaking the beer into just a touch of fizz. Velvety. Though the alcohol’s a little more noticeable than I’d like, the bitterness and malt strike a nice balance.

The hype...is well-deserved. Heady Topper’s one of the dankest, funkiest IPAs I’ve ever put in my mouth. And it comes in a can?! I’m in love.

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 04:43:37 | More by Phelps
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BMart

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2012 02:46:02 | More by BMart
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TallPaul07

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-06-2012 23:30:04 | More by TallPaul07
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RKing44

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-06-2012 19:33:46 | More by RKing44
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buffs9

Colorado

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-05-2012 22:39:56 | More by buffs9
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quetzal013

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-05-2012 21:14:36 | More by quetzal013
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distvan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-05-2012 12:05:34 | More by distvan
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Lostcarkeys


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

This is a must try if you fancy yourself a beer drinker... I really was impressed by this beer when I first tried it six or so months ago and I have been buying a few 4 packs a month ever since.

A- DRINK FROM THE CAN (its a golden sunshine yellow if you are curious)

S- Delicious

T- A strong bite of hoppy heady goodness. The sourness grabs the tongue and the bitter flavor resonates in a soft aftertaste that will make you take a second sip. The strong alcohol by volume content seems to fade into the flavor of the beer, but caution to those who drink all 4, you might soon to loose taste of the flavor!

MF- A strong first buzz similar to a 9 volt battery soon fades into a softer aftertaste, not my favorite but the beer's flavor should speak for itself!

Too bad its not everywhere, but for those of us living in VT its a treat. Make your way up to see the factory in Stowe is worth a visit If you can get your hands on some then you will understand!

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 04:45:58 | More by Lostcarkeys
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Mattylegend

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-05-2012 03:50:28 | More by Mattylegend
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-05-2012 01:22:57 | More by polishkaz
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John_M

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of a number of outstanding beers at the Imminent Liquidation tasting. This is a beer I've wanted to try for some time.

Ht pours a peachy amber color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose on this bad boy is pretty amazing, as I pick up considerable dry citrus, dank earth, light marijuana and light pine. The nose is very, very floral in this one and is dominated by pine aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm impressed by the balance in this beer. While the beer is fairly dry for a DIPA, there's enough sweet malt to keep the impressive bitterness in check. Still, I'm impressed by the light tropical fruit, which quickly gives way to a blast of grapefruit bitterness. In combination, it's quite excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, prickly, bracingly citrus finish. Alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile... it could have been anything from 7% to 10% from what I could tell.

A very, very tasty DIPA... probably the best East Coast DIPA I can recall ever tasting (OK, not counting some of the limited release stuff from Hill Farmstead). Delicious stuff.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 20:51:01 | More by John_M
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epicbeard85

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-04-2012 19:43:15 | More by epicbeard85
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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-04-2012 14:34:12 | More by ChefHopMeister
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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