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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,514
Reviews: 1,568
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,857
Gots: 1,374 | 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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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep golden in color, very hazy nice foamy white head that sticks around for awhile a lot of lacing nice looking beer.

S - Lots of hops. Lots of pines, some floral and citrus notes as well. The slightest scent of sweet malt.

T - Tastes great and amazingly balanced. Sweet malty caramel flavor followed by very piney and again slightly floral and citrus hops. Nice refreshing bitter finish but not overpowering at all. I must say it has lived up to the hype.

M - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation.

O - Overall, I've been trying to get this beer for a long time I am a "Hophead" and I'm glad I got to try this one. It is a wonderful DIPA and has lived up to the hype I will try to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 23:23:17 | More by LiquidBread219
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New York

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

Out of the can, from multiple fresh deliveries in VT. Thee hops, citrus, pine, and malt come together perfectly. Not the biggest fan of drinking from cans, but it seems thats the brewers preference. Not much booze until it warms up, which makes that 8% catch up with you fast, but the cans also warns you off this. Listen. The can makes it feel like a session beer but it's far for a session beer. Def one of my favorites, but meant to be shared, paired, and part of tastings

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 17:32:30 | More by FoundersPounder
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-31-2012 05:25:47 | More by stevec32
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New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2012 23:48:25 | More by musicsherlock
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2012 23:01:29 | More by Maseitz
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District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2012 20:42:49 | More by markasparov
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2012 20:34:51 | More by muskiesman
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-30-2012 17:20:14 | More by airbag11


4.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to woodchopper for hooking me up

16oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance : very cloudy golden color. A nice one finger white head forms after a less than aggressive pour that slowly dissipates to sticky lacing

Smell : lots of wonderful evergreen and pine tree aromas. Lots of pineapple and orange citrus aroms also abound

Taste : flavor is spot on one the most easy beer to fall in love with. Tons of orange citrus flavors and pineapple dominant. Finishes with mild hop bitterness. Strong malt backbone adds a pleasant sweetness

Mouthfeel : medium bodied brew with pleasant carbonation

Overall : I really love to drink this beer quickly I just can't seem to sip this one. I suggest drinking this one in a big gulps. Every BA owes it to themselves to seek this beer out. Make sure to get your self a 4pak because one is not enough

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 01:38:23 | More by BUNZILLA
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-29-2012 19:08:09 | More by ASUBeer
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-29-2012 13:34:01 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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4.2/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Beautiful pour, plenty of head with solid retention. Aroma holds fresh hops, pine, malt, citrus. Great balance of malts and hops in the flavor profile. Many Vermont IPAs fall into the West Coast style while Heady sits somewhere between East and West.

My biggest criticism of Heady Topper is its relatively thin body compared to other DIPAs. It's much improved on draft (vs the cans I've had), yet still lacking. But this is just splitting hairs -- HT is easily one of the best DIPAs brewed today.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 04:27:30 | More by brystmar
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-29-2012 01:49:30 | More by jhb138
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New York

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First - thanks to MRMOJORISIN for bringing cans to our annual ABB-festival.

A: Yes, I ignored the warnings on the can, and, after a couple sips, poured it into a mug. The result? A cloudy, hazy dark orange with a ton of stuff in suspension (given the smell, I'm guessing hop remnants of some sort). On top is a finger of white head.

S: The nose is intense. Dank. Perfumey. Loads of citrus (grapefruit & lemon zest) and pine (resin and needles). This is a hop lover's nose.

T: Citrus and tropical fruity hop goodness, with resiny, bitter pine and a hint of apricot. After the palate gets adjusted to that big hop onslaught, I sense a bit of sweeter malt underneath, but it's having trouble asserting itself here. Lingering lemony bitterness in the aftertaste, and a little bit of heat from the 8% ABV is felt in the belly. Man, I'll be tasting this lingering palate-coating hops assault for awhile.

M: The body is medium in heft with only a modest level of carbonation. Finishes dry - and bitter. Real bitter. Brings to mind my first tastes of Victory Hop Wallop or Stone Ruination many, many years ago.

O: This is great stuff for a hophead. I'm not sure you'd want to drink more than one or two of these, however, but if you like a fresh-tasting, hop-juiced beer, this should be right up your alley.

D: Certainly a very, very good IPA. Actually reminded me a lot of Sculpin, but more bitter. Would definitely like to have this one again.

Serving type: can

03-29-2012 01:30:11 | More by Kendo
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New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-29-2012 00:49:10 | More by alexsergio
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New Mexico

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

A: Poured a small amount in a glass to see this. Bright golden color with a small white head for as much as I poured. Drank the rest out of the can.

S: Smells like a bag of fresh hop pellets. Concentrated hop aroma mixed with pineapple, orange and wet pine. A superb example of what a DIPA should smell like.

M: I noticed the hops coating my mouth with with a thick layer of greatness which stuck around for what seemed like forever. The flavor of hops lingered in my mouth until I drank something else.

T: By far one of the most delicious DIPA's I have ever had. Starts out with a beautiful upfront pine flavor followed by an almost marshmallow like sweetness. As the can states, not much bitterness just layers and layers of hops. Citrus, passion fruit, and pine blast the palate with flavor. No alcohol present, I could enjoy these all day.

O: Incredible "drinkability" I think someone should give up their slogan. Haha. Really glad I got my hands on one of these, thanks to ixodus for throwing in this amazing extra. It was so good im going to have to get more at some point.

Serving type: can

03-28-2012 18:45:59 | More by shuntstout
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-28-2012 15:04:45 | More by Fargin
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-28-2012 15:01:30 | More by sdaly3
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2012 23:46:31 | More by mdimeglio
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2012 23:26:26 | More by mikeywtc
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-27-2012 22:21:12 | More by wesley14
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District of Columbia

4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go. Taking a shot at reviewing this beast. Had many times before, first review of it.

Appearance: I generally drink from the can, but like most, I had to pour at least a little in the glass for comparison purposes. It is cloudy (unfiltered), but pours a beautiful pale orange color with great head and lacing.

Smell: Seriously dank. Tropical fruit. Big citrus. Some pine. Big peach notes. Serious depth and complexity. Pale, sweet balancing malt. Rivaling Surly Abrasive for best smelling beer ever.

Taste: Just wonderful. Maybe the slightest hair behind the nose, but very close. Big citrus and pine. Some Columbus-like vegetal notes. Big dankness again. Quite bitter, but the hop flavor dominates. Enough malt to balance, but this is a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Very long, dry finish. The hop flavor lingers on your palate forever. Carbonation is on point. Lifts the beer off the palate easily. Has to be the most drinkable 8% beer on the planet. All I can think about when I finish a can is opening another one.

Lives up to the hype and then some. Between Abner and Heady, I think I'll start searching for jobs in Vermont.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 20:04:50 | More by jacewg
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2012 17:03:10 | More by jiboo22
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-27-2012 12:06:11 | More by mctizzz
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4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to a very kind individual who brought this back from vacation.

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a solid 2 finger head that dissipates slowly into a thick bubbly film on the surface. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is heavily grapefruit based, with dank resin and slightly sweet caramel malt giving a rich, decadent balance. By far one of the hoppiest beers I've smelled. Pine and mint surface as it warms, adding to the complexity.

The flavor is delicious! Tropical fruit, mangoes, pineapple, and a grapefruit tang assault the mouth, with a bready malt backbone providing a transition into pine, resin, and a slightly bitter finish. Apricot and tangerine add more depth of flavor to this fruit salad of a brew.

Body is moderate, with a fairly high level of carbonation and a warming alcohol finish.

Overall, the best dipa I've had to date. It's hop nectar to the extreme. I don't want the experience to end!

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 03:13:16 | More by barczar
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,514 ratings.