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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,093
Reviews: 1,715
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 5,963
Gots: 2,090 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

sandiego67, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Number3red, Mar 08, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Pours a very light straw/orange color with a finger of white head. Sticky walls of lace.

The nose is full of dank, oily, hop resins. Pineapple, mango, apricot, guava. In-your-face with a V8 Splash of tropical fruits. The ABV comes in modestly with a big quaff.

Yes! Absolutely living up to the hype here! (completely ignore the review below. Must have been an old can). The cornucopia of fruits noticed in the nose explodes on the palate and really is more like a fruit juice. There is only a bit of sharpness towards the end of each sip which makes this one easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

Overall, this was worth the wait and has all of the components I look for in a DIPA. Seek it!

ChugginOil, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Xtent, Mar 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

EliSpitzner, Mar 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

jsball22, Mar 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

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MA08, Mar 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

dhbiker0889, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of COWHAWK
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-the overall appearance of Heady isn't perfect but when does that matter when the beer is this fabulous, poured a golden honey color slightly cloudy with a monster head that refused to dissipate!

S-the smell of Heady is just gorgeously perfect, smells of piney citrusy freshness, Nuff Said!!

T-The taste of Heady is not what I expected but more, Taste's of citrus, pine, and even a faint taste of honey. Very refreshing and palatable and not dry or overly bitter by any means

M-The mouthful is great for a beer of this ABV, I honestly can't believe its that smooth. First tastes are of pine and earth with a sweet aftertaste of citrus fruits and I still get a honey taste!

O-This beer definitely deserves all the hype! I have tried multiple double IPA's and none go down quiet as smooth as this one, but some are very close!

COWHAWK, Mar 07, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Enjoyed a Heady a few weeks ago poured in a glass (from same batch) and wrote down notes on appearance. Poured a white foam which dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. Nice golden color and a bit cloudy.

S: Strong hops smell. Perhaps a bit sweet. Excellent.

T: The hoppiness sits in the mouth, building in intensity, until you swallow and get a rush of the flavor.

M: Carbonation is great.

O: Overall this is a great beer with a hops flavor that builds and builds.

banglin, Mar 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rheaume17, Mar 07, 2013
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Mack, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

Shankopotamus, Mar 06, 2013
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Holmes698, Mar 06, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: drank most of it from the can poured a small amount to see what it looked like Poured a golden color with a sight haze about 1 finger of bright white head with a good amount of lacing

S: lots of resin dank earthiness and pine on the nose finished with bright citrus

T: taste has much of the same notes as the nose bitter dank hop flavor up front followed by juicy citrus good warming sensation at the back end only defect that I can get is a bit of hop astringency

M: full bodied with a good amount of carbonation very smooth dangerously easy to drink for 8% abv

O: well worth all of the high scores and praise its a shame that I can't get it on a regular basis

smcnulty1981, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -15.3%

Jeff17, Mar 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Saviorself, Mar 05, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,093 ratings.