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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,320
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 5,394
Gots: 1,741 | 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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Photo of cfrances33
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can thanks to juliusseizure. Enjoyed from the can, because my mother taught me to follow directions.

Appearance: Yeah, yeah... I know. Its just a can, But I truly enjoy the way this can looks. The glossy metallic with only black is pretty badass in my opinion.

Smell: Tough to get a whiff out of that little opening, but what does come out it so inviting, Huge grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. A little bit of pine, but just ever so slightly. Nice honey sweetness supports.

Taste: Incredible grapefruit, orange juice, and pineapple. A pretty supportive caramel sweetness bolsters the juicy affair, but lets the hops shine. A light resin and citrus lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: This is so utterly drinkable. Incredibly juicy, with a wonderful prickly carbonation. A pretty substantial bitterness that I don't remember the last time I reviewed this.

Overall: I have no idea how old the can I reviewed the last time was, but this one blows it away, and I know it was less than a week old. Incredible stuff, lives up to the hype, and blows Pliny out of the water in my opinion.

cfrances33, Oct 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

soroka24, Oct 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

BeerChanticleer, Oct 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

ScienceGuy, Oct 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

RyanWantAle816, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

mendvicdog, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

pvequalsnrt, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

tdjb, Sep 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

alamode, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of sbrotschul
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fun can of beer! It is great that we can zip up to Vermont and bring a couple of cases home for sharing over the summer. Of course, the warning "drink from the can" does make a difference. I did pour some in a snifter, but you lose some of the smell and the creaminess.

Appearance (4.5). The can hides the yellow color of the beer -- which isn't all bad. Can't tell about lacing, and the change of color over time.

Smell (5.0). Citrus explosion, with some hints of mango-like sweetness.

Taste (4.5). Hops, citrus tickles the tongue. Mmmmm.

Mouthfeel (5.0). Love the creaminess of the beer. Not too bubbly.

Overall (4.75). A world-class beer. It is no surprise that this beer has been moving up the charts over the last year.

sbrotschul, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

colbyguy, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

rderedin, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy dark straw yellow in color with some hints of golden yellow and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense and creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Huge aromas of citrus and tropical hops - lots of citrus/grapefruit along with pineapple, mango, and peach tropical aromas. The smell of this beer makes me want to drink it, and want more and more of it.

T: Just like the smell, the taste of this beer is completely dominated by the hops. Moderate to strong flavors of grapefruit/citrus, pineapple, mango, and peach hops with a light amount of bitterness that does not linger. Upfront there is a light amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy.

O: Poured half the can into a glass for my review and drank the other half from the can as recommended on the can. This is definitely a world class DIPA, great aroma and great flavor...and it comes in a can to top it off. This beer is super easy to drink but I think it could really sneak up on you because the alcohol is very well hidden. Delicious!

dbrauneis, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

meaghan2k, Sep 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

LarryK, Sep 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

OldCrustacean79, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

arash1000, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

ChanChan, Sep 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

chefduff2, Sep 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

batkinz, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

beermanbrian, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shnanign, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of JimsArcade
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Notes from an April 2012 sampling)

The brewers at The Alchemist are forthright in why Heady Topper should be enjoyed from the can. While the beer pours a gorgeous ruby-amber, tan chunks of what I believe to be yeast and hop resin spread throughout the beer. They do not affect the mouthfeel in or out of the can, though. If you can stomach the visuals, I highly recommend pouring the beer in a large snifter to experience the explosion of citrus and herbal aromas from the hops. The taste: it's like an orange was cross-bred with a hop and squeezed into the can. There is a perfect bittersweet balance at play here. I could drink these one after the other if availability allowed me to,

Simply put, this is a world-class IIPA. As far as I'm concerned, it's the new flagship for the style. I'm glad I got it when I did as I'm sure future releases will reach Pliny the Young levels of insanity.

JimsArcade, Sep 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

HumanParaquat, Sep 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

IcemanCometh, Sep 24, 2012
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,320 ratings.