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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,965
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,175
Gots: 1,594 | 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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Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Straw on edges to orangish gold. Super hazy, not sure if it's from hop haze or unfiltered. Small white head that fades quickly. Some lacing around the edges.

S: Huge tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine and some caramel. Awesome. Tropics in a glass.

T: Pineapples, mango, citrus, grapefruit, assertive hop bitterness but really smooth finish. Everything is balanced. Malt is caramel and sweet.

M: Sweet start to a finish drying finish.

O: This beer is amazing. Super assertive hops but not overwhelmingly bitter. Could just be the bitter factors of the hops used. This is the Hoptimum of tropical fruit hop flavors. Exceptional.

05-08-2012 00:23:01 | More by JerseyKirk
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-07-2012 22:46:15 | More by DamicosFriendChaz
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-07-2012 19:16:06 | More by laymansbeerfan
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-07-2012 17:36:03 | More by let8it8grow
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-07-2012 05:47:30 | More by DaBubs
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2012 22:18:44 | More by valdieu2
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4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-06-2012 18:35:13 | More by sliks96
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2012 18:31:56 | More by antoines15
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2012 02:38:57 | More by egrace84
Photo of AdamBear


4.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured only a little bit in to a snifter so i could see the color, the rest will be enjoyed from the can!

A-golden yellow with a thin white head

S-tropical fruits and hoppy. not much citrus really, but a strong scent of tropical fruits.

T-comes in with an oddly bitter taste of tropical fruits and grains. the bitterness does strike hard and lasts for a long time and a faint taste of tropical goodness will arise at the very end.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-this is such a great IPA. it just has this really good rich unique flavor. the more i drink it, the more i enjoy it. it just goes down so smoothly. I wish it weren't so expensive and difficult to find. definitely amazingfrom the can though!

05-06-2012 02:13:55 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Devoidb

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%

S- of heady grapefruit and citrus.

T- taste of heaven. Very heavy citrus notes and a clean refreshing hop bite at the end.

M- nice creamy body and very refreshing.

O- This is by far one of the best DIPA in the country. I'm thankful that I grew up in Vermont and had the privilege to drink these like water. Thank you Alchemist

05-05-2012 22:53:53 | More by Devoidb
Photo of Etan


4.16/5  rDev -12.1%

Got a couple of these from valdieu! Poured from a 16oz can into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a bright orange with a nce tower of white, soft head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Huge grapefruit and slight marijuana wafts from the glass. A bit of sweet pale malt behind.

T: Nice mix of citric and pine hops transitions into a subtle, alcohol-laced, grainy maltiness. Grapefruit, pine needle, grass, mild orange, bready grain, vanilla cake, hint of solvent alcohol. Pretty dry.

M: Creamy, soft, nice.

O: This is a nicely balanced DIPA, which is further helped by it only being 8%. Although it's certainly not the best DIPA out there (a bit too dry), it is pretty nice.

05-05-2012 21:53:19 | More by Etan
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-05-2012 18:04:15 | More by Archemedies
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing, hazy with white flaky sediment

S-grapefruit, floral, and light pine, vey fragrant

T-citrus flavor with predominance of grapefruit and floral nots with a nice bitter hop,finish, great balance of flavors

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-great DIPA with a nice balance of flavors and a great example of the style

05-04-2012 22:52:44 | More by MDDMD
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3.5/5  rDev -26%

05-04-2012 18:14:41 | More by Steimie
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-04-2012 17:58:26 | More by bostonryan
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-04-2012 03:50:38 | More by ahippityhoppA
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-04-2012 03:26:53 | More by HopFace
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4.73/5  rDev 0%

A-Poured half into a tulip glass to see the color and drank the other half from the can as instructed by the can itself. The color is a beautiful bright orange/dark yellow. Floating sediments...looks like champagne.

S-Oranges. And you can really smell the hops, anticipating it to be super bitter.

T-Mouth full of grass and sour grapefuit and oranges. HOPS HOPS HOPS

M-Quite a bitter after taste, dry.

O- Thought I had tasted them all when they came to IPAs and DIPAs but whatever your opinion is on this one...it's truly unique. Just very very bitter, hoppy and grassy but very enjoyable

05-04-2012 03:18:39 | More by BeerForHokie
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.93/5  rDev -16.9%

Trade from JMRSN. Thanks!

4oz poured into glass to get a view of the appearance. The rest tasted from the can as per instructions.

A: Cloudy straw color. My previous can had some floaters in it, but this is devoid of the blobs.

N: Missing the hop blast I'd hoped for. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine. This falls really short of the high water mark of Sculpin, IMO.

T: Bitter hop goodness. Plenty of earth and pine with pineapple, mango, and pineapple laced through. This is well balanced and the 8% is muted if not non-existent altogether. Definitely finishes bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Expands across the palate. No complaints here.

Overall: Definitely enjoyable, and a beer I'll be glad to have time and time again. I just wish I got more than a whisper of hop on the nose.

05-04-2012 02:59:53 | More by writerLJBerg
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-04-2012 02:10:06 | More by InVinoVeritas
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-03-2012 16:17:42 | More by John11486
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-03-2012 03:36:13 | More by SHCC
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

16 oz can. I poured half into a pint glass and drank the other half from the can ala the instructions. Not sure when this was canned, but it comes from the late March release to a few Massachusetts beer shops.

A - Super hazy dark yellow body. Lets just a bit of light through. Some floating sediment and yeast. Soapy off-white four finger high head forms after a quick pour. Settles down to a dirty cap with plenty of lacing and retention. Leaves behind a slick coating with each sip.

S - Super juicy grapefruit with some peach, mango, and orange. Just a hint of some biscuity and bready malts. Simply perfect.

T - Orange juice. A touch of sour grapefruit and light floral and grass. Not getting much of a malt backbone. Just some faint buttery biscuit notes that work really well with the intense orange and grapefruit notes. Really clean and refreshing with a pleasant but quick bitterness on the finish. Medium moth feel with low carbonation. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Taste is identical from the can...

O - This is unbelievably easy drinking, I'm afraid this four pack isn't going to last very long. Which sucks since the inflated shop price was $18. I don't think its one of the best beers in the world, but it is really high up when it comes to DIPA's.

05-02-2012 22:53:26 | More by davey101
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3.9/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured from can into snifter glasses.

A: Golden color. Very hazy, with plenty of sediment floating around.

S: Some floral hops, but mainly tons of citrus.

T: Tastes pretty dry (in a good way). The bitterness is not extreme, though some stays in the aftertaste. The main flavors are very pleasant - floral and citrusy (though less citrusy than I expected from the smell). Any bready malt flavor is masked or balanced quite well by the hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Certainly not as heavy as would be expected based on the ABV.

O: Quite a nice IPA. I wasn't expecting much, given that it's an East Coast brewery (no offense, but the hoppy beers are not necessarily as world-renowned as some of the West Coast ones), but I was pleasantly surprised.

05-02-2012 05:33:34 | More by shleepy
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