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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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7,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,372
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,751
Gots: 1,307 | 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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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, Sam Adam's Perfect Pint and red wine glass, canned 12/6/11. Huge, big thanks to Jayli in Secret Santa 2011!

It's quite hazy in sunset oranges and yellows. The head is white, but there isn't much of it.

MMMM, passionfruit, marijuana, tangarine, orange hard candies. Explosive fruity aroma all over the place. Fleeting alcohol heat.

Orange peel bitterness, grapefruit, dank and resinous hops abound. A sexy hop tango between grapefruit and orange bitterness and tropical and resinous flavors. There is the sweetness of significant caramel malts tempered by the bitterness and mellowed by alcohol.

It's really soft in the mouth. I would say a bit undercarbonated, but it's got that nice softness that transfers bitterness so wonderfully. A little slippery with wonderful alcohol integration.

World class is right. The hops are so vibrant. It has a much more substantial malt base than, say, Pliny the Elder, but it is so tasty. I rarely give fives.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 23:44:28 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the can...then poured into my Darkness snifter.

Body is beautiful, clear orange, even though I know it's unfiltered. Head is moderate to thin and off white. I recall the head being thicker at the brewery, maybe my pour was too gentle.

Nose is unsurpassed. This smells like true hop heaven. I can't see how they get this intensity without using a hopback, bet they do.

Flavor is so smooth and juicy, it's hard to believe this is a DIPA. It wears the 8% ABV so well it could cause trouble. Serious citrus hop flavor, but without extreme bitterness. Malt is there too, but hides in the back, as it should with this sort of beer.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating and enamel etching. Oh yeah!

Overall is tops. Worth the drive to VT. Worth whatever you need to trade to get some. I love this beer!

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 03:36:53 | More by ghostwalker
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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cbeer88 for this one!

Drank from the can on a chilly night.

A: I poured a bit into a cup and it poured an interesting light shade of orange.

S: I love the smell on this beer. It really comes through huge even from the can. I get bits of pine and fruitiness.

T: Lots of pine and hints of citrus. This is such a tasty beer it is hard to do it justice.

M: This beer holds its carbonation well and really doesnt show a 8% abv.

Overall: What a tasty beer that I was not expecting in the slightest. This is one that I'd go back to over and over again if available. Thanks again to cbeer for this awesome brew!

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 02:06:29 | More by Shagtastic
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-24-2011 01:27:56 | More by recall1242
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-24-2011 00:37:52 | More by jophish17
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-23-2011 23:24:39 | More by skipjack17
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer during a very nice tastingsession at doopiedoopiedoo's house where a bunch of Dutch BA came together.

Heady Topper is a very spectacular beer to start with.

All has been written before about this beer on this site....the only thing i can say is WHAT A FREEKIN BEER!!!

Cloudy yellow with a supersmell and dito taste and mouthfeel. Pineapple and other fruits all over the place!

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 21:13:36 | More by Brabander
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4.1/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

I really felt lucky to be finally able to try this hyped (sorry Jeff, ;)) beer. Jeff made sure that he got it as fresh as possible in Holland. The can was opened three weeks after it had been filled! Cheers Jeff for this opportunity.

A4 - A yellow hazy fluid with some visible yeas tin it. The head is bright white.

S4.5 - A good strong smell of citrus and pine.

T4 - A light sweet beer with strong tones of citrus and pine and (if you ask me) there is a rubber in there as well.

M4 - A medium carbonation that is excellent for the taste, the after taste is really bitter though.

O4 - A good strong double IPA - solid as a rock.

On Wednesday 28th of December 2011 I had another brilliant tasting session at my uncle Peter place . This was the beer Thijs brought. So thanks for another experience Thijs. And yes every one, I have a beautiful family in which good beer is highly appreciated.

A4 - It was the same as before.

S5 - This time I really took a good sniff and WOW what a nice scent of mango, pineapple, fresh cut grass, citrus and pine. It all entered my nose to explode right there. Perfect!!

T5 - This time I could enjoy more of this beer because we were with less people, and I could also drink it from the can. In the taste all the promises of the smell came true. New where the sweet and bitterness experiences, besides the smell that is.

M4.5 - A creamy feeling after the soft carbonation has died, in the end the bitterness sets in, overall a nice round feeling.

O4.5 - A good solid DIPA and I really could appreciate the aftertaste this time.

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 15:44:32 | More by Mar02x
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-23-2011 15:10:03 | More by halfshell
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4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

12-23-2011 04:15:17 | More by monitorpop
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-22-2011 18:12:24 | More by bigkahunas4
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to satchboogie on shipping this one in a trade. Phenomenal nose, as good as Pliny or Hopslam. I really would say for my taste these 3 would b interchangeable as far as which one I like best. Number ratings don't tell how even they are. I drank from a glass on the first one can the next two. Looks great as fresh world class DIPA should, nice foam and you can get lost with your nose in the glass. Citrus, and lost of it, smooth hops, and a lot of that too, On my 1st can I was thinking of Pliny in a way to compare, but after having a few over the last few days I'm changing that up a bit. It comes on first sip like Pliny, then somewhere along the line the overwhelming hops kicks in and it's more similar to Alpines Pure Hoppiness. Nicely bitter, but not crushingly so, balanced as hell. Just a tremendous brew, surely equal to anything brewed anywhere that's a DIPA. It this was easily available I'd be 300 lbs.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 16:44:42 | More by nc41
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-22-2011 04:36:02 | More by joallen17
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12-22-2011 02:16:58 | More by freehafe
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-21-2011 23:41:17 | More by CP20
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-21-2011 22:46:00 | More by Harvey98
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-21-2011 16:34:45 | More by warbird07
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-21-2011 16:33:36 | More by Jakers90
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-21-2011 12:53:19 | More by cmsimeur
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-21-2011 12:24:00 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-21-2011 02:22:56 | More by thebouch01
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4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joe you are the man and thank you for this one. alright from notes i reviewed this one at a christmas party, which i ran away to a dark corner to review like a zero. have to start off with the awesome can, silver and black tall boy with the alchemist on the front lovin life. pours a deep transparent amber with a big off white head and it shows great retention. solid in the nostrils very citrusy with light pine and lemon peel dryness. very fresh hops and minimal malt sweetness, pale and biscuty. the taste is absolute cash, very fresh hop resin, again the citrus peel with an amazing bitterness that cuts the palate. bone dry finish. medium bodied and lightly carbonated and flows really easy without any "spiking" to my surprise. this is the one that will make your gf not want to kiss you, the one where your breath still reeks of hops the next morning. flying hop dragons punching babies, can't stop em'. what a brew!

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 01:30:32 | More by JayAre46
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4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

It pours a hazy orange with a 3 finger head of foam.(served slightly chilled)

The smell is nice; citrus and tropical fruit mostly, only a hint of malt.

The taste is nice as well. Nice citrus bitterness, mild taste of tropical fruit, some good malty notes for some balance. Everything is so smooth so it's very easy to drink; the 8% abv is *very* well hidden.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, it's a satisfying brew for my palate. Very good stuff.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 23:47:58 | More by Bitterbill
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-20-2011 14:36:52 | More by Scottz5
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight from the can while at Frida's for lunch in Stowe. The tacos were good; the beer was freakin' unbelievable.

Did pour a little into a glass and it had a hazy orange tint with a decent rim of head, but it wasn't more than a couple ounces, so I wasn't checking out the head too much.

Cracked it and smelled a pine forest full of grapefruits. Very intense. Not spicy, but it's aggressive. I had thoughts about getting squirted in the eye by my morning grapefruit as I stuck my nose as deep as the can mouth would allow. I had heard the hype; hype does not smell this good.

And the taste trumped the nose. Gobs of pine and citrus, but the mango stickiness lingered at the finish with an enticing balance of biscuity malts scattered in the middle. No boozy heat, just a smooth coating of the palate that kept me slurping and made me finish the can finish too quickly. The bubbles were small and perfect in quantity. Had to have a second one and take a lingering walk around town afterwards.

The only flaw: they need bigger cans.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 01:48:20 | More by guezarka
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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