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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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8,672 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,672
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5,640
Gots: 1,885 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

randylangford, May 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Chugs13, May 16, 2012
Photo of schmoilito
4/5  rDev -15.4%

schmoilito, May 16, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
5/5  rDev +5.7%

AlexChillton, May 16, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can, no date, drank most of it out of the can, poured the rest into a snifter. Big thanks to Agold for sharing this with me.

A- Pours a cloudy amber color, nearly opaque, has some floaty stuff in it.

S- Huge juicy citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, lots of resinous pine, lots of different fruits, a bit of sweet malt and caramel in the back. The aroma is huge and smells totally delicious.

T- Powerful bitterness combines with citrus and tropical fruit, some pine resin, big hops, everything is very vivid and bright but also in complete balance.

M- Medium-bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, very dry and bitter finish.

O- One of the best DIPA's I've had, insane drinkability, this definitely lives up to the hype for me, I've always been a huge Pliny fan, but this is just as good (not getting into that argument). This is the kind of beer I would drink every day forever if I could.

WillCarrera, May 16, 2012
Photo of pearljam118
5/5  rDev +5.7%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Now I know why this beer has a 100 rating! Popped open my first Heady Topper tonite (am drinking it right now) thanks to a great trade bonus from rudzud (thanks again!) Notes follow:

A: Hazy orange copper color, a bit of a slight head that dissapates quickly....(still very carbonated...)
S: Oranges, grapefruits, big citrus notes.
T: Nice bitter IPA! Really nice! Big Citrus, almost sweet but at the same time bitter. Very smooth with absolutely no crappy aftertaste found in cheap IPAs.
M: Silky smooth, no harshness here..
O: A really, really nice IPA. Definitely enjoy these higher-powered IPAs!!

4thelvofbeer, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

Googs, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

truuby536, May 15, 2012
Photo of TimFoster0
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

TimFoster0, May 15, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
5/5  rDev +5.7%

jongullotti, May 15, 2012
Photo of Agold
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heady topper is ridiculously cloudy with a nice head they yields a bit of lacing. There is some beer dandruff floating around as well. Aroma is very fruity and citrus pine explosion. There's a huge pungent aroma, this beer doesn't fuck around. Flavor is Lindy and citrusey. Very nice but not quite as pungent as the aroma and a bit sweeter. The sweetness however does not increase the mouthfeel at all. Light and dry. Very frighteningly drinkable. Definitely happy to have traded for this.

Agold, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

adog, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

EinWeizenbitte, May 14, 2012
Photo of rtaps
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look N/A i'm fallowing instructions and not pouring any into a glass

smelling it in the can. it pretty damn good. citrus and grapefruit (not super easy to grasp through the can but nice)

the hops are amazing, citrus and fruitiness mild pineyness is found

med-high carbonation and light-medium bodied leaving a wet mouth feel

overall GREAT glad i finally got a hold of one

rtaps, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

infi, May 13, 2012
Photo of tgeorgf
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

tgeorgf, May 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Rekrule, May 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +5.7%

lionoa7x, May 12, 2012
Photo of r0nyn
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can (despite the admonishments on the rim) into a Duvel tulip. Courtesy of and split with BA infi, along with BA NYManc.

Cloudy golden and translucent with a thinnish head that dissipates quickly enough. Doesn't leave too much lacing at all, but what little there is sticks in spots to the inside of the glass. Not really that chunky, but it's not that easy to see through. Smell is out of this world, holy God. It smells like someone squeezed fresh pineapple, grapefruit, mango and passion fruit straight into the glass. There's a mild peachiness that follows this initial tropical fruit onslaught, coupled with some smooth maltiness on the end. No booziness detectable.

Taste follows through on the smell, with all of the fruit essences making an appearance, though they do seem a bit subdued on the tongue after getting punched in the nose with all these amazing scents. Bitter hops appear next, though the flavor is balanced by the sweetly pungent fruit. There's maltiness in here, but it's definitely not the featured attraction. Mild bitterness comes through on the tail end, but doesn't ride through into the aftertaste. The finish is very, very smooth and dry, leaving you wanting more (and you definitely will). The body is just so right, equal parts smooth and gently carbonated. Very well done.

This stuff is miles above 99% of the DIPAs I've had, wow. Totally complex yet eminently drinkable, this is the new standard. Definitely deserving of the score and the hype.

r0nyn, May 12, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cumulative review after about 5 in the past 2 weeks...

Can to tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with 1F of off-white head over an opaque, deep gold body with tons of floaties. Touch of lacing.

Aromas contain a tropical fruit explosion, full of pineapple, coconut, some grapefruit, and surprisingly ... plenty of charred log as it warms.

Bold and sharp on the palate. Flavors move slightly off tropical over to orange, mango, and pine, with lots of white pepper, and some young pineapple rind. Definitely a DIPA, as the hops seem to engulf the sweetness.

Crisp and full of carbonation... could be smoother for higher points here.

Not the be-all, end-all of DIPAs. I thought it was very reminiscent of Mongo (bottle variety, not draft). Sharp, hop-forward, and full of floaties.

BeerImmediately, May 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

jamesewelch, May 11, 2012
Photo of BBri
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: I guess this is the only "knock" (what a joke) on this beer. Cloudy with sediment and a lght burnt orange color. It doesn't look that pretty, but I don't want wall art, I want great beer.

S: strong citrus notes, mild piney smell with a hint of sweetness.

T: Initially a citrus rush. Mild hop flavor with a sharp, but not biting, finish. Absolutely delicious. .

M: "Thicker" than I thought it would be. Great full body with light carbonation. Very smooth, slides over tongue.

O: Highly recommeded. If you're looking for a DIPA, this one really has it all. Complete package. I.M.H.O., second only to Citra by Kern River.

BBri, May 11, 2012
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 8,672 ratings.