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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,705
Reviews: 1,852
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 6,714
Gots: 2,538 | FT: 42
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:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My buddy went up to Vermont this past month and was lucky enough to pick up a 6pack for himself and gave me one!

A-Two finger head dissipated quickly back into the beer. Not to much lacing going on either. Unfiltered beer with a off amber brown color. Looks heady for a unfiltered double IPA!

S-Earthy grapefruit aroma dominates. Mild lemon/citrus notes with the caramel malts behind it all. Smells great!

T-Get hops throughout the whole palate. The hops arent too overwhelming however. Everything is cohesive until the end where the hops hit the back of the tongue. Leaves great after taste. Get all that earthy citrus hops found in the nose. Has a nice caramel malt profile to help subdue the hoppiness in this beer!

M-Has great mouthfeel. Love unfiltered beers. Slighty chewy. Good carbonation in this.

O-Great beer. Has everything you are looking for in a double IPA! Only thing that its lacking is in the appearance with the minute head retention. As long as the beer smells appetizing and taste good I am happy so nothing to worry about in this beer!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.55/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rob for acquiring this one. Really cool can, by the way, although I didn't heed the advice to drink from it.

Poured a very hazy orange with a big billowing head that receeded slowly with ample lacing.

Pine and ripe tropical fruit in the smell, and that's where the ride started and it didn't end until the glass was emptied, or nearly emptied sans the heavy sedimentation that had settled into the bottom of the glasses. Smells of pine, tropical fruits, peppery even..almost like the faint cordite that lingers in the air after fireworks.

Flavors of tropical elements, also mint, sap resin, canteloupe, star fruits, watermelon rind..this fella is chaotic, but oh it's flavorful. Hints of the alcohol poking through. Mouthfeel is firm and zesty, excellent carbonation, very well crafted.

This one takes you for quite a ride but in the end it's simply refreshing and tasty.

Very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TronDave
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - An awesome can - Drink from it.

S - A Beautiful strong sweet Smell

T - Hoppy explosion with gusto and wisdom

M - crisp and refreshing

O - It's simply the best 2xIPA out there.... I had a fun time tasting the beer in Waterbury and meeting the crew. Its a great beer made by good people. Enough said.

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Photo of mattbk
4.71/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange, almost amber color. Quite cloudy. Limited carbonation.

S - Amazing smell. Rich and full of fruits. I immediately get pineapple (SImcoe?), mango, and pine. THe smell is luscious almost.

T - Same as the smell, with just a bit of hop bitterness, and a little bit of alcohol warming. But all very well balanced, with hop flavor taking center stage. The malt sweetness is there to balance it out also. This almost like eating a slice of peach pie - but also nothing like that. Frankly, it's delicious. There are no flaws at all.

M - Medium, definitely low carbonation, I would have preferred the carb just a tad higher; but maybe that would have masked the flavor.

O - If you can, please try this beer. I live on the right coast and don't trade, so I haven't been privy to Pliny, but it would be hard for me to imagine it being any better.

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,705 ratings.