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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,111
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 5,986
Gots: 2,092 | FT: 37
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 Brams17
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally got to have one of these last night! To me, this beer is perfect.

A: Took my first sip from the can since the can says I should. I had to see this beauty though, so I poured the rest into a snifter. Poured a very hazy orange color with a nice eggshell white head.

S: The aroma of this beer was unreal. As soon as I opened the can it hit me. Super dank and pungent, piney, and aromas of tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Sticky bitter hop resins up front, but the bitterness isn't overwhelming. That's followed by pine and fruits like pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. The finish had a subtle malt bready sweetness that helps keep the beer smooth.

M: Dry, but not thin. Medium bodied. Sticky hop resins with medium carbonation. Super easy drinking, I could put a few of these away in a hurry. Not boozy at all.

O: To me, this is a perfect DIPA. As it says right on the can, it doesn't strive to be the biggest or most bitter, but it's flavor is amazing. Wish I had regular access to this beer.

Brams17, Sep 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Look, I'm not going to add a whole lot to the conversation here, but I've got to write something - I'm tearing up as I type... I've had this 4 times now. 1st at a party in Somerville, and I was half in the bag already. 2nd time it was warm. 3rd time was a tip from a guy at the bar I work at 2 a.m. And I'm having one now. All have been memorable. It is a remarkable experience.

A: I poured it out into an 10oz glass and it shows a hazy yellow gold. 1" of white foam. I did drink the remainder from the can as instructed. 2nd time I've done that.

S: Woody, earthy pine, then comes a wave of baked peaches and apricots, and finally the much anticipated ruby grapefruit.

T: Sweet bread malt, and the grapefruit bitterness. Lingers to orange juice and honey, balancing the hops. Wonderful.

M: Chewy, yet spirited carbonation. Just a kiss of residuals. Alcohol?

O: This beer makes me smile. Tough to describe, but there's this luscious backbone that screams for all that hops. Every time I taste it I can't get over the sweet homebrew note that counters that Imperial IPA hop blast. It's like a dash of salt on your watermelon, or a couple granules of sugar on a cucumber, it just works. I adore Stone's Ruination (had it on tap for years where I bartended), but this is less refined, more casual, less pretentious, yet bolder - drink it from the can or don't. Just be happy knowing it's out there. A+

NedGreene, Sep 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -36.4%

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5/5  rDev +5.9%

I've had a few of these and hands down it's the best beer out there with outstanding flavors!

davidcoull, Sep 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a beautiful IPA that holds back on the bitterness that can *sometimes* overpower the delicate flavors in hops. While I love bitter beers that push the IBUs like Stone's 'Ruination,' Heady Topper takes the opposite approach while still maintaining a well-balanced malt character. The waves of hops wash over your palate and after you swallow you're left with that biscuity aftertaste from the lighter malts.

I absolutely love this beer. The Alchemist deserves all of the praise they get.

Rastacola, Sep 02, 2014
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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,111 ratings.