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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,012 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,012
Reviews: 1,605
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 5,209
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
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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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Picked up a four-pack of this last weekend after the bottle release at the Alchemist pub.

Poured from a pint can into my Alchemist glass.

Appearance: Hazy and unfiltered orange (almost copper body). Looks pulpy. Foam is thick and retention is good.

Smell: I can smell it as i pour. Mango, grapefruit a bit as well as pineapple. Juicy, not really bitter but all fruit. Peach slices as well. Heady and never lets up.

Taste: Like eating fruit. Plump orange, mango and some grapefruit. A bit of cedar lurking around. While really good, not as good as aroma.

Mouthfeel: Extremely well balanced and smooth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really good. Would have liked the flavor to measure up to the aroma but you still can't go wrong with this one.

10-15-2011 01:36:35 | More by papat444
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Had on tap at the Alchemist.

A: Very hazy, light caramel in color with a frothy off white head that very slowly dissipated leaving nice lacing.

S: The smell is mainly a piney hop scent with some citrus breaking through as well.

T: The taste is just like the smell, very piney hoppy flavor with the bitters sticking around through the finish and there is some citrus coming through towards the middle. This is followed by a slight malty flavor that then finishes with the bitters.

M: Medium in body with average carbonation. The feel is bitter throughout.

D: Made it a point to go to the Alchemist just for this beer, it was well worth the trip. A very solid, top tier east coast IIPA that was well balanced and the 8% ABV is hardly noticeable.

03-27-2011 20:14:47 | More by mavbrew
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utopiajane

New York

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Thanks so much to Tom for this beautiful can of elusive goodness from vermont.

Pours a murky banana yellow with an orange hue and is not as ugly as everyone said.( I think) It has some floaties in it but no matter. Bone white head of foam that fell pretty fast to some decent lace. Pine and earth. Nose is pounding citrus. Pink grapefruit, and pungent with tropical notes. Stone fruits too, mango, apricot and peach. The malt is not heavy on the nose but there is plenty of honey to tempt and tease. It’s drippy, and sticky with it and I can’t wait to taste it. First sip is powerful grapefruit, enamel stripping hops with a forceful bitter that lays itself in to stay for a while. Pine resin and bitter. All the tropical fruits are flashing in evidence on the nose and on the palate. They all are there. I won’t make a list. The malt is thick with honey and balanced so well that you hardly notice it except for the sticky sweetness and the fact that it lends substantial body. A bit of spice to bite you and an almost imperceptible edge that is sharp like crushed aspirin. That edge is just a little sour.

Holy god almighty. More!

07-24-2013 13:58:35 | More by utopiajane
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -8%

On tap this past weekend.

Bright white, creamy head with solid retention. Ringed lacing that stuck throughout the entire pint. A hazy golden straw in color with some sediment.

Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and even light bubblegum. Very intense citric hop oils. Strong hop aromatics that promise good things in terms of flavor.

The flavor that the aromas led up to does not disappoint. Moderate citrus flavors: grapefruit and lemon combined with very strong hop oils. Light bubblegum that leads to a sharp, intense bitterness. Aftertaste is once again, citrus twinged hops. A fabulously hop infested Double.

Medium bodied; this was actually a little heavier and grainier on the palate than most of the style. A bit odd on the palate given the flavor tends to lean towards the lighter citrus scale of the hops.

Needless to say, this is a must try for hopheads out there. If you're in the area, do yourself a favor and give it a whirl. One of the only downfalls of this ale is that it drinks like a meal, so be careful with what you pair it with.

03-24-2005 03:47:39 | More by NEhophead
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -8%

I poured just a little bit into a glass, to see the color. It says to drink it from the can. It has a light burnt orange color it. The aroma is strong piney hops. The taste is a little bitter than the citrus comes in. At the end the hops bite your tongue like a rattlesnake. It leaves a bitter after taste and overall one hell of a beer.

09-05-2013 03:53:05 | More by chefhatt
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -8%

A - pours a cloudy burnt orange with a finger of off white foamy head. Foamy spotty clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Honey, malts, citrus hops, tropical fruit, resinous, lemon grass. Nice smelling brew - lots of depth in the nose.

T - Semi sweet up front followed by a building development of hops; citrus, zest, fruity, dry, resinous. Finishes dry and bitter. Flavor lingers.

O - First of two cans I acquired from a trade. Phenomenal DIPA - unlike really any other brew I've had - can't just place it in a category saying it taste like X Beer.

Notes - surprised it says to "drink out of the can" - I didn't follow those instructions and poured it into a snifter.

04-12-2014 20:20:10 | More by andrewjraab
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Lunch

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Thanks to Thorpe429 for supplying the bottle. Sampled just a couple weeks after bottling and poured into a Darkness snifter (being a glassware fanatic, I was quite envious when I noticed that Mike possessed the official Heady Topper glass, bastard, but very cool)

Really excited to try this and very generous of Mike to share the bottle.

Beers pours a traditional light light golden color that was a slightly hazy. A little lighter than expected and I likened it to a lightly paler and more hazy PtE.

Smell was all hops with no real malt to speak of...very nice.

Taste was certainly delicious and it lives up to its name, but I may have played it up a bit more in mind than I should have. Some nice bitterness and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel was spot on with nice carbonation and this is certainly a beer that I could sit and drink all day.

Thanks again Mike!

03-04-2011 20:21:01 | More by Lunch
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Dennoman

Belgium

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Reasonably fresh can, as fresh as I can get them in Europe. Thank you PaulMcConnell, been dying to try this hype monster since I first heard of it. Canned September 5th, had September 23rd. Poured a small amount into a glass for the appearance.

A: A muddy yellow attractive looking DIPA. Foam dies down very quickly: is this intentional because of the can drinking gimmick, or is there just not enough attention to details like PH levels during brewing?

S: O... M... G. This is where this beer shines. Waves upon waves of citrus. Pineapple is predominant, followed by overripe peach. Slight lemon and orange zest. Some honey and even a tiny bit of booze. Every time you take a whiff off this, you get something new.

T: Everything you get on the smell is what hits the palate first. After the swirl and swallow, it magically turns into a dry bitterness that cleans the palate completely. I might have enjoyed some more fruitiness, which is why it scores lower in the flavor department for me than i.e. the Three Floyds Zombie Dust. It beats any other IPA I've had in the smell department hands down, but the taste just turns overly dry and bitter for me. Not disappointing, but a lot different from what I expected.

M: Nice medium carbonation that befits the style beautifully and makes this beer insanely light (and dangerous) to drink. You need to drink this fairly fast though, as mine went almost completely flat after a good ten to fifteen minutes.

O: Wow. It's hard to say this considering there are so many different styles, each with their own distinct smell and taste profiles, but this is probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. The pineapple and peach aroma is simply divine and one of the easiest 5/5 I've ever handed out. I would drink this by the case-load for the rest of my life, if only it wasn't damn near impossible to get here in Europe. I'm very thankful to have tried this, and it was very interesting to taste a non-West Coast IPA that's still considered one of the world's finest.

A true honor and a reminder to how very humbling it is to be a part of this great community. Thanks again Paul!

09-23-2012 17:40:28 | More by Dennoman
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dogbones

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -8%

Served in a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: A bit more orange than amber with noted opacity. Nice 1.5 inch white head, that quickly streaks the side of the glass with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Very piney with a citrus peel nose pucker that makes my lip curl. Cannabis abounds. Very nice!

Taste: Taste follows smell nicely. There is plenty of pine resin and citrus. The bitterness lasts at least a minute after you swallow and the alcohol is undetectable.

Mouthfeel: There is an obvious tingle once the beer touches your tongue. It's very smooth but a bit thin.

Overall: This is an amazing IIPA. I wish it was more readily available!!!

12-07-2011 00:07:40 | More by dogbones
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FiremanChris

California

4.36/5  rDev -7.8%

A- Canned 2 -3 weeks ago. Flagrantly ignoring Mr. Kimmich's instructions I poured 1/2 of the can into a snifter glass and consumed the other 1/2 in the can. Spoiler Alert: It made absolutely no difference whatsoever. Heady pours a hazy straw color with a solid 3 finger head that lingers for a while and laces the glass with each sip.

S- Floral bouquet with grassy herbaceous notes. Hop bitterness. Dominant citrus. Light peach, pear, unripe grapefruit rind. Biscuit malt. Unique aroma profile for a DIPA. Pleasant but I was expecting more of a hop assault based on the reviews.

T- Hop bitterness up front immediately followed by fresh cut grass, herbs. Sour/unripe grapefruit follows with a crisp pine flavor that finishes with a drying bitterness that lingers a bit too much for my liking although it is smooth and easy drinking. I wouldn't call this a well balanced beer but I get the feeling that it's not supposed to.. This is an abrasive beer that is meant to be that way..

M- Probably my favorite thing about this beer. Medium bodied with a viscous, sticky sweet mouthfeel, great carbonation.. Just what I'm looking for.

O- Does it live up to the hype? No. Is it a nice DIPA? Absolutely. I'm happy and very thankful to my trading partners for giving me the chance to try this beer. Will I seek it out again? No. Been there done that. I'm good. Top 20 DIPA easily but not in the top 10 for me, but that's just me and my palate, and like anything else in this world your mileage may vary.. Cheers!

06-16-2014 20:18:38 | More by FiremanChris
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.36/5  rDev -7.8%

L: What a beautiful can!

A: Big pine needle, zesty citrus, and soft fruit, very aromatic out of the can. Malt is noticeable as a slightly toasty breadiness and there is an amazing peach-like ester profile that melds with the hops.

T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into intense, pine needle and stonefruit hop character with tropical and spicy complexities. The malt character is slightly more prominent than the aroma, creating a light, toasty bread character that moves into a drying finish and a slick mouthfeel. Very complex, but the hops are always at the for-front, and the bitterness is never overly prominent. In a couple words, perfectly balanced.

Overall, this is one of the most well-balanced and complex IPAs I have ever had. I can totally understand why this is the highest rated beer on the site. The flavor is nearly perfect, and as long as you don't mind haze or drinking out of the can there is very little that you could find at fault about his beer. Every phase of the brewing process contributes to the flavor of the beer. Hops, malt, peachy esters from the 'Conan' yeast, as well as numerous intricacies I am sure only the brewing staff is aware of (ie water profile). This is a real ale, so many brewers seem to be taking the IPA away from the malt and yeast character and this one embraces them and finds balance with them. This beer is a true beer.

05-10-2014 04:29:19 | More by Siriusfisherman
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barkylee15


4.36/5  rDev -7.8%

08-25-2014 02:38:58 | More by barkylee15
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Took the first sip from the can to get the full affect.

A: Poured from the can to my glass this brew pours like your average IPA. Murky golden hue with a white capped head.

S: The aroma is delightfully hoppy fresh. Resinous hops take over. This brew is a little less fruity than a normal DIPA.

T: The flavor is near perfect. Very well balanced and not over sweetened in the process. The flavor is fresh, raw hops.

MF: The carbonation is great, my pallet isn't torn up, the after taste isn't offensive.

Overall, a great beer, deserving of the top 10 on BA? Maybe not, but an incredibly drinkable IPA

03-18-2012 00:23:14 | More by TKEbeerman
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Thanks to sisuspeed for this bottle.

A: The DIPA is darker, a fuller amber color that, when the bottle is emptied, is thick and brown. A finger and a half of white head laces in bands around the glass. When fully emptied, the ale has yeasty sediment suspended in it.

S: Mr. PtYounger, meet Mr. H. Topper. The nose is citrusy sweet, tropically lush. Pine is a heavy ingredient, adding resiny thickness. Pineapple, fresh pine needles, grapefruit. The leafy strength is impressive. Near the end, just enough caramel comes through to settle things down.

T: Oily smooth, the hops jump out immediately. Following the hops are more hops and more hops. Really, the bitterness rolls throughout each sip. Pine starts off, resiny thick, followed by the citrus blast. There is caramel, providing more balance than I initially suspected. Flat out hop heaven, an oily mess of hops that refuses to go away. The ale benefits from the pub draft level of carbonation, as advertised on the label.

M: Oily hops on top of resiny hops on top of tropical hops on top of caramel malts. The hoppiness steals the show but the balance is welcome.

D: The ale, admittedly, feels bigger than 8%. The hoppiness, strong as it is, benefits from the balance of the malt. An excellent IPA, even if it isn't quite the west coast hop bomb.

01-02-2011 19:53:05 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Provided to me by good friend and fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A finger's worth of tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and moderately thicker collar... A very muted amber with a faint haze... Fairly still with no discernible carbonation just a bit of suspended sediment...

S - Some subtle grapefruit with a bit of tropical fruits mixed in too... Some light orange zest... A very subtle piney hop presence as well... A touch of muskiness... A light spiciness as well...

T - Citrusy hops to start... Tropical fruits... Grapefruit... Oranges... Mangoes... There are also some muted yet assertive piney characteristics... Very well balanced by a strong malt base... Heavy on the doughy bread with just a hint of spice... A bit of a peppery finish... Extremely complex... Each sip yields new subtleties...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Even and consistent... Exceedingly smooth... Surprisingly light and delicate given the overall potency...

D - An outstanding American Double IPA... Well crafted artisan brew... Loaded with both complexity and character... The appearance and aroma really didn't live up to my lofty expectations, but everything from there on out more than impressed...

10-14-2011 01:22:02 | More by philbe311
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wedge

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Murky golden orange color with a fat layer of off-white foam on the surface. Deep, dank, fresh bag-o-hops smell...spicy, resinous pine, pungent, juicy citrus, and peaches. An almost toffee-ish malt profile lurks underneath. Huge hoppy flavor (obviously): fresh floral hop cones, grapefruit, pine needles, stone fruit, maybe some tropical fruit. Seems kind of like a lot of Simcoe to me. Dry, smooth,and textured. Bitter, but nothing crazy. This is a great, supremely hopped-up DIPA that manages to stay really drinkable. A bit too hyped up, but undeniably impressive.

09-29-2013 01:13:36 | More by wedge
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ike4tay45

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Was able to score 3 bottles in trade. This is a late review as I enjoyed the beer a while back.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a 1.5 finger head disapating quickly leaving behind some really nice lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed citrus juices and sweet pineapple in the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of a sweet malt flavor, fruits became more pronounced as it warmed.

M: Medium carbonation. clean, crisp, smooth.

Overall: Cant wait to get my hands on a couple more cans.

09-13-2011 00:37:17 | More by ike4tay45
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Tap at The Alchemist (mutliple times over two days)

A - hazy golden with nice white pillow of foam.

S - lots of lemon and grapefuruit with a huge biscuit nose

T - very nice vanilla sweetness and a huge hop bitterness

M - quite thick with a lot of residual sugar. Feels like oats or maybe lactose even. Great carbonation.

O - for the high ABV, body and sweetness, thus is super drinkable. The hop flavor is incredible on the finish and I absolutely loved this beer.

07-24-2011 01:20:43 | More by ChrisPro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Unbelievable! 537 CAN reviews with my CANQuest (TM) entry as # 538. I CANnot remember any other craft CANs with this many reviews! Impressive.

From the CAN: "DRINK FROM THE CAN! [x3 for added emphasis]"; "Heady Topper is an Ameri[CAN] Double India Pale Ale. This beer is not intended to be the biggest or most bitter. It is meant to give you wave after wave of hoppy goodness on your palate. Tremendous amounts of Ameri[CAN] hops will creep up on you and leave you with a dense hoppy finish in your mouth. So drinkable, it's scary. Sometimes I wish I could crawl right into the [CAN]. Freshness and control have always been my main concern[s] when it comes to our beer. We are committed to providing you with an unfiltered and unpasteurized hop experience. Why do I recommend that you drink it from the [CAN]? Quite simply, to ensure a delightful, [sic] hop experience. The act of pouring it in a glass smells nice, but it releases the essential hop aromas that we have worked so hard to retain. If you MUST pour it into a glass, you may find that some of the hop resins have settled to the bottom - leave them in the CAN when pouring. This beer is perishable, and at its best when it is young, fresh and hazy. Keep it cold, but not ice cold. Drink this beer immediately, we are always making more. [Undersigned] John Kimmich, The Alchemist, Waterbury, Vermont"; "Don't be a D-Bag, recycle this [CAN]!".

My apologies to Mr. Kimmich, but a basic tenet of The CANQuest (TM) is to deCANt the beer into a glass. I do not tell him how to do his job, I would appreciate if he did not tell me how to do mine. I hear from too many people that "CANned beer tastes metallic", mostly because they are French Kissing the goldanged CAN. I may pour some and drink some from the CAN, but how CAN I review it without seeing it in all of its glory, which is another tenet for inclusion in The CANQuest - review only, no "Hads". The last tenet is to drink it all, no matter how vile. This is to separate the men from the boys, hear me, Minhas?!?

At last, after all of that transcription, it is Crack & Glug time! Anticipation, it's makin' me wait! Man, but Carly Simon was a babe in her prime. Still in all, I would not kick her out of bed for eating crackers in the sack, even today. It's like I was telling the young honey honey the other day, we all age and if you think you will be the hardbody you are now in twenty-five years, you got another think comin'. But I digress, as I am often wont to do.

Wow, but the room smelled dank! I had just under two fingers of dense tawny head that was creating the kind of lacing that would require a jackhammer to remove as it fell. The amber liquid was hazy, dense, viscous and I wanted to dive into it just to see where it would lead. Nose was resinous, if that adjective may be applied to a liquid. Pine, wintergreen, menthol, green, baby! Holy overwhelming, Batman! Mouthfeel was sticky and in the way that napalm was sticky. Man, you get that burning craziness on your skin and you start running down the road stark naked. Phan Thi Kim Phuc, I feel your pain. I suddenly got the urge to strip down and run up the street with my tongue lolling out of my mouth in the hopes of some cooling action. It is a good thing that people are used to this sort of thing from me or there might have been real trouble. I'm back and to great applause as the late-1960's and early-1970's are making a comeback and streaking is again fashionable. This is some groovy weed, I mean, beer. Finish was so gaspingly dry that I am reaching for my asthma inhaler. Let's do this again, real soon. No, really, man, how soon CAN I score some more? I mean, you're always growing, I mean, making more, right?

Now directly from the CAN: Oh yeah, it's an epiphany! I CAN rap with my late Pops while going bowling with Jesus. Dude, you CANnot pick up the 7-10 split to save your life, CAN you? That, and now I got this metallic taste going on that was not present before. Wow, baby, wow! Groovy.

Hey, dig this, hep cats, this is what'll send you (and I don't mean via FedEx, in fact, the less the feds are involved, the better). Stamp help out. Lenny Bruce is not afraid. I am now going to operate a heavy crane near an orphanage. That, or procure a tank and drive that around. It all makes sense now. Say, who left murph the surf on my ceiling?

06-20-2012 02:01:54 | More by woodychandler
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therobot

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Courtesy of mmtroop1218, much appreciated.

Joint review with pintglassjon.

A. A nice deep tangerine, an TON of Sea-Monkeys seriously swimming all over the place and thick, can't see through the glass. Very light, quickly dissipating head.

S. Prominent citrus, mainly grapefruit, and a little pine. Slight malt odor.

T. Taste follows the smell almost exactly. Great, refreshing level of citrus bitterness and lingers mid tongue with the pine. Great depth of hop flavors. Moderate level of dry malt sweetness, is present but not overwhelming.

M. Light carbonation, slightly in the thin side.

D. Very high, extremely pleasant to drink. Refreshing, enjoyable, a wonderful example of style. Could sit and down these all night, unfortunately geographically impossible.

Overall, great beer and would seek out again.

Thanks again mmtroop1218.

12-23-2010 05:19:02 | More by therobot
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Cisco619

California

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

16oz pint can poured into a newly acquired Weyerbacher tulip(against the can's behest). Thanks to DaveHack for the beer & the glass.

A: Hazy amber hue with a dark core that pushes the light out to the edges of the beer. Bubbly eggshell white head that fizzes out to a soft film that clings to the edges of the glass & leaves a disc shaped ring with frayed edges in the center of the glass. I haven't seen many dipa's that look like this & I am entranced by the murky elixir that is swirling in my glass.

S: Incredible. Intense tropical fruit aroma that dominates, mainly mango with soft pineapple undertones. A nice zesty citrus kick that brings in the finish that ends with a hint of sweetness. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers I have had the pleasure to stick my nose in. The smell does lose a bit of intensity after it is poured in the glass, but still retains the same character.

T: A bit of mango mixed with pineapple that ends with a zesty, grapefruity flavor. It's all brought together by a mellow hop biterness that tingles the front of the tounge.

M: Sticky & sweet with a hop biterness that lingers on the front of the tounge while hop oils coat the back of the tounge & roof of the mouth. A bit heavier than most dipa's but excellent balance that ties together all the elements.

O: Amazing aroma & captivating appearance. This is truly an experience that any hop lover should seek. Huge thanks to DaveHack for helping me cross this off my list & for the awesome glass.

10-08-2011 03:55:22 | More by Cisco619
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chrisgalvin

California

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Living in San Francisco (a couple of miles from Toronado) I've been privy to a lot of "West Coast IPAs," PtE, PtY, etc. The Heady Topper defiantly can hold it's own in this category and tak ehte top spot in the Top 250.

The HT has a fantastic smell, great mouthfeel with wonderful malt and hop balance and a nice finish. Seriously, once of the best DIPAs.

04-01-2013 04:07:15 | More by chrisgalvin
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Rampage1

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Look forward to this being canned.

Appearance: This one has a nice deep, hazy golden color to it with little traces of hops throughout the pour. Nice pure white head follows. I noticed that after having one of the bottles for over a week what originally was some slight residual hops in the bottle turned into a heavy amount of hops in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: This has all the great tropical smells to it -- mainly citrus- orange rind with some pineapple,grapefruit and a little mango. No pine notes here which is fine by me. I'm all about the Tropical citrus smells in my IPA's. I can tell you from having this once before that this beers smells change completely in a weeks time. Kind of has this funky- strong smell now after it being another week old. Unique in the smell. Drink em up now guys!

Taste: Its like drinking orange juice with a nice bitter finish. I like that there is not a ton of malt to the taste yet it still has enough to keep the bitterness somewhat in check. There is a slight biscuit flavor on the end of the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation to keep the hop flavors swirling around on the palate to deliver the great,fresh flavor to be had in this beer.

Drinkability: Great beer and am very happy to have got to try it. I will be seeking this one out when it hits in cans which now looks like it will be a while. IPA's are my favorite and this is another to add to the list.

05-17-2011 20:05:58 | More by Rampage1
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mcallister

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Completely unfiltered with tons of yeasty delicious sediment. An off copper translucent with a small white head.

Huge bops on the nose piney and resiny as can be and then a burst of citrus at the end, some light cereal grain and coffee eaters as well.

Very piney earthy aromas thick drying in the middle with only a bit of that citrus on the finish. Oily and resiny with caramel and cereal quailities. Toffee is there as well a bit of sweetness with a forever finish. Great ipa and not one that falls into the everyday category

12-28-2010 22:42:13 | More by mcallister
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b3shine

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Thanks to Jnorton00 for this brew. It's better than Pliny (the Elder), but I'm not quite sure if it's Dreadnaught status (my gold standard). However, given it's abv, it's remarkable. The quintessential camping beer (and yes, the can contributes to this moniker). Everything you want and nothing you don't. Better price point and more convenient than Dreadnaught; just can't decide if it's as good or better. I guess it'll take another night of "research" to come to a conclusion :)

Update: After a 1 for 1 comparison the next day, this beer edges Dreadnaught. And for the value, it blows it out of the water.

10-19-2011 02:40:50 | More by b3shine
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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