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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,380 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,380
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,753
Gots: 1,312 | 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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Zilaniz

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It says drink from the can but I poured it anyway for appearence reasons. Very west coast style, up there with the best of IPA's I have had. Wonderfully juicy and very refreshing, if it weren't 8% I could easily drink a sixer of it. Only had once since I am living in PA but will search out again

Serving type: can

05-23-2014 23:06:42 | More by Zilaniz
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Tommylatenight

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-23-2014 18:42:15 | More by Tommylatenight
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SpecialPatrolGroup

New York

4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not, I repeat NOT, a hop head. This was the beer that changed my opinion of IPA's. So I guess it's fair to say I wasn't a hop head. The aroma is what first got me. Like a bowl of freshly cut tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is down right dairy-like. Creamy and not too thin. There is a perfect balance of bitterness and malty undertones. I live 5 hours (10 round trip) from the nearest retailer and I regularly make the trip to obtain HT. If you get the chance, don't pass it up.

Serving type: can

05-23-2014 03:35:19 | More by SpecialPatrolGroup
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-23-2014 03:23:10 | More by Matt1516
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been on my wants list for almost 2 years. I am going to try to be as open minded. If you would have told me 5 years ago that the #1 beer in the world would be from a can I would have said you were crazy. Lets see.

A strong pour generates two fingers of foamy thick yellow tan head. Retention is very good and spotty lace is left behind barely. Body is a hazy honey orange in tone. Really pretty standard for the style. Just hard to get excited about this tone.

Nose is prickly and piney all in one. Citrus rind and sweet marmalade play all surrounding a generally musky tone that carries this wonderful scent. Truely sweet nose in terms of what you usually expect from a big IPA.

And then you get it. With first sip you immediately are greeted by such a unique hop profile. Bold hop goodness attacks the mouth. Its almost like sucking on a whole hop cone. Full of dynamically bitter hoppines from the moment it hits the tongue all the way through the nicely long lingering mouthfeel. Pineapple and musky pine play in the entire palate.

This is a truely wonderful beer. I would easily put it up there with the top 5 I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: can

05-23-2014 01:43:11 | More by SPLITGRIN
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brewskis

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-23-2014 01:31:00 | More by brewskis
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-23-2014 00:55:20 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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jc310

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -36.6%

05-22-2014 23:23:37 | More by jc310
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kenzilka007

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 23:14:40 | More by kenzilka007
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-22-2014 21:58:55 | More by BogBoyJD
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jojox

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 20:17:39 | More by jojox
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mreaber09

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 18:10:25 | More by mreaber09
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 16:30:33 | More by MeisterSmudge
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 13:04:44 | More by StaveHooks
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Metaldude05

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heady topper is an ipa perfected. The hop profile imparts a perfect flavor without being overly bitter. The alchemist does a phenomenal job crating a perfect ipa for us hop heads that love the flavor of hops but may not care for the bitterness all the time.

Serving type: can

05-22-2014 04:29:55 | More by Metaldude05
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antott0523

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-22-2014 02:37:50 | More by antott0523
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cck5

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-22-2014 01:48:24 | More by cck5
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Soccken

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-22-2014 00:48:36 | More by Soccken
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Coffee1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-22-2014 00:41:41 | More by Coffee1
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shawlaqua

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-21-2014 19:54:35 | More by shawlaqua
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woolemammoth

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-21-2014 18:50:36 | More by woolemammoth
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PictureThi5

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-21-2014 18:06:25 | More by PictureThi5
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nabit

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-21-2014 06:20:40 | More by nabit
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mkmarth

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-21-2014 01:19:00 | More by mkmarth
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kingofcarrotflo

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-20-2014 22:56:44 | More by kingofcarrotflo
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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