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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,440 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 7,440
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,815
Gots: 1,340 | 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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mattedurkin

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-08-2014 04:40:20 | More by mattedurkin
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JulioH

Florida

4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this a few times. This is the most bitter thing I have tasted, but surprisingly you quickly get accustomed to it, and actually enjoy it.

Pouring it reveals a normal yellow beer, nothing spectacular about the color, but the aroma that comes out of the can immediately after opening it is crazy. It releases a very strong aroma of pine and hops. Taste is very bitter, very piney, but refreshing and thin. You could drink a few of these and just think of how amazing this beer is.

Serving type: can

05-08-2014 04:32:20 | More by JulioH
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Ian_B

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-07-2014 20:59:37 | More by Ian_B
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deisenhardt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-07-2014 18:13:30 | More by deisenhardt
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allisonmichelle

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-07-2014 10:51:11 | More by allisonmichelle
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BlakMajik

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2014 18:37:23 | More by BlakMajik
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treznor

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2014 18:26:10 | More by treznor
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AaronDrinks

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-06-2014 17:51:51 | More by AaronDrinks
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calivessel

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-06-2014 17:04:24 | More by calivessel
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Andread

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-06-2014 16:53:53 | More by Andread
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schris

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-06-2014 15:14:53 | More by schris
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NJB145

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-06-2014 14:12:23 | More by NJB145
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

4/2/14 – consumed 5/5/14. Thanks to Scalawags for this awesome beer.

APPEARANCE: The color falls somewhere between straw pale and a very light orange. A strong head forms with the first pour and it sticks around for a while. Lacing is a little spotty, but still manages to cover a good 40% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: A lot of pine, a touch of grass and a good dose of grapefruity citrus with some hints of tropical fruit. Not as intense an aroma as I would have expected.

TASTE: This is a hoppy beer. The hops are there for the whole sip, from beginning to end, in full force. Early on there is a light toffee flavor to balance the aggressively orange citrus flavor. As the beer nears the finish the bitterer, grassy hop flavors kick in for a strong finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light in body, but more towards the medium side. The Heady Topper is dry all the way through, which makes me very happy. Carbonation is light, but with a nice little sparkle.

OVERALL: OK, the comparison must be made…I love this beer, but Pliny is better. And I may be a West Coast snob, but there are a few other West Coast IPAs that I would prefer to this. For lack of a better term this is not as “bright” a beer as some others in the category. It is certainly more balanced, but that is not always what I’m looking for in a Double IPA.

Serving type: can

05-06-2014 06:09:50 | More by StoneTSR
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UAhobbes

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-06-2014 04:44:07 | More by UAhobbes
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Dexterityviking

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-06-2014 02:44:00 | More by Dexterityviking
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J-Pro

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 23:48:53 | More by J-Pro
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TahoeTweezed

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 23:48:19 | More by TahoeTweezed
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headyhardy

Colorado

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 22:07:17 | More by headyhardy
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can to glass

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with a medium size head. Left good lacing

Smell - Floral, grapefruit, dank pine and resin some more tropical fruits

Taste - Orange peel, pineapple, pine resin, tropical fruits, slight alcohol taste. Hops are major punch to the mouth

Overall - Glad I got to try this one once just to say I did. However I don't think it's worth the trouble that people go to to get it. While it is a great DIPA it's up to each person to decide whether its worth the hype

Serving type: can

05-05-2014 22:05:24 | More by Dna_Infinity
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McNazz

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-05-2014 21:42:42 | More by McNazz
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gatheredwaters

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-05-2014 21:42:39 | More by gatheredwaters
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maximthegreat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 21:26:45 | More by maximthegreat
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DCLAguy11

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-05-2014 14:51:58 | More by DCLAguy11
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whitenads

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-05-2014 14:03:39 | More by whitenads
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lillitnn92

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-05-2014 13:29:12 | More by lillitnn92
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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