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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,159 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,159
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 7,355
Gots: 2,881 | FT: 46
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: orange/light amber with a creamy off-white head. from what i'd read i was scared of huge fugly floaties. instead i only see some fine particulates in this hazy beer. i can't ding it for being unfiltered.
s: wow, this pops with juicy hops. like being in an orange grove at harvest time. maybe some mango or other tropical fruit along with some fresh green notes ala citrus leaves. despite what the brewer says the aroma cums thru way more via proper glassware than from the can. i forgive him for this.
t: follows through. juicy, juicy, fresh fruity hops. not the overripe kind either-like peeling a great orange. honey sweet malts provide just enough to support these beautiful hops. finishes somewhat clean and definitely more-ish.
m: just over medium-bodied but very crushable. i want to pound this but restrain myself to small sips. carbonation is perfect. so, so smooth for a dipa. hardly any astringency and no sharp bitterness.
o: lives up to the hype. will continue to trade anything for this. em me w/trade offers anytime.
update: this fades fast for being in a can-the little floaties get bigger and darker. the fresh hops quickly turn to the overripe fruit/banana thing. still good but a different animal after a few weeks.

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4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Cool can art. Now that's a hophead. For the sake of this review I am disregarding the drink from can directions and inserting in glass.

S: Sweet dank fruit. Orange, juicy melon, grapefruit and grapefruit rind, lemon, and crisp pine resins. Big juicy piles of hop and a very clean malt base. Simple and complex at the same time. All sorts of hop aromas weave together creating quite the mouthwatering situation.

T: Delightful layering of hop flavors on bready cereal malt. Very fresh. Grapefruit, melon, orange, lemon, pine forest, and mango. Bitter but the flavor trumps all. Pretty fantastic. I can see why people are so addicted to this stuff. It's beer candy.

M: Very juicy feel with resinous sticky qualities all over the place. Soft and swirlable. Clings to the buds. Body and carbonation levels are perfect.

O: This is one solid beer. Very pleasurable on the palate all over. For 8% this is impressively consumable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A can traded to me by a fellow BA. What a nice gesture! A 16 oz can of the top rated beer and they tell you to drink it from the can.

Well...the first thing I did was ignore that rule because I wanted to see it and smell it. IT didn't have much head but is the cloudiest IPA I have ever seen. A very peachy color.

Nose is along the pine side with oils and caramel. Very distinct once again.

Taste: I have had lots of IPAs like everybody else. And I have had all ends of the flavor spectrum. This one falls deeply into the citrus and tropical end in my book. At the end of the drink there is a more west coast hope profile. Very complex and very balanced but yet not with the typical malts. This is really a distinct beer and really enjoyable to drink. Isn't that what matters? Something new and different and not over the edge?

The mouth feel is quite mellow and the alcohol is warming.

I must say this beer is a nice treat and would buy it constantly if it were available around here. Definitely worthy of it's head of the class rating.

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4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's one I never thought I'd be drinking. 22oz thanks to Drazzamatazz. I owe you big time. Poured into oversized tulip.

No idea what to expect of this beer- I can't say my expectations aren't a bit high, I've heard this called a Pliny-killer and better than Pliny the Younger. Since Citra and PtY are my two highest-rated and favorite DIPAs, it's time to put this one to the test.

A- Hazy orangey brown with a big-bubbled off-white head. 2cm settling down to a finger or so. Moderately heavy lacing.

S- Off the charts fruity. I smelled it from the second I uncapped the beer. As I get closer, a bit more pine resin/nugget stank is there. Floral notes and heavy tropical fruit. Great nose on this one.

T- Taste is a lot more pine-heavy. Oodles of alpha acids. More new growth pine than resiny/octane. Mango comes through as well as a little bit of grapefruit and pineapple.

M- Very good body, malt bill is stronger than the WC counterparts, although this one isn't terribly malty. Not balanced but I don't think great IPAs/DIPAs need to be. Perfect carbonation.

D- Very high. This is a damn tasty beer and is -no question- up there with the big boys from the west coast. Of course, drinking it a week after bottling has got to be a factor... and I'm glad I did just that! Does it kill Pliny? No. Is it better than Younger? No, not in my book, but hey, that's damn hard to do. Does it exceed my lofty expectations? It's up there, man. Good stuff.

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