Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,314 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% ABV. "Drink from the can."

Added by scottum on 03-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
13,314
Reviews:
2,360
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,553
For Trade:
66
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Ratings: 13,314 |  Reviews: 2,360
Photo of Murph106157
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbeebe
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of singlespeed
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheRealMcKai
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer is a light golden orange color and very hazy. A massive 3 finger head settles down to about one finger after a few minutes, very good head retentention. Aromas of dank pine hit you up front followed by citrus, grapefruit, and esters. The taste is a hop bomb of pine and bitterness with subtle notes of grapefruit. There are also biscuit notes from the malt as the beer warms up. The beer is carbonated very dry giving it a very hop forward character. Overall a world class beer.

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Photo of ddch
4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akk14
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of umichfan
4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c_tails
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dsteyer27
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eastcoastdan
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AAldrich84
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wamba
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No "canned on" or "enjoy by" date, but the pack was picked up from the brewery about a week ago, so pretty effing fresh, and poured into the only glass available, a narrow cylindrical pint glass at my inn. Pours a suuuper hazy bright golden color with about an inch or so of stable white head and leaves hella lacing all the way down. Smell is just a bit faint but is exactly what I want from a NE IPA. Loads of pine resin and grapefruit zest/juice. Taste is on point. Balanced, but still rather in-your-face dank resinous character, the same citrusy pop but way more juicy and bold on the palate than on the nose. As you swallow, the pine character builds up even more and lingers on the tongue for ages. Medium body with medium carbonation, all adding to the surprisingly balanced character of this beer. Overall, it may deserve all the hype it gets, but there is a reason this is so sought after. This stuff is bangin'! Super hoppy and yet still finds its proper balance, at least as much balance as an IIPA can really have. Feeling lucky to have gotten this. Sidenote- is highly recommend not drinking straight from the can, regardless of what it says. I did half in the can and half in a glass, and dammit, the glass really does a lot for the aroma. Just don't worry about the floaty bits. That's just character.

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Photo of icemanls4
4.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ljnass1
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Teachersaunders
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jaybirdtat2
4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jondor
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hrtl
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerGenius_Eric
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,314 ratings.
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