Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
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13,305 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:
13,305
Reviews:
2,357
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,200
Gots:
5,549
For Trade:
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Ratings: 13,305 |  Reviews: 2,357
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

Photo of NMA
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking first half from the can
second half in my hoppin frog snifter

Smell: Bright grassy/piney notes with a wave of citrus..grapefruit/lemon with some mango and papaya maybe
I get a mix of Bodhi w South of 11

Taste: tropical citrus then dank and piney...a hop bomb w very little malt, medium smooth mouthfeel and bitterness.
Citrus and resin linger on the tongue ...reminding me more and more of Bodhi

Finally pouring into my snifter

Look: Light hazy orange...I was expecting the suspended hop/yeast like I got w Focal but not present!?

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Photo of teddybrewksi
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hall22
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
3.46/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I think I may have had an old can of this....Got a very malty backbone and a weird sweetness

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Photo of CPAles
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACiccalone
3.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psychgawsple
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Philz0
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WjRedneck
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,305 ratings.
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