Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,300 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:
13,300
Reviews:
2,356
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,544
For Trade:
66
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Ratings: 13,300 |  Reviews: 2,356
Photo of Eman17
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pattyp898989
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good good god good good

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Photo of AnthonyJC
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryno610
4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shawn387
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of misterworldwide
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ariarias
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DockHops
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

great can, smell off the charts, taste is a never ending hop bomb and feel lasts forever. Overall it is worth the hype

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

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The hype is real. It's like a hop stew, coating your mouth and leaving an amazing, sticky, resinous, thick hop afterbuzz. I always enjoy from a glass, and it never dissapoints.

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Photo of rhong187
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patm185
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good taste. Strong to strong.

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

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - More yellow-gold than other DIPAs. Not too much of a head. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops smell

T - Very balanced between malts and bittery hops with lovely body.

F - Smooth with a slight tingle of carbonation, good body. Smooth.

O - Yup, world class. Will need to try a fresher batch! Absurdly drinkable.

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Photo of schuess10
3.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack while driving through Vermont. Solid IPA but certainly not the best beer in the world. I don't get the hype.

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

If you ever have a chance to have this....DO!

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Photo of tomtom63
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing less than excellent. My #2 overall beverage.

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Photo of SkiBum227
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of johnpalisi
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Beervana
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with a thick soapy white head. The smell hits with a floral quality but you will get some tropical fruit notes if you really dig your nose in; pineapple, mango, melon, a bit of juicey orange, and a touch of sweetness. That sweetness comes through even more on the taste, almost honey or brown sugar-like, not really your typical malt sweetness. There is some mild fruitiness again, I'd say the best descriptor is ripe cantaloupe but there is some melon, guava, and papaya in there as well. Mouthfeel is soft and sticky, not too much bitterness, the sweetness lingers. Definitely hides the 8% ABV well.

I can see why many say this is the best beer in the world, it's very approachable and very smooth. My favourites in the style tend to be a little more brazen and bold but this is certainly a great beer.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,300 ratings.
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