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
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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

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

Photo of TavoSoCal
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth and flavorful beer.

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Photo of Keffa
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DustinGalvin
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cmurphy7
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

still my favorite beer despite trying all the other contenders here in New England (i.e. Julius, Sip of Sunshine, etc.). the last batch I picked up at the brewery is just perfect. however, I seemed to notice that within 4 weeks of canning it seems to be the best.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jeffroche
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of natevtaylor718
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wardt16
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of brarol
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's the gold standard. You may try others and think they are better. But you'll always come back and say this is great.

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Photo of lizrogers320
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jcvalocchi
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RevGunner
4.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer just doesn't live up to the hype for me. An exceptional beer that I'd always be happy to drink but leaves me feeling underwhelmed. For me it doesn't stand up to what Tree House and Trillium are doing. Probably just my personal taste, everybody seems to love it.

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Photo of nnk8216
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZackCollado
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

I just had the chance to have this stand alone beer for the first time this weekend and let me tell you it has all the characturistics of a World champion... oh thats right it it won four years in a row !!! I drank it out of the can as directed so as for color I can only figure it is great in color... to go along with the rest of my review. The taste is superb from the beginning to the end. The choice of hops is top notch with a smooth mouth feel with several different fruit notes with a great finish. It is a beer to sit, relax, and enjoy, but tough to do. Since you want to keep going back for more mouth euphoria.

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Photo of Egotist
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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