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BA SCORE
4.72/5
World-Class
14,006 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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
Ranking:
#3
Reviews:
2,440
Ratings:
14,006
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9,419
Gots:
6,045
Trade:
71
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Grab13
4.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopquist
4.08/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimmmyG
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of c014572
3.93/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pallyomalley
4.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

excellent complexity, lasting flavor profile. magnificent

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Photo of Pinkylives
3.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bshu
4.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csurowiec
4.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbeats23
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kinnick21
4.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NathanBeets
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jimmylikesbeer
4.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It’s a good beer..,.but I honestly don’t understand the hype. I’ve had better IPAs that aren’t ranked as high as heady. I gave it a little lower score on look because I drank it from the can....like it recommends to do on the can. But every beer has good color to me lol

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Photo of tareed02
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of petec9686
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As I raised the can for my first sip, I was punched in the nose by the pine tree smell. My first thought was, this might be a bit much. When it hit my mouth, I thought, OK, this isn't over the top hopped.

Then the magic hit. As I started swallowing, this stuff just whispered too me, "keep going dude".....and I did.

And it was good.

Just like it says on the can "So drinkable, it's scary."

Most IPAs with a good bit of hop aren't the kind of thing you want to just tip back and keep chugging, but this stuff is.

I will definitely be back for more.

One other thing.

I had one with a spicy Thai dish and one later, in my hotel room by itself. It was definitely better with the spicy food.

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Photo of Wilstone
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much new here, Just one of the best beers in the world, year in and year out. Great IPA, however at this point conceded and posh, plenty of better ones out there. That being said still World Class!

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Photo of Madbum101214
4.38/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryancuth
4.86/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look is tough since they say to drink in the can! Amazing beer.

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Photo of ajthegreat
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have yet to drink any IPA/IIPA that achieves such a amazing balance in so many places. The malt backbone stands up to the hops perfectly, yet neither aspect distracts from the other. The balance of pine and citrus is just absolutely perfect. Heady continues to impress.

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Photo of Half-full
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjco04
4.62/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jimbibler
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Justinprintz
4/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
4.13/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeTag
4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amansunder
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely hoppy, bitter, fruity, and strong. After-taste is negligible and not bad. First few sips do not do the magic because of the relative bitterness, but as you sip on, it grows on you. A few moments later you cannot stop sipping. In a couple of hours, you possibly can gather your senses to call an Uber.

Overall, a classy beer!

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 14,006 ratings