Heady Topper | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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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
Ratings:
13,480
Reviews:
2,385
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,251
Gots:
5,696
For Trade:
70
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4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

This is right up there with Tree House and Trillium as one of the Best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Rristow
4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome New England style IPA being the original in a sense. Some others have caught up and passed this legend.

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

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

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

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

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4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

16oz can received courtesy of @JHavs and his mini-assault on my doorstep. While there's a 4-pk holder in the box with a sticker showing a date of June 23, I don't know if it goes with this or one of the other 4 beers he sent me.

I disobeyed the orders on the can and poured it into a 16oz Boston Lager glass. No hiding it's unfiltered nature, this is an opaque, hazy tangerine color, with a big, fluffy eggshell-white head. All sorts of lace was left on the glass.

Citrusy hoppiness is the star element of this beer's aroma. This is a juicy smelling beer, and that juiciness is both bitter and sweet, with the bitterness in the driver's seat. If not a fan of big, bold grapefruity IPAs, This might not be the beer for you. There are sweet tropical fruit tones as well, however, plus some sweet, bready malt notes.

The bitter, citrusy hop aspect leads the charge in the taste as well. Midway through the taste, the sweeter fruitiness comes out to play. The finish is a little hot, alcohol wise, and a little syrupy for an IPA.

Medium-full body to this, with a fairly thick, creamy and resiny mouthfeel.

This is a big beer, no doubt about it. I was concerned it would be too much like a glass of beery orange juice, like some NE IPAs I've had that aren't my jam. This is more complex than that, with a nice, well-balanced mix of bitter and sweet. I'm not sure this is something I could session even if I was staying at home and not driving, as it has quite an impact on the taste buds, but it's delicious all the same. Really glad to have had a shot at this. Thank's, Jon!

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3.65/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.93/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,480 ratings.
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