Heady Topper | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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100
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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:
13,431
Reviews:
2,380
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,232
Gots:
5,649
For Trade:
70
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Photo of JebBelford
3.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thin and disappointing, especially because of the huge hype.

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Photo of jrv462
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mafrick17
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank directly from the can, as recommended.
Look - I'm sure it is majestic, but hard to tell through the aluminum.
Smell - Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and pine
Taste - Dank hops, pine needles
Feel - A tad bitter, but to be expected. Super crushable
Overall - The beer that started the New England IPA craze sure does not disappoint. If a third of the brewers making IPA's now a days could get close to this level of drinkability in their DIPA's, the world would be a much better place.

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Photo of Jmankes
3.83/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

The Winner and Still Champion.
Try as Fresh as Possible for tongue-rattling sweet IPA dankness

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Photo of al2913
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of R2Palmer2
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Nace4
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrduxs
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best I've had. Very drinkable

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

Very hop foreword through out the entire drinking process, from cracking the can to swallowing the nectar. Almost too hoppy, like chewing on a pine tree at some points, although still consider it to be an archetypal IIPA (while still probably not my favorite)

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

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

Photo of mf86
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rbpotts
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hjc
4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

500ml can. Yellow liquid with a small white head. Nose is hoppy, fruity, grapefruit, exotic fruits, you can’t just stay there, you need to drink it, it is too inviting, can find some caramel malt as well. Taste is just as amazing as nose, once you take a sip you just can’t stop, abv isn’t even felt, you drink is like this is no tomorrow. A lovely IPA for sure.

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Photo of Keeling
4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy golden with a dense pillow of white atop (4.25). Aroma is a remarkable balance of sweet malt and juicy hops, no bitterness or overly strong smells, mouth watering (4.5). Flavors are a different animal, with a mighty blast of hop dominating the sip from start to finish. Never harsh, and never too bitter, but always present. You can sense the malt in its backdrop just letting the Hops shine (4.75). Finishes ridiculously clean, not too dry, and just asking for another sip (4.75). Overall just fantastic stuff for my tastes (4.5).

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Photo of PedroFaless
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mathieu76
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MJSh3a08
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,431 ratings.
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