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
Ranking:
#2
Reviews:
2,426
Ratings:
13,906
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9,385
Gots:
5,987
Trade:
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Photo of APL
4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Worth the trip and the wait. Heady is always a top DIPA! NOT for aging, it will have sediment after only a few weeks. I recommend using a glass, but pouring a small amount (1/5) of a can into a small snifter and then downing the last 5th from the can.

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Photo of Zryan92
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer

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Photo of Jakepeterson
4.64/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright orange coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smell is very hoppy, with quite sweet, juicy and slightly zesty notes of citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, peach; with the merest hint of a certain, dank grassyness and pine. Taste follows the nose, being incredibly hoppy with almost no detectable malt presence at all, just the slightest hint of biscuity malt. Quite sweet, juicy and slightly dank notes of citrus and tropical fruits: grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, peach that are greatly balanced. I'm not really getting a very resinous character from this, but there is just a hint of pine coming through as well. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a pretty light bitterness. The Mouthfeel is incredible here, very smooth soft and effervescent, Medium Body and carbonation. So this is the fabled Heady Topper. I can totally see why it's been labeled as the original NEIPA and honestly don't get the controversy that some people like to put on it. This is very sweet and juicy and neither as resinous nor bitter as some people claim. Also, I was quite surprised to not find a single floater in my glass after pouring this into it.

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Photo of Teddywess
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rodney1986
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Crentist
4.3/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pontiac03603
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dmecca
3.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baldingpunk
4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MorinJoseph30
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cub7
4.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cthokiebird
4.16/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.92/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Levi_wood
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mgmoore314
4.52/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

It's perfect. I want it to be overrated but its not. The benchmark

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

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 13,906 ratings