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Heady Topper | The Alchemist

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4.71/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Double IPA. Drink from the can.

75 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6
Reviews:
2,523
Ratings:
14,485
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
Wants:
9,557
Gots:
6,366
Trade:
67
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Ratings: 14,485 |  Reviews: 2,523
Photo of Acmother
4.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.46/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mojohawk21
4.58/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatoconleche
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jonnybgood
4.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaMacAndCheese
4.26/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Imakoniver
3.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am disappointed with this beer. I just don’t find that it lives up to the hype. Give me a Second Fiddle anytime. If you area fan of very bitter DIPA’s, this beer is for you. I love IPA’s and DIPA’s but I don’t care for this. It finishes like it was brewed with hockey pads.

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Photo of eledbetter24
4.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmdbrews
4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JdubsNY
4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrc1093
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No canning date

Pours a cloudy golden orange topped with a massive head of white fluff; spectacular head retention leaves a tapestry of thick, soapy lacing as well as a thick mound of frothy cap.

Aromas of dank orange peel, passionfruit, grapefruit rind, and sweaty pine all bursting from the forefront, with clean, crisp grainy malt bringing up the backbone; aggressive at first, but smooths out very nicely over time.

Taste brings plenty of citrus, dank pine, and clean malt in sync upfront, with herbal hops only gaining steam as they build to a finish straight from the forest floor: dank, bitter pine, sweaty, earthy hops, and malty red berries; superior depth and intensity to this profile, with that little bit extra to push it over the edge while maintaining an overall harmony.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-heavy body that is thick yet carries itself very well, and is topped off with a perfectly balanced medium carbonation. Dense but balanced hoppiness is evened by malt to make for a semi-bitter but still primarily juicy finish. Remains incredible in its weight on the palate, while never becoming downright unapproachable.

This brew keeps an intensity only rivaled by its balance, while there’s a ton of depth here that doesn’t challenge its overall drinkability; a uniquely flavorful and relentless hop experience that has me understanding why it’s a classic.

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Photo of BoodahMoogle
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Qtaug
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew kills it! Drank a few and the wife came on to me! Not sure of the connection but I will be getting another 4 pack tomorrow!

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Photo of TheManOfBronze
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hurl4bru
4.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of medic25
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grimsbygate
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ESBVT2806
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply a craft beer Hall Of Famer level of beer.

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Photo of Dmullz
4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very Hazy and cloudy look.
Smell is heavy with pine, hops and citrus.
Taste is surprisingly refreshing and tasty for the heavy amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth for an unfiltered beer with a lingering hoppy taste.
Delicious and drinkable beer. If you ever see it, give this one a try.

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Photo of KTO7106
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of egrandfield
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BWSE
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jsammeter
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GSturges
4.52/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mooserstatus
4.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 14,485 ratings