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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:
#3
Reviews:
2,408
Ratings:
13,728
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9,318
Gots:
5,886
Trade:
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Photo of Mctr234
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as noted. But there are so many other great ones the gap is closing

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Photo of liamcleary
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jdub11
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smells of citrus, good body. Flavors of sour citrus with late pine bitterness/resin. As advertised, really drinks well from the can.

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

Photo of dan_amdg
4.96/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Very good citrus aroma with piney undertones. Blends very well. Aroma is similar to a NEIPA, but the taste is definitely not. Very smooth taste. Fresh citrus taste with a strong piney hop. Definite bitterness in the aftertaste that linger for a while. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of careykevin
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ritter57
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouder32
4.39/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of valence
4.69/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of watchman001
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ttownsley57
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The definitive East coast IPA, with a citrus/pine flavor that is somehow both full and light at the same time. Many come close, but none has quite captured the hoppy delight of this brew.

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Photo of DaBeers85
4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gmontopoli
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MBruckerATC
4.27/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of train45
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Woody53
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bret717
4.86/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tws1
4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.6/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from the can, but poured a 2 oz sample into a glass to see the appearance. Pale golden color with a half finger head the lingers and has slowly fading bubbles on top of the liquid. Nose is the bar that NE IPA's shoot for with citrus, pine, and lime peel. Taste is a delicate balance of earthy, citrus, and pine hops with a mildly bitter finish from hop oils. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a dash of hop essence that lingers.
I had this as a celebratory/special moment beer and it lived up to it's reputation and my sky high expectations. It took a while to get it down to me, but it's a damn good one. So clean and hoppy without destroying the palate.

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

Photo of JNickerson12
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HazeyDuzit
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers ever.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 13,728 ratings
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