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:
13,435
Reviews:
2,381
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,238
Gots:
5,657
For Trade:
70
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Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!!!! Following instructions, I took the first sips straight from the can. Huge citrus hops presence, mangos, tangerines and grapefruit with a resiny, oily hops finish. The hop presence is bitter but not a head shrinking hops bomb. There must be a malt balance here somewhere, but the malt does not interfere with the hoppy taste - just provides some balance. The aroma is just as impressive as the taste. OK, its time to have a look at this in a glass. Pours a hazy, dense straw yellow color into a pint glass. It takes a hard pour to obtain a big white head, but with a hard pour, the head is large and frothy with excellent retention. Bands of wide lacing on the glass, once again with good retention. The lacing lasted as long as the beer. Maybe I'm just falling for the hype, but I believe I will drink my remaining 3 beers straight from the can, The aroma and flavor are much more prominent and overpowering straight from the can!!! Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. No hint of 8% abv. I could have drank another one and be surprised when the strength caught up with me!!!! Bitterness is good but not overpowering and the oily resiny presence is surprising considering there is so much citrus in the taste. I don't go crazy looking for hard-to-find beers anymore, but a friend took this as a challenge and sent me a 4 pack. If you can find this beer - get it!!! It is that good!!!!!

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Photo of Glennp64
4.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SLeffler27
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The fluffy white foam reaches one inch and lingers for the duration. A fine webbing of lace coats the Spiegelau IIPA glass. The beer is murky gold (SRM 5-6) with casual carbonation throughout.

Mandarin is strong, followed by grapefruit. Mango takes over before yielding to apricot. There is an interplay between earthy pine and cedar against a spicy background.

Bitterness, while high, is surprisingly well controlled by fruity sweetness. The flavors follow the nose, most notably mango. Also present were honey, cardamom and caraway. This is a very juicy IPA with a long modest finish that is dominated by bitterness, leaving a slight numbing sensation.

Fine carbonation adds to a silky texture and full body. Alcohol is as expected with slight metallic notes. Residual sugar coats the lips.

This beer is certainly worthy of the hype. It is hop candy. I offer a huge thank you to Brian for this gift, as I likely would never have otherwise had the opportunity to try this beer. By the way, I did try it directly from the can at first as suggested by the brewer and found it to be clearly superior on all counts when consumed from a glass.

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Photo of yossle
4.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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