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Brewed By: The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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Average Rating:
9.095

Number of Ratings: 4116

Style: American Imperial IPA

Brewed In: 35 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT 05676-9003, USA

ABV: 8%

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Heady Topper

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MonicaAJC profile pictureMonicaAJC - June 8, 2019
In a 16 oz. can, from Ambler Beverage Exchange. $6 for a can?yikes?but worth it to finally try the famous heady topper. I will agree with the rest of the beer drinking world that it?s an excellent, well balanced beer. Yummy, slightly dank/light resin flavor that is still ?bright? (slightly tropical finish). Has perfect body?not too heavy or light. The alcohol content made it a bit too weighty for my taste, but imperials almost always seem that way to me?not a fault in the beer, just my taste buds. I will try it again and might move my stars from 4 to 4.5 on a second tasting.
trheins@me.com profile picturetrheins@me.com - February 2, 2019
Interesting earthy bitter hops. Unique.
reihm@yahoo.com profile picturereihm@yahoo.com - November 20, 2018
Poured this baby in a glass. Extremely smooth and perfect hoppy. Taste tested it next to Uinta Detour and it was hard to tell the difference. If I lived in Vermont this would be a staple. Since I live in Utah, detour will be just fine.
Fonar profile pictureFonar - August 25, 2017
I disobeyed the orders on the can and poured it into glass. It's opaque, hazy orange-yellow color, with a big, fluffy white head. All sorts of lace was left on the glass. Slight breadiness and sweetness, but the citrus really comes out with the hoppiness. Finish has a slight fruity flavor too. Medium body for mouthfeel. A great complex nicely balanced brew. Totally see why it gets such high scores.
PhilTheBeerKill profile picturePhilTheBeerKill - July 31, 2017
Semi aggressive pour out of a can into a solid transparent plastic cup (sorry, on the beach) yielded a hazy, dark yellow color with very limited head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. First taste of citrus. Then bitterness kicks in. Piney hops taste to follow. Full floral aroma unfolds. Bitterness remains in the aftertaste, but not unpleasant. A veeery complex beer. I know it is hyped and it probably is overrated, but it truly IS an excellent beer. Maybe I would rate it a 4.8, but it is more a 5 than a 4.5. If you have a chance to get it, enjoy it!
ibobvt@gmail.com profile pictureibobvt@gmail.com - July 21, 2017
It was good, but just good. I would drink it again but certainly wouldn't wait it line for it.
elk3 profile pictureelk3 - July 11, 2017
One of the hoppiest IPA's I think I've ever tasted. In my opinion, it's all it's cracked up to be
deanmcelheny@yahoo.com profile picturedeanmcelheny@yahoo.com - June 28, 2017
Super hoppy
geford@gmail.com profile picturegeford@gmail.com - May 20, 2017
The most interesting IPA I've had, but it's still an IPA.
sam-i-am profile picturesam-i-am - May 5, 2017
Best double IPA I have had yet!
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