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RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
apap0 (1) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013 does not count
Aroma - Bright citrus, but not piney. Appearance - Pale, cloudy. Taste - Exceptional example of the style. Not a hop monster. A taste to enjoy everyday and not be bored. Ever. Palate - Pleasant mouth feel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2013
I’m glad I finally had this. Definitely met the hype straight on. Drank from the can as directed. Aroma is huge and beautiful. Nicely balanced set of aromas ranging from citrus to pine. This is a mufti-dimensional IPA. I poured a bit and loved the hazy-dazy yellow. Taste is great, less long-lasting than I would have hoped but wow. Palate is crisp, not cloying, and what you want from an 8abv..

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zymeguy (2) - Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
Honestly, probably the best colored DIPA I’ve ever seen. Love the can. Smells just like the brewery (i.e. like magic (hops)). Tastes like Citrus, Pine, and Pumpernickel. One of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1391) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2013
Houblons puissants et herbacés au nez, dans un liquide trouble couleur paille. En bouche, étonnamment douce malgré sa haute teneur en alcool, mais les houblons sont superbement balancés, ainsi que l’effervescence. Les sucres ajoutent à la complexité, et encore une fois c’est le dosage des différents arômes qui impressionne le plus. Une très belle IPA à la hauteur de sa réputation, à la fois racée, puissante et accessible. Un délice.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Wow! Amazing citrus nose. Taste is orange and lemon zest. Terrifically balanced. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is the perfect IPA. I refuse to drink it out of the can though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebsmitty (138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Can. Poured to inspect appearance. A hazy yellow golden color with a heavy white head. Smell is beautiful, consists of lemon, grapefruit, tropical, pine, peach and floral. Neither overpowering the other but very distinct. Powerful hop upfront taste with sweet malt background. Tastes of grapefruit, citrus, pine, lemon. Well balanced carbonation, no hint of the booze. Could never have too much of this.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KB_DWG_Beerd (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013 does not count
By following the directions on the can I didn't get the full nose but very floral none the less. But oh my this hop bomb delivers on every resinous promise you ever heard about. Flavor lingers like few others. Sweetness and hops. Hop slam in some of its better years delivers like this beer does every can. Drank most of a case over the course of a months time. The flavors developed nicely it became a bit chewy at the end. Great beer from first sip to last. In my top three ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pours one of the most beautiful golden oranges I have seen with a thick white head. Aroma is strong pine and citrus, almost like lemon grass with a hint of hops. Taste is similar with a strong citrus note up front, followed by well balanced hops, and finished with a taste of lemon. Excellent and unique IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlainG (1391) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
Bon, bon, bon. Mon ami Louis se pointe chez nous avec un 4-pack de ce produit. Il me la décrit de long en large et forcément, lorsqu’on crée chez moi des attentes de la sorte, je suis souvent déçu. Donc, je patiente. Le lendemain, il me demande si j’en ai bu. Je lui répond que non et il s’impatiente presque. Je reste clame et ne cède pas. Ça me prend encore quelques jours avant de me lancer. Tabouère! La lupuline attaque littéralement les voies nasales. Il y a certaines fines herbes fraîches, l’origan entre autres, mêlé à de la menthe, à de la lavande et à du pamplemousse. Un effet d’éther nous ramène en vie, ou du moins, nous tient bien éveillé. Je savoure l’instant avant de me la mettre aux lèvres. Sans surprise, c’est houblonné à souhait. De la résine de conifère qui se mêle à du jus de pamplemousse fraîchement pressé et à du zeste de citron en grande quantité. Pour employer son expression, c’est du jus de houblon. C’est de la grande réalisation, du grand art ce produit. Faut dire qu’elle avait à peine une semaine, donc, assez fraîche. L’amertume, quoique intense, est d’une gentillesse extrême. J’ai respecté la notice qui veut qu’on la boive directement à la cannette, mais étant donné que j’en avais plus d’une, je me suis permis d’en servir une dans un verre pour voir son aspect. Elle est alors blonde opaque et un col de mousse s’installe à demeure. Comme un jus Oasis, celui au fruit de la passion. Merci encore l’ami. (728-060713)

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Appearance (4/5) We broke away from the can’s instructions (The Alchemist wants you to drink straight from the can) and poured Heady into our tulip glasses. Right away you can see that this is a can-conditioned beer. The beer is an apricot/gold color that is very cloudy, with a steady stream of carbonation coming up the sides of the glass. Toward the end, there are some little hop floaties and resin particles floating around.

Aroma (10/10) The nose is a fruit bomb; there are big grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango and lemon zest notes in the aroma with some undertones of big resiny hops. There is a touch of a sort of vegetal dankness mixed in there as well. If you’re a fan of IPAs in general, this is the type of aroma that intoxicates and makes the drinker salivate in anticipation.

Taste (19/20) There can be no doubt that this beer has a big, bold flavor profile, and it is clear why this profile is heralded by hop heads around the country as being one of the best examples of the style produced on the east coast. Up front, there are a lot of those same fruit flavors; it’s grapefruit and lemon zest primarily, with tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and mango in the background. This citrus flavor up front gets shifted and dried out in the finish and aftertaste, with a heavy dose of hop bitterness punching the drinker in the face as he or she swallows. That dankness from (I’m assuming) the Simcoe hops rounds it out and it’s an overall great IPA taste.

Drinkability (4/5) Heady has a nice mouthfeel, with steady carbonation and a good medium body that works well for a beer of this caliber and alcohol content. If this beer were available locally, I could see myself drinking it in quantity without too much problem (well, excepting the fact that I’d get really drunk).

Intangibles (8/10) The “problem” with a beer like Heady Topper, and I’m not even sure you can qualify it as a true problem, is that it suffers from inflated expectations because of the hype machine that is the Internet. And I realize the irony in that statement, especially because I’m technically adding to it right now. While it is without a doubt one of the best double/Imperial IPAs available on this coast, I can extend to the point of saying that it is the best I’ve ever had. It’s in the conversation, though. If you’re able to get your hands on one, and you like hops, you owe it to yourself to do so.

Overall (45/50)


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