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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!

   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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlainG (1548) - 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)

   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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (107) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Thanks to my cousin Jill for driving across state lines to buy a case. Had about six of these over vacay. All the drink from the can! had me wondering why. The hoppy aromas are intense upon opening, and very focused. The taste is refined and mellow, and the head dissipates in your mouth, I found this very easy to drink, and the nose somewhat sugary mixed with pinne/resin. I love the cartoon on the silver can. Since I drank it from the can, I can’t say what appearance Heady had, but each one left a good buzz afterwards.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jeepman68 (1) - East Hampton CT, Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2013 does not count
This is a treat for all beer lover’s to try - at least once! BOOM POW Flavor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Can. Pour hazy yellow with little head. Smell of a great amount of hops and citrus. Taste grapefruit, hops and zest. This is a fantastic beer. I recommend everyone should have at least one heady. I’ll want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7943) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
Can courtesy of Gregg657, thanks! Orangée, léger trouble, col crémeux blanc/blanc-cassé. Arôme est une belle claque au niveau des houblons, et vraiment ce que j’entends par une bière de style IPA. Notes tropicales, fruité, pamplemousse, note de pin et sève. Malt léger caramel. Palais est complexe, et en effet les houblons débordent de toutes parts. Le caractère est épais, huileux, presque liquoreux de alpha, sève avec une belle pétillance et certaine robe onctueuse à chaque gorgée. Profil de grains, et des houblons offrant à la fois un coté résineux, pin, agrumes; pamplemousse, herbacé avec un fini légèrement huileux. Les malts restent en retrait mais suffisamment présent pour rajouter un côté grains qui est appréciable. On se retrouve vraiment face à un concentré de houblons qui explosent en bouche dans un feu d’artifice de saveurs. Dangereusement facile à boire. Superbe bière, et dans ce domaine, les belges ont encore un très long chemin pour arriver à ce niveau, ou du moins avoir la demande pour ce genre de bière.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1519) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Straight from the can. Smells fantastic, with pine and grapefruit and lemon - it's all hop. Tastes like it smells, plenty of citrus hop with a piney finish that's not overpoweringly bitter. What makes this an amazing dipa is that it manages a hop wallop without being excessively bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2848) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2015 Pours murky yellow with low frothy white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, passion fruit, papaya, light grass, honey melon. Taste is very balanced fruit sweet and hop bitter with a gentle but long bitter and slightly perfumey finish. Body is light and slick with soft carbonation. A very drinkable DIPA, but Pliny is still #1! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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