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RATINGS: 1483   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Rating #100. Something special for this one. Heady Topper, canned the same day and straight from the source in Waterbury, VT at The Alchemist. Couldnít resist pouring this into a snifter. Pours hazy golden yellow with 1 finger head. Nice lacing. Nose is so unique, like no other hoppy beer Iíve smelled, and awesome! Aromas are super dank, resin, pine, hops, leaves, sap. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with well done amounts of carbonation to balance it out. Taste is resin, pine, sap, occasional peach, tangerine notes, grass, greens, bitter, nice complexity, if thereís such a thing as a balanced hop bomb then this is it. Finish is peach, fruity notes, creeping bitterness that takes over the palette but in a good way. This really is a great beer. Love it! (From 10/23 notes)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rorykinnear (5) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2013 does not count
Cracked a can this evening that is 2months off the line. First burst of aroma is definitely classic grapefruit and pine, with a wet earthy smell emerging as I drink, no yeast/malt on the nose. Bitterness is surprisingly subdued until the end when it merges with a dry finish to give it that oft mentioned drinkability. Two big surprises: the first is that with all the hops in there, the bitterness is not stronger; most of the hop power is in the aroma and flavor and it almost drinks like a hop elixir. The second big surprise for me is the mouthfeel. This beer has a very round, creamy malt backbone that is not strong but really coats the palate and lets you enjoy the hops for more than just the first second after you sip. Reminded me a bit of the Denogginizer from Drakes Bay (90ibu) in the balance they maintain with so much hop, but Heady Topper has a superior mouthfeel and finish. The unfiltered quality of this beer may definitely be a factor. Despite the marketing, I am still rating the appearance: Burnt orange with robust head that dissipates quickly, no lacing. The beer does seem to loose some aromatic intensity when poured into a glass. Overall, a stellar treat for hopheads. I love it when I find a beer that tries to do one thing really really well and never looks back.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shorlin (721) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
Tried a small sample at a BeerThief gathering. This has been hyped to the limit, so weíll see how it works out. We poured these out into glasses (sorry, brewmaster) to limit the spread of disease. The colour was a surprising cloudy yellow. Maybe thatís why they want you to drink it from the can. The aroma is hop all over. Grapefruit and pine, back and forth. Taste sensation is mainly sharp. Bitter, but still smooth and moreish. Thereís a really, really late dryness that makes you want to keep drinking, but alas itís gone. Lived up to the hype!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2356) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Can provided by Steasy66 at the Craft Islington. So Iím usually a big fan of hoppy IPAs but Iím afraid this one just wasnít for me. Itís hazy amber with a big white head. In the nose Iím detecting a touch of that new sneakers/bug spray aroma, which certain palates seem to pick up in highly hopped IPAs. Loads of bitter grapefruit, tangerine and citrous fruit too. The taste is raw hoppy bitterness and a bit of that new sneakers resin character. The IBU levels are just too high for me. Itís too bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Perfection! This is a hop heads dream. If youíre an IPA lover this is a must try beer, if you can get your hands on it off course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bleeng (1653) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Thanks Dave. Hazy gold. Nose is light and floral. Taste is exquisite. A little sweet and slight piney. So good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Thank you Seth! Holy crap, a beer that lives up to the hype. Somehow they crafted a beer for hop heads thatís also incredibly balanced with a creamy mouthfeel. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
acread (21) - St. Albans, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2013
As close to perfect as a Double IPA can get. Hugely complex aroma and flavor suggest citrus of all sorts, pine, mango, peach, lychee, and grass. However, the flavor is well-balanced and complemented by a delicately soft yet full mouthfeel and malt profile. The hop character isnít overwhelmed with the bitterness that can characterize some IPAs, allowing the subtleties to be fully appreciated. (By the way, this is the primary reason why Heady Topper is superior than Pliny the Elder even though both are exquisite.) My only critiques are that it needs to be really fresh to be fully appreciated and that it looks a little chunky (due totally to the massive quantities of hops and the nature of the style, not any technical flaw).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (2246) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Huge thanks to drowland for grabbing some cans for me and my wife. Weíve been wanting to try this one for awhile. Worth the wait. Cloudy orange-ish pour...just small amount so we could drink in can. Aroma is a wallop of citrus hop, juicy hops, lemon, and dank earthiness. The taste is super balanced with carbonation and playful, changing hop profiles. Nice sweet maltiness as well. The bitterness and citrus lingers. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Snrphnx (24) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Incredible IPA, balanced journey through several distinct hop varieties returning to a slightly hop forward finish that refreshes without staying overly bitter. A great find, an experience worth having. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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