Ep. 34 - The Alchemist Heady Topper Double IPA


“Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” - Frank Sinatra

We tackle one of the highest rated beers in the world with the legendary double IPA Heady Topper from Vermont by The Alchemist as we start the new era of Brew Bloods.  

We managed to secure the beer from our pal Tim Matson, author of Mountain Brew: A High Spirited Guide to Country-Style Beer Making.

The Beer

Heady Topper is the lone consistently-brewed by beer by The Alchemist, although they have put out several others now and again. The front of the can depicts an artistic rendering of the head brewer John Kimmich.

ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 120

The Alchemist's Description: 

We love hops – that’s why our flagship Double IPA, Heady Topper, is packed full of them. Heady Topper was designed to showcase the complex flavors and aromas these flowers produce. The Alchemist has been brewing Heady Topper since 2003. This Double IPA is not intended to be the strongest or most bitter DIPA. It is brewed to give you wave after wave of hop flavor without any astringent bitterness. We brew Heady Topper with a proprietary blend of six hops – each imparting its own unique flavor and aroma. Take a big sip of Heady and see what hop flavors you can pick out. Orange? Tropical Fruit? Pink Grapefruit? Pine? Spice? There is just enough malt to give this beer some backbone, but not enough to take the hops away from the center stage.


Beer Advocate: 100
RateBeer: 100 overall / 100 style
Untappd: 4.7 / 5, with 348,812 reviews

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