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Heady Topper® Clone - Topped With Hops Double IPA (Extract)

Heady Topper® Clone - Topped With Hops Double IPA (Extract)

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Description

Based off of one of the most exceptional east coast beers (in our humble opinion) on the market, this double IPA instantly became one of our favorite ingredient kits!  Our version of a Heady Topper clone recipe is packed with almost a pound of hops, and is definitely a beer that will have hopheads in hopheaven.  

One of the first things we noticed when pouring this beer into the pint glass was the aroma.  With a dry hop addition consisting of Apollo, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe®, and  Amarillo® hops, we weren't necessarily surprised.  Impressed is more like it.  A balanced malt profile helps to tame the bitterness, allowing the hop flavor and aroma to be the true star in this recipe.

If you're a fan of IPAs, double IPAs, or anything having to do with hops, this Heady Topper clone is one beer you need to brew!

Estimated OG: 1.073-1.078
SRM: 9
Estimated IBU's: 105-110
Estimated alcohol ABV%: 8-8.3%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. The recommended yeast(s) can be found below. All grains will come milled.

WLP001 - White Labs California Ale
WY1056 - Wyeast American
GY001 - GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1
IYA07 - Imperial Flagship

Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.
 
MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
 
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME

 



Simcoe® is a registered trademark owned by Yakima Chief Hops, LLC.
Amarillo® is a trademark owned by Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc.
 

ABV %8.1
IBU110
SRM9
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodExtract
Pre-MilledY
Community Q&A

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Why did you choose this?
MoreFlavor Store
sounded like my kind of beer
Homer on Jun 17, 2020
Very Good Brew
David F on May 6, 2020
sounded like my kind of beer
Homer on Jun 17, 2020
We love the beer Heady Topper from Vermont. I got this as a gift for my boyfriend so he can replicate one of his favorite beers.
Destiney Deemer on Jun 16, 2020
Very Good Brew
David F on May 6, 2020
Wanted a serious IPA, Heady Topper is Tops!
Gregory S on Apr 1, 2020
Had it before and its delicious
David F on Mar 10, 2020
I like Heady topper.
Mark Middleton on Jan 13, 2020
Beer advocate rating of heady topper and I like hoppy beers
Kenneth b on Dec 16, 2019
had the real thing!
William l on Oct 10, 2019
Brewed this before, liked the taste
James S on Sep 30, 2019
I hear this is tasty.
Paul F on Sep 20, 2019
its amazing
James G on Sep 17, 2019
Long time favorite
Pete Previte on Jul 22, 2019
Heady is awseome and I hope this is too!
william n on May 1, 2019
We are having an extract brew competition and I have never tried Heady topper before.
Damien L on Mar 12, 2019
Boston resident who loves alchemist
Ari R on Jan 9, 2019
HT is a world class IPA, why would I not choose it???
Blake T on Sep 10, 2018
mmmmm.....headyyyyyyyy...topper.....
rich s on Aug 27, 2018
favorite
richard p on Aug 15, 2018
Old Favorite
Pete Previte on Aug 4, 2018
Good reviews, I like hoppy beer
Todd B on Jul 3, 2018
Looking forward to trying a hop forward beer with BIG flavor and aroma
Samantha S on Jun 28, 2018
looking for a hoppy brew
cory r on Jun 26, 2018
Lots of hops
Dennis Hannaford on Jun 9, 2018
I wanted to brew this again from another recipe
David K on Mar 31, 2018
I love heady topper. Looking for a Dank IPA
Patrick D on Mar 16, 2018
See how close it is to heady topper
George H on Feb 28, 2018
Great tasting IPA.
Vincent S on Jan 20, 2018
We love the beer Heady Topper from Vermont. I got this as a gift for my boyfriend so he can replicate one of his favorite beers.
Destiney Deemer on Jun 16, 2020
Wanted a serious IPA, Heady Topper is Tops!
Gregory S on Apr 1, 2020
Does the kit include the clarifier (whirlfloc) and bottling sugar?
Alan Offstein on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does...but being a NE style IPA I would opt not to use the Whirfloc.
Is This a sour beer?
Walter L.Doughty on Aug 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Nope, this is a Full bodied, Fully loaded with hops, Double India Pale Ale.
Very hoppy, very full bodied.
the recipe states that it is a 90 minute boil, is there any other difference from the "standard" extract brewing method?
KIRK VANBROCKLIN on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I looked back at my notes. The brew was pretty much standard. I had just started using an aerator to oxygenate the wort just prior to pitching. Was experimenting with the amount time. One big difference in fermentation. This was my first dry hopped beer. Turned very well in the end, and a very potent (ABV 10% plus) IPA. I think the recipe called for 3-5 days dry hopping. If you use a hop bag or rocket it will make bottling much easier. That dry hop puts a lot of mess into the beer. Don't start the dry hop any earlier than 5 days.
I want to get the Vermont yeast that is for this beer. Does it need a yeast nutrient to go with it, if so which one do you recommend since there isn't a match to go with the Vermont yeast?
Destiney Deemer on Jun 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It is always a great idea to use a yeast nutrient especially with stronger beers. There are a variety to choose from. There are some good beer specific ones: the Wyeast Nutrient (AD321) and White Labs Servomyces (AD319). We also really like Fermaid K (AD345) and Fermaid O (AD332) which are typically used in wine making.
Does this recipe use raw white wheat or malted white wheat?
Vince Smith on Feb 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Vince the white wheat is malted.
Why is Gigayeast Vermont IPA not a recommended yeast (although it is in the pull down box)?
Drew Melby on Feb 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Drew - Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The Vermont IPA will work perfectly with this style of beer.
Reviews

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My 2nd batch and it is one of my favorites so far.
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Added May 9, 2020
May 9, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
This is an excellent beer
March 23, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Hoppy Heaven
Delicious beer with huge hop presentation. Light amber color with some cloudiness that may further clear. More dank piney hoppiness than citrus, but with grapefruit coming through. Only in the keg for 4 days now. Changing daily to the better with melding of flavors and better mouth feel as carbonation increases. I can't remember Heady Topper very well, but I think it was more citrus. Should be getting some soon to compare and hope to remember to update this review.
February 20, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Best beer I've brewered
After several attempts at a big IPA, this one finally fit the bill.

Only changes I made to the recipe were reducing the boil to 60 minutes, and adding half the LME at the beginning, and half at the end.

I dry hopped in the primary without a bag, and fined w/ gelatin a couple days prior to kegging.

Clarity, aroma, head retention, and flavor are all outstanding with this kit. I'll certainly but it again.
February 12, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Embrace the hops!
Finished product is a nice American IPA, fruity, piney hop aroma with a very firm bitterness and strong citrusy hop flavor. Very drinkable and medium-light bodied despite my batch finishing at 1.005. MoreBeer, you may want to crush malt a bit finer, as I missed my target OG by quite a bit since I do BIAB. SRM on the higher side. But I can't judge color against Heady Topper as I always drank from the can. I feared beer would be overly bitter due to missing my gravity, but it is on point. Used Omega British Ale V as yeast. It preserved maltiness beautifully while showcasing huge hop aroma and flavor. Excellent recipe and kit!
January 26, 2020
Hoppy goodxxxxxxccccccccccc
Excellent ................,.,,,,,
October 1, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
more beer "kit"
you should include a grain bag and a standard yeast packet with the kit . a list of available yeasts to choose from for the more experienced brewers .also directions for brewing are very general. a little more info for each type of brew would be very helpful.
July 24, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
July 31, 2018
Zach R Staff
Awesome Double
Would recommend, easy to brew, came out great
June 23, 2018
Tons of Hops!
I made this as a base to mix with kombucha so I concentrated it to 3 gallons so I could then add the kombucha. The aroma of this beer is incredible! Very much worth the price.
March 28, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
I like it, friends like it, but still needs a little tweaking on my end
yummy but i still need a little help
yummy but i still need a little help . little bitter
February 15, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago