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

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

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Based off of one of the most exceptional east coast beers (in our humble opinion) on the market, this double IPA recipe 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 is one beer you need to brew!

Estimated OG: 1.073-1.078
SRM: 7-8
Estimated IBU's: 105-110
Estimated alcohol ABV%: 8-8.3%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All grains will come milled, unless you select unmilled base malts.

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

ABV %8.1
Beer StyleIPA & Imperial IPA
Ready to Drink Within2-4 Weeks
Alcohol ContentHigh (7-9%)
BitternessVery High (71ibu+)
Fermentation Temp Range64-72
Brewing MethodAll Grain
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When do I add candied sugar to boil with topped with hops all grain recipe kit?
alex schaefer on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Add it in with 10 minutes left to go in the boil.
Which of the recommended yeasts should I use?
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend GigaYeast Double Pitch - GY054 Vermont IPA Yeast. Going to be as close as a match to the strain that The Alchemist uses in Heady Topper.
GigaYeast Double Pitch - GY054 Vermont IPA Yeast
GigaYeast Double Pitch - GY054 Vermont IPA Yeast
Can I make this kit in the mash and boil?
Brian on Mar 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brian - If you are referring to to the Braumeister, then yes. The kit can be made in the mash and boil.
Braumeister V2 - 50 L
Braumeister V2 - 50 L

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Currently enjoying! Would recommend
Enjoying this very much right now!! I ordered this maybe a week into California’s S.I.P, took a while to get here but with C-19 I understand.

I brewed this about a month ago, added an extra pound of flaked oats because I had em.

RO water with 1/4tsp 10% phosp.acid per 5gal, 1tsp CaCl in my strike water.

Pulled 5.75gal in the primary
Pitched a home culture of Giga’s VIPA yeast, 68*F primary and let it get up to 72* around day 7 to 10, dry hopped in secondary for 4 days, bottled just under 5gal (lots of loss from dry hops) conditioned with dextrose.

Sipping on a bottle now, it’s been 17 days now, cold crashed overnight,

Great little head on it, a little darker than I’ve seen images of heady topper, but I did add an extra pound of flaked oats?? I’ve been attributing darkness in my hazys to dry hopping too long but idk? Flavor is killer, I’ve been making so many juicy NEIPA, it’s refreshing to have a nice bite balance to the fruit with the piney more dank flavors. Aromas aren’t as punctual as other recipes I’ve hit, but it’s very nice, slightly sweet malt carried by fruit notes, slight spice, the yeast plays nice with this one!

I’ve only sampled heady topper once in the Bay Area so who knows what it is supposed to actually taste like? But this is a very nice IPA, with the mouthfeel desired in a NEIPA, id definitely recommend this to anyone who wants something crushable and packed with enough flavor and punch to satisfy the palate
With some light on it
A bit dark...
June 5, 2020
Need a real Heady to compare now
What a great kit! One of my favorite morebeer recipe kits. Dangerously easy to drink, my abv was a little higher @ 9%. Will definitely keep this on the rotation!
March 8, 2019
Alot of Kettle addition hops - be prepared.
Use hop bags or a hop spider etc. Lost a lot if wort because I didn't this time and decided to make up with water in fermenter which brought OG down. Smells awesome in the kettle. I'll see how it tastes in a few weeks.
April 2, 2018
Love it
I love this kit so much I think it will be in my regular rotation. I use the Gigiyeast Vermont IPA with
It, couldn't be happier.
July 30, 2017
A very nice DIPA recipe.
I'm down to the last couple of glasses of this brew and have coveted every sip. The only augmentation I made to the kit was to add a pound of 40L grain to compensate mash efficiency since I batch sparge. It darkens the brew a tad and adds a slightly more robust flavor on the malt side. The hop schedule is more diverse than I've used in the past, but the results are nicely balanced and flavorful. This is a really good kit. Buy and try!
February 24, 2017
Full disclosure, I have only tried a sip of Heady Topper once before I really knew that much about it. I only had a sip so I have nothing to go on, but this clone makes one awesome double IPA! Nice balance of Malt with a juicy hops blast. A good mix of dank from the columbus and simcoe, pine-yness from the Centennial, and juiciness from the Amarillo. I prefer it to almost any other IPA I have ever brewed. I easily enjoy it as much as a fresh growler of Pliny the Elder I got from the Russian River Brewery and that's saying a lot!
June 22, 2016