Topped With Hops Double IPA | The Alchemist Heady Topper® Clone | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

Topped With Hops Double IPA | The Alchemist Heady Topper® Clone | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Extract

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  • Packed with almost a pound of hops, our Heady Topper® clone is bursting with hop flavor and aroma
  • Includes Apollo, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe®, and  Amarillo® hops as boil and dry hop additions
  • Estimated ABV: 8.1%
  • Estimated IBUs: 100+
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

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!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated OG: 1.073-1.078
  • SRM (Color Range): 9
  • IBUs: 110
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 8.1%


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 included steeping grains will come milled.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.

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

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My favorite
William B on Jan 11, 2023
Sounds good
Malcolm M on Aug 29, 2022
My favorite
William B on Jan 11, 2023
Long time favorite !
Pete Previte on Dec 15, 2022
Sounds good
Malcolm M on Aug 29, 2022
Trying something new-seems highly recommended
Douglas H on Aug 12, 2022
Love hoppy ipa
Jason C on Mar 8, 2022
Thought I would try a good looking double recipe
Jim on Mar 2, 2022
Love this beer!
Evan K on Feb 7, 2022
never had it, and I love DBL IPAs
BN2Wild on Feb 2, 2022
Trying something new
Chris Evans on Feb 1, 2022
its my favorite ale, so I wanna try this kit.
Thomas Jansen J on Feb 1, 2022
I love this kit, excellent results
Evan K on Dec 15, 2021
I'm originally from VT but can't get Heady out in Cali. Can't wait to make it for myself.
James A on Dec 13, 2021
I only drank this beer in Vermont taste Great!
Joseph Eugene R on Nov 8, 2021
great go to brew
tony m on Sep 15, 2021
Gonna bring some to Roo for all the homies
Riley M Van Wyk on Jun 24, 2021
cause heady topper is good
Eric E on May 3, 2021
I love hoops
artur c on Apr 24, 2021
I like hops
Robert D T on Mar 12, 2021
i read the reviews and I do like a hoppy beer. I am a fan of heady topper and if it comes out similar then ill like it
thomas a on Feb 24, 2021
i like this beer
Anna R on Dec 10, 2020
I love heady topper
Brian B on Nov 18, 2020
My neighbor likes Heady Topper
Anonymous S on Nov 4, 2020
It looks rea
Hunter B on Sep 30, 2020
Love Heady Topper
Damon S on Sep 17, 2020
we already made this and it was excellent!
Gail F on Aug 24, 2020
excellent tasting beer, even for non-hop heads! My fourth or fifth order for this.
Bill R on Aug 20, 2020
sounded like my kind of beer
Booger 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
richard s on Aug 27, 2018
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 Kitchka on Mar 31, 2018
Long time favorite !
Pete Previte on Dec 15, 2022
Trying something new-seems highly recommended
Douglas H on Aug 12, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Classic flavor, spot on kit.
This is the West Coast IPA you remember… I love hazies, but this is a classic style which this kit totally hits on the mark. Buy this and you will not be disappointed.
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February 8, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
It is GREAT!
This kit comes with a TON of hops and they all get put to good use. I've never had Pliny, but this is a great IPA. Folks I have shared it with say it is the best I have made to-date. Not overly hoppy or boozy.
July 24, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exceptional DIPA
I racked to secondary to dry hop after 2-week primary. 3 weeks of carbonation in the bottle. Turned out amazing. Will be my go-to kit recipe for east coast DIPA.
August 29, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
My 2nd batch and it is one of my favorites so far.
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Added May 9, 2020
May 9, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is an excellent beer
March 23, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 4 out of 5
Hoppy goodxxxxxxccccccccccc
Excellent ................,.,,,,,
October 1, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
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
over 5 years ago
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July 31, 2018
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