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Off the Topper IIPA All-Grain Homebrew Kit


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Impossible to track down and destined to be drank from a can, this brew is a tribute to the infamous man with a head full of hops and the tenacious Alchemists that are its creators. Brew this elusive IIPA yourself with our recipe kit.

Intense hop aroma blows through with hurricane force, swirling up from a whirlwind of hazy liquid gold. Borne from a legendary Nor'easter, Off the Topper is a writhing tropical storm of fruity pineapple and dank piney-peach.

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ff the Topper IIPA All-Grain Recipe Kit

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Product Details
In a true work of sorcery, the Off the Topper IIPA beer kit creates synergy between Vermont yeast and an unprecedented flood of lupulin. Overcoming its intense origins, it is a rare, harmonious pint that is extreme only in its drinkability. Beneath the frothing, massive head lies a beacon of freshness and light in each pint. At the eye of the storm is a dry and crisp body. A complex and delicious Imperial IPA, Off the Topper balances bitterness with well-attenuated yeast that work together to weather the hurricane of hops.

Preparing a yeast starter is highly recommended when using the Vermont Ale Liquid Yeast. This will help reduce the lag time before fermentation begins.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Off the Topper IIPA All-Grain Homebrew Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1070
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.5 / 5.0
35 Reviews
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Hopshot = Sticky
Just made this beer and it is a winning recipe, and a good deal considering there is a whole dump truck full of hops in this thing. Couple things to note, the hopshot is incredibly sticky and very hard to clean your equipment after brewing. The hopshot is also quite dark in color so it appears to have influenced a less than attractive color to the final beer.
February 12, 2018
One one the best kits I have ever brewed. Will definitely make it again.
June 9, 2017
11 months ago
Mind Blowing Beer
I brewed this kit up as only my 2nd real all grain batch. I can't believe how much people have liked it, and after brewing 10+ batches over the last couple of years this one by far has the most demand.

Let me make a disclaimer, I've never had Heady Topper, but I've had east coast ipa's and double ipa's by a number of other well respected breweries so I was mainly going for that fruity flavor, smooth mouthfeel, heavy tropical aromas, etc. This one delivered there, along with a great malty body you wouldn't expect. You can definitely put these down easily.

I used the Yeast Bay Vermont Ale Yeast, and made a 2000 ml starter. I did this because of some online guides relating yeast cell count to OG, and this beer definitely needed all the help it could get.

Fermentation was fast and furious. 2 weeks primary, 1.5 weeks secondary. I was nervous I had put the 2nd round of dry hops in too long (7 days) as first tastes were grassy, but that has since gone away after a couple weeks in the bottle.

This is an amazing beer, my friends demand it and I'm running through it pretty fast! Great job! Maybe i'll try the Pliny Clone next!
April 7, 2017
1 year ago
Passed the taste test with HT
I made the first batch with dry yeast as NB was out of Vermont yeast and while in the ballpark it was obviously not HT. I recently ran a second batch with the correct yeast and cultured additional before adding to the wort to make sure I had plenty. Last week my sons and I did a pilgrimage to the Alchemist and brought back the real thing, and none of us could consistently pick the real HT in a blind test. A great clone!
January 2, 2017
Awesome New England style DIPA!
Followed the recipe as closely as possible, used Vermont ale yeast. Brewed 11/27/16 secondary fermentation in keg with dry hop round 2 in a bag. Sampled today 12/20/16, not quite carbed and I am very impressed with the outcome! I know this will be getting even better as the next few weeks go by. I've had many of the New England IPA, and this really ranks up there among those sought after IPA.
December 22, 2016
Legit DIPA, Brew it with Yeast Bay Vermont Ale
I thought this recipe was legit. Fun to make with all the hop stands and dry hopping. I purchased most ingredients from local homebrew shop and just followed NB recipe. Didn't have access to extract hop shots so I subbed in some generic bittering hops (Magnum) and ramped up a starter for US-05. Kegged and tastes great. Super creamy with that Dank Tropical Mango aroma. Lingering smooth hop concoction. Left intentionally cloudy. I would highly recommend brewing this but don't skimp on Yeast. Get YB Vermont Strain.
December 8, 2016
Great beer
I fermented too high like 90+ degrees too high still came out good. Really dig the hop profile. Great fermentables too. Idk if the esters from the yeast made it creamy but im not complaining. Its nice to have this on tap. Also customer service mad chill, really helpfull.
October 7, 2016
Doesn't taste like Heady Topper
Don't expect anything like Heady Topper with this kit because it's not even close. It's not terrible but tastes more like a malty, sweet IPA that lacks a lot of hop flavor. I wouldn't buy again.
July 6, 2016
Turned out great
Don't get me wrong, it's no HT but the brew turned out great! Definitely going to brew this again and tweak a couple things. The amount of hops you get in this kit is ridiculous and it is well worth brewing.
June 16, 2016
Very happy
This was my first all grain batch or should I say my first homebrew ever; I got a lot of flack about diving into all grain especially with a DIPA that is double dry hopped. This isn't rocket science, follow the directions and don't be stupid (watch videos).This is, in no way shape or form close to Heady Topper. Color, aroma, bitterness...way off (read the below reviews, they will agree). Heady Topper is what it is because of who brews it and the process of how they brew, nobody will be able to replicate it. There are so many other brews out there that top it but HT is the flagship VT beer, the one that started the madness, so I gave it a shot.I had outstanding aroma, good flavors, color was darker as described in other reviews and it was very drinkable. The bitterness was far above HT, I would recommend 5ml; that's a happy medium. Would I buy my brew in a store, definitely! Would my neighbor buy it in a store, he says for sure he would. It turned out great but does not match the HT profile. I will definitely brew this again and change some of the variables, to include the grain bill. Thanks Northern Brewer for a great kit! Hops Hops Hops!!!This is a mix of Sip of Sunshine, Heady Topper and Hop Slam
May 14, 2016
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When it says to dry hop for 4 days in primary then transfer to secondary and add other half of the dry hops do I toss the primary dry hops and only use the second half in secondary or just add the other half to the existing dry hops?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just add the second half. Most of the 1st half of the dry hops will end up in the trub on the bottom, and will stay there during the transfer to secondary. This is an awesome clone to heddy. I think it's even better as it has a less bitter and smoother finish but still super hoppy.
Possibly a stupid question, but I want to make sure I get this right. In the 'brewing notes' section of the instructional document it says "6 gallon batch size - This recipe has been calculated to produce 6 gallons to accommodate wort losses due to the ridiculous amount of hops."

I always start the boil with about 6-6.5 gallons to compensate for losses in the boil. Am I supposed to boil 7 gallons? Or are they just stating the obvious?
D A on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Dave,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! I would start that out with 6.5-7 gallons so you boil off to 6 gallons. That way after the boil, and racking off of the large trub layer/hop debris layer, you will have 5 gallons of beer to bottle or keg at the correct gravity/ABV. I hope that this helps!
what does the brun leger add to the party?
R W on Jan 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It bumps up your ABV and also helps thin out the beer a little, to give it that "watery mouth" feel. It will also contribute a little bit to the SRM (color)
Does this kit include the required hops?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it includes all the necessary hops including the hop shots which are amazing little syringes filled with goodness.
Which yeast should I purchase?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have made this kit twice
Once with the Vermont ale.yeast and once with safale05 dry yeast and they both tasted really good.
I would go with the dry yeast because it's summer
Not that I hit my OG (1.082 via BIAB), but what FG should I be aiming for here with this recipe?
Michael S on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Fg varies based on the yeast used and the specifics of your mash so the best you can do is look at your OG and the attenuation possible with the yeast. Vermont ale is rated to have 75-82 percent apparent attenuation. So the lowest you should see the number go is 1.014 and it could be as high as 1.020. That is the best case scenario and the actual number you get will vary. I hope this helps! Cheers. James J.
If I have the big mouth bubbler with the depth charge do I need to transfer into secondary? Couldn't I just pull out the first dry hop and then add the second?
A shopper on Nov 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That would be fine to do. Just make sure you do not leave it in primary longer than 4 weeks.

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