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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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10,303 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,303
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 7,510
Gots: 3,001 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004

"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% abv
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Ratings: 10,303 | Reviews: 2,016
Photo of mcapaldi
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Palate-pleasing. Received as a gift for its difficulty to obtain. Now I know why.

Photo of Austin32
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, definitely lived up to the hype for me. Bold hoppiness but with a citrus and almost pineapple fresh flavor complexity that was truly delicious.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very well balanced IPA. Drink fresh and enjoy it, if you can find it.

Photo of derekdclark1
2.72/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Too bitter for my liking. When the air contacts your tongue after a swig it's impossible to keep a straight face. The flavor then decides to take up an unwanted residence for 30 seconds on your tongue. Super prominent aftertaste.

Photo of acostuhhh
2.85/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sorry guys, the smell was good but I just do not like IPAs. I need some other flavor and after taste besides bitter hops. It wasnt smooth at all. ABV isnt noticeable though.

Photo of wdetemple
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most complex flavors I've ever had. I get something different with every taste. High alcohol content goes almost unnoticed. No beer I've ever had is anything like this.

Photo of rubix
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So crisp and fresh for an IPA

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Lived up to the hype for me.

Photo of G_Z_a
4.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely lived up to the hype. Mouthfeel wasn't quite as crisp as I like, but just my personal preference. Excellent beer.

Photo of CNoj012
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Side by side tasting with Pliny the Elder and it wasn't even close, Heady by a mile. The aroma is nothing short of amazing and the taste is so hoppy and complex. Absolutely fantastic beer!

Photo of dynoego
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best doubles. Complex. Enjoy every sip

Photo of KATCanada
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Single best nose ever for me. Worthy of all the Hype. Had it fresh side by side with Zombie Dust - different style but still a top 10 beer for me, and Heady killed it. Just super impressive.

Photo of nectarofthegods
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

An amazing double ipa can't get much better than this

Photo of KMachHops
4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured the can into a tulip glass. Fluffy head with a lot of bubbles. Gold and murky.
Smell: Tropical, pineapples and mangoes. Citrus, grapefruit.
Taste: Not as juicy as it smells.
Feel: Good amount of carbonation. The bitterness is at the end and lingers.
Overall: Good but I would put some other DIPAs ahead of Heady.

Photo of McKinley
2.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the hype, I expected more....too much? Pretty much like drinking grapefruit juice. I also question the instructions to drink from the can, a good beer should be able to be appreciated from a glass.

Photo of Nickmaaan
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never heard of this beer until someone plopped a fresh cold unopened can down in front of me. My first thought was I love the graphics and the name. But i was a little apprehensive to drinking it from the can. But holy hell were the contents of that can just marvelous. My favorite thing was the aftertaste. Savoring each moment between sips, I found myself sipping just to recharge that taste. Man, this beer was just AMAZING. If you can someway get your hands on it. Drink the living shit out of it.

Photo of ninyetric
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Vey complex flavors. Goes down smooth for a 2X IPA. Can't have enough when I have it once a year.

Photo of Gig2828
3.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was lucky enough to try fresh Heady. Perhaps its all the talk or maybe it is all the beer that is available now, but I like others much better. This is a great beer just not one I would search out. I am very glad I had the chance to try it and would encourage others to do so as the beauty of beer is everyone has a different palate and even that changes over time.

Photo of drgdennis
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smell. Lots of citrus, some pepper and lots of hops! Very enjoyable!

Photo of MichaelaBrinkley
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a beautiful beer. Amazing

Photo of jcflorian
4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it a very good beer? 100% yes.

Is it the best imperial ipa out now. In the ball park, but cannot say it def is.

There are prob 10 other imp ipas I would say are just as good.

Photo of snipermonkey
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

super crushable yet complex, will see out more in the future. How does such a small state have such incredible breweries I ask?

Photo of KED8715
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a Vermonter. I love Vermont and the beer we have to offer. I would share this beer with whoever would like a taste of what we have to offer as a small state with some of the best breweries in the country.

Photo of jdcompton2
4.87/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow, simply amazing. It is insane how easy this is to consume for being a DIPA.

Photo of adapt313
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How many hops can you cram into a can yet still make it well balanced and insanely crushable? Pretty much the gold standard of ipas. I've tried it in every kind of glassware imaginable but enjoy heady so much more right out of the can.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 10,303 ratings.