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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,353 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,353
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 7,577
Gots: 3,050 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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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: 10,353 | Reviews: 2,033
Photo of VTBeerDrinker
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the greatest IPA on the market. Only bummer is that even though I live in West Rutland, VT, I have drive north to find it as well as making sure I hit the store at the right time. All in all, it's worth the drive and the wait. This beer is definitely worth the top of the list rating it enjoys.

Photo of sberberick1
4.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible IPA. I am not sure it's worth the hype. There are others that are just as good. Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Wachusetts Larry, Bells Two Hearted, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, ADK Super Dort and Foley Brothers Fair Maiden are all equally good. Hard to tell for certain which is best. They are all good in there own right.

Photo of Rotag
4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not really an IPA guy but it was by far the best IPA I have had. Great hoppy taste at beginning with a smoothe finish.

Photo of GregA135
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My buddy gave me this beer when I got back form Texas back in November 2014. This is an amazing DIPA. Amazing crisp taste with hints of citrus, orange, and grapefruit. Left me wanting more! I need to visit Vermont and grab me some Heady!

Photo of KillerJigger
3.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not as good as i was expecting. Could use a bit more balance on the back end. Overall a juicy thick great beer.

Photo of burns3y
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhmazing. Used to live in Mass and made a trade with a friend from VT for Pliny the Elder

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

This is an exceptional beer. Even friends who are not big fans of IPAs respect this beer for its nuance and complexity. This is really an outstanding achievement in beer making and a beer that I will enjoy at any opportunity. I've already done the road trip to norther Vermont a few times now and will do again.

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

This beer is perfection in a can. From the initial hoppy "kick" to the face. The taste slowly mellows out as the can empties. At the end you feel very very satisfied and slightly buzzed from the 8%.

Photo of DonBoucher79
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2 words to describe this one.......none better!

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

This beer is like no other.

Photo of rhyoung7
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great balanced DIPA! It is certainly better in the can. I will definitely try to find more.

Photo of KaeF
4.87/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great smell of pine and grassy hops. Actually does taste better from the can! Great fresh bitter taste, citrus, exotic fruits, drank it when it was only 2 weeks old, probably the freshest I can get here in the Netherlands.

Photo of Ameun14
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the greatest beer I've ever had the privilege of drinking

Photo of Goodytime
4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another personal favorite, can't get enough of this beer

Photo of Dookieyeo
2.71/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not easy to find in Korea.

Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm 14 oz. into my first Heady Topper.

A wild combination of bold flavor and feel in a very drinkable beer. This is on the crisper/sharper end of the hoppy IPA spectrum that can leave the mouth feeling a bit dry, but it's more balanced or subtle than some of the hop-explosion style beers. Glad I got to try it, and I'll get more given the opportunity, luckily I think I can find IPAs in the same niche and caliber locally at Maine Brewing.

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 djchrismac
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flawless. I don't buy into hype. I didn't buy the hype on this. Heady might be the perfect beer.

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.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 10,353 ratings.