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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,358
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 7,580
Gots: 3,052 | FT: 49
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: 10,358 | Reviews: 2,036
Photo of mirp1
4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At this point, reviewing Heady Topper is analogous to rating the character of Derek Jeter. Everything great has been said, everything said has been great, and that standard is not going away. So, we are no longer worthy of trying to compare this IPA to anything else on the market. A reviewer below writes that although Heady is "an incredible IPA, there are others equally as good." I think they are claiming that there is no better beer being brewed in the world right now, than what is being produced here in the US. I almost completely agree. The only exception is maybe Belgium, and their exotic ales, however, Brewery Ommegang has made the gap very small these days. Anyway, USA is killing it, and the beer buffet out there has something great for everyone. The only criticism of the referenced blog below would be that a reader could get the impression that they were placing Heady head-to-head with the likes of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. That would be like comparing an 18 year aged cheddar to light orange ballpark nacho melt. Not that there is anything wrong with either. We all have our favorites, and it's nice that the writer below is proud and loyal to the other great beers out there, and publishes their support. This makes the world go round, and keeps all of these committed brewers thriving. I enjoy them all too.

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

The benchmark everything else. Truly in a class of it's own.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quick review. There's nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said. This brew is a classic for a reason, one of the very best IPA offerings that I've tasted.

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.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 10,358 ratings.