1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Heady Topper - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
Heady TopperHeady Topper

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,473 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,473
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,835
Gots: 1,357 | FT: 37
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:
"An American Double IPA” 75 IBU 8.0% abv

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-27-2004)
View: Beers (11) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 7,473 | Reviews: 1,567 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
dragonWhale

New York

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And the good Lord shown upon the Alchemist, giving them the good foresight to build a new house before the great flood...Seriously a blessing for them to have this in place when they did. How often does this serendipity happen?
DRINK FROM THE CAN! screams across the top of the can, and so, when camping, do as when in Vermont. And I'll buy the argument, keep these aromatics trapped in so they just burst back into your nose when you burp. Deal. But in the interest of having my coworker experience the pleasure, I pour myself a glass, and he drinks the can.
Finally, after an untiring weekend of attempting to punish the aluminum for its contents, I sight the colour of the liquid inside. And it is glorious in the Innis and Gunn goblet. Murky orange, dark tangelo on top fading into a lemony haze at the bottom of the glass. Awesome with hop residue and suspended yeast. I can get down with this.
Oranges, felled spruce trees, grapefruit rind, lemon curd, and wisdom zest overpower the malt that is obviously there when you take a sip. Juicy as a unicorn fart. The malt becomes evident when drinking but the crisp bitterness soon takes your hand and leads you away, astray, allaying any of your fears. For this beer is merely 8% and comes in a way too drinkable pint sized serving. Alcohol concealed behind a double curtain of hops.
This is the camping beer for a new breed of man. And so..we shall drink this on the moon next year.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 07:24:37 | More by dragonWhale
More User Reviews:
Photo of Rassisland
Rassisland

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 16:34:31 | More by Rassisland
Photo of Rocknroll52
Rocknroll52

District of Columbia

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

This beer is amazing. Hoppy not bitter. Dangerously easy to drink. Every gulp is like the first gulp.

Beautiful hoppy smell!!

Really difficult to get though. Like a scavenger hunt. But IT IS TOTALLY WORTH THE HUNT. The brewery is temporarily closed to the public.
Victory tastes amazing!!

Serving type: can

07-30-2014 16:02:39 | More by Rocknroll52
Photo of Rideguy64
Rideguy64

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 14:17:05 | More by Rideguy64
Photo of Eanhart
Eanhart

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-30-2014 14:16:07 | More by Eanhart
Photo of WCW
WCW

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-30-2014 12:26:12 | More by WCW
Photo of Kvestel
Kvestel


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 12:05:07 | More by Kvestel
Photo of vermontskier
vermontskier

Vermont

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

Best DIPA in the world. Feel like the ABV % is much higher than stated, which is a bonus.

Keep it cold, always. Never let it warm, it will change the taste. Drastically. I think lower reviews for Heady on this site had this beer shipped or let it warm up and re-cool.




Serving type: can

07-30-2014 11:13:41 | More by vermontskier
Photo of eclinchy
eclinchy


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 05:32:46 | More by eclinchy
Photo of Danimal25
Danimal25

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-30-2014 03:55:21 | More by Danimal25
Photo of ramay86
ramay86

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-30-2014 03:48:02 | More by ramay86
Photo of 802Brewing
802Brewing

Vermont

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

I am looking at all of these reviews from people all around the country,getting this beer shiped or allowed warm at any time, the taste seems to get compromised and you dont get to enjoy the full experience. If your in Vermont, waiting every Wednesday at 10 am outside of the store for the truck to arrive, hoping you'll get a 4 pack or 2, when it's as fresh as ever.

This beer has a truly one of a kind taste and smell. A bright hazy gold, with a fluffy head. It's by far one of the most unique beers in Vermont, and anyone who's from here knows, that's a lot to compete with. Absolutely the greatest IPA out there. We're all hoping for "The Crusher", "Focal Banger", "Holy Cow IPA" to start bigger production. Keep it up Alchemist.

Serving type: can

07-30-2014 03:13:55 | More by 802Brewing
Photo of Pbyoukil
Pbyoukil


3/5  rDev -36.6%

07-30-2014 01:54:44 | More by Pbyoukil
Photo of JDelder
JDelder

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 01:36:03 | More by JDelder
Photo of Mesa512
Mesa512

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-30-2014 01:09:43 | More by Mesa512
Photo of Aferg5
Aferg5

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2014 01:07:14 | More by Aferg5
Photo of LLL_MKE
LLL_MKE

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2014 20:58:07 | More by LLL_MKE
Photo of jwp2007
jwp2007

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2014 18:19:56 | More by jwp2007
Photo of dscott421
dscott421

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2014 16:23:53 | More by dscott421
Photo of NickT1133
NickT1133

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2014 16:21:49 | More by NickT1133
Photo of XtalBlue3556
XtalBlue3556

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2014 15:02:59 | More by XtalBlue3556
Photo of AmericaGWShark
AmericaGWShark

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-29-2014 14:56:17 | More by AmericaGWShark
Photo of explorer2008
explorer2008

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2014 14:31:41 | More by explorer2008
Photo of ettbeer
ettbeer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2014 13:51:08 | More by ettbeer
Photo of 1jstafan
1jstafan

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-29-2014 12:24:32 | More by 1jstafan
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,473 ratings.