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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

Heady TopperHeady Topper

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6,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 6227
Reviews: 1469
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%

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)
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer during a very nice tastingsession at doopiedoopiedoo's house where a bunch of Dutch BA came together.

Heady Topper is a very spectacular beer to start with.

All has been written before about this beer on this site....the only thing i can say is WHAT A FREEKIN BEER!!!

Cloudy yellow with a supersmell and dito taste and mouthfeel. Pineapple and other fruits all over the place!

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 21:13:36 | More by Brabander
Photo of Mar02x


4.1/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

I really felt lucky to be finally able to try this hyped (sorry Jeff, ;)) beer. Jeff made sure that he got it as fresh as possible in Holland. The can was opened three weeks after it had been filled! Cheers Jeff for this opportunity.

A4 - A yellow hazy fluid with some visible yeas tin it. The head is bright white.

S4.5 - A good strong smell of citrus and pine.

T4 - A light sweet beer with strong tones of citrus and pine and (if you ask me) there is a rubber in there as well.

M4 - A medium carbonation that is excellent for the taste, the after taste is really bitter though.

O4 - A good strong double IPA - solid as a rock.

On Wednesday 28th of December 2011 I had another brilliant tasting session at my uncle Peter place . This was the beer Thijs brought. So thanks for another experience Thijs. And yes every one, I have a beautiful family in which good beer is highly appreciated.

A4 - It was the same as before.

S5 - This time I really took a good sniff and WOW what a nice scent of mango, pineapple, fresh cut grass, citrus and pine. It all entered my nose to explode right there. Perfect!!

T5 - This time I could enjoy more of this beer because we were with less people, and I could also drink it from the can. In the taste all the promises of the smell came true. New where the sweet and bitterness experiences, besides the smell that is.

M4.5 - A creamy feeling after the soft carbonation has died, in the end the bitterness sets in, overall a nice round feeling.

O4.5 - A good solid DIPA and I really could appreciate the aftertaste this time.

Serving type: can

12-23-2011 15:44:32 | More by Mar02x
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to satchboogie on shipping this one in a trade. Phenomenal nose, as good as Pliny or Hopslam. I really would say for my taste these 3 would b interchangeable as far as which one I like best. Number ratings don't tell how even they are. I drank from a glass on the first one can the next two. Looks great as fresh world class DIPA should, nice foam and you can get lost with your nose in the glass. Citrus, and lost of it, smooth hops, and a lot of that too, On my 1st can I was thinking of Pliny in a way to compare, but after having a few over the last few days I'm changing that up a bit. It comes on first sip like Pliny, then somewhere along the line the overwhelming hops kicks in and it's more similar to Alpines Pure Hoppiness. Nicely bitter, but not crushingly so, balanced as hell. Just a tremendous brew, surely equal to anything brewed anywhere that's a DIPA. It this was easily available I'd be 300 lbs.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 16:44:42 | More by nc41
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4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joe you are the man and thank you for this one. alright from notes i reviewed this one at a christmas party, which i ran away to a dark corner to review like a zero. have to start off with the awesome can, silver and black tall boy with the alchemist on the front lovin life. pours a deep transparent amber with a big off white head and it shows great retention. solid in the nostrils very citrusy with light pine and lemon peel dryness. very fresh hops and minimal malt sweetness, pale and biscuty. the taste is absolute cash, very fresh hop resin, again the citrus peel with an amazing bitterness that cuts the palate. bone dry finish. medium bodied and lightly carbonated and flows really easy without any "spiking" to my surprise. this is the one that will make your gf not want to kiss you, the one where your breath still reeks of hops the next morning. flying hop dragons punching babies, can't stop em'. what a brew!

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 01:30:32 | More by JayAre46
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4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

It pours a hazy orange with a 3 finger head of foam.(served slightly chilled)

The smell is nice; citrus and tropical fruit mostly, only a hint of malt.

The taste is nice as well. Nice citrus bitterness, mild taste of tropical fruit, some good malty notes for some balance. Everything is so smooth so it's very easy to drink; the 8% abv is *very* well hidden.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, it's a satisfying brew for my palate. Very good stuff.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 23:47:58 | More by Bitterbill
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight from the can while at Frida's for lunch in Stowe. The tacos were good; the beer was freakin' unbelievable.

Did pour a little into a glass and it had a hazy orange tint with a decent rim of head, but it wasn't more than a couple ounces, so I wasn't checking out the head too much.

Cracked it and smelled a pine forest full of grapefruits. Very intense. Not spicy, but it's aggressive. I had thoughts about getting squirted in the eye by my morning grapefruit as I stuck my nose as deep as the can mouth would allow. I had heard the hype; hype does not smell this good.

And the taste trumped the nose. Gobs of pine and citrus, but the mango stickiness lingered at the finish with an enticing balance of biscuity malts scattered in the middle. No boozy heat, just a smooth coating of the palate that kept me slurping and made me finish the can finish too quickly. The bubbles were small and perfect in quantity. Had to have a second one and take a lingering walk around town afterwards.

The only flaw: they need bigger cans.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 01:48:20 | More by guezarka
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4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a head that is thick and fluffy and retains. Aroma of bold citric and piney hops that is in your face in a good way, generous malts to back it up. Taste follows nose, so good so amazing. Smooth and easy to drink, I love this beer, it will perpetually stay in my wants!

Serving type: can

12-19-2011 03:54:35 | More by jcartamdg
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Alchemist Heady Topper

Poured into a tulip from a 16oz can.

A – Pours a very nice dark copper color with some slight haze to it. There is a 0.25 inch white head that recedes down to a thin film. (5.0)

S – Starts off with some slight sweet piney hop notes. There are also some nice citrus notes and tropical fruit notes. There is some nice mango and tangerines in there. There is definitely very grassy and hoppy nose. (5.0)

T & M – Starts off with a nice hoppy and grassy note with some nice tangerines and slight orange. There is some nice biscuit malt notes in there as well with some earthy notes. There are definitely some nice piney notes in there. This brew is quite smooth and drinkable. There are tons of flavors in this DIPA with nice mango and some slight passion fruit as well. Tons of grapefruit notes are present. There is some nice bitterness in there as well. This is definitely a top five DIPA. Nice dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some refreshing notes. (5.0)(5.0)

O – This brew is delicious. Tons of hops with some slight bread notes but definitely a hop heads dream. Might not be as balanced as other highly rated DIPAS (Abrasive, Pliny, Citra) but that’s ok for this hop head. This is a very flavorful brew with tons of hops and great bitterness. (5.0)

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 01:54:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mar for trading me this can.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the grapefruit, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and some biscuit malt notes.

The flavor is more intense than the aroma. I get some huge grapefruit and orange citrus notes, as well as a little bit of pine and some pineapple. Mixed in with all of the hop notes is a little bit of biscuit malt. The bitterness is low to medium.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

12-16-2011 03:00:45 | More by Mora2000
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, hop particle filled, reddish-orange color with a thick billowing white head that slowly retracts to a couple centimeters. Leaves a ton of lacing as sipped down.

S: The smell of this beer is simply amazing. At the first whiff it reminds me of a fresh bag of hops or hop pellets. Juicy mango, luscious grapefruit, and juicy pineapple, a long with some resinous pine.

T: Bursting with flavor! Pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, mango, orange and a slight bit pine resin. The taste lives for minutes beyond the sip. Even though this is brewed in Vermont, it tastes like Hawaii. Definitely balanced towards this bitter side.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, soft carbonation, juicy.

O: Hand down best IPA I have ever had. Previous IPA World Champion went to Pliny E/Flower Power but this just blows them away. All I gotta say is MOAR!!!!

Serving type: can

12-16-2011 01:33:40 | More by ixodus
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can picked up straight from The Alchemist Cannery. This specific can is a bit more than a month old. I enjoyed two out of glasses over the last few weeks. As the can suggests, I am reviewing this directly from the can.

A: Well I can't really tell now can I? From the picture of one I took a few weeks ago into my Russian River goblet. Muddy orange brown pour with a pretty thick white head.

S: The hops smack you right upside the face on your first sip. Metal hints from the can seem to bolster the big piney hoppiness, but certainly a caramel malt backbone is noted.

T: Honestly, the taste is not entirely different than it was out of the glass. Big hit of piney hops up front, citrus and other tropical fruits. Bitter, but the fruitiness is pretty formidable as well. The malt backbone from the smell is only slightly noticed, this one is all about the hops. The balance between bitter hops and fruity hops is phenomenal.

MF: Carbonated very well, medium body, very crisp dry finish. The booze is noted every so slightly.

O: Best beer I have ever enjoyed straight from a can, and one of the better ones I've had period. I've had Pliny this fresh and they are both phenomenal in their own regards.

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 07:20:13 | More by russwbeck
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4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This batch was canned on December 7th, and I drank it on December 13th so it's an extremely fresh batch. Was poured into a snifter. Poured an amazing 3 finger head which stuck around for a good while. The color is a glossy orange. Smells like anything citrus. Oranges are a big aroma in this beer. The smell is intense and when you take a drink you can taste everything that you smell. Alcohol is barely present as the flavors balance the beer out very well. A bit of bitterness at the end, but like I said, everything is balanced well.
Overall this IPA is a must have and will definately acquire this again. It is an IPA that you can just sit back and enjoy every small sip of it.

Serving type: can

12-14-2011 07:31:38 | More by intensify
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can


I had two 8oz pours in a tulip glass.

-hazy burnt orange color with a natual white head.
-From the smell you get a citus/grapefruit scent.
-The taste is very complex with strong earthy hoppy notes. The hops are true and the after taste is one that lingers on the pallet.

One of the best IPA's I have had.

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 14:45:50 | More by andrecrompton
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4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is comprised from notes taken on multiple days from multiple cans consumed from either a snifter or the can itself as suggested. There really isn’t much difference between the can and glass version.

A: Pours a very cloudy iced-tea color with a finger of bright white oily head that slowly faded into a very greasy film that left soapy patches of bubbly lace down the glass.
S: Stupid powerful and bright scents of fresh citrus hops layered with sweet tropical fruits and a blast of pine. Much easier to smell out of the glass.
T: Follows the nose with very sweet and fresh flavors of tropical fruit nectars and slightly bitter citrus juice. The hops in this are just so fresh while being so flavorful and easy to drink. The finish is sweet, juicy and honey-like, and the aftertaste is very smooth with hardly any bitterness.
M: Very slick and greasy mouthfeel, oily thick body, soft and fluffy carbonation. This goes down so smooth.
O: One of the best DIPA’s in the world. Definitely top 5. Love the flavors in this. Every bit as good out of the can than the bottle. If I lived near where this beer is distributed, I would always keep my fridge stocked at all times.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 22:44:10 | More by scottfrie
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4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Heady Topper from The Alchemist.
Score (Can): 96
Score (Duvel tulip): 92

2011 can, courtesy as an extra from FrankenBrew (BeerAdvocate trade)! Been wanting to try this forever. It's rumored to taste/smell different from a can, so I'm doing this brew half-and-half. The half I drank out a glass was from a Duvel tulip.

Appearance (Can): Silver colored can with black artwork etched on the front. The can has a thrice repeated warning around the upper edge that reads, in all caps, "DRINK FROM THE CAN!" I don't like it when beer tells me what to do. Whatever, I'll do what I want!

Appearance (Duvel tulip): Pours a super hazy orange-amber color with a finger of super foamy cream-colored head that sticks around for a couple of minutes until it settles into a ring around the glass and thin clump in the middle. Decent lacing. 4/5

Smell (Can): Huge citrus and floral aromas. LOTS of intense, fresh tropical fruits -- oranges, grapefruits, pineapple and mangoes. Fresh grass clippings and dank resin. The nose is absolutely packed with bright, floral hops. Let's be honest -- it's like a sunshine of citrus-hops. This is hands down the best IPA, potentially the best beer, I have ever smelled in my life. I wish I could buy an air-freshener that smelled just like this! 5/5

Smell (Duvel tulip): A lot of the intensity of the citrus-hops aromas is lost when you pour this out of the can -- even into the infamously aromatic tulip glass! The aroma is a lot earthier, mellower and maltier. Reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust. Still getting zesty oranges and some lemons with big whiffs. You need to smell with much more effort to get the deliciousness once its poured. This one is absolutely better from the can -- no joke! 4/5

Taste (Can): A lot more mellow and subdued than the aroma would have you believe. Very earthy, dank hop bitterness. Orange pulp and lemon hit up front too, almost like a mellowed out Zombie Dust. Malty, bittersweet citrus builds on the mid-palate as the beer layers. Alas, it's not the front or midpalate that defines this beer -- it's the finish. The finish is zesty, bitter oranges and hops, and BOY does it linger! 4.5/5

Taste (Duvel tulip): Like the aroma, a lot of the intensity of the flavors are lost when you pour this from the can. The lingering orange-citrus bitterness largely disappears, and turns into a very average IPA-like finish. Since aroma makes up a main component of taste, this is not too surprising. A lot of the bright citrus flavors are lost and replaced by dank, earthy tones. When poured from the can, Heady Topper turns into an earthier Daisy Cutter with mid-palate flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel (Can): Medium bodied, medium carbonation. It feels a little under-carbonated at first, preventing the citrusy bitterness from popping on the tongue, but the trade-off of a heavy lingering flavor on the tongue for the finish is absolutely worth it. Finish is a little oily, a little stick, and bittersweet. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (Duvel tulip): No difference, other than a slightly maltier finish.

Overall: This one should ABSOLUTELY be enjoyed from the can. From what I read, a lot of the volatiles that make this beer so special quickly escape from the glass, whereas the can maximizes their presence through lower exposure and retention. Who would have thought that drinking from the can could be so wonderful? Maybe those tailgaters have it right after all! If I could get consistent access to this beer, it would be my go to non-stout brew.

Recommendation: This is an absolutely must-seek out double IPA. Just make sure to drink it from the can. I wish I could pour it back in and undo the mistake I made, questioning the wisdom of the can.

Food Pairings: Kuma's Corner hamburgers. Spicy food would be pretty great with this too.

Cost: $12 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:43:18 | More by jegross2
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3.8/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's in a can. It appears as a silver can. I got the last bit of the can at a tasting, and at the can's insistence, consumed it out of the can.

Powerful fresh grassy hops are immediately apparent despite the can.

Bitter, powerfully grassy west-coast US hops. Slight undertone of honey, but not nearly enough to balance. One dimensional, perhaps, but good at that dimension.

Decent but a bit fizzy, almost prickly.

Well, it's an IPA, and it's a good one.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 03:43:12 | More by zaphodchak
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4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Plenum. Cheers buddy!

16oz can. Poured about 4oz in a small snifter for color and aroma. The rest was had from the can.

A- Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a thin white foam that leaves a few rings of lace.

S- The nose on this is incredible. Tropical fruits, oranges, grapefruit, and resiny hop aromas dominate the nose. Insane citrus nose.

T- Very bitter initially with loads of hop flavor. Orange and grapefruit flavors lead the way with a touch of pine. A very small amount of malt sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Anything but balanced in terms of flavor, but as a hophead I don't mind in least.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. I've had a few big DIPAs that seemed a little syrupy but this beer is surprisingly dry and crisp. Helps to enhance the hop flavors and bitterness. Ridiculously drinkable.

O- Very happy I got the chance to try this. Certainly a must have for any true hophead.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 23:04:28 | More by projectflam86
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't really tell what it looks like until you pour it out, comes out a hazy witbier (now with bigger chunks!) looking beer, but the vibrancy of the golden color is still nice, ample head size.

Aroma was just green vegetal hop madness. Lush and rich. Simcoe, amarillo for sure. Not really picking up bitterness, thankfully. Taste was more of the same, super awesome hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was just right. Take your pick you can taste and smell all the usual good hop adjetives. . . piney, grapefruit, citrus, green etc. . . this is dank. So nice, bitterness is so soft, hop taste so big. Seems like every other east coast ipa out there (not literally every) just makes an ipa with a shit ton of bitterness and no dry hop aroma or hop mouthfeel. Heady Topper takes a back seat to no one. Its not unique, it might as well be an uglier looking Pliny clone, tastes so similar.

Why try and reinvent the wheel when you can just mimic it and do a damn fine job doing it?

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 01:36:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thank you for DrewShal9 for this!
16 oz can first sampled from can then poured into a tulip glass

A- A hazy brunt orange/light brown with a white one finger head.

S- Can: A explosion hops, citrus/grapefruit, pine, tropical/mango, resin.
Glass: Getting a little more of the malt backbone and the citrus and tropical hops are a little bigger smelling.

T- Can: Hoppy and complex, citrus and tropical hops stand out right away and are nice complemented with good bitter piney and resin hops, nice malt backbone.
Glass: Not noticing much of a difference if any, maybe a little sweeter from the malts, but still just tons of hops!

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- This is just amazing. When I first saw the can in my box, I was super excited to try this but was a little nervous after I did not see a canning date, but after smelling it I knew it had to be fresh. Right up there with Pliny The Elder, worth seeking out, and I will be search for this more and more.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 01:19:21 | More by larryi86
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4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Lambicking for 12 cans of this. Truly my favorite beer.

First off, I feel like you have to drink other IPAs before this so you know what exactly you are drinking. You're going to want to have a refreshed and clean palate for this gem though. You drink any typical highly regarded DIPA, take a break to refresh your palate and then drink one of these, and you'll see my point.

A - I drank some of these out of the can and some from the glass. In a tulip it pours with about a 1 finger head. It's hazy as hell, leaves decent lacing, and is golden orange. There are tons of what I assume to be hop resins floating around. The appearance is a 5 for me because I don't mind seeing the hop resins sitting in the glass whatsoever, although I could see why it could be off putting to some people.

S - Pine, tropical fruit, and grapefruit super strong. There's definitely some earthy, grassy smells in there, but it just smells like ripe fruit. Citrusy and definitely getting some pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. This fresh smells better than just about anything I've ever smelled, forget beer. This is by far the best smelling beer I've ever had (over PtE, Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, Hopslam, etc.).

T - Very similar to the nose. It's heavenly. The hops are showcased so well, and a slight sweet maltiness is there just to support them and does nothing but add to the flavor. Quite frankly, once you drink this next to something of lesser quality, you realize what you are missing. This has complexity unlike any beer I've ever had. There's so much going on, but there's not too much of one thing and it all comes together perfectly. The malt it is the background providing a touch of sweetness and balance, and all the different hop flavors mesh together perfectly, but you can still pick them out and enjoy each and every one.

M - The mouthfeel just adds to the taste. It's so smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. The carbonation level isn't extremely high, but it's spot on to get it across the palate and wake up the mouth without going overboard. It needs a nice level of carbonation because it really coats the mouth, and it is medium bodied. That said, it is still extraordinarily easy to drink. I tried to savor it, but just couldn't really. The 8% ABV really is nowhere to be found. There is only a hint of it.

O - By far, I can't recommend any beer more than this. If you can ever get this you are doing a disservice to yourself by not tasting this fantastic concoction. It's like drinking the nectar of the gods. Seriously, that good. I must say, though, that this is fantastic when fresh, but if you don't have it fresh it's not nearly as good. Over my dozen cans, the beer fell off after a couple of weeks. Silly me drank them over 3 weeks. The first week it was a religious experience, and by the last one it was only as good as any other world class DIPA. You could probably age this and it'd be great, but do drink fresh if you can. Giving it a 5/5 because it is tops on my list. If something dethrones this, I'll knock it down a notch. For now, this is as close to perfect as a DIPA can get in my opinion.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 20:58:34 | More by nrs207
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: A bit more orange than amber with noted opacity. Nice 1.5 inch white head, that quickly streaks the side of the glass with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Very piney with a citrus peel nose pucker that makes my lip curl. Cannabis abounds. Very nice!

Taste: Taste follows smell nicely. There is plenty of pine resin and citrus. The bitterness lasts at least a minute after you swallow and the alcohol is undetectable.

Mouthfeel: There is an obvious tingle once the beer touches your tongue. It's very smooth but a bit thin.

Overall: This is an amazing IIPA. I wish it was more readily available!!!

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 00:07:40 | More by dogbones
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4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to THE CPJ for the beauty, been wanting to try it for some time. Drank from the can as instructed, except for a tiny 2oz pour to grade appearance.

A - Pours a hazy golden-amber with a creamy white head that settles to a slight haze and ring.
S - Oh boy. This is right up my IPA alley. Fresh hop aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, mango, and peach with a very subtle malt backbone.
T - Similar to the nose, lots of fresh pine resin, grapefruit peel, and tropical fruit flavors with a light malt profile. Excellently bitter finish, with just a little bit of heat from the 8%.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. You can really feel the hop oils.
O - A superb DIPA, almost exactly what I look for in the style. Insanely drinkable, this would get dangerous if I had regular access to it!

Serving type: can

12-06-2011 04:01:52 | More by jsanford
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4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Alchemist Cannery on a beerventure and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice, slightly hazy orange hue with a nice creamy one finger head that fades to leave a thick halo and nice clouding.

S - Smell is excellent, lots of fresh pines and grapefruit peel. There is some very light tropical fruit in the back, but mostly just pine and grapefruit.

T - Delicious. Super nice grapefruit along with good pine oil flavours. Lots of citrus and pine in this one. Not too sweet with some more light tropical (slight mango/pinepalle, but not much). Good bitter finish.

M - Really, really nice. Almost a 5, but not quite. In one sip, you cant taste the ABV, the next you get the booze. It does feel nice on the tongue.

O - Overall this stuff is dangerous. These tallboys go back so easy its easy to lose track. The price too...my goodness, under $4 a can! Stuff is just delicious. Well worth getting.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 23:23:46 | More by rudzud
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can, huge thanks to Kevin (thebouch01) for scoring this at the Jackie O's release and handing it over to me!

drinking from the can (as instructed) and poured a few oz's in the middle to a taster glass

A - VERY hazy, on the darker side of gold in color. half finger, loose fluffy head settles to a thin film.

S - hop aroma hit my nose immediately when popped. well balanced citrus: candied oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit meets some wet pine and a hint of biscuity sweetness.

T - gentle sweetness for a split second before the big wave of hop flavors rush in. flashes of peach and pineapple turns very resinous and piney for a second before floral and juicy hops finish up. as advertised "wave after wave of hoppy goodness will creep up on you". bitterness is abundant but not at all overpowering, and just the faintest bit of booze wakes everything up.

M - medium bodied, perfect amount of creaminess while moderate carbonation livens the bitterness and hop flavors. nice and oily through the finish, yet somehow still a touch dry. not much to improve on here.

O - a stellar DIPA worth all the hype. i was leery about this as I've been a bit burned out by hops lately, but this delivired and ten some. the real magic here is the myriad of hop flavors taking turns, and absolutely INSANE drinkability. this can is going wayyy too fast. must. get. more.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 03:44:41 | More by Stigs
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4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this can from someone at the CL release, basically as a present. I don't remember the BA handle, but he's opening a brewery in Jersey. Thanks!

Heady Topper has a hazy orange body with a few particles floating around in it. The head is a couple of fingers high and is a light tan color. The retention is good and the lacing is excellent. Great look for a IIPA. On a side note, I also love how the can looks, both the art and the black-on-silver color scheme with the black tab.

Huge hop nose. All kinds of juicy hop aromas with bits of grass, citrus, fruit and a little bit of resin. There isn't much of a malt presence in the nose.

Heady Topper is an absolute hop assault right off of the bat with tons of fruit. It features flavors of Grapefruit orange and citrus lead things off. The orange and citrus flavors are definitely more powerful than grapefruit. All of the fruit flavors have an extremely juicy feeling to them, and they are generally very good. In addition to the citrus, there is a generically fruity hop element, a touch of pine and a good bit of resin flavors. With this array of hop flavors comes a good bit of bitterness. For a double IPA I would say the bitterness is moderate at best though, as this isn’t part of the “teeth-melting” variety of IIPAs. The malt profile is hidden underneath the hops, and I really don’t have much to say about it other than it is of the paler variety used in the style, so it doesn’t bring tons of caramel flavors. The finish and the aftertaste have tons of hops also, bringing bitterness and brand new assault of the initial hop flavors. The flavors hang around for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is definitely defined by hops and bitterness. The body is a touch above medium, and the carbonation is full and smooth. It is also very oily and noticeably bitter.

I've drank tons of this stuff from glasses and cans alike, and I haven’t noticee an appreciable difference. No matter how I drink it though, Heady Topper is absolutely a world-class IIPA. This is a beer that is worth seeking out, and I could probably drink it by the case. It doesn’t have a touch of alcohol to it, and the bitterness isn’t excessively harsh at any point.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 18:44:17 | More by Hojaminbag
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 6,227 ratings.