1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Heady Topper - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
Heady TopperHeady Topper

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,937 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,937
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 7,093
Gots: 2,708 | FT: 41
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
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Heady Topper Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,937 | Reviews: 1,916 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JakeDebus
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ethanmc12
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TheRuss9585
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sukwonee
4.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks you Kyle for this... man I need more of this for the summer!

A: Light Orange color with one finger head, good amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles. Some stuff floating around. For a beer that the brewery recommends to drink out of the can, it looks decent.

S: Orange zest Lemon citrus grapefruit, pineapple - best smelling DIPA ever!

T: This has got to be my favorite DIPA, I have ever had. This beats Pliny (both Elder and Younger) and Dreadnaught. Perfectly balanced, yet still hoppy as hell, sweet but not overly sweet... I pick up pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange, little bit of pine. Hoppy bitterness is there, but not predominent - just kicks it slighly at the end. Taste doesn't linger as long as Pliny, but it's amazing.

M: Compared to other DIPAs, this one is very refreshing. Lighter in body, higher in carbonation. I liked it - I thought it matched (or added) to the experience.

O: This is the DIPA to beat at the moment for me.

Photo of meanmutt
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of comfortablynirm
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.97/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heady Topper from can into a snifter. 3 day old can from cannery, reviewed from notes.

A- Really nice golden orange with a nice hop haze. 1/2 finger white head with really nice lacing.

S- huge citrusy, piney, earthy, resiny characters coming off this beer. Really pungent hop aroma that just flows out of the glass like a hop scented yankee candle would. Pick up some bready malt but the hops are the main character in this feature. Love it.

T- Big bitterness right from the gates, then the grapefruit and pine come into view. Nice malt back bone to round it all out. Its really almost chewy and creamy at the same time. Very well balanced for a beer with 120 IBU's.

O- This is one of my favorite DIPAs you get everything here. Big huge hop aroma and flavor showing off the citrus and pine with a really nice malt balance. Really great drinkable Dipa. Go to the Alchemist cannery and get yourself a case. Thats what I did and Im riping through it like Hulk Hogan through his Hulkamania shirts. John stand up and take a bow sir, You have crafted a master piece. A+

Photo of MattSharpless
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ericj551
4.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I know I'm supposed to drink from the can, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Heady pours a hazy light copper with a fluffy head that lingers as beautiful lacing on the glass. Pine, citrus and fresh cut grass fill the aroma. Especially when fresh, this beer is the closest thing to sticking your nose into a handful of hops. Thick, resiny hops fill the flavor, but there is almost more sweetness than bitterness upfront. Delicious light malt rounds out the intense, fruity, citrusy hops. The resiny, piney character lingers on the tongue in the after taste, and begs me to take another sip.

A friend was kind enough to bring me a 4 pack, and despite being around three months old, the beer is still delicious.

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thishops4u
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this baby up from a great friend at the Borefts Bier Fest! It's a little over a week since it was canned so it's super fresh. Cloudy amber-orange pour with a huge 2+ finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Fresh, dank, resiny hops totally dominate the nose along with some great perfumey, floral and citrus notes. This is one of those really special smelling beers that you'll always remember. The taste is just as big and bold. It starts off like the nose as a total fresh hop monster, full of resiny pine and bitter grapefruit along with some nice tropical notes. About midway through there's a measure of balance as some of the caramel malt sweetness emerges along with some orange peel, tangerine, and a bit of grassiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oddly creamy for an IPA. Surprisingly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a big, hoppy beer. Overall, not sure it lived up to all the hype, but still one hell of a beer!

Photo of PappyVans
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sgregory
4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kirok1999
4.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak gold with tons of sediment and a dense head that lingers through the whole glass.
Smells fantastic of resiny pine, mild herbal notes and just a hint of citrus.
Taste is just a bit off of the smell. Slightly thinner but has an incredible lingering finish. Pine is the dominant note and the malts hang through the finish.
Feels smooth and creamy and is very nice to sip and appreciate the dominant pine notes.

Photo of sunofneurot
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of danieelol
4.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

With huge, massive thanks to the exceedingly generous Owen (MrKennedy).

Believe this is two weeks or so old? Would easily have been close to my number one want.

Upon cracking the can, pine and mango pervade the room. First sips were taken from the can.

Pours into the glass a slightly cloudy pineapple juice colour. Appearance-wise, the head does dissipate a little quickly.

Smell is as mentioned: pine, mango, lots of citric fruit: oranges, mandarins, lemons. Also get a slight herbal quality, perhaps ginger/ginseng. Just such potency and solidarity in the aroma.

Taste is more pine and mango and primarily citric fruits. Taste lingers and carries an almost Tripel-esque mango sweetness in the mouth, but this is balanced by a dry hoppiness. I would say this is well balanced- it does have a lingering bitterness, but the sweetness is also easy to detect. Herbal quality grows over time.

Mouthfeel features moderate body and above average, tingly carbonation.

Could I call this the best DIPA I've had? That depends on tastes. It's certainly the freshest-tasting, with the most pronounced tropical/citric fruits aroma I've had. Similar but better version of Surly Furious, although to be fair when I had Furious my palate was a little muted.

Sadly although I am amazingly glad I've had this beer, it makes me wish I had more. Amazingly drinkable. Hopefully I am merely saying au revoir, rather than a permanent goodbye. I hope to one day meet it again.

NB: When I drank from the can, I found the pine flavour more singular and concentrated. It also seems a little maltier somehow. I find drinking from the can to be a valid alternative for this beer, and worth experimenting with.

Photo of djre4orm
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kevincredible
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,937 ratings.