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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,623 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 8,623
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 5,617
Gots: 1,859 | FT: 34
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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Photo of Nugganooch
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to spwalshesq for the trade. Huge want of mine! And so worthy...
Cheers Shaun!

Notes from 09/27/11
Tried w/ pint as well as straight from the can.

A: Heady Topper is exactly that. Pours a darker gold color with an orangish hue and just a great big 3 finger head of pure white foam. Amazing retention with a cascading lace all down the glass.

S: Huge grapefruit and massive mango attack at immediate pop of the top. Awesome Awesome Awesome aroma. Very fruity with hints of kiwi and lime. Barely pick up some light sugary sweet bits of malt.

T: Fruity tropical blasts of hop goodness. Spikes with bitter melon, grapefruit and mangoes. Nice hop bitterness overall. Resinous and lingering sticky-icky deliciousness. Some caramel malt background but light and sugary pronouncing the hops. Slight alcohol flavs. Really danky stuff. This is true hop juice.

M: Great creamy texture. Nice carbonation. Lighter body and an oily slick mouthcoat with a refreshingly crisp finish.

D: A fantastic exhibition of hops with great balance. Enough caramel sugar base but just superhoppy and very drinkable. Really great stuff.

Glad to have the chance to try and will definitely be seeking out again. Highly recommended. A contender with Abrasive for sure.

Nugganooch, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of POTABLE83
5/5  rDev +5.7%

POTABLE83, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has been on my wants list for almost 2 years. I am going to try to be as open minded. If you would have told me 5 years ago that the #1 beer in the world would be from a can I would have said you were crazy. Lets see.

A strong pour generates two fingers of foamy thick yellow tan head. Retention is very good and spotty lace is left behind barely. Body is a hazy honey orange in tone. Really pretty standard for the style. Just hard to get excited about this tone.

Nose is prickly and piney all in one. Citrus rind and sweet marmalade play all surrounding a generally musky tone that carries this wonderful scent. Truely sweet nose in terms of what you usually expect from a big IPA.

And then you get it. With first sip you immediately are greeted by such a unique hop profile. Bold hop goodness attacks the mouth. Its almost like sucking on a whole hop cone. Full of dynamically bitter hoppines from the moment it hits the tongue all the way through the nicely long lingering mouthfeel. Pineapple and musky pine play in the entire palate.

This is a truely wonderful beer. I would easily put it up there with the top 5 I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

SPLITGRIN, May 23, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
5/5  rDev +5.7%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

blindpiggie, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking straight from the can. Have poured it into a glass before, but definitely prefer the can. As soon as I crack it open you smell all the hops. Pine. Citrus. Big grapefruit aroma.I miss going to the brewery and smelling all the hops. Smells so fresh. A ton of hops on the flavor. All the stuff in the aroma comes through and coats the tongue with a wave of pine and citrus. So resonious. Nice carbonation, as well. Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Such a great beer and absolutely worth seeking out.

Mikeypnh, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
5/5  rDev +5.7%

standardcherry, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of pjs234
5/5  rDev +5.7%

pjs234, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Boston_Steve
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

Boston_Steve, May 23, 2013
Photo of pjkelley82
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 3: East-Heady West-Pliny

Overall heady won the battle.. matter of fact Heady was the best "BEER" I've ever had period and clearly won the whole thing.. plineys appearance as far as color goes was better but heady had a better head and lacing... smelt a tad... just a schmidging better than pliney (pliney was a bit sweeter which i liked but heady was balnced) and blew pliney away on taste, mouthfeel and overall.. if you have not tried this beer yet than shame on you.... and shame on them for not having this beer readily available as they do with bmc product... this is deserving of the best dipa and #1 overall.

pjkelley82, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Stevie_Janowski, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. No canning dates. Poured into a glass, despite the fact the can tells me not to.

Murky amber body with tons of floaties (unfiltered!). Small, tan tinged head. Mostly bubbles and a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

Pine, citrus and some menthol on the nose. Some caramel and biscuit malts. A floral aromas appears as well.

Lots of pine and citrus hops attack the tongue right away. Some brown sugar and biscuit malts form a base, but this is destroyed by a bracing bitterness. Very floral on the back end. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

Lives up to the hype. Wish I could drink this all the time.

litheum94, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of johntfox
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

johntfox, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of scootny
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

When the can says to not use a glass you gotta wonder. Having tried it both ways, the can is right. This is a perfectly balanced DIPA. Layers and waves of hops. Strong malty backbone. Spot on carbonation and weight. A huge thanks to my great beer buddy Chris Brady for the four pack of this exceptional beer. I could drink this all day. No trace of the abv, sneaky drinkability. WOW.

scootny, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

powdersoldier, May 31, 2014
Photo of NightINgale
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

NightINgale, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of M1A2
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy pale orange with all sorts of floaties in it but who cares?

S - Wow! giant hop notes. Smells like pineapple, citrus, tropical fruits, and a big bag of weed! It's completely unique.

T - Unreal! The best way I can describe it is like citrus fruits, mango, and grapefruit. If you've had Heady, you know what I'm talking about. No malt what so ever.

M - There is basically only a little bit of bitterness to this beer, it's all sweet flavor and hops from here on out and i love it. Creamy and pretty decently carbonated. if you like hops this is your beer.

O - You need to seek this out right now.

M1A2, May 25, 2012
Photo of Anonymous1
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -15.4%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BillHilly, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz. can chilled from the second batch. Huge thanks to Phingdong for giving me this can for nothing. It was definitely appreciated. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass (I know it says to drink from the can, but I didn't).

Appearance: Bright orange in color. Pours a nice creamy beige head that has nice retention. Very cloudy. I love the unfiltered look of this beer.

Aroma: Pineappple, mango,citrus and bursts of pine. The hop notes are bright and aromatic. Flawless really. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Really bold and really pleasant all around.

Taste: Big tropical fruits upfront. A wave of citrus and pine follows after. Incredibly flavorful. Some candied hop notes as well. A rather substantial malt backdrop, but the hops really are the star. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky, medium bodied. Low carbonation, but it almost works well here as it allows you to drink faster.

Overall, a near perfect DIPA. That's really nothing bad I can say about it. It was even better on a fresh palate. Another great IPA from Vermont that's affordable and so damn tasty.

Gosox8787, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

dcloeren, May 21, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
4/5  rDev -15.4%

Schlafly33, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
5/5  rDev +5.7%

qcbrewer, Aug 15, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
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