Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,749 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 10,749
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 8,013
Gots: 3,315 | FT: 53
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: 10,749 | Reviews: 2,147
Photo of cheer4beer_
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this beer at a restaurant in Stowe, VT on a recommendation from the server. Thought it was one of the best IPA's I had ever tasted. The hop flavor hits you in waves as you drink the beer, very flavorful.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.44/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really great ipa very well rounded with a unique finish that disappears of the ol taste buds

Photo of MikeRusso
4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So flavorful it satisfied a hop head llike me. So well rounded and balanced it's pleasing to a weakling like my wife.

Photo of JuglashB
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Can't get much better than an unfiltered, filthy looking IPA.

S: Hops, pine, slight citrus fruit and more hops. Distinctly different from a west coast IPA.

T: Everything you want from a VT IPA, nothing more nothing less. Paved the way for the rest of VTs finest.

F: Smooth, frothy hops all up in your mouth. Nice thickness to it.

O: Why I even bothered writing a review... no idea. You already know what to expect.

Photo of Zpak8
4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

incredible smell with an even better taste

Photo of Bbbbeee
4.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A friend brought back two cans from Vermont a couple weeks ago. Drank some from the can and it wasn't doing it for me. Poured the rest in the glass. Nice hazy amber. Aroma and mouthfeel were nicer from a glass. Very drinkable. Not one of those beers that I say, "Whoa! Now that's good." After drinking, I came to believe that these reviews may be somewhat skewed by the beer's high alcohol content. I liked it better at the end when I was buzzed.

Photo of W_Des
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden orange color. The nose contains citrus fruits, pine and some breadiness. The taste is really well balanced and juicy. A really soft bitterness fades quickly on the dry finish.

Photo of bison
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a small pub in Stowe last summer on vacation. Didn't go looking for it, just fell in to my lap. Best I ever drank. Incredibly smooth. Rated the look only because its mandatory. This went right from the can to my mouth so I never really got a look at it.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Gold in color, hazy, clingy white head sticks to the glass.

Mango and citrus hops. Pineapple. Very little malt flavor or aroma.

Bitter but not lingering.

Medium mouthfeel.

Excellent mango flavor, nice hop aromas. Very well balanced beer with a lot of complexity.

Photo of Larry6767
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. There are some other beers out there that I enjoy a little more, but this is definitely worth drinking if you are afforded the opportunity.

Photo of USMCROB
4.63/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely lives up to the hype

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Light and inviting, golden yellow with a slight amount of murkiness

Smell - Nothing overwhelming, a mix of citrus, pine, and hops

Taste - Unlike any IPA i've ever had, I don't even know how to describe it. Smooth and delicious.

Feel - Incredibly smooth, which is unfortunate (not really) because as good as this beer is I wish I didn't drink it so quickly.

Overall - Outstanding

Photo of BuccoFan
4.16/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First tried this last summer, dutifully out of the can. This time, I poured it. It pours a very, and surprisingly, murky yellowish-orange hue. Plenty of pine and floral scents in the aroma. If chilled before drinking, which this can was, there seems to be a slight carbonated bite to the initial feel, which is at first, and to the last, solid-bodied. Taste is nice and piney, with a tinge of bitterness and an even slighter near white wine tang at the end. I poured this into a pint glass, and this settled into itself two-thirds of the way through--good head and a nice syrupy taste developed. I enjoyed the overall drink. It didn't quite measure up to the intense hype, but still an enjoyable brew.

Photo of TDotScott
4.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from the can (against instruction!) Into a wine glass.

L- hazy gold, with an off-white head that lingers seemingly forever.

S- grapefruit like whoa, but sweet make as well. A touch of other fruits. It's just a shade south of perfectly balanced

T- the taste achieves the sublime balance that the nose missed. Honey-sweet, yet juicy, yet jammy, yet bitter. It tastes like everything and nothing.

F- low-moderate carbonation, with a boost that ever-so-slightly approaches medium-full, thanks to the maltiness.

O- the great Heady vs Pliny Debate is settled, in my eyes.

Photo of Beern1ck
4.72/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at least a couple of weeks old, would love to give a few day old a shot. Unlike other epic DIPAs, this had a more grassy dankness rather than a juicy one. It almost felt like the taste profile is grassy/earthy based (in a good way) rather than juicy/citrusy/fruity based like Maine Dinner or Carton 077xx.
Dinner remains my top DIPA but I had it 2day old. Other Half All Green follows.

I'd love to reevaluate Heady Topper when it's at its finest. It's just true that the full power of these beers is experienced in the first few days after bottling.

Photo of Mburk
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What is there to say about this beer that already hasn't been said. The smell is tropical citrus goodness. Could drink this beer all day long. Absolutely world class.

Photo of siliconalchemy
4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice DIPA, though not mind-blowing like the rumor mill would suggest. I think it's particularly popular because it doesn't blow your mouth's sides out with hops - this is more influenced by English-style beers, and it shows. Very well done.

Photo of RyanK252
4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed mostly from the can, but with some poured into a 4oz Sierra Nevada tulip pint style tasting glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Citrus, pine, tropical fruit, caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and a little orange, pine, hints of tropical fruit, mango, a little spice, maybe even a bit fruity, with a solid caramel malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol. Very tasty from the glass, but for some reason it's even better straight from the can.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, really smooth and drinkable.

O: In full disclosure, my can wasn't uber fresh, it probably had 2+ months on it, but still a really good beer. That being said, it's not my #1, but still high on the list. I would love to try this one again super fresh. Who wouldn't?

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

this is a great beer that i tasted while visiting Boston area in dec.14... it could be the number one beer but i am waiting to give it a taste test with Santa Fe Pivitol ipa (two hoppers in my ref.)
.. i just need my son-law to be present before i drink the toppers that are calling me every day... such will power...LOL

Photo of BDCannon
4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hype worthy! Will stay on my wants list.

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty layered IPA. Hard to get here in SD but I was able to trade for it. Piny floral notes up front with a nice smooth cirus finish.

Photo of Edmuzz
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I live close enough in MA to have had this beer a little over 100 times now. Each time it does not disappoint. Smell, flavor, just the right amount of bite. The DIPA all others are compared to for good reason.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy, balanced....easy drinkin' IPA

Photo of alexrufio666
4.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from the can as advised, to say the least this was a phenomenal DIPA. And to be honest it was exactly what I expected it to be. Wether or not it belongs at the number 1 spot is not for me to decide but it is a great beer defiantly worth a try! Cheers!

Photo of carney710
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Traveled 200+ miles to buy this beer even before tasting it. Once the first sip touched my lips and trickled down my throat i knew what i had just tasted was greatness. The after taste is literally thirst quenching, by far the best IPA ive ever had, and to top it off its a double IPA! yet soo smooth. Anyways, the fruity smell and perfect amount of hoppy taste followed by a smooth after taste is next to none. Highly recommend this beer!

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 10,749 ratings.