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

7,193 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,193
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,617
Gots: 1,218 | FT: 35
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 (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Heady Topper Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,193 | Reviews: 1,543 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Beachead
Beachead

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-28-2013 17:35:01 | More by Beachead
Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
Drunkelstiltskin

Vermont

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

Hops, Hops, and more Hops. Bright gold, with an orange tint appearance. As can instructs, you have to drink it out of the can, and in turn reminds me of college beer nights while tasting much better. Extremely hoppy to the first taste, smooth but also foamy in your mouth, and finishes with a less bitter than expected after taste. Spoiled rotten to work in Montpelier where almost all significant restaurants carry Heady Topper now. Simply no debate, it is No. 1 for a reason. MUST TRY!!!

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 16:09:58 | More by Drunkelstiltskin
Photo of Dmkaz
Dmkaz

Indiana

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-28-2013 16:02:17 | More by Dmkaz
Photo of Kcman91
Kcman91

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2013 15:32:20 | More by Kcman91
Photo of Abilow33
Abilow33

New York

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

I went to the beer shop in Waterbury and tried this beer. There is a reason this beer is rated as the best beer in America. It is the best beer I have ever had. It had a great taste. I wish everyone could try this beer. I wanted to buy a case but the were sold out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 11:56:26 | More by Abilow33
Photo of CALHouseAles
CALHouseAles

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-28-2013 03:27:35 | More by CALHouseAles
Photo of Justinlikesbeer
Justinlikesbeer

Florida

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-28-2013 02:41:51 | More by Justinlikesbeer
Photo of gratefuld
gratefuld

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-28-2013 00:49:19 | More by gratefuld
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a brew fest tasting glass that holds 4 oz. The rest was consumed out of the can.

A: Pale yellow-orange hazy brew with a finger of creamy off white head.strong lacing left on the glass that lasted for a good 3 hours. Good looking fresh beer.

S: Overwhelming smell of grapefruit and resin hops. Strong enough to make me gulp and suck in extra air.

T: Strong hop bitterness of grapefruit, and slight hints of orange that hit the palate hard and blend into earthy bits of rye, ginger, honey and caramel for a smooth clean finish. This beer is deep and complex and not a mere vessel to display hop bitterness. The tart sweetness of ginger comes on after the hop burst with earthy spicyness reminiscent of rye malts and sweet honey at the end. A very complex profile that gets more flavorful and intense as the beer warms up and the sediment in the can mixes back into the body of the beer.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. very good for an ipa.

O: Great beer. The Alchemist followed the Dogfishhead model and made an exceptional deep and complex brew that accentuates the hop profile as well as having an interesting malt profile to back it up and make it interesting.

Serving type: can

07-28-2013 00:12:34 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of Jasonp79
Jasonp79

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-27-2013 23:59:40 | More by Jasonp79
Photo of ib21
ib21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-27-2013 21:29:01 | More by ib21
Photo of MWilt
MWilt

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2013 19:30:47 | More by MWilt
Photo of BierGartenok
BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 15:54:15 | More by BierGartenok
Photo of cosmonick
cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-27-2013 02:28:23 | More by cosmonick
Photo of Buster
Buster

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 22:33:39 | More by Buster
Photo of enslighet01
enslighet01

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 17:57:01 | More by enslighet01
Photo of Dylan101
Dylan101

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2013 14:06:18 | More by Dylan101
Photo of jorrx003
jorrx003

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-26-2013 02:15:32 | More by jorrx003
Photo of Insubordinator
Insubordinator

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 22:54:04 | More by Insubordinator
Photo of GABrew
GABrew

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 21:47:14 | More by GABrew
Photo of travisdiener32
travisdiener32

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 19:39:05 | More by travisdiener32
Photo of KaylynSchneider
KaylynSchneider

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 17:51:03 | More by KaylynSchneider
Photo of mttyfla
mttyfla

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-25-2013 16:56:35 | More by mttyfla
Photo of Buff0910
Buff0910

Alabama

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2013 16:39:02 | More by Buff0910
Photo of EricDrinksGoodBeer82
EricDrinksGoodBeer82

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-25-2013 15:56:51 | More by EricDrinksGoodBeer82
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,193 ratings.