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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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Heady TopperHeady Topper

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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 11,561
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 16.74%
Wants: 8,434
Gots: 3,993 | FT: 56
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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Reviews: 2,071 | Hads: 11,561
Photo of ajchocholousek
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with a big fluffy, "heady", white two finger head that has some great sticky staying power. Big aroma notes of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and barky pine dance with that beautifully subtle, yet distinct Vermont yeast. Take a sip and perfectly soft, medium mouthfeel bring wave after wave of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine along with a touch of dank grassiness and a nice, gentle malt sweetness. It's so balanced. So intense, yet so delicate. The bitterness is there in amount enough to just perfectly support everything else that's going on. It lives up to the hype. So good.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass. The hype is real. Wish this was more readily available, but then again, good things are best enjoyed every once in awhile. What is in the water in Vermont .......

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer isn't perfect, but it's damn near perfect. Smell is dank and tropical, but the taste is just remarkably better. Sweet mango, tropical fruits, followed by a pine dankness that's just amazing. A lingering amazing darkness that I've never really tasted like this before. The mouth feel is creamy and full, yet extremely drinkable still.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very anxious to try this. Been trying to trade for it all summer. Canned Sept.7th

Pours a very hazy bright orange body, looks similar to orange juice. Head was pearl white and an inch. Head retention and lacing were extremely good.

Smell is big on citrus and resinous pine. Guava, pineapple, and mandarin orange dominate the nose. Not much malt and no alcohol is detected.

Taste is of peppery, bitter, tree sap, mixed with acidic pineapple and grapefruit. Lime rind and juniper berries are also in there, bitterness increases as beer warms. Malt and alcohol are pretty light.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stayed throughout duration of consumption, added a nice froth to the beer.

Overall this was a very good Ipa. One of the most visually pleasing beers I've seen, very unique. The hype surrounding this beer is very high and to a certain degree I think its a detractor to the overall score. Would love this beer more if it wasn't such a pain to get, don't think it falls into the category of all time best when it comes to its style.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can

Look - Poured a little out in a glass to get a look at this bad boy (don't worry, drank the rest from the can). Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange color.
Smell - As soon as you crack the can open the aroma jumps out at you. Tons of grapefruit, orange and pine on the nose. Just a wonderful fresh hop smelling beer
Taste - HOP HEAVEN! Huge amounts of grapefruit, citrus, orange and pine overtake the taste buds. A slight bitterness throughout but nowhere near as aggressive as I thought it was going to be. Drank every last drop out of that can and was legitimately sad when it was gone.
Feel - Awesome chewy/creamy'ish mouthfeel with a super dry finish that pretty much forces you to take another drink.....which is a good thing because it's so damn good!

Overall - This was my first Heady experience and let me tell you, my mind is blown. Understandable why this is one of the top beers in the world! I will seek this out every chance I get.

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Photo of danh53
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque straw color. Looks like grapefruit/pineapple juice. Big aroma of citrus and tropical fruit with slight addition of fresh cut grass. Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, mango, grape, and dank hops. Its not too sweet or too bitter. The bite from the hops is just enough to balance the juicy fruit flavor. Mouth feel is medium and very creamy with a dry finish. Definitely lived up to the hype. A very well crafted beer.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz recent can release.

Look: Goldish yellow, slight haze, with a very large head that dissipated a lot quicker than expected.

Smell: Pretty aromatic. Citrus and white wine grapes. Very interesting aroma on this beer.

Taste: Is more subdued compared to the aroma. Again citrus and white wine grape sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied to lighter body, right there in the middle. Less carbonation than I expected, nice nice balance of palate coating hops.

Overall: World class, but not all its hyped up to be. There are definitely better DIPA's out there, but I would never complain if given a HEady, I just wouldn't drive all that way for it. I gonna say like a 97.

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Photo of RJIV
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from can.
Super dank, citrusy hops assault the nose.
Upfront taste is just a cacophony of hoppy goodness.
The hops over power all other aspects of the beer, but the combination and amounts of hops is just spectacularly made. Love this beer.

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Photo of RexBanner
4.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells of pineapple, mild pine and mango rind. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Piney, bitter, resiny, no malt sweetness. Mouth feel was crisp, clean, light and smooth. Good stuff! Very dank. Bitter and resiny finish. I'm not going to say that this is the best DIPA in the market, as some would say, but it is very good. I'm glad to have tried it. Definitely buy it if you find it but don't go crazy looking for it or pay more than $10 for a can. CHEERS!
P.S. The reason I rated it 1 for look was because I couldn't see through the can in order to judge the color, head, carbonation etc. My x-ray powers were off today for some reason.

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Photo of meson13
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Firsttime reviewing heady! its more of a stupid list of simple opinions/ facts, cause like, its all been said. Here we go...

L- Heady is gorgeous!
S- Heady smells bomb!
T- Heady is delicious!
F-Heady invented cream!
O- Heady is the tits!

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Photo of mcrawford
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, poured half into a tulip and drank the other half straight from the can. Hazy gold/amber. Sweet juicy hop aroma. Very well balanced, just enough malt to really showcase the hops. The mouthfeel is better than any other ipa/dipa I've ever had! Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Worth the trip! Enjoyed right from the can, perfectly balanced, prefer hop forward bitter iipa, this is the joe college of iipa style. It's really really good.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the can. Pleasant hop aroma. Dank grassy flavors, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly earthy. Overall, this is a tried and trued DIPA. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn this stuff is good. pretty much lives up to the hype in my opinion, one of the best beers ive had. very easy drinking and refreshing, especially for a double. ridiculously dank smell and taste, love it!

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Photo of aobrehm
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Broke the rules and poured it out of the can into a chalice. This beer was canned three weeks ago.

L- Golden-orange and hazy. Thick white creamy head that is very well-retained.

S- Resinous and citrusy American hop aroma dominates. Some fruity esters (peach, stone fruit) present as well. Malt is subdued - slightly biscuit-like.

T- A crisp, juicy flavor that balances hop and yeast character very well. Not excessively bitter, but hop bitterness is present (especially in the finish).

F- Fairly dry throughout with a harsh dry, bitter finish.

O- I wish I could try this beer fresh from the brewery. A very good IPA that is slightly hindered by a harsh finish.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer with subtle citrus notes. Smooth and easy drinking. Hops are solid but not overpowering. One could sit and drink a lot of this in one sitting.

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Photo of funckmasterflex
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great ale to start with on my birthday. Had it plenty of times and it's always just as good. Dank smell, and an incredible taste. At 8% these could get dangerous, with a great mouth feel leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of Lucasballek
4.7/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This looked a bit more viscous than most IPA's. It smelled light, and refreshing, with the slightest amount of citrus, to intrigue. The taste was far more full than I had anticipated, with what seemed like many hop varieties joining together to make for a wonderful experience. The best part for me was the mouthfeel, as I think it had almost a nitro smoothness, as it was creamy and heavy. Overall, I wish I had more than three cans..!

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Photo of Sarahjayy
3.8/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to love this beer considering everyone else does but unfortunately I did not. I drank it from the can as it suggests and I think it suffered from not being poured. I'm willing to try it again.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


I received this as a surprise in a trade recently. Drank from the can, as instructed. All-in-all, this is the best IPA I have had, the most well-rounded beer I have had, and it completely lived up to the hype. The pinnacle of craft IPA, IMHO. Would purchase every chance I got.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a little into a glass and color is a cloudy golden orange. Deep hop aroma, lots of pine, resin & citrus. I drank the rest from the can. Flavor is huge resin and pine. You get citrus, a touch of sweetness. The flavor continues to develop with a bubbly crispness. The finish is smooth and leaves a pleasant hoppy aftertaste. This beer is definitely better out of the can and overall I can't find any issue. This is a perfect beer. Maybe not the best I've ever had but still a perfect beer

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Photo of NHTruBruDude
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brother brought home a few cans for Thanksgiving when he was a student at UVM. He said it was the best double IPA he had ever had. I was intrigued. The admonition to drink it from the can is one that should be heeded for the best experience of the brew, To pour it into a glass would be a discredit. For one thing, the beer is unfiltered. By pouring it onto a glass, you would see all the detritus from the hops and yeast floating around. if poured from the can into a glass, you also lose the best way to experience all the aromatic hops. Do yourself a solid, and drink it from the can.
It took a few sips to adjust to how wonderful this beer is. Notes of grapefruit, sticky pine, dank earthy tones on the nose and palate.
This is not a beer for those who prefer CCC&DB (Cheap, Cold, Clear and Domestic"Beer"). The mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lingering. After my first can, i wanted more. Then, the alcohol hit me like a 2x4 to the back of the head. It's a brew i crave often, but reserve for special occasions.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They manage to shove an EXTREME amount of hoppy flavor without the aftertaste of licking a bail of hay that most extreme IPA's give. It is good, but I just can't force myself to join the extreme IPA crowd. If that is your thing, drink this beer.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best IPA ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. Has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. Really surprised I have yet to rate it until now.

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Photo of PursuitOfHoppyness
4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get some Heady Topper last week on a trip up to VT. I stood in line for two hours total at a couple of different places in Burlington and ended up with a little over a case, it was completely worth the wait. It is the most drinkable IPA I've ever tasted, very smooth, and as the can says it leaves you with "wave after wave of hoppy goodness!" Not to mention at 8% ABV one or two of these bad boys will leave feeling nice and hopped up. I only wish they would make more so more people could try this amazing beer!

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.