1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. 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.

9,071 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,071
Reviews: 1,714
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 5,942
Gots: 2,084 | FT: 38
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Heady Topper Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,071 | Reviews: 1,714 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bglynn
5/5  rDev +5.9%

bglynn, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Cubatobaco
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Heady Topper

Poured into a snifter (will drink from the can next time)

Appearance: beautiful golden copper in color with a fairly large amount of sediment. A good amount of lacing as the sediment sits rather still during the session. Slight haziness.

Smell: as soon as I started pouring it into the glass, an array of aromas hit me like no other beer ever has. Pineapple consumed me followed by grapefruit, lemon zest, tropical fruit, pine, and every citrus scent imaginable. Too complex for words!

Taste: all of the aromas above were ever present on the palate. Fresh hops and pine explode across your tongue after each sip. A very delightful bitterness and sweetness together follows each time swallowed. Wonderful to say the least!

Mouthfeel: light carbonation with a medium-bodied, viscous feel. Lighter in the mouth than I would expect from a DIPA which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall: Surely lives up to the hype! I could only imagine what this tastes like on tap fresh from the brewery. I will have to consume the other three I have soon as not to lose any complexity this beer has to offer.

Cubatobaco, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of fafa50
5/5  rDev +5.9%

fafa50, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass, orange amber with a huge white head that lingers leaving great lacing, very cloudy with floaties

S: amazing hop smells, floral, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, stick your face in it good

T: absolute hop explosion, great bitterness, flavor follows above smells, pine, mango, great malt profile, delicious

M: full and creamy, no alcohol presence, perfect

O: an amazing beer, on par with the hype, delicious, thanks Jeff for hooking this one up

M_C_Hampton, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of shaun_white17
5/5  rDev +5.9%

shaun_white17, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of RyanB4
5/5  rDev +5.9%

RyanB4, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of h2k2c
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

h2k2c, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Pando
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Pando, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BrewsterPunky
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to say I'm no longer a Heady Topper virgin. I live in CT and a friend made the trip to VT recently and grabbed ONE can for me. Best IPA I've ever had. It set the bar impossibly high for any other IPA out there. The freshest and most incredible hops in this brew. Amazing stuff.

BrewsterPunky, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of blakelive784
4.48/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kojevergas for this one!

Reviewed live directly from the 16 fl oz can:

S - Vibrant fresh fruits including pineapple, mango, orange and grapefruit. The tropical fruit notes are fantastic. Light pale malt body. Juicy. It's moderate in strength but I'm certain there'd be more if I poured it.

T - Fresh, raw floral hops notes open, followed by the juicy citrus and tropical fruits notes I'd found on the nose, though the grapefruit's the most dominate. I wish more of the pineapple was present. Woody/grassy hops on the finish provide a touch of bitterness. Caramel malts provide a sturdy backbone, but it's far from sweet. Impeccable balance, and the layering of the hops is superb. The alcohol's never present. This one's a real treat.

M - Oily. Medium bodied, crisp, and a little thick. Pretty much perfect.

D - The best IPA I've had, hands down. I could kill a few of these easily. Definitely a treat and I'm glad I was able to try it.

blakelive784, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of JulianB
5/5  rDev +5.9%

JulianB, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of DHS1029
5/5  rDev +5.9%

DHS1029, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of ShriverMO
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

ShriverMO, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of DiscLizard
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

DiscLizard, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of jrstamp
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

jrstamp, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of hurshybear
5/5  rDev +5.9%

hurshybear, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Rion
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rion, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of RumHam
5/5  rDev +5.9%

RumHam, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of HopChef44
5/5  rDev +5.9%

HopChef44, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of George1799
5/5  rDev +5.9%

George1799, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of TriageStat
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not following the instructions listed on the can, I poured into a tulip. Canned within the week.

A: Poured a hazy, copper color with two fingers of rapidly receding head. Large bubbles. This beer is a hazy mess with tons of floaters, but then again, with the amount of hops they use...

S: Amazing. Its a grapefruit and citrus explosion on the nose. If you think the beer smells good, you should walk into the cannery. It's like high diving into hop nirvana.

T: Again, I could list a single word to describe it. Amazing. Its all sexy citrus, grapefruit, and mango that dominate your tastebuds. A pleasant hop bitterness finishes it off.

M: Smooth, good carbonation.

O: If I could drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. I'm not much into following the hype behind beers, but seriously, this beer is awesome.

TriageStat, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BeerBellyBrew
4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a white foam which dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. Nice golden color and a bit cloudy.

S: Nice Strong hops smell. Perhaps a bit sweet. Very intense

T: Hoppiness stays in the mouth, increasing in intensity then you swallow and get a rush of the flavor.

M: Carbonation was just right.

O: Overall this is a great beer with a hops flavor that builds and builds.

Serving type: can

BeerBellyBrew, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of crytion
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

crytion, Mar 20, 2013
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,071 ratings.