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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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2,073 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,073
Hads: 11,568
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 16.74%
Wants: 8,439
Gots: 4,001 | 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: 2,073 | Hads: 11,568
Photo of mich34
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA, I enjoyed this more once I poured the last 1/4 into a glass, I'm going to try the next one in a glass from the get go. Heady had a very nice to it, the smell was not something I picked up well from the can, the taste seemed to be a little citrus with a very small bitter note from the can but was quite drinkable. Once it was in the glass it lost the very mild bitter taste I picked up and became a dipa I could crush!

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Photo of Doc_78
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent beer. Recommened to drink out of the can instead pouring into a bottle. Wonderful fruity aroma and delicious hoppy tasta. The great think about this IPA is that it lacks the bitterness that non-hopheads hate. Overall, a great drink and one that is worth the hype.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nearly perfect. This beautiful IPA actually lived up to the hype. Sampled two cans-- one straight from the can and one in a glass (to view). I can confirm that drinking it straight from the can is better... but just slightly. The smoothness and citrus fruit shines through beyond all else. Loved it.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cloudy orange with adequate but not super long lasting head. Aroma of tropical fruit, pine, slight floral and pineapple, mango and melon with tropical fruit esters from the yeast. Flavor matches the aroma and add a very slight sweetness that is just enough to play off of the perfect amount of bitterness in this beer. Seems like tons of late addition hops. Mouthfeel is light but with almost a fruit juice feel to it... hard to explain. Overall definitely in my top 5 DIPA's.

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Photo of VTR
3.59/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being raised in VT I had to give this a try albeit on accident. I drank it from the can therefore I could not see the beer but I am assuming it looks the part. I have never have been an IPA fan but the nose was dank, dank, pine and resin. The taste was not like anything I had tasted before, I assume people like the taste and this beer but it was a drain pour for me. Thankfully I had a friend that wanted and could not find it to buy and was very happy to get the remainder as a gift. I appreciate all different types of beer but I could not drink this. Judging from its reviews it is very popular and well liked I just could not get behind this.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L-A hazy golden peach color with a full inch of white fluffy head. Lacing clings to the sides in layers as I drink.
S-Citrus is plain as the nose on my face. That would make it very plain for those not familiar.
T-There is the citrus you would expect. There is no bitterness what so ever which I find amazing. It's not complex or groundbreaking (anymore), it's simply incredibly well done.
F- A pretty good level of carb. Certainly not full or silky. What you would expect from an DIPA.
O-I now know why people wait in line for this beer. It isn't anything groundbreaking anymore. It's too old for that. It is simply an exhibition of doing something as close to perfection as possible. The can states "So drinkable it's scary", and I think that's about the perfect summation.

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

I drove ten hours from Toronto to Vermont, some of which was spent in total darkness through torrential rain, partly, just to try this beer. Once I arrived at the White Horse Inn in Waitsfield, I had my first taste.
It overwhelmed my senses.
I knew it wasn't the best beer I ever had, but I bowed to the fine craftsmanship it took to produce this masterpiece. The hops melted through my body. It tasted potent and I couldn't wait to purchase some, which I did the next day, by driving to Waterbury.
Others have described this beer better than I ever could. But suffice to say, it was worth the drive.
And I fell in love with Vermont to boot!

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to really add much that hasn't been said many times already below, but here goes. Poured out just a tiny bit to see what it looks like but otherwise almost every time I have drank it from the can as they emphasize. Delicious and great double IPA, with citrusy, piney hop taste. However, what many reviews fail to mention is that in my experience, Heady produces multiple waves of flavor that continue even after you have swallowed the beer. I guess the can says something about "wave after wave of hoppy goodness" and in my experience this isn't just marketing hype. That really is how it tastes, and the multiple waves of flavor is not something I have experienced with almost any other beer. Very interesting and my favorite part about this beer. Overall it's fantastic and definitely worth seeking out. However, it is NOT worth the degree of crazed hype associated with it. I can think of a dozen hoppy beers I have had this year that I'd rather have over Heady. In fact, it's not even the best DIPA made by the brewery (Focal Banger is outstanding). That doesn't mean I don't say yes any time very fresh Heady is offered to me as part of a trade...you should definitely try it at least once.

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Photo of d0nald
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

amazing! Don't really know what i was expecting when my brother in law presented this after several days of anticipation but i can say it was worth the wait. Possibly the best ipa/dipa i have ever sampled! Seriously contemplating the 3.5 hr drive+ 1hr wait in line for a case of this...

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

The hype is real. Took a few days to get used to the taste, but this is by far the best beer I've ever had. Tastes hoppy with a hint of pine. Perfect for a summer on Lake Champlain.

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Photo of SDavis108
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. I love this thing I drank this from the can. Fantastic beverage can't find too much that even taste like it but there are some that try. Hands down the best!!!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Poured into a glass, despite the suggestion of drinking from the can. (I was sharing it with two other people). A hazy yellow color with LOTS of fluffy head which lingers and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Pure citrus with a light hop bitterness. Very good!

Taste: A lot of citrus upfront, with a nice balance of hops at the finish.

Feel: Very full bodied, and creamy! Very good on this one.

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

The hype is real. Pine, grapefruit, earth, citrus zest all compete in a no holds bar cage fight in your mouth were the only winner is you. Like a synchronize swim team every flavor plays its roll and comes together in harmonious crescendo that leaves angels agape of the marvels they witness. Dry finish yet creamy mouthfeel. Hop bitterness to an extreme that somehow is as smooth as a freshly waxed Lamborghini. This beer is the quintessential definition of polar opposite. I don't care how it's done. Just keep doing it.

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Photo of Budlum
4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No hype here as this is the real deal. My can was gifted from a regular trading buddy, so no clue of age. The small bit I poured had a straw yellow body with a touch of hazy. A bit more head would have been nice. The nose is best in class - straight citrus hop pine resin goodness. Perfect. The flavors match the nose with peppery grapefruit, grass, and hop resins with a perfectly planned background sweetness to manage some of the bitterness. Mouth feel is fresh, super peppery, and well carbonated. It meets the hype.

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

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, Smell is floral with a solid hop aroma.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look - poured a little out to get look, then drank rest from can as instructed by the can. Pours a hazy orange.

Smell - pure IPA greatness! The smell is amazing even from can, basically is saying drink me.

Taste - this might be the best IPA on the planet, will need to do a side by side vs. Pliny.

Feel - almost gives you a chewy feeling, it's amazing. Let it sit and then it made me want it more.

Overall - It's not a perfect IPA but pretty close and might be the best. Can't wait to have the next few. A++

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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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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.