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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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2,078 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,078
Hads: 11,591
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 16.74%
Wants: 8,446
Gots: 4,020 | FT: 57
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: 2,078 | Hads: 11,591
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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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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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 2,078 ratings.