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Heady Topper - The Alchemist

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9,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,114
Reviews: 1,718
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 5,989
Gots: 2,094 | FT: 37
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)
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Photo of Bigbri2085
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The hype is real. Tried my first heady last weekend. There is not much I can say that has not already been said. So, I will say that you have not tried an IPA until you drink one of these bad boys. I was in heaven from the start with the amazing floral smell. The taste is perfect it's crazy. I thought all the hype would ruin it. But no way...Like I said in the beginning the hype is real.

Bigbri2085, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of sanhedrin
3.19/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't get it. Maybe I'm daft but the reasons for the over-the-top love for this beer elude me. It's a very nice, refreshing, not terribly complex brew. Good quaffer on a hot summer day, with a light grapefruity bitterness and a clean finish. It's fine. It's nice. I'll drink it again for $4 a can, but I won't drive to Vermont to get it or pay a scalper $14 for it. If I don't see it again, no big deal, there are hundreds of equally good, similar brews out there.

This seems like one of those "the harder to get the better it tastes" situations.

sanhedrin, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of vermontskier
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best DIPA in the world. Feel like the ABV % is much higher than stated, which is a bonus.

Keep it cold, always. Never let it warm, it will change the taste. Drastically. I think lower reviews for Heady on this site had this beer shipped or let it warm up and re-cool.

vermontskier, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of 802Brewing
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am looking at all of these reviews from people all around the country,getting this beer shiped or allowed warm at any time, the taste seems to get compromised and you dont get to enjoy the full experience. If your in Vermont, waiting every Wednesday at 10 am outside of the store for the truck to arrive, hoping you'll get a 4 pack or 2, when it's as fresh as ever.

This beer has a truly one of a kind taste and smell. A bright hazy gold, with a fluffy head. It's by far one of the most unique beers in Vermont, and anyone who's from here knows, that's a lot to compete with. Absolutely the greatest IPA out there. We're all hoping for "The Crusher", "Focal Banger", "Holy Cow IPA" to start bigger production. Keep it up Alchemist.

802Brewing, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought maybe the hype was too much for this beer, but god damn! This is amazing! The appearance is a dark golden hue with a nice head that lasts and then trails down the glass. The smell is full of citrus and baked bread. The taste is crazy complex with different sensations of hops coming through all through out the taste. Love this one, maybe a new favorite.

WhiteHillsStore, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with malfunxion. First time trying this - and as advised from The Alchemist, I drank it straight from the can. The artwork on the can draws you in to that first sip. Taste is a perfect blend of hops with very little bitterness; delicious. Well done, but best beer in the world? No way.

Swettenham_Shire, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Rahulpatel
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rahulpatel, Today at 08:11 AM
Photo of Abaz
4.72/5  rDev 0%

Abaz, Today at 05:55 AM
Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Phenomenal hoppy finish

Footballtennishockeygolf, Today at 03:12 AM
Photo of rzanders
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%

rzanders, Today at 01:47 AM
Photo of Sinan
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Smooth one of the best IPA I've had.

Sinan, Today at 01:29 AM
Photo of acashk
5/5  rDev +5.9%

acashk, Today at 01:26 AM
Photo of JerzGuy51
4.6/5  rDev -2.5%

JerzGuy51, Today at 12:57 AM
Photo of Lini
4.32/5  rDev -8.5%

Lini, Yesterday at 11:53 PM
Photo of jwwjd
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

jwwjd, Yesterday at 09:07 PM
Photo of dano2go
1.28/5  rDev -72.9%

dano2go, Yesterday at 05:15 PM
Photo of LMAO_1up
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%

LMAO_1up, Yesterday at 02:10 AM
Photo of Beglane
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Are you kidding? This is the nectar of the beer Gods. The hype is real, my expectations have been met and exceeded. If you want a breakdown of the subtle nuances, look at all the other reviews. This was 6 or 7 day old beer, and if you are lucky like me and get 4 of them, by all means drink it from the can as recommend, when poured into a glass the flavor seemed diminished. Enjoyed!!

Beglane, Monday at 11:49 PM
Photo of wrogers19971
4.04/5  rDev -14.4%

wrogers19971, Monday at 11:33 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +1.7%

Felix_TKO, Monday at 11:31 PM
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 9,114 ratings.