1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,385 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,385
Reviews: 1,554
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 4,766
Gots: 1,317 | 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)
View: Beers (11) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Heady Topper Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,385 | Reviews: 1,554 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of weaksauce
weaksauce

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-02-2014 01:48:22 | More by weaksauce
Photo of jageraholic
jageraholic

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cant believe i havent reviewed this before. Half way through a can, nows the time...

A: fucking can is beautiful.

S: grapefruit rind, lemon, lime zest, mint, and pine. Mild breadiness. Very intense aroma as soon as the can is opened its a shotgun of aroma

T: a lot of grapefruit up front. Blend of complex citrus...orange lemon, lime. Finish is mostly citrus but mild herbs like mint and a balanced pine to keep the citrus in check. Mild malt bready background but hops are the main assault.

M: a creaminess floods the mouth and bubbles all around but dissipates to a nice wetness in the mouth and slowly a dryness settles in. Fantastic wave of complex mouthfeel that sets this apart.

O: they werent trying to make the hoppiest DIPA out there, but they did. This is a beast. Intense in aroma, taste and a creamy thick mouthfeel. But it remains very drinkable. A 4 pack would be too filling but whose drinking a 4 pack of this. Sip, savor, enjoy. Excellent excellent beer. So far, one of a kind and deserves the hype.

Serving type: can

05-02-2014 01:42:51 | More by jageraholic
Photo of DLanz
DLanz

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-02-2014 01:36:22 | More by DLanz
Photo of DonSaleen747
DonSaleen747

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-02-2014 01:26:18 | More by DonSaleen747
Photo of buzzy
buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-02-2014 01:11:04 | More by buzzy
Photo of sonofliberty2
sonofliberty2

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 22:35:19 | More by sonofliberty2
Photo of MrBeige
MrBeige

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 22:15:41 | More by MrBeige
Photo of SlothB77
SlothB77

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-01-2014 13:38:54 | More by SlothB77
Photo of zacky_U
zacky_U

Michigan

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 11:39:08 | More by zacky_U
Photo of Patches826
Patches826

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-01-2014 04:57:16 | More by Patches826
Photo of Violet_Apocalypse
Violet_Apocalypse

New York

4/5  rDev -15.4%

05-01-2014 02:55:05 | More by Violet_Apocalypse
Photo of tsp247
tsp247

New York

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-01-2014 02:25:42 | More by tsp247
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an IPA glass. Directly contrary to what the can says, I know, but it would be a shame not to see this beer. Super hazy pale orange color, with tons of bubbles rising up through the liquid, and a super thick off-white head that blankets the glass in lace as it slowly fades.

Aroma is an amazing array of hop flavors - pineapple, grapefruit, evergreen, cat pee, onion grass, etc. etc. etc. It seems like pretty much every descriptor of hop aroma could be attributed to this beer. A tiny bit of a light biscuity flavor makes itself known as well.

Follows the nose - just an amazing array of hop flavors. It really has every hop flavor you could desire in an IPA all rolled up into one, with none of the flavors overpowering any of the others. There is the perfect amount of biscuity malt to keep it from careening over the edge of hoppiness. Finish is just bitter enough, with a little less bitterness than the palate might suggest, and the aftertaste is pleasantly citrusy.

The mouthfeel is shockingly creamy and buttery. Moderately thick with lots of carbonation. Perfect for the flavor profile.

Overall, I feel a little ridiculous to be giving it a perfect 5, but there's really nothing I would change about this beer, and it embodies everything I love about IPAs. It definitely lives up to the hype, although I do have to admit I was disappointed on my first sip because I expected it to be God. And then I took another couple sips and all my disappointment faded away. I should mention that this was pretty fresh - cans purchased on 4/25/14, so I imagine they were brewed pretty soon before that, but unfortunately, there's no date.

Serving type: can

05-01-2014 01:54:08 | More by MasterfulIdiot
Photo of johnhiltz
johnhiltz

Delaware

5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-01-2014 00:20:29 | More by johnhiltz
Photo of McBAINx
McBAINx

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-30-2014 22:16:08 | More by McBAINx
Photo of DrunkAl
DrunkAl

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-30-2014 21:52:44 | More by DrunkAl
Photo of jadler16
jadler16

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 20:48:34 | More by jadler16
Photo of Ksource
Ksource

Georgia

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 20:29:16 | More by Ksource
Photo of Delco
Delco

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-30-2014 17:14:11 | More by Delco
Photo of BillKuhnel
BillKuhnel

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 14:28:29 | More by BillKuhnel
Photo of hansenm72
hansenm72

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 14:22:37 | More by hansenm72
Photo of QuietAlien
QuietAlien

California

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 10:41:00 | More by QuietAlien
Photo of ellixsmj22
ellixsmj22

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 03:06:45 | More by ellixsmj22
Photo of avas
avas

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-30-2014 03:03:32 | More by avas
Photo of BeboThoughts
BeboThoughts

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-30-2014 02:56:08 | More by BeboThoughts
Heady Topper from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 7,385 ratings.