Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,297 Ratings
Heady TopperHeady Topper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"An American Double IPA" 75 IBU 8.0% ABV. "Drink from the can."

Added by scottum on 03-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
13,297
Reviews:
2,356
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,544
For Trade:
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Ratings: 13,297 |  Reviews: 2,356
Photo of amphion1065
2.88/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had many a can of Heady Topper over the past few months, and with each one I'd hoped that my opinion of the beer would change for the better. I'll review my inaugural taste here, as it hasn't changed at all really. 16 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark orange with nice clarity, in spite of the small bit of suspended yeast. A one-finger white head recedes pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

The nose is very, very nice. A lot of citrus fruits, bright oranges and mangoes. But there is an off-putting, lingering aroma of quasi-rotten fruit that I just can't shake. It's a very curious sweetness that just seems unnatural.

Hops seems oddly dead in the taste. Waves of malty sweetness seems to obscure any bitter hop bite. At the same time, a very strange vegetal flavor throws the balance of this beer out of whack. It seems disjointed, and though this can was very fresh, it just feels faded.

The carbonation is too low, and the mouthfeel is too heavy. Perhaps some more carbonation would help the flavors open up.

As a rejoinder, I'll add that I've drank Heady Topper straight from the can, though I didn't find that that method of presentation impacted the taste at all. In the end, I suppose it's just not for me, though certainly not terrible.

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Photo of McKinley
2.93/5  rDev -37%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the hype, I expected more....too much? Pretty much like drinking grapefruit juice. I also question the instructions to drink from the can, a good beer should be able to be appreciated from a glass.

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Photo of Bierleichen
2.95/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of derise
2.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Typical Double IPA. Had a great crisp citrus taste to it. It was not as smooth as I thought it was going to be. Notice the hops more on the after tastes. cloudy appearance. In my opinion not worth all the hype. I can easily say there are so many better IPA's out on the market.

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Photo of Craftonly23121
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of 31beersonthewall
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Monnie
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of RHB33
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SonnySoleil
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Mahtzy
3/5  rDev -35.5%

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3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of StoutFest
3/5  rDev -35.5%

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3/5  rDev -35.5%

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3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Avool1960
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Well I finally had a chance to try the infamous Heady Topper. A friend was working in Vermont and came across a 4 pak at, of all places, a gas station convenience store. Well, with great anticipation, we sat down at my home bar, popped the top on a can and away we went. First thing to hit you was the aroma. Piney, hoppy. And that's where it ended for me. This beer is better suited to be an air freshener than a drink. I was sitting there tasting what in my opinion is way over the top flavor finished with bitterness. I just don't see what all the fuss is about. With all of the thousands of beers in the world this is the # 1? Not a chance. In the end I felt like a kid who got a beautifully wrapped gift only to discover a bag of sox or underwear inside. What a bummer.

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Photo of ErikVT
3/5  rDev -35.5%

This beer is all hype. Most of the people that love this beer don't live in VT. This is not even they best IPA or DIPA in VT.

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Photo of VATTER
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of crkelly
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of jciampa123
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Well.... i live here in the great state of vermont. And i can get heady topper pretty much whene ever i want (im a chef, always have the stuff). This is a good IPA. I like it for its culture shock and I respect its cult folowing, however i actually do not like the beer. Its unbalanced, and dry hopped way to long for my taste. As a chef im always looking for balence and this just does not have it. But i do understand why hop heads around the country flock for it.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of gory4d
3/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Two cans, one poured, the other straight up. Poured has a nice white head, no lacing. The smell is piney and flowery. The taste is totally raw and bitter, sweet upfront and that's the end, except for a chalky dry aftertaste. It's greasy with a good amount of fizz. Why is a beer like this necessary?

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Photo of FINEBEERGUY
3/5  rDev -35.5%

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3/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of dfernandez77
3/5  rDev -35.5%

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,297 ratings.
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