Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,314 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:
13,314
Reviews:
2,360
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,553
For Trade:
66
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4.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebilliousbanjo
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bauers
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mnbuffalo
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Out of a can but I know the hazy Heady from many experiences.
Smell: Hops/Pine and Citrus- definitely more pineapple.
Taste: I get way more sweetness than others can't tell if it's malt or hop. Definely pineapple and earthly grass flavors with piney hops.
Feel: I feel this is where Heady is great. It's crazy how DIPA can not be so heavy. The mouthfeel is medium and the carb is so dialed in. I wouldn't say it's soft, but it's so agreeable.
Overall: This is a granddaddy DIPA. Hops and preferences have changed, but this is still elite.

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4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.95/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rpjterp
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine brought one down from a visit to the brewery for me. Nothing better than owing a Top 10 beer to a friend, I returned the favor with Pliny the Elder.
Fantastic beer and worthy of a special trip to try it on tap.

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Photo of Bbless
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a can.

Color: N/A

Aroma: pine 10/10

Mouthfeel: oily, 2/10 carbonation

As a west coast hop aficionado, I heard of heady topper, the beast of the east. I waited several years to try this beer. Expecting an aggressive hop bomb, I was disappointed at first; but then the rolling resin hit. Fresh pine off the bat followed by grapefruit smoldering into delicious resin that lingers. The linger is gratuitous, nicely piney and bitter. The malt is excellent but coated richly by hop aroma, whether it is a complement or burried is lost to me. May you decide.

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4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer is a light golden orange color and very hazy. A massive 3 finger head settles down to about one finger after a few minutes, very good head retentention. Aromas of dank pine hit you up front followed by citrus, grapefruit, and esters. The taste is a hop bomb of pine and bitterness with subtle notes of grapefruit. There are also biscuit notes from the malt as the beer warms up. The beer is carbonated very dry giving it a very hop forward character. Overall a world class beer.

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4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eastcoastdan
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,314 ratings.
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