Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,315 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:
13,315
Reviews:
2,360
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,554
For Trade:
66
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Ratings: 13,315 |  Reviews: 2,360
Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After hearing the hype surrounding this beer, I went on an adventure to obtain it in upstate Vermont. After taking off a day from work, I traveled almost 4 hours to hop in the lines at the venues where this was being delivered that Thursday. I was accompanied by a whole bunch of craft beer lovers. Without disappointment, I was able to obtain several cases of this elusive gem! Following directions, I drank this straight from the can and what a surprise it was... by far one of the best double IPAs in the country. I can realistically see why this beer is so sought after. If you haven't already, do your best to obtain a fresh can of this beer... it will change your thoughts about craft beer. Cheers!

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Photo of drew74
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brondeau
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. If I fall into some more I will happily drink it, but probably not differentiated enough from readily available double IPAs to make the hassle worth it.

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Photo of EMcdowell
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of btb5060
4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of thornburyslasher
4.28/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

This beer changed my life. It changed what I thought about beer and what a hoppy beer could be. There are several other great DIPAs that rival it (Second Fiddle, Dbl Sunshine, Pliny, ...) but Heady has a special place in my heart.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange juice flavor, balanced sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of salthemonster
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I was honestly hoping that this beer was too hyped, but boy was I wrong!
A: I drank it from the can, but I did pour a little bit for a friend. It was dark orange with a thin, white head.
S: Floral, herbal, orange, peach, mango, very tropical, some pine, hoppy.
T: Similar to nose, however this beer seems to have just about every kind of taste that an IPA can possibly haveā€¦pure brilliance! It starts off very dry and then explodes mid sip with citrusy/tropical goodness and then fades into bursting hops.
M: Hops are somewhat prickly to the tongue, extremely balanced with the sweetness, dryness, mild bitterness and overall complexity.
O: A perfect 5!! I have given a few 5's in the past, but this beer is the best!!

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Photo of Kplummer82
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ffshore545
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cruzin023
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerMasterGeneral78
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HopSavant
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of OGShotzy
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of klav
4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ericfine50
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of darkfallberg
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty1224
4.98/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a tulip. No canned on date, but picked this up recently in a trade and was told it's "as fresh as can be", so I'm assuming no more than 2-3 weeks old at this point.

A: Pours a very nice, hazy, golden-yellow color. Leaves a nice 1/4-finger bubbly white head at the edges. Almost looks like fresh-squeezed orange juice without the pulp. The haze and unfiltered appearance here is really how I like my DIPAs, as it gives off that appearance of depth and character that you just don't get with clear, filtered IPAs.

S: Huge orange and tangerine notes up front. After that, pineapple and a touch of banana. Definitely some mango in there as well. Surprisingly, no grapefruit, as this nose comes off more sweeter fruit smelling and less citrus or acidic. Almost has a Pina Colada thing going on with some coconut in there. Very nice.

T: Again, large orange and tangerine notes up front. Aftertaste is almost like licking the inside of an orange rind. In the middle you get a nice mix of pineapple and mango. Taste is all hop flavors here, very little bitterness or piney notes to it.

M: One word for this would be "juicy". It's just full, rich, creamy and juicy. Great carbonation, alcohol hidden well. Perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of malt so that it's appropriately in the background here, because this is all hops all the way. Aftertaste is just a touch bitter, and it does coat your tongue, but I wouldn't call it a palate-wrecker by any means. Very, very dry on the finish. Maybe a little too try.

O: Reviewing a beer that is already known as the #1 beer on BA is very difficult. There's a lot of preconceived notions that go into it. I've had this beer several times now, in three waves. First time was "woah! best beer ever!". Second time was a little more down to earth, especially after having tried many other top DIPAs in the interim. Now my third approach to this legend, and I'm somewhere in between. I have more respect for this beer and what's able to do consistently. It certainly is ONE of the top DIPAs on this planet. Not naming it #1 isn't a diss, it's just that I think that's impossible. When you're this good, the only way to truly decide is with a blind taste test, and I don't have the time nor the resources for that. This beer really does have everything you want in a DIPA, and I guess any beer in general. It's smooth, drinkable, balanced, and explosive. Explosive as in it just hits you with hops over and over, but never really fatigues you. An example of fatigue would be Stone. They just go really hard, but at the end, you're exhausted and your tongue hurts. Here, you can go all day and it's still really enjoyable. Pliny, Heady, HF, Double Sunshine, Perm Funeral, Square Grouper, doesn't matter. They are all elite. Any of them can be 5's and #1 on any given day. Heady is up there and they should be proud.

Recommendation: It's the #1 beer in the world. Get it. Drink it. Make your own opinion.

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,315 ratings.
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