Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,311 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:
13,311
Reviews:
2,360
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,201
Gots:
5,552
For Trade:
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Ratings: 13,311 |  Reviews: 2,360
Photo of sgameroz
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had 3 cases of this stuff to myself now. It is very good. Being from CA, my comparison point is Pliny. They're next to identical in every way, except appearance. Great beer, better out of the can than in it. If you were blindfolded, it'd be hard to tell the difference between the two. As a person that has been fortunate to acquire so much and share it friends, trust me...it's overrated.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Okay, I've had a bunch of Heady since my initial review here. Since that one was less than 150 characters, let's do one tonight that counts. Can is roughly 2 weeks old. Thanks, Theresa! :)

Look: I've poured it into a glass before when sharing it, it looks okay. I generally drink it from the can. Can't ignore those capitol letters, right?

Smell: Mmmm! Floral, piney, citrusy, and that deliciously tropical Conan yeast. Even though this beer is rather different from Lawson's Sip of Sunshine, they're definitely brewed with the same, very estery yeast.

Taste: Yes! 100% deserving of the hype. I feel like I've been largely desensitized to bitterness with all these IPAs, but Heady definitely brings the IBUs here in a noticeable way. It's not to the extreme, but the bitterness pleasantly intermingles with the dank floral, piney, fruity hops; it's super drinkable, I have to repeatedly tell myself to slow down because, not only is this an 8% beer, it's a rare treat. Left to my own devices, I could definitely guzzle a can or two in a very short amount of time.

Feel: Fluffy with perfect carbonation. The only reason it's not a 5 is because I've had Double Citra by Hill Farmstead. That's what a perfect mouthfeel is like. That said, this is pretty close.

Overall: 1000% worthy of the hype, don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. Go on, make a pilgrimage to Waterbury. Heck, stay at the Stagecoach Inn, eat at Hen of the Woods, and make a weekend out of it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of hops202
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.97/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did the half can/half glass experiment and the can was triumphant per my expectations.

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Photo of Prost1974
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will admit that I consumed this prior to knowing it was rated #1 in the country, and it definitely was the best I've ever had. I caught a nice buzz that sent the endorphins in high gear from head to toe..need to find more of this.

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

what an amazing beer starts off with flavors of pine very very piney and then out of nowhere comes a huge grapefruit presence and is very smooth such a great great beer Thank You alchemist you are amazing

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Photo of fritzparker
4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of modidia
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

its good, its hoppy but has less of a harsh hop finish. typical grapefruity hop profile but nicer finish. i like ipa's but don't love them. higher carbonation which i believe is increased because you have to drink from the can...so i poured half of it into a glass. i like it better since it's easier to drink. i got to say, for me its a 4.5 out of 5. (maybe less but i think i will be thrown out of any bar if i say that)

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Photo of tjfilippo
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dlabarge
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DubJ7
4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of H0ppyB33r
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic double IPA. I just wish it was easier to find ... just had another and think it was even more delicious that the last one!

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

Photo of BK36
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of the best. Puts all other beer to shame

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

Photo of hopnotch760
4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squ1rrel
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MatChar
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eldridge77123
4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jco3
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrennanS
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,311 ratings.
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