Heady Topper | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
100
world-class
13,305 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:
13,305
Reviews:
2,357
Avg:
4.65
pDev:
7.1%
 
 
Wants:
9,200
Gots:
5,548
For Trade:
66
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Ratings: 13,305 |  Reviews: 2,357
Photo of daisyapplegirl
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Vincea
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tony_D
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cjdun86
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jooler
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell smells like a medicinal weed shop. First sip was from the can. Really dank hoppy taste. Really hoppy and no malts. Rest of the beer was poured into a glass. The pour was perfect. I didn't even need to aggressively pour into the glass. From the glass, the beautiful smell goes away but the taste of the beer is still the same. Still tastes hoppy but I wish it was alittle more sweeter. It is like a less malty pure hoppiness from alpine beer company. Only two problems, one is that the carbonation goes away fast, second is that the finish falls flat. I think pure hoppiness is a lot better than this

P.s. I got a hop leaf in my can

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

Photo of Zhillsgator
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerbarian
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rongcsc
4.62/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heady is a great beer, completely different from the west coast IPAs. Hazy, yellow color, great hop aroma, nice malt balance. Not my favorite Vermont IPA, though. (Double Sunshine).

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

Photo of JonMay29
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Tracker83
4.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

16oz can purchased on 7/20 and poured (yeah, yeah, yeah) into a Spiegelau glass. Pours a beautiful hazy, orange color with about a finger of head dissipating to a nice ring. Smell is citrusy grapefruit and the taste does not disappoint. Near perfect mouthfeel and finish. Definitely this hop lover's favorite DIPA.

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Photo of byed
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the reviews I read, I was a little disappointed. Maybe my tastebuds were dulled from an evening of enjoyment.

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

Appearance: pours a light honey color. a small half-finger to finger of a foamy white head with good retention and a solid lacing. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: strong hoppy bouquet, notes of honeydew and other melons, papaya, orange, pine and bold hop resin. light lemon bread malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: opens up with a flavorful but not over the top hop taste. first comes the fruits, mainly tropical but including orange, honeydew, cantaloupe. after the fruit it develops some pine taste. the malt backbone is barely there, giving a light lemon bread sweetness. Right at the end a strong bite of hop resin comes through.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. bitterness is bold but not overly assertive and doesn't linger too long. slight dryness that adds to the refreshing qualities. strong drinkability.

Overall: needless to say a top notch beer. I don't think its my favorite DIPA but that isn't because it isn't a superbly crafted beer. And don't forget to drink it from the can. the taste is better than from a glass.

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

Photo of lawsonciv
4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zxtwou2
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rubetube56
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, this lives up to the hype. Obviously some of the built-in hype is due to this beer's exclusivity to the VT region but I still think its fantastic. Its one of the most refreshing DIPA's I have ever tasted, I could easily sit back and have a couple of these on a hot summer afternoon. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of TimG_0913
4.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too over hyped. I think people rate this beer to high

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Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,305 ratings.
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