Heady Topper | The Alchemist

13,298 Ratings
Heady TopperHeady Topper

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn, finally my excessive beer drinking has paid off and I have been granted the opportunity to at last taste the topper. Served in a can as the label so duly instructs, I did pour a smidge into a snifter for the sole purpose of being able to rate the appearance. And so here it goes...

Appearance.. Seems cloudy enough. I am surprised that the hue is pale gold as opposed to dark like some IPAs. Has the look of a wheat beer almost with a sudsy head, little lacing.

Nose.. This is the cornucopia of IPAs.. Tropical, fruity, floral, bitter. Yes.

Taste.. Follows the nose and more. The right amount of bitterness and heat doing just the trick. All the qualities of a desirable ipa.

Mouthfeel.. Slick and powerful

Overall... Now I know what the hype is about. It's for certain to me now why this brew is so coveted. Not to say I haven't had other excellent IPAs similar to this style. In fact, all things said and done I have had several that could give heady a run for its money. But! An amazing beer. Must get more.

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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Just was not as special as when I first tasted Pliny the Elder

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.76/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer is a stable and outstanding brew. There is nothing to negatively state about it. The only reason I give it a 4.5 is because there is something that I taste in Pliny, Fat heads Hop JuJu and Three Floyds Permanent Funeral that just amazes me. I believe its the fruity aroma matched with the spectrum of flavors that hit me from those beers over Heady. Can't go wrong with heady though, its outstanding.

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

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Heady Topper from The Alchemist
4.65 out of 5 based on 13,298 ratings.
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