Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Heady Topper | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Heady TopperHeady Topper
BA SCORE
4.72/5
World-Class
13,676 Ratings
Heady TopperHeady Topper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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
Ranking:
#2
Reviews:
2,403
Ratings:
13,676
pDev:
6.99%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
Wants:
9,297
Gots:
5,841
Trade:
72
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 13,676 |  Reviews: 2,403
Photo of Jacobob10
4.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can with no date on it. Enjoyed on Thanksgiving at my brother-in-law's. This is my second rumble with Heady. First time I had it was at my bachelor party but was too "preoccupied" to review, let's say.

Pale gold in color, bordering straw, with a slight haze to it. Big, persistent, frothy, white head that leaves sparse lacing behind.

From the first whiff, you realize that you can forget about any malt or yeast in this beer, because it's all about the hops. Pine, grass, citrus, and grapefruit make up the aroma. It's not much more complex than that, but it's delightful.

The flavor is a heavy, unabashed display of hops. But it keeps a light enough feel to it that makes it easy to drink, with no sign of the 8% ABV. Medium bodied with a sticky and resinous texture and a bitter finish.

If you like hops, you will like this beer. Simple as that. It has more in common with a West coast IPA than a NEIPA, and is a much better product than the latter. A classic IPA that should be in every beer lover's bucket list.

 1,026 characters

Photo of MrFuster
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mblanke
4.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vaneswara1
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hop_Swig
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppyHatz
4.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No reason to leave a lengthy review. Shits clearly legit and the scores are spot on. I am usually a fan of sharing but not this one, take it when you can get it.

 161 characters

Photo of PDENN
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Duganc
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored only my second case in six years. Resin and citrus almost from a petrochemical plant. All in the best way imaginable. Oh how I adore this beer. Malty bitter sweet, lingering after. Each sip reveals a different character from orange to grapefruit to balsam pine forest. 1 of 24 to be had from a can. I'm willing to share, but few I know want to live the experience. Yum!

 378 characters

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.61/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fistr
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ASHH2O
4.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy_2014
4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCellarAtCusumano
4.55/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TomWight
4.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yanzo
4.27/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pogmathon
4.89/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of aclarl
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnewt21
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jbrandt20
4.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scoutertwotoes
4.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tjf0112
4.13/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hippern
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marluc
4.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sensorglitch
4/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 13,676 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.