Heady Topper | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Heady TopperHeady Topper
BA SCORE
4.71/5
World-Class
14,421 Ratings
Heady TopperHeady Topper
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Double IPA. Drink from the can.

75 IBU

Added by scottum on 03-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6
Reviews:
2,512
Ratings:
14,421
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
Wants:
9,538
Gots:
6,328
Trade:
67
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 14,421 |  Reviews: 2,512
Photo of spieroni
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pdurkee
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sillyhed8
4.99/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JB_
4.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jykleo
4.18/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16OZ can @Coals/NY
Not Bad at all. But,,,. felt  as if "Old school type" NEIPA.
1st sip left me strong alcohol on the palate.
Slightly strong bitterness insist existence before fruity and juicy notes.

 204 characters

Photo of TonyTones13
4.12/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejmontoy1
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fred4967
4.33/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winnatuxet
4.42/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pokerdoodle
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trapp2424
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikeg67
4.35/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz about 2 yo can. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal, citrusy hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and very hoppy. I liked the brew this mellow. Fresh one probably would be too hoppy for me.

 394 characters

Photo of Hettithefool
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My personal favorite beer to date. When I had my first can I was surprisingly disappointed. Living in Michigan I had tried many New England IPA's in the past couple years and I had enjoyed lots of them with some being super bug juice bombs like the beers from old nation. I had decided to go to Vermont for some snowboarding at store and to also visit the alchemist and bring some nice cases back! I had brought my expectations up very high for this beer and couldn't wait to try my first heady topper. When I took my first sip I guess I was expecting too much and just seemed like it was another good beer nothing to blow your mind about. But as I continued to sip it the flavors began to reveal themselves and by my 3rd heady topper I was hooked and in awe of the quality of beer I was getting and still to this day every time I drink a heady topper I'm blown away with every sip! (On a side note I have recently tried many of tree houses beers and still am most impressed with heady topper)

 993 characters

Photo of kush0687
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nealien
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucked out and got a leftover can from a NYE event at a Boston restaurant and it lived up to the hype. Drank from the can, so I didn’t get to see the color, but the taste and smell were both a 5. A solid Double IPA, just the right amount of hoppiness and bitterness while still being smooth.

 293 characters

Photo of kpj104
4.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IkelovesDeb
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

looked forward to trying this beer for a long time and it did not disappoint. i was afraid the beer would not meet the hype, but it actually surpassed it. i followed orders and drank from the can so my look score is an educated guess. ive had several great beers in this style and HT is by far the best. it has a wonderful mouthfeel and an equally wonderful aroma. in my opinion its the standard for this style. a classic. it definitely deserves its high ranking!

 464 characters

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of leantom
4.2/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good, but a little overrated. Here goes:

A: Cloudy yellow. Pours a large head, however, and leaves great lacing. Very, very fluffy head.

S: Very pungent. Grassiness pervades the scent - lots of flowers in this. Also lots of lemon peel, some orange, and grapefruit.

T: Good, but somewhat vegetal. It's very, very grassy - the hops are really overwhelming. Floral flavors combine with lemon and grapefruit. However, while the floralness of this beer is quite overpowering, but it's still somewhat nice.

F: Not as soft as other Vermont beers, but still great.

O: A good beer, but somewhat overrated.

 619 characters

Photo of RT-Kris
4.56/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate haze, white head, yellow orange. Nice hoppy, citrus smell that’s hard to beat. Nice sharp bitter taste that hits the spot up front

142 characters

Photo of MWhit
4.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleManDan
4.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally, I got my hands on one of the beers I’ve wanted to try for years. And guess what? It’s good, but I would have been head over heels had I tried it three years ago.

Look: hazy, bright orange.

Aroma: pungent hops, acidic citrus and funky dank hops.

Taste: follows nose—pungent, sharp hops with lots of citrus rind flavors. Bitter but balanced—definitely a dank, funkiness which is distinct and good. On the finish it cleans up and ends dry with some lingering hop oils.

Mouthfeel: heavy and wet, tingly, but ends medium/dry.

Overall: really distinct flavors that remind me of a mix between NEIPA and Belching Beaver’s style IPAs such as Hop Highway or Phantom Bride.

Glad I tried it and I have several cans left. I’ll enjoy it but I won’t be seeking it out and paying the $6 per pint can price. There are too many other great beers that abound...but still a great hazy DIPA!

 905 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 14,421 ratings