Heady Topper
The Alchemist

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IPA - New England
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Ranked #5
4.76 | pDev: 6.93%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
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Notes: An American Double IPA. Drink from the can.

75 IBU
Reviews: 2,602 | Ratings: 14,770 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, canned 6/10/20. Pours hazy dark yellow with a medium meringue white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fruit with resiny piney hops that are slightly catty.

The flavor is some wheat malt with sugary fruit and a big resiny ashy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice NE DIPA, but not quite the mind blowing experience I was expecting. Too much catty, ashy, dank hops.

Wednesday at 03:42 AM
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wvfish from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from the can as recommended. Although, I did pour a little into a glass to get a good look and smell. Has a clear look and floral/fruity smell. Taste’s better than it smells in the can - smell was better from the glass. Has a hoppy, slightly bitter taste. Overall an excellent DIPA although, I didn’t like it well as Pliny.

Jul 04, 2020
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can - so couldn’t evaluate the look - gave it 4 (benefit of doubt). Whiffed the aroma from the spout - enticing citrus. Refreshing carbonation and, as advertised, lots of hop. For me, the citrus recedes to the back of the flavor profile and the taste is a lot more complex than some of the other ne dipas out there. At the end of a bike ride, this hits well.

Jul 03, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce CANNED 06/09/20 (19 days ago) partially poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The first half of the can pours hefe-hazy in a peachy, golden color with off white head. The head recedes slowly to a rocky 3/8" cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma from the can is mildly dank, citrus rind and pine. From the glass it's much more dank. First sip from the can is deep green evergreen, earthy, citrus peel and substantial pale malt with no sweetness. From the glass it's similar with the sharp, green lead, but I find it harder to pick up the supporting cast. Bitterness is substantial. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish, despite the ridiculous amount of hop stickiness. Overall, excellent. I'm rarely moved by an IPA these days and actively avoid NEIPA all together. This is just a fantastic DIPA. Thank you so much @beergoot!

Jun 28, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two weeks old! I poured it into a glass, in spite of the instructions. I was surprised how clear the beer was, considering it’s role in kicking off the haze craze. Tremendous foaming, with incredible head retention. The aroma is surprisingly subdued, with more pith and piney notes coming across while sipped. Drying finish, noticeably bitter.

Jun 28, 2020
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brewskis from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 16 oz can. Dated 6/9/20, so a touch over 2 weeks at time of review.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with two fingers of a pillowy, dense off-white head that dissipates slowly. Remember this one being slightly hazier when I last had this 6 or 7 years ago. Still looks great.

Aroma brings a nice rounded juiciness. Sweet floral, ruby red grapefruit, lemon candy, clementine, slight pineapple, pine resin. Some honey, light caramel, and light breadiness coming from the malt to round it all out.

Taste echos the aroma quite well, along with the addition of a significant herbaceous dankness and bold pine resin bitterness. Sweet floral, lemon hard candy, navel orange, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, slight pineapple, slight ripe mango, herbaceous dankness, and a bold pine resin bitterness that lasts on the palate after the last sip and balances the honey, slight caramel, and bread from the malts. A decent dryness accompanies the bitterness, but there’s some slight fruity residual sweetness hanging around. Nicely balanced and complex.

High medium body. Very soft, somewhat creamy, slick, oily, and slightly sticky.

This one stands the test of time. Hard to believe this one is one of the main inspirations for the NE style given what that style has come to in recent years. The rounded juiciness in the aroma and at the front and middle of the palate, as well as the soft feel certainly play into the NE style. However, overall this one reminds me more of a west/east coast hybrid by today’s standards. A damn good one at that. Outstanding DIPA.

Jun 25, 2020
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shawver74 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My GF and I took a random 12 day road trip to New England. Final destination was Alchemist in Stowe, VT. We stocked up to the maximum allowed allocation. The brewery looks really cool and there was a Vermont Strong sign outside. Curb-side delivery only was a small disappointment, but understandable considering COVID-19.

Jun 23, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:. I drank most of this beer out the can as instructed but poured a little bit in a glass to see what I looked like. Pours a strong slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head and no lacing.

S:. Lots of ripe tropical fruit, lemon orange, lime grapefruit, mix with a nice piney hop, smells very inviting and makes me excited to drink it.

T:. Grapefruit, lemon rind, lemon candy orange, followed up by a nice piney punch and a medium bitterness, every sip makes me want to take another.

F: Creamy medium to big body.

O:. Most of the time these really hyped up beers don't meet my expectations, but while this one was different than I expected, it still is an absolutely fantastic beer.

Jun 21, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden, opaque, not hazy, great lacing, and great sticky foam head.
S - Really great tropical/pine aromas - across the spectrum, but not "one thing" about the aroma really stood out. on both aroma and taste, it reminds me of a slightly more focused and pungent Ninja vs Unicorn beer.
T - Solid grapefruit, good concentration of hop oils, dankness, some pineapple, creamier than I expected. No hop or alcohol burn whatsoever. Like Pliny the Elder of the NEast.
F - Good carbonation, good palate impression across the board. Solid.
O - a very good DIPA, but not the best I've ever had. I get the love for it, but not sure it's "all that" for me. Might have preferred FOcal Banger just a bit more. From the can, poured into glass (!), 6.3.20 canning date.

Jun 20, 2020
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bfields4 from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of the can, but did pour a tad bit in a glass. Straw colored haze.

Through the can it’s hard to get a full aroma, but I would say you get a little bit of breadiness from the malt and floral perfume-y hop aroma.

The bitterness hits pretty heavy. bit of onion and chive followed by little bit of citrus. The malt rounds out the back end with a biscuit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is great for a hazy. Nice and smooth without the hop turbidity, but still def not my cup of tea.

This beer really takes me back to drinking a stone ruiniation for the first time for some reason. I don’t get all the hype, but enjoyable overall.

Jun 19, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy, nearly clear gold body; superb carbonation; head is thick, soapy, sticky, and lasting; subsequent pour from the can leaves and denser, creamier head. Pungent and dank aroma; pine and citrus notes duking it out with some floral suggestions. Outstanding mild malt sweetness; bold hop resinous nips the tongue; honey; boozy undercurrent. Heavy body; soft and pillowy nature offset with a sharp alcohol presence; lightly sticky; comes across as dry overall.

A surprise local purchase, canned 06/03/20. The beer's appearance and even taste reminds me more of a bold west coast IPA than a New England styled beer. If it is in fact a true NEIPA styling, then I wish more brewers would lean towards this direction. Regardless, this is a most satisfying beer.

Jun 18, 2020
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Scoopdogg_ from Pennsylvania

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

I've given this a 5 overall, not because it is my favorite beer but because it is honestly and debatably just as enjoyable as my favorite beer, from the same brewery, Focal Banger!
The bitterness is strong but so are the citrussy notes. it makes you wonder how a brewer can make such a unique flavor without using artificial flavors. It's so drinkable that it makes you wish you had a whole case you could down but unfortunately, you pay for quality and the better the quality, the more it's gonna cost. But it's worth it

Jun 16, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucked out at my Allston packy big time today! The one good thing about this pandemic is that Alchemist beers are being distributed down here.

Pours a hazy dull orange with a billowy foam that lasts a few minutes.

Initial aroma is of pine and grapefruit. The first tastes have a bitter finish which subsides. It continues with citrus and light hop tastes. This is a smooth mild beer that is neither a hop bomb or a fruit bomb. It is less intense than its brother Focal Banger.

Medium body and carbonation.

I can see how it earned its reputation.

I would really like to try this on tap!

Jun 10, 2020
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HalfFull from California

4.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured into a large wine glass. Pours a nice hazed maple with a healthy cap of white foam. Decent retention follows. Nose of spicy and floral hops and some resin, well balanced but not exactly in your face as you do need to seek it out which would not be an option while drinking from the can. More reminiscent of a traditional DIPA in profile than a fruit bomb.

Taste follow with a peppery spice character, a firm level of carbonation and a pleasant malt backdrop that cloaks the ABV with some finesse. Finish and feel are solid as well with a bounty of hop spice, some citrus notes and a nice prickly carbonation. Overall pretty legit yet not what I expected from the grand daddy of the style, more of bridge builder than a builder of walls.

Jun 07, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IDK. Years ago this was an amazing beer, one of the best. Now it just seems like another in the sea of NE IPA mediocrity, and I don't know what's missing? Wait, I do. Bitterness.

Looks a little boring. Smells and tastes the second is certainly better than the first. Look, i learned years ago what I like, and floral is not it. I am an well known critic of the NE IPA style, hey that's what everyone wants these days, that's nice. Pepper, vegetal, way too floral, bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Like I said, does get much better the second can, keeping the scores reasonable.

And thanks, to the kind, sweet, and very generous owner Jen Kimmich, I have 3 more and 3 Focal Banger (in my opinion by far the best NE IPA in the world, bitter juicy fruit oh yea) to enjoy this weekend.

May 23, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this out of the can like it suggested, but I poured about four oz into a traditional pint.

L: Hazy golden amber with a soft white head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Pine and grapefruit jump off the glass. Smell is pretty strong as soon as you pop the can. Incredible hoppy piney aroma mixed with a pithy grapefruit.

T: Extremely balanced. Probably the best DIPA I've ever tasted. The beer is packed with hops and tons of bitterness, but it is far from overpowering. Lots of grapefruit and pine up front followed by a hoppy bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger.

F: Big mouthfeel. Fairly thick, but not sticky sweet like some DIPAs. No residual piney aftertaste of some super-hopped ipas.

May 22, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look...I cheated I have seen this beer in the raw...light hazy brown with floaties. I give it a 4 cause I said so...trying to follow instructions but I have had that problem
Smell. just awesome citrus , hoppy explosion
Taste...robust citrus bitter, balanced, unique want for more...exceptional
Feel...prickly fullness with carbonation, one of the best
Overall...The bomb...get if seen and thoroughly enjoy

May 18, 2020
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Hoppyhead607 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First of all, make sure you drink these fresh. A Heady fresh off the canning line is a thing of beauty. A Heady from the back of the fridge you forgot about is one to forget about.

Beautiful hop aroma, solid bite, nice bitterness. This is the granddaddy that today’s IPAs were born from.

May 15, 2020
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nikecivic from California

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

Excited to taste this beer when I got my hands on it from a local craft beer bar/shop in Thousand Oaks, CA (Bottle & Pint). They sold the beer one can at a time for $5.49 and 2 can limit. I waited a day to chill my fridge before opening the can.

The beer was canned on 4/20/20 and I drank it on 5/8/20, still fresh.

After opening the can, I can smell the hop, dank aroma. Great mouth feel for a true N.E. (Hazy) IPA, and has very nice bitter taste on the back end, which I like. At 8% abv, the beer doesn't taste boozy at all which is a feat. I have never tasted a beer like this and I can attest to the hype! I've tasted many Monkish beers and this beer tops them [email protected]

May 12, 2020
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5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a classic! Was finally able to get a hold of this beer at a beer bar in New York! Well balanced beer with a a nice citrus smell and taste. Definitely deserves its acclaim.

May 09, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.77/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Special props to MATTS2896 for the trade that enabled me to experience my first world class NEIPA.
My beer palate is not sophisticated enough to improve on the ebullient reviews already offered on this beer, but I know a damn good beer when I taste it.
A-Marigold orange, a bit less hazy than I expected, large off-white head that dissipated slowly and left good lacing behind.
S-Orange rind, and a hint of the malts that comes across like honey to me
T-Mandarin orange to be more specific than the nose. For my take, the best attribute of this beer is the sublime balance between the hops and the malts. This is a full-experience brew, but no one element clobbers you over the head.
M-Medium body. The perfect carbonation helps to balance the oily resinous finish to make for a crisp conclusion.
O-I am fortunate to have lost my NEIPA virginity to the standard of the style

May 08, 2020
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Justincredble from Pennsylvania

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

Look: Bright yellow/orange. Moderate haze. Looks sort of like homemade pineapple juice.

Smell: Incredibly pungent with a ton of fruit layered underneath. Mostly getting pineapple and orange. Definitely getting a little bit of peach as well. Lot's of dankness from the hops as well that hovers around. Smells incredible.

Taste: Huge amounts of citrus and hops. Almost no malt backbone, which is perfect in this type of beer. Middle of the mouth is a ton of orange, pineapple and peach. Back of the mouth and finish is INCREDIBLY bitter. Works so well with this beer as it's never overly sweet, but the fruit is hugely complimented with the bitterness at the end.

Feel: Amazing - the smoothest IPA that I have ever had. That was actually the first thing that jumped out at me the most when I took my first sip. Mouthfeel cannot be beat.

Overall: Worth every bit of praise and fame - easily one of the best beers on the planet.

May 05, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: slightly darker than straw gold; hazy and opaque, but not turbid; moderate white head that dissipates to archipelagos above the liquid and leaves light lacing

S: candied citrus fruits, sappy resin, prickly spruce tips, and a touch of bitter rind

T: grapefruit mingles with a heavy herbal spiciness that gives way to candied fruits mid-palette. A little cracker and a lot of resin wash out into clean, bitter dryness

F: base beer is low-FG and pale: light and nimble. Hop oils, though, give this a sticky, oily mouthfeel. Disorienting to drink a beer with such substance without lingering sweetness

I'm always told that as part of the old guard, Heady has been matched/surpassed by competitors. That sentiment tells so little of the story. Heady is unique--old school hops; up-front dankness and pine; heavily resinous--and therefore has few new-school competitors outside beers like Heavy Mettle and DDH Harlan. I have had at most 4 or 5 IPAs like it and although some match Heady, none clearly exceed it within its own strengths. Love having it on the shelves in VT

May 05, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.31/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a semi-transparent yellow with a good amount of white head. Nose is nice grapefruit and some tropical fruit, a nice amount of resin, wheat, and a bit of grass. Taste is surprisingly subtle - definitely a good amount of hoppy notes, orange and grapefruit peel bitterness, and maybe a hint of lactose. Really smooth and amazing. Mouthfeel is dry and fairly light.

Apr 27, 2020
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noahts from Virginia

4.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Despite having had some 30 cans at this point the first sip is always bracing, it is incredibly hoppy, almost peppery while still being citrus-y and fresh. The second sip is where I think this beer really earns its place as the balance kicks in and you can drink it without thinking. A great beer.

Apr 25, 2020
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