Beertography and Review: The Alchemist Heady Topper

Brewed by: The Alchemist
Waterbury, Vermont USA
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 8.0 %

Commercial description: An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!


Pour reveals a cloudy, golden-orange body with sediment topped by a large rocky white head. The 2 finger head displays good retention and dissipates to a thin cap, leaving some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

AROMA (10/10)

The smell is amazing! Big dank resinous hop oil upfront. Bright grapefruit, orange and lemon peel followed by tropical fruit; mostly pineapple and mango. Also has a little bit of sweetness in the nose, similar to honey. Just a touch of bready malt, but not much. It is all about the hops here.

FLAVOR (20/20)

Instant zing of citrus and grapefruit with a hop wallop, but without the crazy bitterness. The hop flavor creeps up on you after swallowing. However, it doesn’t have that drink-with-caution bitterness that can overwhelm the palate. It takes all of the tastiness one would love about hops while leaving some of the bite behind. The freshness of the hops is really unparalleled, it is by far the “juiciest” DIPA I’ve been able to track down. The hops are complimented by a sweet bread malt backbone and it is extremely well balanced. Very little booziness in the taste however, just loads of super fresh and pure hoppy goodness.


Chewy and full bodied with somewhat low carbonation, but it’s spot on. A little oily and sticky on the lips, as expected. This is dangerously drinkable. I could drink this stuff all day it’s so damn good and it goes down so easy.


One of the few beers that actually exceeds the hype. Are there more insane DIPAs out there? Of course. But this has to be one of the freshest and “purest” tasting DIPAs I have ever had. It’s near flawless and quite remarkable. The is one of those rare DIPA that will satisfy the hopheads as well as the fans of something more balanced. This is easily one of the best beers I’ve ever consumed. That’s why it gets my first perfect score.

FINAL SCORE  (50/50)


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