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  • Heady Topper

    Still the best of bunch Way to cap off the contest Bye to Friends Of Ben?—by Casey Palowitch

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    Maybe I liked this better in previous years at the end of an entire group of IPAs when I was already inured to the hop assault on my taste buds or maybe I’ve just given up trying to go with the hype. Not that it’s not drinkable, but overly hopped IPAs just aren’t as interesting as other styles.—by Alexander Muller

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    —by Ray Dunne

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    —by Adam Brothers

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    —by Russel Miller

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    —by John Fiss

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    —by Michael Humes

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    Enough has been said about this legend. I sincerely enjoy hearing the annual stories of the acquisition. Thanks to the mule team for making this possible again and again!—by Chris Walsh

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    Heady Topper rocks. Just about everyone agrees. It does have a mystique about it. The truth is that there are IPAs nearly as good that are far easier to get, but I enjoy the opportunity to have this through FOB.—by Kurt Pfeiffer

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    —by Dan Etzweiler

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    I saved what I was hoping to be the best for last. I have heard of the legendary Heady Topper from my friends in NE. However, they were never able to produce one for me to try. I was beginning to think it a myth, like the Loch Ness monster, or judicial oversight. Thanks to FOB for giving the chance that my friends to the north could never give me. That being said, I have to say I was disappointed . . . disappointed that it has taken so long to get my hands on one and that there was only a single can out of 24. This is an excellent, well-balanced, and everything I love in an IPA. Is it the best IPA ever? Hmmm . . . I put in the top 3 ;-)—by Erik Pasnak

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    —by Carol Price

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    May have lost a bit of luster for me. Still an incredible beer. Drank in it conjunction with sip and focal and those two beers i thought were better hence the 8. —by Andrew Knasiak

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    May have lost a bit of luster for me. Still an incredible beer. Drank in it conjunction with sip and focal and those two beers i thought were better hence the 8. —by Andrew Knasiak

    8.0

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    We are simply unable to appreciate the sublime taste of this famous brew. Just too good for us Philistines.—by Michael Feinberg

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    —by Michael Feinberg

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    —by Chuck DiValerio

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    This is the first time I had Heady Topper or any of the other Alchemist offerings. With a fair amount of hype to live up to, Heady managed to deliver and was my favorite from the Alchemist. —by Ryan Ruiz

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    I am updating my review based on reading others. I too was sadly the recipient of a funkified can of Heady Topper. No hops, no aroma, no fun. I know that this was a bad can based on the prior tastings and other's scores but it is what it is, a 5....—by george kodis

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  • Heady Topper

    Nice - but I think I liked it better last year. Drank the 1st half straight from the can as instructed, the 2nd half in the glass. I think I preferred the glass, which always keep 1/2 full. —by Scott the Elder

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  • Heady Topper

    Cracking open a Heady is great no question, but there’s always a small seed of uncertainty, a sense that this is something more than just enjoying a great beer. No, opening a Heady can sometimes be something more, like the beginning of a new world discovery… a new world where beer is more than the board of a ballpark vendor. A world that provides potential, but also a wormhole into depths that humanity might not understand just yet. Are we truly ready to go into that world? Or are we Martin Brenner, dabbling in things we know not of? Are we simply blinking Christmas lights, fending off the Demogorgon? Where do we go from here? Are we searching for the upside down world…or are we already in the upside down world?—by CO

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    The king!—by SThomas

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    I guess I'm going to be held to one or two of these a year. But it does make it such a treat...—by Chris Laughlin

    9.5

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    Completely lived up to the hype.—by Jason Tremblay

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    —by John Remington

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    —by John Remington

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    FB = 2017 FOB champion! Of course, Heady is still incredible. 2nd Place this year. BIG THANKS to PHIL and team for incredible case and making the Vermont trip each year. Sneak in some TH next year.—by DFresh

    9.5

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    Citrus in the nose, follows all the way through to the finish. Slightly bitter, VERY drinkable. Not a bad thought or word to be said. Please sir I want some more!—by Mark Gurzenski

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    Pic taken moments before we picked up the freshly canned cases of Heady Topper. There are better beers out there, but Heady will always be my favorite. —by Michael Lee

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    —by Andrew Blonski

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    Excellent beer.—by Bill Neurohr

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    Continues to live up to the hype. I did a head-to-Heady comparison with this and Sip O' Sunshine. I really can't tell the difference. I guess the difference is too subtle for my crude palette.—by David Connor

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    it's awesome. My health would probably be worse if I lived near the alchemist. —by RD

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    Always one of the best. Nice and fresh, really tough to beat this epic beer. Only left room in the scale for the other epic beers Alchemist makes as well as the other Vermont specials we have on the list. I think the Vermont stuff has been correctly placed on a pedestal and used as a benchmark.—by Bill DeJesus

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    Only giving it a 9 because maybe my HT was a bit old. I have had this bet really fresh but clearly when I had this one it was at least 3 weeks old or something like that. Phil- I hold you and your "team" to a higher standard and you fell a bit short. I'm going to force down 4-5 more just to confirm the freshness. —by Paul the Ripper

    9.0

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    Not a huge fan of this years batch. Not like I remembered —by Joseph Sipala

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    I liked it so much I drove to Vermont to get more last week!—by Bill Amerine

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    My taste is not refined enough to appreciate this superior brew. Or I'm too cynical to believe the hype.—by Michael Feinberg

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    Awesome as usual. But I think Hopslam takes it. —by Rich Miscichowski

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    Always delicious and still at the top. Big fan. Nuff said.—by Mike Harris

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    Gave Heady a 10 last year along with Dirt Wolf. I left some room above because I was told there is some competition coming in Vermont week which I am hoping to catch up to.—by Andy Rosen

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    Gave Heady a 10 last year along with Dirt Wolf. I left some room above because I was told there is some competition coming in Vermont week which I am hoping to catch up to.—by Andy Rosen

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    I thought it tasted better in the past years. Topper did not have the wow factor this year. Still tastey just not a 9.5 beer this year—by David Presloid

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    —by Tim Hoyle

    9.5

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    The beer that made me a hophead. I only gave it a 9.5 instead 10 just in case ...—by Scott Firment

    9.5

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    Fucking incredible - just gets better and better and better. The Best!—by Matthew Scullin

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  • Heady Topper

    Dear Heady Topper, We've had some great times. For a while you were my number 1. We have had some great moments together. However, there is someone close to you know that has taken over your spot. It's not you, really, it's me. My palette has developed and I am tired of only you. I just wanted you to know that I am now a bigger fan of Focal. While Focal is my new best girl, you will always be my first Alchemist love and you can always be my "side beer". -Hugs and Kisses—by Michael Calderone

    9.5

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    Always a favorite. Had an integral part in developing my taste of IPA—by Mark Franz

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    Must of been a bad batch —by Brian Lee

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    just didn't taste like a 10 tonight, that's all I have to say—by stephen werner

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    —by Edward Sinkinson

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    This may be heresy round these here parts, but this year's Nugget Nectar is better than this year's Heady Topper.—by Christopher Dilkus

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    Heady was my favorite until I drank a Focal!—by Sean Joyce

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    Tried to explain to my 7 yr old how good this was and how hard it was to get. She said the can looked cool. Simple life. Like if u lived in vermont—by Tom Walton

    9.5

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    —by Mick Elliott

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    I want to act too cool for school when this beer is brought up or served. The hype was getting excessive. But dammit I love the beer. You just hit a stand up RBI double and the base coach comes up and slaps your ass, where the coach is a Heady and your tongue is the ass. Or something like that. I don't want all my beers to be this much of a frothy NE hop bomb, but man, not many DIPAs punch that hard.—by Wayne Heilala

    9.5

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    Really hard to argue with the one of the greats. I know sip will probably score higher but how can you not love this beer?—by Michael Patterson

    8.5

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    I saw this beer was a beer to be drank on week two. I grew nervous to drink her so soon. I wanted to marvel at her sitting in my fridge, beaming with that glow of being that which is hard to obtain and must be coveted. She gave a lengthy speech, "I'm one of the best beers you've ever tasted, so beautiful and refreshing, the beer to top Pliny the Elder". She was warned, "Please don't make me drink you so soon." I explained, "But noooo Heady Topper, I don't want to drink you so soon, I need to hold onto you forever. Nevertheless, she persisted.—by Neil Yersak

    10.0

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    Simply fantastic! The hops work magic upon opening the car- Heady Topper's aroma - head - mouthfeel -taste - the TOP of the class!—by Jimmy Miks

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    —by Mark Cassidy

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    Although I gave this an 8, there was something wrong with the beer. I know that Heady Topper is awesome and will not give it a low score as it was definitely a bad can vs. a bad beer. No hop flavor or aroma at all. I guess this is the equivalent to a corked bottle of wine - no matter how good it was when made, it was ruined by something. —by george kodis

    8.0

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    Always a good drink.—by Gina Nixon

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    The Heady is a strange beer for me in the sense that I am well aware of its massive reputation. Half the time I drink it, it lives up to they hype, just fantastic. Other times, like this one - it was just a good. I'm it's the same with other beers, but this one I expect to be transcendant every time, but it ain't. —by Tomas Yanez

    8.0

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    Drank it when I was sick. Amazing even then.—by Jim Smith

    9.5

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    Sorry about that piss-poor picture. Fixed here.—by Spencer

    9.0

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    How about last weekend's weather? Good stuff! Just like the venerable Heady Topper. I have to say, though...last year's HT, the last time I enjoyed one (thanks, FOB!), seemed better. Maybe it was because I'm not very good at following directions...as you can see from the picture, I drank 2/3 of it from a glass. Exposure to the waning sunlight and unseasonably warm air surely allowed essential taste and olfactory molecules to escape into the atmosphere, alas, never to grace anyone's willing lips. Next time I will be sure to heed the can's instructions, and fully maximize my Heady Topper experience.—by Spencer

    9.0

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    Hmm...I've had Heady before and it was much better than this. —by Dan Keane

    7.0

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    Not sure it lived up to the hype. Excited to try it from the source in June—by Jen Northcott

    8.0

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    Up late. Thinking about that big dummy Hodor...—by Jerome Palmieri

    9.0

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    So far this was my favorite beer of the contest. I am only done weeks 1 and 2 though. —by Brian Joslin

    7.5

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    Another review with a mention of the Heady Topper Canning date huh? I've un-officially had enough. It's not official because I expect at least 2-3 more. It's a classic case of "Its not you, it's me" because that silver fucking can in your case was made about 4 weeks ago and we went to Vermont the 3rd week of January just to make sure your Heady was fresh This is now my favorite theme of FOB. "I'm not sure of the canning date " Well, I love all of you but read this review and know that your shit is Double Dougie Fresh. If you demand it fresher then Stowe is 7.5 hours away. Peace :)—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

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    I love this double IPA! Seriously is my favorite. I take my time and enjoy every sip knowing I won't be able to enjoy it again until who knows when...—by Matt Zehnder

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    Drank this on my front porch, on a 70degree day, with my friend who brought over a pliney. I think I could pick which I like better if I had to, but pliney isn't in the case. So now it's: 1) Birth of son, 2) Wedding day 3) Pliney and Heady Topper day —by Andy Holliday

    10.0

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    Great beer. Too metallic of an after taste this time. Not sure of the canning date. —by Nick Del Grande

    8.0

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    Damn good —by David Persoleo

    8.5

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    Still the best IPA I've had. Maybe if it was easy to get it would start to become routine. But I don't think so. It's just really friggin good. —by Chris Stief

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    Still the best IPA I've had. Maybe if it was easy to get it would start to become routine. But I don't think so. It's just really friggin good. —by Chris Stief

    10.0

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    Simply the best so far, but the gap may be closing. I'm anxious to taste the NE beers to see how they measure up. —by Brian McHugh

    9.5

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    Still in a class of its own. Great floral hop profile balanced by a light biscuity malt. Never gets old. Love it.—by DeJong Mark

    9.5

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    People from Vermont SUCK!—by Jamie Meade

    9.0

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    and brother-in-law of the year award goes to.....ME....shared with my brother in law, just as amazing as i remember...one drawback: in splitting it, poured out of can, definitely a dilution of the aroma, taste still smooth as can be, BUT, the can was right -- sediment can become a distraction...but not a enough of one to lick the glass dry (don't judge me!!)—by Brendan Benner

    9.5

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    Heady Topper reminds me of Victory Hop Ranch. Or vice versa. And I don't think that's bad company. Either way. Maybe a hair richer and more luxurious? Both beers might even be too elegant for the style. What the heck IS the Quintessential IPA any more, anyway? Heady is a fine beer. I probably wouldn't turn it down for my Desert Island Beer. But the competition is nipping at it's heels. Or it's nose. (I wanna pound a few watching an Eagles' game! I only ever get one to try. Wahhhhhh!) —by Michael Gates

    9.0

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    What can i say that hasn't already been said about this great beer. Thanks to the FOB crew for sourcing it...worth the effort!—by Yokim

    9.5

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    Fresh and Delicious!!!—by Chuck McCloskey

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    —by Goose

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    Stop saying it is old. It is not. Stop saying it is off. It is not. You guys are old. You guys are off. This is still amazing. Any one who claims old or off will forfeit the future HT to me for whatever I deem reasonable. It will probably be my urine bottled after I drink your future Heady. Thank you in advance. —by Shawn Bell

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    Honestly not tasting up to its usual standards. Not sure if my palate has just shifted over the years or there's something up with this batch. Still good, but doesn't seem like a champ this year. —by Steve D.

    7.5

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    What an IPA should be.—by Stephen Leitzell

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    Never a disappointment—by Peter Derby

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    Dom Ace- you Heady is 4 weeks old. It's still fresh. If you would like to comment on anything else besides the freshness of the IPAs in FoB please do so but those IPAs in your case are as good as they get in the freshness category. If you thought it was malty then there is a good chance you drank something before Heady. If you drink any other IPA before Heady then Heady will disappoint. It's just the way it is—by Phil Aiken

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    After a day of skiing with the kids and a burger and fries at Shake Shack, it seemed like an appropriate night for Heady Topper. Once again, of course I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe I was tired or my taste was off from the dinner at the Shack, but as wonderful as HT was, it wasn't as delicious as my mind remembered. Again, I may just have had an off night...—by Jeff Dische

    8.0

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    What can i say always a winner! Seriosly if i could drink this every night i would be living in a gutter.—by Josh Cauffman

    9.5

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    I don't know what happened here... did I get a bad can like Kinsley? Did my sautéing onions bomb out my olfactory senses?Did pouring into a glass (to share with a friend) act as kryptonite on the superbeer? Either way, it did not live up to my expectations. I am a big heady fan - and it never let me down before, so I'll go easy on the score. Looking forward to the other alchemist beers in VT week. —by John B

    7.5

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    What a brilliant hop profile. 3rd time I've had this beer, and 3rd time I'm rating it a 10. Love love love. —by Aria Lessin

    10.0

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    Not sure how old this one was but it tasted malty to me. I love heady but it's gotta be fresh. —by Dom Ace

    7.5

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    My first time having this excellent beer. I would have ranked this higher if I would have had it before drinking Crusher. Enjoyed it while watching my son trying to eat mulch with the dog.—by Grant Gaillard

    8.5

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    still the champ—by Albert Sardella

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    This is the same stuff as last year and the year before that. Even the can's the same. Not much accounting for originality at this Alchemist place...—by Jay Hannon

    10.0

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    Ahhhhhh... Still the best. —by Drew Baylor

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    This beer continues to live up to the hype. I can't say I've had a better tasting IPA with this level of smoothness. Long Trail's Space Juice is very close if looking for a widely distributed "Heady light." —by Tyler Ingersoll

    9.5

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    Always love Heady Topper. Was so good...had to go in search of MORE!—by Kelli Amerine

    9.5

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    My 3rd can of Heady and I have to say the 3rd time is not a charm. Certainly good, but not life changing like everyone raves about. Don't get me wrong, this is very good beer but I think their marketing coupled with their supply and demand mystic is what makes this one so highly rated imo. I am hopeful their other 2 entries will give this flagship a run for its money. —by Daniel C

    7.5

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    Literally have been thinking about this since Monday. Would have rated a 10, but there are others in the batch I'm saving that for just in case.—by Chris Quinn

    9.5

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    Literally have been thinking about this since Monday. Would have rated a 10, but there are others in the batch I'm saving that for just in case.—by Chris Quinn

    9.5

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    Just amazing!—by Joseph Plunkett

    10.0

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    I feel like I'm cheating on my wife by rating the Rosetta higher than Heady Topper, but it's just the way my taste buds worked this year. Plus, I really want to penalize VT in any way I can for harboring so many nasty-ass America-hating liberals.—by Andrew Garrity

    9.0

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    Fantastic as always. I mean thats about it. —by Casey Sheck

    9.5

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    Yes, it has all kinds of different hop flavors. It is very good. Maybe because I have been drinking more stouts lately and my taste buds are not warmed up, prepared, or exhausted, I found the finish a not so pleasant form of bitter. I remember it being a better bitter last year.—by Turner Boone

    8.0

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    If not for the machinations of the DNC, he'd be our president. And we'd be drinking for just the pure joy of it -- instead of also drinking to blunt the embarrassment (and fear) brought on by the behavior of the whiny, little bitch who now occupies the house where Lincoln once hung out. We'd be dancing under the tree on which all the free stuff Bernie promised would be growing. Too political for a beer tasting contest? I dunno. I kinda think that the 10 ratings for Heady may be more about the politics of the craft beer aficionados than the inherent virtues of this beer. I'm not questioning my fellow FOBers' rights to rave about Heady -- it's a great IPA, complex, balanced and smooth. I just think there are other candidates out there as good or better, and maybe more deserving of the top rating. —by Tom Peacock

    8.0

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    light & crisp hoppy citrus flavors that you can drink for days, LOVE IT!—by Chris OBrien

    10.0

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    I'm convinced heaven is VT. Maybe it's New England...but without the Patriots! This beer is so good and yet I know there is more VT beer coming that I may rate higher. Thank you Alchemist for this heavenly beer!—by Colleen Perrin

    9.5

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    I am sad. I looked forward to today all week. Somebody gave me a bad Heady. I did not think this was possible . I always said a bad Heady is better then Not getting a Heady. Boy was I wrong. Feeling so Blue.—by Russ Jackson

    6.5

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    7.5 - because it's amazing sometimes & just okay other times. .5 because it's fun to ask my wife for Heady. (update: I didn't get any)—by Derek Johanson

    8.0

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    It's just good. Deal with that shit.—by Mike Arganetto

    10.0

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    Heady Topper gets a Bo Derek. —by Denise Arganetto

    10.0

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    Heady Topper gets a Bo Derek. —by Denise Arganetto

    10.0

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    Heady Topper gets a Bo Derek. —by Denise Arganetto

    10.0

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    Exceptional hop-tang, fizz and dry finish! I left a little room at the top in case I am surprised later.—by Mark Holliday

    9.5

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    Just a tremendous beer! Looking forward to Vermont week! —by Peter Baylor

    10.0

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    Perfect. My only concern is what to do now. It's only 10 pm and I'm not done for the night. What bullpen beer can you go to which isn't going to feel like a complete letdown? —by Josh Porter

    10.0

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    —by Michael Dresnin

    9.5

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    Tough to score. Normally a 10 every other time I've had this but this particular can does not deserve it. —by Dave Sekkes

    8.0

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    Brian Cleary forgot to register for FOB this year so I brought some of this year's case to his house so he could sample. Ol' Cleary was excited and mentioned he had some stew simmering in the kitchen that we could share. I walked out of the kitchen and returned to this. Sure, he violated the "drink from the can" rule but the stew was quite good. —by Brendan Quinn

    9.0

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    I hate to say it, but every year I seem to find something else that is as good or better. It still holds its own, but can't go higher than 8 this year.—by PJ Andersen

    8.0

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    Another great beer. Enjoyable to drink. It was a good warm up to Valentine's evening.—by WassDawg

    8.0

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    Skiing all day in western PA on a white pimple surrounded by rolling hills of dirt. What sort of Alchemy is this? Despite all the hype, I gotta give them props. It's that good. And I'm that thirsty - which is why sharing this with my wife is so hard.—by Doyle

    9.5

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    Glorious every time—by Laura Walsh

    9.5

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    I get it, its great. Drink from the can, drink it fresh. I just don't think it is the Alchemist's best beer.—by D. Brian Wood

    9.0

    1 Cheers

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    —by David Persoleo

    9.5

    0 Cheers

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    rated this an 8 in 2015. Poured it into a glass to see the color, body and head. Followed the directions this year and drank from the can. Didn't change my drinking experience , yet I upped my score to 9 from an 8. 2 years older and wiser I guess. Anyway, how do they get So much hop flavor without the bitter after taste. DAMN good beer PERIOD—by Thomas Tompkins

    9.0

    1 Cheers

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    I should have waited to drink this back-to-back with Focal, Crusher and even SOS. Then I would have been feeling no pain and give all four of them a 10.......anyway, this is a beautiful beer.—by Jim Haley

    9.5

    2 Cheers

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    My Heady Topper wasn't a Heady Topper. I'm sad. I've had enough of these to know what these are supposed to taste like. But this wasn't it. Argh. :(—by Big Guy

    7.5

    2 Cheers

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    Happy Valentine's Day! I am rating this beer based on the beer that is in my case. I have had Heady a few times, I even had one last week! This one is not right. Big Guy is next to me, and I tasted his...same problem. For the record, I would normally give this a 9.5 or 10 but this particular can does not meet my expectations. Disappointment on Valentine's Day.—by Jen H.

    8.0

    0 Cheers

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    Now this makes a happy Valentine's Day.—by Doug Fischer

    8.0

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    Now this makes a happy Valentine's Day.—by Doug Fischer

    8.0

    1 Cheers

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    For a third straight year it makes it triumphant return. I really hope it doesn't come out on top again, looking forward to focal and sip of sunshine among others. I truly know what a NE style IPA tastes like now. —by Michael Bibbo

    8.0

    2 Cheers

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    Some people want to find love for Valentine's Day. Me? I come home from work to fine some fresh stogies sitting on the table for me to enjoy with my can of HT. My wife totally gets me...and so does Phil...I guess I have 2 special someone's as my Valentine this year—by Jason Marquis

    10.0

    2 Cheers

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    Skiing all day in western PA on a white pimple surrounded by rolling hills of dirt. What sort of Alchemy is this? Despite all the hype, I gotta give them props. It's that good. And I'm that thirsty - which is why sharing this with my wife is so hard.—by Doyle

    9.5

    2 Cheers

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    Salvaged the week for me. —by Ed Collison

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    My can was "off". I have had this plenty of times before, and it has never tasted bad until now.—by Andrew Polvino

    5.0

    0 Cheers

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    —by DoubleD

    9.0

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    —by Joe Milicia

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    Topper the only reason for me to go-to Vermont. I am sure there are other beers n fob land that will prove me wrong. Challenge accepted. —by David Presloid

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    Compared to the rest of the beers this week, this would rank as the best beer in the world, don't see that way—by Jeremy Jarvis

    8.0

    1 Cheers

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    I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to not rate Heady Topper a 10. Where we go from here, is a choice I leave for you.—by Brewzooka Joe

    9.0

    4 Cheers

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    Since his last deportation policy was rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, I hear that Trump's new executive order is to kick all the assholes out of the country who don't give Heady a 10. It may not ever happen again, but I fucking agree!—by Drew Silow

    10.0

    2 Cheers

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    —by Kelly O'Brien

    10.0

    0 Cheers

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    No matter how you come at this beer, it is consistently excellent. With spicy food, without food, as the first beer, or as the last beer, it's just really solid. The alcoholic embodiment of the "Come at me Bro" meme. —by Dan Aiken

    10.0

    2 Cheers

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    —by Jim Henry

    9.5

    0 Cheers

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    Hype vs. reality. The first time I ever had this beer, I thought it was the nectar of the gods. Props to Alchemist for consistency, because I don't think the taste has changed, moreso that I've just had more, other delicious beers in the interim. Still good, fresh and balanced, just no longer the end-all-be-all beer imo.—by Brian Howles

    8.0

    1 Cheers

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    —by Gavin O'Neill

    10.0

    0 Cheers

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    Perennial Rock star of NE IPA's...still think his brother Focal was a half a point better!! —by Sean Joyce

    9.5

    1 Cheers

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    My reward for drinking that cherry flavored beer...now this is a great beer. An excellent IPA that I enjoyed right out of the can as demanded by the can. Proving to me (but not my wife) that I am excellent at following directions.—by Jim Rau

    8.5

    1 Cheers

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    Drank this while painting with a twist with my wife. Still nothing to write home about. Things I enjoyed better than this - paint water, straight paint, paint fumes, painting with a twist, and every other beer I drank while there (hint hint Type A)...—by Ken Buonocore

    7.0

    0 Cheers

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    He's on the sideline with the flu right now so get better soon Matt Scullin. I mention this because I've not been able to write a decent Heady Topper review after reading Matt's Heady review from 2015. I wanted to copy and paste it but couldn't . Just go read it. You can get on your laptop, scan over his score and read every word. It stands as the standard of beer reviews that I judge all others on, which is perfect because this is the beer I judge all other beers on. Long live the Alchemist and the wacky beer contest that loves them. —by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    8 Cheers

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    He's on the sideline with the flu right now so get better soon Matt Scullin. I mention this because I've not been able to write a decent Heady Topper review after reading Matt's Heady review from 2015. I wanted to copy and paste it but couldn't . Just go read it. You can get on your laptop, scan over his score and read every word. It stands as the standard of beer reviews that I judge all others on, which is perfect because this is the beer I judge all other beers on. Long live the Alchemist and the wacky beer contest that loves them—by Phil Aiken

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    Had this side-by-side with Focal Banger and the Crusher. Sorry, but Heady took third place. That being said, I'd still drink one any day of the week. Real score = 8.8—by Dave "SD" Cook

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    Had this side-by-side with Focal Banger and the Crusher. Sorry, but Heady took third place. That being said, I'd still drink one any day of the week. Real score = 8.8—by Dave "SD" Cook

    9.0

    1 Cheers

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    What can I say, sometimes the team just doesn't show up to play. I've loved this beer before - it's amazing. And I can't rule out that my earlier dinner of Spicy Garlic Wings from BDubs may have funkified my taste buds... but it just wasn't very good this time. I'll drink another just to be sure this was a fluke, but man... what a bummer.—by Zman

    6.0

    0 Cheers

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    this beer sucks compared to THE CRUSHER, watcha gonna do when the Crusher runs wild on you, brother , Let me tell you something Mene Gene, eat your vitamins, drink your Crusher and say your prayers- Hulk Hogan ALL HAIL THE CRUSHER—by Dr. Snaz

    9.0

    6 Cheers

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    Topper the only reason for me to go-to Vermont. I am sure there are other beers n fob land that will prove me wrong. Challenge accepted. —by David Presloid

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    It really is the standard which all beers judge themselves against. The folks at the Alchemist are also the coolest brewers anywhere. Take note Tired Hands, Neshaminy, etc—by Boorujy

    10.0

    3 Cheers

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    To quote a friend who just had it for the first time, "I may have to relocate". Another convert. Looking forward to week 4—by Ted Jones

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    One of the added benefits of FOB, is the creation of an excuse to drink a beer at any hour of the day. Next time someone gives you a funny look for drinking a beer at 10am, just tell them you're in a beer club. It shows your organized, a productive member of society, and have things going on. Not just a creeper at an indoor golfing place boozing it up with a kids birthday party next door before lunch. —by Jeremy Chadwick

    9.0

    4 Cheers

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    Brings me back to a warm safe place....like breast feeding and bacon.—by Matt Westbrook

    9.5

    3 Cheers

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    This beer is perfect. I imagine Tom Brady drinks Heady. From the can of course. Thanks to those that trekked up to Vt. to grab this.—by Seth Niederman

    10.0

    0 Cheers

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    —by Brian Vlaminck

    9.5

    0 Cheers

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    —by Brian Vlaminck

    9.5

    0 Cheers

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    What a treat. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this one is fantastic. —by Daniel Clune

    9.0

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    Not much to say that hasn't been said before. Docked 1/2 a point bc Heady occasionally does not rise to its own greatness every time. Probably too harsh to say it is a bit inconsistent but it's true. Guess it isn't easy being a supremely awesome beer every single day. —by Anthony Ciavarelli

    9.5

    1 Cheers

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    What can I say? I get the opportunity to drink this usually once a year. This year I have been fortunate enough to have it at least 6 rimes. It one of the best beers I've ever had. Looking forward to a pilgrimage to the Alchemist to mule back as much as I can buy/ fit in my car.—by Michael Calderone

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    Still don't get all the hype (appreciate the effort from Phil and the team for getting it though). This will go the way of Hopslam from years past. If we were scoring marketing and supply/demand management alchemist gets a 10, but as far as the beer there are better out there and within this case. Time for a new champ to be crowned. —by Thomas Goas

    7.0

    2 Cheers

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    —by Thomas Goas

    6.0

    1 Cheers

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    The FoB squad truly outdid themselves this year! Epic hat trick from Alchemist! Couldn't have been happier with this case of greatness. Cheers to you all!!—by Corey Boudman

    10.0

    3 Cheers

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    Shocking.... this was good. It's just in its own category. Self palate cleaning ... every sip takes as fresh as the one before. Not the most dank or hoppy beer Ull ever drink but man it's so good and balanced. —by dave romesburg

    9.0

    2 Cheers

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    Score adjustment—by George Aiken

    7.5

    1 Cheers

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    I'm so conflicted on this one. Heady topper you're a great friend. Your always there 600 miles a way when I need you. It's good to see you again. Tell your brothers I'll see them in a few weeks when we all visit Vermont. Ok heady topper be safe. And call me when you get to Vermont. And be careful going thru jersey. Don't burn anything till after your past jersey. I'm tellin you it's not safe. Alright peace bro!—by George Aiken

    7.0

    1 Cheers

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    Ahhhhhhh, here we are - the heir apparent to beer greatness. I don't know what to say except this deserves all the hype, and is easily the Tom Brady of Beers (reference intended)—by Stump

    8.5

    1 Cheers

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    Simply perfect. Have another?—by Shane Dreher

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    —by Thomas Wolfe

    10.0

    2 Cheers

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    The FoB squad truly outdid themselves this year! Epic hat trick from Alchemist! Couldn't have been happier with this case of greatness. Cheers to you all!!—by Corey Boudman

    10.0

    2 Cheers

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    Liquid deliciousness in a can no less!!!!—by Ryan Ciavarelli

    9.0

    1 Cheers

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    Felt like I was in VT. Fire going, cold out with snow on ground and an awesome beer. —by Nat Marchetti

    9.0

    0 Cheers

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    So after much consideration a second can had been popped open and I can safely say I got the infected one! We just popped Chris' can (sounds oddly arousing, right?) and the band aid-y chlorophenols I had attributed as a loss of freshness in the first can are gone. I've got piney, resiny, grapefruit, garlic, lite peach and a little grass (which stood out too much last time). Course corrected, but head to head it's no Sip of Sunshine. 9.5—by Mike Kinsley

    9.5

    1 Cheers

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    What? A bad Heady? Not possible. So we opened my can and low and behold it is delicious. Dude. Mike got stiffed w a bad Heady. No lie. Band Aids all the way. We're still sampling but the second Heady was close to expected, but still doesn't stack up to the Sip of Sunshine. Gotta call em like we see em. —by Chris Dietrich

    9.0

    2 Cheers

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    Following SOS w Heady. But before I do, I know what you're gonna say. "Mike you said no more pix". I did say that, I should've clarified that I meant I myself wouldn't post anymore pix cause I didn't want to bore yous (Dan Aiken, you got me, and BTW your coloring skillz are second to none). But in this case the visual is of 4 heavyweights going head to head for a knock down battle royale, so I allow for exception. Now back to the show. Heady presents more pine and grassy notes in the aroma to go w citrusy hops that show up stronger in the flavor and accentuate the lite grainy sugar sweetness. Bitterness is strong and lingers longer into finish than I recall in past versions. This can may be a bit dated, I remember more citrus and tropical fruit than this is presenting, its like those flavors have faded leaving behind a grassy bitterness that overpowers its usually perfect balance. 8.5—by Mike Kinsley

    8.5

    2 Cheers

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    This is my third heady and I have to say it's not as fresh as the others. Super smooth still with little to complain about. The malt head in me likes the mild delivery, but I can see this edition coming in short for a Heady overall. The can design is classic black on can with way too much copy. 7.0 for the new tradition in American can design.—by Chris Dietrich

    8.0

    1 Cheers

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    I really want to say it's overrated but it's not!—by Matt Bruce

    9.5

    2 Cheers

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    If this beer were called Teddy Hopper, it would get 5s. —by Steve Merino

    5.0

    1 Cheers

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    All time top fiver—by Craig D'anjolell

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    The Phantom Menace. As a Star Wars child, there is no movie ever that I was look forward to more than Phantom Menace. And it sucked. SUCKED. Jar-Jar Binks? Are you freakin' kidding me. I learned then that those things that are hyped never live up to the hype. Almost never. Heady Topper is in that rarified air because it meets and exceeds. Always a transcendent experience for me. Exactly the profile I love. Just perfect! I have two beers I like more (one is part of FOB this year), but it is in the hundreds of a second more.—by Mark McCreary

    10.0

    3 Cheers

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    —by Matthew Yost

    9.5

    0 Cheers

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    Not a bad little beer. I think they might be onto something..—by Ken Heft

    9.0

    2 Cheers

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    —by richard walsh

    10.0

    0 Cheers

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    Love it in the can, but went for the open top instead.—by Dan Etzweiler

    9.0

    1 Cheers

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    On such a nice day I wanted to synergize my happiness, perhaps in an exponential way. This is the one DIPA my wife Linda will drink, and frankly is her most favorite beer. As stated before I give the 9.5 knowing that Heady is the "gold standard", the measuring stick, the bar to be compared to. Come on other beers, step up! Stop being like arsenal who can never seal the deal despite a bunch of star players. I'm sick of watching them blow it like the 2003-2008 Eagles. I digress Thanks Phil for getting this, really does make my year. —by John Harding

    9.5

    4 Cheers

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    —by Alex Silow

    9.5

    3 Cheers

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    As a former presidential candidate, I've been quoted saying about the president: "This guy is a fraud. This guy ran for president of the United States saying, ‘I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder.’ Then suddenly he appoints all these billionaires, his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs, and now he’s going to dismantle legislation that protects consumers.” Having said that, his executive order on Vermont week is dead on balls accurate—by Robert Bustard

    10.0

    0 Cheers

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    When the NFL starts its season, it tries to find the most intriguing matchup for Opening Night Game 1. Following similar logic, I am going out of the instructed order and kicking off my case with the FOB 2016 Champ, Heady Topper. Of course, its a 10. Anything less, you are kidding yourself. Excellent beer, great work Phil!—by Pat Cook, RM#7

    10.0

    1 Cheers

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    Had to open early to share with friends(is it NOT OUR PURPOSE!?) This beer holds true to the myth. It is indeed a pinnacle of IPA. The best? Not to me - but to some, yes, and with warrant. To me - a great IPA, worthy of its reputation among the GAWDS of brews. A standard of which to base all IPAS - to me, at least.—by Scott Campanile The Younger

    9.0

    0 Cheers