Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1224   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Share this beer with friends!
An American Double IPA, packed with over 120 IBU!

deekyn's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1311) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A - drank from the can, but poured a bit. Hazy straw golden amber with high fluffy. S - piney resiny up front. Nice notes of tropical fruits, candied lemon, grapefruit, nice malt notes underneath. M - nice full bodied full palate. Nicely rounded. Bitter but not overwhelming. Nice malty ending, not too sweet. T - centennial hops. Candied citrus, lemon and overripe cuties and light tropical fruits up front. Centennial hops. Nice citrus and tropical fruit. Blends to a full strong malt back bone. Hints of mint, honey. Gets sweeter as it warms up. O - fantastic well balanced, though malt heavy as it warms. 8

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewtalizer (6) - Miami Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2015 does not count
As good as it gets!, piney, citrusy, resinny, notes of guava. Its what other IPAs aspire to be, in a special place along with Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, and a few others. They insist you drink from the can but I can’t but help to want to whiff as I drink so I pour mine. Beautiful Lacing that will stick to your glass. if you let it dry get ready to scrub!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Metalflake (28) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
4-pack bought at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT. WOW. Fantastic IPA. Poured into a Shaker, against the advisory to drink from the can (hey, I wanted to see what it looked like, and I had 3 more after all) - hazy orange in colour, with a 1-inch head that hung around almost all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine sap, pepper and cloves. Intensely hoppy, but surprisingly not overpoweringly bitter - there is a strong malt character to the beer to support the hops. Drank the second can from the can, and I have to agree with the brewer’s notes - a certain amount of the volatile aromatics do seem to be lost in the pour. It IS better from the can. Overall a really, really great IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (691) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Can in blind tasting. Cloudy orange, with one finger fine bubbled head. Lots of mango, white pepper, lemon, lime, green peppers. Soft carbonation, very smooth on the pallet. Medium pine and grapefruit bitterness. Moderate biscuit sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ntg1213 (7) - - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
Pours a hazy bronze color without much foam.Tropical fruit and floral aromas, huge tropical fruit flavors. Sweetness from yeast and malt balances out the hop bitterness - would never have guessed it was anywhere near 120 IBUs. Moderate carbonation. Excellent overall - perhaps not the best beer in the world, but deserves its place in the conversation. If you can’t get a hold of it, it reminds me of Belgian-style IPAs, such as Raging Bitch from Snake Dog

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
electrotype (307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Ça fait quelque fois que je bois de la Heady et je considère que mes premières critiques n’étaient pas nécessairement assez justes... Alors je me reprends. J’ai maintenant une plus grande expérience en tant qu’amateur de bières et me sens prêt à noter cette bière plus objectivement. Premièrement, j’ai l’impression qu’il est fort possible que la recette change à l’occasion ou que les brassins ne soient pas tout à fait constants. Les première fois que j’ai bu de la Heady, je n’avais jamais senti une bière aussi fruitée! Les fraises, pêche et ananas me transpersaient carrément les narines! Celle que je bois aujourd’hui, pourtant très fraiche (une semaine) me semble moins fruitée au nez. Je dis "moins fruitée" mais les houblons américains sont tout de même définitivement mis en évidence. C’est juste que je suis surpris, cette fois-çi, par l’équilibre assez incroyable que possède cette bière. Elle a beau être un gros jus de houblons fraichement pressés, elle n’en demeure pas moins extrêmement équilibrée et offre une base maltée parfaite pour supporter ces cocottes amères. L’amertûme est loin d’être trop intense. Bref, probablement la meilleure batche que j’ai bue jusqu’ici. Vais-je devoir changer ma critique à nouveau lors de la dégustation d’une prochaine batche? Ça reste à voir. N’empêche que je suis content d’avoir 4 cannettes de celle-çi! Vraiment délicieuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (937) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Aromas of orange, tangerine, orange zest, floral hops, tropical fruits, mango, subtle pineapple, caramel, biscuit malt, grains, and some pines. Appears a bright orange with a beautiful foam head. Taste is pleasantly bitter upfront followed by fresh orange juice, tangerine, dry citrus, pineapple juice, mango, herb-y, grassy, hay, lemongrass, caramel cream, crackers, biscuit malt and more orange peel. Finishes extremely dry with resinous hop oils. Overall, definitely worth the hype. A+ beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (188) - - MAR 21, 2015
Poured against the can’s wishes into a tulip. Cloudy grapefruit in color. It’s like a sunset, with many varying shades of orange. One finger of fuzzy off-white head becomes a moderately-sized ring that leaves some spatters of lace. Holy jeebus. This is one of the dankest, grassiest, most resinous noses I’ve encountered. It’s not bright; it’s absolutely FUNKY with hops. Behind the blend of liquified weed and grass blades, I get saltine crackers, a touch of burnt sugar and orange cream. The crackers crumble under the weight of the hops, and I love it. The resinous character can be read in the flavor, but a little bit is lost in the translation. The dank funk is still there, but the bitterness behind them is huge. Sugar-dusted orange slices and grass mix with sticky alcohol, a little caramel, and perhaps even some mango. It gets better and better as it warms and as the malt sweetness improves. By the bottom of the glass, it’s nearly perfect. Medium in body with nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderately high and pinching, breaking the beer into just a touch of fizz. Velvety. Though the alcohol’s a little more noticeable than I’d like, the bitterness and malt strike a nice balance. The hype...is well-deserved. Heady Topper’s one of the dankest, funkiest IPAs I’ve ever put in my mouth. And it comes in a can?! I’m in love.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njdrinker (13) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2015
This is an almost perfect ipa and from the east coast!! The body is just enough with a great amount of aroma and flavor. This is my favorite type of ipa style. Love that people are bringing it back to nj so often now

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
THBPhil (1) - N Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2015 does not count
Resin, citrus, floral, grassy. First sip said it all. Strong, sharp aroma followed by a surprisingly smooth flavor and finish. Definitely puts the taste buds into overload for a bit. Find it! Drink it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (365) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Tasted from can and poured into taster glass. Hazy orangish gold with white head. Aroma is grass, earthy notes, pine, floral. Very well balanced and clean bitter taste. Medium sweetness of caramel and earthy flavors with floral and pine notes. Excellent tasting. Lives up to the hype. One of the best IPAs I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 123

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50