Brewery: The Alchemist Brewery
Drink from the can! Drink from the can! Drink from the can!
Type of Beer: Double IPA
As for the unfiltered Heady Topper, what can you say that hasn't been said? It is Beer Advocate's #1 NEIPA. It appears in RateBeer's top 50 craft beers - though the Stowe brewery does not.
The Alchemist Brewery Beer Description (on can)
Heady Topper® is an American Double India Pale Ale. This beer is not intended to be the biggest or most bitter. It is meant to give you wave after wave of hoppy goodness on your palate. Tremendous amounts of American hops will creep up on you, and leave you with a dense hoppy finish in your mouth.
So drinkable, it's scary.
Sometimes I wish I could crawl right into the can.
Freshness and control have always been my main concern when it comes to our beer. We are committed to providing you with an unfiltered and unpasteurized hop experience.
Why do I recommend that you drink it from the can?
Quite simply, to ensure a delightful hop experience. The act of pouring it in a glass smells nice, but it releases the essential hop aromas that we have worked so hard to retain.
If you MUST pour it into a glass, you may find that some of the hop resins have settled to the bottom - leave them in the can while pouring. This beer is perishable, and at its best when it is young, fresh and hazy.
Keep it cold, but not ice cold.
Drink this beer immediately, we are always making more.
- John Kimmich
Hops & Malts used in the Heady Topper brewing recipe
Final thoughts on Heady Topper
Dude John could write. Wow. The Heady Topper description is intense. He also goes on to advise you recycle the can when you are done, lest you be a d-bag.
To quote a friend, "Heady Topper is a helluva pour"