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Closest beer to Heady Topper

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by danedelman, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    The beer I just drank will be the closest to the heady I'm drinking.

  2. I will be trying this from a growler for the first time tomorrow, and I can't wait.
  3. shredder83

    shredder83 Savant (485) Illinois Feb 21, 2013

    Bohdi is the bee's knees!
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  4. dougfur

    dougfur Savant (355) New York Jan 24, 2011

    Had my first Gandhi Bot the other night, and while it's not exactly like Heady Topper, I was struck by the similarities. Great beer!
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    MITCHELLMPLS Savant (295) Minnesota Dec 13, 2011

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  6. Pwbres

    Pwbres Savant (365) New Hampshire Mar 25, 2013

    Stone Ruination has shown the closest resemblance for me
  7. yoitsarch

    yoitsarch Savant (400) California Nov 13, 2012

    Lagunitas Sucks when fresh batches come back this fall.
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  8. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    I've yet to try anything that's crazy close.

    There's a local place in NH (Nepenthe ales) makes a IIPA called Lotus Eater - when it first came out last year the first batch of it was fairly close to Heady - it even looked like it. They've been tweaking the recipe quite a bit and I haven't had any that came close to that first batch, but that was the closest I've ever had.

    If you homebrew, this recipe is amazing. Get a hold of some Conan yeast and you'll be golden. http://signpostbrewing.com/heady-topper-clone-brew-4-0/ I brewed a batch recently and I think it's incredibly close (I did a side by side with the real HT.)
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  9. AntG21

    AntG21 Aficionado (245) Liberia Aug 4, 2014

    Does Abner come in cans?
  10. At a glance, this thread seems to me to be people saying what they think is as good...which is hilarious to me because I think like 20 IPAs/DIPAs are better (queue the quintissential 'but I can't get those either).

    Anyways, I think that Lunch and Bissell Substance both have some distinct similarities to Heady flavor-wise
  11. I'm surprised by the Nepenthe comment. I tried a few of their beers when I lived in NH and they were about as amateurish as I've ever tasted for a commercial brewery. It was like tasting the ingredients of a beer rather than drinking the finished product, if that makes sense.
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  12. dbrelsfo

    dbrelsfo Savant (385) Georgia Apr 17, 2013

    I had a new brew at one of my local breweries that is IMO very close to heady, except for a little more malt would be needed on the back end. It is called Transmigration of Souls from Orpheus and it is amazing! It is a very high quality beer!
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  13. PuckIt

    PuckIt Savant (370) Pennsylvania Feb 6, 2014

    …in 32oz bottles *facepalm*
  14. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Advocate (525) New York May 14, 2013

    I believe my description of Bodhi when I first had it was "looks like Pliny, tastes like Heady."
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  15. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,015) New York Mar 12, 2009

    Haven't tried Substance yet, but to me Lunch tastes like Pliny the Elder. Have yet to have a beer tastes like Heady because Conan yeast gives beer such a disitinctive character, and John Kimmich is probably the only pro brewer can mix hop mastery with Conan mastery well enough to make it.
  16. AntG21

    AntG21 Aficionado (245) Liberia Aug 4, 2014

    I take it Conan is a type of yeast? Does it really play that large a role?
  17. The closest that I have found to Heady has been NoDa Hop Drop and Roll
    Both come in a can, both have a similar nose (Heady's is better), similar mouthfeel, both have those wonderful little particles floating around (god I love that shit). I prefer Heady but HopDrop is not far behind
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  18. Domingo

    Domingo Champion (945) Colorado Apr 23, 2005

    Regardless of which beers I may or not like more...I'm not sure ANY truly taste like Heady does. Abner and (maybe) Ephraim kinda do, but not quite. Some of the west coast items I see on this list might as well be a totally different style, for better or worse.
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  19. Hefewiseman

    Hefewiseman Savant (355) Florida Sep 6, 2011

    Probably HF Society and Solitude 5, Maine Dinner, and Fort George/Boneyard/Block 15 3-Way IPA.
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  20. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,015) New York Mar 12, 2009

    Yes, and YESSSSS!!!!!
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  21. AntG21

    AntG21 Aficionado (245) Liberia Aug 4, 2014

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  22. WTKeene

    WTKeene Advocate (580) Texas Jul 13, 2013

    Odell Myrcenary is an astonishingly close approximation of Heady if you ask me.
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  23. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Champion (860) California Jan 31, 2005

  24. Substance! It's also very addictive.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
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  25. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,015) New York Mar 12, 2009

  26. MBC Another One is pretty much Heady's little brother.
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  27. I always thought Elevated IPA was Heady's little brother. Another beer that is close is Second Fiddle.
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  28. I thought the same about Double Trouble
  29. I think Second Fiddle is similar in style to Heady, and I go back and forth between which I prefer. Also, Infiniti brewing in Portland Me makes a "head stash" IPA that is the best attempt at a Heady clone as I've ever tasted.
  30. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (630) California Jun 12, 2009

    Surprised no one from Vermont on here has said Second Fiddle yet. Good thing the new batch comes out tomorrow! It's easily worth driving or trading for.
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  31. end_27

    end_27 Advocate (600) Illinois Sep 23, 2012

    The Substance.....aka: Heady Topper Lite :D
  32. mohawk5

    mohawk5 Aficionado (215) New Jersey Jul 24, 2014

    Carton 077XX
  33. It's not the same. But, it might be better. That comes from someone who LOVES Heady.
  34. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Savant (495) Georgia Jul 27, 2013

    I haven't tried any one beer that would taste like heady by itself. However if you mixed stone ruination and laguniats sucks together, I think you'd be pretty close. Ruination has the hop presence and the pine taste that heady has, and sucks has the smooth tropical fruit flavor that heady has, so by bringing them together I think it'd be prettt close.
  35. Two things instantly came to mind--less exact from a pure taste standpoint but more the unique mouthfeel.

    Alpine Nelson
    Omnipollo Fatamorgana

    Neither easy to find.

    On the "easy" to access front--Enjoy By sometimes has some similar notes and "bigness"
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  36. johnjohnbeer

    johnjohnbeer Savant (350) Kentucky Oct 27, 2012

    Heady is in a league of its own IMO. The pure hop flavor is just beautiful, with no bitterness at all. I love how dry is finishes as well. There are other IPAs i like, but nothing has rocked me like Heady. That being said.....

    Who wants to hook it up with some Hop Drop and Roll?
  37. p90beer

    p90beer Aficionado (125) Delaware Jan 10, 2011

    I would like some other thoughts on Maine Beer Co's "Another One". I poured for me and my wife and she said "tastes just like HT". I sipped again and said "yeh, I can see that" .....
  38. nolanz14

    nolanz14 Savant (275) Massachusetts Aug 31, 2009

    Another One flies under the radar with all the dinner and lunch talk. IMO it's better than Lunch. It's unbelievable but it's an IPA and not DIPA. Heady has such a unique hop taste it stands by itself. There are other DIPA's almost as good but not as unique.
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  39. racer2k

    racer2k Savant (370) Massachusetts May 21, 2004

    HT is a tough one to duplicate especially fresh. However I have found some similar taste notes in Founders Double Trouble and Maine Beer Company's Another One...I do not think that Maine Lunch is that close...the subtle malt backbone does not match...still damn tasty though..
  40. racer2k

    racer2k Savant (370) Massachusetts May 21, 2004

    Agree. I like Another One better than Lunch....Lunch has a subtle dry malt backbone finish that fades the hop bomb away...Another One is full on and citrusy much closer to HT..
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