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Heady Topper: Worth the Hype?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by willbm3, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    So I'm planning a trip up to Waterbury next week to purchase some Heady and I was just curious if it is worth all the hype it gets. It's about 400 miles round trip so it's a bit of a commitment. Also, I encourage anyone who has been to share any tips.

    Stay strong and beer on.
  2. AleToTheVictors

    AleToTheVictors Savant (285) Maryland Feb 7, 2012 Beer Trader

  3. ColdPoncho

    ColdPoncho Savant (465) Ohio Jan 9, 2009

    It's very good. Hyped beer is hyped for a reason.
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  4. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    For me it stands head and shoulders above any other IIPA I have tried.
  5. very good beer. believe the hype! and i do have a big tip for you. they dont always have beer on hand. you have to go there when they can which i think is mondays and fridays. not 100% sure of that, so i would call them or find out somehow before making the 400 mile trip. cheers!
    oh and its a 3 case limit per person
  6. gibby

    gibby Aficionado (230) Pennsylvania Jul 25, 2008

    I have never been but I hope to some day soon. Heady is a fantastic DIPA and worth the hype in my opinion.
  7. pjs234

    pjs234 Advocate (740) Connecticut Jun 29, 2008

    Yes. I have had a few beers that were killed by the hype, where i was actually disappointed when I finally got to try it. This was far from the case for Heady. Heady exceeded the hype for me. The best 2x IPA I've ever had.

    The first time I tried it, I was staying in Ludlow for Thanksgiving and my father-in-law (not a beer geek) and I drove the 88 miles each way to buy a few cases. He actually really enjoyed it... which was surprising as his favorite beer is Michelob Ultra. I would highly recommend making the journey.
    Neorebel likes this.
  8. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Make sure you arent planning the trip for a weekend since it could sell out by then.
  9. Id say no, but then Id be subjecting myself to all kinds of ostracization within the beer community.
    st9647v3, Savage1005 and x37x like this.
  10. Yes, I believe Wednesday is the day to go.
  11. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Yes, it is very good, if you like DIPAs, of course. Make sure you buy as many cases as you can to really make the trip worthwhile.
  12. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    It's good. Worth the hype? Hell no. Of all the hyped IPA's out there, it is the least deserving.
    MrDave, Hermthegerm, st9647v3 and 7 others like this.
  13. CMB2012

    CMB2012 Savant (295) Colorado Nov 26, 2008

  14. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    They can on Mondays and Thursdays.
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  15. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Definitely the best beer in its style in my book. Would I drive 400 miles to buy a couple cases of it?

    Yes. Yes hell I would.
  16. gcamparone

    gcamparone Advocate (685) Rhode Island Dec 6, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Yes but you must go on a thursday. I got there Thursday night and they had plenty of cases, but the lady said they'd be sold out by Friday morning.
  17. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Savant (375) California Sep 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    At $3 a pint in the can it is ABSOUTELY worth it...
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  18. Not only yes but
    HELL YES !!!
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  19. Heady Topper? Drive 400 miles for it? Are you kidding? No Brainer!

    Yes, it's that good! Just be sure you are arriving on the day they are canning. It's a sell out and when in the parking lot, take note of all the out of state license plates! Enjoy!!
    Neorebel, Polasiuss and devlishdamsel like this.
  20. no, it's not worth a 400 mile drive.
  21. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Nope. Trade instead. Its good, but not 400 miles good.
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  22. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    I think it's a great beer. But I wouldn't drive 400 miles just to get that beer. That's what trading is for.
  23. Yes, so is Stowe. Don't rush back home- stay a few days and hit the slopes!
  24. CHickman

    CHickman Advocate (540) New York Jan 7, 2009

    Worth the trip, and drinking it up in VT fresh will make it that much better. I've had Heady Topper on several occasions and it has always been fantastic. Arguably the best beer I've ever had and if you have the time for that type of road-trip then go for it and enjoy that great area. Make a stop at the Three Penny Taproom and also try to get your hands on some Lawson's Finest Liquids beer. And crank up the Phish while driving.
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  25. Anker13

    Anker13 Savant (295) New Jersey Feb 14, 2011 Beer Trader

    ben and jerry's is also right next door. literally.
  26. godrinkbeer671

    godrinkbeer671 Disciple (70) California Jan 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    the best damn beer out of a can!
  27. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    If you're saying that every beer is hyped because of quality you couldn't be further from the truth. However, in this case it's applicable. Heady Topper is among the top tier of DIPA's.
  28. ColdPoncho

    ColdPoncho Savant (465) Ohio Jan 9, 2009

    I think in general, hyped beers are hyped because a group of people thinks they are very good. In some cases it may be strategic, but I think it is rare for beers with a lot of hype to live up to the hype. It's probably best to acknowledge that hype probably indicates a quality beer, but not necessarily something earth-shatteringly phenomenal.
  29. ediaz

    ediaz Savant (370) Florida Nov 23, 2011 Beer Trader

  30. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (780) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    Not even close, it's worth WAY more!
  31. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    It's a solid beer.
  32. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Advocate (545) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

  33. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

  34. sounds like you answered your own question when you you decided to drive 400 miles for it. Yes, its an amazing beer.
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  35. You must go to the prohibition pig. must.
  36. I've only had it a few times, but I can honestly say that it doesn't change my stance that there isn't a beer I'd drive 6 hours in a car for.
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  37. josephwa

    josephwa Advocate (680) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    <- For sure. What he said.
  38. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Don't forget to go to Hill Farmstead!!! If you enjoy your Heady, HF will leave you speechless.
  39. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Was thinking/suggest the same. Supposedly an hour drive between the 2 breweries (according the google). Might as well hit both and have the peace of mind regarding worthiness.
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  40. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    Do yourself a favor and get there on a Thursday to grab Headys before they sell out, then stay overnight and hit up HF and grab some Lawsons while you're there. Pretty sure those are released on Fridays but they're likely to run through their good stuff by the end of the day.
    Gosox8787 likes this.
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