Closest beer to Heady Topper

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  1. ArsMoriendiOU818

    ArsMoriendiOU818 Zealot (559) Nov 5, 2013 California

    HDNR close to Heady... what? HDNR has a waaaaay more noticeable malt presence (I tried it at 10 days old, BTW).

    Anyway, Double Sunshine is definitely the most similar IPA I've had to Heady Topper. Focal Banger is also pretty close. Other than those 2 phenomenal IPA's, nothing else is in the same realm. Pliny the Elder is great, but is completely distinct from Heady. If anything, HDNR is stylistically similar to Pliny.
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  2. richobrien

    richobrien Devotee (470) Dec 29, 2013 California

    Will just have to keep trying more beers til we get the answer!
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  3. Soup27

    Soup27 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 Delaware

    I was scanning the thread in hopes that someone wouldn't beat me to this! It's my favorite go-to IPA, But I thought Heady had a depth that Hop Nosh, and every other IPA I've had couldn't touch!
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  4. GregoryVT

    GregoryVT Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2016 Vermont

    I agree. I've had the pleasure of drinking Kane's Overhead only while at the Newark airport. This is my favorite DIPA.
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  5. BltByKrmn

    BltByKrmn Defender (631) Jan 16, 2013 New York

    Other Half All Green Everything is definitely the closest thing to Heady that I've tried.
  6. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,574) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    If I thought I could buy another that was equal to HT I'd have a fridge full. But there's not, there's other great beers, but HT is still at the top of my list.
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  7. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (829) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Though it's a pale ale, HopHands has a very similar hop profile. They even look alike.
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  8. Davl22

    Davl22 Disciple (302) Sep 27, 2011 New Hampshire

    Abrasive and Abner are the only beers I've tasted that have the same hop profile, smooth bitterness and creamy mouthfeel.
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  9. tmbgnicu

    tmbgnicu Zealot (506) Mar 15, 2014 Pennsylvania

    So much this. AGE from the can is freakishly close to Heady, even with the vastly different ABV. Abner is close too, but they are just different enough to call them "close" but not too similar. Did Abner and Heady side by side on Thanksgiving, and frankly Abner was better imo. Next time AGE is canned, I am driving to Brooklyn for some.
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  10. njcraftguy

    njcraftguy Zealot (533) Apr 6, 2015 New Jersey

    I like this post because it seems to me that people always want to compare a beer to Heady - which of course is a huge compliment to Heady. I can remember being in VT and most of the locals - who were probably tired of all the Heady talk - kept talking up Second Fiddle and SOS. To me while both excellent - they fall short of Heady. 2nd Fiddle being closer. Over the years I've heard this question many times and until recently my answer was while there are many other outstanding DIPA's and IPA's out there Heady was clearly the best. In the last year however I have been blown away by many brews but 3 really made me tingle. Tesseract from Grimm Ales - Julius from Treehouse and Epiphany from Foundation all belong in the same sentence as Heady. What a great time to be a hop head. Cheers
  11. TravlynMan

    TravlynMan Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2014 Massachusetts

    Anybody think Haze specifically from Treehouse was very close to Heady? Had it last year in growler and cans and was having flashbacks to Heady.
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  12. tmbgnicu

    tmbgnicu Zealot (506) Mar 15, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I don't actually. Haze is fantastic, but its juicyness(and all TH beers really) puts it in its own category I think.
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  13. rogacks

    rogacks Aspirant (213) Aug 31, 2014 Massachusetts

    Treehouse's Very Green was incredible.
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  14. scbeerman

    scbeerman Aspirant (294) Feb 16, 2015 South Carolina

    Foothills October 2015 IPA of the Month was extremely similar to Heady
  15. RBowers

    RBowers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Virginia

    Grimm stuff, like tesseract, cloudbursting... is similar in juiciness and easier to come by.
  16. dripa8

    dripa8 Initiate (198) Sep 19, 2014 Kansas

    I have no doubt that heady is a great dipa,(never had it), but I have had Pliny and Kern citra, and from looking at all the opinions of people on what beers are closest, I must come to the conclusion that its ALL hype. My opinion is find a relatively local dipa that YOU like, and enjoy!
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  17. chavinparty

    chavinparty Initiate (128) Jan 4, 2015 New Hampshire

    Not the same but second fiddle is pretty close
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  18. Ipaupaweallpa

    Ipaupaweallpa Initiate (179) Dec 26, 2014 Alabama

    Hoptimum really?
  19. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,574) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    How can you call it hype when you've never had it?
  20. Tyler_E

    Tyler_E Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2015 North Carolina

    There are plenty IMO. The best match I have found is Todd the Axe Man from Surly. Abrasive Ale is good, but not as close in taste as Todd is. Other close matches include Sip of Sunshine, Hop Drop n' Roll, and Abner.
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  21. Cadaver83

    Cadaver83 Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2015 Massachusetts

    Treehouse everything.....
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  22. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,488) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    Answer brews. Brandon is a master at his craft. They have so many great IPAs. Megablast, even though technically a triple IPA, was crazy amazing. I actually liked it more
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  23. MilaMila

    MilaMila Aspirant (209) Dec 11, 2015 Massachusetts

    Focal Banger is a lighter version of The Heady Topper but The Heady Topper is on a different level. You can get The Heady if you go to Vermont on the days it's being distributed to which ever location.. But as far as a comparable beer to The Heady. There's no beer like it and I've had many different types of beers.
  24. BltByKrmn

    BltByKrmn Defender (631) Jan 16, 2013 New York

    The people suggesting Abrasive have either never had Heady or they are insane. Either way, Abrasive while good tastes nothing like Heady.
  25. BltByKrmn

    BltByKrmn Defender (631) Jan 16, 2013 New York

    Maybe next time you should read the original post before responding? It's fine if you prefer TH beer, but you're delusional if you think they taste like Heady.
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  26. Emmige1

    Emmige1 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2014 New York

    Focal banger is probably the closest
  27. Norexyet

    Norexyet Initiate (170) Nov 23, 2015 New Jersey

    I agree that AGE is very similar and much easier (for me) to get. All green is one of my favorite beers and look foward to the next canning.
  28. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,574) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I love fresh Abrasive, I have it rated equally with Heady, but your right they are not even close to being a like. Different but equally outstanding.
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  29. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    Carton 077xx
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  30. abkayak

    abkayak Disciple (346) Jan 8, 2013 New York

    Get there earlier then you plan
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  31. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Meyvn (1,089) Nov 3, 2013 California

    I think that SOS is better then Heady and I heard that's easier to get out there. I'm a Pliny guy but that SOS is a close second.
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  32. PeteKuncis

    PeteKuncis Initiate (48) Dec 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Closest I had to Heady was one of the October 2014 versions of Night Shift Morph.
  33. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (149) Dec 6, 2014 California

  34. AngryDutchman

    AngryDutchman Aspirant (231) Aug 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Know nothing about Heady Topper but Topper Headon was one of the best drummers I ever heard.

    Went looking for beer but I'm Lost in the Supermarket.
  35. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,888) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    To be honest the beer that closely resembles Heady Topper would be Gandhi Bot. I dig Gandhi Bot more though.
  36. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (459) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    I'll take Tory Crimes any day over that drunk Topper Headon....:wink:
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  37. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,868) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    Are Carton and Kane beers available anywhere else but NY/NJ?
  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Do you mean Overhead and 077xx taste about the same as Heady? Or do you mean they a different from Heady but just as good?
  39. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2013 New York

    I know this doesn't help OP but I truly haven't had any beer that's similar to HT...I've had better( and better IPAs from VT alone) but I've never actually had an IPA and said this reminds me of tastes so damn unique and that's part of its appeal to me TBH
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  40. dynajack1

    dynajack1 Initiate (110) Jul 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    I always thought Captains Daughter was very close to Heady.
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