Heady Topper: can or glass poll

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by cookiequiz, May 22, 2013.


Do you drink HT from the can or a glass

  1. glass

    223 vote(s)
  2. can

    203 vote(s)
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  1. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    I like it from a glass better.

    (Not debating merits and demerits---obviously that's been/being done elsewhere---just curious about preferences.)
  2. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,771) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Just pour into a nice snifter or teku, and do so carefully at the back end of the pour so there aren't much in way of floaties. That's game, set, match, at least for me.

    I'll drink it either way, it's a great DIPA but definitely glass > can for me.
  3. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I have a rinsed out Pace picante sauce jar I use. The hourglass shape is perfect for heady.
  4. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (531) Jul 7, 2012 California

    i have drank it before both ways but today will go home and have some fresh heady open 2 cans
    drink one from glass and one from can at the same time and see what is better or if difference is negligible
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  5. spookyspeeg

    spookyspeeg Initiate (80) Feb 18, 2013 Connecticut

    I have tried both ways and I find out of the can is a more hop forward experience.
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  6. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,692) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

  7. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,165) Jan 4, 2013 California
    Premium Trader

    Never had one.. Anyone want to donate to the "Dan Desperately Needs to Try Heady Charity"?
  8. Brodie91

    Brodie91 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 New York

    I like ^ that guy's post, I have a similar charity just change the first word to "Brodie" haha
  9. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,692) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    I'm sure you have many beers that you could trade for some Heady seeing as you are from CA.
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  10. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,165) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Eh.. It's a whole process.. I am looking for a handout like a pathetic beggar.
  11. ChanChan

    ChanChan Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2009 California

    The few times I've had it it's been 2/3's from glass, last 1/3 from can!!
  12. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    - The "blanket of CO2" argument is bunk. That wouldn't happen any more in a can than it would in a glass. Just as much oxygen will hit the beer over an hour of tipping a can vs tipping a glass.
    - He advocates pouring roughly in almost the same breath as uttering aeration concerns.
    - Beer = working man = drinking from can = one man's opinion on the way the world works and, imho, an unnecessary label
    - Not everybody uses camping compatibility as their primary reason for purchasing beer. You can also bring a plastic cup camping with you, which I find preferable to a can.

    Great painters aren't always great at displaying their work. That's why we have curators at galleries.
  13. teraflx

    teraflx Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2013 Arizona

    I would drink it out of anything if given the opportunity since we don't get it in my area of the world.
  14. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    I think that counts as a glass.

    edit: Also, wish I'd included a 'Don't drink it at all---pity me!' option.
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  15. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (735) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Yeah, that's the option I picked.
  16. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    Nicely done, on all counts.
  17. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    I am here to say I like IT in the can !!
  18. jdklks

    jdklks Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    There would be A LOT fewer votes for can if the can didn't say to drink it that way, I suspect.
  19. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    I like to see my beer, so glass. I also don't dig having a can in my face. Maybe if it's settled out and a bit ugly I won't like it in the glass as well, but I don't intend to let it sit that long.
  20. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,594) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    I've never had it, but voted glass anyway. Valid!
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  21. jdklks

    jdklks Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    As long as you realize that is all in your head, because that isn't even remotely possible. And, to avoid confusion, it would be equally impossible for it to be more "hop forward" out of a glass. Drinkware doesn't chemically (not magically either) alter the chemical composition of the substance you pour into it. So unless the metal on your heady cans is hop flavored, I would suggest you reassess.
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,714) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It is not an ‘in your head thing’. Heady Topper does indeed have more hop presence if you drink it from the can. Some prior postings on this topic:

    “I took a totally different explanation for the benefits of drinking the beer from the can. John Kimmach stated that by pouring the beer into a glass can cause oxidation which will have an effect on the flavor of the beer (as you drink the last half of the glass).

    I had a can of Heady Topper where I drank it half & half (half in a glass and half from the can). To my utter amazement I enjoyed the flavor better from the can.”

    Another prior post:

    “Also, wouldn't simply drinking from the can introduce oxygen? When you drink the beer, something has to replace that volume, which is air. By tilting the can up and down you are mixing in the air.”

    If you listen to the video he explains that by drinking from the can there is a layer of CO2 which ‘protects’ the beer from to effects of air (oxygen).”

    And another:

    “Beer has CO2 in solution (carbonation). As you open a can (or bottle) the CO2 will come out of solution. Since CO2 is heavier than air there will be a layer of CO2 which ‘covers’ the top of the beer in the can (or bottle). This layer of CO2 will protect the beer from air (oxygen).”

    And one more:

    “But, at the same time pouring a beer that gives a head builds a CO2 layer also doesn't it?” Yes, as you beer a beer into a glass the resulting filled up glass will have a CO2 layer on top. I believe that the ‘bigger issue’ is that the empty glass is full of air (which is approximately 20% oxygen). The action of pouring the beer into an empty glass exposes the beer to lots of oxygen. Once the beer has been oxygenated, the oxidation processes begin right away. One of the oxidation processes with hoppy beer is hop flavor/aroma fade. That is why John Kimmich emphasized the point that as you get to the bottom of the glass (he arbitrarily picked a timeframe of 20 minutes) the beer will taste different. The oxidation processes will have caused the hop flavor/aroma to fade.”

  23. jdklks

    jdklks Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    Since I can only "like" this once, I will point out the fact that I would like to like it a bunch more times. The internet has some great resources, but is also home to a devastating amount of garbage masquerading as "science." The worst part? People believe it without doing the proper research. "But John Kimmich says so!"
  24. jdklks

    jdklks Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    Jack: the top half of your examples are all anecdotal (and thus "in your [the poster's] head") and the bottom half (two) are pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo.

    edit: none of this is to say oxidation doesn't occur. Just that if you're to actually perceiving its effects you are drinking your beer much too slowly.
  25. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Zealot (586) May 11, 2012 Missouri

    Never had it. Send me some and I'll let you know what I think
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,245) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    I've only had it in a glass, however I recently discovered that I enjoy mamas little yella pils straight from thhe can and think when poured into a glass it tastes different, and not as enjoyable. Next ht I get will be consumed from the can.
  27. BriceNice

    BriceNice Initiate (144) Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    First time I got it, I tried it both ways. Thought the can was better, and I've been drinking it that way ever since. Then about 2 weeks ago I decided to drink it from a glass. It was awesome. Sticking with the glass for a while. Makes it seem like it's a brand new beer. It's like banging your girlfriend from behind after she dyes her hair.
  28. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Aspirant (287) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire

    I have only recently had Heady, and followed the instructions and drank from the can. Next time I am trying the glass (picking up not one but two cases on Saturday!). In the video he talks about having it sit around for 30 minutes or an hour in the glass, that simply does not happen when I drink a great beer so not at all worried about that. And I much prefer a beer in a glass so guessing that will be my top choice. Also, if he is so interested in the "working man" perhaps I could get it cheaper than $75 a case next time!
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  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,714) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Oxidation does indeed occur and it is noticeable.

    My 'expeiment' was to pour half of the can into a glass and drink the glass first. I then started drinking from the can after the glass was empty and the first sip from the can was like "wow" compared to the last sip from the glass.

    There is no pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo going on here!

  30. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,165) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    So.. no takers for the "Dan Desperately Needs to Try Heady Charity"?
  31. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,422) Dec 13, 2009 New York

    Seriously. What is the next poll going to be - pliny, drink it fresh or age it?
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  32. amp138

    amp138 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2011 Rhode Island

    How about "can I age a barleywine?"
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  33. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,636) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Can. Hard to say it , but I like it better from the can than on tap , the hop hit seems more Intense.
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  34. allies_dad

    allies_dad Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 Texas

    Glass... always
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  35. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California

  36. juliusseizure

    juliusseizure Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2009 New York

    Can - Taste
    Glass - Smell
  37. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    The only thing I know about Heady, is that you should swallow it.
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  38. grumpy

    grumpy Initiate (0) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    Had our Vermont law limit of tasters at the brewery - which were ON TAP.....crystal clear with lovely taste and aroma. Took away a 4-pk, drank it the next 2 days from a glass, and it was crystal clear with lovely taste and aroma. There were no floaties. The taste experiences were identical. I'd be willing to try it from the can, but if it's so important to consume in that manner, why is it ON TAP at the brewery? There again, perchance my query is rhetorical.
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  39. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    Fortunately the Pliny bottle doesn't say 'drink it aged.'
  40. Hoozierdaddy

    Hoozierdaddy Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2009 Illinois

    Everyone likes it in the can. Heyooooooo.
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