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. DrinkSlurm

    DrinkSlurm Poo-Bah (1,817) Oct 3, 2007 New York

    first sip from the can - just to say "I followed directions"
    But I do prefer in a glass if handy...of course I deff give the last 1/3 a nice swirl before pouring out...
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  2. Heady978

    Heady978 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Both ways have their benefits. As far as I'm concerned, if you're consuming Heady Topper in any way then you're cool in my book.
  3. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (240) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    I've tried both glassware and can and both are amazing. I'm cool either way.
  4. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I voted can, but I had it at a bar (the cannery had "record sales" that Friday :slight_frown:) with a pint glass. Can > pint glass.
  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (725) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Jack, I believe in a separate thread you were curious if other hop forward beers taste better in the can. I tried this with Uinta Wyld and Wachusett Light IPA recently. Both were significantly better from the glass.

    Granted one is a light IPA and the other is a pale ale. I've noticed these "light" hop forward beers have an amazing nose, and a thinner body, so perhaps these are more sensitive to a flavor drop-off if the nose is muted from the can.
  6. rauchfest

    rauchfest Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I am house broken therefore the glass most everything in the Duvel tulip.
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  7. Haydn-Juby

    Haydn-Juby Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Vermont

  8. skinsfan

    skinsfan Zealot (583) May 24, 2005 Maryland
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    My answer is actually both, I usually pour it into my stemless HT glass after taking a couple swigs from the can.
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  9. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,439) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    I've tried it side by side both ways multiple times, and while it smells glorious in a glass the taste is just so much juicier and hoppy out of the can! While I love a good smelling beer I drink beer to taste it, so the can gets my vote!
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  10. Jeremy_H

    Jeremy_H Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2013 Illinois
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    Have you done this yet? What is the result?
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,545) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    You also need to take note of the difference between the glass and can after a period of time (e.g., 15 - 20 minutes). The idea is that the beer in the glass will taste great initially but after some time (15 -20 minutes) the hop flavor/aroma will be different. For the beer from the can, you shouldn't notice as much change over that same time duration.

  12. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    I prefer mine doused in a soy wasabi slurry and served with a side of spicy mayo.
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  13. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (4,952) Jan 11, 2010 New York
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    I usually pour about 10-12 ounces into a tulip and then drink the other 4-6 ounces out of the can. It's great either way so not a huge deal.
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  14. bahnfire

    bahnfire Aspirant (265) Jan 17, 2011 Vermont
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    This has been my experience as well. I completely agree.
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  15. Hermthegerm

    Hermthegerm Aspirant (264) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Have done it 3 ways..... 1. drink the first 2/3 from can rest from glass. 2. All can. 3. All glass.

    I prefer to keep it in the can because I think it's an ugly beer and tastes better out of the can. Don't know if the look is affecting the taste for me mentally but that's my $.02.

    Go pens
  16. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2012 Illinois

    I got my first heady ever today, and am debating how to drink it.. probably gonna go can for my first time.
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  17. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (582) Mar 28, 2009 California
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  18. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (467) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    The can clearly states, "drink from the can". Who am I to argue with them?
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  19. frankiepop

    frankiepop Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I can taste the metallic quality of a can. Good beer deserves glass.

    glass is more green
  20. Dank26

    Dank26 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2012 Pennsylvania

    John Kimmich says it all and so does the can. AND IT STATES: "Drink from the can!" Says that for a reason and the man who brews it himself says it all. (watch the video from Ri0 above) End of story beer snobs/geeks. STFU and just drink it from the can like a man!!!
  21. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,508) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Any reason why it's not dated?
  22. Highlanduh

    Highlanduh Aspirant (251) Jun 20, 2005 Rhode Island
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    I always drink the first sip or two from the can, then pour the remainder into a glass.
  23. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,455) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Love this debate, but I do think, if the look of a beer plays into your enjoyment, better from can. For me look doesn't matter. I like from a glass better for the reasons dry hopped beer always tastes better poured.

    Wish JK would be honest and just say,"Conan yeast doesn't like to settle out, and if you drink Heady from the can you won't have to see the floaties," which I believe is the truth of it.

    Hop resins and oxidation in under ten minutes, GMAFB.
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  24. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (193) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    John Kimmich says drink it from the can...who am I to argue.
  25. Esper1

    Esper1 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2013 Connecticut

    I'm sure some of it is suggestion from the can but I actually do prefer the taste from the can. To tie it to BMC I like it better in the can. At least with heady but with some of Oskar blues like g'knight I can't stand the taste out of the can but enjoy it in the glass more. To tie it all together with something semi foul get head(y) and take it in the can.
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  26. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    I pour it in a glass slowly. try to keep it like it is in the can as much as possible. i think the taste is a bit more intense from the can, but I like to look at it and prefer glass than aluminum on my mouth. like to put my schnoz in the middle of the glass and inhale deeply.

    The site of Heady properly poured and stored is a work of art. Nice and hazy.

    some of the glass shots I've seen here though are pretty damn ugly due to age and probably temperature changes - clear with giant floaties. i'd probably drink those from the can because I don't want to look at that.
  27. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (7,022) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Glass but usually because I'm sharing it with friends.
  28. stonermouse

    stonermouse Devotee (487) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
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    This is the thing that struck me about HT the first time I drank it (from the tap at the old pub)- the pour was gorgeous. Some people don't care for a cloudy look, but I love the dramatic pour and the sense that your literally drinking hop floaties. It's a beautiful beer to pour in my opinion, which is why I do so when I have that option.
  29. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Champion (866) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    For keg stands of course, duh!
  30. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    Well, any time you want to do a Kern River Citra/Heady trade, just let me know.
  31. skinsfan

    skinsfan Zealot (583) May 24, 2005 Maryland
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  32. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Where is the "any way I can get it" option?
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  33. skinsfan

    skinsfan Zealot (583) May 24, 2005 Maryland
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    so riddle me this, why then also make a specific HT glass??? Decoration?
  34. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    while i like it in a glass, i actually prefer it in a glass from the can rather than in a glass from the tap (I've had it at brewery and The Pig). heady is the only beer i can say this about, i otherwise always like tapped versions better.

    As great as it tastes, the fact that Alchemist can deliver such a great beer from a container is just as astounding.
  35. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    they make the glutten free ale too
  36. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (445) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    From the can - I just like drinking beer from the can.
  37. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    And since most of what we call taste is actually smell....
  38. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,043) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    If I am ever lucky enough to come across some of that, I will let you know. Haven't seen it yet, though.
  39. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    Alas, it is not easy to procure, but gaawwwwd is it tasty!
  40. nachos

    nachos Initiate (98) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Nerds. Beer does not have to be so freaking serious all the time. It won't kill you to drink a beer out of a can. Try to lighten up. This whole "I only drink shit out of tekus bro, only way to get those sweet ass 'romas" crowd is ridiculous. You make me want to beat all of you up and steal the money your mom gave you for lunch, but you were actually going to spend it on Settlers of Catan or some shit like that.
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