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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

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    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.
     
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    It's very good. Hyped beer is hyped for a reason.
     
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    For me it stands head and shoulders above any other IIPA I have tried.
     
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    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
     
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    I have never been but I hope to some day soon. Heady is a fantastic DIPA and worth the hype in my opinion.
     
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    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.
     
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    Make sure you arent planning the trip for a weekend since it could sell out by then.
     
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    Id say no, but then Id be subjecting myself to all kinds of ostracization within the beer community.
     
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    Yes, I believe Wednesday is the day to go.
     
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    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.
     
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    It's good. Worth the hype? Hell no. Of all the hyped IPA's out there, it is the least deserving.
     
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    They can on Mondays and Thursdays.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    At $3 a pint in the can it is ABSOUTELY worth it...
     
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    Not only yes but
    HELL YES !!!
     
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    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!!
     
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    no, it's not worth a 400 mile drive.
     
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    Nope. Trade instead. Its good, but not 400 miles good.
     
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    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.
     
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    Yes, so is Stowe. Don't rush back home- stay a few days and hit the slopes!
     
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    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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    ben and jerry's is also right next door. literally.
     
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    the best damn beer out of a can!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Not even close, it's worth WAY more!
     
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    It's a solid beer.
     
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    Yes...again
     
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    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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    You must go to the prohibition pig. must.
     
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    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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    <- For sure. What he said.
     
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    Don't forget to go to Hill Farmstead!!! If you enjoy your Heady, HF will leave you speechless.
     
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    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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    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.
     
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