Heady Topper: Worth the Hype?

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  1. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    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 Aspirant (258) Feb 7, 2012 Maryland
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  3. ColdPoncho

    ColdPoncho Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Ohio

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

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,104) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    For me it stands head and shoulders above any other IIPA I have tried.
  5. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    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 Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2008 Pennsylvania

    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 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    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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  8. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (958) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    Make sure you arent planning the trip for a weekend since it could sell out by then.
  9. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Id say no, but then Id be subjecting myself to all kinds of ostracization within the beer community.
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  10. andrewinski1

    andrewinski1 Savant (941) Apr 14, 2009 New Hampshire

    Yes, I believe Wednesday is the day to go.
  11. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    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) Jan 27, 2012 California

    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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  13. CMB2012

    CMB2012 Aspirant (250) Nov 26, 2008 Colorado

  14. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,533) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    They can on Mondays and Thursdays.
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  15. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,309) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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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.
  16. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,425) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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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.
  17. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California
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    At $3 a pint in the can it is ABSOUTELY worth it...
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  18. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Not only yes but
    HELL YES !!!
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  19. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aspirant (256) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    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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  20. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    no, it's not worth a 400 mile drive.
  21. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

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

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    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. stonermouse

    stonermouse Devotee (487) Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
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    Yes, so is Stowe. Don't rush back home- stay a few days and hit the slopes!
  24. CHickman

    CHickman Poo-Bah (2,510) Jan 7, 2009 New York

    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 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    ben and jerry's is also right next door. literally.
  26. godrinkbeer671

    godrinkbeer671 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 California
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    the best damn beer out of a can!
  27. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    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 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Ohio

    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 Aspirant (211) Nov 23, 2011 Florida
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  30. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    Not even close, it's worth WAY more!
  31. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    It's a solid beer.
  32. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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  33. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,800) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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  34. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    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. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    You must go to the prohibition pig. must.
  36. Aml42000

    Aml42000 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Washington

    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 Devotee (471) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    <- For sure. What he said.
  38. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

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

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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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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  40. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    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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