Heady Topper: Worth the Hype?

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  1. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Excellent, excellent beer. Looking forward to stupid winter ending so I can once again get that hoppy, cloudy goodness waiting for me on my doorstep.
  2. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    damn i'm only 5 short hours from these fine breweries, MUST GO.
  3. Brad007

    Brad007 Poo-Bah (3,370) Mar 28, 2007 Vermont

    Go for it.

    Buy it from the brewery directly. You'll support them, unlike those yokels with Jersey plates that were buying up case after case of it yesterday. I swear, they had TWO shopping carts worth of HT and they bought it at Bev Warehouse in Winooski.

    That really pisses me off but that's a thread for another day.
  4. copslovebeer

    copslovebeer Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2012 Minnesota
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    Yes. Heady Topper, although maybe not THE "Best" DIPA on the continent, is without question one of them. The nose alone on a fresh can of Heady would be enough to get me to drive the 400 miles for it. With that being said, I feel like Heady falls off rather quickly in comparision with other DIPAS. But for all intents and purposes, even month old Heady is better than the freshest DIPA most other states produce, (Note that I said MOST states).

    Enjoy brother.
  5. jb123

    jb123 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan
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    I've got to taste one. Amazing. Yeah buy alot to make it worth the drive!
  6. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    3 cases....what do you mean by cases? 12's or 24's?
  7. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    YES. Its the one that converted me into an IPA drinker, and it still stands as the single best DIPA I've had.
  8. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I very much want to do all of them, but unfortunately this trip is likely a smash and grab day trip. I'm coming from Boston so I may be able to hit Lawson's on the way home, but HF is unlikely. I'm probably doing an extended trip sometime in the spring and do them all (as well as head to Montreal), but that's down the road...
  9. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    That will be how I convince the missus to go up there
  10. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Aspirant (292) Nov 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Give a look through some of the liquor stores there and see if they have any stragglers then. I'm from boston as well, went up on a weekend and was able to grab a few Lawsons but HF was nowhere to be found. Hunger Mountain Co-op is right up the street from Alch, thats where they recommended I go, and their selection is really great. Good luck to you sir.
  11. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,335) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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  12. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Kentucky
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    You bet your sweet ass it is.
  13. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,520) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Heady Topper is well worth whatever effort it takes to obtain it. It is world-class.
  14. Demer

    Demer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 New Jersey

  15. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Hey, there some misinformation floating around in this forum about canning days. The Alchemist cans Heady on Mondays and Thursdays, and almost always sells out by the next day. Your best bet is to be there on a Monday of Thursday. Cheers & enjoy the beer, it's worth the hype and then some.
  16. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    No diggity. No doubt.
  17. mikeyv35

    mikeyv35 Zealot (577) Oct 15, 2008 New York
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    Fresh Ben & Jerry's Phish Food + Heady Topper fresh hop dankness = 400 mile voyage.
  18. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This is hard to answer. I love Heady Topper. Love love love it! I love the beer and the fact that the world's highest rated beer is also canned!!! With that said, there are many, many other unfiltered monster DIPA's out there that people can actually buy. Double Dorado, Artic Panzer Wolf, Alchemy Hour, Lake Erie Monster, 90 Minute, Hop Wallop, etc, etc. If you like the style, you will love Heady, but others wll get you there just as well if you look hard enough!
  19. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    well if you like beer...then YES...otherwise whatever....
  20. HattedClassic

    HattedClassic Poo-Bah (2,133) Nov 23, 2009 Virginia

    It is unless you can trade for it.
  21. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Make sure to check out the Alchemist's website; they'll tell you where you can find Heady outside the brewery too. Good luck.
  22. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (749) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    It's the best DIPA that I have ever had. I have traded away a large portion of my cellar for lots of cans of HT.
  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,326) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    How did "Bev Warehouse" get their Heady Topper? I imagine it was a legal wholesale purchase and IIRC, the Alchemist self-distributes in Vermont. Perhaps people buying HT there annoyed you, but probably didn't bother either the local Vermont retailer or the brewery. If the Alchemist doesn't consider retail purchases "supporting them" why do they sell their beer to those limited number of retailers?

    They even put a list of them on their website - http://www.alchemistbeer.com/retail-availability/ complete with a link to Winooski Beverage Warehouse with the preface:

    "We are delighted to share with you the following list of local establishments where you can buy Heady Topper."

    They don't sound very "pissed off".

    (Oh, by the way, that wasn't me up there :grimacing: , though I'm from NJ and wear overalls. I wouldn't have thought any Vermonter would recognize a NJ "yokel" (Definition: "A person living in a rural area; rustic; country bumpkin") - the few we have are often referred to as "pineys").
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  24. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    cases as in 24 beers in a case. comes out to $77 and change inCASE you were wondering. cheers!
  25. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (672) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    Every 3 months i drive from Long island to Waterbury(818 miles roundtrip) to stock up on Heady topper then hit up Hill Farmstead on stock up on some stuff and last but not least make it to one of the Farmers markets to buy some of Lawsons finest....remember you can purchase some of these beers at hunger mountain coop in Montpelier and right down the block is three penny taproom. Great skiing up that way and great restaurants. I love making a small vacation out of it as there are many other places to go to as well. You like mexican? well if you are in waitsfield or warren(20 min from waterbury)you have one of the mad taco joints with 5 locals on tap along with some great food. Good luck to all on travels up that way and after my last trip im down to only a case of Heady! Yes its worth the trip
  26. XpensiveBieros

    XpensiveBieros Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 New Hampshire
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    The beer is incredible...you'll wanna live in the can once you open it. As for a 400 mile drive...that's a personal decision! While you are in the area and if you have time go to the Prohibition Pig! It's a BBQ joint with loads of incredible beer on tap (Lawson's, HF, Heady, a great whiskey selection, etc). Double check, but I am pretty sure it doesn't open until 4:00. Don't miss it!

  27. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    It's a great beer but I'm sure there are cheaper ways for you to get it than spending the gas/tolls/time to get there. Unless you had something else to do while up there I wouldn't be able to justify the money spent to get there and spend $80 on a case of beer. But hey, to each their own.
  28. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    No it isn't. Don't buy it anymore.
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  29. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    You may as well do it since you've never had it, if for no other reason than the mems. Lots of people really love it. I happen to prefer a handful of DIPAs that can be found pretty easily here in the Philly area.

    Edit: Personally, I'd drive right past them and go to somewhere that has Lawson's or Hill Farmstead.
  30. time4lunch

    time4lunch Initiate (175) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Hype? Yes....

    Make sure you get more than you think you need or are planning to get..it will not disappoint
  31. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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    I have had this beer on multiple occasions, and still cannot figure out what the hype is. It is solid, but by no means would I ever think of driving that far to get some. If you are that close, though, perhaps you can find someone that could just ship you some.
  32. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Crusader (723) Aug 23, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Hell yea it is worth it. Make it over to Hill Farmstead to while your in the vicinty
  33. dcgunman

    dcgunman Crusader (711) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Yes and no. . . . . .
    I recently got a couple of cans of HT through a trade (in person to person) with Citra. I thought it was very good. As good as PtE? Equally as good. One of the best? Maybe. To trade via postal I dont think so. Not worth the hassle of shipping. IMO.
  34. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I'd rather drink a Ghandi Bot.
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  35. pschnei3

    pschnei3 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Ohio
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    wish i could get it here in ohio
  36. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (407) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Try to go on a Thursday and stop at the Warren store because the Lawsons shipments come in the afternoon. I go up every 2 weeks or so and like to stop at the Blackback pub in Waterbury for many Hill Farmstead on tap and delicious "Mad Taco" food. The nice thing about Alchemist is that its 2 minutes off the highway and downtown Waterbury is 4 minutes from the brewery. Prohibition Pig has a good taplist(including heady on tap) but hit or miss expensive food. Resivoir Taproom has mediocre food and another great tap listing. All three of the pubs are on the same block and you have to at least visit Blackback. On the way up or back be sure to hit Three Penny Taproom in Montpielier, a other amazing tap list. Be absolutely sure to stop at "The Worthy Burger" in South Roylaton off of exit 2 on Rt 89 in VT. They have the best burgers and usually 5-6 HF and 1-2 Lawsons on tap w many other great beer choices. Have a great trip! If you really grow a set, be sure to take the extra time and drive to Hill Farmstead.
  37. TallSaint

    TallSaint Devotee (411) Dec 10, 2010 New York

    I agree with SFACRKnight. I had PtE before Heady and was under-impressed, it was an awesome beer but it didn't live up to the hype (in my mind). Heady on the other hand far exceeded my expectations.
  38. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Heady is one of the best beers I have ever had. And that is coming from a low abv searching, session beer drinking, lager loving beer geek.
  39. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    No beer is worth 400 miles just to get the beer. If you plan on making a weekend of it, visiting HF, etc, etc - then yes, absolutely - it is wonderful up there. But just to drive up, grab Heady, and come back is kind of ridiculous IMO.

    Also, as others have noted, don't do this on a weekend (or even a Friday) - I can't think of a greater disappointment than driving all that way just for Heady only to get shut out.
  40. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (485) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Buy at least two cases of HT to make it worth it. If anything, you'll have excellent trading beers. Save the trip to Hill Farmstead for Memorial Day weekend if you can.
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