Heady Topper: Worth the Hype?

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  1. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Champion (866) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    I was there yesterday and Heady is now being canned Monday and WEDNESDAYS.
  2. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (668) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    It's a great beer. Whether it's worth the hype is only something you will be able to answer though.
  3. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Champion (866) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    God I hate the way the word hype is thrown around these forums. Just because many people like something does not mean that it's hyped!!
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  4. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Hell yes it's worth it.
  5. DonDrooge

    DonDrooge Initiate (154) Mar 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Get there on a Monday at 11am when they open. You can get a sample on draft and buy some that was canned that morning. I drove the 400 mile roundtrip and it wasnt too bad. In my opinion it was worth it.
  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    As much as I adore Heady, I would never drive 400 miles to get it. I guess if you make a little vacation out of it and visit HF and some other attractions there you could justify it.
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  7. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    That's about how far out of my way I went to go to Waterbury, stayed the night then drove to see my son in Watertown NY. Waterbury is a great place to visit, nest time i go I'll time it to hit HF and Lawsons. Lawsons is open on Wed to distribute, HT cans on Thurs, and HF distributes on Thurs and fri.
  8. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    The only negative thing I can say about HT is that the mouthfeel is a bit sticky for my tastes. That said, it's a completely remarkable beer in several ways:
    First, how the hell do you get that much hop flavor and aroma to stay in a beer. It amazes me every time I try it. It's an incredible feat of brewing!
    Second, how can you do the above mentioned feat without much in the way of bitterness?
    Third, how cool is it that the #1 rated beer on the list is probably one of the least expensive on the list?! At 12 dollars per 4 pack (16 oz cans) it's no more expensive than your average DIPA. It is HALF the cost of Pliny. Pretty cool!
    Definitely do a little calling before hand, but I think you'll feel it was worth it.
  9. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Lawson's is NEVER open. Usually delivers to The Warren Store on Thursdays.
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  10. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (586) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    I have pliny on tap at lots of bars in my area and have had pliny the younger and will have it again next week
    but honestly i like heady topper better it is such a balanced drinkable hop forward and great tasting brew i just cant get enough and yes it is worth the drive for sure have a great time enjoy
  11. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Certainly all of the attention and good reviews warrant a look see. Worth it? Only you can decide.
  12. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (586) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    400 miles= 10 gallons of gas
    8 hours of driving time= l day of work
    drinking heady topper= PRICELESS
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  13. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    HT is an awesome beer. Upper echelon of hoppy beers for sure. It's not my favorite hop-forward beer, but it's absolutely worth a try (or 10).
  14. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This is one of THE dumbest questions ever posed on these boards.
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  15. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    I think not. Depends on if you like double IPAs at all of course, and then if you like extremely aroma-forward double IPAs on top of that, and then if you like extremely unbalanced and unstable aroma-forward double IPAs on top of that.

    400 mile round trip? I wouldn't even consider it.
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  16. ryan1788a5

    ryan1788a5 Poo-Bah (1,895) Nov 27, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Thursday is the day to go. Heady Topper is a fantastic beer, but I don't think there's a beer on planet earth that I'd drive 400 miles to get.
  17. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    No. I would get some if you never had it, but I would say go to Lawson's or Hill Farmstead if you had to pick breweries in that area.
  18. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Right you are, I went in on a Mon and left on tues.
  19. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I would laugh SO hard if he gets it, has some, and doesn't like it.
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  20. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    Its a phenomenal dipa, but there's lots of dipa's out there that have been following in Russian River's footsteps when they basically created this style of beer, that makes it tough to justify long trips for dipa's imho:

    There's a reasonable substitute in every region pretty much: Alpine, Le Cumbre, FFF, Heady, HF, HUB, Bell's, Founders, Pizza Port, Lawsons, Lagunitas, Societe, Kern, Stone, Surly, Drake's etc. . .
  21. jammalamma

    jammalamma Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New Hampshire

    Def have to go to Hill Farmstead as well if your going to go so far, Its only about an additional 45 mins depending on your route-
  22. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (452) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    A great IPA..... for being an east coast brew :wink:
  23. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Heady is just so unique. Given a choice, I prefer many of the HF DIPAs to Heady (yes, many...HF is that great). But, Heady is really in a class by itself. While the HF DIPAs are really incredible examples of DIPAs you know and love, Heady is something different. I can't describe it, I think it's the wave after wave of hoppy goodness they always talk about.

    Or, the floaties. I love the floaties.

    If you're driving 400 miles, COME ON THURSDAY. Go to pick up Heady, then go to Hill Farmstead. (HF only open Wed-Sat from 12-5).

    Bring bags and bags and bags of cash.
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  24. Dan114

    Dan114 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Making a similar trip. More like 200 miles for me. Just make a day of it and hang out in Montpelier, it's pretty cool there.
  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    The only other DIPA in HT's league is Surly Abrasive, these two are heads and shoulders better than anything else on the market. Just my opinion of course.
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  26. Abio

    Abio Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2010 Belgium

    Lovely beer for sure.
  27. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Disciple (363) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Heady is definitely worth the hype!!! Best DIPA out there in my opinion.
  28. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Aspirant (275) Jan 19, 2012 New York
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    Like the vast majority is saying, YES it is worth it. I drive ~350 miles every few months to grab some. Make sure you go on either a Monday or a Thursday though if you want to be guaranteed some. While you're there, check out Prohibition Pig, Three Penny Taproom, grab some Lawson's Finest and some Hill Farmstead if you can. The Burlington/Montpelier area is home to some of the best beer in the country. ​
  29. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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  30. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    That could be interpreted in a few different ways.
  31. BlowstotheBody

    BlowstotheBody Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Florida

    Some will say yes, some will say no, but few will tell you it isn't a great beer. I've only had it once as I don't have access here in Florida, but I really enjoyed it. Didn't change my life or make me reconsider what beer could be, but it was very tasty. Pick some up for sure.
  32. Jagen

    Jagen Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 Illinois

    It is a fantastic beer. I would not drive 6+ hours to get it. If you are driving that far, go out of your way some more and stop and hill farmstead and other local attractions.
  33. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,536) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Here's the deal with Waterbury from my trip. Arrive on Tues and stay at the Stagecoach Inn, great place, great breakfast, nice rooms no TV's, have dinner at Probation Pig, and the only place that has HT on tap. Lawsons is distributed on Wed at the Warren General store and has a 4 bottle limit, other places have a one bottle limit, it moves fast so you have to be there early. You can get HT on Thurs which is canning day, and HF on Thurs and Friday, cash only there. Try all the bars there all clustered together and maybe 200 yards from the Stagecoach Inn, Black Back Pub is great, stay away from their Scotch the prices are unreasonable to insane. It's worth a 2-3 night stay IMO so you can hit them all with no rushing around. I'm doing it again in the spring, I'd never consider a HF run in the winter, it's too far on bad roads/snow IMO.
  34. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    what are you driving that you get 40 mpg?
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  35. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,125) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    I wouldn't drive that far just to get one beer. But if you make a a mini vacation out of it - which northern VT is terrific for - then yes, it's a great time worth driving for. Combine some outdoor activity (do you ski, snow shoe? etc.) along with visiting other breweries or beer bars (Hill Farmstead, 3 Penny, Prohibition Pig, Blackback pub, the list goes on...) and even Ben and Jerry's. Good times.
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  36. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Initiate (0) May 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You're right, depending on what your answer to that question is. However, there's only one right answer...so any others to the contrary would be about as dumb as the question itself. :stuck_out_tongue:
  37. bleakies

    bleakies Devotee (400) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I've never tried Heady and I don't own a car.

    Thank you for reading my post.
  38. frankb34

    frankb34 Initiate (167) Sep 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    So why don't they make more????!!!
  39. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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  40. OTB

    OTB Devotee (437) Sep 2, 2011 California

    After finally getting super fresh examples I can say yes it definitely deserves the hype, simply an amazing crazy drinkable beer.

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