Heady Topper: Worth the Hype?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by willbm3, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Listen to him. Anybody than can cut Hulk like that knows what they`re talking about.
  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I drink as much HT as I can get in the summer, I bought a few cases in May, and had one for beach week in July. Maybe 6 weeks, absolutely no difference in taste none at all, just has to be kept cool. I've gone thru my share considering I live in NC, absolutely wonderful stuff, enjoy it. Have to say if you keep it cool this DIPA isn't time sensitive, also better IMO in the can vs on tap.
  3. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,526) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    As good or better such as? You live in SC I live in NC so what brews are so easily available they put HT to rest.
  4. Warlocks-Passage

    Warlocks-Passage Aspirant (293) Jul 4, 2013 California
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    Congrats, it's amazing....I have a 4 pack coming next week via trade as well. Cheers!
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  5. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (452) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    It's a great IPA, just like a lot of other IPAs.
  6. JayORear

    JayORear Savant (946) Feb 22, 2012 California
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    It took me to a new dimension.
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  7. T-RO

    T-RO Initiate (121) Nov 9, 2012 New Hampshire
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    The OP was seeking advice about a trip in February. Did he go? what were impressions? </thread>
  8. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,257) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    What ever beer you want it to be. Just because so many people say a beer is that good doesn't mean it is. I bet if it was widely available as Stone or Scuplin it wouldn't be highly sought after and highly rated. Am I saying it's a bad beer? No. Am I saying people need to look past Heady's availability and decide for themselves if it's that good and not worry about what other people say? Yes.
  9. beerranger

    beerranger Initiate (68) Jan 10, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Worth the hype and then some.
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  10. gasanesthesia

    gasanesthesia Initiate (29) Oct 23, 2012 Georgia

    Worth the hype? Sorry.....TOTALLY.!
    Just like KBS, it's real I am sad to say. It's like drinking a bowl of weed!

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  11. Homebrewher

    Homebrewher Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2013 Georgia

    Most definitely.
  12. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (375) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Nah, it's crap. Send it to me and I'll take care of it for you.
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  13. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Zealot (566) Oct 22, 2012 Virginia
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    Heady is my favorite IPA so far, with a close second of Gandhi Bot... and close behind that, Pliny. I really do have a hard time deciding which is better, Heady or Gandhi. But, I am content to fight that battle for the rest of my life. Good luck tracking some down, OP!
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  14. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (344) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    we have cluster flies, alas
    and this time of year,
    is bad
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  15. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (395) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Heady is very much worth the hype. It's my favorite year-round DIPA, and beats the pants off of 99% of year round DIPAs. Plenty of seasonals and special releases can bring it, but factoring in the price, consistency, and availability, HT can't be beat.

    It's worth picking up, though I'd suggest you get at least a 4 pack or 2, as I found it very much grew on me. I enjoyed my 20th Heady more than my first...
  16. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    fantastic beer. not sure it's worth jumping through hoops for, but if it was available to me regularly, i would certainly purchase it regularly and would always have at least one in the fridge at all times
  17. PEIhop

    PEIhop Crusader (752) Dec 2, 2010 Massachusetts
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  18. vw73182

    vw73182 Initiate (52) Oct 6, 2007 Indiana
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    I'd drive there again to get it, plus Vermont is awesome so it's just pure winning.
  19. primrose54

    primrose54 Initiate (143) Apr 7, 2009 Ohio
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  20. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (226) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    It's a good beer and all, but when you get to the upper echelon of these IPAs, it's all splitting hairs. Good beer, but not worth going crazy over trying. There's plenty of other good IPAs out there which are available without all the legwork involved.
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  21. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (827) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    A friend of mine brought me back 2 4-packs yesterday from a trip to Vermont. Had one yesterday, and the beer is amazing as always and is absolutely deserving of the hype. Can't wait to drink the other 7!
  22. facesnorth

    facesnorth Disciple (390) May 4, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Will always pick up a couple of 4-packs when I'm in Vermont. But Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher here in PA scratches that itch just as well for me. Pliny, Sculpin, and a few others that have been mentioned on the other hand, don't.
  23. swinyeju

    swinyeju Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Was recently declaring myself over heady...then decided to taste it next to the likes of detour, 90 minute, dreadnaught ipa, and devil dancer this weekend. Heady blew them all out of the water, guess im not quite over it yet.
  24. urielxvi

    urielxvi Initiate (89) Mar 13, 2010 Florida
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    One of the few beers that is even better than the hype. It has an extra dimension and balance that I've never found with any other hyped DIPA
  25. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (276) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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  26. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (389) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I've since had the opportunity to get to Waterbury and I'm pleased to report that Heady Topper is such an outstanding beer that it's nearly the equal of Lawson's Double Sunshine.

    Good on ya, Vermont.
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