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Pliny the elder and heady topper in the same sitting

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Beerdudenumberone, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    So I have a problem.. I lost a bet on the ND game ( longtime fan and sucker for bets against them) and I now have to share my only heady and Pliny. I have had the heady once before and never the Pliny. My question is....... Is it smart to drink these back to back or even in the same sitting? What should I do?
  2. BeerNFoodDood

    BeerNFoodDood Jul 7, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    shit yea its going to be awesome
    Dagsy, MisterGrizz, fmccormi and 5 others like this.
  3. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Jul 29, 2006 Oregon

    Best lost bet ever.
    Mgm54, YogiBeer, EJLinneman and 3 others like this.
  4. BeastLU

    BeastLU Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Do it. Drink a glass of water and/or eat some crackers or something inbetween.
  5. Shakory

    Shakory Jan 10, 2013 Wisconsin

    yea you will be fine, maybe eat or drink something different in between to clear the palate
  6. patm1986

    patm1986 Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    i have, and i really enjoyed the comparison: best of the west vs the beast of the east.
    pliny won out for me. the malt balance is a thing of beauty.
    do it, man. the head-to-head is the best example of the differences in coastality, agriculture, yada yada.
    DO IT.
  7. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Either serving won't be big enough for palate fatigue so go to it, have fun! Next time bet more wisely, my friend!!
  8. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Trust me lesson learned. Thanks you all for the advice. I am very anxious for the comparison. I believe I will eat the crackers and drink water in between.
  9. BeastLU

    BeastLU Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Yeah any kind of useless, flavorless snack item will do.

    Fresh ginger is known to clean the palate the best. But its really not that serious, bland foods work fine.
  10. bpk59

    bpk59 Apr 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    TIL there's a great use for the fresh ginger I usually have sitting around, going bad, because I needed a little bit of it for a recipe.
  11. StylzMC

    StylzMC Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    poor you. Enjoy it!
  12. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

    I had Pliny, Kern River Citra DIPA, and Heady in the same sitting and the flavors all kind of muddled together. I say drink one by itself, then drink something super sour to cleans your palate, then drink the other, that way you can get the little nuances of each... But seriously, what a bet to lose!
  13. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    I've done blind pig lunch pliney heady back to back. Go pliney then heady
  14. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Feb 22, 2011 California

  15. Bluecane

    Bluecane Dec 30, 2011 New York

    You should be sharing them anyway! You'll be fine. Maybe do a blind tasting?
  16. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Your tellin me. The toughest bet to pay up on in my life! I think I would rather let my hot wife Cindy Crawford pay up with a BJ.... Just kidding. I will still get the enjoyment out of them meanwhile he will be crushing me with " how bad a team ND is".
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  17. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Your right. Not a bad idea. I suppose sharing these isn't the end of the world. I guess if I have to drink my sorrows away what better way to do it.
  18. Bluecane

    Bluecane Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Sorrows because you're an ND fan? Sharing is much more fun, I promise. And tell your friend to not be a sore winner and to bring over something delicious, too.
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  19. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    What are the bottle dates on both?
  20. vthippie

    vthippie Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    While I have never had a Pliny my understanding is that it is quite a bit more of a balanced beer with a strong malt backbone whereas HT (which I have drank a metric shit-ton of) is the sticky nectar left over from a hops orgy I would recommend drinking the Pliny first and HT last.

    I have drank a number of different beers directly after a HT and no matter how much I enjoy those beers on their own after a HT they all just taste like a beer that is not as good as HT.
  21. Hopdaemon39

    Hopdaemon39 Dec 27, 2011 New York

    Yes- comparison between two of the best DIPAs out there. Heady topper has got more flavor in my limited experience as well as the killer aroma from Pliny. It'll be fun!
  22. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Just drink them already, both are great.
  23. GoGators

    GoGators Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    There are worse things you could do than to have them together as i am finding out.
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  24. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    As a fortunate So.Californian that gets to drink Pliny regularly and who only gets HT in trades I would make this well informed take on your Pliny observation. Pliny is actually almost devoid of any tell tale malt bill. The balance of this beer is absolutely amazing without it. It's piny hoppiness that has to be consumed fresh. I hope I acquire more HT via a trade so I can do this amazing side by side. From my experience with HT, which is limited I do know that freshness is key in enjoying this beauty as well.

  25. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Jan 15, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    Had pliny, Heady, surly abrasive, bp sculpin, bp dorado, and ithaca flower power laast wednesday night...i think it was good from what i can recall lol
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  26. nogophers

    nogophers Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    ND lost two #1 rankings this week. First to AL in football Monday then to MN in hockey last night (4-1). Never should have had the #1 hockey ranking. Enjoy the beer and sharing your passion with friends.
  27. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

  28. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Seriously. What was supposed to happen if you won?

    (insert any plethora of incredible scenarios)
  29. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    12-20-12 Pliny
    Not sure on the Heady because I can't find a date, but I'm
    Sure it's fresh as I had a buddy bring it back from a trip out east
  30. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    We're this deep into the thread without the typical Pliny freshness jokes/comments?
  31. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    Ask when he picked it up and I can give a pretty good educated guess.
  32. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    A six pack of Zombie dust and $50. I suppose now that I think about it. He has Zombie Dust and we could turn this into a 3 way. Or is that not a good idea?
  33. StylzMC

    StylzMC Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    They can on monday and thursday. Figure a week at absolute most prior to purchase. If you're talking brew, 4ish weeks to can.
  34. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    He says12-21-12
    I imagine its not as fresh as the Pliny. Still plenty fresh I hope.
  35. KWMiles

    KWMiles Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    I literally just drank a Heady, Pliny and Abrasive with some fellow BAs last night. I thought this might have been one of their threads.
    Pliny<Heady<Abrasive, in my opinion.
  36. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    If he picked it up the 21st that's when it would have been canned so not bad. Unless he picked it up at a store in vt then ur looking at 17th or 13th at the very oldest. I just cracked my last 4 pack from a case canned on the 23rd. So still drinking great but not as good as the first two weeks.
  37. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Do the Heady and Pliny taste similar to Abrasive? I am NOT a fan of Abrasive so just curious.
  38. TinCup69

    TinCup69 Jun 26, 2012 West Virginia

    I just did this with my buddy who is just getting into craft beer on New Years. It was pretty cool to drink them side by side. I used to think Heady was better but after the tasting in think I like Pliny better. I could be happy drinking either.
  39. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    And how about mixing the two of them in one glass? It can't be bad. Pliny Topper/Heady the Elder.
  40. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Hells yeah you should drink them back to back!!!! They are not so strong that you will die
    Or be trashed or anything. It's not like drinkin Utopias and dark lord at the same time
    I'm gettin some Pliny on Friday to drink at the same time, sip for sip, against my last heady.
    I live in California and can get Pliny a few times a week.
    Heady I have to trade for.
    I'm not sure which one i like more, but I will find out for sure this weekend.
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