What beer would you compare to Heady Topper?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TheNoodleIncident, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    Inspired by the Zombie Dust thread - what's the best replacement for HT? That stuff is too hard to come by.

    I don't really have an answer in mind. Personally, the smell of Laguntias Day Time IPA reminds me of HT, but the flavor is no where close.

    EDIT: I'm in NY, so would specifically appreciate suggestions available to me. Though I bet those from strange lands would appreciate other suggestions as well.
  2. hopmopped

    hopmopped Aug 24, 2010 New Hampshire

    My vote would be Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA. The beer is a bit drier in taste compared to HT.
  3. dsal89

    dsal89 Jul 6, 2008 Indiana

    Cant think of anything. Maybe take some candied peaches and drop it into an already tasty ipa lol
  4. FriarTuckInLuck

    FriarTuckInLuck Dec 15, 2011 Arizona

    I am anxiously awaiting the answer as well. Nothing comes to mind that is in the same galaxy (sorry Double Jack, I still love you...)
  5. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    I've only had Double Jack once, but HT didn't even cross my mind.
  6. tronto

    tronto Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    I think columbus IPA is like a smaller version of heady. Its cloudy and has a good hop bite and a little bit of the citrus hop taste/smell. Just my opinion.
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  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Apr 16, 2012 Illinois
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    The closest I can think of was a Double Simcoe IPA by Haymarket and it was definitely not Heady. Heady probably has a bunch of Simcoe in it along with at least 5 other hop varieties.
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  8. VitoFerrante

    VitoFerrante Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Artic Panzer Wolf by 3 Floyds or Lake Erie Monster by Great Lakes. Both are unfiltered monster IPA's like Heady. On the record, nothing compares to Heady, but these two offerings are d*mn close!
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  9. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    It's pretty unique, can't say there is even a "replacement" to speak of.
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  10. mackeyse

    mackeyse Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    I had suggested SN Hoptimum in a prior thread like this (HT comparison) but in retrospect it's not comparable (I think I may have had a super fresh one that may have slightly reminded me of HT and I jumped the gun on the comparison). I haven't had anything close though I've read the Hill Farmstead DIPA's might be similar (if even less accessible to NY'ers)
  11. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    It's like saying you like one of your children better than the other, my kids:

    Heady Topper, Double Sunshine & Ephram
  12. Extravadanza

    Extravadanza Aug 3, 2011 Ohio

    Having had both Artic Panzer and Lake Erie Monster and having both those in my top favorites...I really need to try HT now >.<
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  13. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Jul 25, 2011 Virginia
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    ::touches index finger to nose::
  14. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Laganitias hop stoopid
  15. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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  16. JulianB

    JulianB Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Double Sunshine is the closest I can think of. Still not sure which of the two is my favorite.
  17. founder26

    founder26 Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    honestly I don't think theres anything thats bottled/canned that comes close to heady, the only beers I have had that have some simalarities to heady are some hill farm beers.
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  18. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    Hm. Y'know, Lake Erie Monster is an interesting suggestion. I also agree that nothing is really a Heady replacement, if that's what you're looking for. But Lake Erie Monster is a) another well-balanced, well-hopped, citrusy-and-a-bunch-of-other-stuff DIPA that is ALSO unfiltered, which I love about it, b) definitely a unique DIPA in terms of flavor profile, in my opinion, and c) also in my opinion, vastly underappreciated, at least on this site.
  19. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    NONE...PERIOD...however, knowing that HT is hard to obtain, I would say Double Sunshine, Head Hunter, White Rajah, and Deviant Dale's are also good choices if they are fresh.
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  20. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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    Fresh HT right from the can will blow your socks off.
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  21. Extravadanza

    Extravadanza Aug 3, 2011 Ohio

    someday i hope to have this happen
  22. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Ahh...just received a 4-pack of HT canned on Friday. Cheers!!
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  23. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    They are too old at this point! Drain pour! :rolleyes:
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  24. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Nothing is close but I always enjoy Sculpin that is now distributed in NJ/PA, not sure about NY though.

    Wegman's even sells for $10 a 6 pack.
  25. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    Sculpin has come up a few times. I recently bought a six-pack, and was really excited based on the reviews. The "Best BY Date" was 2/13/13, so assuming a 90-day window, this was about 30-days old (right?). Honestly, I was dissappointed - it was a good IPA (some citrus/fruit, and plenty of bitter), but not the fruity/citrusy/tropical fruit-y bomb I was hoping for.
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  26. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You ain't getting anything like HT then....

    Where are you in NY? I make trips to VT every 2 or 3 months..
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  27. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    PS...My homebrew "Jon" is my HT clone and is damn good!! See the WBAYDN #52 later on to see that photo as I got a bomber chillin'.
  28. M1A2

    M1A2 Jan 15, 2012 Ohio
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    I love Columbus IPA but....:eek:o_O
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  29. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This is the only thing that is just as good.

  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
    Beer Trader

    No worries man, I had a very similar incident. It was not the dynamic mango juice bottle of hop oils I was expecting. To be fair, I believe they actually have a four month freshness period, so it was probably about a month older than you realized.
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  31. DoctorB2B

    DoctorB2B Jun 29, 2009 Virginia
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    Society & Solitude 5 was very close .... hop bite with a proper amount of malt sweetness. I've yet to have anything closer ...
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  32. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

  33. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
    Beer Trader

    Two things: yes, there is a tendency for repeat threads, because some people get lazy about searching forums before creating a thread (can't say I'm not guilty), but also "Heady Topper is good" / "Wish I could get more Heady" / "Comparisons to HT" is a very popular theme on this site. And, y'know. Not without reason.
  34. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Feb 9, 2012 Vermont


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  35. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    Might even be better than HT.

    It depends on my mood.

    When all is said and done. I'm happy as hell to be drinking either one!!!
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  36. brownswisscow

    brownswisscow Feb 9, 2012 Vermont

    except HT is $4 less per 4 pack and year round, so yea, HT wins :)
  37. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I could hi five that!

    I'm always on the hunt for either. :)
  38. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    My goodness. I did it!! HT clone!!

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  39. ilovermont

    ilovermont Jul 18, 2012 Vermont
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    Think it's more than a 90-day window, as there were Sculpin's with a 4/xx/13 'best by date' on the shelf last week (on the east coast).
  40. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Dec 11, 2011 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    This, I find some fresh Hop Stoopid to be pretty comparable.
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