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What beer would you compare to Heady Topper?

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

  1. TheNoodleIncident

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    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

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

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

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    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

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

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    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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    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

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    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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    It's pretty unique, can't say there is even a "replacement" to speak of.
     
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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

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

    Heady Topper, Double Sunshine & Ephram
     
  12. Extravadanza

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    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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    ::touches index finger to nose::
     
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    Laganitias hop stoopid
     
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    Double Sunshine is the closest I can think of. Still not sure which of the two is my favorite.
     
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    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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    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

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    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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    Fresh HT right from the can will blow your socks off.
     
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  21. Extravadanza

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    someday i hope to have this happen
     
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    Ahh...just received a 4-pack of HT canned on Friday. Cheers!!
     
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    They are too old at this point! Drain pour! :rolleyes:
     
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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    I love Columbus IPA but....:eek:o_O
     
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    This is the only thing that is just as good.

    [​IMG]
     
  30. fmccormi

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    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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    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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    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.
     
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    Abrasive

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

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    I could hi five that!

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

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

    [​IMG]
     
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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).
     
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    This, I find some fresh Hop Stoopid to be pretty comparable.
     
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