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What beer would you compare to Heady Topper?

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

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  1. jawzman

    jawzman Mar 20, 2010 Minnesota

    Came here to day this. This years Abrasive is retarded good, possibly better than HT. I set up a trade just to go side by side, as this years Abrasive immediately made me think of HT...
     
  2. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    Hm. Never had Abrasive . . . maybe this is the year to try it.
     
  3. TWStandley

    TWStandley Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Kiwi Rising. Try it side by side, I dare you.
     
  4. Rxjayboy

    Rxjayboy Sep 3, 2012 Massachusetts

    Stone Enjoy By has similar characteristics. It certainly doesnt have quite the same profile, but its similar.(Maybe because of freshness)
     
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  5. raynmoon

    raynmoon Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Is it just me, or are more and more people pulling a Goose Island/ Hill Farmstead on these naming-of-their-beers.

    nicely carbonated though. :)
     
  6. danedelman

    danedelman Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yes. They do it right and I am an unoriginal unartistic bastard.
     
  7. klaybie

    klaybie Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    I think it compares well to Heady Topp....er......wait.

    I have not had a beer that compares.
     
  8. SkiBum22

    SkiBum22 Oct 18, 2009 New York
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    HF Abner reminded me of Heady Topper
     
  9. jlordi12

    jlordi12 Jun 8, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Ghandi bot is the closest I've tasted
     
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  10. KaiserSose

    KaiserSose Apr 17, 2012 Minnesota
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    I'd have to say Abrasive is right up there with HT. Both amazing beers!
     
  11. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    If you ever find yourself in such an unfortunate position, send them on down this way!!
     
  12. BigCheese

    BigCheese Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I've only shared bottles with friends but I'd say Lunch (suprised nobody mentioned this) or Double Sunshine.
     
  13. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    I'm on LI, so I certainly COULD drive to VT, but it's still pretty far and not something I'm going to do unless I'm headed that way anyway.

    Also, I just remembered Ruination 10th Anniversary, which was awesome and reminded me of HT. Doesn't help much, since you can't buy it anymore.
     
  14. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Apr 30, 2012 New York

    Hop Stoopid is always availabe by me for a good price, but it is NEVER fresh. Very frustrating. I'm talking dust on the bottles kind of old.
     
  15. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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  16. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    well I find the LA CUMBRE "ELEVATED IPA" to be similar although
    i am waiting on some fresh heady topper and will do a side by side comparison to find out for sure
    but i think it has a lot of the same hop profiles and both are canned lol it is just hard to find something that lip smacking good
    What are these people tasting in Hop Stoopid that they think it taste like HEADY it isnt in the same ballpark or League Hop stoopid is playground and Heady Topper is the World Series as steven a smith would say "CMON MAN!!!"
    anyway if you like heady topper you must try ELEVATED IPA it wont disappoint
     
  17. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    See, I found Lunch to be very good and very fruity, but much, much less bitter than Heady Topper. I really liked Lunch, but what stuck out about it for me was the surprising LACK of real bitterness. Plenty of hops, don't get me wrong, just very concentrated on the late hop / hop bursting kind of fruitiness rather than bitterness.
     
  18. CWinchell

    CWinchell Aug 10, 2011 North Carolina
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    Double Sunshine is definitely amazing and very close to heady!
    Since I don't have any DS around :)() I this this weekend calls for a taste test with HT, Pure Hoppiness and Enjoy by.....
     
  19. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Two parts hoptimum one part grapefruit juice one part Edward one dash of weyerbacher double simcoe
     
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  20. ChanChan

    ChanChan Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Kern River Citra is actually better, but its only brewed a couple of times each year. :(
     
  21. JLG193

    JLG193 Sep 14, 2010 Michigan

    Finally, had my first Heady at the 4Elf party at DH! Thanks to the fellow BA that gave one to me to try!
     
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  22. founder26

    founder26 Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    see the title is misleading, is the op asking what beers are as good as heady topper, or that taste almost the same? imho there is no other double ipa as good as topper, but there are quite a few that are close.
     
  23. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I must say, I've seen a lot of comparisons of Elevated to HT. While elevated is good, I don't really see it being that similar to HT.

    That said, both are in the fridge. ;)
     
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  24. klink40

    klink40 Apr 9, 2010 Massachusetts

    Kiwi Rising from Jack's Abby or a Hillfarmstead IPA
     
  25. erikl48

    erikl48 Jun 29, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I just had nerd flight from Tired Hands yesterday.

    I feel embarrassed about how much I gushed about it at the bar. Very, VERY close!!
     
  26. Jonny

    Jonny Mar 18, 2009 Massachusetts

    I'd say go with Bud Light Platinum ...the only difference is drink-ability.
     
  27. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    HT is definately much more brightly flavored and agressive than Lake Erie Monster, and IMO, more balanced and less bitter than Abrasive. But some combination of the two may be close.
     
  28. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Mar 19, 2012 Ohio

    Agreed. Also, their DIPA (Bodhi) seems like its aspiring to Heady. A lucky few have also had Creeper:)

    But my final answer to your question OP: Heady Topper
     
  29. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Surly Abrasive fo sho
     
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  30. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Only thing I've ever had close was the latest batch of El Segundo IPA. It mirrored Heady and I can't wait for more!
     
  31. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Nothing I've had compares.
     
  32. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington


    Happened for me last night for the first time(thank you jcrandall!!!). Id say it's pretty unique. Damn freaking good.
     
  33. Dennoman

    Dennoman Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Pineapple juice.

    Well, the smell anyways. So glorious.
     
  34. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington


    Not to be "that guy", but no way. Not even close.
     
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  35. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    The only brew mentioned in this thread that's close is Abrasive. Some brews like Sucks is closer to PTE than HT. But IMO Abrasive is right there with HT as far as being top dog. If your in a ship to state france44 has Abrasive for sale. I've had them back to back, and I might have a hard time separating them, but the nose of Abrasive is more grapefruit, and a little more bitter.
     
  36. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Sep 17, 2012

    a home brew where you add way to many hops and leave hop chunks in the finished product.
     
  37. brikelly

    brikelly Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    HF Abner came close for me.
     
  38. MDDMD

    MDDMD Jun 4, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Have 't had Abrasive, but of the ones I've had PtE is probably the only one I find almost as enjoyable. At the end of the day I still prefer HT.
     
  39. soulkeeper1369

    soulkeeper1369 Jun 18, 2007 Maine
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    Maine Beer Company Lunch is up their.
     
  40. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    Never had HT yet , but looking forward to comparing this to the Heady on it's way - Thanks Brian!
    The Abrasive is amazing! :D

    [​IMG]
     
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