What beer would you compare to Heady Topper?

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  1. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (220) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    Same here
  2. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Still waiting for my first taste of Heady Topper...
  3. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Very Fresh Lagunitas Sucks from the BOTTLE (dissapointed with it on tap) is the closest beer to Heady I've had.
  4. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,074) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Sir, you and I like the same beer. Yep & Yep... I'll be scanning your reviews... (if you review) for suggestions...
  5. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (1,514) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Being in Southern California, I've never had Heady :*( But I usually get my fill of Pliny :slight_smile:
  6. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

    Boneyard Hop Venom
  7. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    Nothing compares to Heady Topper. This stuff ruined me... nothing even comes close.
  8. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Ohio
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    Sculpin is a shadow of its former self at this point.
  9. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I said the same thing to someone at an IP trade two days ago who has had pretty much every renowned hoppy beer except Heady. Sure fresh ZD is amazing and beers like Alpine's lineup, Elder and Younger that are fantastic, but there is only one Heady Topper. Alpine beers (Nelson, Duet) have that unique profile that let's you know it's from Alpine in a blind taste test but very few other beers have that unique, pow!, wtf did I just drink-must drink more now and fast like Heady does. It just begs to be chugged and re-opened and popped like tic tacs. It's tits.
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  10. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    never had it............. POOR PITY ME!
  11. nh2032

    nh2032 Disciple (386) Oct 15, 2009 New York
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    Abner and Abrasive for me.
  12. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    Every other beer I can't get.
  13. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Aspirant (220) Apr 11, 2010 Ohio
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    I'd really like to try Abrasive... seems more likely to find than Heady Topper
  14. M1A2

    M1A2 Disciple (322) Jan 15, 2012 Ohio
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    Agreed, I about forgot about Elevated its up there with HT.
  15. goodbeerallday

    goodbeerallday Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2011 Australia

    its not overly close but one i would not "replace" but substitute as an easy option would be Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  16. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Dunno if Green Flash has made it there yet, but GF Palate Wrecker is kinda similar in intensity if not exactly the flavor.
  17. danedelman

    danedelman Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

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  18. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    On the record, nothing compares to Heady

    I have yet to taste anything like it! Lots of KILLER IPA/IIPA's out there, I don't wanna say "In a league of it's own", but it's pretty damn special!
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  19. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    Russell Brewing's Hop Therapy
  20. potteryboy

    potteryboy Initiate (131) Jul 17, 2009 Alabama

    While HT is not my favorite I've yet to taste it's equal.
  21. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (297) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    that sounds like some kinky flashlight shizz right thar.....
  22. prodigo

    prodigo Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2011 Massachusetts

    I found Stone's Enjoy By 12-21-12 to be comparable. It was a tad bit juicier, less dry, less carbonated. Different style of IIPA, but a similar flavor profile for me.

    BREWSnTATTOOS Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Florida

    ISO Heady Topper, CCB White oak aged Jia Alia FT
  24. danedelman

    danedelman Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Dude!! I had no power at that point for a week due to Sandy.:angry:
  25. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    The closest I've had was a batch of a local (tiny) NH brew "Lotus Eater" - it was the first batch they did and when fresh it had a very similar "fill the room" hop perfume thing to it when first opened. Like HT it wasn't much to look at (hence "drink from the can") but the taste was out of this world. Batches 2-5 were very hit or miss (like with Lunch they were dialing in equipment, recipe and process) but word on the street is that the upcoming batch (#6?) due to hit in the next week or so is supposed to be phenomenal.

    Disclaimer - I have no connection with the brewery at all aside from buying their beer. I was just floored when I had this beer and immediately thought HT when I first had it (I actually cleaned my bottle shop out of it.)
  26. vonnegut21

    vonnegut21 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 New York
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    I have to agree that nothing compares to Heady, certainly not Sculpin.

    A couple of Shaun Hill's beers, namely Ephraim and Abner remind me a bit of Heady, but still not the same. For locally available stuff, Flower Power is pretty tasty.

    This may be blasphemy, but Double Galaxy actually blew me away as a tropical fruit and citrus bomb, and I actually think it's better than Heady.
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  27. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (297) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    I hear ya. We lost power for almost a week in each of the 3 major storms these past two years. In fact, my first Headys were the week of last October's halloween snow storm...and subsequent weeklong outtage.
  28. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Initiate (16) Dec 13, 2012 New York
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    Anyone know the realistic shelf life for HT? I am holding on to some but don't want it to push it to far.
  29. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (525) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Double Galaxy is definitely better than Heady Topper, at least in my opinion.
  30. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (525) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I honestly bought a 6-pack of Anchor Liberty tonight after reading this post. And I am 100% confident in stating that you're insane if you think this is anywhere near Heady Topper. I hope you were joking.
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  31. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Nothing; it's perfect.
  32. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Double Sunshine has to be as difficult to obtain as Heady, no?
  33. brikelly

    brikelly Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Jk, I love Lunch.
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  34. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Probably 5x as much more difficult.
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  35. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Drive up to Peekskill Brewery. Their Amazeballs Pale, Eastern and Double Standard IPA's are all in the same vein as Heady.
  36. TheNoodleIncident

    TheNoodleIncident Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2012 New York

    I was just in that area last week! Figures....
  37. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Yeah, go back. Make a day of it. You can hit Captain Lawrence and Peekskill in one trip.
  38. JCrandall

    JCrandall Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2012 Connecticut
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    Always glad to help man.
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  39. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Fresh Flower Power is like a smaller version of HT imo. FP might be a bit more caramelly, but has similar hop profiles.
  40. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    You've helped plenty buddy. You have kicked my ass up and down the block with some awesome beer. Can't wait to return the favor.....soon!
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