When, in your opinion, is Heady at its peak?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mark14580, Jun 7, 2013.

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  1. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    My awesome buddy ChefDuff2 was at The Alchemist Monday and brought me back a case of Heady right from the brewery. I opened up my first can on Tuesday, 1 day old deliciousness. The beer was absolutely amazing. However, I couldn't help notice that it was almost missing something. I couldn't exactly put my finger on it but it just tasted a little too fresh. I remember seeing an interview with John Kimmich in which he says he prefers Heady at 10 weeks. Interview here:

    So when do you think Heady is at its peak?
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  2. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    For me its whenever the fluff I can get it. I've been lucky to get it pretty fresh thanks to some awesome BAs.
  3. chippo33

    chippo33 Meyvn (1,109) Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    Day 1-3. The pour looks beautiful, taste is so fresh. Anything after 5 days just loses it's quality that makes it rated so high in the first place.
  4. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    That one guy in the back doesn't have a beard!
  5. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (848) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Yeah I recently got my first 4-pack, and had my first (canned Monday) that Friday. It was absolutely amazing. My second was the following Friday and still great, but certainly not quite as freshly hopped. I'm planning to crack a can tonight and see if anything has changed for the better, but I think the general consensus is that it is best when freshest.
  6. nootch23

    nootch23 Aspirant (296) Mar 29, 2012 Massachusetts

  7. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Edit: I failed to mention that I have had Heady several times before but never 1 day old.
  8. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Aspirant (295) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    Never tried aging it
  9. backbaybrewer

    backbaybrewer Initiate (148) Feb 26, 2010 Massachusetts
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    The moment you put one in my hand....
  10. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Is it 1 day old though? He says in the video they release Heady at 4 weeks. Maybe he meant that it's canned after 4 weeks?
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  11. chippo33

    chippo33 Meyvn (1,109) Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    You can watch the same can being filled and sealed seconds before you buy it if you go on a canning day.
  12. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (406) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    There was a guy who posted a pic of an "aged" topper that had a lot of "floaties" in it. It looked just awful and gross. We drive up to Waterbury often(including tomm) and they seem better fresh. I'm going to date a 4 pack and try one of them each month for the next four months to see. I've had month old and it clearly loses some hoppiness.
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  13. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    yeah I thought that was confusing. Not sure.
  14. chippo33

    chippo33 Meyvn (1,109) Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    In the tank for 4 months, released for sale the second it comes off the line.
  15. opothecary

    opothecary Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2009 New York

    I thought the floaties were a normal thing that are present even in fresh Heady?
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  16. meb3476

    meb3476 Aspirant (292) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    It holds up for months...
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  17. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'm guessing Heady is easily a 2-3 month IPA, and that's rare. Maybe the can vs bottle helps, but I have some a almost a month old and there's absolutely no difference since fresh.
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  18. chippo33

    chippo33 Meyvn (1,109) Feb 29, 2012 Vermont
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    Not at all. I've been pouring Heady out of the can since it's been canned for people at work and I've never seen anything like that.
  19. opothecary

    opothecary Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2009 New York

    Interesting, I wonder when that starts to happen - you learn something new every day. I'm going to bring back a case in a few weeks, guess I'll be on a mission to finish it ASAP! (not that I'd plan on sitting any of it for more than a month, but it sounds like 2-3 weeks might be best)
  20. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,494) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Floaties are completely normal more so as it ages. Watch the video clip, he thinks it's best at 10 weeks, it's the only brew he cans, tells me everything I need to know.
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  21. mendonjoebeer

    mendonjoebeer Aspirant (261) Nov 9, 2010 New York

    I like it from day 1 to about day 75. I have never had it last longer than that. I would pick about 2 to 3 weeks as best for me.

    As far as floaties go, I don't usually have many if the beer gets to settle and is poured gently, leaving a little in the can.
  22. Brodie91

    Brodie91 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 New York

    I just wish I could get Heady so I could contribute to the conversation :slight_frown:
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  23. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Champion (864) Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
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    Three weeks after canning is the correct and only answer:wink:. Seriously. Perfection.
  24. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,289) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    You ask us how much time should pass?
    It's best when e'er it's in my glass.
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  25. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    So you never like Heady?
  26. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    ISO: Regular VT trading partner :slight_smile:

    Oops, this isn't the classifieds.
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  27. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Aspirant (252) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois
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    I've had week old Heady and I've also had it after it sat in my fridge for about 3 months. To be completely honest, I enjoyed the 3 month old Heady the most.
  28. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 California
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    As a few have said before. I am just grateful when I have it. Nothing like mowing your lawn on a Saturday morning drinking a Heady from the can. On the west coast it's a rarity.
  29. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Just keep it cold. I bought a case of it in mid April. Have had some in fridge since, those are still drinking great (as of a week ago). Due to space constraints, I stored a four pack on my cement cellar floor for about two weeks...it's about 60 degrees on that floor. I put that four pack in the fridge after two weeks or so, and just had one of those last night. It was awful. Absolutely clear indication...Heady, like any unfiltered IPA, needs to be kept cold. If it warms (say while shipping it out in a trade), put it in the fridge as soon as you get it and drink it ASAP.

    But, I guarantee if you pick up Heady from the source and keep it cold it will last at least a couple months and still be awesome.
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  30. Lledd

    Lledd Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    There is definitely a difference between the first two days, and after that. But its stays good for months.
  31. KS1297

    KS1297 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Over three days old = drain pour
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  32. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Some of you guys who are so hung up on IPAs that are over 2 days old would probably be better off buying a Randall and running bud light through some simcoe and citra cones
  33. DanH83

    DanH83 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 New York
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    Ugh....here we go. Lets dissect this beer......again. It's Heady, it's beer, it's delicious. Resume consumption.
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  34. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,105) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    You drink far too little.
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  35. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    ... drinking a Heady the day after its canned does not mean its 1 day old.... it means its 4 weeks and 1 day. It's pretty simple.
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  36. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    I'll say around two weeks, personally. Though I really need to drink it more often to form a truly informed opinion :-)
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  37. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    So do you report your age starting from the day of conception?
  38. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    have you tried it in a boot? Because that is really the best way to have a heady.

  39. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (389) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    four weeks.
  40. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

    since im not beer, no. When i make beer and people ask how old it is, if i brewed it 4, 6, 8 weeks ago, i tell them its 4, 6, 8 weeks old... beer is beer once it hits the yeast.
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