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Nov 12, 2012 05:08 PM

Heady Topper Dbl IPA

A friend came back from Vermont and gave me two cans of Heady Topper - The Alchemist
Highly rated on all the beer sites.
Was incredible!
Best beer I've had in years. I'm a hop lover, this was fantastic.

Anyone love this beer?
Wish I could buy it in SE PA.

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  1. I think the Philly area has received a delivery in the past - and might be a candidate for future deliveries when the brewery expansion is complete.

    I've been contemplating a Heady run from the Boston area to stock up for the Holidays.

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    1. re: LStaff

      thanks for that input. When might there expansion be completed?
      I did see anything on their web site.

      I have a serious need for more of this beer.
      It would be worth the drive to get more if I had too, but I sure hope it comes to the Philly area.

      1. re: pacheeseguy

        Last I heard expansion was supposed to be complete by January. But its been pushed back from September a few times already.

    2. My brother in Burlington is a huge fan, and it's supposed to be drunk right from the 16 oz. cans. He had to cancel a trip to Florida last month when we were going to share a case over a few days. Bummer. He's the same one who flew to Kentucky some years ago for the singular purpose of buying a case of Pappy Van Winkle at the distillery, just before PVW went viral, so he has good instincts and tastes.

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      1. re: Veggo

        I had it my last time I visited NYC the bar I went to just happen to have it.
        I liked it as well as Ghandi Bott (sp) another hoppy beer I tried when I was there.

        Why do they advocate drinking it from the can, what is the idea behind that?

        1. re: burntwater

          I think because there is some sediment or precipitate in it that some may find off-puting if it were served in a clear glass. Also, the diminished carbonation from a pour. Someone may have a more thorough explanation.

          1. re: Veggo

            Besides maximizing both your beer-geek and hipster cred? :) I don't know what the Alchemist brewery's "official" explanation is, but I've always assumed it was because of the abundance of particulate "floaties" that become quite evident if you pour it into a glass. Personally, I don't care about how it looks - it's the best DIPA I've ever had, and sorely wish it were easier to get (and this coming from someone living smack in the middle of Russian River's distribution).

      2. I tried this yesterday and it did not live up to the hype for me and I'm a hop head. I tried it both from the can and from a tulip. It was much better in the tulip and there was no sediment or anything to be concerned about. It has a nice hoppy hit at the beginning but, is thin to me after that.

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        1. re: JAB

          Was it a fresh can? That beer has been #1 on BA for long time. I've never had it, so maybe i'll have the same reaction, too much anticipation.

            1. re: SP1

              1. People do have individual tastes. I felt the same way as JAB when I tried Pliny the Younger earlier this year.

              2. There is a ratings effect - people will rate something higher because other people have.

              3. East Coast / West Coast IPA wars. JAB is probably more used to our over-the-top selections. :)

              1. re: RB Hound

                Finally got my hands on a can, thanks to a travelling friend. For me it pretty much lived up to the hype. I would say it was less sweet than the Plinys', which is just my preferrence. But yeah, it's definitely a beer I will continue to seek.

            2. re: JAB

              I like it a lot. The first time I tried it, I'd never had a beer that gave such over-the-top hop aroma and flavour without being very bitter. (I don't think there were so many late/dry-hopped beers back then as there are now, but I was also a lot less beer-aware.) So a think there may be a novelty factor in my appreciation of it. Each time I have it now (~yearly trip to see family), I remember the slight sense of awe I felt with that first sip.

              BTW, have you been to the cannery? Wading---it really feels like wading---into that thick hop aroma as you enter is really unique. It feels a bit unhealthy, even.

              1. re: eethan

                No, I was born and raised in CT but, I haven't been back East in a long time. A friend of my sons attended beer week in VT and shipped us a few cans to CA. RB Hound is probably on the right track.

            3. I was not a big fan the first time I tried this beer. It had a huge hype that I didn't feel it lived up to. Due to timing conflicts, I didn't get to crack my cans for about a month or more. It was OK, but there were 20 other similar beers I could buy with less hassle.

              The second time I had the beer it was literally canned the previous day. I have to admit it was awesome. Great on the nose and much less bitter than the first try. I think freshness plays a huge role in these ultra hopped beers.

              I had a conversation about this recently with the owner of my local liquor store. I didn't like Sculpin last time I had it and he swore the freshness played a big part. He had 6packs that were very fresh. Didn't buy it, but do think the bitterness grows with age.