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Heady Topper Dbl IPA

pacheeseguy Nov 12, 2012 05:08 PM

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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    LStaff RE: pacheeseguy Nov 13, 2012 07:00 AM

    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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      pacheeseguy RE: LStaff Nov 13, 2012 01:14 PM

      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.

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        LStaff RE: pacheeseguy Nov 15, 2012 11:25 AM

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

    2. Veggo RE: pacheeseguy Nov 13, 2012 07:36 AM

      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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        burntwater RE: Veggo Nov 13, 2012 04:18 PM

        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?

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          Veggo RE: burntwater Nov 13, 2012 10:29 PM

          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.

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            Spatlese RE: Veggo Dec 14, 2012 02:04 PM

            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. JAB RE: pacheeseguy Aug 5, 2013 06:52 AM

        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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          SP1 RE: JAB Aug 7, 2013 09:47 AM

          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.

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            JAB RE: SP1 Aug 7, 2013 10:02 AM

            Yes, it was.

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              RB Hound RE: SP1 Aug 7, 2013 10:27 AM

              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. :)

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                SP1 RE: RB Hound Aug 27, 2013 08:33 AM

                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
              eethan RE: JAB Aug 9, 2013 11:00 AM

              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.

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                JAB RE: eethan Aug 9, 2013 01:06 PM

                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. Ali G RE: pacheeseguy Sep 20, 2013 05:32 PM

              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.

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