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Old 03-05-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone know what hop produces that amazing pineapple flavor in Heady Topper? I have read that it is Simcoe hops though I have never been able to make a Simcoe brew so fruity. I have never used Citra before and read that it does impart a pineapple flavor. I’d love to make a brew similar to this some day!

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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I have nothing else to contribute to this thread other than that Heady Topper is incredible, and I'm also curious about the hops.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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I have nothing else to contribute to this thread other than that Heady Topper is incredible, and I'm also curious about the hops.
Darn! I got so excited when I saw a reply...thinking that someone knew the answer I seeked. Still, it's good to see others (and there are many) share this liking and curiousity. Hopefully we will be enlightened soon!
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I doubt its Simcoe as I use it heavily and have never picked up anything remotely related to pineapple. Maybe it's Citra, that screams tropical fruits to me.

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I'd love to see a Heady Topper clone recipe! That is some good stuff, but tough to get in the Boston area. I've got a friend that goes up to VT just to get some and he occasionally brings me back some. I hear it will be available around here soon and cant wait!

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My guess is also Citra. The only clone recie I found was on Hopville but I found the hop additions strange- only 2 60 min additions and 2 dry hop additions. May be a starting point for the type of hops used though:

http://hopville.com/recipe/1125066/american-ipa-recipes/heady-topper-clone#

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My guess is also Citra. The only clone recie I found was on Hopville but I found the hop additions strange- only 2 60 min additions and 2 dry hop additions. May be a starting point for the type of hops used though:

http://hopville.com/recipe/1125066/american-ipa-recipes/heady-topper-clone#
Thanks! Definitely a good starting point but I agree, I'm not sure about the hop bill. Hopville in general seems to be hit and miss with recipes. Personally, my faither lies in homebrewtalk. I plan to put together a 15 gallon batch recipe tomorrow (I'm thinking simco for bitter, citra and amarillo for flavor and aroma...possibly FWH with citra too...if anything, how could it be bad with those hops) and I will post accordingly. I will be sure to reply back with feedback (too bad a don't have any Heady to compare side-by-side). In the meantime, if anyone else has any suggestions they would be most appreciated.
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I doubt its Simcoe as I use it heavily and have never picked up anything remotely related to pineapple. Maybe it's Citra, that screams tropical fruits to me.
I've never used it but I agree, most everyone remarks about citra's tropical flavor and aroma. Simco has always given me more pine and perhaps very subtle citrus. Heady makes you feel like you are drinking a pineapple (in a good way). I did a side by side with Hopslam and in a close race, Heady won out.
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I'd love to see a Heady Topper clone recipe! That is some good stuff, but tough to get in the Boston area. I've got a friend that goes up to VT just to get some and he occasionally brings me back some. I hear it will be available around here soon and cant wait!
I will attempt a clone (which will be very tough since I've never worked with Citra...and that's what it will feature) and let everyone know how she turns out. I can get Heady's ABV and I don't pick up too much bitterness but it has got to be there...probably masked by its bold malt (and the malt will be a totally different thing to wrestle with).
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:11 AM   #10
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Subscribed, in case any more info comes out on this beer. Just had my first one last week (a buddy brought me back a 4 pack from Vermont) and I fell in love. With the beer of course. Although my buddy was pretty awesome for bringing me some.

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