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Old 05-18-2012, 02:21 AM   #61
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I am right now trying Heady for the first time, and I don't understand how good this is. I think they literally are Alchemists. This might be my new favorite beer. It's at least my favorite IPA.

I also don't understand how different it is from other IPAs. The hops taste so much fuller and richer... I think there must be some added sweetness to it, enough to make the hops pop but not enough to actually taste sweet. It tastes like "hops" are a fruit that you can just squeeze juice out of into a glass. Incredible.

I also got a bit of Citra in the nose, but the taste was very different. I wouldn't be surprised if they added some Citra dry-hops since the hop was released. It also seems like there'd be some Apollo; Heady has a very "orange-y" character to me.

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #62
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I am guessing you mean Vic's Boathouse in the Victoria Station Restaurant?
Vic's Boathouse is right next to Victoria Station on Pickering Wharf. Practically the same place. I think they are just trying to "class" up the place by calling one side "boathouse".
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:40 AM   #63
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As for my homebrew attempt, similar to yours. Liked my flavor combination, but lacked the hop intensity. I chalk it up to not being John Kimmich and to not having a hop back. I really think hop backing is used to make HT and I've just recently purchased a Blichmann Hop Rocket which will be used on my second attempt of cloning Heady Topper!
I had Heady out of the can each time. That might explain some of the differences in sweetness that I noticed. Anyways, please post how the hop rocket affects the flavor and aroma of the beer. Since I'm subscribed to this thread and might be purchasing a hop rocket in the near future... depending on your results. Cheers!
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #64
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I took a shot in the dark at a Heady clone this weekend. I read somewhere that it has an OG of 1.08, ABV of 7.9%, and about 120 IBU. I’ve concluded (but I guess the brew will be the real test) that the high IBU is from late additions and perhaps FWH’s. So I did a 15 gallon batch of the following:

Batch Size: 15 gallons
OG: 1.08
Efficiency: 75% (I ended up with 81% so obviously the OG was higher too)
IBU: 123

Grains:
2 Row Base
36ppg, 1.5°L 33 pounds
73.9%
Vienna
36ppg, 4°L 5.62 pounds
12.6%
Crystal 20L
35ppg, 20°L 3 pounds
6.7%
Honey
37ppg, 20°L 1.5 pounds
3.4%
CaraPils
33ppg, 1.5°L 1.5 pounds
3.4%

Hops:

Amarillo (1.5oz), Simcoe (.75oz), Columbus (.75oz), Centennial (.75oz) @FWH
Chinook (.75oz) @ 60 minutes (had to do it to get the IBU’s up)
Amarillo (3oz), Simcoe (3oz), Columbus (2.25oz), Centennial (2.25oz) @ 20 mins
Amarillo (1.5oz), Simcoe (1.5oz), Columbus (1.5oz), Centennial (1.5oz) @ 1 min

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:02 PM   #65
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Wow...15g. Go big or go home I guess. No dryhop?

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Old 05-30-2012, 11:32 PM   #66
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Wow...15g. Go big or go home I guess. No dryhop?
Agree. Gotta be some dry hops in there, yeah?
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:08 AM   #67
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What's the distribution area for Heady Topper? Just out east?

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Old 05-31-2012, 12:20 AM   #68
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I'm in Syracuse and we don't even have it. My buddy had to pick some up from the brewery. I think Mass might have it...

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:37 AM   #69
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The cases that hit NYC two weeks ago were over-stock that a distributor managed to score. We probably won't see it here again for awhile.

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Wow...15g. Go big or go home I guess. No dryhop?
Sorry, I'm dry hopping with a couple ounces of each of Amarillo and Simcoe. Though I am starting to think about throwing in some citra to the party.
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