Originally Posted by mjdonnelly68
I'm hop-interested rather than hop-obsessed, so I like Pliny's drink-ability better. On whole, I like the 'balance' (I know Pliny is technically unbalanced) between malt and hops better in the Pliny.
Do not get me wrong: Heady Topper is a great beer (the Alchemest works magic up in Waterbury) and I really enjoy one on occasion. I just found the over the top hop flavor a bit too much. If you are the type of hop-head who likes to likes your hops to linger on the tongue for 10 seconds after each sip - HT is the beer for you.
For me it comes down to the ultimate test: Having tried a beer, would I order another. In the case of Pliny, I would order pint after pint until they took my coaster away. With Heady: I would always order one if I saw it on tap, but I would seldom order a second in the same visit.
I'd have to agree with you here. I had a HT for the first time yesterday and it reminded me more of my first Moylan's Hopsickle rather than a Pliny killer. It's a hopbomb for sure, but I couldn't have several like I could the Pliny. it was way heavier on the bittering side, and not as enjoyable as the last Pliny I had. That Pliny was 2 weeks old, and just seems to have more going on than just over the top bitterness. I also had the chance to try a fresh Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep out of Lincoln, CA. That beer was unbelievably drinkable for an 11%'er and loaded with hop juice as well. I'd take another one of those over HT/Pliny right now no question. all excellent choices, but I just didn't feel it lived up to the hype.