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Beers that met/passed your expectations

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sokrman14, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. sokrman14

    sokrman14 Aficionado (230) California Mar 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    Avery Maharaja. I know this is a well respected beer, but its the first time I have been able to try it. WOW!! I love it. What do you guys think? Are there any other beers that you have always wanted to try that either lived up to expectation or blew it out of the water?
  2. lsummers

    lsummers Advocate (535) California Jun 21, 2010

    I also loved it! I think since I first tried it the wow factor has worn a bit, but it's still a great beer. I've tried it either 3 or 4 times now, and this post is wanting me to find another fresh bomber of it.
  3. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper. Also, Jack's Abbey Hoponious Union, Green Flash Rayon Vert, and Palate Wrecker.
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  4. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    Maharaja is my number one DIPA. It is definitely more on the malty side of the IPA spectrum, which I love.
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  5. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (720) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    OK... so a tiny bit if a thread-jack here. Maharaja is one of my first beervanas........ I loved it so much I bought a ton thinking I would stock up for months and months..... Then to learn that DPA's weren't the style to stock up on. Sorry for wasting 20 seconds of your life. I love this beer and have a soft spot in my heart for when it sang to me. Sir, your goal is to score a fresh bottle of Lawson's Double Sunshine. You will cry and it will be a beautiful moment in your life.
  6. sokrman14

    sokrman14 Aficionado (230) California Mar 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    That is another one I want that I expect to out perform my expectations.
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  7. Love me some Maharaja but love DuganA even more.
  8. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (720) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    Palate Wrecker!!! Palate Wrecker!!!!
    (also a huge Hoponious Fan, but think that's different than Headhy, Palate Wrecker and Maharaja)
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  9. I have been hearing that this beer is one of the few ipa's that improve with age as opposed to the deteriorate norm.
  10. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    No!!! Don't do it. I had a batch 13 (March 2011) a few weeks ago and it was an instant drain pour.
  11. Good to know. did you cellar it, or did someone else?
  12. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    It was in the cooler at my local bottle shop. It had been there the entire time. Not ideal conditions, but better than sitting on the shelf at BevMo.
  13. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Easily one of my all time favorite DIPAs. I've been waiting for weeks for it to show up on shelves in Seattle. I need my fix!!!
  14. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (470) Texas Dec 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    Love maharaja and dugana is also solid.

    Avery doesn't really make any bad beers that I've had.
  15. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    I had it once and thought it just way too sweet.
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  16. Am I gonna get shit from everyone for saying Pliny the Younger? Oh well... After hearing about it for years, waking up early, waiting in line for 3 hours and having to calling work to tell them I'd be late it definitely exceeded the very high expectations I had. Going to work buzzed is always fun too.
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  17. I have had it aged and enjoyed it. Everyone is different.
  18. There is TONS of it here in Spokane.
  19. powz87

    powz87 Savant (420) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    Haymarket Mathias.
  20. Evil Twin Lil B', Cuvee Des Jacobins, Cascade Sang Noir and Noyuax.
  21. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Damn you Spokaners!!!!! ;)
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  22. heavenlyStash

    heavenlyStash Savant (350) California Dec 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Mogli by Caldera A double chocolate Porter that honestly tasted like chocolate milk...dedicated to the loss of the head Brewers chocolate Lab (RIP)
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  23. Arcadia BA Impy. mmmm.
  24. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Kinda paradoxical, no? ;-)

    Also, which one are you referring to? Heady? If that's the case, I'm confident it'll do just that.
  25. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Very true—I only kind of realized as I was writing that post that they were all DIPAs (plus Hoponious). What can I say? Freshness makes a world of difference.

    That, and Palate Wrecker actually lived up to its name, at the very least. (And Heady really is that good.)
  26. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    CW BBS
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  27. cyraschris

    cyraschris Aficionado (180) Florida Dec 15, 2012

    Rochefort 10. It was early on in my beer exploration and I was blindly trying things based on what I had before. Ended up trying Belgium beers since I had palm, then st martin tripel. I was expecting another average beer and was pleasantly surprised to say the least. This was before I found out about BA or RB or anything like that.
  28. Rob-P

    Rob-P Aficionado (200) Iowa Feb 29, 2012

    I did this same thing with DFH 90 minute although I hadn't actually tried it yet. Then not only did I learn that fresh is a huge key, but I didn't even like the beer much!

    Abrasive exceeded expectations as did zombie dust. Schlafly Tasmanian IPA continues to blow me away compared to my expectations. Lastly, backwoods bastard far exceeded my expectations.
  29. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    Stone Ruination. Why? Because I wasn't really sure about the whole IPA business. Had tried a few, but not quite over the hump. Grabbed the Ruination with a random haul, then read about it and expected absolute horror and almost gave it away. Basically, I expected it to be the worst beer experience ever.

    Ruination bitch slapped me upside the head and said here we go...get in, hold on, and shut up.

    I am still not an IPA addict, but Ruination 'splained it to me and it is now a style i enjoy. For making me dive into the deep end of the pool, it gets my vote - personal game-changer.
  30. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (590) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Most recently, Palo Santo Marron and Brooklyn BCS both surpassed my expectations. I almost sent Brooklyn an email lauding them for putting such an awesome product out there for so cheap. I never send companies emails.
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  31. xnicknj

    xnicknj Advocate (740) Pennsylvania May 25, 2009

    first thing that comes to mind is everything from Surly except for Syx
  32. You should grab some Smuttynose Big A or Sixpoint Resin if you like Malty IPA's. They're both fantastic as well.
  33. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (690) Ohio Oct 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Green Flash Rayon Vert

    Absolutely delicious.
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  34. BMitch

    BMitch Savant (285) Virginia Jul 10, 2012 Beer Trader


    Big coffee stout fan, so this one had been on my radar to try since missing out on it last year. Finally getting to try some a few weeks ago, it was even better than I expected; enough so to knock FBS off the top of the mountain for me.
  35. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    When i had Pliny the Elder, i expected it to one of the best DIPAs. It was.
  36. Too many to count
    Imperial stouts often
    Can't wait for next one
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  37. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Funny because that one disappointed me.

    Rayon Vert
    Wolavers Alta Gracia Coffee Porter
    Victory Braumeister Pils
    Ommegang Abbey Ale
    Uinta Hopnotch
    Highlands Cold Mountain
    Unibroue Don De Dieu
    Maine Peeper Ale
  38. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Champion (750) New York Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Southern Tier - Oak Aged Unearthly
    Heavy Seas - Loose Cannon
    Lagunitas - Sucks
    Ballast Point - Victory At Sea
    Goose Island - Cherry Rye
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  39. IHyphySF

    IHyphySF Savant (330) California Nov 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    Keene idea - sooooo tasty
  40. Black Albert, Rayon Vert and Sweet Sixteen are a few that recently blew me away.
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