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Beers that met/passed your expectations

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

  1. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (780) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'd have to say, my latest was Lagunitas Sucks. Just had my first one over this past weekend. I love Lagunitas stuff, but for some reason wasn't expecting much from this. BOY was I wrong! Loved this beer!
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  2. 90 Minute, I wanted that bottle to last forever.
  3. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Advocate (530) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    This for me EXACTLY, then I discovered BA and RB and that has lead to a few others as well.

    First Heady really is that good.

    Second was revisiting Prima Pils with a better understanding of beer. That beer is perfect at what it is and a wonderful interpretation.
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  4. time4lunch

    time4lunch Aficionado (230) New Hampshire Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Marshal zhukov
    Blind pig
    Life without principle
  5. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Ten Fidy ...Everyone seemed to like it...Little did I know It would become just a regular staple in my house after one can. Also Big Foot.
  6. alexipa

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

    Thanks for the suggestions! I've had Sixpoint Resin and do indeed love it. I'll try to get my hands on some Big A.
  7. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Advocate (720) Illinois Nov 22, 2012 Beer Trader

    This week, Stone RIS thick, dark, tasty.
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  8. Old Foghorn
  9. KWMiles

    KWMiles Savant (380) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Kiwi Rising and Sang Noir
  10. Erdinger Pikantus
    Bornem Dubbel
    Zyweic Porter
    Anchor Bock
  11. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    The list goes on and on. Beers that blew me away include Zombie Dust, PtE, FIS, Ten FIDY.... i.e., a lot of stuff you'd expect to see on a list like this. So I'll list some not-as-highly-acclaimed beers that I had neutral/low expectations for and they ended up being awesome....

    Kuhnhenn DRIPA
    Delirium Tremens
    Founders Porter
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale
    Great Lakes Oktoberfest
    Dragonmead Under the Kilt
    Short's Peaches & Creme
  12. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (630) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 10
    CCB Cubano Expresso
    Saison Rue
    St. Bernadus
    RareR DOS
  13. sokrman14

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

    At the time of his post he only listed Heady Topper. By the time I hit enter and submitted my post he added the others. But yes my answer was Heady Topper
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  14. Powderhornphil

    Powderhornphil Advocate (675) Minnesota Apr 30, 2012 Beer Trader

    Marshall Zhukov
    Lindley Park
    BA Batch 9000.

    All lived up to and surpassed my expectation.
  15. fmccormi

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

    Ah, yeah okay that's what I figured. But yes, Heady is that good.
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  16. DarthGuitarHero

    DarthGuitarHero Savant (490) Minnesota Jan 15, 2011 Verified

    These come to mind:

    Eclipse 50/50 Elijah Craig 12
    Big Worse
    Boulevard's Saison-Brett
    Recently had a 2008 Matilda that I expected to be good, but it was fantastic.
  17. BJasny

    BJasny Savant (430) Texas Jul 10, 2011

    Deschutes The Dissident, Ballast Point Victory at Sea. The two most intense, albeit very enjoyable, beers I've had
  18. When I had Pliny the first time, I thought to myself "this is good, but I prefer Blind Pig."
  19. s1ckboy

    s1ckboy Savant (395) Massachusetts Apr 10, 2011

    Red's Rye PA. Had it for the first time this past weekend, great stuff. Horrible timing, used to be year round, now a seasonal.
  20. neas

    neas Aficionado (180) Pennsylvania Oct 18, 2011

    BCBS: For the amount of money it is in PA I didn't think it could live up to my expectations, but I would gladly buy again.

    Pliny: Only have had it on draft. A lot of my friends think it is overrated, I find it to be way better than any other IPA/DIPA readily available in my area. It also has never been expensive.

    Imperial Biscotti Break: Superb for a non-barrel aged beer.
  21. tronto

    tronto Savant (270) Kentucky Dec 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    2010 abyss, CBS, King Henry, Zombie Dust, bbpt5th
  22. repivk

    repivk Aficionado (130) Minnesota Dec 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    For me it definitely has to be rochefort 10 and goose island Dominique, man I wish GI would have bottled that...
    Oh, and bells wild one because that led me to my love of sours
  23. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    After hearing the east coasters constantly brag about Flower Power I finally got one and it exceeded my expectations. Uinta Hop Notch is pretty amazing too.
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  24. Cold Mountain? Really? lol.
  25. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Savant (280) Virginia Jul 25, 2011 Beer Trader

    New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
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  26. Hopslam about about an hour ago.
  27. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Founders Breakfast Stout. Only tried it for the first time over the weekend and it's now the stout I'll probably measure all others by.

    Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale because up to that point, I was a non IPA drinker. It opened my eyes to the idea that you just need to find the right flavor profile for a type in order to enjoy it. Now I know to look for grapefruit forward IPAs to try.

    Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale. I had it on tap in Boston at a crab place and was just amazed at the trueness of the flavors.
  28. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (400) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    Met: ZD, kbs

    Surpassed: flower power,ninja v unicorn, nemesis '10

    And for fun...

    Did not meet: pte, 2hearted
  29. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Jacks Abby lagers. I hate lagers
    Eclipse JD 300 day
    Alesmith Decadence 2010 Barrel Aged
    BCS Cherry Rye
    Cascade Strawberry

  30. Heady is the only hyped beer I have had that lived up to said hype.
  31. Sayson

    Sayson Savant (335) North Carolina Apr 16, 2005

    Pliny on draft at SD Toranado
    Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
    Troeg's Nugget Nectar
    Zombie Dust
    Fullsteam Hogwash
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  32. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    I still say Ruination since it was a game changer regarding IPA's for me. But I got the bright idea to look at my ratings and rDevs to see whether that correlated with the numbers - not so much since my score for Ruination was up there with everybody else's and the rDev is pretty small positive. Interesting looking at the scores a little differently.
  33. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (620) California Dec 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    A few that I can remember:
    Fresh Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Conflux No.1 (Collage)
    Ayinger Celebrator
  34. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

  35. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Champion (835) Florida Feb 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    One I had no expectation of whatsoever--mainly just from lack of information at that point--was AleSmith Horny Devil. Then I drank it and it wowed me. Really one of my favorites despite its miced reviews.
  36. beermompdx

    beermompdx Initiate (20) Jan 17, 2013

    I love Green Flash and most of what they do, but Rayon Vert tastes like dirty band-aids (and yes, I know what Brett is and what it tastes like, and this is overboard)
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  37. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    ZD, then Lagunitas Sucks.

    Imperial stouts lately have been delicious but I've pretty much been expecting that- Narwhal, BCBS, etc.
  38. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Cisco - Lady of the Woods
  39. blakelive784

    blakelive784 Savant (275) Colorado Dec 21, 2010

    I was a little let down by The Dissident. Victory at Sea was great, especially with a year on it. BCBS is my new favorite. Totally surprised given the hype.
  40. - Epic's Big Bad Baptist far exceeded my expectations.
    - KBS met my expectations.