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Beers that met/passed your expectations

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

  1. fmccormi

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

    Hm. Different strokes, I s'pose :)
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  2. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    Westy 12 met my expectations. The hype was so high, which would lead be to believe it would taste like liquid of the gods. But being a skeptic, I figured I would most likely be very disappointed. Both of those things balanced each other out, and I thought it was a great Belgian quad. One of the best that I've tried actually, so I would say it met my expectations.
  3. chase2634

    chase2634 Savant (315) Pennsylvania Nov 10, 2009

    Passed expectations:
    Heady Topper

    Met expectations:
    Twighlight of The Idols
    Oud 15

    Failed expectations:
    Stouts Revel Red
    DFH Tweason Ale
    Idiot's Drool
  4. nogophers

    nogophers Savant (345) Minnesota Jun 28, 2011

    Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery's Three Hour Tour. Like German chocolate cake in a glass. I giggled.
  5. most of the regular GI line up. We just recently started getting them in my area. I never had any reason not to like them, I just didn't think they'd be that special either.. So far i've had 312 urban wheat, Honker's ale, Matilda, and Sophie. I've really liked them all quite a bit! Thanks AB/Inbev for bringing these beers into my distro area!!
  6. Sazz9

    Sazz9 Savant (455) Texas Jul 6, 2012

    Honestly, I have been reading on BA for awhile about how awesome Sucks is... I am a big fan of Lagunitas so of course I was ready to try and buy it when it came in. I did, and it Sucks awesomely :) The nose on this beer is incredible! I didnt want to drink it, just smell it!

    Edit: I drank the crap out of it, and it was equally as amazing!

    I had the same experience with BB Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr. Just wow. Good year for beer so far!
  7. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    Palo Santo Marron - my favorite, how is it not more people talk about this
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  8. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    You're my hero. Love ALL these beers
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  9. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Advocate (515) Michigan Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm from Grand Rapids and had my first Backwoods Bastard this year the first day it came out. I can't believe I never had this beer. Definitely one of Founders best. Blew my expectations out of the water. I walked out with a case after that glass.
  10. Zach136

    Zach136 Advocate (620) Georgia Jun 17, 2012

    Hyped Beers that met/exceeded:
    Sculpin IPA

    Some pleasant surprises:
    So Fresh and So Green Green
    Timber Beast
  11. AleSmith IPA and Mongo by Port. Oooooo babi.
  12. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (405) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    De Dolle Stille Nacht and Doggie Claws. Had them both for the first time this week and was blown away by both. Can't wait to try them again.
  13. tigrstylz

    tigrstylz Aficionado (235) Texas Jan 10, 2012

    I second that emotion.

    The Epic saison was a very pleasant surprise as I didn't have high expectations.
  14. Absolut

    Absolut Advocate (665) California Sep 19, 2011

    zombie dust.
    stone's enjoy by
  15. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Vertical Epic 12.12.12

    I don't have much of a relationship with Stone, but got this on draft for free and was like, "damn, this is actually really good."
  16. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    This one goes to 11
    Maximus (all time favorite DIPA)
    Zombie dust
    Brown shugga
    Modus hoperandi
    Ten fidy
    BA rasputin
    Two hearted
    Mad elf
  17. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (410) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    Odell Deconstruction
  18. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (425) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    Southern Tier Gemini...... it revolutionized my palate in a single glass
  19. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Brown Shugga. I thought it'd be good, but I miss it already. I was only able to grab one six pack of it. I believe it ended up in my top 15 rated overall.
  20. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (630) Colorado Aug 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    Pliny is one of those extremely well balances DIPA's that seem "very nice and dandy" when you drink it, but when you continue to have other IPA's you will start to miss the complex pallet that Pliny provided. It's a very rare beer. That's what makes it so special.

    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    BCBCS(this years)
    Imperial Biscotti Break
    ST Choklat
    ABT 12
  22. Padraig

    Padraig Savant (255) United Kingdom (England) Jan 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Bourbon County Stout-Vanilla
    Kernel Double Citra
    FW Double Jack- found it on keg which is a once in a blue moon occurrence in the UK. Much better than I expected as it's not one of the hyped DIPA
    Salopian- Darwin's Origin. It's hard to get excited about an English bitter but for me this turned out to be a benchmark for the style.
  23. legend8706

    legend8706 Savant (335) Virginia Oct 31, 2012

    Olde Rabbit's Foot. Reason being is that previously I had never tried anything from Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit or Foothills so I was a little apprehensive, but after the first taste on draft at the Release, it blew me away! Delicious brew!
  24. Six point resin, and everything from jack's Abby.
  25. Liquidswordz

    Liquidswordz Aficionado (245) Texas Jul 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead Edward, Susan and Double Galaxy--easily in my top 10 of all time. Perhaps this has to do with the incredible pilgrimage one has to make to obtain them, but god damn they were tasty. Well worth the excursion.
  26. I have tried many IPAs and Pliny tastes soapy to me more often than not. Also, it's pretty readily available in SoCal; my store gets it weekly. Additionally I don't find Pliny's citrusy/grassy "palate" to be that complex. Balance however, I will agree with you on.
  27. Douggo

    Douggo Savant (330) Minnesota Oct 24, 2009

    Zombie Dust
    Central Waters BBBW
    The Event Horizon
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  28. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Champion (790) District of Columbia Aug 17, 2012 Beer Trader

    Ten Fidy!
  29. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Advocate (600) Maryland Oct 26, 2011 Beer Trader

  30. DaKur

    DaKur Savant (400) Rhode Island Nov 15, 2012

    I would have to say Lagunitas Sucks. Wanted to know what the hype was about and I'm hooked
  31. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I expected to be let down by the super hyped up Heady Toppper.... Its as if God brewed it himself.
  32. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Aficionado (200) North Carolina Oct 6, 2012 Beer Trader

    sierra nevada estate and northern hemisphere harvest
    craggie yo la mango
    moo hoo
    allagash confluence
    logsdon seizon bretta (i had the first batch to make it to kegs and couldnt keep my self away from it)
  33. krl2112

    krl2112 Advocate (680) Illinois Nov 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    2008 GI BCBS was smooth as silk and Cherry Rye was ridiculously delicious.
  34. Bnoise11

    Bnoise11 Savant (370) California Dec 25, 2012

    Lagunitas Sucks, FW IPA
  35. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    BCBS- and my expectations were high to begin with
    and very much out of my stout girl character: hell or high watermelon- my expectations were low, yet I found it surprisingly drinkable while hanging by the pool.
  36. surge1311

    surge1311 Savant (395) Rhode Island Oct 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Was ready for HF to be overated and not live up to hype than I had arthur and anna and couldnt believe how good these saisons were. Amazing.
    Purple wax eclipse 2012
    Sebago and CW bbbw
    belgian red and ng cherry stout
  37. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Savant (470) Illinois Mar 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    to me, Westvleteren 12. It's praise is well deserved IMO and while Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, Pannepot, and Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw are all outstanding, Westy 12 still takes the cake for me.
  38. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (475) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    La Cumbre's Elevated IPA and Jack Abby's Hoponius Union
  39. infi

    infi Advocate (520) New York Apr 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Heady Topper, HF Ephraim, Parabola, and Fou' Foune are ones that immediately come to mind for me.
  40. honkduh

    honkduh Savant (365) Oregon Jun 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    Alaskan Baltic Porter