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First beer to blow your mind.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ledzeppelin4, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. bcm119

    bcm119 Savant (390) California Feb 17, 2001

    I'll go with Bullfrog IPA, of the brewpub of the same name, Williamsport PA, c. 1997.

    That or Hop Devil.
  2. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (625) Ohio Jan 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    Bourbon County Vanilla. Seriously, best imperial stout I've had to date, and that includes Rare. Vanilla just does something to my tastebuds that nothing else has even come close to touching.
  3. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (475) Michigan Jan 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
  4. 2008 Matilda, drank with about 6 months on it. It was so incredible I couldn't believe it.

    I have never had another one that was nearly as good.
  5. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    I count Urbock as up there with some of the best beer experiences I've had...
  6. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Advocate (540) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Hate to say it...but for me, it was Camo. I went to high school in Las Vegas, and Camo was the one beer that could get you (and the girl I was trying to get with) messed up for cheap. So that made me say "Oh... My... God...This Is excellent!" My HS days were a blast and I wouldn't defame Camo one bit... Wouldn't drink that shit now though. Only posted because it blew my mind at the time. Cheers!
  7. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Advocate (505) Colorado Apr 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    I've been drinking beer for a long time. And I thought I had been drinking some really good beers.
    Until I tried GI Bourbon County Stout on tap at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA 2 years ago. A whole new beer world opened up and I haven't looked back. All the beers I thought were good dropped about 7 notches.

    That beer was immediately followed up by Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel's Share on tap. Still one of my favorites. Though for some reason in bottle it isn't as good as tap. A weird sour tinge at the end.

    Anyway ... BCBS was it for me
  8. cmannes

    cmannes Savant (475) Minnesota Mar 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I confess that part of the mind blowing was location & hype.

    My wife and I were at a pub in Brussels. And low and behold, on the menu they listed Westvleteren 12. Morally, I knew they weren't supposed to be selling it. But here I am in this beautiful old historic pub, in Brussels, and I'm drinking a fine chalice of one of the reported best beers in the world. I was and still am in Awe of that moment.

    Of course, now I want to drink a bottle of Westy in my basement, see what it's like once I eliminate the location & hype. :)
  9. ChanChan

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

    Gonzo Imperial Porter!
  10. Duvel, made me realize there's more to beer then Molson Canadian or Becks.
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  11. Most recently it was Dynamo Hum. This is the beer that turned me onto sours and has opened up a whole new world of beer to me.
  12. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (625) Ohio Jan 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    Damn good beer to start with :p
  13. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Savant (480) New York Nov 18, 2008

    After years and years and years of Budweiser, I tried a DFH 90. The rest is history.
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  14. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Champion (900) California Jan 13, 2011 Beer Trader

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  15. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Savant (315) Indiana Oct 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Brian Boru from the floyds, now I spend my paychecks on beer
  16. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Three Philosophers. Still my favorite beer.
  17. Ruination was my first IIPA and had a similar effect on me. Blew my mind like a hooker with a psych degree.
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  18. MarcM

    MarcM Aficionado (155) California Aug 19, 2011

    Back in '98 or so I was at an open bar event. The most expensive beer on the list was Chimay Red, which I had never heard of at the time, so of course I ordered it and was like "wow, this is the best beer I've ever had."
  19. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Advocate (520) California Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

  20. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) Alaska May 30, 2011

    Old Rasputin!
  21. w_klon

    w_klon Savant (280) Oregon Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Rochefort 10 like 5 months ago
  22. RStang13

    RStang13 Savant (335) New Jersey Jun 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    I had been drinking my dads homebrew, SNPA, Guiness, Yeungling, Blue Moon and the like through college but my life forever changed the night of my 21st birthday. All the guys in my family toured Flying Fish in the morning and headed out to Philly for the night. First of many amazing stops that night was Monk's for dinner and a few fine beverages. A pot of mussels and a Kwak out of the legit glassware changed me forever. Since revisiting it, certainly not as earth shattering but totally blew my mind that night.
  23. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Actually without knowing it I was drinking craft beers a far back as 1975 or so. When i was stationed I Camp Lejeune I would pick up Pils Urquell and the like, mostly German brews. I was toddling along happy with Hop Devil, DFH 60, two Hearted and the like, then along came my first Hopslam. It was so freaking amazing that any brew could taste like that, it's been down hill for that same rush ever since. You hit a few here and there like HT and KBS, but your always chasing that next beer high, or at least I am..
  24. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    Williamsburg AleWerks - Rapadou Porter

    I'll never forget that beer. It was the richest thing I've ever drank. Wall to wall unrefined sugar, raisins, and malt.

    I think it was a 2007 bottle, perhaps?

    I still have one, and I'll be damned if it's not one of the best beers I've ever had.
  25. Nutwood

    Nutwood Savant (415) Kentucky Jun 30, 2012

    Tripel Karmeliet was a recent one. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace gave me goosesflesh too.
  26. Rogue Maple Bacon Donut blew my mind as to how someone would bottle and try to sell such a shitty beer.
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  27. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    A question with two answers.
    Colt 45 tall boys - got drunk on 2 in high school.
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo - discovered IPAs several years ago.

    Both were mind blowers.
  28. Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head. One of the first non AAL beers I ever had. Before that I had no idea beer was more than just yellow and fizzy.
  29. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Every bottle of batch 5 keeps blowing me away. I just had batch 2 and 3 but they dont hold a candle to batch 5
  30. celfan

    celfan Advocate (595) Vermont Jul 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Newman's Albany Amber Ale. Some say it was the first microbrewery east of Boulder. Dumpy little building in downtown Albany. Circa 1980.


    came in a cube-a-tainer


    The William S. Newman Brewing Company, named after master brewer Bill Newman, was founded in 1981. Newman apparently learned his craft in England and brought brewing to, well, downtown Albany, at 84 Chestnut Street - about a block away from Empire State Plaza. Aside from the aforementioned "Albany Amber," he brewed a Pale Ale.

    It was the first microbrewery east of Colorado, apparently. Among those working there? Jim Koch, who would later go on to found the little-known Samuel Adams in Boston. Of Newman, Jim notes:

    These little microbreweries were starting up and that really got my interest. I actually worked in Bill Newman's brewery in Albany. He was the first guy who started a microbrewery east of Boulder. I came away thinking, OK, the idea is right. I knew that it was possible to make world-class beer here in the United States.
  31. Brooklyn Local 1
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  32. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Savant (340) Ohio Mar 10, 2008

    Ruination. Pretty early on in my transition to craft beer. I'd had maybe one other DIPA before, but this made my mouth water.
  33. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Savant (355) California Jul 12, 2012

    It was Rochfort 10 in a really cool basement bar in Brugge. We asked the young owner (who was playing some heavy Chicago blues) for his favorite and he pulled these out. Done deal ever since.
  34. Treebs

    Treebs Advocate (640) Illinois Apr 18, 2011

    KBS. It was my first BA stout and it blew my mind.
  35. tyrsis

    tyrsis Savant (470) California Mar 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    Brandy Barrel Aged Vanilla Dark Lord. I've had lots of amazing BA stouts before that beer, but that particular one just blew me away.
  36. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    For me it was BA Tungusta / BA Jackhammer during Ogrefest. They're the reason I like BBA beers for sure!
  37. Great Lakes Alberta Clipper. I had no idea a roasty porter could even be fruity, sweet, and still really good. Id never heard of it, and just ordered since I was at the brewery and they didnt distribute it. holy hell was I surprised.
  38. w_klon

    w_klon Savant (280) Oregon Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    At first, all i read was 'Rogue Maple Bacon Donut blew my mind..." and thought, Hell no! Then i read the rest i was like, Agreed :cool:
  39. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (660) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Rochefort 10