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Highest ABV 12 packs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by opwog, May 21, 2013.

  1. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I just saw an announcement that Terrapin is going to be putting out 12 packs of Hopsecutioner. It surprised me, because this is a 7.3% beer. That is really only a few tenths of a percent away from some beers being classified as DIPAs. So it got me thinking and besides Torpedo, at 7.2%, I can't think of any other beer in that ABV range that comes in 12 packs.

    What are some of the highest ABV beers that you have seen come in 12 packs?
  2. mark14580

    mark14580 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Southern Tier Superpack

    Unearthly 9.5
    Iniquity 9.0
    2xIPA 8.2

    Great bargain. All solid beers.
  3. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Member

    Location:
    California
    Spaten Optimator 7.6%
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  4. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    If I'm not mistaken bourbon county bombers come in 12 packs
    paulys55, Boilerfood, Oisin and 10 others like this.
  5. BeastLU

    BeastLU Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Came here to say this. 12oz unearthlys are sweeeet!
  6. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    OK, not bombers, because yes a case of bombers is technically 12. I meant regular 12x12 oz.
  7. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    That Southern Tier Superpack is a mix pack (and yes, quite a deal), but I was asking about a singular high ABV beer 12 pack. Optimator is definitely one, but still curious more from a marketing perspective what other US craft breweries may be doing this.

    And 12x12oz and just beer.
  8. 46and2

    46and2 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I buy Brown Shuggah by the 24 pack at 9.9%...
  9. BeastLU

    BeastLU Member

    Location:
    Virginia
  10. alex_hart

    alex_hart Member

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    want.
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  11. Tidesox28

    Tidesox28 Member

    Location:
    Maine
    I've only seen in fours.
  12. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Not cases, as many things can be bought by the normal 24 case. There is a marketing aspect to 12 packs that I am trying to figure out how often a single high ABV American craft beer has been sold this way.
  13. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I had to Google image this because I have never seen it, but yes this is exactly what I am talking about. Can't believe that I have never seen this given how many places I have been that sold Oscar Blues over the years, so this packaging must be limited to certain regions.
  14. McDiddyPop

    McDiddyPop Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Bud Light Platinum. 6.0%
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  15. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Member

    Location:
    New York
    Nationally available at 6.8%...

    [​IMG]
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  16. AndyP612

    AndyP612 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Torpedo is bigger at 7.2. I know splitting hairs but it's year round.
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  17. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Member

    Location:
    New York
    You are correct on both points but I like my Celebration 12 packs, cheers!
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  18. Captstrapper

    Captstrapper Member

    Location:
    Vermont
    Victory Storm King Stout 9.1%
    Victory Golden Monkey 9.5%
    Victory Old horizontal 11.0% (Though it's not been made in a couple years)
    Sorry 6packs or cases.
  19. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Dogfish Head had a mixed 12 several years ago with (IIRC) 6 - 60's, 3 - 90's and 3 -120's
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  20. Providence

    Providence Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    They sell Long Trail Double Bag 12 packs in my neck of the woods (7.2%) and there's always Torpedo, which I think is also 7.2%.
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  21. Christopper

    Christopper Member

    Location:
    New York
    where do you buy Unearthly by the 12'er? Or Iniquity for that matter? Just wondering because here in Buffalo, I've never seen it.
  22. mark14580

    mark14580 Member

    Location:
    New York
    http://www.stbcbeer.com/year-round-2/variety-packs/superpack/

    They probably carry it at Premier. I don't know how often they produce the superpack (quarterly, monthly, etc.) but I've seen it around Rochester recently.
  23. ncstateplaya

    ncstateplaya Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    New Belgium offers Ranger in a 12-pack...OF CANS!!!
    Plus that Brown and Green box is sexy as hell.
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  24. racer2k

    racer2k Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    That is bottled / canned water though..this is a beer forum...
  25. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    This is a mixed pack that Mark was talking about, not a 12 pack of any of them individually.
  26. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Are you referring to these showing up as part of mixed 12 packs? I can't find any reference to any of these having ever been released as their own, exclusive, 12 packs. Usually, things like Google images will have them from beer fans and from images that had been used for advertising purposes.
  27. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas, 8%
  28. Chaz

    Chaz Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I saw the last line of his reply ("Sorry 6packs or cases.") and understood it to indicate that indeed, those brands were 6-pack N.R. or full-case purchase (e.g. in Pennsylvania), only, rather than being available in 12-pack N.R.

    I've been poking my nose around the industry long enough and have never known any of those Victory labels to have been packaged in the standard (case-equivalent) 2x12-pack non-returnable format. In fact, seeing as how the brands approximate MSRP has always been between $10 ~ and $15.00 USD it defies conventional retail logic that Victory would hand-package those weighty beers in a 2x12-pack N.R. package. o_O
  29. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Again, mixed and not single beer 12 backs. But if jesskidden is even stretching to mixed 12 packs, my guess is that there have been very few examples of a US craft beer >7%, being marketed in 12 packs. From this thread, it would seem that it has only been Old Chub, Torpedo and the upcoming Hopsecutioner 12 pack release.
  30. mfnmbvp

    mfnmbvp Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Never seen a 12 pack of cans, but they definitely have 12 packs of bottles around here.
    I've been seeing a lot of Lagunitas IPA 12 packs also, although I don't know what abv that beer has offhand.
  31. opwog

    opwog Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I thought that was a joke name, until I looked it up. But that isn't a beer. Even their marketing calls it a margarita with only a "twist" of Bud Light Lime. I just threw up a little in my mouth.
  32. grantcty

    grantcty Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Schell's Maifest is 6.9% and sold in 12ers.
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  33. grantcty

    grantcty Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Looks like my information is wrong. I should've checked the Schell's website. It's listed as only 6.7%.
  34. Scotty

    Scotty Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    Flying Dog sells their 'Raging Bitch' Belgian IPA (8.3%) in 12-packs. Exclusive to Maryland only though.
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  35. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    It's not 'light' either, 220 calories per 8 oz. can (330 per 12 oz.'s)
  36. grantcty

    grantcty Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Another Schell's offering: This year's Snowstorm, which was a Biere de Noel, and it was 7.5%. The beer/style changes every year, so it won't available next year.
  37. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I would love to find this! Not sure where it's distributed....
  38. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Maybe I'm missing something, but being from PA where beer distributors have to selll by the case (only bars and bottle shops sell 6 packs or singles) - isn't this just a distinction as to whether a beer is packaged in a single 24 bottle box (with or without internal 6 pack holders) or as two 12 bottle boxes that are held together on a cardboard flat?

    In other states are 12 packs really a popular size? With limited shelf space, do stores really stock 6 packs, 12 packs, and cases of the same beer?
  39. teraflx

    teraflx Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    I know , it's awesome! Ive only seen the 6 packs locally but I've seen the 12's in Cali a few times.

    [​IMG]
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  40. Psykhe

    Psykhe Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    The poor man's loon. Just look at that florid and, yet decidedly manly, color.
    [​IMG]

    Another higher abv malternative in 12 pks is Steel Reserve 211 (8.10% ABV).

    Craft-wise, Sierra Nevada's 2012 Beer Camp Variety Pack included Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Red, 9% and 8.1% respectively.
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