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Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 9, 2012.

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  1. chrisfromboston

    chrisfromboston Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Feb 20, 2009 Verified

    Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
  2. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Advocate (570) Florida Sep 10, 2012 Verified

  3. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Verified

    I got a six pack of fresh Sculpin recently, as it just finally came to Miami.
    Don't get me wrong, it is really tasty. But with the reviews it gets, I was expecting the best IPA (excluding DIPAs) I have ever tasted, and it simply isn't. There are a few I would rank higher.
    Also, it costs $14.99 for a sixer. Seriously?
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  4. wildyeast

    wildyeast Aficionado (115) Maryland Mar 24, 2006

    Ten Fidy
  5. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012


    (disclaimer: :p )
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  6. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Lagunitas sucks... Sucks. THERE I SAID IT.
  7. hornsup

    hornsup Savant (395) Virginia Nov 29, 2012 Verified

    I was expecting a ton out of hopslam looking at everyone trying to trade for it and I wasnt impressed it was good, not great. I can name at least 8-10 IPAs/DIPAs I'd drink over it anyday.

    Ten FIDY
  8. cyrushire

    cyrushire Champion (845) Florida May 25, 2012 Verified

    BA old Rasputin. Was that a pickle barrel it was aged in?
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  9. Completely agree. I was pretty bummed out about this one
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  10. MogwaiAreDangerous

    MogwaiAreDangerous Initiate (20) Jan 24, 2013

    For me it's Zombie Dust. Smelled great, but had a strong overtone of grassiness in the taste that baffled me.
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  11. Pliny

    Awesome IPA, but not deserving of the hype I have seen here.

    This is of course not to say I didn't I enjoy it. I very much did. It just didn't blow me away as I was somewhat expecting. Folks may think that's why it underwhelmed me in the first place (because I was expecting a lot of it). However, I was expecting a lot of Gandhi Bot, Ruination 10th Anniversary and of Heady and all of those delivered.
  12. Any beer from The Bruery.
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  13. kbtstone

    kbtstone Aspirant (35) Connecticut Jan 25, 2013

    Just back from a trip to VT. The Heady Topper sampled at the brewery was excellent. Could not find any for purchase on the weekend. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy and Lawson's Finest Liquids Chinooker'd were just as good. Tried Old Rasputin on tap in Montpelier. It was WAY better than in the bottle. Most underwhelming for me would be North Coast Old Rasputin. (bottle only) Too each his own!
  14. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Savant (445) Pennsylvania Mar 7, 2009 Verified

    I don't even put Heady Topper in my top 5 DIPA's. I've had it twice, and was not impressed. It is still a solid DIPA, but not nearly worth the hype.
  15. Madruga Obscura. While not hyped per se, it has some great reviews. I just wish that I had read them beforehand. I expected a barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. What I got was a sour ale. I don't like sour ales. Why the bottle's tasting notes don't include any heads up to its sour nature is beyond me. It mentions that it's, "Brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops", but no mention of the sour. Bad labeling job. And very disappointing if you're looking for a baltic porter.
  16. jefe96

    jefe96 Aficionado (125) Maryland Feb 7, 2007

    Nugget Nectar. It's good and I'm sure I'll buy a 6 pack or two when I see it, but I don't get people hoarding it and counting down the days til it arrives. To me it's sort of bland and not really hoppy or bitter.

    Pliny. Had it and it was very good, but again I don't get the insane craziness that some people go to to get their hands on this beer. Plenty other DIPA's readily available by me that are just as good or better.

    Palate Wrecker. I enjoy stuff from Green Flash and this was very good, but I was expecting more. My palate wasn't wrecked enough.
  17. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    On one hand I agree that mentioning "sour" on the label would be helpful.
    On another hand, JP sours everything they make so you could have assumed.
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  18. you should do stand up
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  19. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Savant (400) Florida Jan 26, 2012

    LOVE the smell. i'd bathe in the stuff. wouldn't agree that it sucks, but the taste leaves me.....underwhelmed!
  20. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (380) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    I'd go with Rochefort 8. Love 10 and 12, but 8 was way too roasty for me.

    Also- anything Magic Hat... Not impressed after the first 5 or 6 beers I've tried.
  21. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Advocate (645) Wisconsin Dec 14, 2011 Verified

  22. SometimesIfart

    SometimesIfart Advocate (700) Michigan Jun 4, 2012 Verified

    Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, Hopslam, Stone RIS, Not too sure if Arcadia's Hop Rocket was highly acclaimed but that was a terrible beer.
  23. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Against my better judgement I am drinking a Ruthless Rye again, and by Boy, this beer blows.

    Yeah I know it's not overly well regarded, but I loathe it. Horrible combination of flavors. Citrate does not belong in this brew
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  24. thecraftbeerworld

    thecraftbeerworld Initiate (15) Jan 25, 2013

    Stone IPA; my palate is too new to craft beer to like something that hoppy.

    P.S. You know you want to read this: www.thecraftbeerworld.com
  25. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (530) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Verified

    I really don't care for Darklord as much as I thought I would. That said I will still drink one anytime, just not up
    to all the hype I guess. I would like to try the other variations of it though.
  26. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (685) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    uh oh. here we go...

    HOTD Matt (acutally horrible)
    Wisconsin Belgian Red (Very Bad)

    Now onto the solid-but nothing great about them brews...just plain underwhelmed by...

    Dead Guy and Double Dead Guy
    Fat Heads Head Hunter
    Columbus IPA and Bohdi DIPA
    Bells 2 hearted
    Bells Hopslam
    Founders KBS
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Stone IPA
    Rochefort 10
    Bruery Black Tuesday
    Selins Grove Phoenix Kriek
    Green Flash Silva Stout
    COAST Boy King
    Westvelteren 8
    East End Toaster
    Ithaca LeBleu
    Great Lakes Nosferatu

    sure there's a pretty long list- BUT everyone's tastes are different and for most of the breweries listed above I like some of their other brews much much better than their most popular beer in the beer geek community. (ex. I love Founders Imperial Stout, Backwoods Bastard, and Centennial IPA- I just dont see the big deal with their coffee stouts)
  27. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (685) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    I really like the difference of opinion- I am seeing Stone IRS and Nugger Nectar come up a lot- they are pretty much my two favorite easy to find-shelf beers
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  28. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    ...Do you... like... any beer????
  29. dougbehn

    dougbehn Aspirant (30) Ohio Jan 26, 2013

    agree and have a Black Ops 2011 cellaring for a special occaision
  30. dougbehn

    dougbehn Aspirant (30) Ohio Jan 26, 2013

    had a 2009 dark lord that was the best stout ever in my life
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  31. dougbehn

    dougbehn Aspirant (30) Ohio Jan 26, 2013

    TF DN is good stuff
  32. Parabola - Big FW fan, but it's never really worked for me.
    Lost Abbey Angel Share (Brandy & Bourbon) - Simply too chalky for my tastes. Not pleasant.
    Olde Hickory Death By Hops - Drain pour.
    Devil Dancer - Not horrible, but I don't feel the love from this one the way my close beer geek friends do.
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    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    Sucaba???........ Come on Man!!
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  34. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    I've heard about the legendary '09. '11 and '12 were garbage. :(
  35. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Backwoods bastard

    All good, just not great.

    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    Damn! I wish you had some CBS to trade!
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012


    CORKSCREWFISH Savant (325) Illinois Apr 22, 2011

    Loosely translated: I HATE BEER!
  39. Hopstoopid
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