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Never a 5

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Huffaroma, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. jbertsch

    jbertsch Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    The only beer I've reviewed and scored a perfect 5 was Mo from Maine Beer Co. That's right - no improvement in any category was fathomable to me. But if there was a "value" score, it would not have a 5, I can tell you that.

    If I actually reviewed some of Hill Farmstead's pale ales (not the just marked them as "had's") I would probably have a couple more perfect 5's under my reviews.
  2. Bay01

    Bay01 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    King Henry is (was?) a 5.
  3. roroChp

    roroChp Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Its hard to give anything a 5 unless your palate has been around and it can also be risky on some beers. Look at what happened with hopslam, it received rave reviews from many even a few 5's but this years batch was disappointing to many.
  4. kodt

    kodt Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    BCBS Rare was the only one I think.
  5. Kyrojack

    Kyrojack Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Prima Pils for a German Pilsner. Best you can get anywhere.
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  6. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    IF I reviewed beer, The Bruery Fruet would get straights 5's.
    As I said in another thread, if you said I had to drink Fruet for the rest of my life, I'm ok with that.
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  7. stonermouse

    stonermouse Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    My two "perfect 5's" are BB Plead the 5th and Heady Topper. I have no problem doing it, mostly if the beer leaves me daydreaming about it for the weeks and months between tastings.

    Of course, I give very little consideration to style when I review- the perfect beer of a less-than-exciting style should not get a 5 in my opinion. Otherwise, I may have dished out a few more.
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  8. loweball727

    loweball727 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Every "perfect beer" has some aspect to it that you can say "That's pretty damn good but ______ was better because ______. There isn't a perfect beer in the world but that's just my small opinion.
  9. kojevergas

    kojevergas Member

    Location:
    Texas
    I actually approach particularly rare and hyped beers with heavy skepticism. I expected to be underwhelmed by Westvleteren 12 and the like. The best beers I've had have always exceeded expectations - even if they're high starting out.

    So that's a non-issue.

    And I also get really nitpicky with great beers. Could the carbonation be slightly better? Yes? Then it's not perfect.
  10. josephwa

    josephwa Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I have a lot of fives but I'm not too shy to give out a 2 once in a while :)

    Here are my fives:
    CBS, KBS, Abner, Double Sunshine, BA Monster 29, Fifteen, BA Darkness, Heady, Furious, BB4D, Sucks, Parabola, BA Batch 9000, BCBS, BCBCS & Twisted Trace.
  11. hornsup

    hornsup Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    I would assume that everyone should have a 5...otherwise what's you're comparison to "flawless"
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  12. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Member

    Location:
    New York
    Please let it be "is" :p
  13. herrburgess

    herrburgess Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    See below:

  14. Lare453

    Lare453 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    5s
    Black Tuesday
    Gumballhead
    Hunahpu

    Close to 5
    Leon
    Imperial sweet stout
    Capricho batch 5
    Speedway
  15. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Member

    Location:
    California
    I've had a few 5's...well at least to me they were. But it all depends on the mood I'm in and what I'm feeling. Recently I had a 2011 Eclipse Elijah Craig 18. That was sheer brilliance when it came out, but with a year on it, it was perfection (to me at least). Kuhnhenn BB4D is a 5 for me without a doubt. It doesn't come along often, but goddamn when it does...it's magical.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Member

    Location:
    California
    My only 5 is Anchor Steam. I have not had another beer of the style that was anywhere near as good. It's balanced, readily available, and cheap - all of which factor into the rating.
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  17. zachary80

    zachary80 Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    I don't like reviewing from notes, and there are situations where I also don't want to pull out my computer. Most of the time I'm drinking something of that caliber it is with a one or two other people who also love great beer and we will talk it over. If something has few reviews I'm more inclined to review it just so that there is at least some reference for people looking it up. Overall I'm just not a heavy reviewer
  18. For me, Three Floyds Vanilla Bean Dark Lord on tap in 2009 was the best beer ever, and there is no way it could have been better! Boneyard Notorious was the most recent beer I've had that was so, so close to a 5.
  19. BradStokley

    BradStokley Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    I'm not a beer rater. But if I was, the only 5 I've ever had was Black Note. Phenomenal beer.
  20. decimator

    decimator Member

    Location:
    Ontario (Canada)
    I've never given a beer all 5s but I've given a few 5s in certain categories.

    My highest rated beer (La Trappe Quadrupel - Oak Aged) has two 5s and a 4.68 overall. Despite being a great beer I found the appearance wasn't a stand out for the style.
  21. eduardolinhalis

    eduardolinhalis Member

    Location:
    Switzerland
    If man is 5, and the devil is 6... but if the devil is six then God is 7!








  22. mp19

    mp19 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    I haven't reviewed any beers on here yet. A couple hads just to do it. Haven't figured out my criterion yet. But honestly I try not to get caught up in the "perfect overall beer" or even best fitting to a style. I think the better thing to search for/strive for as a drinker,( different for a brewer obviously) is having the right beer at the right time. The style that you are in the mood for and the nuances or lack thereof that you are looking for in said style. Example: I've been drinking a bunch of IPA's lately and my palate had just had enough of the big IBU beers. I just wanted something simple, malty, but still a little bit of hop presence, and not too sweet. I found a perfect beer for that time. I would not have rather had anything else that I've ever tried. (500+) And in my opinion the ability to figure out what your palate craves at that time and finding the perfect beer for that time is way more useful. That's why I can't understand why people only like trying new beers. I love trying new beers but why wouldn't I come back to something that I know I love and I crave at that time.

    Also can anyone guess my perfect beer for that time? Hint: Most on here have had it- National distribution
  23. gcamparone

    gcamparone Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Giving a beer would be like ending my search to find the perfect beer
  24. mnphish

    mnphish Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Westy 12 End/
  25. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Heady Topper, bourbon county, CW BBBW. Maybe I'm too easy to please...
  26. JamesMN

    JamesMN Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    A rating of 5/5 can only come from a perfect storm of circumstances. Right beer, right mood, right time of the night: first drink/second/third/etc, enough time to truly enjoy, and on and on.
  27. 1up

    1up Member

    Like ........ perfect storm??? (Pelican Pub)
  28. Chaney

    Chaney Member

    Goose Island BCBCS. Seriously, I don't think there is any room for improvement on that beer, especially for what it is. Out of nearly 1200 reviews, it's the only 5 I've ever given.
  29. mp19

    mp19 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Fat Tire. And by no means is it a five. A couples days later I had it and was like meh. But it was the perfect beer at the perfect time.
  30. BrewTasting

    BrewTasting Member

    Location:
    Nevada
    If you have the best beer you've ever had, it's a 5. Even if you have a better beer down the road, you're 5 was justified at that time.
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  31. Premo88

    Premo88 Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Our palates change from day to day ...

    ... most spot-on thing I've read on BA in three months, and there's lots of well-made points on here (and in this thread alone).

    Part of why I don't give out 5s left and right is exactly because a beer often changes how it tastes to me on a day-to-day basis. Most get better, but some don't (Old Peculier, Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer got worse by a little). So I'm careful giving out 5s because what tastes like a 5 one day might not live up to that the next.

    As SadMachine also points out, though, why not give something a 5 if you feel in that moment it deserves a 5? Maybe those of us who fear the 5 like me shouldn't be so careful at times. It's a great point ...
  32. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Member

    Location:
    Washington
    I think a lot of BAs must be masochists. To struggle and search for flaws seems contrary to the point of having a beer.
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  33. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Member

    Location:
    Kansas
    I think I've rated 2 beers a 5 out of the 390 that I've reviewed. One of them is decidedly well liked by the BA community, the other not so much.
  34. GameFreac

    GameFreac Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    The beers I have at a 5 are CBS, FBS (2011 - for the record 2012 was still great but I'm not saying it sucked like a lot of people did) and Lagunitas Sucks.
  35. weeare138

    weeare138 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I've rated almost 2500 beers and I've never felt compelled to give a 5. Once I would've done that --game over. Why bother to continue the hunt?
    I've had a few that I would put up there though. My rating days are pretty much spent at this point and there are several outstanding ones not logged but the best few I've had recently were Hill Farmstead's Juicy, and The Bruery's White Chocolate. Those two would be in my upper tier right now.
  36. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Member

    Location:
    Washington
    My mirrors are black for you.
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  37. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    So far, I gave out one 5 (had) for FW's 16th Anniversary. I wasn't reviewing then (2 weeks ago) and I had it at a bar, but I was just blown away. This was my first FW and thus my first of their Anniversary series. After smelling it, I cracked a huge grin because I knew it was going to be good. Then, I took a sip and I was blown away. It was just so complex and different. Every sip brought up different flavor profiles, and there were eddies of specific flavors within your mouth after each sip. I mean just reading the description of what went into that beer had me salivating. Not sure how you would improve that. Each of their Anniversary blends are different, but I mean it is not really a specific style to me since it is a blend of the most ridiculous things, but ends up tasting brilliant. Like how did they decide on that mixture. That one had some magic in it.
  38. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    Never had a 5, but one night, I drank 5 ones.
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  39. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Do you deliberately avoid one-time brews, then? Because if one of them is a 5, you quit drinking altogether.
  40. fox227

    fox227 Member

    Location:
    California
    I don't review much, but for a quick rating, I'm rating based on "overall" how much I liked it. I'm looking pretty much at flavor for those ratings. If I gave them a full review I'm sure they'd come down to a lower number between 5 and 4.5, but does it really matter? Flavor is the most important.
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