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What brewery are you still waiting to be impressed by?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by FEUO, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. The hype machine generates a lot of good for a lot of breweries.
    But what brewery were excited to try their stuff, have had more than 1 beer from, yet has't grabbed you?

    I'm NOT calling for OVERHYPED breweries. Just ones you want to like, for whatever reason, but just can't get behind yet. Call it ones you still have hope for and reservations about.

    - Boulevard: have had the Long Strange Tripel and Sixth Glass. LST was just ok, Sixth was quite good but didn't wow me.
    - Arcadia: multiple pours of a lot of their stuff. Just not for me.

    This is for breweries AS A WHOLE. There are a bunch of other threads about specific beers over and underwhelming. :)
  2. Rizalini

    Rizalini Savant (365) Nevada Jan 20, 2011

    Mine would have to be Rogue. They have so many brews that sound great, that just don't transfer over in the taste. IMO their Pumpkin Patch Ale was a huge disappointment for me, and the majority of their stuff is mediocre at best.

    I wanna like them, I really do. Just haven't found more than 1 or 2 that I love.
  3. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    ANYTHING special release by Boulevard is incredible. Rye on Rye, Bourbon Barrel Quad, Chocolate Ale, Harvest Dance, Saison Brett, etc etc. All wicked awesome.
  4. Thats why I started this thread. I have a Rye on Rye at home and have a little trepidation about opening it fearing it will disappoint like the other two.
  5. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Sweet lord man, drink the beer. Is it this years? I bought a whole case!
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  6. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Like literally, call off work, go home, and crack it
  7. m100

    m100 Aficionado (235) New Jersey Feb 13, 2011 Subscriber Beer Trader

  8. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (375) Illinois Feb 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    For me, that brewery is Lagunitas. My girlfriend's brother-in-law is obsessed with Lagunitas and thinks its the best out there, however I have failed to see what he finds so amazing about them. I was over at his house for the Super Bowl and had Lagunitas Sucks, Hopstoopid, and A Lil' Sumpin', Sumpin', all of which were decent brews, however I was not impressed enough to rush off and buy some like he does religiously. I want to like Lagunitas more as they are a favorite of many, but I have yet to have anything from them that knocks me off my feet.
  9. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Atwater. I sense I may be waiting a long, long time.

    ETA: I would really just like a good Detroit proper brewery.
  10. fostah

    fostah Savant (275) Massachusetts May 1, 2009 Beer Trader

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  11. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Red, brown shugga, hairy eyeball will all knock your socks off... but they wont be making any more brown shugga till next year, and didnt make red this year BECAUSE THEY ARE STUPID AND I HATE THEM.
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  12. Hazelnut Nectar, Shakespeare Stout, Chocolate Stout, and fresh Yellow Snow IPA. Have you had them?

    I think the first 3 were all in the top 100 before this site became overran with barrel aged this and sour that. Really top notch brews.
  13. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012

    And they suck
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  14. Breckenridge. Had a few of their beers including the Vanilla Porter and wasnt too impressed.
  15. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    I would have to double down on Rogue - something just doesn't click with me and I have tried a bunch. I stopped reviewing 'em (before I stopped buying them) because I apparently have some sort of disconnect going on. Kept trying different brews because I felt I was missing something, but finally concluded there's something I genuinely don't like about their beer.

    One I "want" to like is Ommegang - did NOT like their Witte (neither did the missus and wittes are her thing) and was underwhelmed by Scythe and Sickle, but that is not a broad enough sampling of their portfolio. Just the two misses makes me reluctant to buy more - want to like them because I just think they do some cool stuff and I dig their philosophy.

    To tie in to OP and Boulevard - Tank 7 is one of my go-to beers. To me it is just dee-lightful.
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  16. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    Grand Canyon
    Phoenix Ale Brewery
    Sun Up
    Sleepy Dog
  17. vonnegut21

    vonnegut21 Advocate (610) New York Apr 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Those are their two worst "regular" release beers, IMO. Wait until you've tried Abbey Ale, Three Philosophers and Rare Vos at least until you pass judgement. They make some really excellent stuff.
  18. DStoked

    DStoked Savant (370) Ohio Sep 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    Market Garden. They built their brewpub right across from Great Lakes, and that's a tough standard to live up to.
  19. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (725) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Subscriber

    Great minds think alike - Three Phils is the next "target".
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  20. terryg75

    terryg75 Zealot (80) Sep 23, 2012

    I second Lagunitas...have tried about everything and don't care for any of it.
  21. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    New Holland. I love The Poet. Dragons Milk is decent. Everything is else kind of "meh".
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  22. Dajtai007

    Dajtai007 Savant (445) Texas Jan 15, 2009

    Basically anything from Jester King and Mikkeller
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  23. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Savant (455) Pennsylvania Mar 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    -Troegs (everything except Nugget Nectar is nothing special)
    -Rogue (I'm just never really impressed, and they are WAY overpriced)
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  24. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    I really like Night Tripper, but yes, they're meh for me too.

    Rogue and Green Flash. Hoping the Palate Wrecker I bought today changes my opinion of them.
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  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (880) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Oh, speaking of, I have a Night Tripper in my basement. Haven't cracked it yet, but I have heard good things about it. So hopefully this is the big one that "wows" me.
  26. tronto

    tronto Savant (270) Kentucky Dec 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    anything brewed by founders after 2011...Was my fav brewery, now its just a big letdown imo.
  27. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Buy some Night Tripper and sit on for a few years. I don't like anything else they make though.
  28. KevSal

    KevSal Advocate (710) California Oct 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    Devil's Canyon

    they are my local brewery (i literally work across the street!). they make good beer, particularly really good scotch ale Full Boar thats pretty tasty and now comes in 16oz cans, i send out as extras probably more than anything else. its also a fun place to hang out with friends and grab a growler or 2 for the weekend.

    however they still havnt been able to break the threshhold into being a "good brewery"

    i had their BA Full boar (scotch ale) and while it was still pretty tasty i was hugely dissappointed in the lack of berrel character. still waiting for that one beer that absolutely blows me away.
  29. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Advocate (725) Arizona Dec 20, 2011 Beer Trader

    There isn't one single beer I go to the store and buy that's brewed in AZ. If I'm paying for it, I'm paying for what I like.

    Southern Tier hasn't impressed me.
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  30. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (440) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    One of my favorite go to beers. My father doesn't know beer as much as I do (More of a whiskey and gin guy), but thanks to our trip to Duvel last summer (Duvel owns Ommegang), he can't get enough of Hennepin and 3 Phils. Anytime I open one will him, he replaces it the next day. I don't know why he doesn't just buy them buy the case
  31. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Chad Jan 8, 2012

    White Birch, Troegs, Southern Tier, Shityard.
  32. Dogfish Head: I really want to love this brewery. I like that they push the envelope and that Sam Calagione is a great advocate for the craft beer industry. But I just don't love the styles they brew, especially their year-round beers - nothing has ever blown me away or become a regular go-to.
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  33. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Savant (440) Illinois Apr 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    I don't get this. Has the quality of the beers decreased? Has FBS, Dirty and Backwoods Bastard, the Porter, and so on, changed in the past year and a half?
  34. ja1022

    ja1022 Aficionado (230) Indiana Sep 27, 2009

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  35. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (475) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    I agree. Everything is good but nothing is great to me. Tough to beat the price though.
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  36. SenorHops

    SenorHops Savant (475) Rhode Island Aug 10, 2010

    The Vanilla Porter was horrendous. Tasted like watered down cola.
  37. Well shiiiiiiit... ok!

    Ah yes, I knew there was at least another MI brew or two I hadn't thought of.
    And another vote for Atwater.
  38. ridglens

    ridglens Initiate (0) Indiana Jan 10, 2010

    For me, probably Stone... I actually like most of their beers, and their RIS was my go-to for a long time, but nothing is outstanding/world class IMO.

    Rogue is a "Not-only-doesn't-wow-me-but-i-just-don't-get-it" for me... i've really tried to like them, their beers always sound really good, but they are all (to me) above average on price and below average on awesome. i did really enjoy a dead guy on tap once, but i thing the waitress bought be a dirty bastard by accident haha.
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  39. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (375) Illinois Feb 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Agreed. I had the 2XIPA around Thanksgiving at a restaurant in the Chicago burbs called The Yardhouse and thought it was great on draft. Later that weekend I went to the store and picked up a 6 pack, but it wasn't quite the same. There are currently 3 bottles still sitting in the back of my fridge...
  40. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Three Floyds. I've only had a couple (Zombie Dust and a collaboration or two), and neither was great, but I still have high expectations and hopes. Especially for their Mikkeller collaborations.
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