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What's your "Non-Whale" surprise beer this year?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by henryspam, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Gatch

    Gatch Advocate (510) Massachusetts Nov 29, 2006

    Where is this found in New England? Is it released every winter? Hard to find?
  2. Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
  3. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (890) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Thanks brotha!!! Sorry for the headache!! Let me know if you ever come down to So.Cal so I can repay you for the headache and bad beer!!

  4. airfoil

    airfoil Aficionado (220) California Jun 14, 2007 Beer Trader

    New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    Crooked Stave Persica
    Hill Farmstead/Tired Hands Delicado
    Pizza Port Dusk til Dawn
  5. tronester

    tronester Advocate (655) Oklahoma Nov 25, 2006

  6. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    I feel like the Delicado and Persica, at least, are both whales—just maybe less hyped. SLIGHTLY less hyped, in the case of Delicado (helps that there weren't any official bottles to make the rounds).
  7. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Savant (350) California Feb 22, 2011

    I got one as an extra in a trade a few months ago. It was phenomenal. Dark Horse hasn't disappointed yet.
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  8. OTB

    OTB Savant (465) California Sep 2, 2011

    For me the shear unexpectedness of Enjoy By and the Ruination 10th Anniversary. Also had my first Zombie Dusts acquired in a trade and realized that 12 was not enough. So many great tastes this year. Compiling all of them for my year end list.

  9. FlyingKelly

    FlyingKelly Savant (260) Texas Nov 28, 2012

    I have three: Allagash Four (draft), Boulevard Harvest Dance, and Stewart's Stumblin' Monk.
  10. surge1311

    surge1311 Savant (395) Rhode Island Oct 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    I am not sure but I think it is single batch release, it was around RI for awhile, I think they do a different batch every year but probably didnt make many
  11. surge1311

    surge1311 Savant (395) Rhode Island Oct 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    pretty things our finest regards, probably my favorite non BA barleywine
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  12. Thanks for the heads up, have 2 bottles I picked up a few months ago.
    Perhaps I will crack one soon.
  13. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    For me Lawson's Chinooker'd without a doubt! First thought after trying it was that I think I'd bathe in it and that thought hasn't changed since.
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  14. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    Some great surprises (from stuff released for the first time this year):

    -Enjoy By
    -R&D Sour Ale
    -Sour Black
  15. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    Without a doubt, this was my "drive-by" beer of the year, I still can't stop chomping at the bit on this one!
  16. Yeti. Rocked my world first taste.
    That and Zombie Dust. The hype is warranted.
  17. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA!!!
  18. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    I had the fortune to help out with Toronado's Cascade event here in San Diego during our Beer Week (reads month), awesome time! I enjoyed all of the event beers so much but after the event I tried Sang Royal at the bar...blown away! Really like the way things are now with Cascade, hope I can make it up there later on in the year! All in all, excellent choice! Cheers!
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  19. Atlas1977

    Atlas1977 Aficionado (125) Illinois Nov 27, 2010

    I just had a Batch 0 that I picked up while in Amsterdam last year, so freaking good!

    My contribution to this thread is Escoffier by Vivant. I keep tooting its horn. Wild Ale with Brett in a can, it is awesome. One of the best food beers I have ever had.
  20. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Savant (310) Ohio Oct 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Fantome Extra Sour
  21. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    I gave Mitch a hug for making that beer at GABF this year! I remember seeing him as an AB guy in Beer Wars, makes you think...so many people are really quick to judge.
  22. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    Mind and bottle blowing! The batch I had (clear label, not blue) exploded with every bottle I cracked open, so much damn fun! Best matched up with Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" (my opinion).
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  23. bpfrush

    bpfrush Advocate (625) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    NG Serendipity, NEBCO Galaxy and several Toppling Goliath brews (Mornin' Delight, Millennium Falcon, ZeeLander and PsuedoSue)
  24. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    SNPA was my gateway, enjoy the times and cherish the amazement.
  25. Terrapin Oak Aged Big Hoppy Monster and believe it or not, Leinenkugel's Big Eddy's RIS - tastes like a cherry brownie. Shocked by this one, but I am cruising this 4 pack.
  26. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    In addition to all of the ones already mentioned and replied to, today I had the fortune of going down the road to the Stone Comapny Store in South Park and tasting/growlering (is that a word?) Suitable for Cave Aging: An Imperial Smoked Porter Tribute to Danny Williams aged in Bourbon Barrels. Really damn good BBA brew! Not really whale in the monetary sense but definitely elusive and sporadic, ready to be burned at the stake.
  27. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

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  28. All Day IPA
    Vivant Farm Hand
  29. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Savant (250) Illinois Nov 29, 2007

    Revolution Anti-Hero
    and Gumballhead for like the fourth year running
  30. mtalley999

    mtalley999 Savant (415) Maryland Oct 6, 2011

    Schlafly A IPA
    Elysian Great Pumpkin and Dark o'the Moon
    Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    SN Narwhal and Ruthless Rye
  31. You can never beat an old standby, Old Rasputin is one really awesome Imperial Stout for the cost which is generally no more than $10 a four pack.

    Next in line?

    Probably Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad. I know it is a 750... I know it is $11 to $12... but my god. The quality and the taste and just freakin' everything about that beer is amazing and totally worth the price. I've payed upward of $20 for same size bottles and even more for smaller amounts but have not been quite that satisfied. It's worth every penny.

    To end, Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA. Under $7 for a 750ml... 9% abv... and one really really good Double IPA. Can't be beat. Totally obliterates my hop cravings every time.
  32. xenjoiii

    xenjoiii Savant (405) New York Jul 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4
    Captain Lawrence Hops n Roses
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  33. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

    The whole "whale" thing confuses me. Lol. I've even seen threads that try to explain the difference between whales and non whales and I'm more confused after reading them. I just think I've seen a lot whales listed here. Don't mind me, lol.
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  34. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (410) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sublimely Self Righteous, and Sam Adams Noble Pils, due to the fact that the first time I had those beers I hated them. Now after revisiting those brews a year or two later, I love them. (Hooray for evolving palates).
  35. Pumking
    Hop In The Dark
    Serpents Stout
  36. Simtra. Just a monster of an IPA. Not the cheapest, but I'll be picking up lots of these in the near future.

    Row 2, Hill 56. Not expensive, not hyped. But harder to get ahold of than Pliny
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  37. Lare453

    Lare453 Champion (975) Florida Feb 1, 2012 Beer Trader


    Omg this ber is fucking delicious!!!
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  38. Lazerlobe

    Lazerlobe Savant (350) Washington Mar 1, 2010 Beer Trader

    Anchorage Love Buzz was a huge surprise barrel saison
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  39. DFH120

    DFH120 Aspirant (40) Ohio Apr 12, 2012

    Maybe the one that stood out the most this year because its $8 a six is Lagunitas Maximus. Also Sierra Nevada's Narwhal is a great one at $8 too. Seems like every brewer big or small wants to be in that $10-12 segment.
  40. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    So far this year my stunner was how much I enjoyed the light but tasty Agave Wheat from Breckenridge, who I find to have a fairly underwhelming quality to most of the stuff I've had, this one I would definitely seek out as a nice sessioner. The other stunner has to be picking Coors Light out of a blind taste test w/some light beer macro loving friends. It certainly had what you'd call the essence of taste, the "want to" if you will compared to Butt Light & Filler Lite...perhaps running the old Banquet beer up the flag pole is on the '13 horizon
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