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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. njhopspop

    njhopspop Savant (345) New Jersey Oct 17, 2010

    Maine Beer Co. Peeper Ale. I didn't even have to look for it. I went to talk to one of my "beer guys" to ask him what he had new and that's what he handed me. Haven't had a problem finding it the several times I've had it since.
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    That's what I came here to say!

    I also have to add Odell's The Meddler Oud Bruin.
  3. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,065) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Perhaps I need to give this one another try. I enjoyed the couple times I drank it, but I also found it not quite live up to my expectations.
  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    I only gave it a 4.03 score when I drank it fresh but the last couple of bottles, it seems to me to be more decidedly sour, which is a good thing. It still may be not up to snuff to your palate now but it's worthy of a revisit just in case and if you buy more than 1 bottle, cellaring couldn't do any harm. That's my take.
  5. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,065) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Both times I drank this was within the first couple weeks of its release. Maybe I will give it another go.

    I don't cellar though. If I buy it, I drink it.
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  6. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Champion (790) Jul 4, 2008

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  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    Yeah, I hear you. At this point in my life, I feel cellaring is something I should give up. Drink 'em while there's still breath in my body.;) If there IS something to the reincarnation thingy, I hope I come back, again, as a good beer drinker.
  8. St. Georgen Brau Kellerbier at the brewery tap in Buttenheim.
    Ayinger Dunkel at Liebhards in Aying.
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  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    Oak Tree in NJ just sent me an email saying they have this and Lunch and Mo available to buy.
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  10. Columbus Brewing Bodhi, Olde mecklenburg Bauern Bock, and Mash House Hefeweizen. Tasted scarily like Weihenstephaner.
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  11. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (365) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Just came here to say Bodhi (which I hear may make an appearance in bottles soon!) Head Hunter and White Rajah qualify too I'd say!

    I heart Ohio:)
  12. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Savant (365) Michigan Dec 9, 2008

    Bruery Fruet and FW Sucaba for me.
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  13. njhopspop

    njhopspop Savant (345) New Jersey Oct 17, 2010

    haven't tried Lunch yet. but loved Zoe and Mean Old Tom.
  14. JamesShoemaker

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

    DFH Indian Brown. Tastes like burnt french toast, in a good way.
  15. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Weheinstephaner Vitus is friggin awesome, 3 bucks a bottle.
  16. C2H5

    C2H5 Savant (480) Illinois Jan 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Three Floyd's "Rye'd da Lighting" was a standout non whale beer for me this year, it was awesome!
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  17. I wasnt terribly impressed with White Rajah (im a fruity hop head). Now Head Hunter, Thats muddle somewhere at the top of IPAs (my own personal list) with 3Floyds BrooDoo, Two-Hearted, and Columbus IPA.
  18. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Savant (420) California Feb 15, 2011

    You're a lucky bastard you know that? Haha but seriously though, if you can try their Sang Noir that one is also fantastic. Overall they're just killing it in the sours department. I hit up their brewery when I was in Portland, and along with Hair of the Dog it was the highlight of the trip
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  19. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (365) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Good list! Surprised Rajah didn't do it for you as a fruity IPA guy. Comes across very tropical to me. And CBC IPA is a grapefruit treat and a mainstay in my fridge. I'd give Rajah another chance, especially on draft if you're lucky enough.
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  20. haruspexvic

    haruspexvic Savant (335) Illinois Aug 23, 2012

    FW Wookey Jack
    Revolution Anti-Hero IPA
    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
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  21. Thats my ultimate goal. The two bottles I had were 4 weeks and like 2 weeks I think. If I see it on draft, Id get it in a heart beat.

    Now if someone wants to send me the freshest bottle possible....;)
  22. LambicKing

    LambicKing Advocate (685) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    Fruet is excellent, but I'm going with Raspberry Ananke.
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  23. Mscarpen

    Mscarpen Savant (420) Tennessee Apr 2, 2011 Beer Trader

    I was actually quite surprised with Southern Tier Backburner Imperial Barley Wine. Really well done.
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  24. For me Cigar City's Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale was probably the most enjoyable surprise. I got to try this first at Hunahpu's Day and again several times through the summer in Orlando. I'm hoping we'll see it again some point next year.
  25. I will second Raspberry Ananke and add Upright Fantasia. Both are excellent beers.

    THANAT0PSIS Advocate (610) Wisconsin Aug 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    As a fruity hophead, Broo Doo must have been heaven for you. I thought that beer was fantastic, and I'm more a hop head with no particular leaning. That was my standout this year as well.

    THANAT0PSIS Advocate (610) Wisconsin Aug 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    This year was a great one for wet hop ales for me. Surly Wet took the cake, but FFF Broo Doo was a close second. Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere was pretty good too. I was a bit disappointed in Founders Harvest, but it's still a solid drink.

    Narwhal is one I can't wait to get here in WI, because the four pack I got in MN was out of this world for the price and projected availability.

    Honestly, the standout of the year for me overall was either Odell's Myrcenary DIPA (damn near the best DIPA I've had), or, shockingly to me in a style that I'm not fond of, New Glarus' Hometown Blonde Pilsner. This showed me that pilsners/lagers (yes, I know it wasn't a lager, but being an American I lump them together as being bland) may have some sort of value yet.
  28. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (385) Florida Mar 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    you are the second person i have seen say this. i saw this at my local liquor store and it caught my eye but i decided not to pull the trigger. Im guessin i should scoop it up when i go back to get my Narwhal they are saving for me?
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  29. dizztracted

    dizztracted Savant (310) North Dakota Apr 28, 2008 Subscriber

    I like the simpler things in life. Schell's Emerald Rye was a very pleasant surprise.
  30. YES. I drank this beer during a trip to California this summer. Had never heard of Societe, and I went to a tasting in San Jose with a BA buddy who I was hanging out with during our trip. His friends had just come back from San Diego the previous day, and they opened a growler of The Pupil I thought it was phenomenal.

    BB4D blew me away, and I really enjoyed 50/50 BART. I guess those aren't really surprises since they were highly regarded, but both were new to me and thoroughly enjoyable. Ananke delivered immensely, too.
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  31. match1112

    match1112 Champion (750) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    Nelson is my go to answer in these types of threads.
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  32. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Troegs Scratch 78 Fresh Hops Ale... Citra cat urine never tasted so so good.o_O
  33. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Champion (980) Indiana Aug 13, 2009 Beer Trader

    I had my first sour type of beer.

    Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale.... Pretty delicious and not that highly rated or hard to attain.
  34. gkatsoris

    gkatsoris Savant (405) Jun 27, 2007

    Naked Evil

    This beer was delicious!!!!
  35. wesdorris

    wesdorris Zealot (80) California Jul 25, 2011

    We had the Sang Noir and the Black Cap Raspberry, but the Sang Royal did it for me. I can't wait until I get the chance to go to Portland.
  36. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Savant (280) Illinois Dec 8, 2009

    Good call. My lady brought me back some Sculpin (and AleSmith IPA) from SD when she was at a conference. I really liked both, but I'm not sure how fresh they were.
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  37. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Savant (300) Virginia Sep 15, 2010

    Well, not sure the threshold for "whale" but this year I had a couple that really opened my eyes.....and I'm a sucker for barrel aged brews.

    Schlafly Imp Stout
    SS OCS (@ $4.50 a bottle....deal)
  38. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Wynkoop's The Chancellor. It's as good as Bligh's, MOAS, King Henry, etc. with pretty much no hype at all.
  39. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Savant (440) Connecticut Sep 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Myrcenary, abner, society n solitude 4 & 5, double sunshine, triple play, sucaba, founders harvest, n sucks.
  40. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Savant (440) Connecticut Sep 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sucks n myrcenary are the ones I was most surprised with. The others I knew would be good.
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