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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. patkorn

    patkorn Aficionado (200) California Aug 30, 2007

    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta. Amazing beer. $15-20 for a 750. Only problem is latest batch explodes out of the bottle.
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  2. Berkshire - Coffee Porter - perhaps one of the greatest coffee-centric beers ever created. Try it for yourself.

    Maine - Zoe - almost prefer it to Lunch.

    Founders - Breakfast Stout. I could drink this all day long.
  3. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (310) California Feb 4, 2012

    Central Waters - BBS, got one as an extra then immediately traded for three 4pks. Will be seeking at least a case here soon, I think its released around this time of year, no?
  4. nicnut45

    nicnut45 Savant (290) Illinois Jan 6, 2007

    Uinta labyrinth
  5. New Holland Black Hatter and Beerhive, 21A Hell or High Watermelon, SKA Euphoria, Steven's Point Cascade Pale Ale
  6. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (250) New York Aug 15, 2012

    Jacks Abby Kiwi Rising is great stuff, Also Hoponius Union. thankfully I have family out by Boston, they bring me back this stuff when visiting (NY). Hoping for all the best with this brewery, they make some great great beers.
  7. Avery Uncle Jacob Stout is up there for me this year. I was able to get a couple of bottles. I'll also piggy back on the ones that said Kiwi Rising from Jack's Abby, actually, I think this was the first year I had Hopponeous Union as well which has become quite possibly my favorite beer.
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  8. ellswrth

    ellswrth Savant (335) Oregon Oct 7, 2003

    I hadn't seen any hype when I first tried it, but I too am very impressed with Zombie Dust.

    And while it came pretty highly recommended, I'm loving Narwhal, too.
  9. Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

    Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA (Label says wet hops)
  10. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (350) Florida Mar 16, 2012

    i just had Resin the other night at a taproom and it surprised the shit outta me. my buddy was drinking it and offered me a taste and i loved it
  11. Dcv

    Dcv Aficionado (240) Michigan Nov 12, 2009

    The beers coming out of Perrin Brewing Company. I really enjoyed their Two Faced Raspberry beer, strong raspberry flavor and not cloying.

    and

    Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000
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  12. Yes but this is no surprise
  13. I would say Stone has impressed me the most in 2012.
    -Ruin10
    -EnjoyBy
    -Mint Chocolate Stout

    Runner up probably goes to Knee Deep Simtra
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  14. dbc5

    dbc5 Savant (455) Ohio Jun 18, 2009

    I'm sipping a Simtra as I type. This beer is locked in a delicious battle with my palette. A great beer, one that I am thoroughly enjoying, but my tongue will be dead after this.
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  15. BearsSox

    BearsSox Initiate (0) Wisconsin Feb 22, 2008

    Better than Old Rasputin, you say? Hmm... not sure that's a fair claim, but to each their own. When Narwhal wins a dozen-plus gold medals and becomes the standard for BJCP judging of the RIS style, I'll concede.
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  16. Chunksofgunks

    Chunksofgunks Aspirant (25) Nov 22, 2012

    My friends first IPA. It was great. He is a home brewer but I think he'll be famous one day.
  17. Phillips Green Reaper
    Lighthouse Switchback IPA
    Wernesgruner in tall cans
    [​IMG]
    On draft it is amazing
  18. dalepryor

    dalepryor Initiate (0) Kentucky Aug 30, 2007

    Samuel Adams - Merry Mischief

    Fairly easy to come by and freaking delicious!
  19. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Savant (425) Michigan Jan 27, 2012

    Lagunitas Maximus - best IPA/DIPA I've had yet
    NB Red Hoptober - much more enjoyable than Bell's togt 11 I thought
    Backwoods Bastard - bourbon was a lot to handle, but it was a good intro to BBA beers for me
  20. 1fine69

    1fine69 Zealot (75) Virginia Oct 1, 2010

    I thought Backwoods Bastard was amazing this year, and very cheap for the quality, though I was only allowed to buy one 4 pack. The Stone Mint Chocolate was also good, but they only let me have a single bottle of that. I also tried Narwhal for the first time the other night, besides the fact that it was extremely cheap, I thought it was an awesome beer, and much better than a few of my friends have suggested.
  21. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Savant (470) Wisconsin Jun 6, 2007

    Surprising? Easily Leinenkugals Big Eddy IIPA. I basically expected nothing, given it was a Leinie's, and it turned out to be excellent.
  22. HF Everett as mentioned and Susan reminded me of Alpine Duet though the hop flavor was different.
  23. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    I'll 6th, 7th, 8th....whatever we're up to for Rayon Vert. Not usually one of my favorite styles but I can't stop buying it and drinking it. Beautiful beer... Also Chainbreaker from Deschutes surprised the hell out of me. So refreshing and tart in the best way...can't wait to enjoy several at the lake next spring and summer.
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  24. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    hollow promises greenbush
  25. kemoarps

    kemoarps Advocate (555) Washington Apr 30, 2008

    World Wide Stout and the Chocolate Oak Aged edition of Yeti
    verr tasty
  26. Alpha Klaus. Absolutely amazing
  27. Just quickly going off memory here, trying to remember which beers I really shared a moment with...

    KBS
    Old Rasputin on Nitro
    Any of the Yeti's
    Kane's Head High


    Mainly because I wasn't really expecting much from it, but THIS v is really good. Probably the only one I regularly bought (since it went year round)
    Also, I gotta give a shout out to a little brewpub in the area, Trap Rock's (Berkeley Heights, NJ) IPA really wowed me.
  28. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (340) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    Had a lot of good beers this year. For me NG Enigma, NG Serendipity, and Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout were all winners. Also had Cantillon Gueuze and Bramble Rye for the first time this year but those are whale-ish.
  29. I heart tank seven
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  30. mocktm

    mocktm Savant (355) Virginia Jan 3, 2011

    Midnight Sun Berserker....Awesome!
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  31. Schlafly American IPA. got a 6 pack on a whim and went back the next day for a case. continued buying it whenever it was on the shelves . . . which was entirely too short a time period.
  32. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Savant (470) Arizona Dec 20, 2011

    Mine was Stone 10th Anniv. Ruination. I was completely blown away by the fruity flavor, how easy it was to drink and the super low price tag. However, it was my first Anniv. Ruination and I only bought one (like an idiot). By the time I went back to the store, they were all gone. :(
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  33. Jack Abby Brett Biere De Garde
    Bruery Tart of Darkness
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  34. mporter13

    mporter13 Aficionado (170) Oregon Jul 13, 2011

    Columbia River's Baltic Porter. My favorite in that style so far.
  35. Fluteswell

    Fluteswell Savant (255) Maryland Feb 15, 2011

    Schlafly Tasmanian IPA.
  36. dipaguy

    dipaguy Aficionado (200) Florida Feb 20, 2011

    Wake n bake by terrapin! So good.
  37. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Savant (350) Pennsylvania Jun 27, 2012

    Parabola I think.
  38. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Champion (760) Missouri Feb 26, 2004


    Schlafly TIPA for sure. Nice pick. Not a whale and def not crazy expensive. Cheers!
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