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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. Green Flash Rayon Vert
    He' Brew Sweet Sixteen
    Southern Tier 2XMas
    Founders Bolt Cutter
    Flyingdog Wildeman IPA
    Reinaert Flemish Ale
    Bruery Saison Rue
  2. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Champion (760) Missouri Feb 26, 2004

    This brew is awesome! But, I think its a whale. Maybe Im too far away from Oregon.
  3. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Florida Jun 24, 2010

    Up until recently it was available for purchase online straight from the brewery.
  4. Hopzilla, Imperial Biscotti, and surprisingly Zhukov
  5. Airyk12

    Airyk12 Aficionado (155) Oregon Jan 1, 2011

    The beer stores around here still have XIVs by the dozens, and plenty of XVs. Also just picked up a 2007 Dissident and a Cascade Sang Royal. Holy hell... Most surprising non-whale? An IPA by a tiny place, Mt Tabor. Delicious.
  6. trevorjk

    trevorjk Savant (320) Netherlands Aug 28, 2009

    Also, Tyranena's Dirty Old Man. Best rye stout ive ever had!
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  7. Southern Tier Back Burner. Amazing at 8 bucks a bottle.
  8. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (400) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    Odell Deconstruction. It sounded interesting but it ended up being so complex and beautiful it blew my mind. I went back the next day and bought another for $15..
  9. Wormtown's "Norm" for sure. One of the most complex and well balanced brews I've ever had. Absolutely phenomenal. And the toasted coconut flavor was out of this world. Also, Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad. Blew my mind. And I usually strongly dislike Quads. Well played, Boulevard.
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  10. Jack's Abby - Kiwi Rising

    Epic for the price...Drank about 4 growlers of this stuff while it was around. Could crush it all day
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  11. kevanb

    kevanb Advocate (680) Illinois Apr 4, 2011

    Tyranena Rocky's Revenge
  12. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (625) Illinois Jan 7, 2011

    Seriously came here to say exactly this. Sofa king good
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  13. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (590) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    I'll try not to be too repetitious here and avoid some brews that have already been mentioned. Ommegang Scythe and Sickle was so subtley complex, it never got the attention it deserves. I found it to be an amazing beer. FFF Stack n Stabb, Rye'd Da Lightning, Hells Black Intelligencer, and Live a Rich Life (formerly Shark Pants-with the recipe slightly tweaked) were also great. CCB Cucumber Saison was the perfect summer brew. FW Wookey Jack and NG Black Top are two the better black IPA's I've had. Just a few off the top of my head, I'm sure I'll have a follow-up post.
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  14. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (330) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    Rye'd, Hells, and Live a Rich Life were all amazing! Great Divide Espresso Yeti and Hibernation are two that come to mind. Had my first La Folie as well, and I want another, and another!
  15. I think my surprise beer of the year would go to JW Lees Lagavulin cask 2004.
  16. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Savant (325) Virginia Jun 18, 2010

    Lagunitas Brown Shugga. I didn't have it last year...but tried it this year and was way shocked how good it was.
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  17. Every new good beer I've had this year. I think its probably been years since anything I've had would have been considered a whale. Although I did cellar some amazing craft Oregon cider for 4 years and finally drink it and it was AMAZING ( granted I know this would not be considered beer).
  18. Absolut

    Absolut Savant (420) California Sep 19, 2011

  19. Ditto on the schlafly American Ipa. I'm miffed that the Tasmanian never made it to New Jersey.
    Great beer.
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  20. Ford

    Ford Savant (470) Texas Sep 8, 2012

    Just had this on tap today... it was my first beer.. only was going to have two today, so I was going to try something else on the second pint.. but this was so, so good I ended up having two pints of it... man.. what a great beer.. hope this becomes a staple for Sam Adams at Christmas time.
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  21. Morey

    Morey Advocate (525) Pennsylvania Dec 30, 2007

    Victory Red Thunder (this beer exceeded my expectations) I gave in a 4.5 out of 5 on our youtube review. I thought it was fantastic.

    Cigar City Moat Water was also a tasty brew. Cheers
  22. I just got one of those as well. Good for you man!
  23. Agreed. Bought The Sauer Peach on a whim because I had never heard of Sloop and like trying some local brews. This was delicious stuff. The peach character shinde quite nicely with the Berliner style.
  24. Driftwood - Satori Harvest
    Unibroue - Grande Reserve 17
    Elysian - Bifrost Winter Ale
  25. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (500) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    My surprise non-whale beer this year goes to Breckinridge's Agave Wheat, better then expected as I find the brewers stuff to be rather underwhelming. Great sessionable wheat beer & my only repeat buy from Breckenridge.
  26. This.
  27. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (500) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Barney Flats gets lil love 'round here but it is solid as is Anderson Valley's stuff a great oatmeal stout for the money. And props for mentioning Mackeson's haven't had this great sessionable stout in awhile & I'm going to have to hunt it down.
  28. Dieu du Ciel Solstice d'Ete
    Dunham Leo's Early Breakfast IPA
    Great Lakes 25th Anniversary Robust Porter
    Muskoka Legendary Spring Oddity
    Dunham Imperial Black IPA
    Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour Pale Ale
  29. '09?? '09 is the flattest beer ever. It has negative carbonation. It sucks co2 into a void. I've had several of these and get pissed every time. '10 is good though. Just my opinion.
  30. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil 'Engineers Reserve' wood cask...this beer blew my mind.
    JW Lees 'Harvest Ale Calvados' on draft
    Every vintage of Victory 'Old Horizontal'

    ....and the New Style Saisons:

    TOol 'Snowball'
    Evil Twin 'Ron and the Beast Ryan'
    Jaindrain 'VI'
    Stillwater 'Stateside'
    Stillwater 'Cellar Door'
    Mckenzie's 'Vatour'
  31. Well said! It has become a favorite beer of mine; not only as an IPA, but as an over all go to beer. (Whenever I can get my hands on it.) I can't wait to try others in the Schlafly line. It's great to taste pride in St. Louis brewing. (And your avatar is making me even more homesick.)
  32. Coffee and Cherry Rye are waaayyyy better, get some and satisfied!
  33. ScottO

    ScottO Savant (280) California Mar 4, 2012

    HOTD Adam knocked my socks off. Can't imagine how good AFTW and CAFTW must be. Hope to find out some day.
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  34. Liquid Breadfruit. I know it's not very hightly rated here, but for whatever reason I loved this beer.
  35. I second this motion.
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  36. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Ivan the Terrible provided me with a full-on sexual experience the other night. So, there's that...
  37. Bonis

    Bonis Savant (410) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    Epic Big Bad Baptist... I still can't believe I constantly see this beer.
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  38. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Savant (310) California Feb 4, 2012

    Sucks and Myrcenary, both epic beers.
  39. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    I was a big fan of Jackie Os bourbon brick kiln. Yummy!
  40. hoppy99

    hoppy99 Aficionado (195) Florida Feb 28, 2009

    Alpine Nelson...blew me away.
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