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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. Absolut

    Absolut Savant (495) California Sep 19, 2011

    non-whale, torpedo
  2. Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. surprised the hell out of me!
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  3. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Jan 24, 2011

    Uncle Jacob's Stout.
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  4. Dope

    Dope Advocate (600) Massachusetts Oct 5, 2010

    NB Cocoa Mole. Beer blew my socks off. Rated it better than 99% of the whales I've tried.

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  5. SDG1070

    SDG1070 Aficionado (230) Ohio Jul 13, 2012

    Adam from the Wood was incredible and something that I had to go to the brewery in order to try.
    Schlafly TIPA is absolutely amazing and is readily availlable in my neck of the woods.
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  6. I've got a bottle of Red Thunder on the way from a trade. So excited!
  7. Maine lunch IPA was really great
  8. Fremont Summer Ale. Who knew a SMASH could taste so freaking awesome????
  9. had odell myrcenary for the first time in Minneapolis this past summer. wow.
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  10. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Savant (350) Florida Mar 16, 2012

    Head Hunter and FBS without a doubt
  11. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (535) Florida May 29, 2011

    Guinness Foreign Export Stout, Williamsberg Bourbon Barrel Porter, or Firestone Walker Union Jack
  12. Uinta Hop Notch has become a regular in my fridge this year.
  13. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Savant (410) Arizona Dec 14, 2011

    I agree with this. I got Adam and Fred for the first time. Fred was okay but Adam was amazing.
  14. Colt .45 Double Malt
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  15. RichD

    RichD Champion (760) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012

    Do you know how much a growler from the brewery costs? I might shoot up there on Friday to try some Kiwi Rising.

    As for my non-whale surprise beers, I'd have to go with Jack's Abby Hoponius Union and Maine Beer Co. Lunch. Both are awesome. Especially since I never really liked IPA's until 2012.
  16. Shorts Brewing Autumn Ale.

    I was expecting a ho-hum malty ESB and what I got was a pleasantly hoppy ESB. Easily my favorite beer in that category. To my mind it is a perfect September brew to bridge that awkward time between the bright hoppy beers of summer and the the malty and spicy beers of mid-October through November, aka the time when everyone wonders if they should be drinking that pumpkin beer just yet.
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  17. aboslutely to the above got one as an extra in trade and the traded for a whole case
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  18. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Savant (315) Virginia Apr 14, 2009

    Baxter Brewing - Winter Stout

    I had never heard of it but it was pretty damn tasty.
  19. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Advocate (725) Florida Feb 16, 2012

    Narwhal, ironically enough.

    Runners Up:
    AleSmith Horny Devil
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
  20. kpacedo

    kpacedo Savant (275) California Nov 24, 2009

    Drake's 1500

    Edit to add Narwhal
  21. HarryHood

    HarryHood Aficionado (205) Ohio Dec 10, 2012

    -New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    -Flower Power
  22. Wake n Fucking Bake!
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  23. Upslope Christmas Ale. Bought 4 or 5 four-packs. Smoothest Dubbel you'll ever drink.
  24. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Old hat to most of you all, but mine would be SN Celebration Ake. I used to hate IPAs. And then I tried this. I swear that I could hear a chorus of angels sing.

    I think NG Sasion was also pretty damn amazing. I have a bottle of Serendipity that I wasn't going to drink because I 'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but since it 's been mentioned here a few times, maybe I should give it a go.
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  25. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    1) Celebration. Not sure why this was my first season for this. Love it.
    2) Narwhal....(whale logo notwithstanding). Just found 1/2 case in NY last week. Can't find any more around IL. Amazingly drinkable.
    3) Rocky's Revenge. Light on the bourbon.....but perfect for downing a few. Added this to my regular rotation of browns.
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  26. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (445) Arizona Dec 20, 2012

    High Water Campfire Stout.
  27. ptownjosh

    ptownjosh Disciple (60) Oregon Dec 13, 2011

    mogli by caldera
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  28. cyrushire

    cyrushire Advocate (680) Florida May 25, 2012

    white oak jai alai. I'm not the biggest fan of beers with the word "pale" anywhere in the description but these are just amazing.
  29. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Brown shugga, FBS, this one goes to 11
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  30. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Savant (380) New York Jan 7, 2013

    Ten Fidy. Only in the past year has it been distributed to my area; I know it's got a great rep, but I was not expecting it to blow me away.

    Green Flash Le Freak. A nice balance of hops and classic Belgian spice.

    21st Amendment Monk's Blood surprised me as well.
  31. +1 to Live a Rich Life, one of the best-smelling beers of the year. Which reminds me, Galaxy White IPA smells amazing, too. And I really dug Cucumber Saison.
  32. brewtus

    brewtus Savant (365) Ohio Dec 29, 2012

    Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Co. Was like drinking pumpkin pie
  33. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Savant (480) Minnesota Aug 21, 2005

    Narwhal is excellent and still hanging around. Brooklyn BCS amazes me every year.

    On a more whale scale, Boulevard Rye on Rye blew me away. What a wonderful BA beer. Complex and smooth and if I didn't know it, I would've never guessed the 12% ABV.
  34. On the Wings of Armageddon
  35. So far in 2013...

    Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
  36. bobv

    bobv Advocate (525) Vermont Feb 3, 2009

    Hof Ten Dormaal Winter: best value sour I ever had.
  37. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (435) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

    Fat Heads Head Hunter
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  38. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poobah (1,040) Colorado May 19, 2005

  39. HarryHood

    HarryHood Aficionado (205) Ohio Dec 10, 2012

    Have you had the Barrel Aged? I'm sitting on one now.
  40. Have not had the BA Gonzo, but have 2 bottles waiting to be opened.
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