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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 Member

    Location:
    California
    non-whale, torpedo
  2. bobbanks001

    bobbanks001 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. surprised the hell out of me!
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  3. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Uncle Jacob's Stout.
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  4. Dope

    Dope Member

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

    Dope
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  5. SDG1070

    SDG1070 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    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. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    I've got a bottle of Red Thunder on the way from a trade. So excited!
  7. cornontherob

    cornontherob Member

    Location:
    New York
    Maine lunch IPA was really great
  8. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Fremont Summer Ale. Who knew a SMASH could taste so freaking awesome????
  9. tripeldubya

    tripeldubya Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    had odell myrcenary for the first time in Minneapolis this past summer. wow.
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  10. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Head Hunter and FBS without a doubt
  11. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Guinness Foreign Export Stout, Williamsberg Bourbon Barrel Porter, or Firestone Walker Union Jack
  12. flyingmick

    flyingmick Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Uinta Hop Notch has become a regular in my fridge this year.
  13. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    I agree with this. I got Adam and Fred for the first time. Fred was okay but Adam was amazing.
  14. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Colt .45 Double Malt
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  15. RichD

    RichD Member

    Location:
    Rhode Island
    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. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    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. danfinegan3

    danfinegan3 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    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 Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Baxter Brewing - Winter Stout

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

    BMMillsy Member

    Location:
    Florida
    Narwhal, ironically enough.

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

    kpacedo Member

    Location:
    California
    Drake's 1500

    Edit to add Narwhal
  21. HarryHood

    HarryHood Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    -New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    -Flower Power
  22. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Wake n Fucking Bake!
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  23. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Upslope Christmas Ale. Bought 4 or 5 four-packs. Smoothest Dubbel you'll ever drink.
  24. mecummins

    mecummins Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    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 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    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 Member

    Location:
    California
    High Water Campfire Stout.
  27. ptownjosh

    ptownjosh Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    mogli by caldera
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  28. cyrushire

    cyrushire Member

    Location:
    Florida
    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 Member

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

    TychoNDC Member

    Location:
    New York
    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. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    +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 Member

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

    djsmith1174 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    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. Chaney

    Chaney Member

    On the Wings of Armageddon
  35. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    So far in 2013...

    Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
  36. bobv

    bobv Member

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

    rodlavers Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Fat Heads Head Hunter
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  38. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Member

    Location:
    Colorado
  39. HarryHood

    HarryHood Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Have you had the Barrel Aged? I'm sitting on one now.
  40. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Have not had the BA Gonzo, but have 2 bottles waiting to be opened.
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