Your Top Beers of 2012

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Alpine Keene Idea
    Double helping of Nelson? Yes. Please.
  2. Goose Island - Bramble
    Central Waters - BBA Stout
    Epic - Big Bad Baptist
    Southern Tier - Pumpking
    Surly - WET
  3. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Savant (380) Massachusetts May 29, 2003 Subscriber

    A+ BEERS 2012 - These were the beers that kept me comin' back for more. Hill Farmstead was a revelation fer sure. The Ipswich local ingredient ales were splendid.

    Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale
    Ipswich 5 Mile Pumpernickel Rye Porter
    Ipswich 5 Mile Hop Harvest IPA
    Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    Sierra Nevada Harvest Northern Hemisphere Wethop
  4. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Advocate (745) Connecticut Mar 1, 2006 Verified Subscriber

    New England Brewing Co.'s Fuzzy Baby Ducks and Coriolis hands down!
  5. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (290) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    Perennial Abraxas (2012). I would take this over any stout in the world. This includes BCBS or anything barrel aged.

    Also, Citra Ninja from Pipeworks.
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  6. Narwhal
    Lagunitas Daytime IPA
    Olvalde The Auroch's Horn aged on Rhubarb
    Indeed Day Tripper
    Bell's This Goes to 11
  7. Related to this, I just wrote a story for CNN with my Top 12 Beers of 2012:

    There's obviously a ton of beers people would add to any kind of list like this, but is there anything you'd definitely take off the list? Anything you think doesn't belong or isn't worthy?
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  8. imthaschmidt

    imthaschmidt Aficionado (135) Nov 9, 2012

    Schell shocked raddler
    New belgium x Abbey Brewing co - Brett Beer
    New Belgium Beer - Shift
    Surly - Furious
    Surly - Hell Lager

    hopefully some of these are for this year, these are the best ive tried this year
  9. Gushue3

    Gushue3 Savant (395) Massachusetts Jun 10, 2010 Verified

    This year's been full of great beers, tough to pick just a few. Some of the highlights in no order are:
    Society & Solitude #2, #4, #5
    Night Shift Brew - Ever Weiss (At NOTF)
    RareR Dos
    CFH '12
    Cambridge Brewing Company - Ozymandias
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  10. SABERG

    SABERG Champion (810) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2007 Subscriber

    No order here,
    Hopinius Union from Jacks Abbey
    Paw Paw Berliner from Jackie O's
    Mimosa From Hill Farmstead
    Riner from Guineu
    Everett from Hill Farmstead

  11. dwm1034

    dwm1034 Disciple (70) Illinois Jun 1, 2011

    I don't see anyone with Rogue VooDoo Donut!!
  12. in no particular order

    Imp. Biscotti Break (new to me)
    Ruination 10
    Ale Apothecary Sahalie
    Heady Topper (new to me)
    Alpine/NB Super (fresh!) this beer lost so much a month later
    Gigantic/FFF Axes of Evil (also had to be fresh!) so bummed when I drank another bottle later
  13. larryi86

    larryi86 Champion (940) Delaware Apr 4, 2010 Verified

    My top 5 new beers for 2012 (in no order):
    Imperial Biscotti Break
    Ruination 10th
    Stillwater As Follows
    Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

    Local honorable mention:
    Evolution Menagerie #8 (right now draft only, can't wait get a bottles!)
  14. mooseisloose

    mooseisloose Advocate (500) Florida Nov 16, 2005

    -> Cold
    -> Free
    -> The one in my hand
    -> the one in my refrigerator
    -> the one somebody just handed me
    ->the one I brewed that I just cracked
    -> the one I just brewed
    -> the one I just bottled
  15. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poobah (1,100) Colorado May 19, 2005 Verified

    Oh good lord, let's see...
    No order.

    Crooked Stave Persica
    Prost Oktoberfest
    Hill Farmstead Art
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
    Yak/Yeti AbominAle Mild
    Backcountry Fix Your Heel DIPA
  16. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    Societe The Pupil
    Societe The Apprentice
    Societe The Butcher
    Stone Enjoy By
    Stone Ruination 10th
  17. TWStandley

    TWStandley Champion (785) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2008 Subscriber

  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    HF Juicy
    Avery uncle jacobs
    Crooked Stave WWBI
    Alchemist Heady Topper (new for me in 2012 anyway)
    GDBC espresso oak yeti (2012 vintage)
    Honorable mention NB cocoa mole and peach porch lounger. Couldn't get enough of this stuff.
  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (615) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I wasn't a fan. It made me spit hot fire.
  20. One of my new faves this year was Three Floyds Mentol, which I was lucky enough to find a few times in the Chicago area this summer and fall. A ridiculously smooth and unique brown IPA that I haven't come across on this thread yet.

    Overall favorite was Apple Brandy Zhukov, though the excitement of trying it at DLD may have played into its awesomeness. And just yesterday I tried my #2 fave: Secret Rendezvous (nitro) at CCB, which was sneakily not included on their online tap list. Silky smooth chocolate bourbon amazingness-- definitely check it out if you're in the area. This little secret is only at the growler bar. :) Cheers, and here's to an even better 2013!
  21. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (500) Indiana Jan 4, 2012

    Have to add this to my list for this years 1st timers for me!

    And this
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  22. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,240) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified Subscriber

    Top 14-15? what was it?

    1. Everett Porter – Hill Farmstead
    2. Society and Solitude #4 – Hill Farmstead (DIPA)
    3. Fantome Extra Sour Special Original Creation
    4. Fou’ Foune – Cantillon
    5. Weyerbacher Riserva 2010
    6. Landlord – Extra Strong Pale English Ale
    7. Zombie Dust - FFF
    8. Cuvee De Ranke – Belgian Pale Ale (a neat sour)
    9. Juicy, Vera Mae, Hill Farmstead
    10. The Wright Pils – Great Lakes
    11. Fruet – The Bruery
    12. Flanders Fred – de Proefbrouwerj and HOTD
    13. Le Freak - Green Flash

    Nothing but a great year as always! Cheers!

  23. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Stone/Fathead/Bear Republic TBA was and is the shit. Didn't hear a peep from anyone about this beer. Can't understand that for the life of me.
  24. I rip and I rhyme...I rhyme and I rip...dis is the way that dylan spits...buk
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  25. Meantime London Porter
    Peoples Porter
    Sam Adams Winter Lager (yes...)
    Yazoo Sue
    I think I like the dark beers... :)
  26. Oh! and Stone Smoked Porter
  27. mobius387

    mobius387 Savant (440) Florida Dec 5, 2010 Verified

    New in 2012:
    1. 1414
    2. Juicy
    3. NG Enigma
    4. Serendipity
    5. Fruet

    Haven't had my BA 9k or bolt cutter tho

    New to me 2012
    1. Black Tuesday
    2. Fou Foune
    3. Abner
    4. Westy 12
    5. Lunch

    PS: based on the trade forums, you'd think Cherry Rye would be dominating this list right?
  28. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Savant (280) Ohio Apr 11, 2010

    Where do you find Dreadnaught every other month? I was able to find it twice this year :(
  29. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Savant (280) Ohio Apr 11, 2010

    There is a reason for that ;)
  30. I have two last minute additions : Driftwood Old Barrell Dweller which is the greatest Barley Wine to come out of BC and Hawkshead Brodie's Prime ; a fantastic porter built to North American specs from a small brewery in the Lake District in England.
  31. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Aficionado (100) New York Dec 13, 2012

    Stone Enjoy By 12/21/12 (Please make year-round)
    Cigar City Cucumber Saison
    Hill Farmstead Ann
    Maine Beer Lunch (first tried in 2012)
    Captain Lawrence Pilot Batchs
  32. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (510) Florida Aug 10, 2012

    #1 Cycle Brewing BA Fast Breaker Coffee Stout
    the rest:
    Ten Fidy
    Saison Rue
    CCB Cafe Con Leche Stout
    Harpoon Choc, Stout
    Cycle Brewing RaraR DOS
    Rochefort 10
    LH Milk Stout
    Brookyln Black Choc. Stout
    CCB Good Gourd
  33. RelentlessLefty

    RelentlessLefty Savant (290) Iowa Nov 1, 2012

    For my rookie year on
    not in order
    BCBCS '12
    Founders Bolt Cutter
    Enjoy By 12.21.12
    Madame Rose

    Honorable mentions: Rogue Chocolate stout, SN Hoptimum, Bells Third Coast Old Ale
  34. Bobheed

    Bobheed Savant (355) Texas Dec 27, 2010

    As far as enjoyment I got out of beers, I would say

    Stone IPA
    Uncle Jacobs
    Pale 31
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  35. Rckmo10

    Rckmo10 Savant (265) California Sep 13, 2009 Verified

    My top 5 beers of 2012 were, in no particular order:

    Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
    2011 Eclipse EC 18yr
    Cigar City Cucumber Saison (Thanks to smokinoak)
    Bootlegger's BA Black Phoenix (Thanks to MtbBright)
    BBA Coton
  36. BeerMeFitz

    BeerMeFitz Savant (355) Illinois Oct 24, 2011

    #1 Cigar City's Apple Brandy Barrel Hunahpu
    #2 Haymarket's Clare's thirsty ale aged on Raspberries in Bourbon Barrels
    #3 Alchemist's Heady
    #4 Pipeworks Citra Ninja
    #5 HF Susan
    #6 Lawson's Hopzilla
    #7 CW 1414
    #8 Bruery's Fruet & Melange 3(tied)
    #9 Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn
    #10 Half Acre Barrel aged Baume
  37. cigar city leon.
  38. Kuhnhenn BBBW
    On the Wings of Armageddon
    Curmudgeon's Better Half
    Oude Tart
    Rye'da Tiger