Beers that blew your mind

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  1. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    Breakfast Stout
    Nugget Nectar
    Maine Peeper Ale
    Kane Head High IPA
    Flower Power
    Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque
    Founders Harvest Ale
    Sculpin IPA
    Belhaven Scottish Stout
  2. cjacobsen

    cjacobsen Devotee (431) Aug 26, 2010 Illinois
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    Main one was Jacobins Rouge
    Also Zombie Dust and Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
  3. thebcc

    thebcc Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2011 California

    Alpine Nelson
    Surley Abrasive
    Bells Hopslam
    FW Abacus
    Cantillon Gueze
    Kern River Citra
    Zombie Dust
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Sublimely self righteous

    Love Craft Brew!!!
  4. RyanSchwam

    RyanSchwam Aspirant (267) Oct 30, 2012 Delaware
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    Raison d'Extra, very different from anything I had tried before.
  5. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (260) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I've never been a huge fan of porters. Just not really my thing I guess, but when I tried Ballast Point's Victory At Sea......Awesome....
    Still the only porter I like so far though.
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  6. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    RR Consecration Batch 001
    BBA Human Blockhead
    Ruination 10th
    BP Indra Kunidra
    Deschutes The Abyss
  7. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Fullers 1845
    Chimay Blue
    Falstaff, St. Louis-era
  8. bunique686

    bunique686 Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan
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  9. biobeer808

    biobeer808 Initiate (125) Dec 15, 2011 California

    The first beer that ever blew my mind was Supplication. It totally changed my perception about the possibilities of what beer can be. And it was delicious too.
  10. Morey

    Morey Meyvn (1,041) Dec 30, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Cherry Rye
    Zombie Dust
    Cigar City Leon
    Founder Imperial Stout
    2009 BCBS
    Great Lakes BA Blackout
    Red Thunder
    Lil Sumpin Sumpin

    These are just a few...there have been more.
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  11. eric5bellies

    eric5bellies Meyvn (1,394) Jun 9, 2006 Australia

    Bourbon County (thanks Nicks 6217 !)
    Mikkeller BA George
    Cantillon Fou Foune
    Westy Special 6 (Red Cap)
    Cantillon Mamouche
    De Struise Earthmonk
    Surly Abrasive
  12. Biladelphia

    Biladelphia Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Beers that blew my mind, in the past week or so...
    Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout
    Victory Oak Horizontal @Victory Brewing
    Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
    Victory Hop Devil NITRO ( I will no longer be drinking Hop Devil non Nitro )
    Starr Hill The Gift / The Love
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  13. unclekeith

    unclekeith Defender (693) Sep 4, 2012 Alaska
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    The Abyss
    Westy Blonde
    Anchorage Anadromous (Black Sour at AK beer fest; coming soon to bottles)
  14. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,176) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Beyond trying some beers that I actually liked, I think the first ones I was blown away by would by Celebrator and Fat Tire.
  15. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,952) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    As a youngster Becks Oktoberfest.
  16. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (478) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Heady Topper
    Backwoods Bastard
    Black Tuesday
    Undercover Shutdown Ale
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  17. closisinthehouse

    closisinthehouse Devotee (457) Jun 10, 2011 Florida
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    BCBS blew my mind the first time I had and it still does.
    KH is another one that Im sure has blown the minds of many of us.
  18. themind

    themind Defender (696) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey

    Most of the posts here seem to be top shelf brews, almost in a way " bragging" that they had them. A brief look at some of the posts and I noticed one guy listed a ton of beers including CBS. Well ok but you look at his ratings and he rates it 4.74. Thats not mind blowing lol!

    Well I am done with my rant, Pliny The Elder was mind blowing for me simply because it lived up to it's hype. Additionally Heady Topper was right there also.
  19. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    It's not actually my favorite DIPA, but I will never forget the first time I tried a Heady Topper. My sister in law brought a few on vacation with us 2 years ago. At the first sip, I thought, "Holy smokes, how do you get that much hop flavor and aroma to stick around through the brewing/canning process." Whether you like it or not, it's an impressive feat.
  20. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Kuhnhenn DRIPA. I was floored by how good this beer was. And each time I have it, I swear it gets better and better. I wish it were available to more people, it's highly underappreciated!

    Some other lesser mentioned beers that really surprised me with how good they were:

    Founders Imperial Stout
    Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
    St. Bernardus Prior 8 (very underrated IMO, sitting in that shadow of the Abt 12)
    Ten FIDY
  21. Knifestyles

    Knifestyles Initiate (154) Jun 7, 2005 New York

    Are you suggesting that he underrated CBS? That if it was truly mind-blowing, it would then ultimately deserve a straight questions asked?

    I think that it's a bit near-sighted to off-handedly rate anything a 5 . It's a smart and considerate move to leave a margin between what you would currently define as "mind-blowing" and beers which you have not yet had.

    On that note, I see that you rated KBS a perfect 5. Imagine that, down the road, you suddenly discovered a beer that might compare to KBS stylistically, but that you would ultimately consider more mind-blowing.....(for the sake of argument, let's call this beer CBS).....where do you go from your perfect 5 for KBS?
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  22. jsilva

    jsilva Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2009 Massachusetts

    Apple brandy hunahpu
    Fou foune
    05 + 07 Lou pepe kriek
    2002 drie oude gueuze vintage
    Bambic B1 fresh
    HF double galaxy
    HF Ann
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  23. ChicagoNick

    ChicagoNick Disciple (327) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois
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    Bourbon County Baudoinia
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Dark Horse Too Cream Stout
    Revolution Very Mad Cow
    Bell's BA Cherry Stout
    Founder's Breakfast Stout
  24. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Armand Lente
    Jacks Abby, Mom and Pops Lager
    Heady Topper

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  25. lic217

    lic217 Champion (886) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Just had the Anchor Porter and it was fantastic.
  26. scootsmal

    scootsmal Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 New York

    Being an IPA drinker these stood out from the rest that ive had:

    Hop Stoopid - First real hop bomb i ever had. Total punch in the face that drew me in for more.
    Lagunitas Sucks - Love at fist sip
    Deviant Dales - First IPA in a can
    Sixpoint Resin - Just tried it last night. Very unique, sweet and incredibly smooth for 103ibu
    Ballast Point Sculpin - Incredibly Fruity
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  27. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dude, it's like you read my mind. Have you had Heady?
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  28. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (137) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
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    Melange 3

    More recently, Juicy and Golden Canary
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  29. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Devotee (400) Nov 21, 2008 Texas
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    My mind has been blown many times over the years by great beers. So far this year it's been blown by, Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale, Ska Pocket Protecter porter, and Lagunitas Sucks.
  30. pumpkin1

    pumpkin1 Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Nugget Nectar
    Heady Topper
    plus many more
  31. ShipFaced17

    ShipFaced17 Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2011 Massachusetts

    Heady Topper, 120, and Ephraim.
  32. scootsmal

    scootsmal Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 New York

    I havent ::sigh:: I live 3 hours from the Brewery, however my wife looks at me like i got 2 heads when i tell her i want to take a roadtrip haha. One of these days im just going to head North and hit The Alchemist then Hill Farmstead.
  33. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Aspirant (210) Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Just pulling the data straight from Untappd. This is everything I rated as 5 stars. Unfortunately it only includes whatever I've had since late 2010, but it should be a pretty good reflection of what I saw as "mind-blowing":

    DFH Indian Brown Ale
    Piece Dark-N-Curvy
    New Belgium Vrienden Ale (Lips of Faith)
    Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
    Schlafly Coffee Stout
    Evil Twin Yin & Yang Black & Tan
    DFH 90 Minute IPA
    Black Ball
    Southern Tier Creme Brulee
    Darkness (2011)
    Perennial Abraxas
    Hopslam Ale
    Milk Stout Nitro
    Revolution Hugene
    Goose Island Gavin And John's Old Town Yard Lager
    Bourbon County Brand Stout
    Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
    New Belgium Shift
    Bourbon Barrel Warmer
    FFF Hell's Black Intelligencer
    Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
    Brooklyn Gold Standard Export
    Old Chub
    Evil Twin Freudian Slip
    The Deuce
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    Goose Island Madame Rose (2012)
    Perennial Peace Offering
    Half Acre Space IPA
    Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
    Against The Grain Gnag Reflex
    Pipeworks Citra Ninja
    Bourbon County Cherry Rye
    Peche Mortel
    Firestone 16 (XVI) Anniversary Ale
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Baume
    Half Acre Big Hugs (2012)
    Heady Topper
  34. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

  35. DIPAfiend

    DIPAfiend Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 New York
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    Heady Topper
    Cantillon Fou Foune
    Russian River Supplication
  36. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Where exactly do you live? I'm going up there next weekend and I could drop you off some brews.
  37. hoparoundnw2337

    hoparoundnw2337 Initiate (55) Aug 6, 2011 Washington
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    Zombie Dust for everyday
    CBS, Black Tuesday and Fruet for the bigs...
  38. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (406) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    DF Zomer: everything every other Gueuze in my cellar wishes it was
    HF Arthur: best saison, period.
    Beatification: Nuff said
    Fou Foune: so fruity, and so unbelievably sour
  39. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,230) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    Love the Wormtown shout out!
  40. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (612) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Bitter Monk. There is nothing else out there like it, layers of complexity and all of them good
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