Beers that blew your mind

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  1. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,762) Oct 14, 2009 Texas
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    A couple beers come to mind from some recent(ish) experience:

    La Cumbre's excellent Elevated IPA was the highlight of summer, in beer form. Can't wait to pass through New Mexico again.

    Three Floyd's Zombie Dust lived up to and exceeded every expectation I had.

    Anchor Steam's Zymaster Series #3, their Flying Cloud Import Stout, seemed to me to raise the bar on the style. I seriously hope they make it a regular.

    Finally, although it's still too soon to tell, ever since I had Almanac's Biere de Chocolat I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. I've been a fan of Almanac's premise (and promise) since their inception but this is the first brew of theirs where it all came together, and then some.
  2. MrMcGibblets

    MrMcGibblets Meyvn (1,137) Jan 14, 2007 Illinois
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    cenotaph for me
  3. r0nburgundy69

    r0nburgundy69 Initiate (82) Jan 27, 2012 Texas
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    zombie dust. i thought this is an american pale, its gotta just be hype. but that beer blew my taste buds away. if i could only ever drink one beer again that might be it.
  4. BarRoomHero88

    BarRoomHero88 Aspirant (275) Jan 19, 2012 New York
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    DFH 90 Min, just because it was one of the first crazy IPAs I had. Heady Topper, because I was expecting to be totally let down...I was floored at how amazing it actually was. Founder's Breakfast Stout, St Bernardus Abt 12, Lagunitas Sucks, Nugget Nectar. I'll say Heady is the best beer I've ever had, with there being a bottleneck of Hill Farmstead beers behind that.
  5. STEG

    STEG Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2009 New York

    My first bottle of Fantome Saison was by far the most mind blowing beer I've ever had
    Kuhnhenn BB4D (I've never liked any other old ale before or after trying it)
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Blind Pig
    Scuplin (of about a year and a half ago, haven't seen anything around forever)
    Two Hearted
    Heady Topper
    Hel & Verdoemenis 666
  6. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Do you want more?
  7. greenmonstah

    greenmonstah Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2010 New Hampshire

    Heady Topper
    Zombie Dust
  8. Sourkehd

    Sourkehd Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Massachusetts
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    De struise Elliot brew
  9. mscudder

    mscudder Crusader (723) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia
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    A few, in no order, that made me nearly lose myself....

    Founders Imperial Stout (blows my mind at $9/4-pack)
    Nemesis 09
    Black Damnation Double Black
    Smutty Robust Porter (caught me severely off guard)
    Westy Trio... a good friend aided in completely wrecking what I sought in beer for some good time.
  10. gatornlb

    gatornlb Initiate (68) Feb 4, 2013 Florida
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    KRBC Citra
    KRBC Outstanding IPA
    Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Alpine Nelson
  11. ediaz

    ediaz Aspirant (211) Nov 23, 2011 Florida
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    Bb9k, huna, and heady come to mind.
  12. Sam_Frank

    Sam_Frank Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 California

    Racer 5 was probably the first (certainly not the last) IPA that blew me away
    Torpedo blew me away
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout blew me away

    Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
    Cismontane Black Nocturne

    too many to name
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  13. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Devotee (479) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland
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    Hair of the Dog Adam
    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    Bell's Black Note
    Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40
    Uinta Cockeyed Cooper (Far exceeded my expectations)
  14. C2H5

    C2H5 Disciple (383) Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    heady topper was insane when I first tried it, bourbon county stout, the abyss, parabola, Black Note changed my life, I cried when I had CBS, zombie dust made my legs shake, king henry...oh king henry, you made me what i am today you bastard. I wept like a new mother when I had vanilla dark many so so many, but I remember every one
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  15. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Duvel (hands down, this beer impressed me more than any other beer I've ever had)
    Surly's CynicAle
    Duchesse De Bourgogne
    Founder's Backwoods Bastard
    Any smoked beer that smells/tastes like bacon
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  16. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,283) Jun 4, 2012 Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
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    This one goes to 11
    Double Bastard
    Lagunitas Maximus

    All surprised me with their greatness. I didn't expect any of them to be as good as they were.
  17. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    This blew my mind. Bud Light with genuine certified color mhmmm.
  18. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    That blew my mind too... But not in a good way.

    I would've rather just drink the clamato.
  19. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (260) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Stone IPA (before that I didnt have much interest in IPA's, but it all changed with that first sip)
    Third Coast Old Ale (blew me away, and sparked an interest in barleywines)
    Victory At Sea (dont even know what to say at the moment.....)
    Old Rasputin (first stout I fell in love with)
    Arrogant Bastard (the beginning of the end)
  20. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,572) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Really REALLY good quads always take me by surprise. Pannepot floored me, even though I knew it was going to be great.
  21. jeremiahoden

    jeremiahoden Disciple (339) Apr 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Rochefort 10
    Aged Dark Lord
    Westy 12
    Kuhnhenn BB4D
    2012 Hopslam
    Zombie dust
  22. okcommuter

    okcommuter Initiate (195) Dec 25, 2012 Michigan

    I am kicking myself for not buying more Sucks when I Saw it. I think I have found a new favorite!
  23. Marti403

    Marti403 Disciple (328) Jul 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Cafe Royale (This will always be an ISO)
    Lindley Park
    Kuhnhenn BBBW
    Bourbon County Coffee
  24. scootsmal

    scootsmal Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 New York

    Im in Ballston Spa (Basically Saratoga). let me know, I would gladly fund your road trip some.
  25. adjunctlager

    adjunctlager Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Southern Tier 2x IPA
    Heady Topper
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Shipyard Pumpkinhead- I've since gotten away from my enjoyment of this one but it was a pretty awesome first drink.
  26. RyanGoodman

    RyanGoodman Disciple (349) Nov 16, 2011 Bolivia

    Do you ship to Bolivia? Unfortunately I live in the "Boring beer capital of the world." Thanks anyway.
  27. baboiler

    baboiler Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2011 Kansas
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    FFF behemoth
    Lagunitas Sucks
    FFF Blot out the Sun
    Westy 12
    Odell Friek
  28. acbe

    acbe Aspirant (204) Jul 23, 2011 Texas

    Karbach BA Hellfighter
    The Abyss (after storing for a year)
    Ruination Tenth Anniv
  29. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    Stone Ruination
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Founders RIS
    Goose Island BCBS
    North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
    Schlafly AIPA
  30. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Anchor Porter. It is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. I was expecting typical porter notes of chocolate and coffee. I got those, but there were also subtle notes of figs/bananas. It was like a porter mixed with a BSDA, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had.
  31. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    DFH My Antonia
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    Forest & Main Bonne Reserv e
    Troegs Nugget Nectar
    Selins Grove Kriek
    Sixpoint 3 Beans
    Southern Tier 2Xmas
    NCBC Neshaminator
    Allagash Interlude
    Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout
    Southampton Cuvee Des Fluers
    Carton Decoy
    Williamsburg Bitter Valentine
  32. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    I will be drinking the Schafly next
  33. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (796) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    Nugget Nectar
    Gandhi Bot
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    cherry rye
    Bourbon county coffee stout
    Founders breakfast
    Flower power
    Duvel triple hop
    Cantillon Lambic
    stille nacht
    Jolly pumpkin, pumpkin
  34. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    White Oak Jai Alai

    Those all made me wow.
  35. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    Excellent. I live in St. Louis (about 2 miles from the Bottleworks) and love it their beers. Very underrated IMO. Cheers.
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  36. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aspirant (256) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    The CBS or the GF? :wink:
  37. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    I should have had FBS on mine as well.
  38. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aspirant (256) Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Recently: Hair of the Dog - Adam. Amazing Old World Ale.
  39. parris

    parris Zealot (528) Jan 18, 2010 Massachusetts
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  40. Neorebel

    Neorebel Crusader (727) Jun 29, 2005 New Jersey

    Just at the top of my mind...

    Rodenbach Grand Cru
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Rochefort 10
    Clown Shoes Brown Angel
    Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    Cantillon Classic Gueze
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    Founder's Red Rye
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Boulevard Saison Brett
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