Beers that met and didn't meet the hype

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  1. WOLVERINE0611

    WOLVERINE0611 Initiate (23) May 28, 2005 Ohio

    We've all been there. Beers that we hear how great they are, but don't get a chance to try them because of their availability or limited distribution. Then finally, we find them either on tap or in the bottle and after trying it, you either say, "now I get why it's so highly rated, this is a great beer" or you say "what the hell are people thinking, this stuff is no better than average." To qualify for a hyped beer I would think the beer has to be around the top 50.

    For me, I've had 4 beers in my lifetime that have met the hype: Hopslam, Founders Breakfast Stout, BCBS, and most recently Zombie Dust.

    The only beer that I was disappointed and felt didn't meet the hype was KBS. Just didn't do it for me. Much prefer the original Breakfast Stout. Maybe after having some other Bourbon stouts I expected the bourbon to be more prevalent.
    So what makes your "Meets the hype" and Doesn't Meet the hype" beers?
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  2. Nyc45669

    Nyc45669 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2013 New York

    Wasn't into Troegs nugget nectar. It flew off my shelves, customers couldn't get enough. I didn't like the malt or hop profiles much at all. Is it me?
  3. zookerman182

    zookerman182 Zealot (567) Oct 8, 2013 Alabama

    Southern tier creme brûlée.

    Tasted like vanilla extract.
    I couldn't get enough of the choklat. This on the other hand was a near drain pour...
  4. SpartyJoe

    SpartyJoe Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2013 Colorado

    It's very good, but I was a bit disappointed.
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  5. ricknelson

    ricknelson Devotee (441) Feb 20, 2010 Vermont

    Zombie Dust was a HUGE dis-appointment to me and 3 other BA guys that tried it recently.
    I've tried it twice now and I'm not sold that it is anything special at all. But in fairness I will
    try it again next time I'm in Chicago. I brought the two bottles we tasted back on the plane
    from Chicago. Maybe they got jet lag or motion sickness from the trip and became bad.
  6. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,556) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    They all met the hype. Each in their own way. My biggest hyped beers lately were hopslam and sucks. I like both but I gave hopslam a better score. Of the two I would only buy sucks again. Go figure.
  7. craftabrew407

    craftabrew407 Initiate (31) Sep 21, 2013 Florida

    Met the hype : Sucks, Sculpin, Dirtwolf, White Oak Jai Alai, BCBS

    Didn't meet the hype : Hi-Res
  8. anteater

    anteater Champion (814) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon

    Met: PtY, HT, BCBS, ZD, Westy XII, BB4D, Beat, Black Note, AftW, Matt, almost all De Garde

    Didn't meet: Darkness, KBS, Parabola, Abyss, Hopslam, Sucaba, Prairie Bomb, Cantillon Gueuze
  9. cherche

    cherche Meyvn (1,141) Mar 27, 2013 Washington

    I didnt enjoy by 2.14.14 was all that special...a good beer but not something worth seeking out (and buying a bunch of bottles) like i did...
  10. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Zealot (577) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Met the hype: Jai Alai, Gandhi-Bot, Sucuba, BCBCS, Hopslam

    Didn't: BCBBW. I really did not enjoy the flavor profile. A bit too much alcohol presence. Sucuba was much better.
  11. stingley

    stingley Initiate (115) Sep 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Sucks didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Oh, it was good, very good even, but not THAT good. DirtWolf is just as good and actually I like DirtWolf better. I was greatly impressed with DirtWolf the first time I tried it, that one is a repeat purchase.
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  12. ironchefmiyagi13

    ironchefmiyagi13 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 Tennessee

    Met the hype...
    West Ashley
    King Henry
    Black Note
    Darkness (fresh)
    Double Sunshine

    Came up short...
    Hopslam (just another DIPA)
    Darkness (aged 1+ year)
    Huna (sweet, spicy, sludgy mess)
    Zombie Dust (Good, but PsuedoSue beat it out)
    The Abyss
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  13. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Aspirant (293) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Event Horizon just met the hype for me. So great. Also, Prairie Bomb! and Life is Like...

    Didn't meet it? Uh... Black Note.
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  14. KCBeerNerd

    KCBeerNerd Disciple (396) Dec 20, 2013 Missouri

    Hadn't tried Mothers MILF before this year, didn't have a whole lot of expectations going into it, but this one blew me away.

    BA blackout didn't really meet my expectations when I had it, neither did BORIS van wink.
  15. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Savant (908) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    Maine Beer Company - Lunch. I enjoyed the beer and it was sessionable. But the beer was flavored so lightly, that it was just incredibly disappointing. The flavor was nice but it was turned down to like 3 out of 10. I like high volume tasting beers I guess.
  16. Knee_Deep_Fan

    Knee_Deep_Fan Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2013 California

    Met: Citra Showers, Heady, Ten Fidy, BC Barley Wine

    Didn't meet: Sucks, Dirt Wolf, Dirt Wolf, and Sucks!
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  17. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (673) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Hype Met: PTE, Heady Topper, FBS, Sucks, Nugget Nectar, Celebration.

    Fell Short: Founders IS, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, SN Northern Harvest, WWS.
  18. alldogsgotohell

    alldogsgotohell Initiate (55) Aug 9, 2013 Virginia

    Met: heady, black note, coffee bcbs, ba bigfoot

    didn't: PtE
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  19. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,888) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I was expecting more from the flavor as well. The aroma alone shits on the flavor profile.
  20. sisterthelonious

    sisterthelonious Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    Whaaaaaa? Then you got an old bottle or a pull from an old/abused keg. I need to take you to Hamilton's for a few pints of fresh PtE.
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  21. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,888) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    FBS - didn't.
    King Titus - did
    OTWOA - did
    DirtWolf - did
    Double Dose - did
    Sucks - did
    Rebel - didn't
    MO - did
    Lunch - didn't
    Nostradamus - didn't
    Siren Noire - did
    BCBBW - did
  22. alldogsgotohell

    alldogsgotohell Initiate (55) Aug 9, 2013 Virginia

    didn't: cask'd OtWOA from Savor week 2012 at Meridian Pint....was not hitting
  23. sisterthelonious

    sisterthelonious Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    BCBS did NOT live up to the hype for me. Just a big, sweet, boozy mess. There are so may awesome barrel and wood-aged Imperial Stouts out there that I can't say that I'll ever seek this out again.

    Big Bad Baptist lived up to the hype. Even topped Chocolate Oak-aged Yeti in my book.

    PtY was also very, very good. Can't take tasting points off for price, so for a once-a-year beer, this lived up to the hype.

    Alpine Duet, Nelson, and Keene Idea all surpassed the hype
  24. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (972) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Met: Westvleteren 12, Dark Lord, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Rochefort 10, Pannepot
    Failed: Chimay Blue, Founders Breakfast Stout
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  25. LIBeer

    LIBeer Initiate (93) Sep 17, 2009 New York

    Met the hype: Heady Topper, Gandhi Bot, Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, Southampton Russian Imperial Stout(every year has been awesome)

    Did not meet the hype: Dark Lord(very average at best), Goose Island Bourbon County Stout(waaaaay overhyped and just very average), Lunch(a slightly above average IPA that is priced ridiculously)
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  26. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (673) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    I havent loved flower power when I've had it either.
  27. jshusc

    jshusc Defender (640) Aug 16, 2013 South Carolina

    Met: PtE, HT, Big Bad Baptist, Event Horizon, BCBS, Imperial Doughnut Break, Hardywood GBS
    Failed: Dark Lord (I didn't think it was bad, but I just didn't really enjoy it...not the flavor profile I look for in a stout I guess), Terrapin WnB and MH, Nugget Nectar
  28. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,158) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    Bells Two Hearted underwhelming to me.
  29. twizzard

    twizzard Defender (655) May 11, 2013 New York

    Met: Sucks, Limbo, Dirtwolf, Hop Ranch among many, many others.

    Didn't: Two Hearted, Hi-Res, Hopslam
  30. raynmoon

    raynmoon Champion (804) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Your face didn't meet the hype.
  31. TooGood

    TooGood Crusader (723) Jan 28, 2014 Minnesota

    Met: Darkness, Breakfast Stout, Two Hearted, Serendipity
    Did not meet: Abrasive, Hopslam (was good, but was expecting greatness)
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  32. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,158) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    I am with you on the didnt's.
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  33. king75

    king75 Devotee (429) Jul 27, 2010 Michigan

    Met expectations: Sucks, Dirtwolf, Kuhnhenn's bourbon barreled barley wine, BA 4th dementia, BA plead the 5th,Big Bad Baptist

    Did not meet expectations: KBS (good beer but overhyped), BCBBW, Hopslam
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  34. HopBomb515

    HopBomb515 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 New Jersey

    Met the hype: Heady, Sucks, FBS, FIS, Stone Espresso RIS, Nugget Nectar, Pumking, Warlock, Celebration, Stone Enjoy By, 3beans, TenFidy, Carton Boat (Jersey Hype)

    Didn't meet the hype: Stone 17th anniversary, Schlafly pumpkin ale, Founders Double Trouble
  35. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    Disappointments: Nugget Nectar, Sculpin
  36. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (245) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    Met: Founder's Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas Sucks
    Didn't: Green Flash Palate Wrecker - This seems to have a following for some reason or another, but it's just a slightly more bitter version of Green Bullet as far as I'm concerned.
  37. GABrew

    GABrew Initiate (0) May 5, 2013 Georgia

    You're not the only one. I tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago and didn't understand the hype at all. Can't believe it's in the Top 25 on the BofF list. I also had my first Hop Slam around the same time and it didn't do it for me either.

    BCBS, KBS, PtE, Heady, ZD, Black Note, Cable Car, and anything Surly all met the hype for me.
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  38. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Disciple (326) Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    Met the hype: Bell's Hopslam. Founders Breakfast Stout. Miss: Bell's Expedition Stout and Cherry Stout.
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  39. mlhyatt

    mlhyatt Devotee (419) Jul 27, 2013 Georgia

    All the bourbon county variants. Especially bcbcs.
    Founders imperial stout
    Ten fidy
    Stone IRS

    Did not
    Permenant funeral
    Founders breakfast stout
    Pliny (very good but sucks beat it out by a long shot)
    Alpha king
    Black out
    Terrapin wnb
    Flower power

    IPAs are letting me down these days. I prefer the hop forwardness of IPAs. If i wanted a stronger malt taste than the hops then i'd be drinking a pale ale. Plus i think there are just some variety of hops that i just don't like.
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  40. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (258) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Pumking didnt meet the hype. I loved that it smelled like pie crust but the taste did nothing for me.
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