Beers that met/passed your expectations

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  1. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    I'd have to say, my latest was Lagunitas Sucks. Just had my first one over this past weekend. I love Lagunitas stuff, but for some reason wasn't expecting much from this. BOY was I wrong! Loved this beer!
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  2. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    90 Minute, I wanted that bottle to last forever.
  3. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    This for me EXACTLY, then I discovered BA and RB and that has lead to a few others as well.

    First Heady really is that good.

    Second was revisiting Prima Pils with a better understanding of beer. That beer is perfect at what it is and a wonderful interpretation.
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  4. time4lunch

    time4lunch Initiate (178) Aug 10, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Marshal zhukov
    Blind pig
    Life without principle
  5. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    Ten Fidy ...Everyone seemed to like it...Little did I know It would become just a regular staple in my house after one can. Also Big Foot.
  6. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I've had Sixpoint Resin and do indeed love it. I'll try to get my hands on some Big A.
  7. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (629) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    This week, Stone RIS thick, dark, tasty.
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  8. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Old Foghorn
  9. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    Kiwi Rising and Sang Noir
  10. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,174) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Erdinger Pikantus
    Bornem Dubbel
    Zyweic Porter
    Anchor Bock
  11. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    The list goes on and on. Beers that blew me away include Zombie Dust, PtE, FIS, Ten FIDY.... i.e., a lot of stuff you'd expect to see on a list like this. So I'll list some not-as-highly-acclaimed beers that I had neutral/low expectations for and they ended up being awesome....

    Kuhnhenn DRIPA
    Delirium Tremens
    Founders Porter
    Great Lakes Christmas Ale
    Great Lakes Oktoberfest
    Dragonmead Under the Kilt
    Short's Peaches & Creme
  12. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (203) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    Ten Fidy
    Rochefort 10
    CCB Cubano Expresso
    Saison Rue
    St. Bernadus
    RareR DOS
  13. sokrman14

    sokrman14 Initiate (72) Mar 8, 2012 California
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    At the time of his post he only listed Heady Topper. By the time I hit enter and submitted my post he added the others. But yes my answer was Heady Topper
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  14. Powderhornphil

    Powderhornphil Defender (650) Apr 30, 2012 Minnesota
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    Marshall Zhukov
    Lindley Park
    BA Batch 9000.

    All lived up to and surpassed my expectation.
  15. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Ah, yeah okay that's what I figured. But yes, Heady is that good.
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  16. DarthGuitarHero

    DarthGuitarHero Devotee (443) Jan 15, 2011 Minnesota

    These come to mind:

    Eclipse 50/50 Elijah Craig 12
    Big Worse
    Boulevard's Saison-Brett
    Recently had a 2008 Matilda that I expected to be good, but it was fantastic.
  17. BJasny

    BJasny Disciple (378) Jul 10, 2011 Texas

    Deschutes The Dissident, Ballast Point Victory at Sea. The two most intense, albeit very enjoyable, beers I've had
  18. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    When I had Pliny the first time, I thought to myself "this is good, but I prefer Blind Pig."
  19. s1ckboy

    s1ckboy Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2011 Massachusetts

    Red's Rye PA. Had it for the first time this past weekend, great stuff. Horrible timing, used to be year round, now a seasonal.
  20. neas

    neas Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2011 Pennsylvania

    BCBS: For the amount of money it is in PA I didn't think it could live up to my expectations, but I would gladly buy again.

    Pliny: Only have had it on draft. A lot of my friends think it is overrated, I find it to be way better than any other IPA/DIPA readily available in my area. It also has never been expensive.

    Imperial Biscotti Break: Superb for a non-barrel aged beer.
  21. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    2010 abyss, CBS, King Henry, Zombie Dust, bbpt5th
  22. repivk

    repivk Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Minnesota
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    For me it definitely has to be rochefort 10 and goose island Dominique, man I wish GI would have bottled that...
    Oh, and bells wild one because that led me to my love of sours
  23. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    After hearing the east coasters constantly brag about Flower Power I finally got one and it exceeded my expectations. Uinta Hop Notch is pretty amazing too.
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  24. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    Cold Mountain? Really? lol.
  25. YumYumGumGum

    YumYumGumGum Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2011 Virginia
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    New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
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  26. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Hopslam about about an hour ago.
  27. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Founders Breakfast Stout. Only tried it for the first time over the weekend and it's now the stout I'll probably measure all others by.

    Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale because up to that point, I was a non IPA drinker. It opened my eyes to the idea that you just need to find the right flavor profile for a type in order to enjoy it. Now I know to look for grapefruit forward IPAs to try.

    Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale. I had it on tap in Boston at a crab place and was just amazed at the trueness of the flavors.
  28. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    Met: ZD, kbs

    Surpassed: flower power,ninja v unicorn, nemesis '10

    And for fun...

    Did not meet: pte, 2hearted
  29. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Jacks Abby lagers. I hate lagers
    Eclipse JD 300 day
    Alesmith Decadence 2010 Barrel Aged
    BCS Cherry Rye
    Cascade Strawberry

  30. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Heady is the only hyped beer I have had that lived up to said hype.
  31. Sayson

    Sayson Initiate (121) Apr 16, 2005 North Carolina

    Pliny on draft at SD Toranado
    Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
    Troeg's Nugget Nectar
    Zombie Dust
    Fullsteam Hogwash
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  32. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,278) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I still say Ruination since it was a game changer regarding IPA's for me. But I got the bright idea to look at my ratings and rDevs to see whether that correlated with the numbers - not so much since my score for Ruination was up there with everybody else's and the rDev is pretty small positive. Interesting looking at the scores a little differently.
  33. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    A few that I can remember:
    Fresh Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Conflux No.1 (Collage)
    Ayinger Celebrator
  34. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

  35. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,310) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
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    One I had no expectation of whatsoever--mainly just from lack of information at that point--was AleSmith Horny Devil. Then I drank it and it wowed me. Really one of my favorites despite its miced reviews.
  36. beermompdx

    beermompdx Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013

    I love Green Flash and most of what they do, but Rayon Vert tastes like dirty band-aids (and yes, I know what Brett is and what it tastes like, and this is overboard)
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  37. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,239) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    ZD, then Lagunitas Sucks.

    Imperial stouts lately have been delicious but I've pretty much been expecting that- Narwhal, BCBS, etc.
  38. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Cisco - Lady of the Woods
  39. blakelive784

    blakelive784 Zealot (571) Dec 21, 2010 Colorado

    I was a little let down by The Dissident. Victory at Sea was great, especially with a year on it. BCBS is my new favorite. Totally surprised given the hype.
  40. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Aspirant (241) Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    - Epic's Big Bad Baptist far exceeded my expectations.
    - KBS met my expectations.
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