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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by sokrman14, Jan 16, 2013.
Hm. Different strokes, I s'pose :-)
Westy 12 met my expectations. The hype was so high, which would lead be to believe it would taste like liquid of the gods. But being a skeptic, I figured I would most likely be very disappointed. Both of those things balanced each other out, and I thought it was a great Belgian quad. One of the best that I've tried actually, so I would say it met my expectations.
Twighlight of The Idols
Stouts Revel Red
DFH Tweason Ale
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery's Three Hour Tour. Like German chocolate cake in a glass. I giggled.
most of the regular GI line up. We just recently started getting them in my area. I never had any reason not to like them, I just didn't think they'd be that special either.. So far i've had 312 urban wheat, Honker's ale, Matilda, and Sophie. I've really liked them all quite a bit! Thanks AB/Inbev for bringing these beers into my distro area!!
Honestly, I have been reading on BA for awhile about how awesome Sucks is... I am a big fan of Lagunitas so of course I was ready to try and buy it when it came in. I did, and it Sucks awesomely The nose on this beer is incredible! I didnt want to drink it, just smell it!
Edit: I drank the crap out of it, and it was equally as amazing!
I had the same experience with BB Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr. Just wow. Good year for beer so far!
Palo Santo Marron - my favorite, how is it not more people talk about this
You're my hero. Love ALL these beers
I'm from Grand Rapids and had my first Backwoods Bastard this year the first day it came out. I can't believe I never had this beer. Definitely one of Founders best. Blew my expectations out of the water. I walked out with a case after that glass.
Hyped Beers that met/exceeded:
Some pleasant surprises:
So Fresh and So Green Green
AleSmith IPA and Mongo by Port. Oooooo babi.
De Dolle Stille Nacht and Doggie Claws. Had them both for the first time this week and was blown away by both. Can't wait to try them again.
I second that emotion.
The Epic saison was a very pleasant surprise as I didn't have high expectations.
stone's enjoy by
Vertical Epic 12.12.12
I don't have much of a relationship with Stone, but got this on draft for free and was like, "damn, this is actually really good."
This one goes to 11
Maximus (all time favorite DIPA)
Southern Tier Gemini...... it revolutionized my palate in a single glass
Brown Shugga. I thought it'd be good, but I miss it already. I was only able to grab one six pack of it. I believe it ended up in my top 15 rated overall.
Pliny is one of those extremely well balances DIPA's that seem "very nice and dandy" when you drink it, but when you continue to have other IPA's you will start to miss the complex pallet that Pliny provided. It's a very rare beer. That's what makes it so special.
Imperial Biscotti Break
Bourbon County Stout-Vanilla
Kernel Double Citra
FW Double Jack- found it on keg which is a once in a blue moon occurrence in the UK. Much better than I expected as it's not one of the hyped DIPA
Salopian- Darwin's Origin. It's hard to get excited about an English bitter but for me this turned out to be a benchmark for the style.
Olde Rabbit's Foot. Reason being is that previously I had never tried anything from Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit or Foothills so I was a little apprehensive, but after the first taste on draft at the Release, it blew me away! Delicious brew!
Six point resin, and everything from jack's Abby.
Hill Farmstead Edward, Susan and Double Galaxy--easily in my top 10 of all time. Perhaps this has to do with the incredible pilgrimage one has to make to obtain them, but god damn they were tasty. Well worth the excursion.
I have tried many IPAs and Pliny tastes soapy to me more often than not. Also, it's pretty readily available in SoCal; my store gets it weekly. Additionally I don't find Pliny's citrusy/grassy "palate" to be that complex. Balance however, I will agree with you on.
Central Waters BBBW
The Event Horizon
I would have to say Lagunitas Sucks. Wanted to know what the hype was about and I'm hooked
I expected to be let down by the super hyped up Heady Toppper.... Its as if God brewed it himself.
sierra nevada estate and northern hemisphere harvest
craggie yo la mango
logsdon seizon bretta (i had the first batch to make it to kegs and couldnt keep my self away from it)
2008 GI BCBS was smooth as silk and Cherry Rye was ridiculously delicious.
Lagunitas Sucks, FW IPA
BCBS- and my expectations were high to begin with
and very much out of my stout girl character: hell or high watermelon- my expectations were low, yet I found it surprisingly drinkable while hanging by the pool.
Was ready for HF to be overated and not live up to hype than I had arthur and anna and couldnt believe how good these saisons were. Amazing.
Purple wax eclipse 2012
Sebago and CW bbbw
belgian red and ng cherry stout
to me, Westvleteren 12. It's praise is well deserved IMO and while Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, Pannepot, and Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw are all outstanding, Westy 12 still takes the cake for me.
La Cumbre's Elevated IPA and Jack Abby's Hoponius Union
Heady Topper, HF Ephraim, Parabola, and Fou' Foune are ones that immediately come to mind for me.
Alaskan Baltic Porter