Best beer you've ever had.

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  1. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    I've had a LOT of beers in my life, but I don't think any beer has topped this yet. Love Buzz from Anchorage Brewing. Holy. Shit. Ammmmmazing beer right here. Sour. Crisp. Floral. Woody. Bretty funk. Clean. Perfect buzz.

    This is my first introduction to Anchorage and holy hell....this is already the best beer I've ever had.

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  2. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    The grapefruit in this is spectacular.
  3. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

  4. brewtus

    brewtus Zealot (556) Dec 29, 2012 Ohio
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    Let the boasting insue....
  5. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    My first homebrew that i opened tonight.

    With all the work and nervousness i had in this beer, and the research done to find a good recipe. I am so happy with how it turned out. It was also great sharing the first bottle with family I had over as well. It came out EXACTLY how i wanted it to.

  6. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (484) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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  7. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Best beer as in highest rated or best beer as in most enjoyed?

    My highest rated is Heady Topper, and that's definitely up there for sheer enjoyment. Quite possibly the most intensely enjoyed beer I've ever had.

    That said, the enjoyment I got out of Ommegeddon way back in 2008 will always stick with me . . . and a couple of saisons have just been shit-kicking fantastic—Cellar Door fresh, Sofie when it's on point, etc. Also the enjoyment that I got out of Palate Wrecker last year far outweighs the actual rating it got in my review. I felt like an addict with every sip.
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  8. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    No. I was thinking ratings aside.
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  9. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Ah. Well all of my above-mentioned beers remain in contention :-)

    But all in all . . . probably Heady.
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  10. vacax

    vacax Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2008 California
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    If you're talking about the 2009 version before it was ever bottled... I couldn't argue with that.
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  11. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (732) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    ratings aside, Alaskan Perseverance Ale on tap, bottled would be Moat Water.
  12. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (112) Dec 19, 2010 California
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    KRBC Citra. First time I ever had it. Blew my mind! My friend and I brought back 8 growlers of the stuff.
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  13. Chaney

    Chaney Poo-Bah (2,035) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Didn't know how to answer your question, so I took a peek at my handy work. According to my reviews, Kuhnhenn BBBW is my highest rated brew out of over 1100. Therefore, Kuhnhenn BBBW is the absolute best beer in the entire goddam universe...
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  14. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I'm still waiting.
  15. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    Bottled: Bourbon County Coffee
    Tap: Apple Brandy Hunahpu

    Can you tell I love stouts?
  16. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,455) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I've only tried a little more than a thousand or so, but so far I think my favorite beer style is IIPA and my favorite beer in that style is Kern Citra.
  17. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Disciple (390) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
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    CBS or King Henry. Had the King again tonight at a tasting. Wow. It was all downhill for there.
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  18. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Deschutes The Abyss.
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  19. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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    This is a baseless thread. Best beer you've ever had can go down to the season, your company and your location. I can't honestly choose one beer as being the best beer I've ever had.
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  20. jimbuck

    jimbuck Initiate (69) Nov 16, 2012 Connecticut

    since i prefer stouts and porters,i like samuel smith's organic choc. stout the best.very smooth,natural milk chocolate aroma and taste.has a hint of roasted coffee.
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  21. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (445) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Hard to say but the first Cantillon Kriek I ever had comes to mind. I didn’t know anything about lambic nor even that they existed, the bottle I had purchased was a year and a half old & the cork was wet and fell apart. It smelled sour & I was afraid that it might have gone bad. The taste was incredibly (& still is) and I remember thinking – I really hope that this is not infected because if it tastes like this infected, I can never taste anything this awesome ever again :slight_smile:
  22. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Based on my ratings. Not that I'm surprised;
    Backwoods Bastard
    John Barleycorn-Bourbon Barrel Aged
  23. n2185

    n2185 Poo-Bah (1,959) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    KBS. Pretty much every time I have it, it becomes the best beer I've ever had.
  24. NWer

    NWer Crusader (730) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Can't name just one:
    BB Vanilla Dark Lord
    Bourbon Fred
    Kentucky Dark Star
    '10 BCBS as it's drinking now
    Fou' Foune
  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,538) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    My first Heady Topper on tap at the Prohibition Pig, absolutely stunning after a long drive to get there. The first Abrasive was pretty damn good too, really a well done DIPA, fully as good as HT in the can.
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  26. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    GI King Henry
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  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I agree with this top the extent that I'm still exploring new beers and a lot beers that I love I've only had once so I'm not sure I can say which one I like best. When I first tried Hopslam it was my favorite beer until I had many other world class DIPAs and now I think it's too sweet.

    I would love to dirnk Pliny, Alpine Duet, Double Jack, and Double Trouble side by side.
  28. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (464) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord hands down for me.
  29. followerofmen

    followerofmen Initiate (150) Sep 9, 2012 Massachusetts
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    HF Edward knocked my socks off. It's not the most complex or overwhelming beer I've ever had, but it is exactly what I want beer to taste like. I haven't experienced any other HF IPAs, so who knows how I might feel about Abner, Susan, etc, but MAN can Shaun Hill brew a beer.
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  30. FLBeerGuy

    FLBeerGuy Meyvn (1,046) Feb 6, 2007 Florida
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    What kind of beer is it?
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  31. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (484) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    At this point in my life, just a smidge over 3 years drinking craft, it was Sam Adams Barrel Aged Tripel, or possibly Allagash Curiex. Incredible stuff. Although its tough to say. Id have to think on this some more, those two are just off the top of my head.
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  32. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Initiate (152) Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    My first SN Pale Ale 20 years ago. It was my first non BMC and my first day living in Chico. An incredible lightbulb moment.

    Edit: not really the best, but the most memorable.
  33. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Its darkened and reddened by the crappy lighting i had, but its a 6.5% german style hefe. The banana and clove taste is off the charts. not too much though. perfect for the winter :slight_smile:
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  34. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    If we're going strictly off ratings then it's Rare for me.

    Others that come to mind are Duvel, '09 BCBS, Beat, Iris...
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  35. jaheussner

    jaheussner Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2008 District of Columbia
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    Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th. Kate Upton in a bottle.
  36. KAP1356

    KAP1356 Crusader (733) Mar 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If I had to pick a "best beer" based on my own personal taste and personality, then I would have to pick Goose Island King Henry. But, if I had to pick what I though was the "best beer" in terms of an overall, well crafted, beer, I would have to choose Trappist Rochefort 10.
  37. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    The Bud I was drinking back in the dorm room with Anna Marie Meyers back in 92.
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  38. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Trying to think how to answer this.

    If we are talking favorite beer in terms of singular first bottle of Epic's Big Bad Baptist was truly one of my favorite nights of drinking. I was fortunate to get a bottle where there was some great, noticeable whiskey barrel influence going on, and it was my first beer with super strong coffee beans and cocoa nibs as ingredients. Absolutely loved it and one of those experiences where I couldn't get that beer out of my head for weeks. For someone who never repeat purchases bombers, I bought a ton of that beer this past season as a result. Always great drinking experiences, but none ever as good as that first one. I would definitely put that beer in my Top 10 (maybe even Top 5) but wouldn't consider it my favorite beer overall. But that one experience, very possibly.

    If we are talking favorite beer in terms of overall, like if you were stuck on a deserted island and would be guaranteed you would never burn out on a single beer what would I choose? Founders Breakfast Stout or Funkwerks Monarch, depending if I was in a dark or light mood at the time of choosing. Probably FBS.
  39. josephwa

    josephwa Devotee (484) Jun 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Haven't had it in bottle yet but was lucky enough to have it on tap twice. Amazing! You're extremely lucky to have had it so early :slight_smile:
  40. dianimal

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

    So far, it was Enjoy By 09.21.12. And I'm not a loyal follower of Stone, but I thought this was really good. I am also enjoying Lagunitas Sucks, as well as one I tried yesterday, Rough Draft's Session IPA.
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