Favorite Beer in Relation to Others of its Style

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  1. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,983) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    What is the one beer that you think is most head-and-shoulders above all others of its style?

    I'm not necessarily asking for your #1 beer, but it would obviously be one that ranks very high on your list of favorites.

    For me, it is clearly Nugget Nectar. There are other good reds/ambers out there, but NN is so much better than any of the runner-ups in this category that it probably should be a separate style.

    My second would probably be DFH My Antonia in the Imperial Pilsner category.
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  2. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    GL Edmund Fitzgerald is my benchmark for porters.
  3. brockdidntslide

    brockdidntslide Devotee (406) Feb 25, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Double Bastard in the strong ale category. I never have had "Matt" however so maybe if I ever am so lucky to try it I'll be converted. Until then!
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  4. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Came here to say this.
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  5. obrike

    obrike Defender (654) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    A Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. Top of the charts in the American Pale Wheat style if you ask me.

  6. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,937) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Rogues Hazelnut Brown Nectar for browns
    Left Hands Milk Stout for milk stouts
    Odells Red for red ales
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  7. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Celebrator Dopplebock
    Aventinus Weizenbock
    Fullers ESB
    Westmalle Dubbel
    Westmalle Tripel
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  8. dertyd

    dertyd Meyvn (1,265) Mar 23, 2010 California

    Pliny the elder over any other diipa I've had its just that good
  9. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,983) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I have not sampled Double Bastard yet, but I have had the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Now that you mentioned it, I think that Oaked AB could join NN and My Anotonia on my list.
  10. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Fullers London Porter........duh, porter
    SNPA....American Pale
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  11. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Knee Deep Simtra was my first "5" for a DIPA, but I haven't had the Younger, Kern River Citra, Heady Topper, and a few other acclaimed ones.
  12. SadMachine

    SadMachine Poo-Bah (2,025) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    I think Wookey Jack stands head and shoulders above any other American Black Ale I've had for sure!
  13. stevensd19

    stevensd19 Initiate (114) Jan 13, 2008 Massachusetts

    For me, it is clearly Nugget Nectar. There are other good reds/ambers out there, but NN is so much better than any of the runner-ups in this category that it probably should be a separate style.

    Currently, got to agree on the Nugget Nectar... I keep telling myself to move on but the Wegman's still has some... and I'm weak and knowing it will be another year until it returns. But NN on draft is to hit MA this week... aww crap, ha
  14. tectactoe

    tectactoe Poo-Bah (1,802) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan
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    Weihenstephaner - any beer they make is usually the best (or one of the best) of that style.
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  15. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (243) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    Flower Power for east coat IPA
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  16. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (653) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I have to agree with Nugget Nectar. For me, it's La Fin du Monde that stands alone atop the Belgian Tripel category.
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  17. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,753) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Anchor Steam.
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  18. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,685) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Pannepot (to me) is head and shoulders above any other quads, Trappists included.
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  19. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Poo-Bah (1,556) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    That much over Founders Porter? Interesting.
  20. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Bud Light - American Light Lager
    Bud Light Lime - American Light Flavored Lager
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  21. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona

    Oskar Blues G'Knight Imerial Red- I am not sure if its considered an IPA, but for a red. Nothing comes close. Sticky deliousness!!
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  22. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Arizona

  23. StoutChaser7D

    StoutChaser7D Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 California

    Obsidian Stout
  24. seplo

    seplo Aspirant (292) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut

    Smuttynose Baltic Porter...CHEERS
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  25. SadMachine

    SadMachine Poo-Bah (2,025) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    Forget Founders Porter (even though it's quite good!), I can't imagine any porter being that much better than Victory at Sea and/or Everett!
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  26. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,011) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Alpha King and Dales as Pale Ales, (really IPA'S)
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  27. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (654) Jan 15, 2009 New York

    Victory at sea/Everett for me as well!
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  28. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (293) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania

    +1 for NN. No other Imperial red/amber even comes close.
    Victory at Sea is definitely my benchmark for porters. So good.
    FBS for coffee stouts.
    Heady Topper for DIPA.
    Prima Pils for pilsner.
    Flying Mouflan for barleywines.
    Consecration for wild ale.
    Indian Brown by DfH for browns. I like the Palo Santo a little better, but the IB is a more classic example of the style.
    Festina Peche for berliner weiss.
    Saison Dupont.
    'T Gaverhopke Extra for BSDA.
    IPA is just too hard, there's so many good ones. Flower Power, Sculpin, Union Jack, 75 Minute...all in the running.
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  29. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I think that I actually have a bottle of Founder Porter in my fridge to try. Maybe I'll amend? I love Founders, but it'll have to pretty amazing to be better than Ed Fitz in my book.
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  30. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Defender (689) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan

    I know it's not popular here but I would say Frangelic Mountain Brown for brown ales. I just thought it had all the characteristics of a good brown ale with the extra hazelnut aromas and flavors to give it something different to set it apart from others.
  31. dar482

    dar482 Poo-Bah (3,873) Mar 9, 2007 New York
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    Awesome list. I'll tried out half of these. Gonna check the other half out.
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  32. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Initiate (92) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Single IPA - Fat Head's Head Hunter
    Porter - Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
    Russian Imperial Stout - Oskar Blues Ten FIDY
    Hefeweizen - Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Pilsner - Victory Prima Pils

    These are my current stand-out beers in their respective styles.
  33. brockdidntslide

    brockdidntslide Devotee (406) Feb 25, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Head Hunter is indeed awesome stuff. Wash down one of their sandwiches with a few of these and it makes Pittsburgh look a whole lot better!
  34. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,127) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    I'm always encouraged by the love for Weihenstephan on here. They absolutely make some world-class beer, and somehow their beers tend to survive the voyage more or less fully intact. On the other hand, I can think of a number of equal, if not (IMO) better, examples of each style they make from lesser-known German breweries.

    As for my favorite: Schlenkerla's Rauchbiers. IMO, no one -- on either side of the Atlantic or otherwise -- can touch them for the style(s).
  35. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Firestone Walker Sucaba. I can't think of another BA English Barleywine that could hold a candle to it.

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  36. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Meyvn (1,011) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I have never found any beer to be head and shoulders better than other top beers of the same style.
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  37. BogBoyJD

    BogBoyJD Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 Ireland

    Got to be
    Guinness Foreign Extra Stout- Foreign/Export Stout
    Duvel- Belgian Strong Pale Ale
  38. LouDogg114

    LouDogg114 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2012 Georgia

    Bell's Expedition Stout - RIS
    Duck-rabbit Milk Stout - milk stout
    Terrapin Hopzilla/Bell's Hopslam - dIPA (tie)
    Founders Breakfast Stout - imp coffee stout
    Unibroue Trois Pistoles - Belgium strong dark

    God I love beer
  39. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Poo-Bah (3,396) Feb 22, 2013 Ohio

    you won't amend the Fitz is the benchmark although Founders is good. For some reason all of Founders beers have a slight off taste for the 1st drink or so then they taste great I think it is the water they use. Their RIS is excellent but as far as Porters GL is what you said the benchmark.
  40. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    Saison DuPont......
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