First beer to blow your mind.

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  1. LiquidTable

    LiquidTable Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 Michigan

    I'm gonna get slammed for this, but SA Boston Lager. I actually tasted and enjoyed Octoberfest prior (which is what opened my eyes to better beer), but Boston Lager blew me away, and still remains one of my desert island beers.
    Others (also on that desert island list) - Duvel, Orval, Two-Hearted...
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  2. Cazlo

    Cazlo Initiate (169) Sep 7, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Alpine Duet. Still blows my mind.
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  3. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (753) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    90 Minute on tap blew me away the first time.
  4. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,260) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    First OMG, this is excellent was Ruination. First OMG this is orgasmic was PtE.
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  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,787) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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  6. Number45forever

    Number45forever Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Vermont
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    Backwoods Bastard.

    Had it on draft in a bar in NYC. It was delivered and I could smell it as the bartender got closer to me. I sat there sipping and sniffing that thing for about an hour, thinking to myself, "" I may not have been good company for that hour.
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  7. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    Gaffel Koelsch, my first beer, blew my mind. But the beer that turned me on to American craft beers once I got back home was SA Boston Lager. It's still a great beer and I never hesitate to grab it when it's fresh.
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  8. DirtyPenny

    DirtyPenny Devotee (434) Jun 25, 2011 Massachusetts

    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier on tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Not as good in the bottles I've had since, but still a bloody amazing beer.

    On the opposite end, I literally said "Ugh" as I cringed at my first sip of Stone's Ruination, only to realize that I was going for a second sip even as I was wondering if I could finish it. Horribly wonderful.
  9. beerFool28607

    beerFool28607 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 North Carolina

    As a BMC drinker, Highland Black Mocha Stout :slight_smile:
  10. PDXHops

    PDXHops Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Bridgeport IPA was one of the first beers I had when I moved to Portland. Incredibly juicy stuff. I still love it.
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  11. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,044) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Schlenkerla Maerzen. Hated it the first time. When it first blew my mind: after I finally made it through beers #1 & 2 and got to #3...the way the smoke took a back seat to the underlying caramel-y Maerzen. Made it all the way to about #6 or 7 that night. To this day, every time I order #3, I prepare to have my mind blown. I still don't understand how that beer can be so good.
  12. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    Same...I thought I'd puke the first time, but after a few I found it enjoyable.
  13. Skull40

    Skull40 Initiate (191) Apr 1, 2010 Indiana

    KBS - I didn't realize the range of flavors that could be brewed into a beer before I tasted KBS.
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  14. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    I distinctly remember saying "wow" upon smelling and tasting Alpine Duet for the first time.
  15. XSoftXNXElegantX

    XSoftXNXElegantX Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2010 New York

    Mine is either Anchor Steam, it got me into craft beer. Which is why I have the anchor tattooed on my wrist. Or Anchorage Galaxy White IPA. It wasn't to hoppy, had a nice wheat balance, and a little sour end. Very surprised by this one.
  16. SageO

    SageO Initiate (198) Jul 13, 2010 California
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    When I was just first starting, probably Double Bastard and Speedway Stout. Once I was a little more entrenched, Parabola.
  17. ixodus

    ixodus Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2010 New Jersey

    Definitely Rochefort 10
  18. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (720) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Stone IRS. First IRS I ever had.
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  19. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,347) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Chimay Red
  20. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    Not long after I started trying new beers, I picked up a Peche Mortel on a whim. I then realized I loved imperials stouts, and that despite what I had thought the past 25 years of my life, I DO like coffee...a lot! In my beer at least ;-)
  21. JdoubleA

    JdoubleA Disciple (313) Apr 27, 2011 North Carolina
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  22. FatSalad

    FatSalad Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2012

    The first that really stopped me in my tracks, and forced me to take in the art of brewing, was Paulaner Salvator.
  23. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Yeah, for me it was actually a 2008 Stone IRS enjoyed earlier this year. Damn.

    And Double Bastard before that almost fit the bill.
  24. beepthebot

    beepthebot Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Indiana

    First beer that got me actually liking craft beer was Alpha King. Still awesome.
    My first real love was Two-Hearted, it was everywhere and I couldn't believe how good it was.
    My first official "favorite beer ever" was Chouffe Houblon. Drinking it nowadays, not so impressed. Tastes change, but I swear the first few bottles I had were different somehow.
    Beer is great.
  25. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    Lagunitas Copper was a wake up call after a lot of decent but no special beer. That was a quick gateway to a bunch of much hoppier stuff for me. Once I was a craft idiot, Dreadnaught sealed the deal.
  26. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Meyvn (1,027) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    The very fisrt beer to blow my mind was the first beer that I had with my dad. I cannot remember the beer [his choice, many, many years ago], but I will never forget the experience.
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  27. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,262) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Rochefort 10
  28. kolschboy

    kolschboy Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2003 North Carolina

    Septante 5, I believe it was 1978. By then though, I'd been drinking the Hacker Pschorr brands for a couple of years.
  29. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2012 Illinois

    Rochefort 10 and Arrogant Bastard. So many wasted years....
  30. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    blind pig, '96 in temecula
  31. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    KBS. It stills blows my mind
  32. Lordquackingstic

    Lordquackingstic Disciple (378) Jun 14, 2011 New York
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    Lagunitas Sucks. That stuff was amazing.
  33. kansascitytrader

    kansascitytrader Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2011 Kansas

    BB4D and R&D Kriek
  34. america2021

    america2021 Initiate (17) Feb 16, 2009 New York

    Barney flats oatmeal stout
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  35. queens1130

    queens1130 Initiate (109) Nov 21, 2008 California
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    most recent: bell's hopslam

    most mindblowing: stone sublimey self-righteous casked with columbus hops. i remember taking my first sip & being carried off into beer bliss. those first couple of sips i had no idea what was going on around me because it was that ridic good. never saw it again after that & will always compare every beer to that experience. *sigh* beer unicorn...
  36. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Bourbon County Vanilla

  37. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,163) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    new belgium sunshine wheat got me into craft a long time ago, paulaner octoberfest really raised the bar for sessionable craft for me, but ten fidy will ALWAYS be my dark mistress. she's the standard i always hold my imperials to.
  38. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    First ever "mind blower" was Two Hearted. That was long, long ago. I used to drink Guinness and sometimes Sierra Nevada back in the nineties and though I like SN, it wasn't until I had my first TH that I was like, "wow, that is awesome". The next beer that did it for me was many years later and it was Supplication...opened up a whole new world.
  39. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (276) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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  40. Gary79

    Gary79 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2011 Michigan

    When I first tried Bourbon County Stout. I couldn't believe the flavor. That was about a year ago. Last week I tried Firestone Walker Abacus. Holy crap that stuff is good. Anyone else in the mood for a bourbon aged barleywine? Can't wait for Kuhnhenn winter solestic.
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