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First beer to blow your mind.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ledzeppelin4, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. drgarage

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    It was two beers on the same night from the same brewer, so it's hard for me to name one above the other: Alesmith Grand Cru and Horny Devil. The Cru was technically first, so I guess I have to give it to that one. It was February 2005 in Holland, Michigan, so they had come a long way, and they were so much better than anything I'd had even in Michigan that my eyes shot out of my head. Of course, I hadn't had anything rare from Founder's or Bell's yet, just the regular, really good stuff they offered.

    I mean, the way the Devil smells like Froot Loops! How was that possible!?
     
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  3. lulualbesaid

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    Lagunitas Maximus.
     
  4. VaTechHopHead

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    2009 Dark Lord. I tried it less than a year after getting into craft beer, turned my world upside down.
     
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    I would have to say St. Bernardus abt. 12 and Stone IRS. Both still remain as two of my all time favorite beers.
     
  6. yankeefan287

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    For me it's Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. When I was first starting to get into craft beer in Baltimore I had this and was like what is this magnificient creation! Since then Heady Topper had a similiar effect recently.
     
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    La Fin Du Monde...
     
  8. nate8767

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    Rolling Rock. Blew my mind in a bad way. That was the first beer I ever had and I didn't drink another beer for a year and a half.
     
  9. TongoRad

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    I was a pretty experienced with smoked beers by the time I had my first Schlenkerla. Surprisingly it wasn't my first- I was drinking a lot of Rauchenfels, Alaskan Smoked Porter, that Rogue Chipotle thing, and my own smoked beers by then. Still...that first Urbock exceeded expectations and then some. I still get it regularly to this day, and it knocks my socks off every time. And I rarely look elsewhere for the smoke fix anymore.
     
  10. infi

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    First one was SA Summer Ale. But most recently was this past Wednesday, on my birthday. Bear Republic Altered Beast. My mind was blown.
     
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    The Beast. I had no idea beer could taste like that until then.
     
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    Hopslam.
     
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    Franziskaner Hefe-Weisen

    It was the first non-North American beer I sampled when I got stationed in Hanau, Germany (West Germany at the time). I remember it very well as it was amazingly different from what I was used to.
     
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    DFH 90 and Burton Baton!
     
  16. darkmoon66

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    Oaked Arrogant Bastard on draft really opened my eyes and brought me fully on board the craft beer train (I had been dabbling for a while with Fat Tire/Boston Lager/SN Pale Ale).

    First beer to really blow my mind and make me think "Wow I didn't know beer could be this good" was Black Tuesday.
     
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    Maredsous 8. I didn't even know what a Belgian beer was at the time.
     
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    The very first was probably PtE.
     
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    HOTD Adam. No beer has blown my mind like that one did
     
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    Chimay Grand Reserve, complex yet clean. Still one of my top 3 (KBS / Short's AA)
     
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    Aventinus for sure, still say that same phrase when that 1st sip hits "OMG, this is excellent." Runner's up that had me utter that phrase as well St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout and the mighty La Chouffe.
     
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    Recently my mind was pretty blown watching an IPA on nitro be poured. IT was unreal seeing the head form on a beer that style.
     
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  23. BasterdInABasket

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    Hop Stoopid was one of the first DIPAs Id tried and blew me away at the time, since then its been Hopslam this past year for the first time and CW Fourteen Fourteen.
     
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    I was a young lad, when I first tasted the goodness of Falstaff. I said (paraphrased) "I think I love beer)". Many beers have come and gone, many have turned me on, and many have "blown my mind". Many dead brain cells later, I can still say "I think I love beer".
     
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    I already "liked" this but I would like to like it again :)
     
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    Surly Darkness. It blew my mind, like my taste buds were on acid and I could taste a rainbow.
     
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    Samuel Smith's Nut Brown
     
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    Hmmm either Hop Stoopid or Ruination. I can't remember which one I had first. I do remember I had them the same week when I was first getting into craft. Either way, both blew my mind with how good hops can taste. They have never tasted as good since those beers. Oh well. I guess that happens once you get use to the hops in beer. Cheers.
     
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    Flower Power. I remember thinking, man this is good shit.
     
  30. BilbosNuts

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    When I was first getting into craft beers, I tried Rogue Dead Guy and thought it was an orgiastic feast for the senses. Still one of my go to beers for a cheap sixer.
     
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    The first one that made stand back and go ......wow was Alpine Nelson, the nose, the flavor profile and just the overall complexity told me there was something to this craft brew thing.

    Cheers....
     
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    Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale!!! I had this for the first time back in 2006 and it was a real "Oh My" experience!! Prob still my favorite brew!!! I was very disappointed when GLBC made this a seasonal but I think not being able to have it all year has kept it still being my favorite brew!!!!

    Stone IPA is a close second!! I had this fresh for the first time when I visited their brewery last August and it was another "Oh My" experience!!! The aroma of this beer fresh is amazing!!
     
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    It had to be either Southern Tier Creme Brulee or New Glarus Belgian Red
     
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    going back to about 1989-90ish, Elm City (New Haven) Ale was pure candy deliciousness. Ron Page really had something dialed in back then. (what is he even doing these days?) At the time, the only real options in the craft market were Sam Adams, Anchor and Sierra Nevada. Sierra Stout and Porter, especially, because they were so different than any previously available "good" beers like Lowenbrau Zurich, St Pauli, Becks etc. But those were all lagers and ales seemed so new and innovative to me. (Even Pete's Wicked was fresh and new and delicious when it first came out!.) All of those were excellent but the Elm City offerings were super local, super fresh, super wow. They had a dark ale called Blackwell Stout. I think that was my first WOW with a capital "W".

    After that, it was Ipswich Oatmeal Stout and Ipswich Porter. They were sold in 1litre flip tops and they freakin ruled! There have been so many deep explorations into individual WOW beers since but those are my first memories. So there you have it, from what feels like an "old timer" POV.
     
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    Hopslam and Bourbon County Stout

    I had been into craft beer for a while when I had both of these but they both overwhelmed me. I couldnt believe how good they were. They are both still in my top 5.
     
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    For me, it was an old beer that I don't think is even made anymore ... Pete's Gold Coast Lager.
     
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    to answer my own question, Ron is Brewmaster at City Steam In Hartford now
     
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    probably mike mcdoles sam adams longshot PTE clone (and i didnt have that much ipa experience at that point)

    honorable mention: 2009 bigfoot (also wasnt use to hops), stone ruination

    also victory prima pils for the first time on a hot summer night

    dogfishhead90, samual smiths oatmeal stout

    but no beer has really blown my mind recently or even the past couple years
     
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