First beer to blow your mind.

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  1. howard12

    howard12 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Pennsylvania

    When I was younger, like 10 12 years ago, I started with SNPA and HopDevil. More recently, Backwoods Bastard and Hopslam have blown my mind.
  2. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (16,444) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Founders Breakfast Stout. I still remember my first experience, almost 2 years ago.
  3. nas4atu

    nas4atu Aspirant (258) Dec 3, 2011 North Carolina
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    I think it would have to be OHB Event Horizon...that beer absolutely floored me. Its still my absolute favorite beer to this day.
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  4. markmiller

    markmiller Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 New York
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    Before I got into craft beers: Ithaca Flower Power

    After I got into craft: Rochefort 10.

    Honorable mention: Southern Tier Choklat. While it is a great beer itself, I simply did not expect the taste to be so different and amazing.
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  5. iL0VEbeer

    iL0VEbeer Defender (637) Oct 4, 2011 New Jersey
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    Probably Pliny the Elder and Hopslam. I was lucky enough to try them both for the first time on the same night (multiple glasses, side by side), and they were on tap! My mind was blown for sure.
  6. egrace84

    egrace84 Savant (949) Mar 25, 2012 Illinois
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    It was Bourbon County Stout and Zombie Dust that actually " blew my mind"
  7. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
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    First to blow my mind = St. Bernardus Tripel - got me started visiting my local bottle shop for craft beer

    Most recent = Ten Fidy

    Only beer where I've ever said "Holy Fuck" out loud = Cantillon Classic Gueuze - hooked me on sours
  8. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    So true!! Dead Guy is always a great sixer, and a great gateway for your BMC friends. I've converted 3 people with it!!
  9. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Can't disagree with that assessment. Wow really amazed by how tasty it was, just this past November.
  10. drperry11

    drperry11 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    Before I loved craft beer hoegaarden for sure
  11. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Disciple (390) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
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    Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - 1987. Stone's Ruination IPA - 2010.
  12. ChrisMetcalfe

    ChrisMetcalfe Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2012 South Carolina

    Hopslam, Mexican Cake, Evil Twin soft DK
  13. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    there are several, Surly Furious opened me up to utlra hoppy beers, Abyss opened me up to ultra complex and amazing stouts and Surly Five made me want to try every sour beer ever!
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  14. BoRaeCho

    BoRaeCho Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2010 California

    Moosehead Lager when I was 16. Before that it was Bud, Bud Lite, Busch, King Cobra, and Dos Equis from Juarez MX bars.
  15. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Disciple (335) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota
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    BCBS '07. I was into stouts, but I had no idea a beer like that could exist.
  16. Streetcore

    Streetcore Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2010 Massachusetts

  17. bobbidylan

    bobbidylan Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2010 Florida

    Cigar City Hunahpu all day!!!! I drank so much of that at Hunahpu Day I had the runs that night.
  18. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Sammy Smith Impy Stout. I got a bottle on my very first beer trip to Bevmo, and I had never ever even had a stout of any kind before. I remembering pouring the beer into the only beer glass I had at the time, a pilsner glass, and at first I tasted the impressively large tan head, and it had so much complexity going on. And then I tasted the rest, and so much seemed to be going on that I briefly closed my eyes and smiled, sighing. Funny thing is that I've never quite experienced that since, or again with the same beer.
  19. jimmy666

    jimmy666 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2010 Maryland

    <-----------this second one was Chimay blue :slight_smile:
  20. redcap45

    redcap45 Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2012

    I am probably aging myself but it would have to be Anchor Steam, way back when, in San Francisco.
  21. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (132) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    This is a really, really tough call. But, two beers instantly came to mind. The first, a cliche, is PtE. It's fairly easy to get in Seattle (where I learned to love beer), but it was probably my first Beer True Love and taught me that I do, indeed, love hops. The second is La Folie. It was my introduction to sour beers, and made me go "I didn't know beer could be like this!" which very quickly started a mad love affair.

    Shoot, as I was typing that, I remembered my first glass of Cascade Blackberry Nightfall. New Year's Eve 2009/2010. I remember saying something along the lines of "holy shit this is the most amazing beer ever."
  22. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (580) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    White Birch Barrel -aged something or other (does it really matter which one?)

    Had it at a tasting 3 yrs ago & it was so unbelievably bad, I've sworn off BA beers ever since. Admittedly I had several BA clunkers in a row but WB 's was the worst. Compounding the issue was that this abomination was selling tot $15 per bomber & had good reviews on BA. Started my crusade against over -priced crappy beer. :open_mouth:)
  23. bhir

    bhir Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2011 Pennsylvania

    First it was Hopslam, then FBS. Most recently had to be FW15 and Heady.
  24. Aml42000

    Aml42000 Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2011 Washington

    I'm going to show my age here, in college back in the early 90's, I worked at an organic deli. I thought fancy beer was simply imports. Corona, Becks, Molson etc. One of the guys who owned the deli told me that for $20, I could come to an after hours party where he was bringing "serious beer".

    Sierra Nevada Pale and Porter, Pete's Wicked, Sam Adams Boston Lager and New Belgium Fat Tire. My mind was blown. This was in Norman, OK back in the day and none of this was available there. They would drive down to Dallas and pick some up. I rode along on the next run and scraped together enough $$ for a mixed sixer, a bomber of New Belgium Abbey and a short bottle of Chimay red.

    That was almost 20 years ago and I'm still drinking and seeking this stuff out.
  25. cbutova

    cbutova Poo-Bah (3,497) Oct 10, 2008 Massachusetts
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    First to truly blow my mind was Peche Mortel on-tap in Montreal before I was even 21, it all started then.

    DBCOACHEMUP Initiate (161) Dec 16, 2011 Illinois
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    Stone Double Bastard was what started everything for me. Mind blown recently by FW XV on tap, and from a bottle Bigfoot '12. Love being surprised by beer all the time!
  27. nawset

    nawset Initiate (148) Mar 19, 2011 New Hampshire

    90 minute at a fun summer wedding. Had tons of beer before but this was the first that stopped me in my tracks.
  28. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
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    ommegang abbey ale. i moved to the US from australia nearly 8 years ago and the coopers range was about the best beer i'd ever had. one day in philly at the pizza shop i splashed out on a 'big bottle' that was lurking in the corner of the cooler. so many flavors that i hadn't experienced in a beer. after that i was hooked.
  29. LiquidDegenerate

    LiquidDegenerate Aspirant (225) Nov 22, 2011 Florida
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    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Sounded good when I first saw it on the shelf, tried it and hot damn! No looking back.
  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,336) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Probably Ommegang Ommegeddon for me. It was the first time I'd had a beer and my response was, "Wow. Wow . . . okay, wow." You know when you taste a beer, and try to take it slow because you want to savor it and dissect it, but you can't because it's so fucking good? Ommegeddon was the first time that happened for me.

    Since then . . . Nugget Nectar, Heady Topper, Dark Matter, Piraat, De Graal SloCK, not sure what else. But yeah, Ommegeddon made a huge impression on me.
  31. Swim424

    Swim424 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2011 Florida

    Hopslam has done it for me to
  32. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Sam Adams Cream Stout. It was the first beer that had enough complexity to it to make me raise an eyebrow. Still a very solid beer in my opinion.
  33. HangingJohnny

    HangingJohnny Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2012 Florida

    Sweetwater IPA. I'd just turned 21, and although I lived in Canada for a while and was able to drink their I never had a favorite when it came to beer. I'd had IPA's before but it was a long time ago and I'm guessing I was too drunk to notice the flavor. SO much flavor, the bitterness, the availability, the look on my friends' face when they try it and fake vomit.. In the month and a half since I've been 21 I've had so many IPA's I can't even count... Although I like others better (Two Hearted Ale, Alexander Keiths IPA), sweetwater is the first beer that made me go wholly shit!
    This is my first ever post on beer advocate, If you have any advice on how to do reviews let me know, I love drinking a new beer and then checking out the feedback for it on this site.
  34. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (452) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    Hmm well I did have Chimay Blue, six months ago which was awesome and the second one just a month ago was Avery Mephistopholes Stout, which really f'ing blew my mind! :grinning:
  35. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2011 Illinois

    First beer that wowed me was a Chimay Grand Reserve on my 21st birthday. Been hooked on craft ever since.
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  36. Angst

    Angst Initiate (175) Nov 8, 2007 California
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    Mine was the St. Bernardus 60th. Both are phenomenal beers!
  37. breweski15

    breweski15 Aspirant (208) Jul 13, 2009 Michigan

    was going to say the same thing, trying that on draft for the first time was just the beginning for me
  38. BrownNut

    BrownNut Devotee (428) Jul 11, 2011 Florida

    Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout are what made me realize how good beer could be, rescuing me from college crap beer, but once past that transitional zone, Nogne O God Jul was the first that made me say GOD DAMN! The next bottle was nowhere near as good, sadly. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye made me sit up and go bazoom-zinnng and clap. Rochefort 6 made me actually chuckle with delight and admiration. Rogue Double Chocolate surprised me with its art.
  39. ffenski

    ffenski Initiate (27) Apr 24, 2008 Ohio

    Kentucky Breakfast Stout was, when I first tasted it, such a well-rounded, balanced and flavorful beer. Still is.

    And very nice avatar, my friend!
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  40. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Zealot (590) Apr 5, 2009 Oregon

    BCBS [2008] was the first brew to amaze me as well- such a nicely-layered, booze-infused imperial stout (my first barrel-aged imperial stout, I believe). Another beer that I can vividly recollect is Deschutes' Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror at Holiday Ale Fest '09. Ridiculously good!!
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