First beer to blow your mind.

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  1. bcm119

    bcm119 Disciple (343) Feb 17, 2001 California

    I'll go with Bullfrog IPA, of the brewpub of the same name, Williamsport PA, c. 1997.

    That or Hop Devil.
     
  2. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (608) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Bourbon County Vanilla. Seriously, best imperial stout I've had to date, and that includes Rare. Vanilla just does something to my tastebuds that nothing else has even come close to touching.
     
  3. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Disciple (371) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan
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    Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
     
  4. emagdnim13

    emagdnim13 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    2008 Matilda, drank with about 6 months on it. It was so incredible I couldn't believe it.

    I have never had another one that was nearly as good.
     
  5. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    I count Urbock as up there with some of the best beer experiences I've had...
     
  6. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Hate to say it...but for me, it was Camo. I went to high school in Las Vegas, and Camo was the one beer that could get you (and the girl I was trying to get with) messed up for cheap. So that made me say "Oh... My... God...This Is excellent!" My HS days were a blast and I wouldn't defame Camo one bit... Wouldn't drink that shit now though. Only posted because it blew my mind at the time. Cheers!
     
  7. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Disciple (383) Apr 29, 2012 Colorado
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    I've been drinking beer for a long time. And I thought I had been drinking some really good beers.
    Until I tried GI Bourbon County Stout on tap at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA 2 years ago. A whole new beer world opened up and I haven't looked back. All the beers I thought were good dropped about 7 notches.

    That beer was immediately followed up by Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel's Share on tap. Still one of my favorites. Though for some reason in bottle it isn't as good as tap. A weird sour tinge at the end.

    Anyway ... BCBS was it for me
     
  8. cmannes

    cmannes Disciple (370) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota
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    I confess that part of the mind blowing was location & hype.

    My wife and I were at a pub in Brussels. And low and behold, on the menu they listed Westvleteren 12. Morally, I knew they weren't supposed to be selling it. But here I am in this beautiful old historic pub, in Brussels, and I'm drinking a fine chalice of one of the reported best beers in the world. I was and still am in Awe of that moment.

    Of course, now I want to drink a bottle of Westy in my basement, see what it's like once I eliminate the location & hype. :)
     
  9. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (467) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Gonzo Imperial Porter!
     
  10. CrazyMike

    CrazyMike Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2005 Alberta (Canada)

    Duvel, made me realize there's more to beer then Molson Canadian or Becks.
     
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  11. TheBeerologist

    TheBeerologist Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2011 Rhode Island

    Most recently it was Dynamo Hum. This is the beer that turned me onto sours and has opened up a whole new world of beer to me.
     
  12. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (608) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Damn good beer to start with :p
     
  13. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 New York

    After years and years and years of Budweiser, I tried a DFH 90. The rest is history.
     
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  14. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Meyvn (1,420) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    Nelson
     
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  15. Shoo65

    Shoo65 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Indiana
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    Brian Boru from the floyds, now I spend my paychecks on beer
     
  16. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Three Philosophers. Still my favorite beer.
     
  17. DirtyPenny

    DirtyPenny Initiate (0) Jun 25, 2011 Massachusetts

    Ruination was my first IIPA and had a similar effect on me. Blew my mind like a hooker with a psych degree.
     
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  18. MarcM

    MarcM Initiate (129) Aug 19, 2011 California

    Back in '98 or so I was at an open bar event. The most expensive beer on the list was Chimay Red, which I had never heard of at the time, so of course I ordered it and was like "wow, this is the best beer I've ever had."
     
  19. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    Old Rasputin!
     
  20. w_klon

    w_klon Initiate (183) Aug 1, 2012 Oregon
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    Rochefort 10 like 5 months ago
     
  21. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

  22. RStang13

    RStang13 Initiate (105) Jun 22, 2011 New Jersey
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    I had been drinking my dads homebrew, SNPA, Guiness, Yeungling, Blue Moon and the like through college but my life forever changed the night of my 21st birthday. All the guys in my family toured Flying Fish in the morning and headed out to Philly for the night. First of many amazing stops that night was Monk's for dinner and a few fine beverages. A pot of mussels and a Kwak out of the legit glassware changed me forever. Since revisiting it, certainly not as earth shattering but totally blew my mind that night.
     
  23. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,308) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Actually without knowing it I was drinking craft beers a far back as 1975 or so. When i was stationed I Camp Lejeune I would pick up Pils Urquell and the like, mostly German brews. I was toddling along happy with Hop Devil, DFH 60, two Hearted and the like, then along came my first Hopslam. It was so freaking amazing that any brew could taste like that, it's been down hill for that same rush ever since. You hit a few here and there like HT and KBS, but your always chasing that next beer high, or at least I am..
     
  24. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    Williamsburg AleWerks - Rapadou Porter

    I'll never forget that beer. It was the richest thing I've ever drank. Wall to wall unrefined sugar, raisins, and malt.

    I think it was a 2007 bottle, perhaps?

    I still have one, and I'll be damned if it's not one of the best beers I've ever had.
     
  25. Nutwood

    Nutwood Aspirant (232) Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    Tripel Karmeliet was a recent one. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace gave me goosesflesh too.
     
  26. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Rogue Maple Bacon Donut blew my mind as to how someone would bottle and try to sell such a shitty beer.
     
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  27. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (733) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    A question with two answers.
    Colt 45 tall boys - got drunk on 2 in high school.
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo - discovered IPAs several years ago.

    Both were mind blowers.
     
  28. mwvickers

    mwvickers Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head. One of the first non AAL beers I ever had. Before that I had no idea beer was more than just yellow and fizzy.
     
  29. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (487) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Every bottle of batch 5 keeps blowing me away. I just had batch 2 and 3 but they dont hold a candle to batch 5
     
  30. celfan

    celfan Disciple (321) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    Newman's Albany Amber Ale. Some say it was the first microbrewery east of Boulder. Dumpy little building in downtown Albany. Circa 1980.

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    The William S. Newman Brewing Company, named after master brewer Bill Newman, was founded in 1981. Newman apparently learned his craft in England and brought brewing to, well, downtown Albany, at 84 Chestnut Street - about a block away from Empire State Plaza. Aside from the aforementioned "Albany Amber," he brewed a Pale Ale.

    It was the first microbrewery east of Colorado, apparently. Among those working there? Jim Koch, who would later go on to found the little-known Samuel Adams in Boston. Of Newman, Jim notes:

    These little microbreweries were starting up and that really got my interest. I actually worked in Bill Newman's brewery in Albany. He was the first guy who started a microbrewery east of Boulder. I came away thinking, OK, the idea is right. I knew that it was possible to make world-class beer here in the United States.
     
  31. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    Brooklyn Local 1
     
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  32. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Ruination. Pretty early on in my transition to craft beer. I'd had maybe one other DIPA before, but this made my mouth water.
     
  33. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (239) Jul 12, 2012 California

    It was Rochfort 10 in a really cool basement bar in Brugge. We asked the young owner (who was playing some heavy Chicago blues) for his favorite and he pulled these out. Done deal ever since.
     
  34. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    KBS. It was my first BA stout and it blew my mind.
     
  35. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (310) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    Brandy Barrel Aged Vanilla Dark Lord. I've had lots of amazing BA stouts before that beer, but that particular one just blew me away.
     
  36. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    For me it was BA Tungusta / BA Jackhammer during Ogrefest. They're the reason I like BBA beers for sure!
     
  37. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,295) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Great Lakes Alberta Clipper. I had no idea a roasty porter could even be fruity, sweet, and still really good. Id never heard of it, and just ordered since I was at the brewery and they didnt distribute it. holy hell was I surprised.
     
  38. w_klon

    w_klon Initiate (183) Aug 1, 2012 Oregon
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    At first, all i read was 'Rogue Maple Bacon Donut blew my mind..." and thought, Hell no! Then i read the rest i was like, Agreed :cool:
     
  39. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

  40. chardlogic

    chardlogic Aspirant (261) Feb 18, 2011 Florida
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    Zhukov, then months later Hunahpu, then a year later Apple Brandy Hunahpu.
     
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