Highest ABV 12 packs

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  1. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I just saw an announcement that Terrapin is going to be putting out 12 packs of Hopsecutioner. It surprised me, because this is a 7.3% beer. That is really only a few tenths of a percent away from some beers being classified as DIPAs. So it got me thinking and besides Torpedo, at 7.2%, I can't think of any other beer in that ABV range that comes in 12 packs.

    What are some of the highest ABV beers that you have seen come in 12 packs?
  2. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    Southern Tier Superpack

    Unearthly 9.5
    Iniquity 9.0
    2xIPA 8.2

    Great bargain. All solid beers.
  3. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Spaten Optimator 7.6%
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  4. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    If I'm not mistaken bourbon county bombers come in 12 packs
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  5. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

    Came here to say this. 12oz unearthlys are sweeeet!
  6. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    OK, not bombers, because yes a case of bombers is technically 12. I meant regular 12x12 oz.
  7. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    That Southern Tier Superpack is a mix pack (and yes, quite a deal), but I was asking about a singular high ABV beer 12 pack. Optimator is definitely one, but still curious more from a marketing perspective what other US craft breweries may be doing this.

    And 12x12oz and just beer.
  8. 46and2

    46and2 Initiate (152) Mar 28, 2008 Minnesota
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    I buy Brown Shuggah by the 24 pack at 9.9%...
  9. BeastLU

    BeastLU Disciple (326) Dec 20, 2012 Virginia

  10. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

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  11. Tidesox28

    Tidesox28 Disciple (344) Apr 21, 2013 Maine
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    I've only seen in fours.
  12. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Not cases, as many things can be bought by the normal 24 case. There is a marketing aspect to 12 packs that I am trying to figure out how often a single high ABV American craft beer has been sold this way.
  13. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I had to Google image this because I have never seen it, but yes this is exactly what I am talking about. Can't believe that I have never seen this given how many places I have been that sold Oscar Blues over the years, so this packaging must be limited to certain regions.
  14. McDiddyPop

    McDiddyPop Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2008 Florida
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    Bud Light Platinum. 6.0%
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  15. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    Nationally available at 6.8%...

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  16. AndyP612

    AndyP612 Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Illinois

    Torpedo is bigger at 7.2. I know splitting hairs but it's year round.
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  17. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    You are correct on both points but I like my Celebration 12 packs, cheers!
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  18. Captstrapper

    Captstrapper Initiate (157) Nov 19, 2011 Vermont
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    Victory Storm King Stout 9.1%
    Victory Golden Monkey 9.5%
    Victory Old horizontal 11.0% (Though it's not been made in a couple years)
    Sorry 6packs or cases.
  19. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,258) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Dogfish Head had a mixed 12 several years ago with (IIRC) 6 - 60's, 3 - 90's and 3 -120's
  20. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    They sell Long Trail Double Bag 12 packs in my neck of the woods (7.2%) and there's always Torpedo, which I think is also 7.2%.
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  21. Christopper

    Christopper Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 New York

    where do you buy Unearthly by the 12'er? Or Iniquity for that matter? Just wondering because here in Buffalo, I've never seen it.
  22. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York


    They probably carry it at Premier. I don't know how often they produce the superpack (quarterly, monthly, etc.) but I've seen it around Rochester recently.
  23. ncstateplaya

    ncstateplaya Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2008 North Carolina

    New Belgium offers Ranger in a 12-pack...OF CANS!!!
    Plus that Brown and Green box is sexy as hell.
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  24. racer2k

    racer2k Devotee (412) May 21, 2004 Massachusetts

    That is bottled / canned water though..this is a beer forum...
  25. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    This is a mixed pack that Mark was talking about, not a 12 pack of any of them individually.
  26. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Are you referring to these showing up as part of mixed 12 packs? I can't find any reference to any of these having ever been released as their own, exclusive, 12 packs. Usually, things like Google images will have them from beer fans and from images that had been used for advertising purposes.
  27. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas, 8%
  28. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,934) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I saw the last line of his reply ("Sorry 6packs or cases.") and understood it to indicate that indeed, those brands were 6-pack N.R. or full-case purchase (e.g. in Pennsylvania), only, rather than being available in 12-pack N.R.

    I've been poking my nose around the industry long enough and have never known any of those Victory labels to have been packaged in the standard (case-equivalent) 2x12-pack non-returnable format. In fact, seeing as how the brands approximate MSRP has always been between $10 ~ and $15.00 USD it defies conventional retail logic that Victory would hand-package those weighty beers in a 2x12-pack N.R. package. :astonished:
  29. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Again, mixed and not single beer 12 backs. But if jesskidden is even stretching to mixed 12 packs, my guess is that there have been very few examples of a US craft beer >7%, being marketed in 12 packs. From this thread, it would seem that it has only been Old Chub, Torpedo and the upcoming Hopsecutioner 12 pack release.
  30. mfnmbvp

    mfnmbvp Poo-Bah (2,397) Nov 28, 2012 Illinois
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    Never seen a 12 pack of cans, but they definitely have 12 packs of bottles around here.
    I've been seeing a lot of Lagunitas IPA 12 packs also, although I don't know what abv that beer has offhand.
  31. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    I thought that was a joke name, until I looked it up. But that isn't a beer. Even their marketing calls it a margarita with only a "twist" of Bud Light Lime. I just threw up a little in my mouth.
  32. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (92) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Schell's Maifest is 6.9% and sold in 12ers.
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  33. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (92) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Looks like my information is wrong. I should've checked the Schell's website. It's listed as only 6.7%.
  34. Scotty

    Scotty Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Maryland

    Flying Dog sells their 'Raging Bitch' Belgian IPA (8.3%) in 12-packs. Exclusive to Maryland only though.
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  35. stickboy1125

    stickboy1125 Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2012 Virginia

    It's not 'light' either, 220 calories per 8 oz. can (330 per 12 oz.'s)
  36. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (92) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Another Schell's offering: This year's Snowstorm, which was a Biere de Noel, and it was 7.5%. The beer/style changes every year, so it won't available next year.
  37. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (620) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    I would love to find this! Not sure where it's distributed....
  38. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (4,825) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Maybe I'm missing something, but being from PA where beer distributors have to selll by the case (only bars and bottle shops sell 6 packs or singles) - isn't this just a distinction as to whether a beer is packaged in a single 24 bottle box (with or without internal 6 pack holders) or as two 12 bottle boxes that are held together on a cardboard flat?

    In other states are 12 packs really a popular size? With limited shelf space, do stores really stock 6 packs, 12 packs, and cases of the same beer?
  39. teraflx

    teraflx Zealot (551) Feb 4, 2013 Arizona

    I know , it's awesome! Ive only seen the 6 packs locally but I've seen the 12's in Cali a few times.

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  40. Psykhe

    Psykhe Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2010 Maryland

    The poor man's loon. Just look at that florid and, yet decidedly manly, color.

    Another higher abv malternative in 12 pks is Steel Reserve 211 (8.10% ABV).

    Craft-wise, Sierra Nevada's 2012 Beer Camp Variety Pack included Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Red, 9% and 8.1% respectively.
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