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Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 9, 2012.

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  1. Thedrizzle

    Thedrizzle Defender (657) Sep 10, 2012 Florida
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  2. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (850) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    I got a six pack of fresh Sculpin recently, as it just finally came to Miami.
    Don't get me wrong, it is really tasty. But with the reviews it gets, I was expecting the best IPA (excluding DIPAs) I have ever tasted, and it simply isn't. There are a few I would rank higher.
    Also, it costs $14.99 for a sixer. Seriously?
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  3. wildyeast

    wildyeast Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2006 Maryland

  4. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois


    (disclaimer: :stuck_out_tongue: )
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  5. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Lagunitas sucks... Sucks. THERE I SAID IT.
  6. hornsup

    hornsup Disciple (324) Nov 29, 2012 Virginia
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    I was expecting a ton out of hopslam looking at everyone trying to trade for it and I wasnt impressed it was good, not great. I can name at least 8-10 IPAs/DIPAs I'd drink over it anyday.

    Ten FIDY
  7. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (728) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    BA old Rasputin. Was that a pickle barrel it was aged in?
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  8. DonDrooge

    DonDrooge Initiate (153) Mar 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Completely agree. I was pretty bummed out about this one
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  9. MogwaiAreDangerous

    MogwaiAreDangerous Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013

    For me it's Zombie Dust. Smelled great, but had a strong overtone of grassiness in the taste that baffled me.
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  10. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island


    Awesome IPA, but not deserving of the hype I have seen here.

    This is of course not to say I didn't I enjoy it. I very much did. It just didn't blow me away as I was somewhat expecting. Folks may think that's why it underwhelmed me in the first place (because I was expecting a lot of it). However, I was expecting a lot of Gandhi Bot, Ruination 10th Anniversary and of Heady and all of those delivered.
  11. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (529) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Any beer from The Bruery.
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  12. kbtstone

    kbtstone Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 Connecticut

    Just back from a trip to VT. The Heady Topper sampled at the brewery was excellent. Could not find any for purchase on the weekend. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy and Lawson's Finest Liquids Chinooker'd were just as good. Tried Old Rasputin on tap in Montpelier. It was WAY better than in the bottle. Most underwhelming for me would be North Coast Old Rasputin. (bottle only) Too each his own!
  13. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    I don't even put Heady Topper in my top 5 DIPA's. I've had it twice, and was not impressed. It is still a solid DIPA, but not nearly worth the hype.
  14. JohnB311

    JohnB311 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 Massachusetts

  15. Gassygunslinger

    Gassygunslinger Initiate (23) Dec 20, 2012 Maine

    Madruga Obscura. While not hyped per se, it has some great reviews. I just wish that I had read them beforehand. I expected a barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout. What I got was a sour ale. I don't like sour ales. Why the bottle's tasting notes don't include any heads up to its sour nature is beyond me. It mentions that it's, "Brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops", but no mention of the sour. Bad labeling job. And very disappointing if you're looking for a baltic porter.
  16. jefe96

    jefe96 Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2007 Maryland

    Nugget Nectar. It's good and I'm sure I'll buy a 6 pack or two when I see it, but I don't get people hoarding it and counting down the days til it arrives. To me it's sort of bland and not really hoppy or bitter.

    Pliny. Had it and it was very good, but again I don't get the insane craziness that some people go to to get their hands on this beer. Plenty other DIPA's readily available by me that are just as good or better.

    Palate Wrecker. I enjoy stuff from Green Flash and this was very good, but I was expecting more. My palate wasn't wrecked enough.
  17. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    On one hand I agree that mentioning "sour" on the label would be helpful.
    On another hand, JP sours everything they make so you could have assumed.
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  18. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    you should do stand up
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  19. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    LOVE the smell. i'd bathe in the stuff. wouldn't agree that it sucks, but the taste leaves me.....underwhelmed!
  20. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I'd go with Rochefort 8. Love 10 and 12, but 8 was way too roasty for me.

    Also- anything Magic Hat... Not impressed after the first 5 or 6 beers I've tried.
  21. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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  22. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,248) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, Hopslam, Stone RIS, Not too sure if Arcadia's Hop Rocket was highly acclaimed but that was a terrible beer.
  23. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    Against my better judgement I am drinking a Ruthless Rye again, and by Boy, this beer blows.

    Yeah I know it's not overly well regarded, but I loathe it. Horrible combination of flavors. Citrate does not belong in this brew
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  24. thecraftbeerworld

    thecraftbeerworld Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013

    Stone IPA; my palate is too new to craft beer to like something that hoppy.

    P.S. You know you want to read this: www.thecraftbeerworld.com
  25. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    I really don't care for Darklord as much as I thought I would. That said I will still drink one anytime, just not up
    to all the hype I guess. I would like to try the other variations of it though.
  26. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,575) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    uh oh. here we go...

    HOTD Matt (acutally horrible)
    Wisconsin Belgian Red (Very Bad)

    Now onto the solid-but nothing great about them brews...just plain underwhelmed by...

    Dead Guy and Double Dead Guy
    Fat Heads Head Hunter
    Columbus IPA and Bohdi DIPA
    Bells 2 hearted
    Bells Hopslam
    Founders KBS
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Stone IPA
    Rochefort 10
    Bruery Black Tuesday
    Selins Grove Phoenix Kriek
    Green Flash Silva Stout
    COAST Boy King
    Westvelteren 8
    East End Toaster
    Ithaca LeBleu
    Great Lakes Nosferatu

    sure there's a pretty long list- BUT everyone's tastes are different and for most of the breweries listed above I like some of their other brews much much better than their most popular beer in the beer geek community. (ex. I love Founders Imperial Stout, Backwoods Bastard, and Centennial IPA- I just dont see the big deal with their coffee stouts)
  27. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,575) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    I really like the difference of opinion- I am seeing Stone IRS and Nugger Nectar come up a lot- they are pretty much my two favorite easy to find-shelf beers
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  28. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    ...Do you... like... any beer????
  29. dougbehn

    dougbehn Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Ohio

    agree and have a Black Ops 2011 cellaring for a special occaision
  30. dougbehn

    dougbehn Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Ohio

    had a 2009 dark lord that was the best stout ever in my life
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  31. dougbehn

    dougbehn Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Ohio

    TF DN is good stuff
  32. Chaney

    Chaney Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Parabola - Big FW fan, but it's never really worked for me.
    Lost Abbey Angel Share (Brandy & Bourbon) - Simply too chalky for my tastes. Not pleasant.
    Olde Hickory Death By Hops - Drain pour.
    Devil Dancer - Not horrible, but I don't feel the love from this one the way my close beer geek friends do.
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    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    Sucaba???........ Come on Man!!
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  34. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    I've heard about the legendary '09. '11 and '12 were garbage. :slight_frown:
  35. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Backwoods bastard

    All good, just not great.

    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    Damn! I wish you had some CBS to trade!
  37. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois


    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    Loosely translated: I HATE BEER!
  39. StylzMC

    StylzMC Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2012 Yukon (Canada)

  40. CNR76

    CNR76 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2012 California

    I was actually disappointed with '12 Abyss.

    Parabola, BCBS on another level compared to Abyss IMO.
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