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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. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Can I dislike it more than once? Enjoy By is one of my favorite beers hands down. Nugget Nectar is a very solid beer also, but not in the same category. Also, the person who said HF earlier, BLASPHEMOUS! Kidding, but I can't see it. Every beer by them is one of the best I've had for each style.

    For me, I think recently it was Pliny. When I first had it I was like oh wow. Then a year later a few weeks ago having it on tap at Monk's in Philly I was underwhelmed (then got a 750 of Iris, made up for it). Pliny is a well brewed beer, but it is not a mind blower Not that it wasn't, but today with everyone taking a stab at that style, there's going to be better. So for that beer to still be so highly rated is beyond me.
  2. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    What DIPAs do you like? It's not like a lot of DIPAs, but it remains at the very top of the list for me. I've had it less than 24 hours old and I couldn't believe a beer could be that good.
  3. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Rochefort 10, it tasted like vomit when I had it. I need to drink another one in order to make a final verdict.
  4. Hermthegerm

    Hermthegerm Aspirant (264) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sucks is my current favorite. I like alchemy hour, Pte, hopslam, jai-alai (not DIPA I guess) and head hunter to name a few.

    I asked the guy I traded with if it was fresh and he said it was. I have another one coming this week so ill give it a 3rd attempt.
  5. 46andBrew

    46andBrew Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2011 Indiana

    Dark Lord. Too sweet for me.
  6. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Fresh Dark Lord...here's hoping some cellaring will bring it around.

    Lagunitas Sucks...bored me to tears.
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  7. juliusseizure

    juliusseizure Aspirant (262) Feb 11, 2009 New York
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    My first highly acclaimed drainpour was Marshall Zhukov. I tried it again the next day, to see if lower carbonation would help. I just felt like I rather be drinking water. Too sweet for me.
  8. Twodox

    Twodox Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Virginia

    BCBS> Very dissapointed after finally getting one. ALmost a drain pour....DFH Bitches Brew better than BCBS. I've brewed whisky stouts better than BCBS.
  9. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    ^^^lol Who'da thunk it?

  10. BourbonBarrelBeerBelly

    BourbonBarrelBeerBelly Initiate (71) Feb 13, 2013 Washington
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    I found the Old Rasputin Bourbon Barrel Stout to be a little underwhelming, especially for the price point. However, I found the 2013 Firestone Sucaba to be really good! Side note, I got my hands on some 2009 Older Viscosity today! Excited for that one!

    Best bourbon forward beers thus far... Bourbon County Stout - 10/10. Fremont Bourbon Abominable Ale - 10/10.
  11. sajaffe1

    sajaffe1 Aspirant (274) Feb 16, 2013 Utah

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  12. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    Delirium Tremens

    It was good, but not even close to deserving the hype it had at the time.
  13. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (446) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    Le Bleu. I've been underwhelmed by a lot of beers, but for the hype this was the biggest surprise let down.
  14. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Gotta say... I've never been horribly blown away by Founders Breakfast Stout.

    With all the praise around here, I thought I'd get my hair blown back! It's not a bad beer (probably an 8/10), but I just don't get the hype surrounding it. It's a nice coffee stout, but I can think of about 5 coffee stouts I'd have before it.
  15. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (834) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    fresh black tuesday...a hot mess.
  16. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (533) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Abrasive, was just not for me. Sucks I found OK, maybe good, but not great.
  17. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    I thought hop stupid was pretty bad
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  18. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Wait what?
    It's like 6 bux for a 22 oz.
  19. bobhits

    bobhits Meyvn (1,153) Oct 31, 2006 Kentucky

    7 for their 4 pack? I'm might see that as a top beer per buck at that. I think it's close to double that here.
  20. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,248) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    Harpoon Leviathan and Arcadia Hop Rocket were two of the worst IPA's I have ever had
  21. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Bitch whine bitch bitch whine 90 min bitch bitch whine...Just getting in on the action .
  22. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    I wasn't impressed the first time I had it... but god damn does it get better everytime I have a bottle.
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  23. Rfunk

    Rfunk Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 California

    120 Minute IPA was a big disappointment. However, Pliny the Younger was not.
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  24. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I gotta second the 120...cuz holy shit.
  25. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    That works.
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  26. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    I apologize for the fact that you and I don't have the same taste.

    In all seriousness though, this is what is kind of fun about this thread. Everyone has different tastes. I liked EnjoyBy, but not to the point as most others. Similarly, for the first time in my life ever, I've felt like a beer was not as good as it has been in year's past (Nugget Nectar). Also, it seems I'm in the rare camp that feels that Pliny the Elder is a more enjoyable beer than Heady Topper (which I still rate very very highly).

    Just goes to show ya - diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks!
  27. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    I had a similar experience. I liked it, but I was shocked to see it so far up the BA Top 250 list. Also, someone else mentioned Wookey Jack. I loved all the other FW beers that I've had and was surprised by how mediocre this one tasted to me.
  28. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah I'm glad. Imagine if everyone drinking Miller decided to love Heady Topper or any craft not Sam Adams and maybe Sierra Nevada for that matter. We'd never get any!
  29. lic217

    lic217 Champion (839) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    I am 90% sure it was at most 7 and change. I will check the next time I am in the store, but it was not even $10 I am sure of that.
  30. sbxx

    sbxx Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2011 Illinois

    Surly Abrasive

    I enjoy IPAs but this one, to me, is too bitter, too raw and... too Abrasive.. Lol

    Definitely not a bad beer by any means. It's just not for me.
  31. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    Sorry for the older thread bumping...

    But I seriously just tried Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue), and I could only think of this thread.

    I know this beer gets a lot of street cred on BA, and, being a fan of most Belgian/Belgian-style beers, I was looking forward to giving it a shot. After spending $11.50 on a bomber (!!!!!!) for the opportunity to try it, let's just say I was *really* looking forward to giving it a shot. Maybe it was just buyer's remorse, but this beer just does not do it for me. Partly it was the overcarbonation (good lord, I've felt less fizz in a Coors Light...is this normal?), and maybe it was the fact that clouds didn't part and angels didn't sing when I poured it into my snifter like I thought they might after reading some BA reviews. I wouldn't say I hate it...but I'm not looking forward to trying to finish the bottle (even with the help of a friend). Glad I tried it...but still disappointed by it.
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  32. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    I would say the only one that really shocked me was Dark Lord 2010.And I wasn't underwhelmed by it but I didn't find it much better then it's predecessor, was Older Viscosity.
  33. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,445) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Rochefort 8 and Chimay Blue

    both are clearly well-constructed beers ... both have tons of taste and character ... both are clearly not my style, and all I could think as I drank them was, "I will never drink this beer again."
  34. IPA1978

    IPA1978 Disciple (358) Aug 10, 2009 Missouri

    Considering its only 3.99 a 22oz bottle, hop stoopid is one of the best ipa`s.......
  35. IPA1978

    IPA1978 Disciple (358) Aug 10, 2009 Missouri

    Dogfish head 60, 90 and 120 minute ipa was the biggest beer disapointments I have ever had.
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  36. IPA1978

    IPA1978 Disciple (358) Aug 10, 2009 Missouri

    I was dissapointed in 12, but I have one ageing to try in a year or so
  37. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    Seriously...like...I appreciate some of their beers...and what they bring to the craft beer community as a whole...but they just don't do it for me for 12oz IPAs anymore...90 is decent...but other things make me happier overall.
  38. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I wouldn't say vomit... but it was a yawn for me... as was 8. No deisre to ever buy another bottle of either.
  39. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (392) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    This thread underwhelms me. Seems like every good beer has underwhelmed somebody. Could post this very opposite topic and get the very same results. Everything i read was a pretty decent beer. Too high of expectations I guess. Happened to me with Pliny the Elder. Had me worried, until plenty of beers exceeded my expectations. Sucks, nugget nectar, heady topper, every Stone beer, black butte porter, parabola, BA Old Rasputin, Siren Noir...too many to name. Just enjoy the beer.
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  40. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I've had it twice. The first time was amazing, the second time was not so good. Maybe it's one of those beers...
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