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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. brewbetter

    brewbetter Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    BCBS, Pliny, Westy12, Roch10, Pure Hoppiness... Just to name a few
  2. Antp

    Antp Oct 22, 2012 New York

    Anything by Stone
  3. aminobutyricacid

    aminobutyricacid Mar 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Hop Rod Rye. My friends kept mentioning how good they thought it was... maybe my bottle was old? I like Founders Red's Rye PA, so I don't think it's just the rye alone.
  4. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    :eek: Alpine is fantastic, unfortunately with no bottle dating, perhaps someone send you an over the hill bottle?
  5. marchoftheclouds

    marchoftheclouds Jun 5, 2010 Illinois

    Pliny. I've had two tasting parties. Nobody likes the smell or taste. I like grapefruit juice with my breakfast ... not in my beer.
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  6. brewbetter

    brewbetter Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I got all the bottles from the brewery. I loved Duet, Nelson, and Exponential, but Pure didn't do it for me. I understand there have been some issues with it, so I could have had a bad batch.
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  7. jacewg

    jacewg Jan 7, 2012 District of Columbia

    Agreed. Insanely harsh fresh. Give me Ten Fidy any day of the week.
  8. aasher

    aasher Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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  9. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Surprised to see Stone being brought up so much.
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  10. jacewg

    jacewg Jan 7, 2012 District of Columbia

    By the way. This is shaping up to be another thread that Sam Calagione sees and goes nuts over. "You just named every beer in the top 100!"
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  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Dark Lord
    Sexual Chocolate

    HUGE smoke and meat bombs. Just didnt like em.

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  12. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    He doesn't need to see this thread to goes nuts, he just does that naturally and spontaneously...
  13. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    I dont get that either. Stone RIS for 5.99 is a motherFN steal in the stout world.

  14. zach60614

    zach60614 May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    Surly Syx, just found it repulsive.
  15. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    I'll probably get some flack for this, but I gotta say Torpedo.

    It's good, and I love the 16 oz cans, and I'll pick it up every now and then if I'm in the mood for something cheap and hoppy, but I think people geek out way too much about it. It always tastes a little oxidized to me.

    Also, I have to echo sentiments about Founders. I'd like to try some of their other lineup but FBS, KBS, and Double Trouble were just missing something...like they just needed a little extra uumph to play with the big boys. Although, I have to qualify that Double Trouble was shipped to me over the summer from an online retailer, so most likely it wasn't in its peak condition. I'd like to try it fresh.
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  16. slangtruth

    slangtruth Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    Where you are, maybe. Cheapest I saw it here was $8.50, ie more than Ten Fidy.

    I'll join the chorus on Heady - it was good and I'll consider it again the day it's sitting on a shelf in a store I'm in, but I wouldn't drive ten miles to get it, let alone into the back of beyond.

    The other one for me was Nugget Nectar, but I wasn't awed by Lag Impy Red, either - maybe reds aren't for me.
  17. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    Dark Lord, Bourbon County Rare, Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain, Founders CBS, almost every Dogfish Head beer. I also agree that fresh Expedition Stout is tough to drink, but when aged it is top notch.
  18. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Apr 13, 2010 Texas

  19. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    But it was flat as hell, bland, and lacking a good flavor IMO.
  20. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Jul 12, 2012 Michigan
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    The drive alone is what makes Heady that much better! Absolutely gorgeous.
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  21. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    Another vote for blabaer. Good beer, by no means great.
  22. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    ...so, how many four packs did you get? :)
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  23. geocool

    geocool Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    The 1990s called, they want their "Highly acclaimed brews" back.
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  24. kotayk

    kotayk Feb 22, 2011 California

    I could not agree with you more -- Haters hate, if its not stone, its dfh or rouge.
    Plus its all subjective. So stop analyzing and drink good beer.
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  25. cpferris

    cpferris Jan 22, 2008 Indiana
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    A couple that pop into mind for me are:

    3F Malvasia Rosso

    Niether were bad, but just not as good as I expected given the reviews.
  26. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I don't care much for Stone IPA, but i like Ruination, and Sublimely Self Righteous is killer.
  27. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Ill give you DarkLord but really? BT and CR? What were you expecting from 19%?

  28. Lare453

    Lare453 Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    It was a brand new And fresh can. I liked it, I just don't think it's the greatest iipa in the world.
  29. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    If Heady isn't, then what is?
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  30. JrGtr

    JrGtr Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    PtE. I've tried it a couple times now, and while it was very good, it wasn't the "angels singing" experience most people talk about. Once it was about a month old, the other was barely a week. And while they were at different times, the difference was noticeable. I personally am a bit put off by a beer that does drop off that noticeably that quickly. I got some HT over the summer, and had one a week, as my Friday evening kickoff. That held up perfectly; there was no noticeable difference between the first and last, a couple months apart.
  31. Lare453

    Lare453 Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Don't know, but I don't think it is heady.
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  32. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    True, I wasn't expecting them to be that amazing and sure enough they weren't.
  33. lopy

    lopy Sep 22, 2010 Illinois
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    heady topper, just dont see what all the fuss is about
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  34. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Off the top of my head...

    Black Butte Porter
    Thomas Hardy Ale
    N'Ice Chouffe
    Oaked Arrogant Bastard

    And in a way... FBS and Parabola but not as drastic as the beers above.
  35. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    Ha, a loose turn of phrase on my part, I admit. But here are a few examples of beers I prefer for each style equivalent to the Founders offering I mentioned:

    Breakfast Stout (Imperial Coffee stout):
    Santa Fe Brewing Imperial Java http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1683/36164
    Avery Tweak http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30/56199
    Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/20445

    KBS (Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout):
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1549/10672
    Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30/80197
    Firestone Walker Parabola http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2210/41815
    Lost Abbey Angel's Share http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18149/32413

    Double Trouble (Double IPA):
    Dry Dock's Double IPA http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/12314/59772
    Avery Mahajara http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30/22352
    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/35738
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  36. starrdogg

    starrdogg Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    This is exactly how I felt about the first bottle of Hunahpu's I had. The next three bottles, however, were absolutely phenomenal. I'm not sure what the deal is, but it certainly seems that some bottles have a lot more chili and spice than others.
  37. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    I can't wait to see BA 9000 on here, people are asking an arm and a leg for a trade on this.
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  38. starrdogg

    starrdogg Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    The 2011 incarnation of Surly Darkness was just bad - one-dimensionally sweet with very little else going on. It's probably the only beer on the Top 100 - Popular list that I would turn down if given the option to try it again.

    The other one on the Top 100 that I just wasn't a fan of was Peche Mortel - WAY too bitter, like black coffee. I know some people like that in a beer, but it's just not my thing. Founders Breakfast Stout is a much more balanced and delicious version of a coffee stout.
  39. HoyaSaxa7

    HoyaSaxa7 Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Two Hearted. Yeah, i said it.
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  40. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Jul 23, 2010 New Jersey

    I've heard that there is significant bottle and batch variation, but having only had it the one time, I didn't see what all the fuss was about.
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