Highly acclaimed brews that underwhelmed you?

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  1. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Pliny was first brewed in 2000. But you're correct in that Vinny had brewed up the first modern-day DIPA at Blind Pig in 1994.
  2. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Unibroue Trois Pistoles. :confused: Nasty stuff.
  3. sweemzander

    sweemzander Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2009 Illinois

    I totally agree. Was excited to finally try Kate, but can totally find better stouts off the shelf
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  4. czfreeman

    czfreeman Initiate (0) May 22, 2007 California

    I had all 3 Westy's while living in Europe, while the 6, and 8 blew away all other brews in their respective categories...the 12 did not.I would take a St. Bernardus abt 12 or Rochefort 10 over it any day
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  5. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    My bad I didn't realize Pliny was from 2000....
  6. Jugs_McGhee

    Jugs_McGhee Grand Pooh-Bah (5,894) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Stone IRS. Actually, anything highly acclaimed brewed by Stone. Parabola. Sucaba. 4th Dementia.
  7. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    I would say BCBS but thats really not fair because I'm not a fan of bourbon. I do love me some quads and the one I felt did not live up to its rating is Pannepot Grand Reserva. It tasted off to me.
  8. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Unibroue. Canadian whiskey and bacon, and Neil Young is allright. I'd rather drink Labatt , Molson and Moosehead than that faux Belgian krapp.
  9. stakem

    stakem Grand Pooh-Bah (4,008) Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    I dont know if its been said already in this thread but a couple hill farmstead brews come to mind.

    There, I said it. Commence stone throwing.
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  10. maximumu13

    maximumu13 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2010 Ohio

    CBS, it was good, just not worth the hype. I'd rather drink KBS anytime.
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  11. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    That's not the point. The point is that it's got 100 BA score and 100 from the brothers, so it should be the best of the best. Saying it's a "classic" is a cop-out. Knuckle Sandwich is better. Lagunitas Sucks is better. Heady Topper is better. Maharaja is better. And yet none of those is rated as high as Pliny. It's balanced? Ok there are a TON of very well-balanced beers out there, but no one is proclaiming them the best in their category just because they're balanced
  12. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Better is a relative term when it comes to beer. It might just mean that you don't share the popular opinion.

    I think Pliny is an outstanding beer, and worthy of it's ratings. You don't. Personal ratings are not fact, they're just that. Personal.
  13. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Pooh-Bah (2,180) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    Guinness when I had it three years ago. I did a drainbrew on half and haven't done that since Pete's wickedly bad brew. I would probably like it or tolerate more now with the porters and stouts i've had since then but Stouts are not my preference.
  14. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Pooh-Bah (2,180) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
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    in regards to Stone I always have it on tap when I'm in the bars and restaurants out in San Diego and it's always fresh and good. I am not a huge hop head, but it's the specialty out there.
  15. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    I'm not saying that it's not a great beer, just that it's not worthy of the ridiculously high praise it gets. It's something I would buy consistently if I could get it fresh, but never once has it tasted like a "best DIPA in the world", which is what it's rated and what most people consider it to be.
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  16. AmgineDanus

    AmgineDanus Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Massachusetts

    KBS and CBS (I know). Very, very good beers but the hype was just too much. So far the only beers I've had that lived up to extraordinary hype were the Bourbon Countys
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  17. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    People say that Led Zeppelin and The Beatles are some of the best bands in the word, and are highly regarded. I'm not saying they're not great bands, but just saying they're not worthy of the ridiculously high praise they get.
  18. TMasterFlash

    TMasterFlash Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2011 Indiana

    I would have to say 3 Floyds Baller Stout. I loved the concept and this idea to celebrate the anniversary, but it just didn't seem to live up to the occasion. Maybe after a little age.
  19. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Elder, all I have tried from great lakes, stone RIS, oak Yeti, Stormking(really disappointing) others I have blocked from my mind.

    I still have brooklyn chocolate I picked up, Bitches Brew, Chokolat to try.

    I thought White Rajah was better than I was expecting, as was Columbus IPA.

  20. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    That's a nonsensical term "best IIPA" in the world. If it is to you then it is, if its not, then its not. Why are people so caught up by a number.
    To someone Corona is the best beer in the world, and that's valid - its subjective.
    All of the beers you mentioned in your response are well made very tasty beers, but to say that one is better than another simply because one rates higher on a website, whose "judges" are not judges is short sighted. If you think its better, then it is, nevermind what the score says.
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  21. ChanChan

    ChanChan Maven (1,341) Dec 12, 2009 California

    Kern River Citra!! Well, if not better its equal!!
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  22. prdstmnky

    prdstmnky Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2010 Vermont

    This thread is hilarious, just goes to show how much palates really do vary!

    So at this point, 180 posts in, what is the most highly acclaimed beer that HASN'T been mentioned thus far??
  23. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Um, the whole point of this thread is to name "Highly Acclaimed Beers that Underwhelmed You", so that's what I'm doing. Pliny is the most highly acclaimed DIPA on this site. Do you need me to elaborate any more? The point of the thread is not about my tastes vs someone else's tastes
  24. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Crusader (457) Jul 20, 2011 California

    Tip your waitresses, I'm here all week!
  25. mikecharley

    mikecharley Savant (1,128) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania

    The big three for me were

    All three letter acronyms, all good, but not in any way great beers. I can easily think of three beers in the respective "styles" that are much better, and much easier to obtain
    CBS (ba coffee stout)< KBS
    KTG (RIS) << Expedition STout
    DDG (3 year blended sour)<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Cantillon Classic Gueuze
  26. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi

    I knew what I was going to pick as soon as I saw the thred, Dark Lord.
  27. Drew26

    Drew26 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin

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  28. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    Heady Topper is. PtE was for a good while, though.
  29. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    PtY is actually rated higher based on this page:


    Goddamn, I need to get my hands on PtE/PtY/HT.
  30. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    I suppose you are correct. I was under the impression that Younger was a IIIPA, but listed as a IIPA, as that's as high as this site goes.
  31. 1emptyglass

    1emptyglass Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2012 Missouri

    New Glarus Belgian Red, Deschutes Chasin' Freshies and Old Rasputin.
  32. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Did anyone say Utopias?
  33. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Yeah... I guess it all depends on the classification. Founder's Devil Dancer, which is deemed a Triple IPA on the label itself, is only listed as a Double IPA on this site. So you may be right, depending on whether or not PtY is "technically" a DIPA or TIPA.

    BTW, even though Devil Dancer isn't highly acclaimed or anything, it still has a reasonably high rating on BA (~3.9) and I don't understand it. DD is probably one of the only two beers I'd ever pass on by Founders (the other being Cerise - tasty, but too sweet and un-beer like). I thought DD was incredibly unbalanced, unnecessarily bitter and overpowered with nasty malt and hot alcohol.
  34. dman127

    dman127 Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Illinois

    When beers, or anything really, carry such a high regard, most times they will dissapoint relative to perceived status. Are they supposed to 'take us to our happy place' or are we simply to enjoy them for what they are (gratuitous Happy Gilmore reference)?
    I can recall the first time I had Pliny, HT and others. Kind of expected fireworks or angels singing based on all of the praise. Didn't happen. But ya know what, they were great and I would be happy to have them again.
  35. Daemose

    Daemose Maven (1,407) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    Westvleteren 12
  36. kotayk

    kotayk Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 California

    ...and Pliny is a fantastic IIPA - and if you dont think so then you dont think so.
    My point was BA should not be the be all of highly rated beer, ppl on here are not professional judges, to say what is and what is not highly rated. We know people preception of a beer, hype around a beer and rarity (whale status) of a beer has a huge impact on the score given.
    For example - In my opinion id put double jack right up there with pliny, but its way down on the list, why, i think because its readily available where FW distributes, you can walk in and get it and no one shits them selves to say oh i just scored a case of double jack.

    The magical BA score is just a bunch of people drinking beer and saying what they think, 2700 people have reviewed pliny and think its good, does that mean its the best -- who knows -- what is the best? its what u think it is.
    What you know is that pliny offers what people like flavor wise.

    I think a better question would be how many GABF medal winners didn't live up to the medal status, at least there, you have control, you have professional judges, blinded etc.

    So there you can say look double jack has won a silver and a bronze in 2 consecutive years, does it live up to it.

    To say because BA deems a highly acclaimed, does not hold a lot of sway with me.
  37. Daemose

    Daemose Maven (1,407) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    People under the influence at that.
  38. RRC87

    RRC87 Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2009 Minnesota

    I've said and gotten blasted for it before, but there is something about Hopslam that i just don't like. all the better, more for the legions of people that love it.
  39. Lare453

    Lare453 Pooh-Bah (2,822) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Citra dipa
  40. MexicanSkittel

    MexicanSkittel Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2010 California

    Surprised the shit out of me but, Black Tuesday.
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