I've completed BeerAdvocate's Top 250 Beer List!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Dicers, Apr 18, 2021.


How many of the Top 250 have you had?

  1. 0-25

    57 vote(s)
  2. 26-50

    43 vote(s)
  3. 51-100

    38 vote(s)
  4. 101-150

    19 vote(s)
  5. 151-200

    7 vote(s)
  6. 201-240

    7 vote(s)
  7. 241-249

    5 vote(s)
  8. I've completed it too!

    3 vote(s)
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  1. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    Being in New England IMO is the best locale to try and complete it, especially with Bad Boy and Pliny the Younger being packaged the past two years. If you got lucky with Ann and Art it makes the list more approachable, albeit only a bit easier with likes of SR-71/Kaggen/KBBS/VBA/DB Huna (might need to be retired)
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  2. M_chav

    M_chav Maven (1,396) Apr 15, 2014 New Mexico

    249..... I’ve been trying to sell my kidney for 2 years ISO: ANN. At this point I’m going to need to get extremely lucky at a festival. Congrats to finishing the list, I’ve been at it since 2014
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  3. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    FOFA or an international fest.... the price for that beer is insane
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  4. PhineasMcClintock

    PhineasMcClintock Grand Pooh-Bah (3,310) Oct 18, 2007 Massachusetts
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    SR-71, VBA and Kaggen will be the bane of my existence...
    #44 PhineasMcClintock, Apr 20, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2021
  5. Beginner2

    Beginner2 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,524) Feb 14, 2016 Illinois
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    Congrats on doing the impossible.... I'm at 22. Go figure as I've hit 168 on the Beers of Fame. You'd think the two are similar. But as an old malthead, this disparity is more understandable. Being old, I prefer ABV under Imperial ; as a malthead, fewer hops. I'm too old and too stodgy to chase the Top Rated. But congratulations on following your bliss. It is all a matter of focus on your goals. You prove that. And in my boring ways, so have I.
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  6. RozzieBoy

    RozzieBoy Zealot (733) Apr 4, 2013 Rhode Island

    7. I don’t look for beers on the list, so I’m not even close to being a slacker!
  7. russpowell

    russpowell Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,904) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Not near that. I feel happy to have tried what I have. That is awesome, more than a little envious!
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    BMBCLT Grand Pooh-Bah (3,341) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    Good for you, man. I'm only at 40! :neutral_face:
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  9. Bhubbard34

    Bhubbard34 Maven (1,294) Mar 4, 2016 Pennsylvania
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    Congrats on 250, that is quite an accomplishment...

    About two years ago made it a goal to try the top 100 (figured more manageable than 250). Currently at 69, with 2 more in the fridge.
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  10. bret27

    bret27 Pooh-Bah (2,818) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Last year when I won the TG Assassin lottery I got VB Assassin. When I reviewed it I realized it was listed as retired. I suggested to the moderators this beer isn’t retired.
    The next day it was on the top 250, it’s currently around 73.
    Just to give everyone an idea what a fluid fickle bitch this list is.
  11. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    Don't get me started on Coconut Resolute
  12. PEBKAC

    PEBKAC Pooh-Bah (1,597) Sep 4, 2006 North Carolina
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    Quite the moving target. I was much closer 10 years ago to completing this. Bravo.
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  13. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,164) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    That's really cool. I don't do much trading and no hunting but managed 48.
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  14. gegan

    gegan Aspirant (232) Mar 29, 2016 Washington

    57 for me, racked them up pretty easily without trying by living in Mass for the last couple years. Unless I seriously step up on the trading I don't foresee much progress past where I'm at right now
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  15. Bum4ever

    Bum4ever Pooh-Bah (1,602) Jan 18, 2017 California
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    I’m around 140-150 most of the time. 7 or the top 10 top. I will say, one trip with the right groups to DLD knocked out like 50-60 in 2 days. Living in CA helps because a bunch of local stuff makes the list. Don’t think I’ll ever seriously try to finish it, but who knows, I’ve been pretty lucky to try the stuff I have already.

    Cheers, Seth, glad you finally completed it. I was rooting for you!
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  16. Premo88

    Premo88 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,414) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    13 ... probably won't get to 14 for some time
  17. JLK7299

    JLK7299 Pooh-Bah (2,527) Apr 21, 2016 North Carolina
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    Ya I fluctuate between like 198-202, funny considering I haven’t ticked a new one in over 6 months!
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  18. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,490) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Ya know! Another fun collection would be the top rated beer of EACH style.

    @Dicers : How many of them have you ratted? I have 17.

    I never really thought about this, but there are a bunch of fun collections to broaden one’s diversity of beer.
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  19. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yes to this. I use this new feature quite a lot in my beer buying.
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  20. Whyteboar

    Whyteboar Pooh-Bah (2,398) Jun 7, 2008 Michigan
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    That is truly impressive. Congratulations!
    I've had more than I've reviewed, mostly because when I had them I didn't trust my review abilities, so I'll need to see if I can get some of those I didn't review again. If I do that, I may make it to 15 or 17 from the list.
    I don't even hold a candle to the slacker crowd apparently.
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  21. Whyteboar

    Whyteboar Pooh-Bah (2,398) Jun 7, 2008 Michigan
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    The 2019 was, I believe, the batch that saw Bliss BA Maple Syrup and Founders part ways - demands from one side or the other? Don't know. But while the 2019 is good, IMO, it's not quite as good as prior years. May need to do a side by side to confirm this, but they made *so* much of it, something had to be different.

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  22. Sheppard

    Sheppard Grand Pooh-Bah (3,030) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I have reviewed 77. I have probably had around 30+ more. These are beers I had at shares or festivals where it wasn't enough to review or during a period I didn't review (I worked for part-time for a brewer and didn't review beers at that time). While I'm committed to reviewing beers, I am not at all seeking them out. A lot of these beers are limited release and in styles that I don't seek out even locally (e.g. imperial stouts), so it doesn't appeal to me to try and chase them through trades.
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  23. Scottsbeer

    Scottsbeer Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2017 Florida

    Sorry about that one. I am the one who pointed out it had been re-released to the moderators. I agree with your take that the re-release doesn't deserve to be on the list.
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  24. Desp59

    Desp59 Pundit (936) Jun 23, 2014 Pennsylvania

    It's definitely a fun list. I forget when I completed it but I think it was around 2017? And it hasnt been hard staying at 250 since then... hasn't changed much. Occasionally I have to go and get a new beer but they are generally ones I want to get anyway. They used to change the algorithm and completely throw the list off so I am glad that stopped.
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  25. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    My issue is more that Three Brothers said it was a completely different recipe and therefore should have been a completely separate entry, leaving the old beer retired and the new beer with the ability to make (or in this case DEFINITELY NOT make the list)
  26. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,274) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa

    Well done!

    I'm at 9, but I saw at least one on there real quick I hadn't reviewed yet. So I'll say 10 :grin:

    Which isn't too bad considering I don't trade or travel for beer really. So I've had 10 just by visiting my local grocery stores! :wink:
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  27. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    Great question! I have HAD every style listed (hopposhu was the hardest)

    Of the TOP I have had 70 of them with 2-3 questionable more I may have had that haven't been rated and put in my log elsewhere
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  28. bobv

    bobv Grand Pooh-Bah (5,173) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    116, with a few on hand that I’ve yet to open. Cheers!
  29. free2scour

    free2scour Aspirant (217) Dec 19, 2011 North Carolina

    Sadly, I've only had 13. I thought I was a drinker of good beer, guess I was wrong :wink: Oh well, 237 to go!!
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  30. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Pundit (941) May 13, 2019 California

    I had the most recent version of Coconut Resolute, it was pretty bad. Probably one of the worst coconut beers I've had.

    On another note, I feel like BA should just get rid of retiring beers or maybe make a "Top Retired Beer" list or at least specify the criteria for what is considered "retired". So many beers deserve to be on the Top 250 but aren't even on the list, like BBT. I also feel like many BAers want to try the top "retired" beers too, I see no reason why BCBS Vanilla, Coffee, or Barleywine shouldn't be on the Top 250 list.

    Maybe I'm just salty cause I've ticked 237, but they keep randomly retiring former Top 250 beers that I had to trade for (BCBS Coffee, Vanilla, Barleywine, BBA GNVP, Pugachev Royale, VSOJ, OH 3rd, OH 4th, Triple Shot). :angry:
    #70 Hopelessly0, Apr 20, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2021
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  31. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    I'm more for a Top retired list with certain criteria, but that is why I ended with 437 beers to get to 250
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  32. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,083) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I was surprised to find I'd had over 70, even though I never have tried. I just like good beer and that list sure has 'em. Congrats on a remarkable achievement!

    -Which beer was the biggest surprise to find you liked it much more than expected?
    -Which beer was the biggest letdown?
    -Were any beers undrinkable due to age, storage, other reason(s)?
    -Would you do it again knowing what you know now?
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  33. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Pundit (941) May 13, 2019 California

    @Todd Any chance we can get a Top Retired Beer list?
  34. Dicers

    Dicers Grand Pooh-Bah (3,400) Sep 2, 2012 California
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    • Which beer was the biggest surprise to find you liked it much more than expected?
      • Anabasis (B1) I wasn't a huge barleywine guy when I tried it and I was really blown away by it. Thought it was excellent.
      • Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Just loved this beer, had the first batch and caused me to buy multiples of the next batch
    • Which beer was the biggest letdown?
      • Hands down no question Coconut Resolute
      • If the above doesn't count (see my gripes in this thread) then Fundamental Forces, regular Fundamental Observation is bounds better
      • Dishonarable Mention to Rum Black Tuesday and BBA Dark Lord (Hellaboozie)
    • Were any beers undrinkable due to age, storage, other reason(s)?
      • "Insert Coconut Resolute here"
      • Otherwise, no everything was "drinkable" there could be some layers here, but overall things were drinkable. I got lucky and had all IPAs fresh (relatively speaking) so that wasn't an issue.
    • Would you do it again knowing what you know now?
      • Short Answer: No
    Longer Answer:

    I honestly don't know, I'm better equipped now than when I started (more financially secure, established trading partners, beer groups), but I also was able to leverage location a lot. I lived in MA, TX, and now CO so it helped cover a lot of the country. I had great beer sharing groups in all three locations (including an annual HF share in TX for another BA's birthday).

    I have been apart of SWTFYW since the beginning, a member of Newbies for a few years and participated in 12DOX and Savage BIFs in the past which have contributed major beers including Kaggen, Vanilla Bean Assassin, and others just in the past year. The first two groups have had shares where people across the country have gotten together to open crazy beers. I have also been lucky to be a volunteer/staff for BA Fests ( thanks @Britt ), WeldWerks Invitational, GABF, and Denver Rare Beer Tasting.

    All this is to say, I have been super lucky, have AMAZING friends, and had some absurd opportunities to tick some of these beers in situations I may not find myself again, hell in 2016 a group of us got together in STL to try and tick as many Top 250 that we could we sourced a lot of beer and each person had different ones we needed.
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  35. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Pooh-Bah (2,420) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    Currently at 49 ... still no Tree House
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  36. woodchipper

    woodchipper Grand Pooh-Bah (3,059) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I've had exactly 10% (unfortunately that still keeps me in the lowest vote category).
    I've drank a lot of good beer, but chasing this list is just not something I would do. That being said, I respect any of you that attempt it and special congrats to the OP.
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  37. zeff80

    zeff80 Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,379) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    In the 50s. Beer trading is expensive. And a few years ago, I realized that I could drink phenomenal beers that are readily available to me in my state and through my travels. It's nice to come across a Top 250 "whale" but I stopped hunting a long time ago.
  38. Dtour

    Dtour Initiate (199) Nov 27, 2020 Oregon

    My count is 7 so far, not a whole lot considering, however, this ia definitely a beer geek goal right here. Congrats on finishing the list!
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  39. beer4colin

    beer4colin Zealot (531) Jun 9, 2009 Massachusetts

    This is seemingly impossible to me. So many of these are ‘one and done’ unless you have an ultra fantastic trading program, I don’t see it. Take Hill from VT. They sell out of everything and never brew the same thing twice. I can’t even keep up with Vitamin Sea and they are 2 minutes away from my house. My head is spinning.
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  40. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Only 31.
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