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Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Lansman, Mar 29, 2012.

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  1. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    This just hit the Chicago area. Price is $16.99 for a 12.7 oz. bottle. It appears to have shipped in limited quantities to this market. Is this worth picking up? Personally, I love a great sour (Supplication is my personal favorite), and this being a cherry sour, all the better, but the price makes me a bit weary.
     
  2. Sean9689

    Sean9689 Mar 17, 2009 Illinois
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    (this is a serious comment) I heard it's flat this year. Any confirmation?
     
  3. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California

    I haven't heard flat... but I have heard terrible.
    Last year I would have but a ton at that price but I haven't bought any this year just based off the negative things I've heard from people who loved the beer in prior releases.
     
  4. Sean9689

    Sean9689 Mar 17, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Yeah, maybe that's what I heard...not flat, just bad. Can't remember.
     
  5. paulys55

    paulys55 Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    That sucks. Last years was nice. I still have one left so maybe I'll get one of this years batch and do a side by side. If I do, I will report back.
     
  6. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California

    Please do I'm curious to know
     
  7. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Jul 4, 2008

    I have drank 1 bottle from this year's release. It was by far the worst of the couple dozen or so bottles I've consumed in my lifetime.
     
  8. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    Wow. Now if that isn't clear cut, I don't know what is. I might buy one just to try, and be sure to keep my receipt.
     
  9. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    It'll be on draft at Fountainhead on Monday. I've already decided this will be my first pour, so I'll find out if there's a potential Red Eye situation.
     
  10. sloppymoose

    sloppymoose May 28, 2008 Michigan

    That's a shame, I really like this beer.
     
  11. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    None of these posts are encouraging...never good to hear that there is a good chance that your 12.7 oz bottle that costed $16.99 is going to suck. :confused: Anyhow, I'm going to try hitting Fountainhead on Monday as well to check it out on tap prior to cracking the bottle.
     
  12. PlinytheFarter

    PlinytheFarter Dec 5, 2011 Illinois

    hahah of course this years is the worst.. it always is these days.. everyone loves to wax poetic about past years being the best.. im getting sick of BA's
     
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  13. tylermains

    tylermains Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    I really like Red Poppy. Anyone else taste this year's batch yet? If I hear some good things, then I'm ISO
     
  14. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Four months is way too soon to be this jaded about BA...

    The fact is that Lost Abbey, despite making some very good beers, have plenty of bad releases. Brandy Angel's Share 2011 was infected, ALL of the Older Viscosity vintages were flat until 2010, and we've all given up hope for carbonated bottles of Angel's Share. Being concerned that this year's Red Poppy will not be good is fair and reasonable. $17 buys a lot of disappointment.

    Regardless, I'm looking forward to trying this on tap.
     
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  15. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    They've built some equity with me via Deliverance, which is just awesome. I've had a flat and screwed up Angels Share, and one that was actually fine. But I think I will steer clear of the Poppy.
     
  16. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    I didn't make it over to Fountainhead tonight. How was it? How was Red Poppy on tap?
     
  17. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Yep. There's a long history of inconsistent carbonation with The Lost Abbey's brews. I wish they would figure it out. Yet, I still shelled out the $17 for Red Poppy :rolleyes:...
     
  18. Vav

    Vav Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Delicious. Loads of barrel character.
     
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  19. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Completely agree. I enjoyed it so much that I hope there's more today.
     
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  20. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    I know a place in central IL that still had bottles of last year's as of January. Is there any indication of bottling dates or years on the LA brews ? I'd love to go pick those up this weekend, but don't want to get burned by this year's...
     
  21. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    No high-five? For shame...

    EDIT: Also - Monomoy Kriek >> Red Poppy.
     
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  22. bradner

    bradner Dec 26, 2007 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    This year's Red Poppy says "Vintage 2012" in yellow on the neck of the bottle. I want to say that the 2011 doesn't have a date.
     
  23. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Awesome, that will make my purchase a lot easier this weekend. Thanks!
     
  24. Lansman

    Lansman Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    Opened a bottle of this last night with two others - we all agreed that the beer smelled like moldy cheese, but the beer was very delicious and the highlight of the night. Nicely balanced with good mouthfeel. Definitely worth giving it a try.
     
  25. thetomG

    thetomG Feb 17, 2010 Illinois


    I preferred last year's fruitier version over this one which I though had more of a dirty/funk taste to it. To each his own...
     
  26. bradner

    bradner Dec 26, 2007 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    If I recall, there was a thread last year about the unpleasant aroma of the 2011 vintage. I did not experience that with any of the bottles I had though.
     
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