Most inconsistent beer you've had?

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  1. BigBarley

    BigBarley Disciple (373) Aug 5, 2011 Texas

    Which beer have you had multiple times that is always different, batch for batch? Whether it's just a minor inconsistency in taste, or whether it's noticeable inconsistencies in other aspects, I'm just interested to hear about people having vastly different experiences with the same beer.

    For me, it's Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale... delicious every time, but almost completely different each batch.
  2. Scotchboy

    Scotchboy Meyvn (1,248) Dec 7, 2010 Idaho
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    Hopslam immediately comes to mind, year in and year out. Of course, its usually a year in between tastings too, so maybe its really more similar than I think! :grinning:
  3. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Fantome anything.
  4. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,015) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    That makes me feel better because I had it for the first time recently and it didn't wow me like I was hoping it would.
  5. Onizilla

    Onizilla Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2009 New York
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    The one and only answer.
  6. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    It's only happened twice...but Ten Fidy tasting metallic...And when it happens it's every beer in the pack..and it's vile!!
  7. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Goes from world class to overboiled hops to an unbalanced mess.
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  8. BigBarley

    BigBarley Disciple (373) Aug 5, 2011 Texas

    Honestly the first one didn't wow me either. I stopped drinking them outta the fridge, if you let it warm up to almost room temperature before you start sipping, it's generally a better experience.
    Just don't give up on it til you give it a second chance. My second try of it made me a believer.
  9. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (514) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Hair of the Dog Blue Dot

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  10. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Smuttynose Finest Kind.
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  11. WorldWideStout

    WorldWideStout Disciple (307) Jan 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Had it on tap, and it was pretty good, though not too maple-y. Had it on tap again, and it was full of maple goodness and absolutely divine. Had it from a bottle (obviously I expected at least a little difference) and it was more roasty than either time before. Recently had it on tap again, and it had plenty of maple, but was also sour.
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  12. Swik

    Swik Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Indiana

    Local brewery Mad Anthonys has a pretty well distributed line (pale, ipa, blonde, lager) in northeast Indiana and their ipa ranges from wonderful to horrible. At its best its a well balanced hoppy ipa, at its worst (homebrewers please help me define) it tastes like spoiled yogurt or milk, just a nasty dairy taste. Sucks cuz I can get a sixer for 7 bucks for a craft ipa that's wonderful, but with the inconsistency I usually just pass on it.
  13. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

    Where are you finding it on tap? I must move there
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  14. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas

    More importantly, what's the dates on these tastings?
  15. lic217

    lic217 Crusader (794) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Ten Penny Ale
  16. Onizilla

    Onizilla Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2009 New York
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    Just to further add to this. There is no other #1 answer than Fantome but Hair of the Dog beers are a beautiful second place.
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  17. WeymouthMike

    WeymouthMike Devotee (455) Jun 22, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Nugget nectar
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    IMSPEAKNOENGLISH Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2012 Illinois

    Rayon vert. Some great and some like paint thinner.
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  19. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    Duchesse de Bourgogne. Some batches are cloyingly sweet, some batches are really sour and funky. No two cases are the same.

    I'd call Hypeslam inconsistent, but it seems to be getting consistently worse as time goes by.
  20. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (1,927) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I think we need to caviat the responses to make sure we note to not include inconsistencies due to age in bottle particularly hoppy beers.
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  21. BigBarley

    BigBarley Disciple (373) Aug 5, 2011 Texas

    Yeah, I just kinda meant batch by batch, noticeable flavor differences. I know that infection and older IPAs aren't going to taste the same as a fresh one, but I meant batch by batch inconsistencies. Course, I guess most saisons and lambics (and anything else with spontaneous fermentation) will be high up on the list.

    One that I noticed is pretty inconsistent for the style is Hop Stoopid. Then again, I could be falling victim to the dreaded STALE STOOPID that so many people have warned against.
  22. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,523) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Hopslam. Last year was my first time having it and I fell in love. This year the first 6er I had it tasted really, for lack of a better word, thick. Had it at a local craft bar on draft and it tasted the same. Last weekend I went to Bell's and it tasted completely different (not thick) and more like I remembered from last year.
  23. DaftCaskBC

    DaftCaskBC Meyvn (1,115) May 7, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Its understandable that some sour beers like Fantome and Duchesse will change due to secondary fermentation of the yeast in the bottle. On top of that it depends on how they acquire their bacteria, because if it is wild then even the time of year comes into play.

    There is a local brewer in Vancouver called Storm Brewing that makes a beer called Black Plague Imperial Stout. Batch to batch it is really inconsistent because sometimes it tastes like chocolate, other times coffee and other times roasted flavours... Makes me wonder if he switches up the grain bill.

    I know that Central City's Red Racer (Red Betty) Imperial IPA has switched hops a few times as well. Frustrating because I thought the first iteration of the beer was the best.
  24. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    For me Pliny seems to vary quite a bit, it's always good, but some batches just taste a little better than others.
  25. Hanglow

    Hanglow Defender (642) Feb 18, 2012 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Most things by Brewdog
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  26. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

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  27. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    maybe hair of the dog adam and fred. both are world class when they're on, but kind of meh when off. fred way more likely to be off than adam; adam has a hard time not being completely delicious.

    also, anything by fantome.
  28. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I love mad ants. The raspberry is hit and miss, but when its hit. It is one of my favorite beers.
  29. mciocco

    mciocco Initiate (128) May 10, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Fantome. Pretty much applies to all their beers, but even the straight up regular saison - sometimes super lemony and tart, sometimes super earthy funk with no tartness at all, sometimes somewhere inbetween. For the other varieties, I'm pretty sure the recipes change from year to year, so that's also part of it, but still... Fantome is pretty much the definition of inconsistent (though, strangely, that seems to be part of the allure).
  30. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (437) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada has less spices every year.
  31. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Disciple (322) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
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    I'd never heard of this brewery, but I had this beer at GABF and thought something was just plain wrong with the beer. It's good to know it was not me. I don't distinctly remember yogurt, but definitely something very weird.
  32. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Disciple (322) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
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    Good to hear, I love me some sour red flanders, and had Duchesse only once. It was unbearably sweet and I decided never to try it again. Perhaps I will give it another go sometime.
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  33. Swik

    Swik Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Indiana

    Its strange man, that's for sure. They are definetly lesser known sometimes they surprise the hell outta me, their anniversary ale is amazing. But shit even on tap at the brewpub the ipa is hit n miss. I don't know if they just have a severe lack of quality control or what but batch to batch I have no idea what to expect.
  34. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (4,597) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Earlier forms of Weyerbacher.
  35. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Celebration Ale, bc it gets less hoppy each and every year.
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  36. Whimpers

    Whimpers Disciple (384) Dec 17, 2010 New York
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    +1 for Nugget Nectar...
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  37. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    my vote goes to hopslam
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  38. Zimbo

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

    BrewDog Punk IPA (5.6% ABV). It takes inconsistency to the outer nethers of the beer universe.
  39. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    That is a consistency.
  40. OddNotion

    OddNotion Devotee (478) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey
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    What do you mean by "overboiled hops"?
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