Most refreshing beer over 7% ABV

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  1. hoosier222002

    hoosier222002 Maven (1,455) May 23, 2008 Illinois

    Jai Alai helps combat the heat rather well.
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  2. islay

    islay Savant (1,175) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    Seconded. Many a big, dry saison would do the trick, but there are few bigger and few if any better than that one.
  3. SierraNevallagash

    SierraNevallagash Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2018 Maine

    Nothing is more thirst-quenching than a full bottle of room temperature Bourbon County on a hot, humid summer day.

    Allagash Sixteen Counties is hard to beat.
  4. laketang

    laketang Pooh-Bah (2,981) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona
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    Right now at this very moment? Supa sumo from toppling goliath.
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  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,848) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I find the Augustiner Maximator to be another one that you can enjoy a few of in a sitting, and I've jokingly referred to it as a 'bock and a half' more than once before. I'm sure it gets dinged in the score department for not being so huge and overwhelming, but to me that's more a benefit than a knock.
  6. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Pooh-Bah (1,769) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Yes, it actually had plenty of the pils attributes in look, aroma, taste, etc., but the malt liquor question isn't completely inapt. It did have some sweeter cereal flavors on the front end--not quite adjunct sweet, but in line with your thinking--and it did have a hint of booze at the end. However, it had nice floral aroma and finish. The carbonation and crispness kept it remarkably in line. It was more like a boozed up pils than an attempt at making a malt liquor taste better.
  7. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Maven (1,377) Apr 30, 2007 Florida

    I second Hennepin.
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  8. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Maven (1,377) Apr 30, 2007 Florida

    Actually, all of the above.
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  9. GreenBayBA

    GreenBayBA Grand Pooh-Bah (3,871) Aug 30, 2015 Wisconsin
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    As @WIexile would understand, I never knew refreshment until the time I shotgunned a King Sue while tailgating at Miller Park.
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  10. Doma

    Doma Initiate (0) May 19, 2019 California

    Based on what's available in my area (huge factor) I go with Swami's 6.8% (close enough to 7%), dry&crisp.
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  11. Oh_Dark_Star

    Oh_Dark_Star Pooh-Bah (2,386) Mar 4, 2015 Washington
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    I get creating a refreshing heavyweight non NEIPA thread, but to cut lagers, pilsners, AND sessions as options seems a tad restricting. Let's start the most refreshing Russian Imperial Stout thread next!

    But in attempt to fit the mold:

    The very recent Surly Collab, Nokken (Belgian Saison) is foremost in my mind
    Green Bench - The Obscure (British Barleywine)
    Hoof Hearted - Roller Blabe DIPA
    Toppling Goliath - Supa' Sumo (DIPA)
    Phase Three - Low Ceilings (DIPA)
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  12. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Pooh-Bah (1,769) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    Ooops. Forgot Hennepin.
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  13. ichorNet

    ichorNet Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    For some reason the first thing to come to mind was Captain Lawrence's Golden Delicious, a tripel aged in apple brandy barrels.
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  14. WSchmidt

    WSchmidt Aspirant (247) Jul 3, 2011 Virginia

    I'll second Mas Agave. It's great after a few hours of hot yard work!
  15. JrGtr

    JrGtr Pooh-Bah (1,639) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Like others, I don't know if I'd put "refreshing" and "7%+ " in the same sentence. That said, I would say Hennipin and Tank 7 would qualify - like other said.
    I'd add Duvel, Saison Dupont (though it's only 6.5%) Pretty much any Tripel, as long as it's fresh and cooled slightly below cellar temp.
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  16. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Maven (1,440) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Personally I really find Dogfish Head 90 minute to be very easy drinking. Then again I've been know to drain a whole six pack of Bigfoot in one night, so make of that what you will.
  17. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (4,236) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Strange thread, but if I had to choose: Two-Hearted or the new HA Bodem IPA. The latter is like beer-candy to me and I cannot figure out why I love it so much. It's like the bacon of beers for me (lately). So easy-drinking...
  18. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (4,236) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    But under 7%?, and this will sound a little blasphemous to you usual Belgian-lovers, I love REALLY REALLY cold Orval when it's hot. Sumpin' about it... just hits the spot.
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  19. stoumi

    stoumi Initiate (0) May 12, 2015 California

    I will offer up a double shot from Hoof Hearted Brewing out of Marengo, Ohio. The first is Quit Your Fussin' On Me, a 9% sour DIPA with raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry with vanilla and milk sugar. The other is South of Eleven, a 10.2% DIPA that is big and juicy with a nice dank pine but doesn't drink north of that ABV.
  20. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    The guys that find brandy barrel-aged barleywines / tripels “refreshing” - we salute your high levels of testosterone
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