Most underrated beer from a well-known brewery?

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  1. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Champion (883) Aug 29, 2013 New York
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    i recently tried lagunitas hop stoopid and was blown away, as well as shocked that nobody ever mentions or recommends this beer. i realized i could say the same about victory prima pills, sixpoint global warmer, and sierra nevada torpedo. what beer have you bought and tasted from a respected brewery that doesn't get much buzz compared to their biggest sellers.
  2. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,770) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    The first thing that comes to mind whenever this question is posed:
    Blind Pig by Russian River. If there was no Pliny, this beer would get massive buzz.

    I also think that Founders Porter gets overlooked because of all their higher profile beers.
  3. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I liked FBS better than KBS if that counts, their porter also, great beer.

    I often forget Stone has just a simple "IPA" and I'm pleased every time I rediscover it.

    Oskar Blues Old Chub and North Coast Old Stock belong up there too.
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  4. JohnCassillo

    JohnCassillo Zealot (547) Mar 29, 2013 California
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    Not the most amazing IPA on the market, but Ballast Point's Big Eye is still a very good beer that suffers from being overshadowed by Sculpin.
  5. Bosoxfan20

    Bosoxfan20 Savant (971) Feb 6, 2013 Missouri
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    Double Jack. Everyone goes bonkers for FW barrel aged stuff (and rightfully so), but this is an amazing and often overlooked DIPA

    Along the same lines as Hop Stupid, I think Maximus is pretty solid as well. I also think Jose Marti gets lost in the mix of all the other great offerings from CCB
  6. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    Goose Island is known for their innovation and creativity but no one ever mentions their Nut Brown Ale. It's probably one of the best representations of the style and has amazing flavor. It's thick and creamy, nutty and roasty; and it's a steal compared to over-rated browns like Surly Bender.
  7. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Crusader (795) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo.
  8. Black_ox

    Black_ox Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2013 Missouri

    Several of these beers (Hop Stoopid, Double Jack, Blind Pig) are rated really high, I'd hardly call them underrated. Maybe undermentioned? Idk Hop stoopid and DJ are in my top 5 beers for sure though, haha.

    Anyway, if anyone comes across Divided sky rye IPA or Resurrection IPA from 4 hands brewery should jump on it. Both treasures, hiding nicely in the midwest :wink:
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  9. fishmich

    fishmich Devotee (417) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan
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    Oberon i think is overrated by the average beer drinker and underrated by most BAs. i think it is a very good beer that falls somewhere inbetween. i really enjoy some Oberon in the summer months.
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  10. fishmich

    fishmich Devotee (417) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan
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    to add to this im really looking forward to Oberon(and Two Hearted) in cans out on the boat this year.
  11. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    HFS Walden. Low abv = overlooked.
  12. HookerBrews

    HookerBrews Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2013 Oregon

    Every time I drink a DFH Indian Brown Ale, I'm surprised that it's not really one of their more popular brews.
  13. EricTKole

    EricTKole Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2014 Michigan
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    Bells Best Brown Ale for me, might be because the packaging is hideous now? That's a solid beer.
  14. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,162) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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  15. Matthew1788

    Matthew1788 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Ohio

    Sierra Nevada Pale ale. Still one of my favorite beers.

    THANAT0PSIS Defender (639) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Founders Porter is third in the country for easily available basic porters for me behind the likes of Eddy Fitz and Black Butte, which is high praise. Of course Everett is number one, but since I can't have a sixer of it in my fridge at all times, it's out of the conversation.

    We've gotta define whether OP meant underrated or under-mentioned (since OP mentioned Hop Stoopid, I've gotta think under mentioned). Underrated by its actual definition, I'll be a homer and pose New Glarus Snowshoe, New Glarus Cabin Fever, and Ale Asylum Mad Town Nut Brown. They're all really great examples of styles that aren't very highly regarded on BA and are extremely affordable. I'll also mention that Great Lakes Commodore Perry and Burning River, while still quite highly rated (both roughly 3.9), are underrated even at that. Those are 4.15-ish beers for sure and are great examples of the "third coast" style of pale ale.

    Undermentioned (and underrated in many cases)? Basically any lager, even the greats. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness, Victory Prima Pils, Three Floyds Jinx Proof, the list goes on. Also, Three Floyds Alpha King (pale ale, not a lager); it's in the same boat as Blind Pig in that if Zombie Dust (Pliny) didn't exist, people would be clamoring for it.
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    THANAT0PSIS Defender (639) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I actually really prefer the new packaging, and I picked up a mini keg of it for the measly price of $10. First time having it, and I was extremely and pleasantly surprised. I'm not huge into brown ales (like most of BA), but it was really tasty and easily worth the price.
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  18. nriech

    nriech Disciple (345) Mar 9, 2005 Virginia

    ruthless rye sierra Nevada. Easy to find, even in crap supermarkets and decent.
  19. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Meyvn (1,041) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey
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    Goose Island Christmas Ale (aged) - although I haven't had it since the name change to Sixth Day, since I age my bottles

    Kasteel Rouge - no one talks about anything from Kasteel much, but this is an amazing cherry flavored beer that clocks in at 8.0 ABV

    Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 - don't here this one mentioned one way or the other, when it comes to Stone's Vertical Epic series.

    Duvel Triple Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - everyone talks about classic Duvel, but never about their amazing Belgian IPA

    DFH Black and Blue
    DFH Noble Rot
    - neither of these are frequently mentioned in the DFH conversation, and I think these are amongst their best beers.
  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,221) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

  21. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Zealot (564) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Surly Bitter Brewer. I've sent it in many trades. Almost nobody is happy to receive it but they all like it way more than they expected.
  22. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,194) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Odell IPA.
    I still think it's the best one in the country.
  23. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,509) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Hop Stoopid was on the original Beers of Fame so it's far from underrated. It's just so well known that people don't talk about it. Maybe if it cost $10 a bomber instead of $4ish people would talk about it more.

    My list would be Moylan's Hopsickle, Dark Horse Perkulator, and Ballast Point Sea Monster. Whenever I'm in a Ballast Point distribution state I always get Victory at Sea and I passed on Sea Monster because of the rating. Big mistake.
  24. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    That is what I had to assume, after not only reading the OP's list, but then just about any beer afterwards. I started to scroll the thread and was scratching my head wondering if anybody had actually seen how well rated all of these beers were. And some of this may specifically mean not mentioned enough on sites like this to make them good trade bait in states where they are not available. Because in SoCal, people are all over Hop Stoopid. And as far as Torpedo, I would be very surprised if that isn't the largest selling IPA in the country.
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  25. ja1022

    ja1022 Initiate (162) Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    Founders Double Trouble. Every year when Hopslam is released there's huge hype. There is a 15 page thread on this years release...I just don't get how Double Trouble gets so little recognition.
  26. Ondray

    Ondray Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 Indiana

    Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout. It's better than Left Hand...there I said it
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  27. ParkbrauFan

    ParkbrauFan Disciple (344) Feb 8, 2014 Iowa

    I had one Friday night in South Dakota. It was one of the best IPA's i've ever tasted
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  28. tacosandbeer

    tacosandbeer Aspirant (253) Sep 24, 2010 Nebraska
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  29. Rob315

    Rob315 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Kentucky


    THANAT0PSIS Defender (639) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Yeah, and it's not close. I'll always enjoy a Nitro, but Moloko is just fantastic, and it's one of Floyds cheaper bombers.

    Hilarious avatar by the way.
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  31. brewlover517

    brewlover517 Initiate (81) Jan 23, 2014 Michigan

    Stone IPA, Founders Double Trouble, SN Hoptimum, GL Eliot Ness.
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    THANAT0PSIS Defender (639) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I'm not one to say that someone's opinion is objectively wrong, but by none of the definitions we are using for "underrated" here in this thread does Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fall under it. SNPA is one of the tenets of craft beer and, I would wager, still one of the best selling craft beers in the country. It's ubiquitous.
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    THANAT0PSIS Defender (639) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Nah, it's good but not in the "best in the country" conversation, in my opinion. Myrcenary on the other hand...
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  34. Starkbier

    Starkbier Initiate (165) Sep 19, 2002 Maryland

    yes on the lager love! Check out the new bottles from Parkesburg too, pH control via the new Lactic acid bio-reactors really shines in this beer.
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  35. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,005) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    My favorite of y'all's offerings (that I've tried so far). Thanks for the tip.
  36. afterexile

    afterexile Initiate (136) Nov 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Bells Consecrator & Weyerbacher's Old Heathen . I have heard that Old Heathen is their weakest selling beer. I agree with Founders porter & Ballast Point's Big Eye ipa too.
  37. Rob315

    Rob315 Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2010 Kentucky

    Ha good call, I got mixed up on that one. I'll change my answer to Bells Smitten, solid refreshing pale ale that I really enjoy and am surprised doesn't get a much mention.
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  38. Janis_Hoplin

    Janis_Hoplin Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Colorado

    Santa Fe Brewing often is underrated. Their IPA and Java Stout are two beers that are outstanding IMHO
  39. APBT91

    APBT91 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 North Carolina

    I never hear people talk about Centennial IPA, i think its really good especially when fresh and I can find it anywhere. I've not had one for awhile but WCIPA was one of my favorites and i don't see it mentioned very much either.
  40. hopley

    hopley Champion (800) Feb 24, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Agree - a couple other browns to check out are St. Botolph's by Pretty Things and Moose Drool by Big Sky Brewing - both might be hard to find outside of their respective distribution areas but both are really tasty!
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