Most underrated beer from a well-known brewery?

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  1. basics

    basics Initiate (79) Oct 27, 2011 North Carolina
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    - I think Double Trouble is better than Harvest Ale and dont understand why it doesnt have the same hype
    - Sweetwater Motorboat (though it does have a nice little following)
    - 12 Dogs of Christmas
    - Tumbler was underrated RIP
    - Hopdevil is kind of underrated but maybe it's just been around for so long.
    - I'm surprised Terrapin WNB stays on the shelves as long as it does.
    - By its BA score, Saison Diego is underrated, especially because it's only 4.2 abv
  2. afterexile

    afterexile Initiate (137) Nov 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    "Jamaica red" good call.
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,602) Mar 18, 2010 California

  4. grze

    grze Devotee (473) Apr 17, 2012 Nevada
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    That beer is almost as hard to find as reg. Pliny...actually within the last 3-4 months I had Pliny way more often than Blind Pig :slight_smile:
  5. grze

    grze Devotee (473) Apr 17, 2012 Nevada
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    That beer is almost as hard to find as reg. Pliny...actually within the last 3-4 months I had Pliny way more often than Blind Pig :slight_smile:
  6. TruePerception

    TruePerception Defender (636) Aug 30, 2013 California

    Odd. It's damn near a staple at my store!
  7. Destroyinator

    Destroyinator Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Not sure if this one is really underrated, but in my opinion you don't here much about Lagunitas Little Sumpin, and I think it's awesome
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  8. Jimsal27

    Jimsal27 Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2013 New York

    True Nugget Nectar gets a lot of hype. But I guess I was referring more to my own expectations. I am not really an IPA guy but I love this beer.
  9. rojomo

    rojomo Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2014 Hawaii

    North coast Old Rasputin and Unibrou Trois Pistoles...
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  10. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Champion (883) Aug 29, 2013 New York
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    Someone else from california said the same thing, but in both of the craft beer stores I shop by I was told it isnt popular, and I havnt heard anyone mention it there, on BA, or when conversing with other craft beer drinkers.
    #90 SteveB24, Mar 11, 2014
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  11. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Champion (883) Aug 29, 2013 New York
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    Yeah its an extremely likeable beer, probably because of the balance of flavors, have you tried Lagunitas sucks? Its similar but in my opinion better.
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  12. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Champion (883) Aug 29, 2013 New York
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    Did u mean on BA or in general? Ive seen it mentioned pretty frequently in forums, but outside of BA I think your right, it often gets overshadowed by sucks.
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  13. Seabass1964

    Seabass1964 Disciple (382) Jan 10, 2014 Arkansas
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    Mother's MILF should be rated at least 100. Best Imperial Stout I've ever tasted. Better than Big bad Baptist, Speedway, ten fidy, BCBS,Prairie bomb, and fbs .... just to name a few. Much cheaper too!
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  14. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,626) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland
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    That is a subjective matter, I say try Sculpin and you be the judge. I goto Big Eye during the Winter months and enjoy Sculpin during the Summer months. The edge goes to Big Eye though because, for a 7% brew a six pack runs around $10. For Sculpin being 7% a six pack runs around $16. If you get a chance try Sculpin on tap. That beer shines in that format.
  15. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,295) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    How will the buyer know the beer is from the new facility? All the Victory bottles on the shelves here still have labels with wording like "Brewed at our sole brewery at..." and a quick check of the most recent COLAs that are good for both facilities (BR-PA-20020 and BR-PA-VIC-1) have labels that still only read "Downingtown".
  16. MattTastrophee

    MattTastrophee Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2014 Vermont

    Maine Beer Company - King Titus Porter
    Dogfish Head - Palo Santo Marron

    Prima Pils, Trois Pistoles, and Founders Porter, for sure!
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  17. Kanger

    Kanger Zealot (576) Sep 3, 2013 New York
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    Dogfish Head Sixty-One!
  18. Starkbier

    Starkbier Initiate (168) Sep 19, 2002 Maryland

    All bottles as of Jan are from Parkesburg. The corporate headquarters address remains Downingtown and those labels (sole) will be gone in due time.
  19. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,295) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    So, start looking for "Enjoy by" dates in June or later to be sure one is buying Parkesburg-brewed bottles?

    Didn't realize all brewing is being moved to the new site - so, 12 oz. and bomber bottles and kegs? The Downingtown brewhouse will just supply the pub there - or some small batch draft, limited/"large" bottling?
  20. Growlerguzzler

    Growlerguzzler Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2014 New York

    Southern Tier Live Pale Ale. I love it!
  21. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (5,459) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Can't tell if sarcastic?
  22. MighHighBrewer

    MighHighBrewer Initiate (127) Mar 10, 2013 Colorado

    Deschutes Red Chair. Nuff said.
  23. Barrelsnbeer

    Barrelsnbeer Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 North Carolina
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    Ommegang Hennepin, with the popularity of saisons rising. everyone skips that beer and idk why...
  24. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (3,003) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    HF Everett. With all the buzz about HF beers, especially PA, IPA, and DIPA styles, this is one fantastic porter that few people seem to mention.

    Founders Porter. FIS, FBS, KBS, et al get deserved amounts of love, but this is one heck of a beer. Dark, rich, and sexy, indeed!

    St. Bernardus Tripel/Dubbel. Everyone always shoots straight for the ABT 12, while the Pater 6 and Tripel get overlooked. They're fantastic!

    Good thread!
  25. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (296) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Eurotrash Pilz - Southern Tier. I think no one talks about it because its not sold year round and the idea of a pilsner as a spring seasonal seems a bit odd.
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  26. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    I don't think I've even heard of that one...
  27. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    I see it's a spring seasonal - I'll keep an eye out for it! Honker's Ale has me interested in trying more Bitters.
  28. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (520) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Troegs HopBack Amber

    It's awesome, but when I hear Troegs I usually hear Nugget Nectar or Mad Elf. HopBack is available year round, but I rarely hear anyone mention it.
  29. Starkbier

    Starkbier Initiate (168) Sep 19, 2002 Maryland

    For now all draft is still made at Downingtown as well as the special beers (which are also draft only). Over time this will also migrate to Parkesburg. Downingtown will remain as a brewpub and specialty/experimental outlet. You should take a tour of Parkesburg, its really quite impressive.
  30. Aaron_Eicher

    Aaron_Eicher Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    I'd probably have to say Lagunitas Lucky 13. Its their mondo red ale and probably my favorite. However, when people mention Lagunitas, they always mention the Sucks or one of their other major ales.

    I feel that the Lucky 13 is pretty underrated for a brewery that has gained so much popularity in the last few years.
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  31. Drew88

    Drew88 Aspirant (292) Sep 28, 2013 New Jersey

    Yeah I had that this year and last year too. Very good brew. I like the troegs Java head but Kujo is definitely on another level.
  32. poormishi

    poormishi Initiate (53) Mar 16, 2011 Illinois
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    Ten Fidy is one I would put on this list, and Blacktop from NG?
  33. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    Nut brown goes for like 8.99+ tax for 72oz in my neck of the woods, and I get bender for 9.99 + tax for 74oz. Plus it is not overrated and hardly even a brown.
  34. Clint_Yoho

    Clint_Yoho Aspirant (208) Jan 27, 2014 Maryland
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    Just had Serpent Stout for the first time and would have to agree. It is an amazing stout.
  35. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (376) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    Was thinking this. Mostly the Triple as I think its better than any other triple on the market. Same goes for the Wit.
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  36. Clint_Yoho

    Clint_Yoho Aspirant (208) Jan 27, 2014 Maryland
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    Maybe nationwide is Nugget Nectar underrated but not in the MD/PA area. That shit is superhyped and highly rated. And deservingly so.
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  37. Qbdoo

    Qbdoo Zealot (522) Sep 1, 2013 Illinois

    I say it every time there's a thread like this:
    Left Hand Polestar Pilsner. Just ridiculous and virtually ignored.
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  38. GarrettFM

    GarrettFM Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2013 Illinois

    I agree with THANAT0PSIS that lagers tended to be underrated on this site and perhaps in the craft beer community at large. Maybe more importantly, they're under-brewed, at least in the United States. Among American craft breweries, Great Lakes seems to do the best job churning out excellent beers in the un-hip non-IPA/non-stout/non-Belgian styles. Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness are delicious. Victory Prima Pils probably deserves higher than a 91 on BeerAdvocate, considering it's widely viewed as the best American pilsener. FFF's Jinx Proof. Anchor California Lager and Steam Beer. Even freaking Samuel Adams Boston Lager, a classic that gets an 85 here. There are probably more, but I'm too busy trying to keep up with all of the highly regarded imperial ales that come out every week. Which in turn biases my palate more and more against the subtle, bready, balanced flavor of a good lager. This is a problem, right?
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  39. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    I think hopstoopid doesn't get a lot of buzz because it needs to be very fresh. The first hopstoopid I had, I had exactly the same reaction as you. Then I started looking for it. I feel like by the time it's three months old, it has a totally different character. Most IPAs I give a 3-4 month window. On saturday I had a hop stoopid from january and it was so sweet it tasted like drinking maple syrup. When it's very fresh the hops is so pungent that it balances the sweetness. I think a lot of folks have had past prime hop stoopid so it doesn't get the love. When I've had one at its peak, I think it is by far the best thing lagunitas brews
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  40. jefffalcone

    jefffalcone Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 Massachusetts

    In MA Jacks Abby is blowing up with their lagers and they are amazing. I don't think JA is underrated or undermentioned, but since you brought up lagers, I figured I'd give a plug to my favorite brewery the specializes in lagers. If you haven't had it, seek out some Mass Rising double IPL.

    I love the otter creak pilsner with a picture of a hippy on the box. I can't recall the name right now. I think it doesn't get as much love as it deserves because folks like to shit on otter creek for not being hills farmstead of alchemist
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