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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mcrago, Mar 4, 2013.
BA wake up dead.
Lagunitas IPA. IPA fest at Tribes Mokena a couple years back, this tasted good as hell on-tap there.
Stone Belgo Anise. I get a lot of people hated it but if I would have stumbled on it earlier I would have at least 4-5 in the cellar now.
Stevens Point Whole hog 6 hop IPA. Very malty for an IPA but unique in flavor with some toffee and caramel notes. I enjoyed it but only scored 79 overall.
Mine coincidentally (or not?) are all fruit beers:
Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat Ale x Sea Dog (BA 79, Bros 81)
Purple Haze x Abita (BA 74, Bros 88)
Cherry Wheat x Samuel Adams (BA 73, Bros 70)
Dundee Pale Bock Ale.
Ah, the demise of Mahar's is very sad to us all. I'll go with Anchor Bock, at a lowly 68, but it was pretty good...
Ghost Face Killah
Huh? It is rated an 87. Hardly a poor rating.
apparently I enjoyed Tsingtao considerably more than most on this site. Although, to be fair, that was my very first ever review, and I was hungover and in the Netherlands at the time. Haven't tried it since, but have a sneaking suspicion it would not rate NEARLY as highly if I re-reviewed...
Hell or High Watermelon
Avery's White Rascal (BA - 83...Bros - 77)
I really genuinely love this beer. I think it might be a guilty pleasure. When I visited Avery's, I was honestly most excited about having a pint of this on tap even with all the other delicious things there. I've definitely had better beer, even much better witbiers, but White Rascal is just easily available, not too complicated, crisp, and delicious.
Lake Placid Ubu Ale
this is one has more sentimental value than anything but definitely better than a 75... 84 sounds about right. VERY drinkable.
Quite a few offerings from Magic Hat. They are far from a brewery I love, but they get a ton of flack here and I've had much worse stuff from higher regarded breweries. I also have a bit of a soft spot for MH since they were the brewery that converted me to craft.
It's a very solid Witbier.
Point Cascade Pale Ale out of Stevens Point, WI. With a 79 rating on here, I'm definitely in the minority in thinking this beer is really good.
Guiness, Murphy's, and Boddington's. Light in flavor, but enjoyable on occassion
Blue Moon Winter Abbey..71 (56 from the Bros). I think it's rated low because it has the Blue Moon name.
Cisco Bailey's Blonde Ale. I really enjoy this hoppy, higher ABV adaptation on a typically unexciting style. It is a great summertime brew.
Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog. I know it's 83 and not below your 80 threshold. But the poorest rated beer I love.
I think Bud Light is incredibly underrated!
Winterhook by Redhook is rated 81, so not quite below the bench mark. But it's a beer I look forward to every year.
I came to say exactly this. WOW this is a great beer. I had this last weekend. I did not think much of the brewery and would not have bought it, but a sales guy really recommended it. I almost bought expecting it not to be good. It was also very reasonably priced. Next time I visit the store I will try to stock up on it.
Kronenbourg 1664- would have to be one that I like, for an adjunct type lager. Its rated poorly and I cant blame people for thier comparisons to Stella and Heineken, But its something I drink a lot if there are no local offerings.
Left Hand Milk stout Nitro needs to be rated Higher... IMO
This is one of the beers I would pick too. I drank this and Dixie Blackened Voodoo plenty of times in New Orelans when I wanted a changeup from hurricanes.
There were several people bashing Pork Slap in a recent thread, which surprised me because I think it's a good, simple pale ale. Horses for courses!
Ghost Face Killlah
Del Ducato L'Ultima Luna. It's a Calvados barrel aged Barleywine and like drinking caramel drizzled apples. I think it gets bad reviews because it is almost still. I can understand why that would turn people off.
Victory's Golden Monkey Bros-77 where's the love for the Monkey?
Agreed, dont drink it from the can though, it could ruin it for ya....
If we're going with a score of 80 or less as the OP implied then I'd have to go w/ Yuengling. It's just a solid lager that is my go to when I'm out at bars that don't carry craft beer. If we're setting the bar slightly higher I'd go w/ Grimbergen Dubbel. Granted I may just rate it a bit high because it was probably the beer that had the biggest impact on me as far as getting me into craft beer, but I just really think it's an excellent beer! Now w/ hads being factored in it's up to an 85, but was only an 83 before that...
edit: also, what's up with the hate for Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot?! I find it exceptionally strange because Insanity is their highest rated beer, and that's just the BA version. Granted it is better after the barrel aging, but it's not THAT MUCH better (a full 10 points!)!!
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest and Summer Shandy. They are the two main beers that got me into craft beer, and I can still enjoy them (even though, now, I can recognize they are fairly poor quality when compared to what I've been more recently exposed to). Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is also pretty delicious, I drink a couple a week as a very solid beer for the price.
Edit: Blue Moon as well. It's often what I end up having to settle for when going to certain bars/events/chain restaurants that only have typical macrobrews.
Sam Adams Imperial White
Carib Lager...only a 66 by BA community? It goes down quite smoothly on a Caribbean beach
Mad River Stealhead Extra Pale Ale.
I'll claim nostalgia on this one too--Indio! I don't even know that this has been in the states that long, but you can't beat grandma's homemade chile con carne with a bottle of this stuff to wash it down.
Dos Equis Amber....forgive me
Mayflower Autumn Wheat, a seasonal dark wheat ale that has far fewer fans than I'd expect. If I made a habit of checking the ratings here or elsewhere before making a purchase on something I haven't tried, I'd likely have missed out on this one altogether.
I believe, however, that its score has improved since last time I saw it; I think it was 75 or thereabouts.
A couple immediately came to mind.
Del Norte (R.I.P. now) Luminaria Bock would definitely be one. Most people full-on hated it, but I thought it was pretty tasty.
I never minded S.A. Cranberry Lambic. Yes, the name is stupid, but I don't think it's that bad.
While at 78 it's considered to be okay, I full-on love Santa Fe's Nut Brown Ale.
A few others that people have trashed would be macro lagers from random countries like India and Brazil. While many truly are pretty bad, there are some that really aren't. I've had a couple that when fresh are a pretty big leap over our US macros and might even be confused with something like Full Sail Session or at the very least Stella Artois.
I love this beer also,staple in my frig and a great price point at $5.49 4/16oz cans.Cheers
Another is my summer treat of Warsteiner Verum 12oz cans,will pick up 2-3 cs at $16 case,only a 78 on BA.Cheers