Top 5 Beers +One

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GetTheYayo, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Devotee (457) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Name your top 5 beers that you've had (not necessarily in order) plus the one beer that got you into craft. I'll go first.

    1) Bourbon County Brand Stout
    2) Evil Twin BBA Imperial Biscotti Break
    3) Bull and Bush Royal Oil
    4) Weldworks Coconut Medianoche
    5) Pliny the Elder (draft)

    +The beer that got me into craft...Left Hand Milk Stout. First time I tried it I was like my god, this is a beer? Oh how I miss my early days.

    Anyone else care to contribute?
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  2. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,556) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
    Saint Arnolds Bishop's Barrel 8
    Karbach Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter
    Lone Pint Yellow Rose
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

    Beer that hooked me tie between Saint Arnolds Icon Series Brown Porter and Ommegang Three Philosophers
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  3. MFMB

    MFMB Savant (948) Jan 23, 2015 Idaho
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    According to my top 5 rated beers on BA:

    Zonkers Stout Snake River Brewing
    Big Bad Baptist Epic Brewing
    Breakfast Stout Founders
    Resin Sixpoint
    St. Lupulin Odell

    I must have a thing for Stouts.

    +1 for Fat Tire the beer that lead me down the rabbit hole.
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  4. Kingfred

    Kingfred Initiate (35) Jan 6, 2016 North Carolina
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    3 floyds zombie dust
    Maine dinner
    Treehouse Green
    Rodenbach Alexander
    Bourbon County (previous versions before infection issues)

    I had a older cousin that would always share his craft beer with me before I could even legally buy brew. But I believe it was the two hearted that made me want to take beer a little more serious.
  5. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,835) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    1. KBS
    2. Prairie Pirate BOMB
    3. Central Waters Cassian Sunset BBS
    4. Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
    5. Lindemans Framboise
    Though I had tried some craft before, the one that got me headlong into craft is Odell Mountain Standard. Tried it in a restaurant late spring one year, loved it, wanted more. In the process of tracking it down, I found out where the local craft shops were, found out about seasonal beers, started learning about styles, noted the brands in distribution here, and found and joined Beer Advocate. Finally found Mountain Standard fresh, got a four, cracked one - and it was horribly bitter. Turns out the one I had previously was well out of date, and the bitterness was gone, yet another lesson - about cellaring.
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  6. papposilenus

    papposilenus Crusader (750) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Not necessarily my top-rated, but beers I have semi-regular access to and that I've enjoyed best are...

    Trillium DDH Melcher Street
    Hill Farmstead Susan
    Hill Farmstead Everett
    DDC Péché Mortel
    Tree House Alter Ego

    (...and the other couple dozen that are tied for top-five).

    Because, in my head, there's a separate, discounted sub-category of beer that was really good but which I'm unlikely to get ahold of again because of distance, rarity, long lines, or whatever.

    Sometime in the mid-80's, Jim Koch bought me my first Sam Adams at the Regatta Bar in Harvard Square. But it was Jack's Abby that finally hooked me in the end. Hoponius Union.
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  7. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,835) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    So far, the beer that got us into craft is not on our favorites list...
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  8. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (1,934) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    1.) Boulevard Imperial Stout X Coffee Ale
    2.) Founder's Imperial Stout
    3.) Bell's Hopslam
    4.) Oskar Blue's Ten Fidy
    5.) Sixpoint's Resin

    +1 goes to Cooper Smith's Watermelon Ale. Yes, it's goofy, but it's the first beer I tried that I loved. Honorable mention would go to La Folie, which I tried later that day and absolutely loved.
  9. emount91

    emount91 Devotee (487) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    1) Trillium DDH Fort Point Pale Ale
    2) SingleCut Mo' Shuggie IPA
    3) Trillium Scaled (Way) Up DIPA
    4) New England Dose DIPA
    5) Night Shift Whirlpool Pale Ale

    +1) Stone Go-To IPA got me into craft.
  10. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Aspirant (206) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    Fou Foune - Loon
    BCBS Vanilla Rye - GI
    Haze/Very Hazy - TH
    Weise Trash Culture (plan and Raspberry either) - Nebco
    Bomb Atomically - Monkish

    +1 goes to... Hit the Trail - Long Trail - Which is retired now and has been for years. other than the re-release in 2013 winter survival pack
  11. aquabears

    aquabears Disciple (331) Mar 29, 2016 Connecticut
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    In no particular order:
    1) Westvleteren 12
    2) Very Green
    3) Double Dry Hopped Fort Point
    4) Pineal
    5) BBA Dark Apparition

    And... the first craft beer I liked was Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. I also credit Sculpin for getting me hooked on IPA.
  12. bilmac24

    bilmac24 Initiate (121) Jul 26, 2016 Maryland
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    1. Sole Mosaic Nerd
    2. Tree House Doppelganger
    3. Aslin Master of Karate
    4. Founders Breakfast Stout
    5. Alchemist Focal Banger

    +1 . Sierra Nevada Pale Ale got me into it
  13. tjwarren

    tjwarren Disciple (346) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    Can I pick top beer in 5 different styles/categories?
    1. Fat Heads - Headhunter
    2. Market Garden - Prosperity Wheat
    3. Rogue - Dead Guy Ale
    4. Jackie O's - Oil of Aphrodite
    5. Brooklyn - Brooklyn Lager
    (All will probably change next week.)

    Gateway to craft - Chimay Grand Reserve
  14. SteveSexton203

    SteveSexton203 Aspirant (206) Feb 19, 2014 Connecticut

    Love Aslin's Double Dry Hopped Neutrino
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  15. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (265) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey
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    I don't actually rate beers, so this is just a list of favorites:

    1. Victory Prima Pils
    2. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
    3. Tröegs Nugget Nectar
    4. Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
    5. Kane Head High

    And the beer that got me into craft: Victory Prima Pils.
  16. izzyismyrott

    izzyismyrott Disciple (337) Jan 5, 2015 Indiana
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    Pseudo sue
    Gumball head
    Caffè Americano
    My +1
    Early into this craft beer journey. 3 Floyd's Apocalypse cow had it fresh and it turned me away from reds, ambers and brown ales. IPAs, my new beer of choice.
  17. NCGreg

    NCGreg Initiate (60) Jun 20, 2016 North Carolina
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    I am fairly new into the craft scene (~1 year and mostly in NC/VA). These are the 5 I think back to and know I could be satisfied drinking for the rest of my life.

    Prairie BOMB
    Sixpoint Puff
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Maine Lunch
    Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee

    +1 The beer that started it all for me was probably La Fin Du Monde a few years back. This beer made me realize I couldn't drink a Coor's or Bud Light again.
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  18. Riff

    Riff Crusader (725) May 12, 2016 Virginia
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    Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
    Hardywood Christmas Morning
    Stone Xocoveza
    Blue Mountain Hop Duster
    Bells Two Hearted

    +1 Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
  19. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (381) Apr 29, 2012 California
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    1) Lawson's Double Sunshine
    2) Firestone Walker Parabola
    3) Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek
    4) Firestone Walker Anniversary (XIX)
    5) Russian River Supplication

    +1? SNPA got me into craft many years ago. I still love it.
  20. gshak

    gshak Zealot (522) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    1. Parabola
    2. Alesmith .394
    3. Rocheforte 10
    4. Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway
    5. Weihenstephaner Here

    BJ's pale ale.
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  21. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (771) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Schlenkerla urbock
    Nugget nectar
    Weihenstephaner original
    Enjoy by unfiltered

    There wasn't one definitive beer that got me into craft. I went from bud and keystone onto straub and blue moon. I'd say sam adams octoberfest is probably the most pivotal switch beer. After in tried it I began always trying something new.
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  22. Vivs85

    Vivs85 Devotee (472) Nov 29, 2012 New York
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    Founders CBS
    Black Tuesday Reserve
    Prairie bomb! (Fred's Blend)
    Heady topper

    The beer that got me into craft:
    Brooklyner Schneider-weisse on tap
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  23. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,510) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Heady Topper - on tap and can
    Bourbon County Coffee
    Eclipse 20 yr Elijah Craig.
  24. dripa8

    dripa8 Aspirant (247) Sep 19, 2014 Kansas
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    Kern river citra
    Born yesterday

    Got crafty with blue moon, then a Sierra Nevada hoptimum pushed me over the line
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  25. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    1.Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
    2. Hailstorm Cumulus
    3. Perennial Abraxas
    4. Firestone Walker Parabola
    5. Mikerphone Lunches, Brunches, and Interviews

    And the beer that got me into craft beer was Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome.
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  26. mobrado

    mobrado Disciple (341) Nov 9, 2014 California

    1. Duvel
    2. Jever
    3. Gulden Draak 9000
    4. La Fin du Monde
    5. Barrel-aged Monster's Park variants

    The list is pretty funny considering much of what I drink by volume are various IPA and Imperial Stout variants.

    I grew up in Germany so everything I drank then would be called "craft beer" here. I had all sorts of imported pilsners, craft pale ales and IPAs here over many years and never considered myself a beer geek. Funnily enough what eventually sent me down the rabbit hole was a suitcase-imported Gouden Carolus Classic at a friend's house.
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  27. manillaroad

    manillaroad Disciple (394) Jun 5, 2016 Florida
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    Prairie Pirate Bomb!
    Sixpoint Hi-Res
    Cigar City White Oak Aged Jai Alai
    Rodenbach Alexander
    Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA


    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA for getting me into craft beer
  28. LuckFreeZone

    LuckFreeZone Aspirant (236) Oct 24, 2016 New York

    In no particular order:

    SN Narwhal
    Founders KBS
    Bell's Expedition
    Alesmith Speedway
    Brooklyn BCS

    Gateway beer . . . I don't really recall. I am a bit recent to this beer thing . . . out of the blue my 2015 New Year's Resolution was: drink 100 different beers. In the previous ten years I might not have had 100 total. If asked my favorites at the end of 2014 I might have answered Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and Stella Artois . . . somewhere early in 2015 that changed. Two I remember making an impression early on were: Goose Island The Muddy and Great Lakes Eliot Ness.
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  29. TT99C5

    TT99C5 Initiate (122) Nov 23, 2016 Indiana

    In No Particular Order:

    Founders KBS
    Odd Side Ales Hazels Nuts
    Four Fathers Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheelhouse (coffee stout)
    Old Dominion Morning Glory espresso stout (this one is a cheap readily available Dover DE beer, but to me it's REALLY good).

    One that got me into craft beer for real? Backwoods Bastard, just over a year ago now.
  30. DropD

    DropD Initiate (152) Dec 2, 2015 Virginia
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    In no particular order (I like WAY more than 5 beers)....

    Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Founders Backwoods Bastard

    I have a thing for stouts, especially barrel aged. Sculpin deserves a honorable mention, it started me on IPAs, which I have kind of grown out of. I usually stick to stouts in the fall/ winter and IPAs in the summer.

    +1 would be Sam Adams Oktoberfest for starting me down the craft beer rabbit hole.
  31. Jraiona

    Jraiona Initiate (128) Mar 7, 2016 Kentucky
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    The beer that got me into craft beer was Samuel Adams. It still remains one of my favorites. My top 5 favorites:
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Saison DuPont
    St Bernardus ABT 12
    Chimay (any of them)
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  32. DropD

    DropD Initiate (152) Dec 2, 2015 Virginia
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    +1 for ole' Sam Adams. It still holds a special place in my heart.
  33. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,636) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    No way I can narrow it down to just 5...but my gateway into American Craft beer was Pete's Wicked Ale
  34. rozzom

    rozzom Defender (641) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    I don't really have a top 5 either. If I did it would be regularly changing. But these 5 probably made the biggest impact (in terms specifically of "craft" beer - i.e. to me that doesn't include UK/Belgian/German/etc beers that predate, or are not influenced by, the US craft scene)

    In no order

    1. HF What Is Enlightenment
    2. HF Abner
    3. GI BCBCS
    4. Mexican Cake
    5. KBS

    The gateway craft beer was Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - made my head explode when I first tried it. Had no expectations, and just couldn't believe a beer could taste like that. Also particularly impressive as it didn't actually contain chocolate etc.
  35. A_Rad

    A_Rad Disciple (357) May 8, 2015 Wisconsin
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    The first 2 of my top 5 are locked in as of now. The others change constantly.

    3-5. Southern Tier Pumking (that's right, a pumpkin beer)
    3-5. Alaskan Smoked Porter
    3-5. Stillwater/Westbrook Gose Gone Wild
    2. Pliny the Elder
    1. Central Waters 17

    The one that really got me started was Four Peaks The Raj IPA. Always hated IPAs until I had that one and from then on IPAs have been my go to beer.
  36. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Zealot (564) Oct 8, 2015 New York
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    Really excited to crack open a Brooklyn BCS tonight after reading these quotes!
    My top 5 in no particular order
    1)Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    2)Boulevard Tank 7
    3)Boulevard Imperial Stout X:Aztec
    4)Central Waters Bourbon-Barrel Scotch Ale
    5)Grey Sail Captain's Daughter
    My +1 was actually Samuel Adams Boston Ale, it was an eye opener for me, and I still enjoy it today.
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  37. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (3,909) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    1) Hoppin Frog D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout (the perfect stout)
    2) Three Floyds Marshmallow Handjee (just over the top indulgence, maybe too much so)
    3) Bruery Terreux / Jester King Imperial Cabinet (wildly unique)
    4) Cantillon Vigneronne (sublimely balanced)
    5) Trillium Double Dry Hopped Congress Street (after hating the base style for years, this made me fall in love with it, and I still hold this one in the highest regard)

    If I recall correctly, "the doppelbock" at a restaurant in Detroit called Traffic Jam and Snug is what got me into firmly into craft. If not that, then Hoppin Frog's Karminator on Oktoberfest sealed the deal.
  38. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Interesting fav. five there- let me guess, you moved to CO? like everyone else and their mother? haha dont' see many east coast folks liking royal oil- but damn is it amazing
  39. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Ok been a while since I made a list like this, currently:

    1.Dark Lord
    3. Achel Extra
    4. Fantome Saison
    5. Avery Rumpkin

    6. maybe honey brown (easy to drink enough and more flavor than all the other crap around college) or full sail- dont' remember exactly which beer.
  40. jeg53

    jeg53 Initiate (110) Sep 10, 2016 Iowa

    Evil Twinn LIL B got me hooked.

    DFH 120
    Molitov cocktail
    King Sue
    Bourbon County Coffee
    Backwoods Bastard