What are your 3 highest personally rated shelf/local beers?

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  1. johnInLA

    johnInLA Savant (981) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    "The Bruery - Smoking Wood Rye Whiskey Barrels", I know this is a love it or hate it beer. I fall into the love it camp.

    "Rochefort - Trappistes Rochefort 10" - This is one of the best beers I've ever had, consistently, for more than a decade.

    "Alesmith - Speedway Stout" - One of the world's best imperial stouts ( IMHO ), available year round, and at $11.00 for a 750ml bottle I consider it a very good value.
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  2. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (577) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana

    Arctic Panzer Wolf
    Gumball Head
  3. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York

    off the shelf
    Two Hearted
    Ten Fidy
    Left Hand Nitro Milk
  4. Rav4pudge

    Rav4pudge Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Founders breakfast stout
    Left hand milk stout
    Rochefort 10
  5. braggheim

    braggheim Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Indiana

    Founder's Breakfast Stout
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Sun King Osiris
  6. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    My highest-rated ticks/reviews for beers that I can pretty much always buy (meaning year-round, which eliminated things like Nugget Nectar & Brooklyn Black Chocolate, i.e. seasonals), are:

    Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
    Victory Storm King Stout (granted, an old review)
    Founders Centennial IPA (also an old review)
  7. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,426) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This is a great thread. Many of us spend too much time chasing the near unattainable beers. It's nice to pause and think about the riches directly under our noses.

    Here' are my favs:

    Top 3 Easily available year-round beers
    1) DFH 90
    2) DFH Palo Santo
    3) Smutty Finest Kind

    Top 3 Easily available seasonals
    1) FBS
    2) Troegs NN
    3) ST Choklat)

    Top 3 Locally made beer
    1) Fegley's (Allentown-Bethlehem) Brewworks Bourbon Barrel Insidious Stout
    2) Fegley's (Allentown-Bethlehem) Brewworks NEARfest Apocalypse DIPA
    3) Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
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  8. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Was just going through my beers on Untappd. Looking at my 5 stars, I could drive five minutes down the road and get the following 3..

    Rochefort 10
    Peche Mortel
  9. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,100) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Good thread.

    1. DFH 90 Min (but like Burton Baton better lately)
    2. St. Bernardus Abt 12
    3. Bells Two Hearted (which I'm drinking tonight!)

    Honorable mention:

    Hopslam and Rochefort 10
  10. edmaher

    edmaher Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2008 Illinois

    Bcbs, zombie dust, ninja vs. Unicorn
  11. lswilma

    lswilma Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2014 Wisconsin

    Ale Asylum Bedlam
    new Holland Dragons Milk
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout
  12. Rilesmiles

    Rilesmiles Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Wisconsin


    Expedition Stout

    Rochefort 10, Weihenstephaner Hefe, and Central Waters BB Barleywine in there as well.
  13. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Blind Pig
    Tank 7
    New Dogtown Pale Ale
    Double Jack

    Can't pick 3...
  14. BullDoza

    BullDoza Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2014 Texas

    I've had the Camo. Pretty good stuff. Have you been lucky enough to try Brunch Money from Armadillo Ale Works? It's similar, in that it's a non stout with stout qualities. Try it...blows Camo away.
  15. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Disciple (389) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska

    This just shows how inconsistent my ratings are, so I'm not even going to post. Those fancy Belgians that are everywhere are for sure a safe bet though.
  16. bishopdc0

    bishopdc0 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2010 Maine

    Maine Beer Co. Lunch
    Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
    Rising Tide Daymark/MBC Peeper

    Allagash Coolships. I live a few miles from the brewery and walked in days and sometimes weeks after release. There is always something so these are shelf beers for me.
    Allagash Resurgam
    Allagash Red
    Allagash Avance
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  17. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (472) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I'm presuming you're talking about stuff that is readily available in my area?
    I don't rate / review beer, at least not posted here, so I don't have a specific place to look.
    I'm in Massachusetts, just outside Boston, so while I don't have ready access to Heady, Hill Farmstead, Tree House, or others like that, I do have access to a ton of great breweries and beers.
    OFf the top of my head:
    Jack's Abby Hoponius Union,
    Schneider & Sohn Edel-Weiss (so sue me, I prefer Schneider to Weihenstephaner)
    Ommegang Hennepin, Abbey and 3 Philosophers.
    St Bernardus.
    Delerium Tremens (I keep forgetting about that one - but every time I get it I realize how good it is.)
    any of the beers from Pretty Things, Mystic, Idle Hands / Enlightenment, Night Shift...)
    Yeah, I'm easy to keep happy, beer-wise.
  18. black13

    black13 Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Oregon

    I don't review a lot so my selections are limited.

    Adam from the Wood
    Cherry Adam from the Wood

    While these are not technically shelf beers, I can go to the tasting room and have them any day, so I'd say that qualifies.
  19. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    By rating, here are the easiest to get and spot on By Rating list:

    #3- La Cumbre Elevated IPA (4.7 rating)
    #10- Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen (4.54)
    #17 Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw (4.5)
    #17 (tie) La Cumbre Project Dank (4.5)
    #17 (tie) Old Rasputin
    #17 (tie) Stone Imperial Russian Stout
  20. swfeidt

    swfeidt Initiate (119) Jul 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    These are four that I can go buy right now, and are still at the top of my list. Nothing crazy or extravagant, just solid beers.

    Mama's Little Yella Pils-not many people mention this beer on BA, but I really enjoy it. Kind of a summer beer, easy to drink, comes in a can, and full pilsener flavor
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Stone IPA

    Seasonal, but always on the shelf in PA

    Hop Ranch
    Nugget Nectar
  21. sunnrider

    sunnrider Initiate (199) Jul 4, 2013 Spain

    Cantillon Kriek
    Westvleteren 12
    Nomada Gato Negro
  22. johnyb

    johnyb Crusader (795) Aug 11, 2012 Florida

    Jai Alai
    Cubano espresso
  23. SD-Alefan

    SD-Alefan Savant (965) Dec 12, 2013 South Dakota

    Mine are:

    Trappistes Rochefort 10
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Old Rasputin
  24. mnredsoxfan69

    mnredsoxfan69 Disciple (346) Dec 27, 2013 Minnesota

    Like most of those posting:
    1. Rochefort 10 (every except the two stores within walking distance)
    Followed by:
    2. Corsendonk Christmas Ale (even though it's the middle of April, the GOOD store two blocks away has plenty in stock. The other store two blocks away carries neither bombers nor 750s of ANYTHING.)
    3. Arrogant Bastard

    I haven't rated or reviewed that many beers so this list is subject to change, and while I've tried a lot of different brews in my 30+ years of legal drinking I won't rate anything I haven't had since joining BA. Especially since some are no longer available in the U.S. or no longer exist at all.

    I do need to get to Europe sometime so I can try Westvleteren XII, though.
  25. DCH

    DCH Disciple (304) Jun 12, 2013 New York


    GSB Massive IPA
    Ithaca Flower Power
    Ommegang Three Philosophers

    Shelf beers readily available:

    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Sierra Nevada Stout
    Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
  26. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,706) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    I gave this some thought before looking up my ratings. A few things surprised me:

    In many instances I'm a generous reviewer. In others, far too critical. The beers which came to mind as being my top rated yet easily accessible were not all perfect 5s. (Although, also interestingly, my top rated beers tend to have a rDev in the 10-20% range. Does this mean I shouldn't be rating beers because I'm skewing the mean? Of course not.) I think of myself as reviewing to style, but reading over what I have makes me feel like I should revisit quite a few things.

    That being said, I think Death & Taxes is, at least in the SF Bay Area, one of the finest yet easily accessible (on tap) beers. If we're taking tap and bottles then I still stand by Pliny the Elder. Looking at the rest of my list I can pick out La Fin Du Monde, Zombie Dust, and Bell's Third Coast Old Ale as being some more top rated easily found beers from my list. (With another note to self to revisit that Green Flash West Coast IPA.)

    Finally, this post inspired me to bump Orval to a perfect score. Because, really, it's a perfect beer. Each and every time I've tried it--young, with <6 months age on it, or cellared (up to 3 years)--I've found something new to rave about.
  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Gulden Draak
    Ten FIDY
  28. dank203

    dank203 Zealot (537) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    la fun du monde, roch10, Edmund Fitzgerald porter
  29. nuggetlover

    nuggetlover Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Burton Baton, Founders Breakfast Stout, Ballast Point Sculpin.

    Works every time...
  30. DeFaz

    DeFaz Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2013 Ohio

    Orval Trappist Ale
    Fat Head's Head Hunter
    Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  31. hockeypuck

    hockeypuck Crusader (786) May 7, 2013 Maine

    Aventinus Eisbock
    St Bernardus abt 12
  32. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (3,070) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Ten Fidy
    Belgian Red
    Fantasy Factory (very soon)
  33. ziggyzoggy

    ziggyzoggy Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Ohio

    Rheingeist "Truth" IPA
    MadTree "PsycHOPathy"
    MadTree "Identity Crisis"
  34. Druid_51

    Druid_51 Initiate (142) Aug 11, 2013 Kentucky

    Local/Regional....West Sixth IPA...MadTreee Pyshopathy...Hudepohl Amber lager.

    Always available...Sweetwater 420....SN Torpedo...SA Rebel IPA
  35. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Anchor Steam
    Russian River Pliny The Elder
    Stone Imperial Russian Stout
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