What are your TOP TEN beers of 2014?

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  1. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    Hello everyone, it's that time of year again, time to list your top 10 brews for the previous year. You can only list beers that you tried for the first time in 2014.

    1. Firestone Walker Sucaba

    2. Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

    3. Lagunitas Sucks

    4. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    5. Sierra Nevada Narwhal

    6. Rodenbach Grand Cru

    7. Lone Pint Yellow Rose IPA

    8. Boulevard Saison Brett

    9. Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche (oak smoke)

    10. Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale

    Well there you have, those are my pics. I would like to congratulate Boulevard Brewing Company and Shlenkerla for making my list 2 years in a row. Both companies are making some great stuff!
     
  2. Anaxagoris

    Anaxagoris Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2014 Washington

    So many good beers in 2014

    1. Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star with Coffee
    2. Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable with Cinnamon and Coffee
    3. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
    4. Half Acre Heyoka
    5. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    6. Russian River Row2/Hill 56
    7. Hair Of The Dog Adam Batch 1
    8. Jester King Black Metal
    9. Fort George 3-Way (Boneyard/Block 15)
    10. Maul Imperial Coconut Porter.
     
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  3. pagesofphotographs

    pagesofphotographs Defender (667) Sep 15, 2013 Colorado
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    1. Abner
    2. Bourbon Barrel Biscotti
    3. Tweak
    4. Casey Saison
    5. Trillium Fort Point Galaxy Double Dry Hopped
    6. Permanent Funeral
    7. Backwoods Bastard
    8. Nightmare on Brett (Leopold barrel)
    9. Society & Solitude #6
    10. Firestone Walker 17 or Stickee Monkee
     
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  4. Raj

    Raj Disciple (312) Jun 25, 2014 Illinois
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    No particular order

    SP Saison du fermier
    FW Parabola 2012
    GI Bourbon county vanilla rye
    GI Madame Rose
    Perennial Abraxas
    Spiteful Working for the weekend DIPA
    JP Biere du Mars
    NG Scream IIPA
    RR Supplication
    TG Pseudosue
     
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  5. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Vanilla Rye
    Marshall Zhukov
    CW 16
    FW 17
    BA VSS
    Greenbush Rage
    Karben4 Idiot Farm
    18th Street Sinister
    Revolution Unsessionable
    NG Scream
     
  6. lic217

    lic217 Champion (873) Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    1) Half Acre Beer Hates Astronaught
    2) Night Shift Stop Collaborate and Glisten
    3) Trillium Congress St IPA
    4) Wormtown Be Hoppy
    5) Trillium Pot and Kettle
    6) Tree House Green
    7) Jack Abbey Kiwi Rising
    8) Tree House Julius
    9) New England Coriolis
    10) Bruery Oude Tart

    MA has really been hitting their stride lately. Trillium, wormtown, Tree House, Night Shift, and Jack Abbey are all doing great things. 7 out of my top 10 new beerrs for 2014 camee out of MA. I do not think they are that far behind the great state of VT (from what I have tried).
     
  7. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Simple Things ease a Simple Mind:

    1. Columbus - Bodhi
    2. Evil Twin - Bourbon Barrel IBB
    3. Hoppin Frog - Pappy Van Wink B.O.R.I.S.
    4. Jackie O's - Dark Apparition
    5. Fat Heads - Hop Juju
    6. Fyne Ales - Jarl
    7. Thirsty Dog - Wulver
    8. Modern Times - Blazing World
    9. Central Waters - Barrel Aged Barley Wine
    10. NEBCO - Gandhi Bot (I hope that doesn't offend anyone!)
    There's more yet off the top of my head that's my choice...
     
  8. CTbrew32

    CTbrew32 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2013 Rhode Island

    1. Gandhi Bot
    2. BCBS
    3. Extremely Angry Beast
    4. La Cumbre Elevated Ipa
    5. Bomb!
    6. Parabola
    7. FW Double DBA
    8. Nebco Fuzzy Baby Ducks or Supernaut
    9. Jacks Abby Mass Rising
    10. Black Mesa Red Badger Stout

    I keep trying as many styles as possible and ipas and stouts continue to dominate for me.
     
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  9. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,777) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    No Particular order
    Pseudo Sue
    Darkness 14
    Assassain
    Lunker
    Zeelander
    BA Narwhal
    Freak of Nature
    Rumpkin
    Sticker Fight
    Rum King
     
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  10. CTbrew32

    CTbrew32 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2013 Rhode Island

    I'm quite offended. But probably for different reasons than our friends overseas....Probably.
     
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  11. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas


    I have a tendency to agree with you when it comes to stouts. I just can't seem to stop buying them and drinking them but when I do get something different I am usually in awe of it like #2 and #6 on my list. Rodenbach GC and BBQ are such wonderful complex beers.
     
  12. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Sorry, should've stated "in no FUCKING ORDER"! :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,853) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    The Part Where I List Many Hoppy Beers with no real explanation why:
    (which makes sense, I suppose, because that's where a lot of my new beers come from)

    Top Ten New Beers (in order...for now :slight_smile:)-
    Lawson's Double Sunshine
    Traunsteiner Helles
    Schlenkerla Fastenbier
    No-Da Hop Drop n Roll
    BA Narwhal
    Ballantine IPA
    Heady Topper
    Revolution Unsessionable
    Neshaminy Creek Shape of Hops to Come
    Furst Wallerstein Zwickel

    The part where I list Honorable Mentions along with an explanation:
    Southern Tier Grand Arbor Saison- sleeper of the year for me. Such a pleasure to drink, I've lost count of how many times I've gone back to this well over the past 7-8 months, and it's always a treat. Just nailed the dry finish, yeast signature, enough complexity to always keep it interesting. Oh yeah- maple. A hint of a hint, I guess, but it's not the reason I kept coming back.

    Callicoon Brewing Country Lager- a great riff on the Classic American Pilsner style. Instead of 6-row malt they used Pilsner Malt, made it nice and classy-like. Very soft water profile, impeccable balance, noble hops, and, yeah, some flaked maize. It was good. Real good. 'About as good as this kind of beer can get' good. I hope they brew it again this spring; their summer ale was not nearly on this level.

    Straub Pilsner- of all of my very memorable beer moments in a most excellent 2014, the one that really sticks out the most was the "where in the hell did that come from" after I took my first sips of this beer. This one not only holds its own in a sea of superb PA pilsners, but could just be among the top tier. Way to go Straub! An old-school family regional brewer doing it up righteous! (The rest of the Summer Sampler was also nearly on the same level, imo.)
     
  14. Derek

    Derek Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2005 Canada (BC)

    Here's my top 10 (new ratings this year):

    FiftyFifty - Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
    Kona Brewing - Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout
    Big Island Brewhouse - Paniolo Pale Ale
    Russel Brewing - White Rabbit
    Stone - RuinTen IPA
    Four Winds - Juxtapose Brett IPA
    Driftwood - Entangled Hopfenweisse
    New Belgium - Hop Kitchen RyePA
    Green Flash - Road Warrior Imperial Rye India Pale Ale
    Brouwerij Huyghe - Delirium Nocturnum
     
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  15. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (4,129) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
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    My faves off the top of my head, in no order:

    Rivertowne Headless Wylie
    Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
    Lagunitas NightTime
    The Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre
    Revolution Unsessionable
    Bell's Mars
    Clown Shoes Space Cake
    Three Floyds/Surly/Real Ale Blakkr
    Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barleywine
    Stone Xocoveza
     
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  16. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Defender (666) Mar 10, 2013 California
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    In no particular order:

    The Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
    The Bruery Sour in the Rye
    The Bruery Befuddlement
    Russian River Beatification
    Noble Ale Works Showers series (some are better than others but they're ALL pretty good--I think Simcoe was my fave)
    New Belgium LOF Le Terroir
    Stone Xocoveza
    Stone Smoked Porter with Congo Coffee & Orange Peel (NOT the chocolate & orange peel)
    Prairie Bomb!
    HF Abner
    Grassroots Brother Soigné

    That's actually eleven--so sue me.
     
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  17. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,205) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Side Project ~ Pulling Nails Blend #2
    Side Project ~ Saison Du Blé
    Anchorage/Mikkeller ~ Invasion IPA
    4 Hands ~ Ca$h Mony IPA
    Side Project ~ Saison Du Fermier
    Prairie ~ Prairie Hop Saison
    Green Flash ~ Hop Odyssey Black IPA
    Side Project ~ Saison de Rouge
    Urban Chestnut ~ Wolpertinger - Red Wine Barrel Aged
    Local Option ~ Kentucky Common Wild Ale
     
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  18. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Aspirant (263) Dec 26, 2008 Connecticut

    In no apparent order....the best new to me in '14

    Tree House Green
    Tree House Haze
    Tree House Very Hazy
    Tree House Very Green
    Tree House Good morning
    Tree House Yaaaarrrgh
    Trillium Big Sprang
    Nebco Locust Reign
    Lawson's Sip Of Sunshine
    Otter Creek/Lawson's Double Dose

    that's about how I spent the 2nd half of 2014
     
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  19. CTbrew32

    CTbrew32 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2013 Rhode Island

    I've got a BBQ sitting back home waiting to be had. Hopefully that is a wow beer for me as well, and help start some diversity in my top rankings.
     
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  20. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas


    Just to let you know, you could actually drink BBQ at room temperature but go ahead and chill it for about 2 or 3 hours in the fridge. you will notice that the flavors really take off when the beer warms up.
     
  21. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (579) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    I will stick to my top 10 new beers of 2014 (in no particular order):

    Lawson's Finest Liquid's Sip of Sunshine
    Stone Xocoveza Stout
    Sixpoint Hi-Res
    Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose
    Anderson Valley Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose
    Yazoo Embrace the Funk Deux Rouges
    Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA
    Victory Wild Devil
    Three Floyd's Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin
    Lazy Magnolia Southern Hops'pitality
     
  22. trymucham

    trymucham Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2012 Minnesota

    No particular order...
    Indeed Mexican Honey
    Surly Darkness barrel aged
    Dark Horse Plead the Fifth
    Northgate Pumpion
    Clown Shoes Spacecake
    Dell's Brewing Rustic Red
    Southern Tier Warlock
    Hammerheart Hail to the Dark Gourd
    Founder's Breakfast Stout
    Surly Abrasive
     
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  23. dougfur

    dougfur Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 New York

    Lawson's "Sip o' sunshine"
    Hill Farmstead's "What is Enlightenment"
    Fiddlehead's "Mastermind DIPA"
    ... I know I had some other good ones, but seriously, none of them were in the same league as these three. Vermont is killing it right now.
     
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  24. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (412) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Couldn't rank these bad boys...

    Treehouse julius
    FFF permanent funeral
    Half acre beer hates astronauts
    Pipeworks sure bet
    Surly Todd the Axe Man
    Lengthwise Ale Ya
    Lagunitas Born yesterday
    TG pseudo sue
    Columbus Bodhi
    Kern Citra
     
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  25. bob_d

    bob_d Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 Missouri

    no order here, either

    BA Abraxas
    King Henry
    SP Black and Wild
    BA Sump
    DB Hunahpu
    Zombie Dust
    Double Barrel Jesus
    Dinner
    Viet Speedway
     
  26. okcommuter

    okcommuter Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2012 Michigan

    Is there an acronym for in no particular order? Cause here are mine, INPO.

    Stone Enjoy By
    Goose Island Madame Rose
    2013 KBS
    Victory Hop Ranch
    Petrus Aged Pale
    Monks Cafe Flemish Sour
    Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
    Clown Shoes Space Cake
    Southern Tier 2Xpresso
    DFH Festina Peche
     
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  27. Droopy487

    Droopy487 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Tennessee

    New to me in 2014: No particular order

    1. Pipeworks Citra
    2. Zombie Dust
    3. Focal Banger
    4. Heady Topper
    5. Pseudo Sue
    6. Unsessionable
    7. Gandhi Bot
    8. The Crusher
    9. Stone W00t Stout 2.0
    10. Permanent Funeral
     
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  28. ryman546

    ryman546 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2013 Florida

    1. Rum Marshal Zhukov
    2. Rum Ba Caffe Americano
    3. Atrial Rubicite
    4. Prop
    5. Transient presque wine barrel aged
    6. Chocolate Rain
    7. Rum white oak jai lai pineapple
    8. Melange 3
    9. Apricot grove
    10. The wanderer
     
  29. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,711) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Alchemist heady topper
    Tree house Julius
    Ballast point sculpin
    Hill farmstead Everett porter
    Maine beer company lunch
    Jácks Abby bride maker
    Trappist rochefort 10
    Jácks Abby cocoa nut barrel aged Framinghammer
    Jácks Abby lager ness monster
    Samuel Adams utopia

    A very good year
     
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  30. theoceantakesme

    theoceantakesme Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2013 New Hampshire

    No particular order but:

    Hill Farmstead- Friendship & Devotion
    Hill Farmstead- Abner
    Hill Farmstead- Edward
    Hill Farmstead- Double Citra
    Hill Farmstead- Excursions #1
    Alchemist- Heady Topper
    Alchemist- Focal Banger
    Tree House- Double shot
    Bissell Brothers- Substance
    Stone- Xocoveza
     
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  31. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (801) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Somewhat order, but mostly random:

    Treehouse - Julius
    Treehouse - Good Morning
    Hill Farmstead - Convivial Suarez
    Hill Farmstead - Anna
    Cigar City - Hunaphu
    Bissell Brothers - Substance
    Parish - Ghost in the Machine
    Lawson's - Sip of Sunshine
    Stone - Xocoveza
    Goose Island - Bourbon County Vanilla Rye

    Could go on for days...I drank/traveled for too much epic beer in 2014.
     
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  32. mdr4669

    mdr4669 Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2010 Massachusetts

    So many good brews in 2014, I’m going to try to keep it to new to me brews.

    Double Sunshine
    HF Abner
    Cantillon Gueze
    HF Double Citra
    3F Golden Doesjel
    HF Anna
    HF Brother Soigne
    HF Edward
    Three Floyds Zombie Dust
    Sip of Sunshine

    Honorable Mention: KBS, HF Everett, Good Morning, Sucaba, Mastermind IPA, Treehouse & TG David, Treehouse Lucid & Treehouse Double Shot.
     
  33. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (839) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The one I have been drinking by the case all year

    Round guys fear of a Brett planet

    Enjoy
     
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  34. Brewventurer

    Brewventurer Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2013 Tennessee

    Not in order

    Oskar Blues Bulleit Rye Ten Fidy
    Grapefruit Sculpin
    Jackie o's Black Maple
    Westbrook Rummy Old Time
    Westbrook Double Barrel Mexican Cake
    Indeed Rum King
    Upland Darksynth
    Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Big Sound
    Surly Darkness '11
    FiftyFifty Eclips Christian Bros. Brandy Barrel
     
  35. rooskey379

    rooskey379 Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Michigan

    No particular order either, and I really got into beer early summer so this accounts for basically half the year:

    BCBS
    Backwoods Bastard
    Xocoveza
    Dragons Milk
    Bells Mars
    Big Bad Baptist
    Founders Imperial Stout
    Zombie Dust
    Bellwoods Bring Out Your Dead
    Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout
     
  36. Apellonious

    Apellonious Meyvn (1,470) Oct 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Bourbon County Barleywine
    Bourbon County Stout
    Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
    Stone Ruination/ RuinTen
    Stone Enjoy By
    Noda Hop Drop And Roll
    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    Sierra Nevada BBA Narwhal
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
     
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  37. RichD

    RichD Crusader (792) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    It's always tough to narrow down all the great beers that I had in 2014. Here goes nothing. In no particular order, of course.

    Bissell Brothers Substance Ale
    Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek
    Grey Sail Captain's Daughter
    Lawson's Maple Tripple Ale
    Cantillon Iris
    Noda Hop Drop N Roll
    Bell's Black Note Stout
    3 Floyds Zombie Dust
    Jack's Abby Vanilla Barrel Aged Framinghammer
    Tree House Haze
     
  38. IowaBiertrinker

    IowaBiertrinker Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Iowa

    2014 was my best year in beer yet. Hoping the trend continues in 2015! Favorites by style:

    TG KBBS
    Founders CBS
    Hardywood Trickery
    2014 Darkness
    Stone Xocoveza

    TG Zeelander
    TG King Sue
    Neshaminy The Shape of Hops to Come

    Fou Foune
    New Glarus CranBic
     
  39. DanV

    DanV Initiate (0) May 2, 2010 Missouri

    SP Black and Wild
    SP Blanc de Blancs
    BCBS Vanilla 2010
    BCBS Vanilla 2014
    SITR w/kumquats
    Sump Kyoto blend
    Madame Rose 2010
    Civil Life big American Brown
    Pliney the Elder
    BA Abraxas
     
  40. schinebd

    schinebd Disciple (353) Feb 11, 2008 Massachusetts
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    No order:

    Treehouse Green
    Treehouse Julius
    Trillium Heavy Mettle
    Hill Farmstead Abner
    Cascade Bourbon Cherry Quad
    Jack's Abby Cocoa-Nut Barrel Aged Framinghammer
    Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
    Cantillon Zwanze
    Boneyard Hop Venom
    Firestone Walker PNC
     
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