What was your latest "pleasantly surprised" beer?

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  1. jeremy3311

    jeremy3311 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2013 Ohio

    Stone, Sublimely Self-Righteous
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  2. NCMonte

    NCMonte Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2014 North Carolina

    Highland Brewings 20th Anniversary Saison... Normally not a huge fan of Saisons, but this one was pretty light, not all that skunky, very drinkable.
  3. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,227) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Bold move, newbie. I like your style.
  4. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Aspirant (208) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    Picked up a Lagunitas Imperial Red over the weekend and damn was it smooth and delicious! At 4.99 a bottle I'll absolutley be picking it up again.
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  5. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper
  6. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Sierra Nevada Vienna was damn delicious for me. Certainly gave Boston Lager a run for its money. Definitely could see that one as a year round brew for SN. It's that good.

    As above poster said, Anderson Valley Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose. Perfect balance.

    Was also impressed, unlike others it would seem, with Ithaca's Crusier Berliner Weisse. Again, striked a nice blance without trying to outdo itself.
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  7. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    It wasn't always that good. It had a recent overhaul.
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  8. PenningtonNY10

    PenningtonNY10 Initiate (162) Nov 20, 2009 Connecticut

    The other day I picked up a single of Sebago's Hop Swap. It was nice.
  9. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Been loving this all summer, can't beat the price!
  10. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (7,858) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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  11. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Dig this one as well. On clearance? All day!
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  12. MaltLickyWithTheCandy

    MaltLickyWithTheCandy Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2013 Maryland

    Lagunitas A lil sumpin extra. The difference between the regular lil sumpin, and the extra is very noticable. A lot of fruit and citrusy and pine notes in the extra. Good stuff
  13. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    I'll second that on NB Tour De Fall. I've been working through a sixer and finding it's a really easy to enjoy beer. The cascade and amarillo hops provide a really nice citrusy-orangey punch with very low bitterness. Like most of NB's brews, this one is well balanced, approachable, and the price is right. I'm not sure what it is, but it's also got that signature NB underlying flavor. A good brew with a good value.
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  14. EuphonicHops

    EuphonicHops Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Virginia

    I had heard mostly negative reviews of The Bruery/Three Floyds collab Floyd D'Rue. A fellow BA brought it to a bottle share on Saturday and I thought it was great. There were no signs of infection, and I think the consensus was that it was very enjoyable.
  15. Wobbly

    Wobbly Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Missouri

    St. Peter's Organic English Ale
    KC Pils by Boulevard
  16. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (4,119) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio
    Society Trader

    That's what I heard.. it's like drinking an IPL now..
  17. choicegrinds

    choicegrinds Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2014 New York

    This one
  18. M_chav

    M_chav Savant (962) Apr 15, 2014 New Mexico

    Modern Times, Blazing World----- blew my mind, got only a single as an extra but definitely wanted a whole case to myself after trying it. Anybody love this brew as much as me? Can't believe it's not more highly rated
  19. RobertH50

    RobertH50 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 Texas

    Jester King Snorkel. Was a little leery of the mushrooms and smoked sea salt but tried it Saturday at the brewery and it was really good.
  20. Harnkus

    Harnkus Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    Yep. That's what I got too.
  21. DemoniChris

    DemoniChris Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2013 Nebraska

    Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw (2013) and Lagunitas Imperial Red

    Both pretty much blew my mind. I had a 2014 bottle of the Blauw right after and it wasn't nearly as good. Even more age must do complete wonders to that brew!
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  22. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (1,790) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    I have to agree 100%. I knew it would be good, it is a Lagunitas beer after all, but, just surprised at just HOW MUCH I like it.

    I liked the Heavy Seas BA Siren Noire a lot too. I figured I'd like it, but I was raving about it the entire time I was drinking it. Great price too.
  23. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Weekend in DC and really enjoyed 3Stars Citra Saison and Three Brothers Hoptimization. Very tasty and all too drinkable
  24. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Troegs La Grave Tripel. Not that I wasn't expecting it to be good but I thought it was incredible. World class tripel IMO.
  25. reebtaerG

    reebtaerG Meyvn (1,005) Nov 24, 2013 Maryland

    Westbrook IPA it reminded me of Jai Alai
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  26. peteboiler

    peteboiler Initiate (138) Dec 16, 2010 Florida

    I was impressed with the Invasion as well, but it's not quite as good as the Jai Alai, IMO.
  27. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (304) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Boatswain Chocolate Stout. I was surprised because I tried their IPA which I really didn't care for, then tried the stout and it turned out to be pretty good. I won't say it wowed me but I did like it. And I believe it was $2.49 a bomber at Trader Joe's, which feels like a very good deal. At that price you don't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
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  28. Mizz

    Mizz Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2014 California

    2012 Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. I hadn't tried it before, and had recently read that some people were disappointed with 120 Minute in light of the BA score, so I was a little hesitant. I was more than pleasantly surprised, I suppose...I was blown away.
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  29. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (553) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Westbrook Gose was a very unique experience. As it says on the can--Sour and Salty. Did not think I would like the style but perfect on a 90 degree day.
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  30. Flashy

    Flashy Zealot (565) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Boat by Carton. Awesome ale and at only 4.2 percent alcohol great for outside activities.
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  31. Storm21

    Storm21 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2013 Ohio

    SKA Estival Cream Stout, I wasn't expecting it to be bad or anything, but I really enjoyed.
  32. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    I opened my NB/FFF Lips of Faith Grätzer tonight and I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting much. What resulted was a really nice beer with just enough smoke to be interesting. I was under the impression that style was supposed to be sour, and I didn't get much sourness from it at all, but regardless of that it was a really enjoyable beer. One of the better smoky tasting beers I've had.

    The other one I'll mention is 4 Hands City of Dreams, which is just a common APA that I bought on tap because I like to try anything I haven't seen from local(ish) breweries. My first sip resulted in a double take. It's not quite on the level of PseudoSue or Zombie Dust, but it's not far behind in my book. It's hard not to buy all the bottles every time I come across it on the shelf.

    You know, after I read both your posts, I was going to add Elysian Jasmine IPA and add that you could really list any Elysian beer on this thread... then I thought to myself, if I am pleasantly surprised over and over by the same brewer, perhaps the issue is with me--I shouldn't be surprised any longer. :slight_smile: Either way, Elysian makes some great beers. Wish they came to Kansas/Missouri.
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  33. TommyTheHat

    TommyTheHat Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Weyerbacher Old Heathen.
  34. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    You have got that right! Savant was wonderful too. :slight_smile:
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  35. nkelley77

    nkelley77 Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2013 Massachusetts

    Hoppin' Frog Wee Heavy. I have been Loving the caramelized malty beer lately
  36. NHhomebrewguy

    NHhomebrewguy Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Not the biggest fan of brown ales but this beer from a local brewery gave me hope that brown ales can be drinkable. Blew me away!!
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  37. KG710

    KG710 Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2014 Georgia

    Orpheus Transmigration of Souls. It was amazing.
  38. CoverMePorkins

    CoverMePorkins Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 New Mexico

    Agree. After living in Germany for 3 years I came to appreciate well made lagers and The Crisp is a good one. It will be a staple in my fridge.
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  39. MarkGamber

    MarkGamber Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Wachusett Larry. I picked up a six pack in Burlington because a friend back home is "Larry" and then I tried one. Holy crap what a good IPA! I'm hoping to instruct a friend to pick up a case for me next month when he's in Montpelier!
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  40. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I had a Harpoon UFO Pumpkin on Sunday. Really enjoyable. Nice beer.

    @MarkGamber you are spilling the beans on Larry? The best and cheapest undiscovered IIPA? Stuff is awesome fresh.
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