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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by McStagger, Aug 17, 2014.
Stone, Sublimely Self-Righteous
Highland Brewings 20th Anniversary Saison... Normally not a huge fan of Saisons, but this one was pretty light, not all that skunky, very drinkable.
Bold move, newbie. I like your style.
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.
Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper
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.
It wasn't always that good. It had a recent overhaul.
The other day I picked up a single of Sebago's Hop Swap. It was nice.
Been loving this all summer, can't beat the price!
Dig this one as well. On clearance? All day!
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
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.
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.
St. Peter's Organic English Ale
KC Pils by Boulevard
That's what I heard.. it's like drinking an IPL now..
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
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.
Yep. That's what I got too.
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!
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.
Weekend in DC and really enjoyed 3Stars Citra Saison and Three Brothers Hoptimization. Very tasty and all too drinkable
Troegs La Grave Tripel. Not that I wasn't expecting it to be good but I thought it was incredible. World class tripel IMO.
Westbrook IPA it reminded me of Jai Alai
I was impressed with the Invasion as well, but it's not quite as good as the Jai Alai, IMO.
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.
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.
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.
Boat by Carton. Awesome ale and at only 4.2 percent alcohol great for outside activities.
SKA Estival Cream Stout, I wasn't expecting it to be bad or anything, but I really enjoyed.
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. Either way, Elysian makes some great beers. Wish they came to Kansas/Missouri.
Weyerbacher Old Heathen.
You have got that right! Savant was wonderful too.
Hoppin' Frog Wee Heavy. I have been Loving the caramelized malty beer lately
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!!
Orpheus Transmigration of Souls. It was amazing.
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.
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!
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.