What's your "Non-Whale" surprise beer this year?

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  1. digita7693

    digita7693 Disciple (394) Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    Having just moved from Germany, Bitburger would be way down on my list of go to Pilsners, but I think much of the US is hurting for solid Pilsners.
    Luckily, this is not the case in Portland. Engelberg Pils, is one of my all time favorites and can easily be put up against any German pilsner, Heater Allen is very solid as well.
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  2. ripps1

    ripps1 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 New Jersey

    Boogoop from Mikkeller and Three Floyds was a pleasant surprise for me.
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  3. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (619) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Mad River Steelhead Extra Stout & Smuttynose Robust Porter are two standout regulars that I crave from time to time.
  4. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    Yeah that stuff was all kinds of delicious
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  5. mrand01

    mrand01 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 New Jersey
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    Dude that Sloop Peach Berliner was amazingly good
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  6. tronto

    tronto Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    I'm sure it is. Just one of my personal favs and kinda my gateway into craft. (even though its not craft)
  7. Gladius270

    Gladius270 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 Illinois

    Schlafly T-Ipa for sure. Sooooio fantastically done.
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  8. theCoder

    theCoder Disciple (393) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota
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    Yea I remember seeing this quite plentifully at City Beer last Dec (FW XIV) yet I couldn't find XV anywhere... also City Beer was charging $35 a bottle for it so, yea.
  9. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    FWIW I stopped by the brewery last week and they have a special box of 14, 15 & 16 selling for $125. After seeing that I didn't feel so dumb for buying at least 2 bottles of each when they came out!
    Even better, they had bottles of 13 for sale at the restaurant for $100 a pop, dine in only!
  10. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

  11. Wielder

    Wielder Initiate (142) Sep 5, 2012 Indiana

    Schlafly T-IPA. The regret of only buying a single six pack from the last case I saw.
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  12. Pellinore1

    Pellinore1 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2010 Illinois

    I gotta second this one. Rayon Vert is the one beer I've found myself regularly encouraging other folks to try this year.
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  13. lostandwandering

    lostandwandering Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2009 New Jersey

    Lagunitas Brown Shugga and Maine Beer Mean Old Tom were both first time haves for me this year. They were also both pleasantly delicious.

    Parabola and BCBS were also first times, but based on how hard they were to find in my area I would give them partial whale status.
  14. jupe13

    jupe13 Initiate (139) Jan 18, 2006 Ohio

    Knee Deep Simtra was my surprise this year.
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  15. henryspam

    henryspam Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2009 California

    Ever been to those Wholefoods 20% off events? Earlier this year the beer buyer found a few bottles of FW13 in the storage, I think I paid around $15 each. (20% off the original retail price)
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  16. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    Another good thing about that night, it gave you the idea of what to use for your BA user name :wink:
  17. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Whoa that's awesome. I always do the rounds when they have the 20% off days, it's a great time to do some cellar building and try stuff I've had my eyes on. Last time the beer guy gave me some Cantillon from the back, but some 13 would be cool too :grinning:
  18. fehrminator

    fehrminator Disciple (349) Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina
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    SN Narwhal
    Flanders Fred
    Sang Noir
    Imperial Biscotti Break
    Lagunitas Sucks
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  19. Leaf_hound

    Leaf_hound Initiate (150) Aug 29, 2012 California
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    The rio Reserva is no whale but... it does cost 35-40 for a bottle. It is one of the best quads I ever had though.
  20. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Bells - This one goes to 11 ale

    I had a tasting of fresh Pliny vs. fresh Heady Topper, then we finished up by drinking a 6 pack of 11 ale.

    Different styles, yes, but everyone agreed that the 11 ale was the star of the night.
  21. henryspam

    henryspam Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2009 California

    Was it James from Oakland Wholefoods?
  22. nopucophop

    nopucophop Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2009 New York
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    Stillwater Premium and for whale status Schneider Hopfen Weise aged in Pinot/Gin barrels as part of the Zymatore project.
  23. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2009 Illinois

    Stuff I tried for the first time this year? Ballast Point Big Eye. Tried a lot of new stuff when I went to SF on spring break and I keep coming back to that as a surprise. The Pliny was good too, but I was expecting that.
  24. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,230) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    It should be Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, which has blown me away every time I have tried it.

    However, Deschutes's Red Chair blew me away even more.

    So, Deschutes Red Chair.
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  25. Gladius270

    Gladius270 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 Illinois

    I picked some up today. Brewed 11/24. Saw 2 places that had multiple cases of this left.
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  26. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    I have to agree with this 1. Sebago bbbw for the win! Had it side by side with Firestone Walker Sucaba And it was not close
  27. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Palate Wrecker!!!

    Indian Brown Ale
    And Bitch Creek ESB
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  28. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    For me the biggest surprise will be when Punk IPA more or less tastes the same over two successive batches.
  29. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Nope it was the beer guy from the Whole Foods on Bascom in San Jose (unfortuntely I'm terrible with names, but he was a cool dude and deserves a shout out.)
  30. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Ooooh, Palate Wrecker. Excellent nomination.
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  31. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Yeah pretty cheap for how much brett they use in it. Love that motherfunking beer.
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  32. HarrySTruman

    HarrySTruman Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Michigan

    I'm on my way to buy more! I killed a 4 pack way faster than I should have.
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  33. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Peep out FRESH Sculpin. Blows awayyyy big eye and is just as good as Pliny, just way different and opposite ends of the hop spectrum. Big tropical smells and tastes and quite a bit drier than Pliny.
  34. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Bear Republic Tartare. Just a fantastic Berliner Weisse.
  35. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    FW Wookey Jack... especially on tap! Not a huge fan of Cascadian/Black IPA's. This is really fantastic!
    Cortland Brewing Flight Level 410 BBA Barleywine... KILLER!!!
    Adirondack Imperial Cream Ale... Wish they'd bottle this!
    De Struise Black Albert... Why did I have to have this? It's forever gonna make enjoying any other Belgian RIS a problem! DAMN NEAR PERFECT!!!
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  36. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,883) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Those of us who are married don't need our testes anymore.:stuck_out_tongue: So what can I get in the way of whales for swimmers?

    But seriously, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break is golden!
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  37. airmike

    airmike Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2011 Colorado

    Totally adhere to this statement! Phenomenal stuff
  38. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Second that. I thought it could have had a touch more wheat if they were going for a traditional BW, but either way it's a great beer. I must have drank a quarter of the keg at my local by myself.
  39. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Thanks for sharing bro. Just thanks. So hurt right now. Couldnt even send a handbottle. You act like I made you drink the worlds worst barleywine on a dare of something and now hold that against me. Oh wait..........That was a real thing. :flushed:

  40. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Haha don't tear yourself up over it, it was perversely enjoyable for the first hour or so until the headache came on :grinning: But yeah, I tried pretty hard to get a growler fill but no dice. I have a feeling they'll be making it again, I'll see what I can do! Cheers dude
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