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

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  1. patkorn

    patkorn Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 California

    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta. Amazing beer. $15-20 for a 750. Only problem is latest batch explodes out of the bottle.
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  2. TWStandley

    TWStandley Defender (617) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Berkshire - Coffee Porter - perhaps one of the greatest coffee-centric beers ever created. Try it for yourself.

    Maine - Zoe - almost prefer it to Lunch.

    Founders - Breakfast Stout. I could drink this all day long.
  3. Pelican5

    Pelican5 Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2012 California
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    Central Waters - BBS, got one as an extra then immediately traded for three 4pks. Will be seeking at least a case here soon, I think its released around this time of year, no?
  4. nicnut45

    nicnut45 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2007 Illinois

    Uinta labyrinth
  5. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    New Holland Black Hatter and Beerhive, 21A Hell or High Watermelon, SKA Euphoria, Steven's Point Cascade Pale Ale
  6. scootsmal

    scootsmal Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 New York

    Jacks Abby Kiwi Rising is great stuff, Also Hoponius Union. thankfully I have family out by Boston, they bring me back this stuff when visiting (NY). Hoping for all the best with this brewery, they make some great great beers.
  7. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (984) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Avery Uncle Jacob Stout is up there for me this year. I was able to get a couple of bottles. I'll also piggy back on the ones that said Kiwi Rising from Jack's Abby, actually, I think this was the first year I had Hopponeous Union as well which has become quite possibly my favorite beer.
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  8. ellswrth

    ellswrth Aspirant (213) Oct 7, 2003 Oregon
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    I hadn't seen any hype when I first tried it, but I too am very impressed with Zombie Dust.

    And while it came pretty highly recommended, I'm loving Narwhal, too.
  9. BushDoctor

    BushDoctor Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2007 New York

    Weyerbacher Double Simcoe

    Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA (Label says wet hops)
  10. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

  11. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    i just had Resin the other night at a taproom and it surprised the shit outta me. my buddy was drinking it and offered me a taste and i loved it
  12. Dcv

    Dcv Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2009 Michigan

    The beers coming out of Perrin Brewing Company. I really enjoyed their Two Faced Raspberry beer, strong raspberry flavor and not cloying.


    Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000
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  13. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Meyvn (1,445) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    Yes but this is no surprise
  14. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Meyvn (1,445) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    I would say Stone has impressed me the most in 2012.
    -Mint Chocolate Stout

    Runner up probably goes to Knee Deep Simtra
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  15. dbc5

    dbc5 Devotee (472) Jun 18, 2009 Arizona
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    I'm sipping a Simtra as I type. This beer is locked in a delicious battle with my palette. A great beer, one that I am thoroughly enjoying, but my tongue will be dead after this.
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  16. BearsSox

    BearsSox Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2008 Wisconsin

    Better than Old Rasputin, you say? Hmm... not sure that's a fair claim, but to each their own. When Narwhal wins a dozen-plus gold medals and becomes the standard for BJCP judging of the RIS style, I'll concede.
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  17. Chunksofgunks

    Chunksofgunks Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012

    My friends first IPA. It was great. He is a home brewer but I think he'll be famous one day.
  18. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    Phillips Green Reaper
    Lighthouse Switchback IPA
    Wernesgruner in tall cans
    On draft it is amazing
  19. dalepryor

    dalepryor Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 Kentucky

    Samuel Adams - Merry Mischief

    Fairly easy to come by and freaking delicious!
  20. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    Lagunitas Maximus - best IPA/DIPA I've had yet
    NB Red Hoptober - much more enjoyable than Bell's togt 11 I thought
    Backwoods Bastard - bourbon was a lot to handle, but it was a good intro to BBA beers for me
  21. 1fine69

    1fine69 Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2010 Virginia

    I thought Backwoods Bastard was amazing this year, and very cheap for the quality, though I was only allowed to buy one 4 pack. The Stone Mint Chocolate was also good, but they only let me have a single bottle of that. I also tried Narwhal for the first time the other night, besides the fact that it was extremely cheap, I thought it was an awesome beer, and much better than a few of my friends have suggested.
  22. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (532) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Surprising? Easily Leinenkugals Big Eddy IIPA. I basically expected nothing, given it was a Leinie's, and it turned out to be excellent.
  23. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    HF Everett as mentioned and Susan reminded me of Alpine Duet though the hop flavor was different.
  24. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    I'll 6th, 7th, 8th....whatever we're up to for Rayon Vert. Not usually one of my favorite styles but I can't stop buying it and drinking it. Beautiful beer... Also Chainbreaker from Deschutes surprised the hell out of me. So refreshing and tart in the best way...can't wait to enjoy several at the lake next spring and summer.
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  25. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    hollow promises greenbush
  26. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,122) Mar 18, 2010 California

  27. kemoarps

    kemoarps Meyvn (1,001) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    World Wide Stout and the Chocolate Oak Aged edition of Yeti
    verr tasty
  28. Keithstone44

    Keithstone44 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Indiana

    Alpha Klaus. Absolutely amazing
  29. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (505) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    Just quickly going off memory here, trying to remember which beers I really shared a moment with...

    Old Rasputin on Nitro
    Any of the Yeti's
    Kane's Head High

    Mainly because I wasn't really expecting much from it, but THIS v is really good. Probably the only one I regularly bought (since it went year round)
    Also, I gotta give a shout out to a little brewpub in the area, Trap Rock's (Berkeley Heights, NJ) IPA really wowed me.
  30. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (197) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Had a lot of good beers this year. For me NG Enigma, NG Serendipity, and Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout were all winners. Also had Cantillon Gueuze and Bramble Rye for the first time this year but those are whale-ish.
  31. mclaughlindw4

    mclaughlindw4 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2009 Maine

    I heart tank seven
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  32. mocktm

    mocktm Devotee (437) Jan 3, 2011 Virginia
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    Midnight Sun Berserker....Awesome!
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  33. headylamar

    headylamar Initiate (164) Feb 11, 2010 New Jersey

    Schlafly American IPA. got a 6 pack on a whim and went back the next day for a case. continued buying it whenever it was on the shelves . . . which was entirely too short a time period.
  34. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Mine was Stone 10th Anniv. Ruination. I was completely blown away by the fruity flavor, how easy it was to drink and the super low price tag. However, it was my first Anniv. Ruination and I only bought one (like an idiot). By the time I went back to the store, they were all gone. :slight_frown:
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  35. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Jack Abby Brett Biere De Garde
    Bruery Tart of Darkness
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  36. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    Columbia River's Baltic Porter. My favorite in that style so far.
  37. Fluteswell

    Fluteswell Aspirant (282) Feb 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Schlafly Tasmanian IPA.
  38. dipaguy

    dipaguy Initiate (152) Feb 20, 2011 Florida
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    Wake n bake by terrapin! So good.
  39. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Parabola I think.
  40. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    Schlafly TIPA for sure. Nice pick. Not a whale and def not crazy expensive. Cheers!
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