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

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by henryspam, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    non-whale, torpedo
  2. bobbanks001

    bobbanks001 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. surprised the hell out of me!
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  3. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Uncle Jacob's Stout.
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  4. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,366) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    NB Cocoa Mole. Beer blew my socks off. Rated it better than 99% of the whales I've tried.

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  5. SDG1070

    SDG1070 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 Ohio

    Adam from the Wood was incredible and something that I had to go to the brewery in order to try.
    Schlafly TIPA is absolutely amazing and is readily availlable in my neck of the woods.
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  6. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    I've got a bottle of Red Thunder on the way from a trade. So excited!
  7. cornontherob

    cornontherob Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 New York

    Maine lunch IPA was really great
  8. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    Fremont Summer Ale. Who knew a SMASH could taste so freaking awesome????
  9. tripeldubya

    tripeldubya Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    had odell myrcenary for the first time in Minneapolis this past summer. wow.
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  10. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    Head Hunter and FBS without a doubt
  11. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (611) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Guinness Foreign Export Stout, Williamsberg Bourbon Barrel Porter, or Firestone Walker Union Jack
  12. flyingmick

    flyingmick Aspirant (260) Jul 3, 2012 Texas

    Uinta Hop Notch has become a regular in my fridge this year.
  13. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I agree with this. I got Adam and Fred for the first time. Fred was okay but Adam was amazing.
  14. GeddyLeeRocks

    GeddyLeeRocks Initiate (158) Oct 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Colt .45 Double Malt
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  15. RichD

    RichD Champion (806) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Do you know how much a growler from the brewery costs? I might shoot up there on Friday to try some Kiwi Rising.

    As for my non-whale surprise beers, I'd have to go with Jack's Abby Hoponius Union and Maine Beer Co. Lunch. Both are awesome. Especially since I never really liked IPA's until 2012.
  16. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Shorts Brewing Autumn Ale.

    I was expecting a ho-hum malty ESB and what I got was a pleasantly hoppy ESB. Easily my favorite beer in that category. To my mind it is a perfect September brew to bridge that awkward time between the bright hoppy beers of summer and the the malty and spicy beers of mid-October through November, aka the time when everyone wonders if they should be drinking that pumpkin beer just yet.
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  17. danfinegan3

    danfinegan3 Initiate (163) May 5, 2010 Florida
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    aboslutely to the above got one as an extra in trade and the traded for a whole case
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  18. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Virginia

    Baxter Brewing - Winter Stout

    I had never heard of it but it was pretty damn tasty.
  19. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,310) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
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    Narwhal, ironically enough.

    Runners Up:
    AleSmith Horny Devil
    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
  20. kpacedo

    kpacedo Aspirant (206) Nov 24, 2009 California
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    Drake's 1500

    Edit to add Narwhal
  21. HarryHood

    HarryHood Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Ohio

    -New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    -Flower Power
  22. brother_kenneth

    brother_kenneth Zealot (559) Oct 22, 2012 Virginia
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    Wake n Fucking Bake!
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  23. ucsbmullet

    ucsbmullet Crusader (749) Oct 5, 2011 Colorado
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    Upslope Christmas Ale. Bought 4 or 5 four-packs. Smoothest Dubbel you'll ever drink.
  24. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Old hat to most of you all, but mine would be SN Celebration Ake. I used to hate IPAs. And then I tried this. I swear that I could hear a chorus of angels sing.

    I think NG Sasion was also pretty damn amazing. I have a bottle of Serendipity that I wasn't going to drink because I 'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but since it 's been mentioned here a few times, maybe I should give it a go.
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  25. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    1) Celebration. Not sure why this was my first season for this. Love it.
    2) Narwhal....(whale logo notwithstanding). Just found 1/2 case in NY last week. Can't find any more around IL. Amazingly drinkable.
    3) Rocky's Revenge. Light on the bourbon.....but perfect for downing a few. Added this to my regular rotation of browns.
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  26. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    High Water Campfire Stout.
  27. ptownjosh

    ptownjosh Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Oregon

    mogli by caldera
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  28. cyrushire

    cyrushire Crusader (728) May 25, 2012 Florida
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    white oak jai alai. I'm not the biggest fan of beers with the word "pale" anywhere in the description but these are just amazing.
  29. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Brown shugga, FBS, this one goes to 11
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  30. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (389) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Ten Fidy. Only in the past year has it been distributed to my area; I know it's got a great rep, but I was not expecting it to blow me away.

    Green Flash Le Freak. A nice balance of hops and classic Belgian spice.

    21st Amendment Monk's Blood surprised me as well.
  31. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    +1 to Live a Rich Life, one of the best-smelling beers of the year. Which reminds me, Galaxy White IPA smells amazing, too. And I really dug Cucumber Saison.
  32. brewtus

    brewtus Zealot (549) Dec 29, 2012 Ohio
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    Fermentation Without Representation - Epic Brewing Co. Was like drinking pumpkin pie
  33. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Narwhal is excellent and still hanging around. Brooklyn BCS amazes me every year.

    On a more whale scale, Boulevard Rye on Rye blew me away. What a wonderful BA beer. Complex and smooth and if I didn't know it, I would've never guessed the 12% ABV.
  34. Chaney

    Chaney Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    On the Wings of Armageddon
  35. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    So far in 2013...

    Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
  36. bobv

    bobv Meyvn (1,409) Feb 3, 2009 Vermont
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    Hof Ten Dormaal Winter: best value sour I ever had.
  37. rodlavers

    rodlavers Defender (606) Jun 20, 2012 Maryland

    Fat Heads Head Hunter
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  38. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,458) May 19, 2005 Colorado

  39. HarryHood

    HarryHood Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2012 Ohio

    Have you had the Barrel Aged? I'm sitting on one now.
  40. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Have not had the BA Gonzo, but have 2 bottles waiting to be opened.
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