Which Beer Really Let You Down?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by CityofWind_brew, Dec 8, 2015.

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  1. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Maven (1,338) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois

    You never thought you'd get your hands on it... You searched high and low, maybe even attempted to trade for it... And FINALLY you landed the beer you've only heard stories of. However, it just simply isn't what you thought it'd be! What elite beers out there just didn't live up to the hype for you?
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  2. LennyOvies

    LennyOvies Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2015 Mexico

    Might not seem like much, but since I live in Mexico pretty much all beers in the Top Beers section are just wet dreams for me.

    Last week I landed a Pure Hoppiness by Alpine and it was good but there was no wow factor at all. There are better beers over here.
  3. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Grand Pooh-Bah (5,160) Aug 12, 2007 California
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    I'm not sure it's elite, but it certainly had enough hype for my preferred style. Chillwave pissed me off. I left two 6-packs, maybe more, in PA at a friend's house. I told him to share willingly with neighbors, as he is more of a porter/stout guy. It was way too malty for me, and the hop profile didn't wow me enough to overcome its lack of balance. Cheers!
  4. beerchic

    beerchic Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2015 Ohio

    I don't know how hyped it is, but my beer mentor and I have very similar palates as far as beer and wine go. He hooked me up with a Dark Lord. I almost didn't have the heart to tell him how underwhelmed I was.
  5. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    One beer that really let me down was Green Flash Cellar 3 Silva Stout, I love barrel aged stouts and I was really looking forward to this. I paid $20 + tax for a bottle, opened it, poured it, tasted it and I thought what is going on? It was a butter bomb, tasted horrible, found out later there were infected bottles and since then I have not dropped any money on the Cellar 3 releases even though they all look good.
  6. bluehende

    bluehende Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    As much as I love Ballast point......it was Sculpin for me. It was on tap so maybe not so fresh being shipped across country. Of course 1 billion votes on the other side say I am wrong.
  7. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    passed on cases of Pure Hoppiness today at TW. At $17.99 a six it would never be as good as I read.
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  8. threedaggers

    threedaggers Maven (1,448) Dec 2, 2013 Kentucky

    Avery Liliko'i kepolo. I heard this was good, but I knew it was Avery, and I should've known better.
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  9. Beef_Curtains

    Beef_Curtains Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2013 Ohio

    I second this. Pure Hoppiness is my least favorite Alpine I've gotten.
  10. MahjongNucleus

    MahjongNucleus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2014 Michigan

    El Mole Ocho by New Holland. It was supposed to be "laced" with chilis and have a cocoa back to it. What I got was the reverse, big chili hit and almost no cocoa.
  11. onespartan

    onespartan Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2008 Michigan

    Deschutes Abyss. I wouldn't buy it again at any price.
  12. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    I'm going with Pure Hoppiness as well.
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  13. floridadrift

    floridadrift Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Florida

    Dragontrax b2
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  14. goodbeer4cheap

    goodbeer4cheap Devotee (375) Nov 28, 2012 Indiana

    The flagship ones for the most part of the bigger craft and former craft brewers are awful in my opinion. So rather I will call some out. Boston Lager is only better than the domestic lite lagers a style that is underused but as a brewer of small scale home brew knows is not cheap to make in small volume levels of the small crafts. Flat tire is flat and kinda gross. Sierra Nevada Pale ale tastes like Lysol and I could go on and on to this subject but stayed on the big boys. Locally Sun King and all the other bigger players in town outside of Upland have equally bad flagship offerings.
  15. BMBCLT

    BMBCLT Grand Pooh-Bah (3,353) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    The Bruery Chocolate Rain
  16. Treyliff

    Treyliff Grand Pooh-Bah (4,654) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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  17. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Your Father Smelt of Elderberries. I was so excited to find this available locally after having read about it for weeks. It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful pours I have seen. Unfortunately, it didn't deliver on aroma or flavor. It was almost as if Stone didn't have a clear objective on what they were trying to accomplish with it. (Nota bene: This is most certainly not a knock on Stone. I've enjoyed just about everything else I've tried from this brewery.)
  18. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster.
    Got to try it for the first time this year.
    What a boring meh beer. I think there are still 3 sitting in my garage
  19. spoony

    spoony Pooh-Bah (2,455) Aug 1, 2012 Colorado

    I agree with this. I mean, I liked Abyss, but not enough to buy it again.

    As for my personal letdown, Utopias. It was a hot, boozy mess and not in a way like I thought it would be.
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  20. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    Most rar hypes. STS was really good but not MD level good as first hyped.
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  21. halo3one

    halo3one Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia

    Which vintage? It can vary significantly.
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  22. SiVisPacem

    SiVisPacem Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2015 South Carolina

    Huna. It was a good beer, maybe even a great beer. But I was ready for it to change my life and I was left more than a little underwhelmed.
  23. jws7968

    jws7968 Zealot (616) Dec 5, 2014 Illinois

    The Abyss is hands down the most disappointing beer I have ever tried. I read all the hype and was excited when I got my hands on one. I don't know if I am not a fan of wine barrel aging, but I thought it was terrible. Never again.
  24. leantom

    leantom Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2011 Indiana

    Score another one for Abyss. Good but definitely wouldn't search for it.
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  25. spoony

    spoony Pooh-Bah (2,455) Aug 1, 2012 Colorado

    I had it this past October, but it was not this year's batch. It was 2013 I believe.
  26. onespartan

    onespartan Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2008 Michigan

    If anyone disappointed with the Abyss wants to try an excellent wine barrel aged beer, check out the Cabernet Barrel Aged Laika from Straight to Ale. It still stands as one of the best beers I have ever had.
  27. beardedcolumbian

    beardedcolumbian Aspirant (206) Feb 27, 2015 Illinois

    I had a Lou Pepe Framboise just recently......kind of wish I would have traded it away for the craziness it often pulls.
  28. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    maybe I wasn't dressed appropriately.

  29. TheWolf

    TheWolf Initiate (0) May 26, 2015 Delaware

    Grapefruit Sculpin. I dreamed about it for months. I love grapefruit. I love fruity IPAs. Finally made the journey out of state to grab some. And did so mid week. I usually wait until Friday night to indulge. It was the longest Thursday and Friday in my history knowing what I had waited for for so long was in my beer fridge. But it just misses the mark for me. The added "Natural" grapefruit flavors give me the impression of a grapefruit soda and not a complex well crafted IPA. However, my appreciation of GF Sculpin has somewhat evolved since this initial let-down. While I think GF Sculpin falls flat as a world class IPA, I consider it a "situational" beer and now actively seek it out for hot summer days sitting on the beach.
  30. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Pundit (888) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    Dark Lord..easy..overhyped and overrated
  31. IPAGeorge

    IPAGeorge Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Illinois

    Well I didn't have to try that hard to get it but I remember getting heady topper and just thought it was supposed to be the best beer I ever had and it wasn't even top 5 dipa for me. It was kind of a let down.
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  32. Preluderl

    Preluderl Pooh-Bah (1,710) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Cognac Mexican Cake, unfortunately. Super underwhelming.
  33. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Savant (1,135) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Dark Lord has to be the most overhyped beer of all time, hands down.

    Close second: Black Note. Every single blind taste test I've done in groups with BA stouts, Black Note has finished last. Every. Single. Time.
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  34. Distroman

    Distroman Initiate (0) May 20, 2013 Illinois

    Pliny the Elder did nothing for me. I didn't even finish the whole bottle. I drain poured about 1/3 of it. I think I had it built up in my mind waaaayyyy too much. I love IPA's too.
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  35. jmasher85

    jmasher85 Savant (1,169) Mar 27, 2015 Maryland

    3 Floyds Zombie Dust and Permanent Funeral. Perfectly good IPAs but nothing about that brewery has blown my mind yet to justify how crazy people get over it. In fact, while I've had some totally fantastic IPAs, the most hyped beers of that style overall tend to underwhelm me a bit compared to great beers of other styles.
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  36. Marklaker

    Marklaker Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Florida

    Tank 7. Maybe I'm just not a Saison/Farmhouse aficionado. Then again, I do enjoy Hennepin.
  37. swimdudemdr

    swimdudemdr Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2015 New York

    Every single Other Half IPA that I have tried...also, canned Julius. Other Half's didn't seem to last past a week or two with hop freshness and for me, Julius was just too overly creamy...however, the more recent batches have been better than the first I had it so I have hope. Very Angry Cow from Revolution was another letdown...it seemed like a spoiled milk stout
  38. CO-Bloom

    CO-Bloom Pundit (843) May 3, 2014 Colorado

    This was by no means a "whale" (I don't trade or really hunt) but I love Odell's hoppy offerings and a peach IPA sounded like a great idea to me, but Tree Shaker was way too sweet, syrupy and it hardly any detectable hop profile to it, a total let down. Not an undrinkable beer but I expected sooo much more from the brewery that gave me odell IPA and Myrcenary. I was trying to think of big letdowns but honestly I have loved the beers I was looking forward to (Zombie Dust, BCBS, Pliney, Celebrator, etc.) So my letdown story is a little boring I guess.
  39. CO-Bloom

    CO-Bloom Pundit (843) May 3, 2014 Colorado

    Wait, I am an admitted CO local fanboy, but why no love for Avery? I feel like they consistently make great stuff, with the occasional dud. Obviously all subjective, but what gives?
  40. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
    Pooh-Bah Society

    BP Grapefruit Sculpin. Still don't get it.
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