Wine Enthusiast Top 25 Beers of 2012

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  1. thebigredone

    thebigredone Champion (802) Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin
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  2. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (435) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Props to any list recognizing Polestar. Unless it's some sort of worst beers list... then no props.
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  3. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Pretty nice list.

    They included V-I-T-U-S!!!!!!!! Im happy with that.

  4. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    odd collection...
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  5. WeymouthMike

    WeymouthMike Devotee (455) Jun 22, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Not a bad list but I can't agree with Stone 10th anniverary being on there, Enjoy By is a much better beer imo.
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  6. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    they run the gamut on styles, I like that.
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  7. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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    They always seem to be with these types of lists, but this one does seem particularly odd.
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  8. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Washington

    Worth noting is this response Lauren Buzzeo (great last name, btw) gave in the comments on WE website concerning some beer exclusions -

    "Thanks for the feedback, everyone! While I have to agree that FW makes some amazing stuff, certainly including Parabola and Sucaba, unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to formally review those beers in 2012. Per the article's intro, the list is culled from all beers submitted and reviewed throughout the editorial year, and unfortunately, FW wasn't included in those. I have been in contact with them recently, however, so I'm sure we'll see some reviews for their beers in 2013 and, possibly, included in next year's list! Cheers!"
  9. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It's Wine Enthusiast.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.
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  10. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    So siked to see Smuttynose on there, im bias but i can drink damn near everything they make
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  11. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (370) Jan 30, 2011 New York
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    I'm shocked Bolt Cutter made the list.
    I thought it was terrible.

    DuClaw is a great choice.
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  12. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    Happy to see saison rue at no. 1 since it very well may be there on my list too
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  13. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    I don't know enough about wine to comment on this beer list.
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  14. patkorn

    patkorn Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 California

    Agree. While it is a fine list its still pretty subjective. This time of year you get all the 'best of insert year here' lists in everything. Picking the best beer of an ENTIRE year is like picking the greatest pitcher of all time or the greatest actor. Totally subjective to you tastes. The best beer I had all year was the one in my hand I was drinking.
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  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,937) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I had a snifter of Bolt Cutter this past weekend. I also thought it was not good. Maybe it would get ‘better’ with age?

  16. smokeypeat

    smokeypeat Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2010 Maryland
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    Ehh...while I don't subscribe too much to top lists for something as subjective as beer, I at least like that they made some effort and found beers that don't fall under the "hype" banner. Port City Wit being a strong example. I don't know many people even in the MD/VA/DC area that have heard of that brewery and they make strong examples of classic styles.
  17. canucklehead

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

    Cool seeing Traquair House at number 2 as it really is a pretty amazing beer
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  18. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Um where is Rogue Voodoo Donut Maple Bacon???? Geesh
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  19. LSUPT

    LSUPT Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 California

    Saison Rue #1?! Gross
  20. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,523) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    I'm not sure that wine snobbery transitions to beer snobbery very well.
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  21. Zimbo

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

    Completely agree. I've drunk an awful lot of it over the years and at the moment in terms of structure, core strength and complexity its probably never been better. At a recent home tasting it blew away Old Chubb, Scotty Karate and Skullsplitter (three beers I really do like) like Bruce Lee whooping the Power Rangers.
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  22. 30-06pack

    30-06pack Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I could see a wine enthusiast really going for Weyerbacher Insanity - their bourbon barrel-aged barley wine.
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  23. BrownNut

    BrownNut Devotee (423) Jul 11, 2011 Florida

    To all of those writing off this list because it's from Wine Enthusiast, be aware that they review wine, beer, and spirits. It's not like all they know about is wine but once a year just hamfistedly stumble into a beer store and try random stuff. The lady who made this list reviews beers in addition to wine.
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  24. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,951) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    I'm not a fan of NG Two Women Lager. Not very good IMO.
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  25. Revenant

    Revenant Aspirant (280) Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Tongue and cheek mostly on my part. On a more serious note that list looks like she was trying a little too hard not to be cool, yet still came off a bit too cool for school.
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  26. rodrigueZflyingf0x

    rodrigueZflyingf0x Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)

    Hop Trip was pretty good but top 5 is a bit of a stretch. Top 5 wet hopped beers of the year, still a bit of a stretch.
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  27. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Amazes me that Bolt Cutter makes the list when it has only been out for a matter of a month or so. Their wine-ratings are half-rate as well.
  28. finado

    finado Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2009 Minnesota

    If new glarus 2 women and left hand polestar made the list then they only tasted 27
  29. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,136) Mar 18, 2010 California

    How DARE a wine magazine venture into our turf.
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  30. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    What surprised me was that they listed some beers pretty high up on the list that I hadn't even heard of, plus getting into geeky territory with Bolt Cutter and then throwing in Utopias (nothing new and so expensive) towards the very top and right next to polestar pils (not that great of a pils)...
  31. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    My aunt did at the Thanksgiving table.
  32. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I understand this...and continue to ignore it.
  33. buddha5050

    buddha5050 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Michigan

    Wow! two Michigan beers on the list! Congrats Jolly Pumpkin and Founders. I know alot of people here in Michigan who take great beer for granted, I just think we are lucky to have so many excellent breweries in our state...
  34. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Pretty diverse list, but without a single Russian River beer on there makes it hard to take seriously. Both Row 2 Hill 56 and Framboise for a cure should be on there.
  35. Higy

    Higy Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 Indiana

    A good list of some beers with which I'm not familar. I take it with a grain of salt since it is a list developed by WE for wine snobs (not derogitory). Trying to help snobs venture out but ultimately wanting beer geeks to visit their website & read their mag.
  36. bound4er

    bound4er Crusader (782) Jul 4, 2007 Wisconsin

    Hometown Blonde would have been a better choice over Two Women.
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  37. onemanswarm

    onemanswarm Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012

  38. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    There's nothing fundamentally wrong with this list, it's just one person's opinion. But, it does strike me as trying a little too hard to be edgy without having the knowledge to do so successfully. i.e. he probably tried 50 new beers this year and picked 25 of them.
  39. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Another list of beers? Oh, snap! Let me get my ticker notebook out...

  40. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (560) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    No Bud Light Platinum????? This list is junk!!
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