Your top 5 in 2015 so far.

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  1. drew42e

    drew42e Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2015 California

    I'm admittedly new to craft beer rating/tracking (established Jan 2015) so this is what I got so far.

    1. BCBS Vanilla Rye (Goose Island): Blown away by flavors/aroma and drinkability for its ABV, one of my first BA stouts and still favorite
    2. Pliny the Younger (RRB): had twice in 2015, which I guess means I'm lucky and waited <1 hour combined. Hair better than Elder IMO.
    3. Omniprairie (Prairie Artisan/Omnipollo collaboration): Shocked how much I liked this, kept finding it, and each time had different experience, so much complexity of flavors for me.
    4. Double Dobis (Cellarmaker): Had this first in April and it was probably #1 for year at that point but had it again in August and it either changed a little or my palate did or bit of both and while I still loved it, it dropped a peg.
    5. Dinner (Maine)/Julius (Tree House) tie: I thought both of these were awesome, big aroma and tropical fruit flavor that improved/developed as they warmed.

    Honorable mention: BCBS Coffee, Heady Topper, Victory at Sea, Alpine Nelson, Parabola
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  2. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Devotee (468) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    1. Really blown away by Ommegang's most recent Belgian Independence Day Trippel
    2. Woot Stout- Stone
    3. Jai Alai- cuz its awesome and I have to have an IPA on here to be cool. haha
    4. Whiskey Barrel Aged J Marie- From River North Brewery
    5. Parabola- Firestone Walker- Always the best
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  3. alex_delany

    alex_delany Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2015 New York

    1. The Kernel - IPA Citra (My favorite brewery of the year so far. Bummed you can't find them in the states at all)
    2. Other Half - Mosaic IPA (Best can release of the year, IMO)
    3. Tired Hands - Alien Church (Best summer IPA of the year. Crazy melon flavors)
    4. Grimm Artisanal Ales - Rainbow Dome (Second best brewery of the year)
    5. Carton BOAT Beer (I probably drank this beer more than any other so far this year)
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  4. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (198) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Weyerbacher- Sunday Morning Stout
    Trillium- Green Street
    Tree House- Double Shot
    Foundation- Epiphany
    Hardywood- Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout
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  5. nolanz14

    nolanz14 Initiate (196) Aug 31, 2009 Massachusetts

    1) Canadian Breakfast Stout
    2) Tree House Good Morning
    3) Trillium Galaxy Dry Hopped FPPA
    4) Sip of Sunshine
    5) Tree House Julius
  6. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,216) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Best 5 beers I never had 'til 2015...

    BA Abraxas
    Merci (Blend #1)
    Permanent Funeral
    Beer Geek Cocoa Shake
  7. Chucker17

    Chucker17 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2012 South Dakota

    1. Heady Topper
    2. Todd The Axeman
    3. Masala Mama (Minneapolis Town Hall Brewing)
    4. Scream IIPA (New Glarus)
    5. F-5 IPA (Co-op Ale)
  8. sudski77

    sudski77 Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2013 Colorado

    So far...
    Gonna break mine up into out of state and in state (nothing rare here)

    Favorite 5 out of state beers I've had this year that I tried for the first time (in no particular order)
    - Bomb!
    - Heady Topper
    - Todd the Axeman
    - 077XX
    - Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (2015)

    Favorite 5 in state (Colorado) available on shelves that I tried for the first time this year (in no particular order)
    - Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
    - Origins
    - Nightmare on Brett (Aged in Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrels)
    - Hop Savant (Citra)
    - Upslope Citra Pale Ale

    AND...Avery sours were great too

    My go to local summer session beer was Hall Brewing's Juicy Peach Blonde Ale
  9. mtgwi

    mtgwi Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2015 Wisconsin

    As someone who just got into craft brews this year let's see if i can just narrow it down to 5:
    1. Julius by tree house because yea
    2. Congress st by trillium because those Boston boys make a damn good ipa
    3. Black gold by central waters there's a reason why they are known for there Barrel aging
    4. 4 beans by sixpoint great great porter well done fellas
    5. Jai alai a beer that tastes like summer in a can
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  10. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,279) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Aside from really liking it, what did you think of this beer?
  11. spacecake9

    spacecake9 Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2014 Illinois

    I tasted these for the first time in 2015:
    Pliny The Elder
    Bourbon Ginger Bread Stout
  12. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Aspirant (241) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey

    1. BCBCS '13 - First beer of the New Year
    2. Kane Mexican Brunch
    3. Captain Lawrence Trans-Atlantic Red
    4. Grimm Teseract
    5. Mikkeller Brian vs. George Calvados Aged
  13. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,418) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Victory At Sea
    Val Dieu Grand Cru
    Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison
    Belhaven 90 Wee Heavy
    Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
  14. beernooph

    beernooph Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut

    Locust Reign
    Palate Shifter
    Sip of Sunshine
    Enjoy By
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
  15. Bobbydigi

    Bobbydigi Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2009 Kansas

    De Garde Nectarine Premier
    Cantillon Crianza Helena
    Pugachev Royal
    Derivation Blend 1
    2006 La Folie
  16. Bob402

    Bob402 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Kane A Night to End All Dawns
    Maine Peeper Ale
    2015 Parabola
    Lost Abbey Track #10
    Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout
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  17. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    The only negative I had was a little buttery (diacetyl?), but the addition of Citra and Nelson dry hops, along with the "iron like" flavors represented to me an awesome current or updated take on an ESB (a style I truly love but doesn't seem to get much attention). Your take? Cheers!
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  18. Justin82

    Justin82 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2015 Massachusetts

    No order

    Dinner- Maine Beer
    The 87- Night Shift
    Stoneface ipa- Stone face
    Sophie- Goose Island
    Mango- Clown Shoes
  19. slipkrash

    slipkrash Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2006 New Jersey

    No particular order:

    Heavy Seas Blackbeard's Breakfast
    Glasstown Smith & Wood Foundry Ale
    Clown Shoes Garden State Rhapsody
    Founders Devil Dancer
    Bell's Two Hearted Ale
  20. BongRattlingBass

    BongRattlingBass Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2015 Illinois

    Revolution Cafe Deth
    Pipeworks Crimson Snapper
    Surly Todd the Axeman
    Dogfish Palo Santo Marron
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  21. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,279) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I first had it on tap a long time ago, and it tasted like something went awry... that's all I recall. Then much later, I finally found a place selling cans, and I really enjoyed it. Felt like a middle ground between Steam and Liberty. I wish I had more to get a better grip on it, but the store only sold singles rather than six packs.
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  22. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (3,006) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    If I had it before and it's still better than a new beer I had in 2015, it counts.

    Alpine Nelson
    Alter Ego
    A Hop and a Dream: Equinox/Galaxy
  23. David_Menendez

    David_Menendez Aspirant (270) Jun 26, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Green diamonds
    West Ashley
    Heavy mettle
    St Lamvinus
    Twisted galaxy
  24. jason3125

    jason3125 Devotee (408) Jul 15, 2014 Vermont

    These were all new to me in 2015:

    Good Morning
    Prop 14
    Grey Monday
    Westy 12
  25. MrDave

    MrDave Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 California

    actually NEW in 2015?
    Cellarmaker - Bless the Rains
    Fieldwork - Chisel IPA
    Knee Deep - Breaking Bud
    Societe - The Bachelorette - Czech Saaz
    Trillium - Headroom DIPA

    New to ME in 2015?
    SARA - West Ashley
    SARA - Cellarman
    Rare Barrel - Map of the Sun
    Wicked Weed - Serenity
    Cantillon - Fou Foune

    Honorable mentions:
    Trillium - Vicinity
    Bissell Bros - Swish
    Knee Deep - Lupulin River
    Fieldwork - St. Thomas IPA
    E.J. Phair's - Bat Exodus IPA
  26. eb1610

    eb1610 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts

    In no particular order:

    SARA BA Cellarman batch 2
    OEC Zymatore 1809
    Side Project Fuzzy
    Genealogy of Morals
    Tree House Truth

    THANAT0PSIS Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Cheating a little on some by including more than one on each line

    Best New Beers:
    1. Armand'4 Seasons (yes, all four on one line, Zomer, Lente, Herfst, and Winter, in order of preference)
    2. Funk Factory The Fox and the Grapes
    3. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 11
    4. Tree House Double Shot (Sumatra Mandheling)
    5. Trillium Upper Case

    Honorable mentions (in no particular order):
    • Sierra Nevada lagers in general
    • OEC in general (seriously, everything is so good)
    • Metropolitan in general
    • De Garde Broken Truck
    • De Garde The Anniversary
    • New Glarus Wild Barrel
    • New Glarus Vintage '14
    • Surly Todd the Axe Man
    • Surly Misanthrope
    • Town Hall Masala Mama (cask)
    • Town Hall Buffalo Bock
    • Barley John's Dark Knight
    • Bent Paddle Double Shot Double Black
    Biggest Disappointments:
    • Bullfrog Grrrz Set '15 (Kriek, Apricot, and Aardbei were all average, bordering on bad; can't speak to Crime of Passion or Berry)
    • Three Floyds Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord
    • Westbrook Mexican Cake and Mexican Coffee Cake
    • Tributary Mott the Lesser
    • Casey The Cut (Montmorency)
    • Founders CBS
    • Maine Dinner
    • Cycle Thursday
  28. Johnnyutah713

    Johnnyutah713 Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2014 New York

    New to me in 2015

    Sip of Sunshine
    Sunday Morning Stout
    Second Fiddle
    Victory at Sea
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  29. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Meyvn (1,288) Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Funky Buddha--Last Buffalo in the Park
    Tree House--Alter Ego
    Lost Abby--V15
    Toppling Goliath/Mikkeller--Nelson Schmelson
    Tree House--Good Morning
  30. striker2160

    striker2160 Initiate (0) May 5, 2013 Minnesota

    1 - Toppling Goliath KBBS
    2 - Toppling Goliath SR71
    3 - Tree House Good Morning
    4 - Trillium Artaic
    5 - Ecilpse Masterpiece
  31. hophugger

    hophugger Poo-Bah (2,352) Mar 5, 2014 Virginia

    For 2015, so far, these are the highest ratings I have given:
    1-BOMB! by Prairie Artisan Ales 4.78
    2-Esp. Oak Aged Yeti Imp. Stout by Great Divide 4.59
    3-Lot #3 IPA by Evolution Brewing 4.58
    4-Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point 4.56
    5-Double Chocolate Stout by Rogue 4.54

    Quite a diverse list
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  32. hudsonvalleyslim

    hudsonvalleyslim Disciple (316) May 29, 2003 Massachusetts

    Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
    Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale
    Trillium Sleeper Street IPA
    Ipswich Hop Harvest Ale
    Ipswich Route 101 IPA

    And Hell Grapefruit Sculpin should be on here.... 6-pack.
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  33. RLM15

    RLM15 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2013 California

    1. Monkey Paw: i-5 w/ Coconut and Himilayan Pink Salt
    2. Tired Hands: Milk Shake IPA
    3. Prairie Artisan Ales: Bomb!
    4. Lost Abbey: Track #8
    5. Rare Barrel: Home Sour Home
  34. cejaev

    cejaev Aspirant (204) Jul 6, 2014 Virginia

    Hardywood Foolery and trickery
    High westified
    Belgian red
    French toast w-n-b
  35. calitrie1486

    calitrie1486 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015 New York

    Heady Topper
    Focal Banger
    2nd fiddle
    Tree house Alter Ego
    Tree house Lights on
  36. trh70

    trh70 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2011 Florida

    1. Bud Light Gauno
    2. Fosters Goat Urine Sasion
    3. Coronas Kale Ale
    4. Milwaukees Best Cherry Lime IPA
    5. Labatts Truffle Chia Stout
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  37. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (446) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts


    Vt shut out. Never thought that would happen so soon.
  38. TmKeisySC

    TmKeisySC Disciple (368) Apr 20, 2014 South Carolina

    In no particular order:
    Summation Kopi Luwak
    DB Cake
    Vanilla Rye
    Last Snow
    CW 16

    Honorable mentions:
    Mocha Wed
    Prop 14
  39. Ragebot

    Ragebot Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2015 South Carolina

    Sue by yazoo brewing
    4 Beans by sixpoint brewing
    Pirate Noire by Prairie artisan ales
    White Angel by Wicked Weed
    Transmigration of souls by Orpheus Brewing

    Extra credit:
    Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien by BFM

    2015 has been so good to me.
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  40. RichD

    RichD Champion (804) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island

    So when it comes to these yearly posts (which I've seen every year since I've joined this site,) I try to pick beers that I've tried for the first time in 2015.

    Tree House Good Morning
    Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
    Hill Farmstead Double Citra
    Toppling Goliath PseudoSue
    Trillium Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
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