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Your Top Beers of 2012

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. starrdogg

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    We all know the old favorites, but what are your Top 5 beers that were released for the first time in 2012? It's always great to see breweries trying new things, so let's encourage more of this! Mine are:

    Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4
    Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend
    DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon

    Honorable Mention: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, Upright Fantasia, Stillwater Table Beer
     
  2. ChanChan

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    I don't have access to a lot beers but some of the ones that I've enjoyed so far are, in no particular order:
    Conflux NO .1 (Collage)
    Kern River Winter Ale, new recipe
    Enjoy by IPA
    Kern River 6th Anniversary
    Black Butte XXIV
     
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  3. canucklehead

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    Bringing the BC POV .

    Fearless IPA by Dead Frog
    Switchback IPA by Lighthouse
    Tasman Red by Lighthouse
    Nectar of the Gods Wheatwine by Russell
    Black Christmas CDA by Parallell 49 ( best new BC brewery)
     
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    Deschutes Black Butte 24
    SN/RR Brux (I think I'm only a handful of people that loved this beer)
    Stone Collab Mint Chocolate Stout
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti
    Stone Enjoy By

    In no specific order
     
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    CCB Cognac Imperial Sweet Stout
    CCB Leon
    Stone Enjoy by
    Black Butte 24

    Can't think of a #5 right now
     
  6. kevanb

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    Russian River Row 2/Hill 56
    Lost Abbey Track #10
    Three Floyds Cognac Dark Lord
    Three Floyds Creepy Raider
    Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
     
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    Alpine Double Nelson
    Fantome Extra Sour
    Row 2/Hill 56
    3F Golden Blend
    Jack's Abbey Kiwi Rising
     
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    Upright Fantasia
    HF Civil Disobedience 4
    Brau Bros Rye Wyne
    Jackie O's Hot Bird
    Sam Smith Organic Chocolate
     
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    Firestone 16
    Collage
    Kentucky Darkstar
    Fruet
    Bravo Brown (not bottled but tapped for the first time in Washington at a Firestone event hosted by Brouwers).

    All are exemplars of the complexity that can be achieved with barrel aging.
     
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    Enjoy By
    10th Anniversary Ruination
    Fruet
     
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    Crooked Stave Persica
    2012 cherry Adam (better than aftw IMO)
    La cumbre 1/2 Nelson
    HUB army of darkness
    SH black raspberry lambic
     
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    Jester King Buddhas Brew.
     
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    Already loving all of the different answers coming in. So many new beers I missed this year!
     
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    Peche 'N Brett
    Bourbon Fred 2012
    Churchill's Finest Hour '12
    Bootlegger's Imperial Dark Phoenix
    Commons Eleanor
     
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    Kansas city Missouri pov

    Boulevard Love Child 2
    Perennial Peach Berlinner Weiss
    Stone Enjoy By 12-21-12
    Goose Island Lolita, 2011 vintage released here in 2012
    Goose Island Bramble Rye

    Not in order, just my five choices for the year I got through distribution in state, perennial from st louis though....
     
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    Logsdon Peche 'N Brett
    Westbrook Mexican Cake
    Evil Twin Lil' B
    Hill Farmstead Ann
    Jack's Abby Bourbon Framinghammer
     
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    Three Floyds Hell's Black Intelligencer
    Odell Mash of the Titans
    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA
    Surly Bandwagon
    Thai Me Up Melvin IPA (blew my mind)
     
  18. fujindemon74

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    The Bruery Fruet
    FW Parabola
    Avery Rumpkin
    Hoppin' Frog Naked Evil
    FW 16th (haven't had it yet, but I'm sure it will be in my top 5)
     
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    Central Waters 1414
     
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    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    Coriolis
    Society &Solitude #5
    Black Butte XXIV
    Ruination 10 Anniversary
    Bolt Cutter
     
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    Cisco Lady of the Woods (fucking awesome)
    Perennial Abraxas
    Jolly Pumpkin Sobre Humano
    Odd Side Citra Pale Ale
    Bell's BA Batch 9000
     
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    Black Butte XXIV
    FSW 16
    PumKing (New to me)
    Stone 16th Anniversary
     
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    ruination 10th
    enjoy by
    track 10
    double nelson
    cfh '12

    this is the correct answer. you can close the thread now. i have won.
     
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    Going on memory, no order:
    Bell's BA Batch 9000
    Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2
    Logsdon Peche 'n Brett
    Dark Lord Cognac de Muerte
    Armand + Tommy

    Honorable Mention:
    Society & Solitude #5
    Stone Enjoy By 9/21/12
     
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    Ruination 10 Anniversary
    Ruination 10 Anniversary
    Ruination 10 Anniversary
    Ruination 10 Anniversary
    Ruination 10 Anniversary
     
  26. Brew33

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    Crooked Stave Persica
    Stone Enjoy By
    Rivertown Ojos Negros
    The Bruery Filmishmish
    Alpine/NB Super IPA

    I also really enjoyed Brux for what it was and Sour Grapes from Quaff Bros here in Cincinnati was a pleasant surprise.
     
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    Kane Double Dry hopped Head High IPA
    Ruination 10th Anniversary
    Firestone Walker DDBA
     
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    Alpine Double Nelson IPA
    Evil Twin Auld Yin
    Port Churchill's Finest Hour 2012
    Fantome Extra Sour
    Logsdon Peche n Brett

    Have a feeling Crooked Stave Persica would end up on this list, but I haven't yet opened it.
     
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    Deschutes's Red Chair
    Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout
    Firestone Walker's XVI
    Crabtree's Menage a Trois
    Funkwerks's Monarch


    Honorable Mention to Avery's Oud Floris and Odell's Chocolate Oar.
     
  30. ArchEnemyBrew

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    Gotta open that. Shit is bonkers!
     
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    I've just starting to think about this. We still have a month to go folks.
     
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  32. winbassett

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    Odell The Meddler (GABF floor)
    Deschutes Black Butte XXIV (Deschutes VIP Party during GABF)
    Stone Enjoy By 9/21/12 (Freshcraft during GABF)
    Logsdon Seizoen Bretta (Beer Bloggers Conference in Indy)
    Alpine/New Belgium Super IPA (Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh on several occasions)
     
  33. Kadonny

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    I'd struggle to get to 5. Here are 2 givens:

    Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    Sierra Nevada Brux

    Was Victory Summer Love new this year? It might have been new last year. Other than that, I'd really have to think about it.
     
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    New Beers 2012:
    SN/RR Brux
    Schmaltz He'Brew Sweet 16
    Cortland Beer Co. Flight Level 410 BBA BW
    Jester King Thrash Metal
    FW DDBA

    New Beers for me 2012:
    DeStruise Black Albert
    King Henry
    Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich
    Green Flash Rayon Vert
    Adirondack Jack Daniels BA Fat Scotsman
     
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    Dogfish Head - Noble Rot
    Hitachino Nest - 3 Days
    New Belgium - Peach Porch Lounger
    To ├śl/Mikkeller - Sleep Over
    Terrapin - Phlux Capacitor
     
  36. AgentZero

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    Cigar City Leon
    Alpine Double Nelson IPA
    Goose Island Apple Brandy BA Bourbon County Stout
    Port Brewing Company Dusk Till Dawn
    Armand Lente

    Honorable Mentions to Stone Enjoy By and Cigar City Passionfruit Dragonfruit Berliner
     
  37. FosterJM

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    Armand Lente
    Armand Zomer
    Eclipse EC12
    Rosso E Marrone B3
    3F Golden Blend

    Cheers!
     
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    Crap, was Lente this year? Guess I need to update my top 5.
     
  39. FosterJM

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    I actually dont know. I didnt read his 1st line. I know I had it this year. So I went with my top 5 for this year. So I messed it up. I have no idea when shit is released.

    **kicks rocks** My bad.

    Cheers!
     
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