Your Top Beers of 2012

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    ROBSTARR Disciple (343) Aug 31, 2009 Michigan
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    Founders Looking Glass
    Brau Brothers Rye Wyne
    Founders Boltcutter
    Epic Brewings Big Bad Baptist
    HopCat Blambic

    Honorable mention
    Oddside Ales Double Citra Pale Ale
  2. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Yup, that's why I said new recipe. I had a bomber of it the day it was bottled and its fantastic!! Kern River can do no wrong when it comes to their hops!!!
  3. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Row 2/Hill 56
    Toronado 25
    Collage #1
    Lagunitas Day Time IPA
    Smoking Wood pulled through espresso beans (can't really confirm if this was the first year the Bruery did this, but I don't care; fantastic beer)

    New to me beers:
    King Henry
    Seizeon Bretta
    Double Sunshine
    Oude Tart
    2010 BA Decadence
  4. PicoPapa

    PicoPapa Poo-Bah (2,169) Mar 6, 2009 Connecticut

    NebCo- Coriolis
    Maine Beer Co- MO
    Deschutes- Extinction Stout
    Sierra Nevada- Narwhal
    Stone- Ruination 10th Anniversary
  5. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    new in 2012

    new belgium/alpine - super ipa
    steel toe - before the dawn
    lagunitas - day time a fractional ipa
    stone - 10th anniversary ruination
    odells - the meddler

    new to me in 2012

    goose island - 08 bourbon county
    cantillon - classic gueuze
    goose island - juliet
    dfh - 120 minute
    rr - pliny the elder
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  6. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Or are ignorant enough not to know if its new or not...take your pick.

    In no particular order:
    HF S&S 5 and HF Juicy
    SN Narwhal/Ruthless Rye
    Maine Beer Co Mo
    Pretty Things Meadowlark
    Jacks Abby Kiwi Rising...pretty sure it came out early 2012 and again a month ago. I dont think it was out in 2011 or not, nor do I care to check because they are new enough to still be considered new.
  7. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Zealot (570) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Odd Side Citra - people.... FIND THIS BEER
    Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    Bell's This One Goes To Eleven
    Steel Toe Size 11

    I do not attend new beer releases. Impatiently waiting for Arcadia BB CK. I have bottles of Bolt Cutter and Serendipity on hand so list could change soon.
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  8. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Florida
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    CCB Moat Water
  9. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
    Stone Enjoy by 9/21/12
    Stone 16th Anniversary
    Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA
    DFH/Stone/Victory Saison Du Buff
  10. slangtruth

    slangtruth Initiate (109) Jan 8, 2012 Massachusetts

    I mostly don't know when stuff was released for the first time, but I'm pretty sure Troeg's Perpetual was at least first bottled this year and I'm going with that.

    Edit: Nope, I'm wrong.
  11. lulualbesaid

    lulualbesaid Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2011 Illinois

    Anti Hero
    Olvisholt Lava
    I brewed my first beer this year and it turned out awesome.
  12. joeseppy

    joeseppy Devotee (496) Oct 20, 2012 Illinois

    Topping my personal list.....

    Two Brothers Hop Juice Black
    GI BCS
    SN Narwhal
    Pipeworks Citra Ninja
    Smutty Farmhouse Ale

    Unable to get Kern River, but I hear good things about it :slight_smile:.
  13. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Vintage Mokah
    Ten FIDY
    Backwoods Bastard
    Victory at Sea
  14. JAXSON

    JAXSON Savant (922) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    1) Victory Spalt IPA
    2) Funky Buddha Last Snow
    3) Jean Chris Nomad
    4) Armand & Tommy
    5) Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic

    * I haven't had Ann or a few Hill Farmstead beers that I think would breach this list
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  15. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Poo-Bah (2,589) Jun 14, 2012 Texas
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    New Glarus Serendipity
    Lakefront Wisconsinite Summer Weiss
    New Glarus IIPA
    Jester King/Mikkeller Whiskey Barrel Rodeo
    Lakewood Temptress
  16. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Victory Otto in Oak
    Tired Hands Lazy Feet
    Victory Spalt IPA
    Wakefield Mate Bliss Brown Ale
    Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale
  17. Beerbuddy21

    Beerbuddy21 Disciple (398) Nov 19, 2011 California

    Super IPA - NB / Alpine collaboration
    Stone Enjoy by 12.21.12 Version
    SN Ruthless Rye
    SN Torpedo Extra IPA(was this new this year?)
    Stone Mint Choc. Stout

    On a different note, and since recipes change from year to year sometimes based on the brewer and ingredients I'd have to say for some reason Hop Trip from Deschutes didn't WOW me this year like it did last year, but maybe my palate has changed. Hoping when Lagunitas Sucks comes out I dont have the same experience.
    And Im really pissed I somehow missed the Ruination 10th Anniv., where the heck was I?
  18. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York


    Hill Farmstead SS#5
    Stone Mint Chocolate
    Maine Beer Co Lunch
    Pretty Things Meadowlark
    Peekskill Brewery Amazeballs (former brewmaster at Ithaca, single hop Galaxy pale.)
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  19. iadler

    iadler Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 Illinois
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    In no particular order:

    '12 Bourbon Dark Lord
    Peche n' Brett
    BA Vanilla Bean Darkness
    ... and many other honorable beers. What a year it's been.
  20. mactrail

    mactrail Poo-Bah (8,252) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Nice surprises from Philadelphia and the usual Calif and Colo weirdness:
    Dude De Garde - Dock Street
    Super Saison - Dock Street
    X Ale, 22nd November 1838 - Pretty Things
    Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead - Hangar 24
    Local Series On The Sly Again #21 - Ska Brewing
  21. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    New to me:

    Howe Sound Pothole Filler
    Elysian Men's Room Black
    Avery DuganA
    Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo
    Orkney Skullsplitter
  22. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    I have seen people mention Lente, wasn't it released last year? I could have sworn I had a bottle last year this time, I could be horribly wrong though :stuck_out_tongue:

    For me it is:

    1) Bourbon Dark Lord (2012 vintage, so I hope it counts)
    2) Special Kay
    3) Eszett
    4) Armand & Tommy
    5) Hel&Verdoemenis MacAllan BA
  23. JdoubleA

    JdoubleA Disciple (313) Apr 27, 2011 North Carolina
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    Not new to the world, but new to me...

    Black Note
    Jai Alai
    Pliny/Blind Pig
  24. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    New 2012:

    Reubens Brews Imperial Rye IPA
    Lagunitas Daytime
    New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA
    SN Narwhal
    FW Double DBA

    New to me 2012:

    Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn
    Alesmith IPA
    Ruination 10
    Boneyard Bourbon Barrel Suge Knite
    Cascade Honey Ginger Lime
  25. newbrew

    newbrew Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012 Missouri

    1.Sierra Nevada estate
    2.face plant Belgian triple
    3.rouge yellow snow IPA fish head 120 IPA (ages well for IPA 2010)
    5.bitch slap (brew dog, aged in bourbon barrels)
  26. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    Breakside Pumpkin Biere de Garde (w/ candy cap mushrooms omg)
    Logsdon Peche N Brett
    Commons Bourbon Little Brother
    Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA
    Hill Farmstead Ann
  27. Keithstone44

    Keithstone44 Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Indiana

    Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA
    SN Narwhal
    FFF Das Klein Schwarz Einhorn (unbelievable)
    FFF Rye Da' Tiger
    Enjoy By
  28. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Initiate (177) Nov 23, 2012 Virginia

    Hardywood Park BA GBS
    Ken Schmidt/Iron Fist/Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
    New to Me- Pliny the Elder
    New to Me-Brooklyn Black Ops
    Stone 16th Anniversary
  29. CSQ1111

    CSQ1111 Disciple (306) Jan 10, 2010 Kentucky

    I should preface this by saying that Western Kentucky is not the beer mecca of the U.S. but for me, Stone killed it in 2012:
    1. Enjoy by 12/21/12
    2. Ruination 10th Anniversary
    3. Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
    4. The Vertical Epic hype and the final release 12/12/12
    5. And finally, the introduction of the 16 oz. 4-pack of Stone favorites like Ruination and Sublimely Self-Righteous

    And before the haters start hating...No, I do not work for Stone.

  30. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Peche 'n Brett
    Enjoy By
    R&D Sour Ale
    Golden Blend
    Noyaux '12

    ...among others. Also, still haven't opened a few bottles I've been sitting on...
  31. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012

    In no particular order:
    Sweet 16
    FW 16th
    Enjoy by
    Black Butte XXIV
    Chasin Freshies

    Dust Bowl Chocolate Coffee Porter (freakin glorious local brew)

    I'm sure there's more but i'm drawing a blank.
  32. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,191) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Been drinking local a lot this year, so I'll stick with that theme:

    Wynkoop's The Chancellor
    Crooked Stave's Persica (and Wild Wild Brett Yellow...and Brett D'Or)
    Prost's Altenfrankisches Dunkel
    Great Divide's Wolfgang
    AC Golden's Sour Plum
  33. Duffmanohyeah02

    Duffmanohyeah02 Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2011 Missouri
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    These are the best "new to me beers" I had in 2012 in no particular order:

    Schlafly Tasmania IPA
    Perennial Vanilla Bean Abraxas
    CCB Leon
    Enjoy By
    Bells Oracle
    4 Hands Cuvee Ange
  34. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (448) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    Bruery: "Fruet"
    Firestone Walker "DDBA"
    New Belgium "Cocoa Mole"
    Lagunitas "Daytime"
    Deschutes/Hair of the Dog "Conflux #1"

    Honorable Mention:
    Firestone Walker "Wookey Jack"
    Stone "Enjoy By"
  35. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    new in 2012 not in order
    Fuzzy Baby Ducks
    HF Ann
    HF S&S 4 and 5
    HF Juicy

    New to me in 2012
    King Henry
    Bourbon County Coffee
    Double Sunshine and Kern Citra
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  36. GhettoFabulous

    GhettoFabulous Initiate (191) May 29, 2010 California

    Alesmith BA Decadence ‘10 – Best Alesmith beer I’ve ever had. The original was amazing, and the barrel aged version is better by orders of magnitude.
    Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary – Not sure I’ve ever encountered a more underrated beer. If this was made by 3 Floyds or Bells it would trigger a fustercluck in the trading forum.
    CCB Leon – This tastes like apple pie barley wine without being overly sweet, making this beer is a huge win for America.
    Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra – If you like perfectly integrated caramel, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla, then why aren’t you drinking this?
    Veritas ‘011 – Like Leon, this beer has demonstrated deliciously that barley wines are a great canvas for painting subtle fruit flavors.

    Did So Cal really produce four of the best five beers to come out this year? Definitely. I tried every beer produced in 2012 and these were the absolute best!
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  37. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    Stone Enjoy By 12-21-12
    Jolly Pumpkin Maui Sobrehumano Palena 'Ole
    Iron Hill Burlington Co Brown
    Forest & Main Marius
    Selins Grove Kriek
  38. Marti403

    Marti403 Disciple (328) Jul 23, 2011 Michigan
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    1. Dylan
    2. Dylan
    3. Dylan
    4. Dylan
    5. Dylan
  39. scud

    scud Aspirant (203) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    Heady Topper
    BCBS Rare
    Bells BA9000
    CCB Imperial Sweet Stout
    Upland Kiwi Lambic
  40. scud

    scud Aspirant (203) Sep 22, 2010 Indiana
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    Because I "speet hot fiyah"
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