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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by starrdogg, Nov 29, 2012.
Alpine Keene Idea
Double helping of Nelson? Yes. Please.
Goose Island - Bramble
Central Waters - BBA Stout
Epic - Big Bad Baptist
Southern Tier - Pumpking
Surly - WET
A+ BEERS 2012 - These were the beers that kept me comin' back for more. Hill Farmstead was a revelation fer sure. The Ipswich local ingredient ales were splendid.
Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale
Ipswich 5 Mile Pumpernickel Rye Porter
Ipswich 5 Mile Hop Harvest IPA
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
Sierra Nevada Harvest Northern Hemisphere Wethop
New England Brewing Co.'s Fuzzy Baby Ducks and Coriolis hands down!
Perennial Abraxas (2012). I would take this over any stout in the world. This includes BCBS or anything barrel aged.
Also, Citra Ninja from Pipeworks.
Lagunitas Daytime IPA
Olvalde The Auroch's Horn aged on Rhubarb
Indeed Day Tripper
Bell's This Goes to 11
1) BCBS 2012
1) AleSmith Speedway Stout
1) The Abyss 2012
2) Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) 2003
2) Black Butte XXIII
3) Blaecorn Unidragon 2012
4) Founders Backwoods Bastard 2012
5) Brau Bros. Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale 2012
Related to this, I just wrote a story for CNN with my Top 12 Beers of 2012:
There's obviously a ton of beers people would add to any kind of list like this, but is there anything you'd definitely take off the list? Anything you think doesn't belong or isn't worthy?
Schell shocked raddler
New belgium x Abbey Brewing co - Brett Beer
New Belgium Beer - Shift
Surly - Furious
Surly - Hell Lager
hopefully some of these are for this year, these are the best ive tried this year
This year's been full of great beers, tough to pick just a few. Some of the highlights in no order are:
Society & Solitude #2, #4, #5
Night Shift Brew - Ever Weiss (At NOTF)
Cambridge Brewing Company - Ozymandias
No order here,
Hopinius Union from Jacks Abbey
Paw Paw Berliner from Jackie O's
Mimosa From Hill Farmstead
Riner from Guineu
Everett from Hill Farmstead
I don't see anyone with Rogue VooDoo Donut!!
in no particular order
Imp. Biscotti Break (new to me)
Ale Apothecary Sahalie
Heady Topper (new to me)
Alpine/NB Super (fresh!) this beer lost so much a month later
Gigantic/FFF Axes of Evil (also had to be fresh!) so bummed when I drank another bottle later
My top 5 new beers for 2012 (in no order):
Imperial Biscotti Break
Stillwater As Follows
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante
Local honorable mention:
Evolution Menagerie #8 (right now draft only, can't wait get a bottles!)
-> The one in my hand
-> the one in my refrigerator
-> the one somebody just handed me
->the one I brewed that I just cracked
-> the one I just brewed
-> the one I just bottled
Oh good lord, let's see...
Crooked Stave Persica
Hill Farmstead Art
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
Yak/Yeti AbominAle Mild
Backcountry Fix Your Heel DIPA
Societe The Pupil
Societe The Apprentice
Societe The Butcher
Stone Enjoy By
Stone Ruination 10th
I listed mine in this blog post. Had trouble not adding another dozen or so. A great year for beer!
Avery uncle jacobs
Crooked Stave WWBI
Alchemist Heady Topper (new for me in 2012 anyway)
GDBC espresso oak yeti (2012 vintage)
Honorable mention NB cocoa mole and peach porch lounger. Couldn't get enough of this stuff.
I wasn't a fan. It made me spit hot fire.
One of my new faves this year was Three Floyds Mentol, which I was lucky enough to find a few times in the Chicago area this summer and fall. A ridiculously smooth and unique brown IPA that I haven't come across on this thread yet.
Overall favorite was Apple Brandy Zhukov, though the excitement of trying it at DLD may have played into its awesomeness. And just yesterday I tried my #2 fave: Secret Rendezvous (nitro) at CCB, which was sneakily not included on their online tap list. Silky smooth chocolate bourbon amazingness-- definitely check it out if you're in the area. This little secret is only at the growler bar. Cheers, and here's to an even better 2013!
Have to add this to my list for this years 1st timers for me!
Top 14-15? what was it?
Everett Porter – Hill Farmstead
Society and Solitude #4 – Hill Farmstead (DIPA)
Fantome Extra Sour Special Original Creation
Fou’ Foune – Cantillon
Weyerbacher Riserva 2010
Landlord – Extra Strong Pale English Ale
Zombie Dust - FFF
Cuvee De Ranke – Belgian Pale Ale (a neat sour)
Juicy, Vera Mae, Hill Farmstead
The Wright Pils – Great Lakes
Fruet – The Bruery
Flanders Fred – de Proefbrouwerj and HOTD
Le Freak - Green Flash
Nothing but a great year as always! Cheers!
Stone/Fathead/Bear Republic TBA was and is the shit. Didn't hear a peep from anyone about this beer. Can't understand that for the life of me.
I rip and I rhyme...I rhyme and I rip...dis is the way that dylan spits...buk
Meantime London Porter
Sam Adams Winter Lager (yes...)
I think I like the dark beers...
Oh! and Stone Smoked Porter
New in 2012:
3. NG Enigma
Haven't had my BA 9k or bolt cutter tho
New to me 2012
1. Black Tuesday
2. Fou Foune
4. Westy 12
PS: based on the trade forums, you'd think Cherry Rye would be dominating this list right?
Where do you find Dreadnaught every other month? I was able to find it twice this year
There is a reason for that
I have two last minute additions : Driftwood Old Barrell Dweller which is the greatest Barley Wine to come out of BC and Hawkshead Brodie's Prime ; a fantastic porter built to North American specs from a small brewery in the Lake District in England.
Stone Enjoy By 12/21/12 (Please make year-round)
Cigar City Cucumber Saison
Hill Farmstead Ann
Maine Beer Lunch (first tried in 2012)
Captain Lawrence Pilot Batchs
#1 Cycle Brewing BA Fast Breaker Coffee Stout
CCB Cafe Con Leche Stout
Harpoon Choc, Stout
Cycle Brewing RaraR DOS
LH Milk Stout
Brookyln Black Choc. Stout
CCB Good Gourd
For my rookie year on BA.com
not in order
Founders Bolt Cutter
Enjoy By 12.21.12
Honorable mentions: Rogue Chocolate stout, SN Hoptimum, Bells Third Coast Old Ale
As far as enjoyment I got out of beers, I would say
My top 5 beers of 2012 were, in no particular order:
Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary
2011 Eclipse EC 18yr
Cigar City Cucumber Saison (Thanks to smokinoak)
Bootlegger's BA Black Phoenix (Thanks to MtbBright)
#1 Cigar City's Apple Brandy Barrel Hunahpu
#2 Haymarket's Clare's thirsty ale aged on Raspberries in Bourbon Barrels
#3 Alchemist's Heady
#4 Pipeworks Citra Ninja
#5 HF Susan
#6 Lawson's Hopzilla
#7 CW 1414
#8 Bruery's Fruet & Melange 3(tied)
#9 Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn
#10 Half Acre Barrel aged Baume
cigar city leon.
On the Wings of Armageddon
Curmudgeon's Better Half