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    New to you Beer

    Let's not turn this into a thread of what you like. I want you to tell us all about a beer you've purchased recently and consumed for the first time. Thoughts, descriptions, encouragement, discouragement, etc.

    I'll start.

    On a recent mass buying, I picked up Tommyknocker Brewery's (Idaho Springs, CO) Butt Head Bock Lager. As a lover of bocks and doppelbocks, it makes me happy to try this one. I generally end up buying imports to satisfy my cravings. This ranks up there among the American Bocks I've had. I'm a little disappointed I only bought a six pack. I believe this one was found for around $9.00/six pack.

    Another:

    Smuttynose brewing's S'muttonator Doppelbock. It's a big bottle with substantial kick. Again, a pleasant drink, but fighting my way through what seemed like ever expanding foam/head was a bit irritating. The taste of the foam didn't give much hint of the true character of the beer, but once I got through, I was fairly content. If you're feeling like dropping $8 on a 22oz. This is a decent option.

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    Hoffbrau Original. My new favorite. None of this new-age, over-hopped, "I'm so freaking manly because I can drink this crap" brew. This is what beer is supposed to taste like.

    Newcastle. Maybe my new second favorite.

    Sol. Probably the best Mexican beer that nobody knows about. Got it in a Mexican beer combo 12 pack. I will never drink Corona again.
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    Dragonfly IPA was a recent new to me purchase. Too hoppy for my taste, though.
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    Noticed the migrant farm workers carrying out truckloads of Modello Especial beer from a country deli.
    Now I am carrying out cases of Especial when out there on weekends.
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    I've been pretty boring and predictable recently- buying mostly the same old stuff.

    Occasionally I will buy something different. The most recent of interest was Monty Python Holy Grail Ale.

    I'm an uneducated beer enthusiast so I don't know the taste points to look for or not look for, or the lingo for description. (I don't even drink that much, just a few on weekends.) I just taste it and decide if I like it or not. I like bread so I like some bread or grain taste in beer. I don't like bitterness, and not so much fruitiness or spice or whatever. The Monty Python Ale was good on all counts. (Most American beers seem like water with some sharpness added in, some with bitterness too. I've tasted specialty beers and foreign beers that are very bitter. I've tasted beer that has a taste like weeds and some that had a bacon taste. I like a lot of wheat beers and some bocks.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
    Let's not turn this into a thread of what you like. I want you to tell us all about a beer you've purchased recently and consumed for the first time. Thoughts, descriptions, encouragement, discouragement, etc.

    I'll start.

    On a recent mass buying, I picked up Tommyknocker Brewery's (Idaho Springs, CO) Butt Head Bock Lager. As a lover of bocks and doppelbocks, it makes me happy to try this one. I generally end up buying imports to satisfy my cravings. This ranks up there among the American Bocks I've had. I'm a little disappointed I only bought a six pack. I believe this one was found for around $9.00/six pack.

    Another:

    Smuttynose brewing's S'muttonator Doppelbock. It's a big bottle with substantial kick. Again, a pleasant drink, but fighting my way through what seemed like ever expanding foam/head was a bit irritating. The taste of the foam didn't give much hint of the true character of the beer, but once I got through, I was fairly content. If you're feeling like dropping $8 on a 22oz. This is a decent option.
    They also do an oak aged Butt Head. Aged briefly in used bourbon cooperage. It's a real treat!! Look for Butt Head Oaked.

    My most recent find was one called The Maharaja. It's from Avery Brewing in Colorado. An Imperial IPA. I love it, but I can't drink much of it because it's got so damn much alcohol. Usually I'm not a huge fan of IPA's in general but this one being an imperial has enough malt to balance better with all the hops.

    Abita in Louisiana did a Beer de Garde. It's really good but I"m afraid it's probably a seasonal beer. They do to many seasonals and special releases in limited quantities that I just love and have to wait months to get again. Pisses me off sometimes.

    Oh, and Palmetto Brewing's amber ale. Delicious and fortunately easy to get where I'll be living soon.

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    A schwarzbier:

    Mönchshof - Urtypisches Schwarzbier
    It seems to be a pretty good all around Schwarzbier. I'm a huge Kostritzer fan, and maybe find Kostritzer a bit more interesting (don't ask me how to describe it. It just has something going on that gets my attention) in its flavor. This beer doesn't really have anything that sticks out and just generally all works together for a nice smooth, albeit less "interesting", flavor. In the absence of bottles or mini kegs of Kostritzer, I'll buy this again.

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    Schlafly American IPA. Delicious, and 8% alcohol to boot. Nice balance of hoppiness and maltiness, smooth and crisp finish, totally manageable hangover after a 6er.
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    Smuttynose "Robust Porter"

    Meh.

    You can do better. Not bad, just fairly unremarkable.

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    The liquor store near me has a thing where you can make your own six pack of singles. That way you can try different beers without having to buy a six pack and risk hating it.

    New to me beers I tried this weekend were

    Anchor Brewery's Liberty Ale - too hoppy for my tastes

    Anchor Brewery's Summer Ale - not bad, still a little hoppier than I like, but I could live with it.
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    Star Hill (Charlotteville, VA) Festie and Devil's Backbone (Roseland, VA) Amber- I was at a Johnny Winter concert to which beer was being supplied by an Anheuser Busch distributor. Selection was fairly limited, most being variants of Bud, a few whites and IPAs. None of which I will touch. I started with the Devil's Backbone. It sat a little on the hoppy side but seemed like a fairly generic amber. Given no other choices, I would've continued with it. Next I tried the Star Hill Festie. Seems like a fairly decent fall seasonal type beer (a little early in the year for that, no?). I finished the festival drinking the Festie. It had a decent malty flavor, no over powering flavors of any kind, but all working together for a decent, fairly pleasing product.

    This is the only Star Hill product I've ever been ok with. Most I find to be just horrible.

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    Tried Key West Sunset Ale this weekend. For me it's just meh, but I'd call it user friendly and quite drinkable. I'd recommend it to any of my friends that still gravitate towards the BMC stuff. It's well balanced and refreshing enough to be a good session quaffer.

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    I always hated beer, then spent one year in North Ireland, and it grew on me. I've definitely been reading up on the different types and trying out new brands, especially the top-rated ones. Arrogant Bastard was alright, but the bitter lingering aftertasted annoyed me after half a pint. Hoegaarden, another highly praised brand, I found to be a bit too bland. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my favorite so far.

    Out of the North Irish beers, Guinness I always thought was so-so, and way too filling for a proper night out. I liked Harp best, and Smithwicks wasn't bad either. Then there were, of course, deliscious ciders like Boolmers or Koppersbeg, nice sweet thing to offset and alternate between bitter yeasty beers!

    Then there's the typical stuff like Stella, Corona+Lime, Beck, etc. which are ok, not too great, not too crappy. Never cared for the "US beers" (miller, budlight, etc.)

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    But, are there any new ones you've tried recently (as in, the last couple days, kind of the point of the thread. New and exciting) that pique your interest?

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    Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Was having IPA and ordered the Young's for the wife... she was quite pleased with the taste... so I had a sip and it was better than I remembered. I think I was thinking of the Oatmeal Stout when I ordered it.

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    I think I need to some research here, starting with the Modelo. I too see a lot of Mexicans carrying that home, but rarely see them carrying Corona home.

    Polish beer isn't new to me anymore, but was when I last moved. What an eye opener for me, try some Okochim if you get the chance.

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    Corona, quite frankly is just the Mexican version of all the light american adjunct lagers. Modelo is the best beer from Mexico I can think of right now, and the Negra Modelo is actually pretty good.

    My beer sampling is about to come to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks at at least. I'm packing up to move the family about 600 miles to a new home, and there just won't be time until this is over. I hope this thread has some staying power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenmag View Post
    Corona, quite frankly is just the Mexican version of all the light american adjunct lagers. Modelo is the best beer from Mexico I can think of right now, and the Negra Modelo is actually pretty good.

    My beer sampling is about to come to a screeching halt for a couple of weeks at at least. I'm packing up to move the family about 600 miles to a new home, and there just won't be time until this is over. I hope this thread has some staying power.
    I'll keep sampling in your stead. I think I have a few more in the fridge before I have to start finishing everything off. Once I get to the point that none of it is new, I'll have quite a bit to finish before I can go stock up again.

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    I love threads about beer.

    At this point, I almost always have buyer's regret when I stray from my favored few beers: Pliny, Just Outstanding, Alesmith IPA, and Sculpin (expensive!). But every now and then I find one I can enjoy: Racer 5, Bootlegger Rye IPA, Big Eye IPA. I trust the scores at BA more than I do the scores at RB.

    As winter comes on (such as it is here in SoCal), I will have a stout once in a while. I favor Class V and Old Rasputin.

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    If u see it in the stores, give Buffalo Sweat from Tall Grass a try. It's an easy drinking stout. I've gotten most of non stout drinking friends hooked on it.

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    Tried Shock Top Summer Shandy last night - kind of a lemon wheat summer beer - not bad especially for a hot day

    After seeing the comments about it above I tried Negra Modela also - pretty good dark amber type
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    found this on a recent trip to North Carolina - I was skeptical about a "milk" beer, but its very tasty

    The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black colo

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    Quote Originally Posted by grueling View Post
    found this on a recent trip to North Carolina - I was skeptical about a "milk" beer, but its very tasty

    The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black colo
    Lefthand Brewery in Longmont makes a good milk stout if you like them.
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    Flying Dog "In Heat Wheat" Hefeweizen. Very good, needs to be allowed to warm gently but once its warmer (45-50ish?) flavors are very good.
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    Breckenridge Summer Ale: I usually don't like most brewery's summer products. This one was fairly nice. It claims on the label to be brewer with orange and lemon peels. You can taste a hint of that, but it's not overpowering. It's a nice accenting flavor. The rest of the flavor is fairly light as one would expect from a summer beer. I've bought more.

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