Best Craft Beer of 2011?

Best Craft Beer 20112011 was no doubt a tasty year for new craft beers hitting the scene. While we anticipate this being a very tough decision for you to make, we are here to ask you, the loyal reader/follower of The Full Pint….what is the Best Craft Beer of 2011? We’ve comprised a poll of nearly 50 nominees that we feel meet our criteria for initial nomination. Simply, to be eligible, the beer must have been introduced to the public in 2011, and in most cases, made it’s bottled/canned debut in 2011.  A quick check on can give you a good gauge on when a beer was born, piloted then introduced. Poll ends January 26, 2011 5PM PST THE RULES

  • You may vote once, by selecting one of the beers on the list.
  • Should the beer you want to vote for not be on the list, you may write it in IF..
  • The beer made its debut in 2011.
  • “Rallying the troops” is encouraged. Tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Please don’t cheat. If you are having troubles, please contact us.
  • Cheering on a beer doesn’t equal a vote. A complaint doesn’t equal a vote.
  • If a particular beer gets written in multiple times, we may add it to the list with tally.

Best Craft Beer of 2011?

  • New Glarus Black Top IPA (20%, 912 Votes)
  • 21st Amendment Special Edition Allies Win The War (8%, 359 Votes)
  • Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro (7%, 307 Votes)
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale Brown Shugga Replacement (6%, 266 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Indra Kunindra (6%, 262 Votes)
  • Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (5%, 241 Votes)
  • Three Floyds Zombie Dust (4%, 189 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker XV (3%, 154 Votes)
  • Alaskan Perseverance Ale (3%, 129 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Abacus (3%, 126 Votes)
  • High Water No Boundary IPA (3%, 120 Votes)
  • Tallgrass Velvet Rooster (3%, 118 Votes)
  • Great Divide Belgian-Style Yeti Imperial Stout (2%, 113 Votes)
  • Boulevard Collaboration #2 - White IPA (2%, 103 Votes)
  • Drake's Aroma Coma (2%, 85 Votes)
  • Avery Rumpkin (2%, 84 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Two Tortugas (2%, 79 Votes)
  • Cigar City/Mikkeller Nielsbohrium (2%, 71 Votes)
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Clutch (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Full Sail Session Fest (1%, 65 Votes)
  • Jester King Black Metal (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Deschutes The Stoic (1%, 62 Votes)
  • 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard (1%, 55 Votes)
  • Surly 5 (1%, 54 Votes)
  • Crabtree Berliner Weisse (1%, 50 Votes)
  • The Bruery/Cigar City Marron Acidifie (1%, 50 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head Faithfull Ale (1%, 42 Votes)
  • The Bruery The Wanderer (1%, 37 Votes)
  • El Cajone - El Cajones IPA (1%, 36 Votes)
  • Kern River 5th Anniversary Double IPA (1%, 32 Votes)
  • Anchorage Bitter Monk (1%, 31 Votes)
  • Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged BORIS Royale (1%, 27 Votes)
  • Heretic Evil Cousin (1%, 26 Votes)
  • Uinta Crooked Line Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Three Floyds Baller Stout (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Nebraska Reserve Series Apricot au Poivre Saison (0%, 18 Votes)
  • Drake's Jolly Rodger 2011 (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Schell Stag Series Burton Ale (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Grand Teton Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Flying Fish Exit 9 Scarlet Hoppy Ale (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Beachwood Tovarish (0%, 9 Votes)
  • SweetWater Dank Tank Ghoulash (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Sixpoint Diesel (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Knee Deep Hopstar India Pale Ale (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Eagle Rock Yearling (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Golden Road Burning Bush (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,558

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  1. karen says

    Left hand Milk Stout Nitro rocks my world. Fade to Black is awesome too, but the stout is better. Really can’t go wrong with any Left Hands Beers. (Going to Founders tasting room in Grand Rapids, Mi tonight just to solidify my vote. I’ll re-post if I change my mind but I sincerely doubt that!!!)

  2. Randy Aggiemeyer says

    I enjoyed Shiner 102 Wheat Ale in 2011, but is not on your list so I can not vote. Reminded me of the Wheat beer I had in Germany. I will miss it. I hope there will be a Shiner 103 just as good.

  3. John Flower says

    I’m doomed! Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro is so soo better than anything else I’ve ever tasted that all other tastes are “less than”. And the experience of drinking Milk Stout Nitro makes all other life experiences “less than”. Like I said — I’m doomed. I only live a mile from Milk Stout Nitro’s birthplace. Time to quit my job and spend my meager social security in the Left Hand tap room.

  4. Rob says

    Boulevard Collaboration #2 – White IPA is UNREAL!! One of the BEST beers I’ve tried in a long time. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this beer.

  5. says

    Brewing their first of many in February 2011, Port City Brewing Company has taken the DC Metro Area by storm, suds, kegs, & growlers. How could you not include at least one of their acclaimed brews. My favorite is the Optimal Wit, followed closely by Essential Pale Ale! …and the Monumantal I.P.A. and Porter aint bad either!

  6. kafka says

    Wow, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra is the best beer by far out of the whole bunch. Glad you guys picked it. This beer changed my life. I used to be an alcoholic till I drank this mang.

  7. Mike says

    Pretty silly poll considering how regional some of these beers are. How can New Glarus be far and away number one (aside from homers voting it up)? Is New Glarus even distributed out of the state of WI? Just as I was fortunate to get a couple bottles of Niehlsbohrium, I don’t think too many people got to try it.

  8. says

    Such a difficult vote, I had to go with the 2010 Abacus though because it was a transcendental experience for me. I probably would have gone with Bitter Monk, Lagunitas Sucks or Boulevard Collaboration #2 had I been able to pick multiple beers (which of course makes no sense, but I felt sharing that anyway!).

  9. Adrian says

    Among the lip-smacking new craft beers I had the pleasure of sampling in 2011, my favorite was the Siberian Silk Porter from La Cumbre in ABQ, NM. Only on tap & growler, it surely wont make a list such as this, except by honorable mention.

  10. eddie rico says

    You really should have let us vote 3 times.. I voted lagunita but drake aromacoma and 21st amendment collab with ninkasi was so freakin good… I mean a lot of the beers on your list were epic, but there were some stand outs in the bunch.

  11. Geoffrey says

    How can you not have Troegs Perpetual IPA on the list? Please correct the oversight and register my vote in its favor.

  12. says

    I only have a few of those beers unfortunately. While I really liked the Stone 15th, I ended up voting for the Schell’s Burton, which was a solid beer at a great price.

  13. John says

    So many good beers that you missed on this list. Even just looking at New Belgium, what was the logic of only having Clutch on there? I mean NBB Fresh Hop IPA, NBB Sommersault, or even Snow Day would have been better choices for beers that came out in 2011… LAME.

  14. Chandar The Barbarian says

    Crooked Stave Fertile Soil

    This brewery is killing it with their Brett beers. Watch out for them this year.

  15. says

    I felt that New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Kick also deserves some attention. It was a wonderful slightly sour pumpkin/cranberry brew which I felt was better than their Clutch.

  16. Chandar The Barbarian says

    Crooked Stave Fertile Soil

    …and many of their other releases from this year. Look out for this new brewery it is going to blow up!

  17. CraigH says

    Honestly, I third in saying that King Henry should be on here (and I’m not even that big of a Goose Island fan).

  18. Carl says

    It’s a bit of a travesty that nothing from Hill Farmstead is on this list. I would vote for Birth of Tragedy in an instant.

  19. Angelo Pietrosanti says

    none of the above. Goose Island’s King Henry was just spectacular. hands down best of the year.

  20. chris says

    Agree w/AJ, Myrcenary should be on there. Was Bruery White Oak a 2011 release? And if you count each release seperately, Rasputin XIV should definitely be on there, and would get my vote, just barely, over Firestone Walker.

  21. says

    So many good ones to choose from this list. I’m going to head to the store and see if I can grab some of the ones on this list that I missed before locking in my final vote. Cheers!

  22. Smurfe says

    Wish the list was beers that were distributed where I live. I think I can get two of those listed here. Hope these breweries read this and think hey, they need more good beer in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans market, they love good beer there so lets show them some love.

  23. MikeUp says

    I think the Stone/Bruery/Elysian collaboration La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado belongs on this list.

  24. cameron says

    Can you please add Firestone Walker XV. Lots of great beers on the list! Thanks for adding to my growing “Must Try” list!

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