Best Craft Beer of 2012 Poll - Best Craft Beer of 20122012 was a huge year for not only the craft beer industry, but for the craft beer drinker.  With so many hits released all last year, we need to ask you: What was the Best Craft Beer of 2012?  We’ve comprised a list of over 50 nominees to choose from, but like in previous years, you are free to WRITE IN YOUR VOTE IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

To be eligible in this poll, the beer must have been introduced to the public in 2012, and in most cases, made its bottled/canned debut in 2012.  A quick check on can give you a good gauge on when a beer was born, piloted then introduced. Voting Ends February 2, 2013 at 5PM PDT!


  • 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 2012.
  • “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.

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The Winner Is Pipeworks Citra Ninja as of 5PM PDT.  Congrats Speech and analysis forthcoming.

What is The Best Craft Beer of 2012?

  • Pipeworks Citra Ninja (15%, 4,688 Votes)
  • Saranac White IPA (14%, 4,588 Votes)
  • Stone Enjoy By IPA (9%, 2,833 Votes)
  • Firestone Wookey Jack (8%, 2,573 Votes)
  • Boulevard Love Child No. 2 (6%, 1,804 Votes)
  • Lagunitas Daytime (6%, 1,782 Votes)
  • Saint Arnold Endeavour (5%, 1,743 Votes)
  • New Glarus Serendipity Happy Accident Ale (4%, 1,215 Votes)
  • Elevation Apis IV (3%, 897 Votes)
  • Firestone XVI (3%, 808 Votes)
  • Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary (3%, 799 Votes)
  • Lakewood The Temptress (2%, 589 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dales IPA (2%, 485 Votes)
  • Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA (1%, 312 Votes)
  • Bootlegger's Imperial Phoenix (1%, 298 Votes)
  • Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary (1%, 291 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout (1%, 290 Votes)
  • Cigar City Cucumber Saison (1%, 269 Votes)
  • Founders Bolt Cutter (1%, 251 Votes)
  • Bear Republic Racer X (1%, 229 Votes)
  • Upland Sour Reserve (1%, 218 Votes)
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith - Tart Lychee (1%, 218 Votes)
  • Green Flash Rayon Vert (1%, 216 Votes)
  • Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout (1%, 211 Votes)
  • SweetWater 15th Anniversary Ale (1%, 209 Votes)
  • Russian River Row 2 Hill 56 (1%, 201 Votes)
  • Bell's Black Note Stout (1%, 199 Votes)
  • AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2010 (1%, 194 Votes)
  • Hill Farmstead Mimosa (1%, 179 Votes)
  • Alpine Double Nelson (1%, 174 Votes)
  • Full Sail LTD 06 (1%, 170 Votes)
  • Hoppin' Frog Hopped Up Goose Juice (1%, 168 Votes)
  • Surly SYX (1%, 163 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head Positive Contact (0%, 157 Votes)
  • Steel Toe Before the Dawn (0%, 149 Votes)
  • Russian River Toronado 25 (0%, 146 Votes)
  • Upland Gilgamesh (0%, 132 Votes)
  • Squatter’s Radio From Hell Red As Hell Ale (0%, 125 Votes)
  • The Bruery Sans Pagaie (0%, 124 Votes)
  • Golden Road Point The Way IPA (0%, 121 Votes)
  • Drake's Hopocalypse Black Label (0%, 120 Votes)
  • Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead (0%, 120 Votes)
  • Odell Woodcut No. 6 (0%, 120 Votes)
  • Crooked Stave WWWG (0%, 116 Votes)
  • Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Conflux No. 1 - Collage (0%, 115 Votes)
  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze - Armand and Tommy (sic) (0%, 112 Votes)
  • Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weiss (0%, 110 Votes)
  • Logsdon Seizoen Bretta (0%, 107 Votes)
  • Surly Bandwagon IPA (0%, 106 Votes)
  • Funkwerks Solstice (0%, 104 Votes)
  • Kern River Dirty Hippie (0%, 96 Votes)
  • Drake's Aroma Prieta (0%, 96 Votes)
  • DuClaw HERO Chocolate Chipotle Imperial Stout (0%, 93 Votes)
  • Uinta Birthday Suit (0%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 31,717

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  1. Joe Roe says

    Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, 100 cases could not break my back,
    Wookey Jack Wookey Jack. Ive cast my vote and theres no looking back,
    keep it coming Wookey Jack,
    Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

  2. Jonathan Gantz says

    ELEVATION FIRST CAST IPA!!! if your ever in the Salida / Poncha Springs, CO area, or skiing at Monarch Mountain, stop by the Elevation tasting room. These guys are awesome and first cast IPA should be on this list. -Cheers!

  3. Paccamacca says

    If Saranac white IPA is so good, why does it only get a pathetic 77 on Ratebeer?! Because of hype cheating…
    Wookey Jack should obviously be the winner…

  4. Jessica says


    The Harlot!!!!!! Best most complex tasty beer to come out of San Diego in a long time.


  5. Matt says

    Deep Ellum IPA out of Dallas – unbelievable IPA, well balanced and an immediate force to be reckoned with

  6. Ron says

    wow – i’ve a bunch of beers to chk out – but damnation 23 is rather awesome aswell as Pliny –

  7. Cindy says

    I see I’m not the only one to notice that there is no link to actually vote on this page. Please add one, or else explain how one casts a vote!

  8. Dan says

    The cream rises to the top in most cases, and I believe this might be one of them. If we only chose ten, we’d have a zillion write ins to track. This was easier, and gives more peoples opinions to be quickly heard.

  9. Bob Phillips says

    Vote for Lakewood Tempetress had it a Saucer on the Lake and Jack Mac Swill and Grill. Need more of it!

  10. says

    My write-in vote goes to Tin Roof Beer’s delicious Parade Ground Coffee Porter. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a local brew, and my only disappointment is that it’s a seasonal brew, not year-’round.

  11. Adam says

    I kept on buying more and more of Daytime IPA, didn’t hurt that the wife loved it as well!

  12. Joe says

    While I’ve had quite a few on the list and most are amazing, I feel Citra Ninja stood out the most among them.

  13. NoSignsOfPain says

    t’was a difficult decision… but Row 2 gets my vote

  14. says

    Hard choices…. loved the Simtra but could not have more than one due to the abv… however, I could drink Daytime early and often, less than 5%, great hops aroma and flavor, crisp carbonation and it went down smoothly, so I voted for it.


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