52 Comments

  1. Faye Krantz
    January 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    My vote is for Ballast Point indra kanindra

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  2. Marvin
    January 3, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Boulder and Kyle Hollingsworths HOOPLA!

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  3. Tom Agnes
    December 20, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    Surly 5 all the way!

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  4. Grynder Ciula
    December 20, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Must mention my 2 favorite new brews of 2011
    New Glarus Black Top-best IBA
    New Glarus IIPA

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  5. Grynder Ciula
    December 20, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Capital Eternal Flame-the apex of this fantastic dopplebock series

    Goose Island Big John-made by one of the best stout makers on the planet

    Black Husky 12 Dog- Fantastic big beer by littlest brewer in Wisconsin

    Surly Smoke-If Todd Haug considers this a favorite-it must be spectacular

    New Belgium Le Terroir- not sure this was the first year for it,but I gave it the most innovative beer of the year award

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  6. waltenk
    December 20, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Surly 5

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  7. Wolffy
    December 20, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Surly 5

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  8. ddferrari
    December 20, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Surly 5

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  9. don
    December 20, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Mark me down for Lagunitas Sucks! Sooo good!

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  10. Brian
    December 20, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Second

    Surly 5

    Nom:

    Surly Tempest
    Surly Furious

    Granite City Duke of Wellington IPA

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  11. Joshua
    December 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale (had one limited run this summer and, presumably by popular demand, another for the holidays)

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  12. Joseph
    December 20, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    SURLY Five

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  13. Fred R.
    December 18, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    High Water Brewing – No Boundary IPA
    High Water Brewing – Hop Riot IPA
    High Water Brewing – Retribution Imperial IPA
    Firestone-Walker – Velvet MERKIN
    Knee Deep Brewing – Hopstar IPA

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  14. Kevan
    December 18, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Bitter Monk – Anchorage
    Aroma Coma – Drake’s
    Baller Stout – Three Floyds
    King Henry – Goose Island
    Evil Twin – Heretic
    Evil Cousin – Heretic
    Lagunitas Sucks – Lagunitas

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  15. Paul
    December 18, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Schells stag #4 burton ale was phenomenal!

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  16. afrokaze
    December 13, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    New noms:
    Schneider/Brooklyn Hopfen Weisse
    Bruery 4 Calling Birds
    Pizza Port Poor Man’s IPA
    21st Amendment Hop Crisis
    21st Amend./Ninkasi Allies Win The War!
    21st Amend. Old Glory
    Drake’s Jolly Rodger 2011
    New Belgium Kick
    Pretty Things Jack D’Or
    Firehouse Vesuvius
    Sierra Nevada Old Cantankerous
    SN/Lost Abbey/Allagash/Avery/DFH Repoterrior
    Firestone Walker Solace
    Bruery/Lawson’s Acer Quercus
    Moonlight Twist of Fate

    I second:
    Brekle’s Brown
    Bitter Monk
    Sucks
    Green Tea IPA
    FW 15
    Stone 15th
    Zombie Dust
    Surly 5
    Dubhe
    Aroma Coma

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  17. AxessDenied
    December 12, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    @Timothy

    I, personally, enjoy the creative aspect of the Voodoo Doughnut. I did think, for an ale produced from a grist bill containing that level of smoked malt, that the flavors of bacon and maple were defined and unassuming. I was not offended by the flavor or the finish and think that this one deserves a nomination for the quality of work put into it and the creativity it took to develop the brew.

    Cheers.

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  18. Timothy Augustin
    December 12, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I just had the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Brown Ale, I enjoyed it but do not think it should be included on the list unless you place an extremely high value on creativity, in that case it should be considered.

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  19. AxessDenied
    December 12, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Also,

    There is some ongoing discussion that the DFH Faithfull (corrected from last post) is a relabel of Au Curant…

    Does a relabel count as a DQ?

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  20. AxessDenied
    December 12, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    -1 to DFH Faithful, remove from list

    That is least creative or tasty beer they have delivered in their musician series. Just like Eddie Vedder it earns a solid ‘meh’.

    +1 to Great Divide’s Belgian Yeti

    Nominations:
    Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
    Brewer’s Alley Nut Brown Ale aged on Zeke’s Coffee Roundhouse Roast
    Sixpoint Autobahn
    Sixpoint Diesel
    DuClaw Devine Retribution

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  21. Jonathan M
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Rahr Snowmageddon

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  22. Stan
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Rahr & Sons – Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

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  23. QoB
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Anchor Brekle’s Brown
    Sierra Nevada Estate Ale
    Moylan’s Orange and Black

    The rest I see listed are predictable and amateur. And can Beer Junkie read?

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  24. Mike
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Schooners 2010 Scotch Whiskey Barrel Old Woody Grand Cru Barleywine (2011 release)

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  25. Bobby
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Weyerbacher Rapture
    Victory Headwaters
    Victory Village

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  26. Charlotte Beer
    December 12, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I’d like to throw another vote out there for New Belgium’s Le Terroir. It was by far my favorite “new” beer.

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  27. admin
    December 7, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Sorry, these won’t be added….

    Odell Deconstruction – Came out fall ’10
    Alpine Nelson – Came out a few years ago

    All of these are great but veterans…
    North Coast Old Rasputin
    North Coast Le Merle Saison
    North Coast Brother Thelonious
    Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
    Anderson Valley Imperial IPA
    Anderson Valley Brother Davids Double
    Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    Traquair 2020
    Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
    Rochefort 10
    St. Bernardus Christmas

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  28. kevin
    December 1, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Highland Gaelic Ale, Asheville NC

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  29. BeerJunkie
    December 1, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    North Coast Old Rasputin
    North Coast Le Merle Saison
    North Coast Brother Thelonious
    Uinta Tilted Smile
    Uinta Labyrinth
    Uinta Dubhe
    Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
    Anderson Valley Imperial IPA
    Anderson Valley Brother Davids Double
    Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    Traquair 2020
    Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
    Rochefort 10
    St. Bernardus Christmas

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  30. Rick
    November 30, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon-Barrel was released this year since the much smaller 2005 edition and was put in distribution for the first time. In my opinion … hands-down the best beer of 2011.

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  31. Royce
    November 30, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    +1 to…
    Alpine Nelson
    Kern River Citra
    Bruery Batch 300

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  32. Royce
    November 30, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    +1 to Alpine Nelson, Kern River Citra, and Bruery Batch 300

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  33. Bill
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:01 am

    Troegs/Fat Heads Brewing – Fat Scratch IPA

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  34. Timothy Augustin
    November 29, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I second the Bitter Monk as well, forgot about that one!

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  35. Timothy Augustin
    November 29, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    While I have had many of those and agree, I think the following should be included on the list, as it seems “availability” is not a qualifying factor. (My additions only include special releases, new beers to this year or beers which have a vintage….)

    – O’Dell Deconstruction
    – Boulevard Collaboration #2 (White IPA collaboration w/Deschutes)
    – Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut
    – New Belgium Le Terroir
    – I second the Lagunitas Sucks!
    – Firestone Walker Abacus 2011
    – Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

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  36. Colin
    November 29, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    5 Rabbit – Vida y Muerte Ale & 5 Lizard

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  37. Beer Pig
    November 29, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    I nominate white Rajah from the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio

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  38. Kelsey
    November 29, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Drake’s Aroma Coma

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  39. Chris
    November 29, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    new belgium clutch

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  40. Judi
    November 29, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Aaargh, thanks. Wasn’t sure but thought I’d nominate/remind about how fab they are 🙂

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  41. admin
    November 29, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Judi, both are amazing beers, but have been around for more than this year in bottle.

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  42. Judi
    November 29, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    Alpine Nelson
    Kern River Citra

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  43. Dave Butler
    November 29, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Also add – Crabtree Brewing (CO) – Berliner Weisse Ale

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  44. admin
    November 29, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Karl Strauss Two Tortugas

    I feel like Abacus is on the fence. It’s like CBS, it’s been out for years, and just hit the bottle this year. Thoughts?

    Mephaddict hasn’t hit bottles and has been around for years.

    I need to check on Myrcenary.
    Friek is definitely from last year, so that’s out.

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  45. Jade
    November 29, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Drakes Aroma Coma

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  46. Scott
    November 29, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Heretic Brewing: Evil Twin and Evil Cousin
    Firestone Walker: Abacus

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  47. swalden28
    November 29, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Jester King Black Metal isnt on that list…

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  48. getcha some
    November 29, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Odell Myrcenary
    Odell Friek
    Four Peaks Siruis

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  49. Dave Butler
    November 29, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Rockyard Brewing Company (Castle Rock, CO) – Buddha Nuvo

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  50. AJ
    November 29, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Odell Brewing Myrcenary Double IPA – yum!

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  51. Alex
    November 29, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    3 Floyds – Baller Stout
    The Bruery – Batch 300, Sour in the Rye
    Stone – Green Tea IPA
    FW – Abacus
    Avery- Mephaddict
    Drake’s- Aroma Coma

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  52. Tieman
    November 29, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    My suggestions to add to the nominees:
    The Bruery – The Wanderer
    Anchorage Brewing – Bitter Monk

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