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Top 5 Biggest Craft Beer Bombs of 2012

Bloggers and mainstream journalists alike get lazy every December and decide to publish some ridiculous year-in-review list. Shocker, I’m no different.

However, I’m focusing on a glass-half-empty approach to point out my five most disappointing beers in 2012. These are the ones that were either really hyped up by my own irrationality or by a successful marketing/PR campaign. You know, that moment when you take a drink or two and it completely takes the wind out of your sails.

Feel free to dispute any of my points in the comments below. I’m sure you’re wrong but I’m willing to listen.

5. Schlafly – Dry Hopped APA
Sorry, guys. I hate to do this given your passion for producing quality beers and giving a rat’s ass about your customers. However, it just didn’t live up to my expectations after all the back and forth. It was too close to a Stella for an ale. Too bland, no dry hop aroma or flavor.

4.Stone – Lukcy Basardt
I was really pumped for this one since I’m a Stone fan. Even if the uber nerds sneer at Stone for choosing to mass produce some really quality beer, I still like nearly everything they put out. However, this one really missed the mark for me. The flavor was odd.

3.Sixpoint – Autumnation
I am really big fan of Sixpoint and I have never been let down. Their Resin DIPA is one of my all-time favorites. This is billed as a fresh hopped pumpkin beer. But it’s actually just a mess of flavors and bitterness. There was no balance or direction. I hope they tweak the recipe next year and return their normal form.

2.Buzz Doodle – Confident Liar IPA
So this is a little off the beaten path but this is the (apparently aptly named) first homebrew batch that I made. The brewing process was nerve wracking and flawed. However, I got through it and managed to get the beer to ferment well. It bottled okay and carbonated appropriately. Unfortunately, the flavor smacked of a bitter twang. There were multiple off flavors at work. But, I quickly moved on and greatly expanded my knowledge. Things are going much better a year later.

1. Russian River – Pliny the Elder
Yeah, I said it. Pliny isn’t the end all, be all Imperial IPA. Is it good, sure. Is it a liquid gold, fountain of youth, mouth hopgasm, why-does-anyone-even-drink-other-beers beer? Nope. Moral of the story: don’t give up a firstborn child or vital internal organ to get a bottle. If you stumble upon it them it’s certainly worth grabbing.

What was your big letdown this year?? Share in the comments below.

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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