Top Beers Of 2012 – I Know I’m Late

February 6, 2013

2013, General posting

We did a post a while back on how to keep your inspiration regarding brewing your own beer.  One of the ways that I’ve found a lot of inspiration for my own home brewing is to go and try some different beers out.  It’s also just fun to be a critic of different micro beers.


You might find that you like some things that different breweries do, or you may hate somethings.  But don’t stop there, make sure to find the recipes and see what type of grains and hops that they use.  Sometimes  it’s as easy as just going to their website and they will have it listed.  Other times you can e-mail the head brewer, explain that you are a homebrewer and you are interested in their recipe.  Make sure to send them a recipe of what you think their beer is to show that you’ve put in some effort.  A lot of times these guys started off as homebrewers themselves and are pretty helpful to fellow homebrewers.

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It’s pretty easy to find clones on the internet, that’s what’s cool about the homebrewing community – we share all knowledge.  Just type in, “_______ clone recipe”,  I’m sure you’ll find lots of results.  Normally it’s hard to get the perfect clone but it does give an excellent template to work with.  So with out further delay, here is the list of top beers for 2012 to make sure you try them out.  The full list can be found at the AHA website.  If you know of, or recommend any brew that are not on the list that is a must try let us know!

Top-Ranked Beers

For 2012, we have a four-peat! Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, a double IPA, claimed the top spot for the fourth straight year. Finishing second for the third straight year was Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, an IPA. (T indicates tie)

 1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
 2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
 3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
 4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
 5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
 6. Bell’s Hopslam
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8. Stone Ruination IPA
 9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
 10. North Coast Old Rasputin
 11. Firestone Walker Union Jack
 12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
 13. Bear Republic Racer 5
 14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
 15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
 16. Firestone Walker Double Jack
 T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
 T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
 19. Stone IPA
 20. New Belgium Fat Tire
 21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
 22. Avery Maharaja
 23. Founders Breakfast Stout
 24. Left Hand Milk Stout
 T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
 T25. New Belgium Ranger
 T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
 28. Deschutes The Abyss
 29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
 30. Surly Furious
 T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
 T31. Rogue Dead Guy
 T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
34. Troegs Nugget Nectar
 T35. Lagunitas IPA
 T35. New Belgium La Folie
 T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
 T37. Founders KBS
 T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA40. Green Flash West Coast IPA
 41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
 42. Victory Prima Pils
43. Great Divide Yeti
 T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter
 T44. Anchor Steam
 T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
 T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
 T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
 T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
 T48. Russian River Pliny the Younger

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