Monday, January 17, 2011

2010 Best Beer Nominees

It's time to crown the Best Beer from 2010! Over the course of 2010, I picked a Top 5 for each month. Now it's your turn to select what you consider the best from those 60 choices. Yeah, there are probably hundreds of other awesome beers that are not on the list, most likely because they aren't available here in Florida, so if you'd like to choose a beer that isn't on the list, feel free to do that as well. It will basically be like voting for Ralph Nader. But, hey, if it makes you feel better, go for it.

Now I didn't feel like setting up some official poll. Basically, I'd like each of you to pick up to 3 of these options (or write-ins) and leave them in the comments. I will tally the results myself, one point for each beer you choose up to a maximum of 3. You will all know who voted for which beer and if you can count, know who is in the lead. If you are worried about anonymity then choose to leave your comment as Anonymous, but really...

These 60 beers from 36 different breweries are in reverse alphabetical order. Being a "last name S" guy, I've been screwed at the end of the alphabet my entire life. This is my revenge. Feel free to see what I thought of each beer by clicking the links; if it helps you make your decisions in selecting the winner of this prestigious crown, I'm happy to help.

The rules are simple. Pick up to 3 beers, leave them in the comments, don't vote more than once, promote your favorites if you'd like, and if I think of any others along the way, well, I have that right. Voting ends at the end of January EST, and assuming one or two people will have voted, I'll tally the results shortly after that. If no one votes, you get to see what I think, so pass it on to your friends! Thanks.

2010 Top Beer Nominees

Two Brothers Bare Tree Barley Wine Style Weiss Beer 2009

Troegs Dream Weaver

Three Floyds Pride & Joy Mild Ale

The Bruery Mischief

The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

The Bruery Autumn Maple

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

Terrapin Hopzilla

Terrapin Hopsecutioner India Pale Ale

Stone Double Bastard Ale

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Southern Tier Mokah Imperial Stout

Southern Tier Gemini

Southern Tier Crème Brûlée Imperial Stout

Southern Tier Choklat Imperial Stout

Ska Decadent Imperial IPA

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest 2010 Wet Hop Ale

Sierra Nevada Fritz & Ken's 30th Anniversary Ale

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2010

Shmaltz He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Shipyard XXXX IPA

Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina

Russian River Supplication

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

New Belgium Ranger India Pale Ale

Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

Laughing Dog The Dogfather Imperial Stout

Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

Green Flash Le Freak Ale

Goose Island Sofie 2010

Goose Island Matilda 2010

Founders Red's Rye P.A.

Founders Harvest Ale

Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale

Florida Beer Swamp Ape IPA 

DuClaw Devil's Milk

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 2010

Dogfish Head Festina Pêche

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale

Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve Imperial India Pale Ale

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Brooklyn Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2010

Bell's Hopslam Ale

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Ballast Point Big Eye India Pale Ale

Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale 2010

Abita SOS Save Our Shore


JayZeis said...

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale- you can absolutely taste the freshness
Oskar Blues Ten TIDY- the best stout out of a can, one of the best stouts out of anything
Avery Maharaja- what I consider to be the best Imperial IPA

danger girl said...

Short's/Half Acre Freedom of '78 Pure Guava IPA

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

(sorry, I had to go off the board on that first one. My favorite beer o'the year)

Michael Jurewicz said...

This is tough but I'll go with
- Southern Tier Choklat
- Hebrew Lenny's Bittersweet RIPA
- Russian River Supplication

In no particular order.

Vanessa said...

Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina
Terrapin Moo Hoo
Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown

Honourable mention: Bell's Hopslam - doesn't make the list because I didn't get any till the end of the year; yes, I am spiteful ;)

Scooter said...

1. Philadelphia Brewing Company - Fleur de Lehigh

2. Sly Fox - Pikeland Pilsner

3. Dock Street Brewery - Rye PA

Handcancel said...

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

Out of your list those are my top 3. There were a few on the list I had tried once (The Sierra limited releases and the Stone EPA) Liked them, but these 3 I have drank and enjoyed repeatedly, and could pick out of a blind tasting.

Joel said...

Man, these are some really tough choices. 2010 was the year I went from a beer noob dabbling in hefeweizens to insatiable hop-head and barrel-aged stout fanatic. What really makes the choices hard are looking down the list at various beers and thinking of not only how much I enjoyed them but also all the good times I had and the people I enjoyed them with. It's just impossible to separate the beers themselves from the overall experience.

If I must choose 3, here they are:
Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Anonymous said...

From Twitter:

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Anonymous said...

From Twitter:

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@DailyBeerReview 1) @BellsBrewery Hopslam 2) @oskarblues Gubna 3)@SierraNevada Estate. In that order. 2010 beer review

Tom Bedell said...

Of those on the list that I've had, I'll go with the Brooklyn Sorachi Ale, the Goose Island Sofia, and the Shipyard XXXX IPA. I had the first two at beer festivals, so that's a vote for festivals as well.

But the best beer I had all year, hands down, is not on the list, and that was the last of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary ales, the Brewers Reserve Grand Cru. This blend of the Pale Ale, Celebration and oaked Bigfoot is a beer of immense complexity and pleasure.

joegatto16 said...

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale was surprisingly my favorite Christmas beer of the tear, wonderful, spicy IPA.
New Belgium Hoptober Fest beer was outstanding. A fall seasonal, very hoppy pilsner that I was pleasantly surprised to find on a trip to Austin, TX.
The beer I'm most excited to try is Swamp Ape IPA, but it isn't out yet in Miami, so I'm anxiously awaiting it.
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Brad said...

I still think Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA is a classic, and I'd also go with Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 2010.

Carolyn Jean said...

My votes are for Terrapin Moo Hoo, Founders Harvest and Bear Republic Racer 5!

marie said...

1. Pride and Joy
2. Burton Baton
3. Jai Alai

I saw the 2010 Bare Tree today, shall I include in your shipment?

BeerPancakes said...

Here are my 3:

Goose Island Matilda 2010
The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse
Brooklyn Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

this was a good year for beer


bunny said...

If picking from your list, and ones I have actually had, I choose:

- Terrapin Hopzilla
- Stone Double Bastard Ale
- Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

I respectfully submit, as honorable mentions for me, the following:

- Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale
- Terrapin Rye Squared

Stevie J said...

Alot of great choices here. If I can only choose three they would be; 1. Founder's Red Rye P.A.. 2. Dogfish Head Burton Baton. 3. Southern Tier Gemini.

New Hampshire Dave said...

Great list. I love the IPA's and my 2 favorites from your list are the Terrapin Hopsecutioner (unfortunately not sold in NH) and our more local Shipyard XXXX. My all-time favorite, Stoudt's Double IPA, is not among the items listed.

My 3rd item would be the Sam Adams Noble Pils - IMO, the best product yet from that brewer and one I hope will become more than a seasonal.

Brewer's Daughter said...

The best beer of 2010 for me by far was Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale. Not only because it's a sentimental favorite, honoring my dad, but because it's kick ass!

Ed Roberts said...

Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary 4th Release Grand Cru

Anonymous said...

Was any brewer not nominated? Seriously -

Stone Double Bastard
New Belgium Ranger IPA
Bear Republic Racer 5
Abita S.O.S.

Anonymous said...

1. Bittersweet Lenny
2. Southern Tier Choklat
3. Southern Tier Creme Brulee

Many others on the list were great but those three had the biggest impact on me.

Anonymous said...

Avoiding voting for more than one brewery (mokah and olde school are sooooooo good):
Southern Tier Choklat
DogfishHead World Wide Stout
Troegs Dream Weaver

michael_burke said...

Even though I'd put plenty of others above these.. I decided to stay on the list. Weird, I'm not a HUGE DogFish fan, but this makes it look that... but they are both FANTASTIC beers.

Oscar Ten FIDY Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Joe said...

Surprisingly, I haven't had many beers on this list! I'll need to remedy that!

As for what I've had, I've gotta go with:

Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Southern Tier Choklat
Terrapin Wake & Bake

ithawk said...

Bells Hopslam - Enough said
Stone Double Bastard
Dogfish Head 90 Min IPA

Michael said...

1. Sierra Nevada Fritz & Ken - Having this beer paired with an amazing smoked brisket was one of my favorite beer memories of the year.

2. Russian River Supplication - Just wow.

3. Flying Dog Raging Bitch - A little surprised this wasn't nominated, so I'm writing it in.

Bradford said...

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. From the first sip, I was impressed. It is full of flavor. Just the right amount of bitterness, and hoppiness. I really like the slight citrus notes that it has.

Anonymous said...

From Twitter:

underreckoned Tera F.

@DailyBeerReview 1. Terrapin Moo-Hoo 2. Sam Adams Noble Pils 3.Oskar Blues Gubna (I WANT TO TRY THE AVERY MAHARAJA!)

Anonymous said...

From Twitter:

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@DailyBeerReview Some Potent Brews! Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Florida Beer Swamp Ape IPA, Stone Double Bastard Ale

Anonymous said...


2)Fritz & Ken's
3)Burton Baton

Erin M said...

I'm going with

1) Brooklyn Sorachi
2) Brooklyn Black Chocolate
3) Bells Hopslam


Deray said...

Where is the XXlager? or the corona? or negra modelo?

XrayGrl said...

RR - Supplication
Avery - Maharaja
Bear Republic - Racer 5

Kelly said...

Surly Abrasive double IPA

Anonymous said...

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