The Top 25 Beers of 2012


The Top 25 Beers of 2012 photo:

The Top 25 Beers of 2012

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has put together its top 25 beer list for 2012, and while all lists of this nature are subjective, there are definitely a few good ones in the mix.

A quick breakdown of what was included in the judging:

Beer Review Breakdown by Country:
Belgium – 6
England – 5
Germany – 5
New Zealand – 1
Norway – 1
Portugal – 2
Scotland – 1
Spain – 1
United States – 95

U.S. Review Breakdown by State:
Alaska – 2
California – 22
Colorado – 11
Delaware – 2
Massachusetts – 11
Maryland – 2
Maine – 2
Michigan – 4
Missouri – 2
New Hampshire – 2
New York – 10
Oregon – 10
Pennsylvania – 2
Texas – 2
Utah – 8
Virginia – 2
Wisconsin – 1

The Top 25 List

  1. The Bruery Saison Rue Belgian-Style Ale (Saison/Farmhouse Ale; The Bruery, CA)
  2. Traquair House Ale (Scotch Ale; Traquair House Brewery, Scotland)
  3. Sam Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary (American Strong Ale; The Boston Beer Co., MA).
  4. Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (German-style Pilsener; Left Hand Brewing Co., CO).
  5. Deschutes Hop Trip Pale Ale (American Pale Ale; Deschutes Brewery, OR)
  6. Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA (American-style Black Ale; Uinta Brewing Co., UT)
  7. Dogfish Head Noble Rot (Fruit Beer/ Saison Hybrid; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, DE)
  8. Weihenstephaner Vitus Weizenbock (Weizenbock; Brauerei Weihenstephan, Germany)
  9. Founders Bolt Cutter Barley Wine Ale (American Barleywine; Founders Brewing Co., MI)
  10. Odell The Meddler Oud Bruin Ale (AmericanWild Ale; Odell Brewing Co., CO)
  11. Stone Ruintation Tenth Anniversary IPA (American Double/Imperial IPA; Stone Brewing Co., CA)
  12. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock (Doppelbock; Brauerei Aying, Germany)
  13. Avery Annual Barrel Series Uncle Jacob’sStout (American Double/ImperialStout; Avery Brewing Co, CO)
  14. Port City Optimal Wit (Witbier; Port City Brewing Company, VA)
  15. Lindemans Cuvée René Grand Cru Gueuze Lambic Beer (Gueuze; BrouwerijLindemans, Belgium)
  16. New Glarus Two Women Lager (German-style Pilsener; New Glarus BrewingCompany, WI)
  17. Smuttynose Big Beer Series S’muttonator Double Bock Beer (Dopplebock; SmuttynoseBrewing Co., NH)
  18. St. Feuillien Saison Belgian Farmhouse Ale (Saison/Farmhouse Ale; St-Feuillien Brewery, Belgium)
  19. Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Artisan Amber Ale (American Wild Ale; Jolly Pumpkin ArtisanAles, LLC, MI)
  20. 21st Amendment Insurrection Series Monk’s Blood (Belgian-style Dark Ale; 21st Amendment Brewery, CA)
  21. Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale (Old Ale; Karl Strauss Brewing Co., CA)
  22. Boulevard Smokestack Series Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (Saison/Farmhouse Ale; Boulevard Brewing Company, MO)
  23. Captain Lawrence Cuvée de Castleton Batch #5 (American Wild Ale; Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., NY)
  24. Brewery Bockor Omer Traditional Blond Ale (Belgian-style Blonde Ale; Brewery Bockor, Belgium)
  25. DuClaw Retribution (American Double/ Imperial Stout; DuClaw Brewing Company, MD)

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