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The Sip: 8 Great Beers to Try in 2012

Looking to develop your craft beer palate in 2012? Tackling this resolution is a cinch, especially with the elite fleet of brewers who are right in our own backyard. 

[ 1 ] Alpine Nelson,
Golden Rye IPA, Alpine, CA

One of many outstanding IPAs brewed by Alpine, this one is a stand out. The New Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin hop gives it a great citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, etc.) aroma and flavor.

[ 2 ] Green Flash Hop Head Red,
Red India Pale Ale, San Diego, CA

Green Flash “San Diego’ed” this red ale into a red IPA with loads of hops. Think hoppy red ale or sweet caramel IPA—either direction you come from, we promise you’ll end up happy.

[ 3 ] Ballast Point Victory at Sea,
Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter, San Diego, CA

Get your nose down in there and inhale the coffee and vanilla aromas, which, along with chocolate, come through in the flavor without being too “big” of a beer.

[ 4 ] New Belgium La Folie,
Sour Brown Ale, Fort Collins, CO

This wonderfully tart, dry, and earthy Flanders-style ale is only released once per year, but it’s worth grabbing a few bottles (or more) when you can.

[ 5 ] Allagash Curieux,
Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel, Portland, ME

Pretty unique to see a Tripel aged in bourbon barrels, but this really works. Drink this while enjoying some crème brûlée and thank me later.

[ 6 ] Trappistes Rochefort 10,
Belgian Quadrupel, Belgium

Great dark fruits come through in the aroma and taste of this Trappist ale. Silky smooth for 11.3%, this is a winter evening sipper.

[ 7 ] Orval Trappist Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium
Bright, floral, and mildly fruity, with a little bit of funk from the late addition of Brettanomyces, enjoy this from a goblet while relaxing on your patio.

[ 8 ] Saison Dupont, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, Belgium
Our household’s go-to “food beer,” this spicy, yeasty saison is a standard. Buy a case and keep it around—you can pull one of these out to pair with any meal.

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