Ever regretted a "craft" beer purchase? Why?

HomeBrewTalk.com - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Community.

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

FuzzeWuzze

I Love DIY
Joined
Jun 19, 2012
Messages
3,140
Reaction score
457
Location
Newberg
We were in the grocery store while on vacation and saw this


Of course we were drawn to it, i mean Rogue makes some amazing beers.

Its not that this wasnt amazing, it was more that we didnt look at the price and it was i think $16 for the 22. Didnt even realize it until we looked at the receipt later. We did regret it. Not that great of a beer, especially for so much money.
 

glick

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2013
Messages
428
Reaction score
50
Location
Dover
For me it is Dogfish head's Midas Touch. Sickeningly sweet.
 

Johnnyhitch1

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2011
Messages
2,114
Reaction score
247
Location
SiX-ThReE-OnE
Regret it everytime i make a purchase and dont check bottle dates...
Ive come to the point of not purchasing hoppy brews unless it was just released or has a visible BOD.
To much good beer to drink old oxidized crapola.
 

Crito

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2011
Messages
469
Reaction score
24
Location
H-Town
Regret it everytime i make a purchase and dont check bottle dates...
Ive come to the point of not purchasing hoppy brews unless it was just released or has a visible BOD.
To much good beer to drink old oxidized crapola.
+1. Had a few of those.

Worst one was a spice beer I think it was Maui breadfruit. Too much spice. Then a pecan porter that I could not taste the pecan, only the spices (why add hot peppery spices to pecans?)
 

Pugnax88

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 13, 2012
Messages
102
Reaction score
13
Regret it everytime i make a purchase and dont check bottle dates...
Ive come to the point of not purchasing hoppy brews unless it was just released or has a visible BOD.
To much good beer to drink old oxidized crapola.
Just happened to me for the first time last week. That is the biggest let-down ever. Had myself what I was hoping to be a nice IIPA, turned out to.be almost a year old. No hop flavor or aroma to speak of. So sad...
 

allenH

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2012
Messages
4,299
Reaction score
2,682
Location
Sanford
hadabar said:
Weird. It's great stuff. Cigar city guava grove....

Yuck! I love sours. This wasn't too sour it was too everything else...
Guava Grove isn't a sour, it's a Saison. There was an accidental sour batch a couple of years ago, if you happen to come across one of those, they are worth big $$. It's popularity lead to them making an intentional sour version this year, which hasn't been released in bottles yet. Guava Grove is one of my favorites, but everyone has different tastes.
 

allenH

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2012
Messages
4,299
Reaction score
2,682
Location
Sanford
Full Sail Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged. Overwhelming smell of bourbon, it tasted like a porter boilermaker. The bar I was at has 2-4-1 bottles before 7pm, I had to tell them to keep the other one.
 

Mike37

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2012
Messages
226
Reaction score
11
Penn Pilsner. Bought a sixer for my wife nearly two years ago because she had it on tap once and flipped out about how good it was for some reason. Opened a couple bottles of hers and it was very much like way over carbonated BMC.

Why did I mention it was two years ago? I just found three remaining bottles in the beer fridge last week.
 

DannPM

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2011
Messages
1,867
Reaction score
25
Location
Pittsburg
Wow, I just bought a bottle of this the other day, and now you've scared me!
Ah that was only my experience! Don't be scared. Just don't be afraid of calling out a popular beer burgeoning on the edge of a current trend (big beers, huge flavors, etc) if you don't like it.
 

hadabar

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2011
Messages
216
Reaction score
1
Location
Jacksonville
Guava Grove isn't a sour, it's a Saison. There was an accidental sour batch a couple of years ago, if you happen to come across one of those, they are worth big $$. It's popularity lead to them making an intentional sour version this year, which hasn't been released in bottles yet. Guava Grove is one of my favorites, but everyone has different tastes.
Well aware. ...

I starting the fact that I like sours. ..and this sucked. ..whatever style it was trying to be. ..and yes it was from that batch a few years ago. ..horrible
 

glick

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2013
Messages
428
Reaction score
50
Location
Dover
I have regretted every Dogfish Head purchase except their punkin ale. I hate their beer.
 

campbelldm1

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2013
Messages
513
Reaction score
107
Location
Philadelphia
wickman6 said:
Agreed. I usually like 2 or 3 of the varieties, but the remaining few are not good to me at all.
They always sneak in boston lager. Not that I mind the beer, but I can buy it separately much cheaper.
 

mcmeador

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2010
Messages
209
Reaction score
96
Location
TN
Man, there's a lot of Sam Adams hate here. That's my favorite brewery, but I will admit that my most disappointing craft beer purchase was Sam Adams Imperial White. Way too sweet and the alcohol flavor was overwhelming.
 

DrunkleJon

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Jan 18, 2011
Messages
8,187
Reaction score
2,567
Location
Alexandria
I saw it at the bottle shop on Friday. Didn't buy it but someone did and I got a sample that night. Woodchuck Pumpkin Spice Cider. Ick
 

45thparallelhopper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 3, 2013
Messages
75
Reaction score
10
Bought a New Holland holiday pack, and although the pack was decent, that Icabod beer was so horrible I took one sip and poured it out. Still the only craft beer I've ever donated to the sewer gods
 

blaster_54738

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 22, 2012
Messages
474
Reaction score
60
Location
Eleva
I'm sure I'll catch crap for this one but the only craft beer I've purchased and haven't been able to finish...Pumking. I love Southern Tier beers but I couldn't finish Pumking. My buddy brewed a pumpkin beer last year and I thought it was good so I figure with how highly Pumking is talked about and the reviews on BA I'd try it...couldn't do it.
 

Stauffbier

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2011
Messages
5,088
Reaction score
1,050
Location
El Paso
I'm sure I'll catch crap for this one but the only craft beer I've purchased and haven't been able to finish...Pumking. I love Southern Tier beers but I couldn't finish Pumking. My buddy brewed a pumpkin beer last year and I thought it was good so I figure with how highly Pumking is talked about and the reviews on BA I'd try it...couldn't do it.
:eek:
 

eltorrente

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2011
Messages
535
Reaction score
87
Location
Bend, OR
that 120 though
Tastes like crap to me..

I also don't like Dogfish. I can get fresh Dogfish at several different stores around here, and have tried many times to appreciate their 60, 90, and 120.. and I just don't like it. At all.

I'm a total hop-head, and love IPA's - but I find those repulsive. I HATE them. I know they are highly rated by many people - but I think my taste buds/DNA has conspired against me and I'm just programmed to reject those beers.
 

glick

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2013
Messages
428
Reaction score
50
Location
Dover
Tastes like crap to me..

I also don't like Dogfish. I can get fresh Dogfish at several different stores around here, and have tried many times to appreciate their 60, 90, and 120.. and I just don't like it. At all.

I'm a total hop-head, and love IPA's - but I find those repulsive. I HATE them. I know they are highly rated by many people - but I think my taste buds/DNA has conspired against me and I'm just programmed to reject those beers.
My sentiment exactly!!!:mug:
 

rarobe01

New Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2012
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Location
Louisville
I haven't seen it in probably 15 years but I bough a six-pack of a beer called Bad Frog. It was truly a terrible experience. I can't say that the warning signs weren't there though, it had the word 'Bad' in the name. Come to think of it, it might have been made from actual frogs too...
 

Quixoticosis

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2013
Messages
88
Reaction score
39
Every beer I have ever tried by Flying Dog. I keep falling for the cool labels.
 

boondocksaint

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2012
Messages
135
Reaction score
17
Location
Chesapeake
Scuttlebutt Amber Ale...It was terrible & I haven't tried any of their other beers b/c it was so bad...:smack:
 

45thparallelhopper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 3, 2013
Messages
75
Reaction score
10
Quixoticosis said:
Every beer I have ever tried by Flying Dog. I keep falling for the cool labels.
I totally agree with this. How can such creative labels belong to such blah beer. False advertising by proxy
 

eltorrente

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2011
Messages
535
Reaction score
87
Location
Bend, OR
I totally agree with this. How can such creative labels belong to such blah beer. False advertising by proxy
I'm a fan of Raging Bitch though. That was my first Belgian IPA, and I really like that stuff. The rest of their beers aren't terrible, but they aren't all that great either. Just middle of the road IMO.
 

troy2000

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 29, 2013
Messages
1,057
Reaction score
483
A bit of a tangent: way back when Moby Dick was a minnow and I was a young lad, I was hitchhiking up the coast. I got picked up by a guy who detoured through the Olympia brewery, for one of their tour and taste sessions. I wasn't too enthused, because I had always considered Olympia beer to be horse p***.

I was shocked by how good the beer tasted. And about the time the tour was supposed to end, the skies opened up and buckets of water started falling. Instead of chasing us out anyway, they cheerfully gave us lots more beer - and fed us, too. We were full, happy and pretty well snockered by the time the rain let up. Nowadays their corporate lawyers would've been tearing their hair out as we weaved down the road. :)

When I got back to SoCal, I headed out to my local supermarket and grabbed me a six-pack of Oly. And you know what? It was horse p***....

That was the first time it really occurred to me how much a beer's taste depends on its age, the temperature it's served at, how it's poured and what kind of glass it's poured into, the surroundings, the company being kept, etc.
 

jafstl38

New Member
Joined
Feb 12, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Had a run with New Belgiums's Red Hop-tobet, hated it, never had a red I actually enjoyed
 

grimstuff

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2012
Messages
254
Reaction score
20
Location
Ukiah
I rarely drink a "bad" beer. What I get disappointing by, however, is the $10 boutique craft bomber of beer that's just mediocre. Pisses me off more than anything.
 

MaxStout

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Mar 29, 2013
Messages
10,735
Reaction score
6,690
I rarely drink a "bad" beer. What I get disappointing by, however, is the $10 boutique craft bomber of beer that's just mediocre. Pisses me off more than anything.
This.

I rarely encounter a truly bad craft beer (Millstream's Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout comes to mind). Mostly, just so-so beers that don't live up to their hype, or their expense. If I'm going to shell out >$10 for a bomber, its contents should be impressive.
 

oxpajama

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
96
Reaction score
5
Big Sky puts together some great brews, this is not one of them. To me tasted of soap, otherwise insipid and not refreshing. It was like drinking bad homebrew.

Big-Sky-Brush-Tail-Farmhouse-Saison.png
 

monkeymootj

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2011
Messages
73
Reaction score
4
Location
castro valley
I wouldn't say I regretted it exactly.... But I did purchase a six pack of New Albion (Boston Beer Company) at the recommendation of the bottle shop clerk. Stale grains are not worth 10 bucks
 
Top