It certainly wouldn’t be the beginning of 2014 without a requisite post about a summation of the beers we had in 2013. And while we released a samplesode dedicated to our thoughts on 2013 as a year of craft beer and what we want from 2014 I thought it would be better, perhaps more complete to really discuss the beers I’ve had in 2013.
Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am pretty consistent about checking into untappd with each beer that I have. At least the first time I’ve had that beer. One of my new year resolutions is to become a bit more obsessive compulsive about checking into all the beers that I drink, whether repeats or not, to have better year-end metrics.
For those who are unaware untappd offers the ability to support the site with a minor annual donation. They put this toward hardware and bandwidth, graphic and software design, and of course partnering with amazing breweries and their podcast. While this is great and every user should consider aiding the site out of the spirit of community there is an advantage to being an untappd supporter; you get access to your checkin information. Basically you can export each checkin you have ever had with a few easy clicks.
This year I did just that. Right before Christmas I exported my data from the site to do some year-end analytics to see what I truly like and disliked over the year. The fog of drunken memory can lead one to not remember how great or awful a beer might have been or how often I had that beer. While statistics might be worse than “damned lies” according to Mark Twain, they can serve a good purpose in this instance. These were the results of my investigation.
|1||Hop Notch IPA||10||5.000000|
|5||Burton Baton (2012)||3||5.000000|
|6||Double Dose IPA||3||5.000000|
|7||Dark Starr Stout||2||5.000000|
|8||Ruthless Rye IPA (2012)||2||5.000000|
|10||Raven Black IPA||1||5.000000|
|11||Sobrehumano Palena ‘ole||1||5.000000|
|12||Sour In The Rye (2013)||1||5.000000|
|13||De Brouwers Brussels White (Blanche)||1||5.000000|
|14||Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine Ale||1||5.000000|
|15||Christmas Ale (2012)||1||5.000000|
|17||Crooked Tree IPA||1||5.000000|
|18||Dad's Little Helper Black IPA||1||5.000000|
|19||Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale||1||5.000000|
|20||Estate Homegrown Ale||1||5.000000|
|22||Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale||1||5.000000|
|24||Bourbon County Brand Stout||1||5.000000|
|26||Hopmouth Double IPA||1||5.000000|
|28||Hop Warrior Imperial IPA||1||5.000000|
|32||Lot No. 3 IPA||1||5.000000|
|34||Racer 5 IPA®||5||4.500000|
|35||Rotator IPA: Falconer’s IPA||3||4.500000|
|36||West Coast IPA||3||4.500000|
|37||Burning River Pale Ale||3||4.500000|
|39||Dubhe Imperial Black IPA||3||4.500000|
|40||Duchesse de Bourgogne||3||4.500000|
|42||Jumpin' Juniper Cream Ale||2||4.500000|
|43||Mystic Bridge IPA||2||4.500000|
|44||Gangster Frog I.P.A.||2||4.500000|
|45||Geuze Mariage Parfait (2009)||2||4.500000|
This of course unfairly makes the beers that I drank more often due to access to the beer rank higher than those rare beers I was able only to drink once. It also meant that if I was too lazy to check into a beer more than once that it will be unfairly kicked toward the bottom of the list. But this is why I want to check into everything I drink in 2014.
What I find interesting is how my tastes have changed even within a year. I would reevaluate many of these beers as having very different ratings having tasted a wider variety of beer. Having been exposed to some truly remarkable beers and expanding both my ability to quantify, critique, and knowledge of what I like a lot of these ratings would be wildly different. Which makes 2014 an ever better experiment.
How many of this list have you had? How many would you object to being in my top 50? What you recommend I have to try in 2014? Let me know in the comments below.