Top 25 Beers of 2013: 5-1

Over the course of 2013, I reviewed 249 different beers. As this year comes to a close, I thought I would look back at my reviews and tell you what I thought were the top-25 of the year — and, I’ve also picked five honorable mentions. This list will be posted over the span of five days, ending on January 1, 2014. Each day will feature an honorable mention, in addition to five beers on the list.

A little about how I picked the list: I didn’t go off my numerical point scale — instead, I chose this list by narrowing down all my 2013 reviews to around 40 memorable beers. By memorable, I mean beers that made me take notice and want to make repeated return visits. From that list of 40, I pared it down to 25, ordered them, and then picked five honorable mentions.

Obviously, it would be impossible for anyone to review every single beer that was released in 2013, so please remember that my list is based off what distributes to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, what I was able to trade for outside my market, and also just what I sampled. For instance, none of the beers that made last year’s list will appear on this list, because I’ve already reviewed them. These are beers that I have reviewed within the calendar year.

Top 25 Beers of 2013 (that I reviewed) — 5-1:

05-oldehickoryirishwalker

5. Olde Hickory Irish Walker Barleywine, 97 points. Reviewed August 14th.

04-stoneruintenipa
4. Stone Ruinten Imperial IPA, 99 points. Reviewed July 10th.

03-sierranevadabarrelagedbigfoot
3. Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale, 97 points. Reviewed February 27th.

02-newglarusstrawberryrhubarb
2. New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Ale, 97 points. Reviewed September 8th.

01-lagunitassucks
1. Laguintas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute Imperial IPA, 100 points. Reviewed January 17th.

HONORABLE MENTION

hm-lefthandmilkstoutnitro

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, 93 points. Reviewed January 24th.

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