I know there are a couple of threads floating around, but not according to the search function, which finds no match for "beer" in this forum. So . . .
Like, OMG I've rediscovered beer. Apparently there are some new brewers and ideas producing beer than is well above everything that has come before. In particular, I tried the Dogfish 90-minute IPA and was floored. And then I discovered that my local booze store has a mix-and-match sixpack deal where you can get six of anything in the store, then they add up the individual bottles (at 1/6 sixpack price, not individual pricing) and then knock another 10% off. Pretty fucking awesome.
So now I need recommendations on the ultra-tier beers. From my life of drinking:
American beer, per the stereotype, and with two grades. Stroh's/Schlitz/PBR/etc. and Bud, Miller, Coors. All heinous crap.
Up-tier but not that great beer.
Mass-produced/only competent microbrewed quality beer. Sam Adams.
Genius microbrews pushing the envelope on what beer is and can be.
So I'm interested in #4, obviously. I'm drinking a Bell's Hopslam (18$/6pack!) and it's disappointing. It's nothing but hops, which I'll grant might have been gleaned from the name, but you can have hops and malt and complexity all in the same beer. This just tastes like a bale of hay.
So, what do you like?