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The Top 10 Canned Beers of 2012

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New Belgium Shift Pale Lager
Fort Collins, Colorado

A light lager with plenty of body, thanks to a newly hybridized hops from New Zealand. Crack one after your shift ends. 5 percent; $9 for four

Oskar Blues Old Chub

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Oskar Blues Old Chub
Longmont, Colorado

Sweet caramel mellows out the kick, but the taste of metal clings to your teeth. 8 percent

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils

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Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

A heady, chewy taste that’s unusually hoppy for a pilsner. 4.9 percent; $8.50

Caldera IPA

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Caldera IPA
Ashland, Oregon

So hoppy it tastes like a meal. If you like your beer to bite back, this is the one. Kicks, too. 6.1 percent. $9

Tallgrass Velvet Rooster

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Tallgrass Velvet Rooster
Manhattan, Kansas

The Kansas version of a Belgian tripel. We loved the floral sweetness in this well-crafted pint. 8.5 percent; $9 for four

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Chico, California

Rich and piney, Sierra Nevada’s signature ale has enough spice for a Christmas party. 5.6 percent

21st Amendment Monk's Blood

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21st Amendment Monk’s Blood
San Francisco

Spiced with vanilla, figs, and cinnamon, but still the smoothest strong beer on the list. 8.3 percent

Ska True Blond Ale

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Ska True Blond Ale
Durango, Colorado

This was the best light beer we tried, with a hint of lemon that’s not too tart. Perfect for grilling days. 5.3 percent

Sixpoint Resin Ale

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Sixpoint Resin Ale
Brooklyn, New York

Known for cramming a ton of hops into its cans, this Brooklyn brewery went all out on bitterness. The strongest brew we tried. 9.1 percent; $10 for four

Wynkoop B3K Black Lager

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Wynkoop B3K Black Lager
Denver

Creamy, chocolaty, and smoky all in one sip, this German-style schwarz-bier uses four layers of malts to achieve its complexity. 5.3 percent

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