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The Crisp | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old world craftsmanship with new, clean flavors. Bright pilsner malts meet Noble hop character. The Crisp, American Pilsner innovation.

Added by confer on 10-30-2010

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Photo of mattyb
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very blonde with a thin white head.

S - Grassy and grainy, slight smell of malts.

T - Initial taste malts and bread, which leads into the grassy and dry.

M - A pretty light body with decent carbonation, crisp finish.

O - Nothing special for me, can't quite put my finger on it, but it didn't do it for me.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw golden yellow/finger white head,
splendid lacing encased pint glass

S: light grain, hint of earthy malt, herbs

T: sweet grain, malt, light bitter, semi-dry smooth finish

M: light/med body, hint of tongue prick,
dry/crisp mouth

O: POW! What a fine session brew.
Run out and buy this for your BMC friends.
This will open their mind to a nice, local,
pilsner. I will be getting this again, bet on it!


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can packaged.

A: The crisp is a Bengal tiger orange with a slight obscurity visual wise, but enough so to witness a micro-fine mist of excited effervesce quickly rising within. The head is impressive, a foamy pillar of 2 fingers plus in height, eggshell white coloring, and lengthy lasting on the hold. Window dressing is also very good, spongy multiple bands that occupy a good coverage rate. Ideally I like to see my lagers pale, as well a german style pilsner, the overuse of speciality grains and lack of craftsmanship to brew a pale beer is getting more and more cumbersome while tradition is being lost. Never the less a good example with good head retention that lasted throughout the course of the drink, but rating per style a bit off the color mark.

S: Wet grass and oranges, cereal grains manage to sneak out garnishing some attention from the otherwise deeply colored presence of the speciality grains. Hops seems a bit off, not as noble smelling nor sharp as either an german or American style respectively.

T: Grainy flavor, surprisingly im picking up some good signs of pale and pilsner grains despite the orange coloring. Pale oranges, light wet grass hopping is quite evident on the swallow. A bit bittering, tasting more like a pale lager perhaps? Some sweet toasted grains, white toast bread and flowery hops conclude things.

M: Dry flowery oranges grace the tongue on the mouthful. Despite a strong visual sense of carbonation, things are fairly quite on the hold. The crisp doesn’t appear that crisp despite its name that just begs to be used otherwise in review form, sorry. Bubbly around the edges turning creamy.

O: Overall bittering, but the grain base and hop palate seems to fall south of expectations of german standard pilsners. Drinks better as a pale lager in my opinion. Not ideally what I envision when grabbing for a german style pilsner. A bit outside the box, but maintains a decent enough flavor to warrant purchase as long as you are not as concerned about the style as the flavor or enjoyment. Drinks a bit big style, not your typical light summer time affair.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 10/15/11

Best before 11 Nov 2011

Thank to MbpBugeye

Juicy-looking golden orange color with some haziness throughout. One finger head thins to a smaller layer, but leaves the beginnings of lace right away. Close groupings of smaller specks of lace; gets thicker half way through the glass.

The aroma is a convergence of clean, tight, hoppy and grainy. Orange peel and lemon zest hops notes are matched perfectly with pilsner malt; toasty and vaguely suggesting dough. Overtones of pine as it warms.

Juicy citric flavors wash over the palate and last throughout; mostly the aforementioned orange and lemon. This is definitely a hopped up pilsner. Grainy flavors round out the middle; a bit toasty and offering notes of crackers. Piney bitterness moves in on the latter half and carries the finish. Grassy tones emerge as it warms.

Medium-light body; perhaps closer to medium for the style. The feel is focus and snappy. Carbonation is driving and expressive; never, though, does it seem to be too much. Clean finish and pleasantly dry.

Too hopped? Maybe. Doesn't much matter to me; The Crisp is really good one way or another. I would drink it regularly if I could.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde with a thin white head of different sized bubbles. The aroma is grainy with a touch of lemony citrus. Untoasted grain and plenty of funky herbal hops, this beer is unlike any German Pils I've encountered but I like it. Lightly creamy and effervescent with a hop oily finish. Good stuff albeit a little weird tasting in a good way. Recommended.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a regular old pint glass, this one shows up with a nice foamy roughly 2 finger high white head. Color is a nice bright clear golden yellow. Lace is plentiful. Looks actually very appealing.

Smell - Aroma is actually quite nice and better than I was expecting. Smells like a nice, light, sweet, malty, and bready pils with nice light floral and grassy hop notes behind it and some lemon/citrus in there as well. Also a bit of spice and yeast smell to this. I like the aroma.

Taste - Taste follows the aroma pretty closely. There's plenty of the sweetness, light malt qualities, bready notes, grainyness, and floral, grassy, and lemon/citrus hops that are on the lighter side but still pretty apparent, and a little bitterness (a bit more so on the finish). I may be enjoying this pils a little more than I expected. I really like the combo of a good pilsner with a bit more hop qualities to it.

Mouthfeel - Feel is smooth, not quite "Crisp" as the can might suggest. Either way, enjoyable and refreshing Consistency is smooth, carbonation is light-medium, body is light-medium as well, and the finish is a little bit longer than average with just a bit of lingering dryness and bitterness.

Overall - Overall, a damn good pilsner in my opinion. Such a wonderful change of pace from what I have been drinking (things like big stouts, imperial porters, DIPAs, and stuff like that). Would I session a number of these cans? Probably not, but this is a darn good pils, especially for what the weather is here right now (hot as hell, with some humidity to boot). I'd say this one is certainly worth a try. Thanks trxxpaxxs! Also as a side note, I just have to say I love that these come in 16oz cans! That's probably my favorite container type out there currently!

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Photo of bierdabbler
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has recently become my go-to after work beer.

A- Pours with decent white head and hazy yellow/orange color.

S- Faint smell of hops, not a lot going on here.

T- True to the name: great, crisp edge with smooth release of flavor making you thirsty for more.

M- Low and well-balanced carbonation allows for easy drinking without taking away from the taste.

Great beer, best served outdoors in the sun.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16 ounce can from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Best by October 28, 2011 is indicated on the bottom of the can, so about a month out from now. Poured into a Deschutes pint glass because it was already sitting on the counter having dried and I was too lazy to go get anything else.

Pours a clear yellow and orange color and grows a massive, three-finger head that is pillowy, eggshell white, and fluffy. It hangs around for quite some time, and leaves generous patches of bubbles on the glass. It smells of orange, lemon, watermelon rind, some wheat, straw and grasses, and a touch of yeast. Some bread and hop notes find their way into it as well. Tastes of citrus (orange and lemon), bread, yeast, floral hops, some grass/straw notes, and finally a bit of malt in the very rear. Mouthfeel is light, crisp on the tongue, smooth going down, and clean on the finish. Very refreshing. Overall, a very good pilsener that is going to get me back into the style.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pounder can into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Creamy, light-straw colored with a great, sticky, 2-finger head. Ample lacing.

S: Smooth and crisp smells of hallertau hops, cut grass, bread, some yeast, and fresh cracked grains.

T: Light and refreshing on the front, with a smooth middle, and a bright, clean, crisp finish. This beer has a clean ride that initially feels less-than-satisfying, but totally delivers when the bite kicks in on the swallow. Flavors of straw, peaches, sediment, bright dry hops, with a flavor akin to the aftertaste of walnuts lingering.

M: Bright and crisp, yet smooth and creamy. This beer runs the gamut from beginning to end. It is well balanced in that no feels are disproportionate to the flavors.

O: A very drinkable, delicious beer with just enough complexity to keep you interested. Mostly, though, it's all about the aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing and little head retention.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, bready malts, grain, and light hops. Very nice and refreshing.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, fruity malts, light floral hops. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good pilsener from Sixpoint. Very refreshing and some nice fruit and hops with the usual grains and bread. Could definitely have a few of these and would want to. Would have it again.

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Photo of rousee
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am happy Sixpont has started canning their beers but this one is nothing special even though it has the style profile that I am wanting to try. See Oskar blues yellow pils to hit this style in the can correctly. The canning is a completely different factor that I am maybe not considering but I love canned beer. I know Sixpoint has not been at it as long as some of these others so it may improve over time.

It does pour a nice gold color with a good amount of head -soapy and foamy. Aromaa is clearly the German/Czech type hops and it is delivered in the taste too. I guess its the drinkability where this beer suffers as I just dont want more than 1. I am confident that these will only get better as Sixpoint is a brewery I think quite highly of. It almost seems that these are better than the same beer off the same 4-pack were a cpl weeks ago

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Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, why the hell is this listed as "Sehr Crisp Pilsner?" The damn can says "The Crisp." Does this web sight have anybody watching, except for when you use too many bad words? Sheesh and sheesh already. "Sehr" crisp...oh mother...

Looks yella. Slightly hazy yella.

Smells like diacetyl, hay, unlit cigarette (I don't smoke, nor is there any cigs near me lit or unlit) freshly lit cigarette (ditto) something reminiscent of a German pils, and a soapy note.

Tastes like diacetyl, with a soapy lemony character and some light toasty malt.

Light-medium body with a hop bitter, then soapy and sour finish where I can even detect some alcohol.

It's still kinda OK tasting, but it's not really good. Maybe a visit to the brewery would reward me with an amazing fresh version, but this just goes back and forth too much between being "yeah this is pretty good" and then suddenly going "yuck."

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Photo of Crossmd
2.62/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured 42 degrees Fahrenheit into a shaker pint. Best before 11.11.11

Pours a lucid gold with almost no head. Some small bubbles rising to the surface from the bottom.

Smells of a sweet corn and honey or old syrup. Very well projected, if relatively one-dimensional.

Tastes of sugary adjuncts with maybe some lemon. Soft and relatively dirty feeling. Doesn't clean up well, sticky malts cloying in really a sort of unpleasant way that has nothing to do with the name.

Mouthfeel is a really relatively heavy oil with just a hint of effervescence. This gives it the impression of not feeling super fresh, even if it is the style that it was brewed in

Overall, there is nothing fresh or crisp about this guy. I will not be buying this again, but I'm not really a lager guy. Regardless there is a little bit too much unpleasant about it to make it anything close to $3USD a 16oz.


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Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.64/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a light yellow with a thin stark white head and not a lot of retention. Not much lacking, either.

S: Floral hops are the most prevalent, with some misplaced sweet syrup notes in the background.

T: Bready malts with some strange sweet notes and a minimum of bitterness. "Crisp" seems like a misnomer.

M: Medium bodied and sweet. Quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Not at all what I would expect out of a pilsener...

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Sehr Crisp Pils…..in one of these nifty four-pack cans.

Appearance-crisp golden body with a decent sized off white head that settles still and disappears slowly. Lots of carbonation as expected with this style.

Smell-layers of light hops, potent fruit banana flavor and some bread notes. Strong pungent aroma filled with other notes I can’t quite place.

Taste/Mouthfeel-classic lager notes of heavy grain and a crisp bite mixed in with more subtle fruit and sour flavors creates a potent mix. Unique flavor, the fruit and grain give way to a sugary sweetness near the end becomes a little overpowering but overall a complex and rich mix of flavors, particularly from a pilsner.

Overall-nicely done Sixpoint, Seek this out.

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Photo of tzieser
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a Buzzards Bay Brewing pint glass (RIP). Thanks for the trade, Joe!

a: pours a bright golden color with an unexpected haze to it. pretty thin head with a little bit f lacing.

s: sweeter than expected aroma. notes of bready malts and honey with subtle grassy hop character. not offensive, but not pilsner-like at all.

t: skunky, grassy hop character quickly followed by sweet biscuit-like malt flavor. honey flavor is still there. finishes dry. much sweeter than your traditional pilsner but still a good beer all on it's own.

m: very crispy mouthfeel. really lives up to it's name.

i think beers like these come down to differences in reviewing. personally, i rate a beer very simplistically: did i enjoy the beer or not? some other users tend to rate a beer by how true-to-style said beer is. while this is by no means a "pilsner" by definition of style, it is still a good beer. i don't think it's very reasonable to slam a brewery just because they made a beer that wasn't brewed exactly to a certain style. all that being said, i like this stuff.

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Photo of crossovert
1.77/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can. Best before NOV 2011.

Pours into my giant pilsener/stange glass a pale gold, perhaps a shade paler than a pils should be with a gorgeous head that leaves actually rather industrial-looking lacing.

Judging by the smell they totally misused the German hops. IT smells like oranges which is a common mistake American lager brewers make, which is hilaroius why they boast how "unmasked" this is. Yeah, it is unmasked, and you don't know how to brew a proper pils. It leans more towards a Czech pils in the aroma though.

The flavor is nothing like a pilsener, it is more like a pale ale. It is orangey with a piercing orange blossom extract flavor. The finish is slightly bitter with some grassiness. Surprisingly there is not much diacetyl. But this is waaaay to sweet for a pilsener.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and watery, the palate is sweet and muttled, pilseners are supposed to be, ironically, and i mean really ironically like the name of this beer, crisp.

Either they just aren't accomplished brewers or were smokin some serious crack when making this recipe.

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Photo of vande
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 14 K gold w/ a nice, quickly disappearing head...that leaves a soft looking lace that kisses the glass

S: Light pilsner malts..lemon-lime like house hold cleaners...the good kind one likes to smell...

T: For a pils = crisp and refreshing. The light lemony flavor continues....a prairie grass kind of thing going on?

M: Crisp, clean, esay!

O: I'm not typically a pils kinda guy, but this was a pretty darn good beer. Something different than the usual spread I enjoy and it was a nice change of pace!!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi clouded yellow, this is a pale colored beer. The head is very nice and fluffy with good retention and modest lacing.

Very fruity and inviting. Citrusy hops give a sweetened lemon-lime aroma to this beer. There is a very light crackery malt base. There is also an herbal, grassy aroma that gives some deep, dank, herbal qualities.

Very nice and quenching. The lemon-lime does wonders when matched up with a stiff herbal grassiness. There is even a very slight mint/eucalyptus thing going on from time to time. The malts keep things nice and grounded.

Light and crisp indeed. This finishes dry, but not too dry.

A really great pils. I was very surprised by this one, I'd be drinking a lot more of this stuff if it were around.

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Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color, quite clear with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Mild aroma, Herbal with some fresh grain.

T: Has an initial crispness with a subtle bitterness thoughout and a touch of malt sweetness. Has a dry finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Did I mention Crisp? Excellent balance. Maintains that crisp feel though to the end.

O: Excellent beer, an easy drinker. Hell of a lot more than I ever expected from a can of beer. I guess I'll check to see what else Sixpoint has to offer.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color. Head quickly builds about and inch of sticky almost snow white crown before settling down to leave a nice cap on the beer.

Aroma shows of lots of floral and grassy character which is backed up by a bread and grain character with some mild sweetness. A bit of mint character adds just a bit more to a surprisingly complex and unique aroma.

Wonderful balance of biscuity malts with ever so slight lemony zest and grassy hop character. Not as hop-forward as some Pilsners but isn't afraid to show of some Old World hop action either. Nice bitter action to cut some of the sweet notes and finishes with a lingering floral/minty taste.

Mouthfeel is hits the nail on the head with a name like the Crisp. Light body feel that is a bit dry but oh so crisp and refreshing. Overall, I've been impressed by each of the Sixpoint beers I've had so far and the Crisp is no different. It's amazing a delicious beer like this is the same style the gave the world BMC. Long live the traditional Lagers!

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Semi-cloudy golden pour. Nice fluffy white head. Bit of lacing.

S: A bit of grass along with a really nice flowery aroma. As it warms there is a nice lemony kick too.

T: They weren't kidding with the "crisp" part. Grassy with a bit of lemon mainly. Very clean and sharp like a proper pilsener.

M: Pretty high carbonation keeps this one nice and light. Smooth.

O: Pretty much defines a great american pilsener. Might be tied with Victory Prima Pils for that title.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is very floral and herby with some bready malt aromas. Very nice. Taste is of very tasty floral and herb hops up front with a malt backbone. I am also getting some citrus flavors on the aftertaste. Like the name implies, this beer is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is an awesome beer with delicious aromas and tastes. Probably the best beer of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/31/11 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong caramel and citrus sweetness comes in followed by a good hops bitterness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can served in a Spiegelau pilsener. Pours the color of straw with a semi-hazy clarity and a three inch, dense, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Thick bands of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is grassy with a trace of citrus zest and a ripe, earthy/floral character most likely attributable to the hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a light, bready quality that comes out behind the citrus. There's also faint spiciness in the flavor profile that adds a little additional interest. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, with an even, refreshing carbonation. I was actually expecting more of a semi-dry finish to this. Overall, I found this beer to be immensely drinkable and refreshing. I feel like there's a little more happening here than you would generally find with the style, but I'm okay with it. A really easy drinking offering and a nice bridge beer for BMC drinkers in my opinion.

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The Crisp from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.