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Edgar IPA - Bullfrog Brewery

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Edgar IPAEdgar IPA

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very good

84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 249
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woodychandler on 12-29-2004

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 249
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, light tan colored head. The bere is a orange blushed, light amber color that shows a fairly clear, copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried orange peel, tangerine, lychee, and tangelo zest. There is a backdrop of subtle toasted pale grain, a hint of citrusy spruce tips, and just a wisp of pine needles. If you like fruit focused hop aromatics then this is certainly the beer for you, it is perhaps a bit simplistic in its focus, but this hop head finds it quite appealing.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, but the beer quickly foams up with a ton of froth as it hits my tongue; perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is definitely a little over-carbonated. The finish has a distinct, bubble gum note to it that really lingers on the tongue with the characteristic artificial flavors found in Bubble Yum. Tropical fruit flavors (really a mix of lychee and apricot) up front mix with notes of kumquat zest, tangelo peel, and candied grapefruit zest. The beer has a nice bitterness in the finish that provides a nice bite as well as some menthol and astringent hop notes. Digging a bit deeper into the flavor notes of pine become more noticeable as does a hint of hemp oil, and an herbal, hint of chive; these last couple are quite subtle in the flavor. There is just enough malt to be noticeable here, it does play a supporting role, but notes of caramelized crystal malts, a touch of biscuit like malt and a sweet, medium fullness in the body. This last is a bit heavier than I would prefer in a West Coast IPA, but this is not one of those and is still light enough to be fairly drinkable.

The aroma is a bit simplistic in its straight forward hop fruit character, the flavor though is a bit more complex in its hop notes; either way this is a beer that any hop lover will enjoy. Having said that I find this a little lacking somehow, the hop character could be a touch more integrated, and there is a touch more crystal malt than I might prefer. Still, this is quite a tasty brew, one which I am happily consuming at the moment.

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml shared by HopHead84. Thanks, maybe :(

A: Semi-hazy amber with a lasting eggshell-colored head that leaves sticky lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Mineral/metallic, extremely so. Fruity as well - peach and mango come to mind. Light crackery sweetness forms the backbone. This would be decent if not for the harsh metallic overtones.

T/M: Cardboard-like oxidation and a healthy dose of metal. Herbal, grassy hops try to dominate the metal and oxidation, and almost succeed through sheer astringency. Medicinal, bitter, oxidized finish. Yeah, probably one of the worst IPAs I've had. Blah.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewpub on a recent trip with the family. I was bummed I could not to try it on tap.
Pours an almost clear orange amber with a good sized fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Earthy citrus hops dominate the aroma while the caramel that is deep beneath tries to find a voice. Slight mineral almost phenolic aroma puts me off a little. Taste is a slightly astringent citrus grass and earth hoppy kinda thing with wisps of sweet malt buried beneath. Mouthfeel is sticky, body is medium, carbonation is ample. Not a bad ipa, the slight astringency turned this one for me.

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Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass today.

A: A very rich copper with a lacy off white head. NO cloudiness at all. Head could be a little frothier, but still very good.

S: Floral, earthy, spicy, and a touch of citrus. Not much sweetness in the smell.

T: Extremely spicy, but not just alcohol. Maybe a bit of corriander or the slightest hint of all spice. Plenty of earthy or floral notes in this as well. There is a very good sweetness present as well.

M: Slightly creamy and the bitterness is very smooth.

D: A bomber would be no problem two would be too much.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA.

Appearance: Beautiful muddy orange cloudy body with an attractive butter cream crown that is quite rocky. The crown shows some retention and lacing. Sexy!

Smell: Fair amount of floral hops, slight grass note, and slightly earthy note...english and american hops being utilized perhaps?

Taste: Slightly toffee caramel like malt with a hint of mandarin orange. Fairly bitter finish that is quite rewarding. Not as much citrus hop flavor as my previous sampling on tap. Slight alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Not as lush as it is on tap, but fairly nice nonetheless. Feels medium bodied from the bottle.

Drinkability: Tasty and the finish makes me want more.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for lugging this 750ml with him from PA to GTOM! Always a great day meeting another BA in person!

Pours a hazy copper with a giant, three finger head. I smell hints of citrus and pine, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not getting a whole lot here. Time to drink the damn thing...

Lemons upfront. Puckering lemons, grapefruit, orange and a bit of band-aid. I'm also heeding the below reviews and letting this warm up. We lose the band-aid taste and start to pick up some floral hops as well as kiwi perhaps?

This is most definitely an east coast IPA. I'm not getting bruised with hops, but moreso getting caressed with balance. The mouthfeel is terrific, for an IPA (not sure about this being a DIPA)... fairly creamy and goes down dry. No problems finishing this on another scorcher in Chicago.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big Thanks to Avalon68 for providing this in trade. Frank is a great trader!

Good looking IPA. Ultra creamy head that I can get to rise about a ½ inch above the top of the glass. It slowly begins to fall over itself over time and melts away. The beer is a hazy amber color. Some nice lacing.

Aroma is soft, perfumy and of light citrus.

Definitely an east coast IPA. Pretty well balanced. There is a bit of an alcohol bite here. Bold bitterness at the end. Initial short burst of sweetness gives way to some black pepper. After this the alcohol and grapefruit hop bitterness kicks in. The aftertaste is decidedly grapefruit to me. Perhaps a touch too hot for a regular IPA vs. a DPA. I notice it's an 8% ABV. But I've had higher % DPA's with less alcohol flavor present.

Fairly smooth mouth feel that is only interrupted by the moment of black pepper. Medium body.

Pretty good IPA, glad I had the opportunity to try one. I notice that only 3 previous reviews have been from the bottle. Looks like this has a pretty small distribution in this format. Glad to have had the chance to enjoy.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery one week ago.

A: The cork took a bit of working before it popped with a vengeance, spewing IPA all over the counter. After managing to get it into my glass, the IPA looked a dark amber orange color, dark enough to be opaque. The vigourous carbonation yielded a sizeable head that laced lightly around the glass.

S: The nose is pretty heady, full of hops and a near-equal amount of malt. The hops are both citrusy sweet and spicy, with a touch of heat.

T: There is a nice citrusy kick upfront before the ale turns spicy hot. The heat has alcohol backing it up, adding more heat to the mix. Caramel malts are strong enough to stand up to the hops, giving the ale a near-barleywine body. The ale needs to warm up, otherwise it comes across as a boozy mess. As it is, the ale seems much heavier than 8%.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place before settling down. The spicy citrus hops really kick it up.

D: At first I wasn't down with this but the more I sip on it, the better it gets. Give it time (that seems to be a theme with some BF brews, that they are much MUCH better warmer).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful deep translucent coppery-sunset orange with a foamy by nature ivory colored head that was 2 fingers high and remained sturdy and true for a good 4-5 minutes. A feverishly strong showing of macro bubbles livens up the appearance while a moderate patchy lacing sticks around the glass upon the heads demise.

S: The nose was much lighter then anticipated especially with the strong visible carbonation presence I was expecting much more. The aroma was more sweet and sticky carmalized grains then hops with just a modest showing of soft freshly cut pine wood and semi-dry grapefruit notes. Overall was bit disappointed by the lack of strength here especially considering its label of a 2x ipa.

T: The flavor was freshly squeezed lemons and wet grapefruit peels offering up a decent mouth puckering experience and bitterness. The malting was sweetly toasted grains that balanced well against the moderate strong hoppiness. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of wet lemons and lightly dried pine needles that grows 3-4 seconds after the swallow before making a abrupt and fairly clean exit. Overall a nice balance of sweetly toasted grains and wet lemony hopping that finishes out with a big burst for a grand finale that makes you aware of its 2x nature. The hops didn't immediately strike me at first as being abundant until the beer warmed up a bit to its proper temp I feel (around 55f) when I really noticed the hops taking charge so I would definitely let this warm up a bit before consumption to enjoy.

M: medium-full consistency with a slightly creaminess and a light carbonation presence. The mouthful finishes out with a burst of semi-dry grapefruit and pine hopping teasing the tongue.

D: Good drinkability with a good balance of malts and hops makes this a easy and enjoyable downer. Again let this warm up to truly appreciate how it was meant to be experienced.

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Photo of magnj
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler from a friend who goes to school out in PA.

a - Golden orange type color, 1 finger head is just barely off-white. Just a few tiny bubbles trickle from the bottom. Head fades quickly to a thin film that leaves a bit of sticky goodness on the sides of the glass as you work your way down.

s - Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, flowers, and other pleasant aromas dominate the smell. Malt is present but doesn't stand out, maybe a little sweet.

t - Pine and citrus fruit make up most of the hop profile, accented by a rich malt backbone. Lots of flavor and actually quite a bit of spicy bitterness, which I'm usually bad at identifying. Though the sip might leave quickly the flavor lingers for a long time, and it's tasty.

m/d - A bit sticky but really not bad considering how big it is, hides the ABV really well in the flavor but your head might think otherwise after a pint. Glad I got a sample but it's going to be hard to take care of this before it gets flat.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into imperial nonic. I had to use a rabbit corkscrew to get the cork off the bottle. A nice pop, which is always nice to hear.

A - Pours copper/rust in color with a creamy/off-white head that pretty fulffy. Some nice, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Very nice to look at, that's for sure.

S - Slight bitterness on the nose, but nothing near overpowering. I get some sweetness but everything is very faint. Not much of an aroma really...wish there was more.

T - Much more bitter then the nose. A nice mix of bitterness and subtle sweetness (bananas or something like that...dunno). Along with the bitterness, is a aftertaste with a "tang" to it. Like HopHead84 said below, there is a metallic/mineral characteristic that sticks with you and I find that unpleasant.

M - Light - medium bodied, good carbonation, nice frothy head. Very smooth, clean, and refreshing.

D - It's good, but the mineral/metallic notes hurt the drinkability on this. If those could/would go away, it would be a much better IPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It was comical to watch largadeer struggle to open this bottle. Now, onto the review. This pours dark honey orange with a huge off white head and great retention. Some thick lacing is left on the glass.

The peach in the aroma took me unawares. Surprisingly, the aroma isn't grapefruit dominated, which seems to be the case with most new IPAs I try. Other citrus notes are apricot, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Some metallic notes are evident, as well pine and an almost balancing caramel malt foundation.

The flavor is herbal and mineral hops. The bitterness is astringent and slightly unpleasant. Notes of apricot and grapefruit are apparent. The malt is caramel and slightly sweet. I can't seem to shake off the lingering mineral, metallic, and herbal notes. The finish is rough bitterness with some citrus.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I really liked the aroma but the metal, minerals, and herbs wore on me. Finishing the bottle split two ways became a chore near the end.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brownish color with a nice two finger head. The smell is of hops with citrus in it. Smells of grapefruit and other smells. The taste is also of citrus and hops, maybe a pineapple like taste. The mouthfeel is a good combination, it isnt overly carbonated. The drinkability is very high on this, a very nice ipa.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With much thanks to a kind NY BA, I am able to enjoy a growler of this beauty. Served cold and poured into multiple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 06/19/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Nice honey colored amber with great clarity to it. A nice two inches of white, sticky foam rises up from the bottom of the glass to sit nicely on top for a good long while. Rich citrus hops welcome me in. Very bright with loads of pineapple notes right up front rich. Rich bready middle runs across the palate before a sharp bite of grapefruit and long drawn out dryness smacks the palate and lets you really just revel in how good an IPA can be. Smooth, mellow, even carbonation, this was a wondeful and quite drinkable, very fresh IPA.

Overall I am not familar with the regular offerings from Bullfrog, but hot damn we have a winner here for sure. This was a wonderful example of how light, complex, and fruity a good IPA can be. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again and again. Simply superb in every way. They should be proud of this offering.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edgar IPA (7.5% ABV)
Named after Edgar Allan Poe, this double IPA is a crowd pleaser.

Color: Copper with a thin white head.

Aroma: spicy citrusy hops

Flavor: Sweet malty flavor, accompanied by a sweet citrusy hop flavor which is overpowering. Bitter in the middle with semi-dry finish.

Overall: A very drinkable and smooth IPA. One of my favorites and definitely among the best I've ever had. It makes me wanna brew my IPA...guess I better get that kitchen finished!

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Photo of dickroop
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint tumbler, this ale was honey golden to bronze, hazy with promise. There was minimal head by adequate lacing. The aroma of this beer held great hope, an outstanding hop assault, with presence of alcohol noted.

Flavor was dominated by hops (& lots of 'em). It didn't scream citrus, rather it was a blend of citrus, piney, floral, and all the best hoppy flavors I can think of. Just enough toasty malty substance to give support without standing out. Hard to pick out any particular flavors, just good. Mouthfeel was pure pleasure, medium body, tangy and bold, a serious boost to the senses, carbonation just right.

The only drawback to this ale's drinkability is the 7.5% abv, which limits volume that can be consumed. So it encourages savoring of every sip. Bravo to this beer.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a nice amber color with a 1/4 inch of foam that lasted a long time

S - Pine and citrus hops abound on this one, can't miss it

T - malt background with a big punch of hops, very very nice

M/D - I could drink this all day. And would if I was closer to the brewery. Citrus and pine hops just explode in the nose and mouth and give any hop head a nice treat.

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Photo of bosco7
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is full of hops, pine cone , grapefruit, and some caramel.

Starts with some malty sweetness, grapefruit, pine needles, tangerine, dried flowers, and some more grapefruit. So damn hoppy!

Impressive IPA, probably the best I have had in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the growler I picked up last weekend from the brewery.

A-Pale golden amber with a thin off white head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing too.

S-Lots of juicy pine hops. Bring on the hop bomb!

T-Really really tasty. More malt presence than I detected from the nose makes for a really well balanced, albeit hoppy as hell, IPA. Even better than it smells.

M-Moderately oily, medium bodied, pleasantly creamy.

D-Yep, think I'll go have another one. Thanks!


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

On tap at the Bullfrog Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with a small sized off white head. Nice hoppy, citric aromas Tastes of the same citrus and some pininess. Medium bitter and lightly sweet finish. Nice balance.

Notes from 08/01/04.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 12/27/08.

Pours a clear gold with a 1/2 finger or so of brite-white head. Thin creamy retention yields some good looking spotty lace. The aroma is earthy and floral with a touch of pine and spice to it and a thick smelling mix of citrus and caramel behind it.

The taste is similar with a more earthy and peppery hop profile that posesses a bit of a resinous edge to it and is well balanced by a tangy backbone of citrus, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that accentuates the hop profile and keeps things moving across the palette.

A classic IPA from the PA brewpub scene. Well balanced, full flavored, and incredibly quaffable for 8% ABV, a visit to the Bullfrog should always start with a glass of this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus (orange peel) with slight bitter piney hops. Flavor is bitter citrusy hops. A little astringent and the malt/hops is not balanced. Too bitter for me although still rather drinkable.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bullfrog on 8/16/08.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with slim off-white head that receded into a swirly veil of retention and left a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Hops abound with a potpourri of citrus, piney and spicy/peppery hops with a touch of burnt caramel and toffee maltiness to balance the nose a bit.

T - This sucker is a huge hop explosion with a conglomeration of spicy hops, pepper, citrus rind and pine needles with some resin thrown in for good measure. The hops are backed up only by a feeble malt presence consisting of burnt caramel and toffee notes. The alcohol becomes more prevalent at the liquid warmed up.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and a pretty smooth mouthfeel overall. Huge spicy hop bitterness spreads out all over the palate that lasts well into the finish and then some! Carbonation is modest, but there's a decent amount of heat from the alcohol.

D - I suppose if Edgar Allen Poe was still with us today, he would enjoy this spicy, hoppy treat. Just like his writings, this IPA is unique, complex and even a little scary at times!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color and a modest head that retains well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Piney aroma with some caramel underneath

Taste: Opens with an unusual toffee flavor that hides that bitterness until after the swallow, when the piney elements overwhelm for a time; at the finish, the balance returns and the bitterness gives way to the sweet toffee, which picks up a vanilla character at the close

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After a while the sweetness of the malt backbones verges on cloying; otherwise, very nice

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark orange color with a medium light tan head and good lacing.

S-Plenty of nice pungent citrus and piney hops. Followed by a sweet malt aroma.

T-An initial hop burst with a nice undertone of sweet maltiness. This one dances with flavour on the tongue. Alcohol in this is completely hidden....and this is dangerous!

M-Smooth with lots hop and good carbonation but with a strong malt backbone. This one goes down well.

D-Extreme! Regardless of the 8% ABV here. This is one smooth mo fo. I have sat many a nights at the Frog taking down plenty of these...and paying for it later!

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Edgar IPA from Bullfrog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.