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Hop On A Blonde - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Hop On A Blonde
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BA SCORE
82
good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-04-2013)
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Hop On A Blonde from Saugatuck Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.