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Golden Delicious - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%


Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Triple Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-01-2008)
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AnPiobaire

New York

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this brew on tap at the Good Life. The beer preented a somewhat cloudy pear green color with a white creamy head. The nose was floral with green apple and hops. The taste was tart and crisp with a subtle taste of ranny smith apples. Not too sweet and very well balanced. The mouthfeel was thin yet crisp and not nearly boozy for the lofty 10% ABV listed. Overall this is a nice brew an very drinkable for such a high ABV. Not a bad choice for a summer or pringtime refreshing brew. The beer world's version of the apple martini. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2011 02:03:10 | More by AnPiobaire
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet Belgian malt with light apple brandy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of Belgian malt with light residual candi sugar notes and some light Brandy notes also noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. I quite enjoyed that one with loads of nice drinkability notes and the Brandy notes rounding off some of rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:07:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to Chad for the bottle!

Pours a hazy, golden color with a short white head and touch of lacing. The nose has that Belgian yeast character, sweet malt, apples, with a subtle woody oak. The yeast comes through on the palate as well along with lots of alcohol from the apple brandy. It is a bit to sweet and boozy for me which masks some of the other characteristics of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:01:30 | More by mtomlins
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in a take-out store in Brooklyn. Served in a balloon glass.

Golden Delicious is Captain Lawrence's Xtra Gold that is aged in barrels once used for Laird's Apple Brandy, then dry-hopped with Amarillo. The beer pours a crisp, clear gold that shows off abundant carbonation. The pure white head sits firmly on top, two-fingers thick, and compacts to a rich mousse-like texture. A very fine looking ale! Careful not to pour the dregs in! Scars of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

The aroma is as advertised: a Golden Delicious apple. The smell is sweet and rich, with a big bouquet of oak, apple skin, brandy/muscat grapes, melon, and slight vanilla. The tripel qualities might be a bit drowned out here, but the barrel qualities seem to be well-proportioned.

As in the aroma, the apple brandy qualities stand out a lot. Up front is a muscat grape flavor, mixed with apple brandy, and some sweet malts and wheat. Across the palate is a strong oakiness that gives the flavor a rich quality that works well against the backdrop of a bittersweet tripel base. And on the swallow there is a strong hit of alcohol. It isn't hot though. The body is medium and the carbonation is just perfect. The lack of heat is quite remarkable, and it drinks ever so smoothly.

I really like this beer. It reminds me a bit of Allagash Curieux, with the barrel-aged tripel thing going on, but with a completely different barrel type and with a big resulting difference. It comes together well, and I could see splitting another bottle of this with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:35:31 | More by MusicaleMike
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

triple aged in apple brandy barrels, an overwhelming success. this pours like a triple should, light and bright, with a fading white head and some slowly rising bubbles. tons of green apple character on the nose from the brandy, very fresh and autumnal. smells hot too, almost like a spirit more than a beer. complex but subtle grain profile, some oats likely in here giving it a round body and a smoothness thats just awesome. i dont get a lot of classically belgian yeast at all, but i go get very intense apple flavors from the brandy, not too too sweet, just right. a long fruity finish is a nice way to cap this brew off, very well done overall. medium body but the residual sugar makes it drink a little heavy. they have gotten a lot of influence from the interesting barrel here, this is unique and delicious. a style that doesnt get much barrel attention but this proves it should probably command some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 18:41:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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StJamesGate

New York

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw with lots of snowy legs.
Brandy nose: caramel, booze, apple, and wood.
Saltines, some white pepper, citrus bite, yellow apple skin esters, and hints of vanilla and Sauternes.
Grapefruit zest finish.
Medium, chewy, fizzy, a bit hot.

After a year, there's still some heat and the Amarillo is all but gone. Apples are there, though, and light enough sipper for the strength. Saruman says it would be better heated up.

Hits the concept, but does that matter?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 18:06:30 | More by StJamesGate
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aquatonex

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy cloudy light orange with a foamy and somewhat rocky head. Be careful of the overpour because it will give you too much head. Nose is defined by the essence of apples, as if you opened a real hard cider, not sweetness just apple-ness. Flavor up front is very offensive from the alcohols, but as it breathes it becomes relatively malty with slight sweetness. Alcohols subside into a better balance after breathing. Hard to taste the apples, to be honest but it is a very approachable Tripel for flavor. Overall, enjoyable and I would have again, which is not what I could say for many other Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:38:31 | More by aquatonex
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY. Poured into 2 tulips to share with my dad.

Pours a hazy, effervescent orange-ish amber. Sizable 3 inch head on both glasses.

Smells like sugar-covered apples, brown sugar, and oak.

Tastes incredible. Tons of apples and apple brandy flavors, vanilla, oak. Gives off the impression of some sort of rich, sweet apple desert. Not quite apple pie, due to lack of spices such as cinnamon. Perfect amount of barrel qualities versus original tripel qualities. It still does shine under the barrel, some Belgian yeast sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Very warming, though the alcohol doesn't show itself in the flavor or mouthfeel much.

One of the more innovative barrel-aged beers I've had. A real winner from Captain Lawrence- proud to have their barrel program in my state.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:03:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Shared with my brother.

A- Hazy light yellow pour. Massive amounts of tight bubbles rushing from the bottom of the glass. Creamy white head with sticky lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper spice, lemon zest with a bit of alcohol punch in the nose.

T- Pepper spice, shortbread, lemon peel, some apple peel and alcohol. Going to let the warm up further. After completely warming up the barrel peeks out a bit to add a nice sweetness and warmth.

M- Light body, warm on the tongue, prickly carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:21:31 | More by korguy123
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Niagara Falls, NY.

A: slight haze, amber, poured with frothy head that gave way to thin veil
S: medium nose, some EtOH
T: tripel qualities, dry with pronounced EtOH finish
M: dry, slight EtOH heat in finish
O: I enjoyed this beer and would definitely purchase it again

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:43:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer wasn't too much like apple, but it did have some nice sweet grain with some barrel aged aromas in there too. The taste gave off some of the apple flavors that I was hoping for. The beer had a crisp taste to it. The mouthfeel was sharp and dry feeling. Overall it was a pretty interesting brew, I enjoyed it but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Second review from bottle: poured slightly hazy golden in golden. Decent aromas, some barrel and apple on the nose. The taste is pretty good subtle apple and more boozy heat than I think it should have. Mouthfeel is good but warms the throat. Overall boozy as hell. Not bad but should sipped

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 21:40:49 | More by Knapp85
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted 19 September 2013.

Pours a clear medium golden yellow with a hint of orange. Half-finger of whitish head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is super appley. Has a hint of, hmm, pee I guess. Though I get that from apple juice sometimes. Crisp, tart apples. A little dry and astringent.

Taste is clean and appley. Pretty alcoholic, actually - quite potent. A mix of Belgiany yeast and sweet juicy apples. Pulpy apples, golden-delicious-like even.

Feel is medium-bodied. Carbonation is low, could definitely be higher.

Like a heavily applefied Belgian ale. Interesting, and quite tasty, but some of the pieces don't work all that well. Not sure exactly what I'd improve, but somehow it's just lacking a special something.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:56:52 | More by zeledonia
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - bright sunny yellow appearance. Fairly clear, even with yeast poured in. Bubbly white foam on top. Maybe 2 fingers worth. Dissolves slowly.

S - the aroma is big and nearly overwhelmingly fruity. The amarillo hops shine through nicely in a mix of bitter orange peel, sugared grapefruit, and maybe a touch of pine needles. Notes of apple pulp mingle with the grainy malt profile. Belgian yeast lends it spicy notes of black pepper and clove.

T - grainy. Slightly sweet. Crisp crust up front. Warming alcohol heat. Bright phenolics from pepper and cloves blend well with hoppy bitterness. Some brisk citric and more grainy malt notes on the backend. Finish is boozey and sweet.

M - medium bodied. Med carb.

O - very interesting ale. Complex yet very balanced. I do like the way the hops and yeast played off each other.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 04:28:31 | More by Teleweizen2
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a duvel tulip. really great appearance, golden yellow as the name suggests with a thick, foamy head of about an inch.
i pick up a little green apple in the nose. initial smell was sort of reminiscent of a berliner weisse, but not quite as aggressive.
this beer is aged in brandy barrels and you can definitely feel that in the taste. so much so that the brandy taste overpowers the tripel flavors. i feel like i'm drinking carbonated slivovitz.
the bomber cost me 15.50 and i won't be buying this again. worth a try, but i was expecting a delicious tripel....now i'm wondering how fast i can get through this so i can move on to a st bernardus tripel...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:56:09 | More by YieldToNothing
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 750 ml (capped) bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is dark golden, appears to be chill-hazed, with a half-finger white head. Actively fizzy right out of the bottle, but that slows down to leave very slow-rising carbonation. Interesting.

S: First impression is that it smells like chardonnay. There's some sweetness, some oak and vanilla, and a vinuous character to it. Fairly boozy too.

T: Follows the nose quite a bit - this one drinks more like a white wine than a beer in many ways. Oak is pronounced, as is the alcohol. Some modest vanilla. Modest juicy hop bitterness (think lemon) provides some balance, but overall this one is about the wood and the booze.

M: Medium in heft, somewhat slick in feel.

O: Interesting. A bit too boozy for my preferences right now, but a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:36:06 | More by Kendo
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with short lasting white head Aroma: Apple juice, slight sourness/vinegar Taste: Starts a bit sweet, then transitions into a nice light apple flavor Palate: Light body, sour tinge at the finish Overall: Very light for a tripel, and the apple brandy comes out nicely. Alcohol is hidden except for a slight warming sensation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:41:24 | More by icehawk
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Greywulfken

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in a tulip, clear golden ale, three fingers of off-white head

S: pale orchard apples and honey, flowers and herbs

T: tart apple, sweet lemon, delicate pale malts, hints of brandy and caramel, yeasty biscuits

M: crisp, tart, light-medium body, fizzy effervescence

O: a delightful take on the tripel - lots of apple and orchard bringing tart and sweet notes to the mix, solidly complementing the malts, hops, and yeasts from the tripel. Definite win for tripel and strong pale Belgian fans - sure to please.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 21:45:49 | More by Greywulfken
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken last Friday.

A- Slightly cloudy golden body with a silky white head. One finger head forms and retains nicely for a high ABV aged beer. Creamy ring leaves patchy lace.

S- Oaky vanilla sweetness is nice from the barrels. A good apple note brings on a green apple candy feel but alcohol keeps that from getting too crazy. Some yeast spiciness as well. Apple oak blast.

T- Bone dry and edgy brandy comes out in the forefront. Fresh oak with some broken down vanilla hints. Pretty dried out, actually very dry from alcohol and barrel influence. Big green apple up front.

MF- Moderately carbonated and bone dry with a good amount of alcohol heat. Some bitterness in the finish of a silky body. 3.75

Apple brandy big in this with some good barrel influence.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:11:43 | More by cbutova
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to myself for this. Picked up at DeCicco's in Ardsley en route to NYC. Shared at a tasting last week.

Pour is glowing palish orange with light haze. A thick white head retains pretty well, becoming a slight cap by the end, some lace left. Good appearance considering the beer.

The brandy barrel definitely makes its presence known in the scent with definite apple, oak, and alcohol; not really overpowering but not alot of other flavors there. Toasted bread, Belgian yeast, some earthiness.

Some apple in the taste but more of a general brandy/alcohol/oak presence is what stands out. A bit more fruitiness in general than in the nose (grapefruit, some orange), with yeasty bread, vanilla, and some bubblegum. Good flavors, seems a bit muted though.

Good mouthfeel, feels big with carbonation on the lower end. Boozy, but adds to the beer more than it detracts.

Big beer, the brandy barrel usage is unique and fits nicely here. Tasty although I was hoping for something a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:38:30 | More by Chico1985
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

golden pour clear with a finger I head. Smells of apples, wine, very boozy but so awesomely fruity I can't stop smelling it. this is honestly one of the most mindblowing beers I've ever had. Wood, apple, bourbon (bartender corrected me, it's brandy).. So boozy yet so sweet. This is amazing. full body, low carb.. Def a sipper. this is by far one of the best beers I've ever had. It's in it's own completely different category, coming from someone whoe really isn't that into tripel style Belgian beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 18:01:06 | More by facundoCNB
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MadScientist

New York

4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The white head is long lasting leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate amount of the classic tripple aromas of pepper and orange paired with a light oak aroma. There is a pronounced floral alcohol aroma. Medium-low tropical fruit hops aroma brings a interesting twist to the nose.

T: Sweet and tart backed by some solid oak flavors, having a moderate honey-like malt sweetness and a medium hops bitterness. The alcohol makes its presence know bring. The hops flavor is a medium pineapple and citrus hops character. The balance is somewhat bitter with the hops bitterness being a bit stronger than the malt. The finish is medium while with and aftertaste of hops bitterness and oak.

M: A medium bodied beer with strong carbonation and a moderately-strong alcohol warmth that extends from the palate to the belly.

O: A phenomenal beer that brings together flavors of tropical hops, malt sweetness and oak in an pleasing if not slightly bold manner.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:37:54 | More by MadScientist
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to DaSolomon. Brandy barrels from one oldest US distiller? I call Lairds duh.

Minor gush off the pour, very bubble bath foam shocking white, but lots of retention. Extremely soapy but manages a thick 3 finger head. Body is a muted dark apricot and brown peach, a bit opaque with some good thin streams of carbonation, and a roaring middle column. Very nice looking, with an impressive aggressive head.

Nose has spicy apple and cinnamon, with some buttery oaky qualities. Real nice fruit sense to this which matches nicely with the Belgian character, going to pear and flesh white fruit. Got some good thickness to it, and a nice sweetness but not too much. Not boozy heat either.

The mouthfeel is exquisite, it's big thick and creamy which matches the nice sweetness. Lots of oaky tannic aftertaste, but there's classic buttery sweetness to match. Controlled heat and warmth with a nice control. Definitely big, but not overpowering. Some of the Belgian character and sweetness is a little slammed down, but it's expansive thick mouthfeeel provides lots of flavor exploration. Fruity, creamy, dense, heavily oak, nice combination.

The finish is just a bit too tannic and woody, but this is still very impressive taste wise glad I got to try it. I'd be curious if they used barrels that housed the real brandy or just ordinary Applejack. Either way it made a memorable tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:13:39 | More by smakawhat
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dogfishandi

New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color. Nice 1/4 inch or so of white head shows decent retention, decent lacing as well.

Smells really off at first, kind of like a vinious, oxidized concentrate apple/ grape juice. As it warms this diminishes a bit bringing out some nice caramely brandy booze notes and a bit of barrel. A bit of tart green apple comes in as it warms even further.

Concentrate apple juice with a bit of concentrate grape juice, a touch vinious, a bit of tart apple and brandy barrel. Carmel candy green apple. Still tastes a bit oxidized and old, however maybe not as much as the aroma suggested.

Crisp carbonation and just a touch dry, but there is some sweetness mid sip.

I was really planing on liking this beer a lot before I opened it, but it was a bit of a letdown. Most likely an older bottle. It would probably be great if it wasn't for all the oxidation type flavors, right its just topping out as good to OK. I'll have to seek out a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:42:41 | More by dogfishandi
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joefuzz

New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with a small off eggshell white head. Smells like a belgian triple should...candi sugar with bready malts. Tastes like apple pie! Absolutly amazing starts off as a classic belgian triple bananna, clove, belgian sugar and ends with a very nice apple brandy finish...really reminds me of liquid apple pie. Mouth feel has the high carbonation of a triple and a light mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. Overall amazing beer on this first warm night in front of a fire.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:48:26 | More by joefuzz
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beagle826

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden blond appearance, barely any head

S-Smells like autum harvest. Fantastic apple aroma

T-Great fresh fruity taste mixed with a really nice malt balance

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:58:00 | More by beagle826
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Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.