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Hops N' Roses - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 259
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 47 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy rosé in color and has a moderately active amount of visible carbonation evident from the bubbles quickly rising to the surface of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high light pink-hued head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Pleasant aromas of hibiscus and rose hips are present in the nose along with a little amount of sourness.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has some hints of oak and white wine from the barrel aging process. The sourness is rather subtle compared to other beers in the style.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink wild ale—especially if you are unaccustomed to sourness—because the taste is not dominated by a prominent amount of sourness and tartness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a touch of pink grapefruit; an inch of foam caps the beer and leaves a few spots of lace (4)

Smell: The earthy/leathery Brett aromatics mingle with fruit (grapefruit and berry, presume it is elderberry though I can't say for certain), flowers (rose hips more than hibiscus)) and, to a lesser extent, oak and vanilla (4.75)

Taste: Fruit forward, with the grapefruit and berry tones prominent; growing tartness through the middle, as the floral elements rise with the rose hips, in particular, making a statement; after the swallow, the tartness remains as do the fruit and flowers but the malt becomes more apparent, bringing a bit of toffee to join with the vanilla; oaky aftertaste (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderately puckering (4)

Overall: A very interesting beer that has matured nicely developing a nice tartness; not the most sour beer out there but I really like the complexity (4.25)

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence cervoise. Pours a nice, bright pink color with a tall light pink head. Good retention and lacing. Wow, it’s an elderflower beer that tastes good. More else and hibiscus. Very well done. Subtle and nuanced, but still pungent. Fairly tart.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirty pink color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of tart notes with light oak and some dominant notes of hibiscus. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with light oak notes with some dominant flavours of hibiscus with light dry Brett finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with very good refreshing factor.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this interesting beer.

Fizzy pink head fades fairly quickly to a light head covering but leaves layers of bubbly lacing everywhere, over crystal clear fire rosy orange red colored.

Nose starts with funk, big Brett kick right away, some tart sour fruit with cranberry and light sour cherry, juicy berry like, as well as floral flower like aromas bit of a rose hip like, light barrel and vanilla oak,.

Taste again funk to start, some chewy bready funky Brett, dry and bready, light horse blanket but not a lot. Then sour fruit, tart berry and cherry, as well as floral flowers that are present but light, little rose hips, hint of hibiscus and tea like flowery flavor. Earthy yeast flavors, tart fruits bring it to the finish, long lingering tart fruit, light funk, and a bit of bitterness on the dry finish.

Mouth is med bodied decent carb, fairly sour but not overly.

Overall nice but not great. Good funk, nice Brett and tart sour fruit, but the flowery aromas are too muted. Oh yeah, and wasn't there supposed to be hops in this?

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been sitting on this one for 3 years. Poured into a tulip a hazy blood orange ruby-ish with a quickly dissipating head of champagne like bubbles that rapidly vanish. Aroma is floral with maybe a hint of hibiscus. Taste is similar and very light...I don't get any hops... (very much complimented the stuffed clams i had fro lunch) Light, smooth, and thin with a dry finish. Very subtle and well-balanced...thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, purchased at Cpt. Lawrence. Shared at a SEPA tasting, March '13.

Hazy reddish-amber pour with a small pinkish-white head that receded to a thin layer; maybe a few dots of lacing. Aroma of leather, rose petals, slight hints of citrusy sourness, but fairly mild on that end. Flavor was markedly herbal and floral, with the flowery elements of the brew easily being the dominant factor here, earthy, leathery, some yeasty notes, wet grass, there was a little sour twinge to it, but it was very mild, making this almost come off more as a herbed/spiced beer than a wild ale. Light-medium body, slightly above average carbonation. Not really what I expected, and not really something I'd seek out again, but it was a decent beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at City Swiggers on the UES in NYC a few weeks ago, been excited to crack it. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Bottled in May 2012.

a - Pours a murky medium copper color with a reddish tint, two inches of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for 1-2 minutes and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of brett, oranges, fruity malts, citrus, oak, light wine, light floral hops, and some sour dark fruits. Lots of brett and some light sourness; a very ncie nose for me as I love brett. As it warms up it gets a little funkier too, which is a welcome addition.

t - Tastes of citrus, earthy notes, brett, fruit malts, oak, a tiny bit of sourness but not much, elderflowers, and floral hops. The taste is nice, but not nearly as bretty or sour as the nose. A tiny bit weak; a big step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not a lot of acidity, and very easy to drink. Very nice body.

o - Overall a good, but not great sour. It looks nice and the nose is great, as it is a nice mix of brett and sour fruits, as well as light funk as it warms up….very promising. Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite get there. Not sure if it is because of the elderflower/roses, but it did not really have that sourness and funk from the nose, and the brett was dialed down. Still a very good beer, I'd certainly have it again based on the beer itself, but not sure I would pick it up again based on the price ($17 or so for a 375ml bottle). Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 5/12 hand written on the label.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy ruby red in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head with a very light tinge of pink that fairly quickly reduces to a medium sized mottled patch of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer really smells like it is going to be massively sour, there are some pretty strong notes of brett with lots of tart fruits. There are light floral/herbal aromas from the floral/herbal hops and the introduction of rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. Quite appealing.

T: Not as sour as I expected from the smell, but there is a decent amount of tartness. The introduction of the herbal/floral notes from the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower is really a nice touch. There are notes from the barrel aging present - oak, vanilla, and something almost leather-like. There is a very light amount of brett flavor and some light notes of citrus.

M: Just slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidity and minimal amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, not overly sour but this beer has some very nice flavors and aromas from the contribution of the rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. I feel this would be a very approachable American Wild Ale for people that are not looking for over the top sourness (or just getting started with the style).

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer overall. Beer is orangish and hazy with a white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, it looks good.

Aroma is lactic and strong with a nice tartness and good yeast character.

Beer is quite sour, light on the palate effervescent and clean on the finish. Moderate tartness on the finish with a great overall feel to the beer. This was one of the surprise stars of the night for me and I'm glad I got to try it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml capped bottle shared by Neffbeer at our epic tasting. It wasn't on the line-up but he pulled two bottles from his cellar for my birthday. Thanks Andrew!

A: Semi-hazy reddish pink colored body with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Thin film on the surface with a thicker ring around the edges. Sporadic lacing.

S: Huge flowery notes, rose hips, brett and ripened citrus fruits (orange, lemon). Slight acidic sour quality but the funky brett and rose really make up the majority of it.

T: Earthy and herbal, not a big sour punch. The brett works its way into the flavor profile bringing tons of flowery rose notes with it. Hibiscus and hints of oak towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, nicely carbonated. Pretty spot on for the style, this would be an interesting one to let develop. Slightly dry in the linger.

Well, if you like funky brett forward beers and want to experience what flowers would taste like in your beer, this is the one to try. Another awesome small batch experiment from CL that is always fun to try.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to DSlim71 for hooking me up with this. 375ml capped bottle poured into a matching CL cervoise. The brew pours a clear color of ruby grapefruit initially that gets a bit hazed to clouded with subsequent pours. A lightly stained pink head sits atop the brew that initially swells to several fingers but settles to just over a finger that is maintained with rising bubbles of carbonation.

The aroma smells like this is really gonna bring it with the sourness. There is an acidic to lactic edge that brings out lemony aromatics that get coupled with more of a leathery to wet oak and earthy scent. There is an herbal inclusion also present. Initially there is a bit of citrus character somewhat even reminiscent of the ruby grapefruit that this brew looks. As this brew warms up, it loses that original lactic tang and the citrus character that went with it. It starts to pick up almost a soapy character that is somewhat medicinal.

The taste is surprisingly not sour like the aroma let on. Granted it is tart but the flavors are more earthy and herbal from the additions of hibiscus, rose hips and elderflowers. The barrel presence is quite evident here with a mild vanilla accent that leads into a flavor of wet oak, leather, cork, earth and grass. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of a soapy flavor that throws an interesting mix into play that is quite evident in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. At times this seems a bit watery and thin. It is however an interesting take on the style with some nice character that differs from the norm. The sour head will probably write this brew off as an utter failure. However, I find it to be subtle and enjoyable. A bit more acidity might make this brew pop but at the same time it would take away from the additions. I am intrigued by this brew but can't say that I would return to it again with great anticipation considering the price point on this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is fairly hazy and appears a radiant light orange hue. The head is an inch and a half, appearing soft and white, bordering on pink. Lasting retention and ample lacing. An outstanding appearance.

The nose brings forth scents of flowers, fresh garden vegetables, salad greens, pickles, cucumbers, roses/rose petals, all atop a nice bed of brett funk.

The flavor is very floral. The rose character is the star of the show here. Definitely a wild ale, but not incredibly funky or sour. Hints of raspberry. Lingering oak and brettanomyces in the finish. The sourness increases as the beer is allowed to warm.

I must say, I am really enjoying this beer. Creative and well executed. Kudos to the folks at Captain Lawrence. I am happy to have more of these.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$15 for the 12 ounce bottle(!), purchased at the mother ship in Elmsford, NY a few weeks ago. Bottled in 5/12 written on the label.

Pours near clear, darker rose tinged copper. Light tan head, initially 1-2 inches then rapidly going to a thicker fine bubble film and leaving moderate blobs of slippery lacing.

Sweet fruity nose at first with grape juice, then notes of a damp barnyard emerge and add to the mix.

More fruity then sour initially. As it warms more earthy, musty and barn yardy notes come through.

Moderate sour and tart notes, with slight Brett characteristics of barn yard and sweat socks. Also more fruity grape juice type notes included.

I think this one needs more time in the botle to hopefully let the sour develop some more bite. Unlikely I will ever know if this happens as at this price, I'm very likely one and done here.

Be sure to let this one warm up!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 5/12.

Appearance - Amber body with a nice white head. Nice consistent foam on the surface. Lasts forever.

Smell - Wow that's unique. Extremely floral. Definitely hoppy. Fruity acidity to it as well. Complex and nice.

Taste - Far less interesting. Hoppy up front. Not really that sour. Sweet malts are prevalent and stronger than the sourness. Floral flavors are strong and a little odd. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly heavy. Medium low carbonation. Needs to be drier.

Overall - The smell is really fascinating and the taste just isn't. Captain Lawrence continues to be mediocre for me. It is a clean tasting sour though.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pink with a quickly receding head. Aroma is fruity and floral and slightly musty. There's bright fruit in the taste, light oak and herbal notes, finishing with slight bitterness. Moderate to high carbonation. Better than I thought it would be (I'm not a fan of rose hips or hibiscus in general), but still not one of CL's better offerings.

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Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light strawberry juice hue with a half finger fizzy pink head that faded quickly to leave a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Lots of nice floral notes, faint rose and hibiscus notes. Not getting much barrel, hops, and super light funk.

T - Taste isnt bad, initially. Initial taste is lightly funky with good floral notes, solid hibiscus , slight barrel notes as well. Not getting any hops, just a faint, very drinkable wild. Then the aftertaste hits...super, super medicinal. Unpleasantly so.

M - Mouthfeel is great for a wild. Nice light mouthfeel and carbonation.

O - Overall This was a solid wild ale, until the aftertaste kicked in. Once that happens its just unpleasant.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. A real strong rose hip aroma, almost tomato, a touch sour and wet horse blanket but the rose hips dominate. Pours rose with a slight haze under a slight whisp of a white foam cap. A whole array of flavors attack the palate starting fruity herby, spicy and sour but the sour is not too in your face. The hops come in after the middle and provide a nice balance. The finish dries out. Medium body, medium high carbonation.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.25.12

A - Pours a tangerine-red with a quarter inch off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Roses, herbal, hoppy.

T - Subtle hops, then rose, hibiscus, and herbal-earthy, and finishes with more hops.

D - Low carbonation and a medium body.

O - Light and shocking refreshing. All the ingredients make an apperance.

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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2012.

Pours a hazy light reddish, dark orange color with a substantial white, tight, bubbly head that fades leaving some nice soapy lacing along the sides of the goblet.

Aromas begin with light acidity, some wine barrel, damp wood and some grape skin, vinous notes. As it warms you get the "additions" Hibiscus, Rose Hips, and Elder Flowers. I don't think I could pick them out individually but they come across as earthy and herbal.

The flavors start opposite the nose with the herbal rose hops and flowery flavors. Then you get the oak, white grape again, tart Bretty yeast. Brett opens up more as it warms and adds some horsey, funky, almost cheesiness. Pretty complex for such a young wild ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and tart, much more so than any sour beer I have had recently. Herbal and flowery notes linger as well.

Overall I am quite impressed with this Captain Lawrence release. I was skeptical as I am usually not a fan of beers with weird botanicals added, but this works. This would pair amazing with some skinky cheese for sure.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours like pink grapefruit juice. Opaque. Mild head. Did I mention this beer is pink!? Looks awesome. Just like grapefruit juice.

S-Tartness along with a consistent light oakiness. Very vibrant in he tart fruit department. Citrusy. Perfumey. Definitely floral with sporadic spiciness.

T-Tastes phenomenal. Tartness is moderate-to-intense. Funky. Grapefruit juice. Not a very complex sour but the labor it presents is pretty delicious. Quie floral too. Honeysuckle sweetness too.

M-Relatively light but still quite expressive. Bubbly. Goes down with a peppy finish. High acidity. Remains tart well after the sip.

O/D-A pleasant sour ale. The ale version of pink grapefruit juice. Very tasty. Acidity limits he drinkability a bit but this was a Vermont Brewfest gem.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Peter!

Pouring pink red with a white head that falls off pretty quick, this is particularly attractive because of its color. The nose is sulfury, yeasty and floral, with the rose and elderflowers being quite prominent. The yeast character is a little frothy, if that makes sense.

This beer tastes like Rooh Afza. Very floral with a lot of rose and elderflower fruitiness in a nice blend, the floral aspects completely dominate the hops. A mild lactic sourness, drying and refreshing, is present. Medium-light in body, this beer has a mildly peppery finish. Nice stuff, recommended

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Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours an electric orange red color with some pinkish hues. A thick froth of white head slowly dissolves into patchy lacing and a bubbled film which coats the brew.

Floral and funky in the nose with light sourness. Hints of citrus peel and sweetness. Earthy and lightly acidic with some lingering fruit tones. Explosive floral notes with roses and plants - very unique and inviting.

Funky and tart right up front with citrus fruit notes. Orange and grapefruit with hop bitterness, mitigated by some floral hints and roses. Biscuit and bread in the malt backbone. Herbal and floral in the finish with citrus hops and soft sweetness.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue with a champagne-like feel. This is a unique, memorable example of a floral wild ale - I'm happy I have more.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color, thin cap of prickly bubbles. Scent strong with the funk and tartness, hard to get below but some floral qualities work their way into the nose. Taste initially begins with strong funk and tartness, but herbal and floral notes appear as the palate adapts, some vinous qualities, notes of vanilla and oak join in. Medium bodied, lacking in carbonation for the style. Solid beer, but I wanted to like it more than i actually did.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a gift package recently! Shared this one during our Labor Day tasting with beeruser, funkydelic, sincereNc, and MSquared2! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy pale reddish pink with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and diaper. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and tart cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Diaper in the aroma!? OH HELL YEAH, this is going be good! It definitely did not disappoint on this fact. Even the appearance on this one was very nice for the style. While it wasn't the most complex brew I have had from the style, everything in this one was spot on and complimented the other almost perfectly. Not sure if much more could be done to improve this one as it was definitely a very pleasant surprise to get as an extra! I suggest you find some this yourself if you have not done so already.

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Hops N' Roses from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.