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Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. 1st batch 7.00%, 2nd batch 6.90% ABV.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (cascade) and yeast.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-07-2006)
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows heavy grapefruit, citrus and resinous pine. Also a fair whack of caramel.
Aggressive flavours, with lots of grapefruit throughout. Some balancing clean malt. Pretty sharp, piny bitterness in the finish.
Could use a lighter body.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 08:27:32 | More by CrazyDavros
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: There is a good amount of grapefruit and citrus in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet, with a growing caramel slowly covering pieces of orange zest and juicy grapefruit. The finish is moderately bitter.
Mouthfeel: Like the others, this has a medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer. The issue with this series is that many hops are best stacked on top of each other to create a fuller taste profile. By isolating the hops the weaknesses of each variety come through.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 23:41:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a huge, no, make that gigantic, fan of Cascade hops, I had great expectations of a massive, grapefruity hops overload with this beer. Perhaps I unfairly detract from this beer and should appreciate the judicious use of hops, but if you are going to go with a single hop varietal, it should shine. Here, the Cascade was prominant, but a bit muted overall - with a bigger malt presence to the beer than I would expect for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 15:49:18 | More by Brent
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fourplayed

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a tulip glass

color is a med dark orange / brown hue, pours with a good thick 3 finger head.

Aroma is very,very mild, difficult to get a sense of what the taste buds may come to expect. Very mild hops, malts and sweetness....

I was surprised this was so mild, Not much taste. again very lite on all the ingredients. not much to wake up the taste buds.

In the mouth it's a bit light for an IPA. goes down very easy. no complaints. Carbonation is good.

Overall it's not what I'd try again. Just too tame in all the flavors/ingredients. But, for someone trying this style of beer for the first time it could be a good place to start!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 22:04:53 | More by fourplayed
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cosmicevan

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at gingerman.

Deep authoritative orange with a frothy head and thick lacing. Had a very balanced hop profile. Quite tasty. The bass beer under the hops is solid but nothing special, but that's expected for a taste experiment like this brew. Glad I tried it. Came recommended between the 4 hop offerings on tap for the series. A touch watery but a super smooh drinker!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 00:13:02 | More by cosmicevan
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gtn80

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res.

Incredibly well balanced IPA. The hops don't throw off a ton of aroma which was surprising.

Bitterness is very present, but not harsh. The bitterness lingers on the palatte and stays as an aftertaste.

Hops were very floral, not much citrus flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 14:08:20 | More by gtn80
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:17:43 | More by david18
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into pint glass side by side with the warrior version. Very similar huge frothy heads from a vigorous pour with long retention. Sticky, soapy lacing on both, maybe a bit more lacing on the cascade. Aroma is of juicy citrus and plenty of sweet malts. Taste is quite smooth with nice bitterness and a decent sweetness for balance. Little bit of spiciness and some unique flavor. I expected more of a pine/grapefruit bite from this hop but what the he'll do I know? Great ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 05:00:56 | More by KickbacksSteve
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with very limited and minimal lacing, clear.

S - Pungent grapefruit hopping, bold pine aroma, tangy ripe orange citrus, mild spicing and a minimal malt presence. The aroma definitely favors a strong citrus presence. The smell is good, but I was hoping for a little more boldness. The smell is good, but light. I wish it had a more "in your face" presence.

T - First impression is a near perfect balance between malt and hops. The biggest surprise for me is the much bigger than anticipated malt flavoring which wasn't as apparent to me in the nose. The sweet malt and hop bitterness hit the tongue in perfect unison and stay together throughout the entire sip all the way to the proverbial bitter end. Moderate grapefruit bitterness and nice pine presence. Well done. I'm very amazed at how well balanced this beer is considering the ingredients. Finishes dry and the grapefruit bitterness lingers with an occasional sweet zing of malt.

M - Medium heavy body, it's actually "thick" for an IPA.

D - ABV is very well hidden. I would be satisfied drinking this particular Mikkeller creation all night and not grow tired of it. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 03:29:44 | More by jzeilinger
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coryking

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Light citrus aroma. Not what I was expecting. Low overall perception of bitterness. Has a drying effect the others dont seem to have. Tastes of mostly a dirty, light spicy, somewhat citrus jumble. Not nice

Used many times in a homebrew, but will now exclusively use it as a whirlpool and dry hop addition...

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 15:12:25 | More by coryking
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled this one at brasserie V, sampled side by side with the single hop nelson sauvin and east kent golding

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a la chouffe glass - hazy copper amber body, light white ring

smell: distinctively cascade - grassy, floral green hops, pine, bitter citrus

taste: cascade is one of my favorite hops - nice pine bitterness, orange peel, lush citrus. consensus of both tasters was that this was the 2nd best of the 3 noted above, behind the nelso sauvin single hop

mouthfeel: stinging cascade hops, nice bitterness

drinkability : good

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 20:49:00 | More by dirtylou
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The aroma is rather disappointing with some citrus, particularly grapefruit and candied orange. The palate opens with a moderate hop character with plenty of candied orange and some grapefruit. Bitterness is moderate and the finish has a definite resiny character that I absolutely love. With low sweetness, this beer has a mild astringency. Still, this is solid

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:34:12 | More by DefenCorps
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neorunner

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

Definitely a much stronger hop, this hits you in the face. Spice and earthy notes are apparent alongside some citrus flavors with this Single Hop. Not the best pairing for the malt profile of this beer, but it would be near impossible to have a wort match perfectly with 10 different types of hops. Leaves a lingering bitterness and dry cotton feeling in the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 02:25:32 | More by neorunner
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with OK head retention and fairly decent lacing. It smells pretty similar to the amarillo version (which I just sampled), with pepper, some hoppy bitterness and a touch of malt. Might be a bit more malt aroma then in the Amarillo. On the palate, however, this beer is very different. The is a bit maltier and sweeter, and I get something of a celery salt flavor as well. It's also not quite bitter on the finish, and unlike the amarillo, I get some alcohol on the finish. Still a nice beer, but I think I prefer the amarillo. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller as well, and drinkability, while still pretty good, suffers a bit from the sweetness and heat from the alcohol.

Very interesting to sample these Mikkeller IPA's side by side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 21:30:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Overlord

California

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa. Expected a lot more from this hop.

Pours orange. Large white foam head. Smells ... soapy and of bitter pine. Actually, just bitter ... kind of like pine rinds.

Taste is just straight-forward, bracing bitterness. Really no fruit, and calling it "pine" is stretching. Just palate blasting bitterness.

A chore to drink, no malt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 06:04:17 | More by Overlord
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Cascades are some of my favorite hops to brew with overall. This beer had a slight citrus aroma to it and an overall mild bitterness. I was expecting more in the way of hop flavors other than just bright bitterness but I didn't get it. Drinkability is fine and mouthfeel are fine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:03:45 | More by drabmuh
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plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a full cascade citrus and a touch of ester.

The taste consisted of a juicy citrus hop and featured a light caramel and subtle ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very good single hopped IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 17:10:55 | More by plaid75
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is fascinating how such a ubiquitous hop can taste so different across beers as a function of the other parameters of brewing (malts, yeast, mash schedule, temperature, etc). This was not what I was expecting on the basis of many classic American pale ales and even other IPAs that feature Cascade prominently. 2nd batch bottle poured into an English pub glass. Pours a dark reddish honey/amber hue with ample beige head. The malt backbone on these Mikkeller single hop ales is quite hefty, with some dark Munich in there to add a lightly roasted sweetness. The malts come through to varying degrees across the beers (which is itself rather fascinating, unless maybe age is the main factor), and this exemplar is rather malty. Rich toffee and almost smoky molasses come across on both the nose and the palate, along with robust tangerine and grapefruit flesh/rind. If you ever have someone ask you how the heck one can taste tangerine in beer, direct them here. There is a decent dose of pine as well, faint chocolate and brown spice tea bag, and a rather chewy body coupled with fairly tame carbonation. I don't know. I dig the malts in these Mikkeller single hops, although they may yield pretty unique rather than "classic" hop flavor profiles, in combination with the yeast used. Cascade is rarely this much of a tangerine bomb and on this occasion the malts do not overshadow the star of the show (cf. Bravo). Sorry if this review reads like a brewing textbook. I will say that its a hoot to track down and compare these brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:13:30 | More by CalgaryFMC
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A murky brownish amber with lots of streams of bubbles feeding a two finger tan foam that's dense and retains very well leaving a few pencil thin rings followed by loads of random lace

S lots of caramel, a little orange peel with some herbal tea and bread, smells like an aged IPA even though this just landed, I suppose it could've taken a while to get here, I think I could pick De Proef yeast out of a line up at this point

T more of the same really, some pine and more rind but still loads of caramel and grains, almost as if the malt has more going on then the hops

M medium-full and creams up from the bubbles, a little left behind on the gums and rind lingers on the finish

O not my favorite from this series and from such a popular hop I was expecting more, the look was the highlight

I'm not sure I like the malt and yeast profile they use for all these single hops, I'm also uncertain of the age of this "new release" with the printing on the cap being smudged and it tasting a little old. Still decent but I've had far better from Mikkellers single hops lineup

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 05:44:07 | More by wordemupg
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

maybe my favorite of the single hop series so far. this one has a strong woody taste to it, along with the bitter and just a tad of citrus. pours medium amber in color, maybe a little darker than a few of the others, with a frothy and thick lasting tan head. the nose is quite woody. not oak or pine, but something else, fresh and wet, with bold earthy hops and more yeast that americans are used to in their ipas. the taste reminds me a lot of founders centennial ipa really. its got that same robust pungent woody bitter hop complexion, which leads me to the conclusion that cascade and centennial hops are quite similar. someone correct me if im wrong here. finishes yeasty and bitter, like all good mikkeller beers in this style. feel is lush and full bodied, excellently carbonated, and a real joy to drink. i wish i has a 6pack of this, as its one id go back to again and again. woth the 6 or 7 bucks you pay for a single.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 16:22:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber-orange in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a half finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of tangerine hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tangerine really stand out in the taste and linger through the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. It is difficult to detect any flavors of caramel from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this wasn’t quite as good as some of the other beers in the series, I enjoyed the aroma and taste of the Cascade hops because the tangerine really stands out from other types of citrus that are normally encountered such as grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:17:29 | More by metter98
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor follows the nose with grapefruit hops, any malts are way in the background, lingering bitter after taste. Good IPA, but not for me. $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 22:01:22 | More by jdhilt
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV.

This beer pours a murky, darkly burnished amber hue, with a teeming amount of dense, rocky, foamy head, which leaves a few layers of striated cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter citrus rind - orange and tangerine - some sharp grapefruit pith, piny, floral hops, and a crisp, crackery graininess. The taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt, tangy orange cream, a twinge of grapefruit oil, which gets immediately tramped on by some surging herbal pine hop notes, all underlain by a soft boozy warmth.

The carbonation is nice and lifting, quite structurally sound, the body a placating medium weight, and rather unencumbered in its smoothness. It finishes sweeter than I would have imagined, the caramel and biscuit malt duo hanging tough, though the Cascade hop's many irons aren't cold just yet.

A rather tasty incarnation of this ongoing (in terms of shipments to my hood, I suppose) single hop series, if I must say. Bitter fruit and malt, well in balance, as this particular hop is evidently capable of carrying the whole show.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:53:32 | More by biboergosum
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 6$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes and there appears to be some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some raisin/apple like flavours and some buttery notes with a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - There's some sort of code on the cap of the bottle, but it doesn't seem to translate into any sort of bottling date. The fact that there is stuff floating in this one leads me to believe it is past it's prime. It basically tasted just like the Amarillo but with a touch more bitterness. I don't think I'll buy any more mikkeller ipa's until I can figure out their dating system.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:24:35 | More by spinrsx
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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

The aroma is that of resin, although a bit grassy and crisp, with a light, toasted malt. There is surprisingly little citrus.

There is light bitterness with a modest lingering finish and light caramel.

A full body with a hint of alcohol, soft carbonation, and soft texture.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal. Refreshing.

Sampled from a Harp Nonic, alongside Amarillo Single Hop.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:33:54 | More by SLeffler27
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