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Ad Lib - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ad Lib
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ad Lib is a blend of Bourbon Barrel Aged Midnight Expression, Bourbon Barrel Aged Judgment Day, and Rye Barrel aged Serpent’s Stout.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-14-2011)
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Ad Lib from Pizza Port Solana Beach
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.