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Belgian Blonde IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian Blonde IPA
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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lovindahops on 04-19-2013)
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Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.