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Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
93
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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 391
Gots: 248 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
"a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come. Alcohol: 11.5% by volume. IBU's 70"

(Beer added by: faernt on 11-16-2004)
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mdfb79

New York

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. Vintage 2005.

a - a murky orange brown color no head light carbo

s - Smells of sweet fruit, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes fruity malts, caramel malts, and swet fruit. Also some booze in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some sediment in the beer.

d - This was an ok barleywine, but it was very sweet. It also had a lot of sediment in it, which I didn't really enjoy. Wouldn't look to have a vintage this old again, but would try a newer year.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:06:24 | More by mdfb79
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madvermin

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to AwYeh for splitting his only 12oz bottle with me.

Vintage: 2010

Pours a murky light brown with oranges mixed in. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. A large, foamy, rocky, soft, light tan head caps the body. Very lacy, leaving rungs of residue. Good looking beer.

Smells light, with a sweet floral character defining it. Jasmine and a touch of juniper make it springy and perfumish, while a little ethanol provides astringency.

Taste is hoppy, with a tempered lemon citrus to start, before moving to grain and lightly toasted malt. The roast malt then moves to a balanced malt/hops middle and a dry roast finish. Very balanced yet pungent, but the vodka-like ethanol I got wasn't too pleasant in either the nose or taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with average carbonation. Pretty middle of the road. Drinkability is hurt by the excess astringency - this beer tasted, felt, and drank like straight vodka a little bit, although the good qualities in the beer far outweighed this one negative.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 10:07:22 | More by madvermin
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bifrostguard

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy, deep amber color somewhat reminiscent of a thick apple cider with some solid particles floating about. Almost no head on an aggressive pour.

S - Citrusy hops is the first scent to hit the nostrils followed by a ripe citrus fruit sweet scent. Some spice and yeast are also present.

T - Tastes like a strong, sweet apple cider that brings some heat. There is a yeast presence and only some mild spiciness. Oranges and pineapples are some of the other fruits that can be interpreted.

M - Quite smooth and enjoyable. Enough carbonation to keep things interesting and not thick enough to be disgusting for this style.

D - I don't really enjoy this beer so I'm looking to the next with quite a bit of this left in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:08:22 | More by bifrostguard
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street...
Beautiful appearance... A slow and steady pour yielded a hazy and murky orange hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Smell replete with a nice combination of malts and hops along with a dose of honey in the nose...
Thick, creamy, rich, ultra-sweet taste, bordering on cloying... The taste was extremely sugared with loads of honey, caramel, a hint of vanilla, molasses, and super-sweet syrup...
Mouthfeel was thick and creamy as well...
Drinkability was average at best due to the high ABV and slightly cloying flavors...
Definitely a good depiction of the style, but certainly a sipper more than anything...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 21:22:38 | More by dsa7783
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Pours a very still deep rusty bronze. Bose is big and fruity, fig and plum, some gold rum, hop resin, pine, lots of wood. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, earthy piney hops, grapefruit, bourbon, butterscotch. Nice. Still again in the finish, very warming, syrupy. A good sipper. Thanks Harry!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 14:52:12 | More by mrmanning
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon pouring the 2002 edition of the Doggy Claws, it poured a golden honey color w/ a 2 1/2 inch to 3 inch head which stayed very frothy and heavy, and clinged to the side of the glass for quite some time while I had it in my glass. I also noticed when I tipped my glass, much of the yeast settled in the bottom of the glass.

When I spent time deciding what I was smelling in my beer I came to the conclusion that I got the scent of hops, sour lemons (which lemons AREN'T sour?), and even a bit of pepper. Upon tasting the first sip (which was served cold), the alcohol burn was very prominant at the front and remained for quite some time, but I got the taste of hops and some pepper, which hung around a while with the alcohol burn. However, as I let it warm, some sweetness came out a bit and I got the flavor of some molasses (not sure if this is what I really tasted, but an idea), but stayed pretty peppery as well. I have had many barleywine styles but this was very different than most others and was not nearly as sweet as other I have had in the past. The texture was pretty light, but the mix of hops and pepper did not make this my favorite ever. It is worth the try, but there are others I would rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 23:26:21 | More by Fish113d
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cavedave

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to black13 for the chance to try yet another fine NW brew. Vintage 2009.

Pours quite cloudy, quite dark amber, topped by an unexpectedly huge beige head that hangs around. Not like any barleywine I've seen, but it looks delectable.

The smell is light/med. for style, with candy, caramel, fig, rounded yeast notes, stone fruit, and some unidentifiable flavors that bond the bouquet into a light perfume. Not much for a barleywine but what there is pleases.

A figgy sweet ushers the palate along a path of caramel, light floral hop, candy, lightly fruity notes, and into a finish that is sweet and full of effervescent light bitter with hints of lemon. It tastes almost like a sweet BSA minus the tart, but very clean, and sparkly in the mouth. A bit too sweet, but quite delicious. Not as complex as Adam or Fred, but that same HOTD flare for the tasty.

Mouthfeel is the expected thick, but it is fairly light on the palate, the bright flavors fight palate fatigue the sweet might otherwise cause. Lower carb. than the look predicts, decent finish. A bit of a buildup of the lemony notes is my only criticism.

Drinkability, due to ABV and thick feel of the sweet isn't so good as it might be, or even as it may yet be with some age.

Impression: Hair Of The Dog produces some amazing barleywines. This is a good one, but not one of their best.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:40:45 | More by cavedave
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark, opaque, red-tinted amber with a finger and a half of dense beige head. Some nice swaths of lacing and good retention.

S: Lots of plum juice at first, which mellows out more as it warms, revealing honey and floral notes, and caramel and crystal malts.

T: Similar, quite dry up front and with a moderate amount of bitterness, which is cut at the back end by lingering honey sweetness.

M: Honey smooth, medium-full body and medium carbonation. Goes down easy and alcohol is almost completely hidden. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an OK beer but not overly enjoyable. I can see a barrel treatment doing wonders for this beer. I remember having one with a few years of age on it, and that seemed to mellow and integrate the flavors much better. It seems to be in a bit of an awkward stage 6mo out or so.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:01:54 | More by pmarlowe
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Nugganooch

California

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Doggie Claws – 2012 Big thanks to brooklynbrews for this extra.

12oz bottle into my FW snifter glass.
*Notes taken from 06/29/13.

A: Looks murky and lifeless with a dark caramel body and some ruddy brown hues. Virtually no head on it gives the impression of lower carbonation here. A little sediment floating and a watery edge to it. Almost looks like prune juice or something. Not stick or lace to speak of. Not the most attractive beer by any means.

S: Smells of booze met with sweet caramel malts and some underpinnings of dried orange peels. The aromas start to assert more stone fruit like esters on the backend as they segue into plum and date notes. Really takes on a vinous character. Representative of the style with some firm alcohol presence.

T: Tastes juicy with a big caramel malt toffee sweetness. There is a bit of raisin bread and spice with suggestions of candied citrus peel. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and the alcohol is quite hearty adding a boozy spice. Finishes with some plumy esters and more toffee nougat. Nice Barley malt flavors and incredibly well balanced for such a big brew.

M: Feel is a little flat and watery with some light chew to it. Falls in the moderately heavy range with more of a wet finish. Alcohol warmth radiates. Rather clean overall.

D: Not my fav of the style with the slightly flat carbonation and higher octane. Does bring out some real nice malty flavors however. Not something I would pick up often. Makes for a nice seasonal sipper though.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:23:13 | More by Nugganooch
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cloudy orangeish brown mixture with large head that falls to a finger size cap, light spotty lace.
Aroma of light malt caramel and toffee mixed some light floral earthy hops thrown in the mix but overall not strong and fades quite quick.
Taste is nice malty upfront with lots of carbonation mixed with toffee some light fruit orange mango mixture not really citrusy but almost. Finishes with some moderate bitterness that is earthy in nature more the anything with subdued lemon mixed with pear hints. Very intersting Barley Wine diffrent then the norm not bad just different.
Mouthfeel is good right side of medium approaching full a nice feeling beer.
Drinkability is good having hard time picking taste score can't decide its not bad wish we had a 3.75 to choose from. Would recommend trying this not bad you might enjoy this a little more then I did.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 20:07:54 | More by mntlover
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Realale

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy (my fault - head exploded and I had to stop the pour which roused the sediment) mahogany with a huge, extremely fine rocky creamy beige head.

Huge (notice a theme?) hoppy nose of resinous pine, peach pit, apricot, wood, wet leaves, and a touch of clovey spice. No malt or alcohol evident on the nose.

Hops hit huge and hard from the millisecond it touches the tongue, and stay huge and hard thoughout the extremely long finish. There is a bit of sweet cakey malt that kicks in on the midpalate and lingers throughout the finish, but it has a hopeless task at this stage in the beer's development. Some yeasty/clovey notes add complexity. No alcohol evident on the palate.

Excellent mouthfeel, with the carbonation just enough to finally scrape the hop residue from the tongue in preparation for the next sip. May turn out to be a bit over-carbonated as the hops recede with time in the cellar. Drinkability now is hampered by the extreme bitterness, and the cloying sweetness of the malt that makes it through.

Its honestly a bit unfair to review this beer at this point in its evolution. It desperately needs a couple of years in the cellar to bring the hop bitterness under control, and form some semblance of balance. Its definitely built for the long haul, but when and even if all of the components will eventually become a coherent and pleasurable whole is unclear. Ratings are for drinking it now, but this beer has a definite upside. Reminds me of Batch 6000, but hoppier, and certainly much less obvious balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 15:15:49 | More by Realale
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mzwolinski

California

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2002 edition. The first thing I noticed about this beer was the unusual hop aroma – stemming, I suppose, from the rather unusual choice of hops. The scent is mostly herbal, with a bit of an orange, citrusy note. A whiff of alcohol makes its way through too. All this is undergirded by a subtle, caramel malt aroma. The end result is quite terrific, and improves as the beer sits. In appearance, the beer has a light copper color and a formidable creamy head which leaves good lacing down the glass. The flavor struck me a bit harshly. There’s just a tiny hint of sweetness up front, and then it’s right into a mostly herbal, somewhat medicinal hop-dominated flavor, and a mild alcohol warming, building to what struck me as an extremely bitter finish. Medium bodied and dry, this is a decent beer, and improves when it sits. I’d like to set one of these away for a year or so and see how it smooths out.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:22:22 | More by mzwolinski
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super Foamy! Very alive... I think i shouldn't have opened this one quite yet, perhaps it's ALIVE!!!

Great head, amber color with murky yeast tints... a few bottom feeders. Spotty lacing

S - Smells like a sugar bomb. Maybe some funk going on too??? Hops are not cohesive together.

T - Yep, a definite funk in this one... Quite good , but it's thrown off a bit by something I can't put my finger on. Very sugary and hoppy, hop schedule could stand a change. The hop schedule could be causing the unique funk???? It almost has a Vodka flavor...

M - Slightly over carbonated, but great coverage.

D - Not a brew to drink cold... Very good, I'm glad I tried this one!

Cheers, thanks Steve!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:29:45 | More by chugalug06
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Ruddy Reddish brown and opaque with 2 fingers of witeish brownish head some lacing and some floaters (yeast?)

Aroma- baked bread burnt carmel brown sugar

taste carmel toffee plum and prune. like a boozey dr. pepper. More drinkable than Fred I think would like to have tried this one barrel aged of cellared for a bit like the label suggests. Hops are peppery and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - syrup-y and full bodied bordering on cloying . the booze gives you a bit of a hum at the end

Overall- I think this is more drinkable than the Fred its a big beer and one that I could have only a few of. also it seems like it may be a holiday beer in which case I could see it pairing well with heavy holiday foods like turkey and prime rib(the game-ier the better) maybe even lamb. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but i have only really came across one cloying beer (sneaky pete).

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:21:19 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. From notes 8/6/09. Bottle had 1/2"-2/3" of sediment at the bottom. Served with some Cambizola and sesame flatbreads.

Pours a stunning copper color with ruby highlights into a tulip. Barely any head, a few bubbles. No pfft sound upon opening, nice legs, but am worried about carbonation and oxidation at this point.

The aroma begins with herbal and floral hops which are surprisingly present. Oxidation is moderate but tolerable. Malts are toasted and nutty in character with caramel flavors. Raisins, dates, alcohol and a slight smokiness.

Taste follows the flavors found in the aroma. Low bitterness and a caramel sweetness are present. Hints of vanilla and toffee.

Mouthfeel is coating, smooth but allows its ABV to be felt. Became more and more hot as it warmed, but overall was not too imposing and about average for its style/abv. Very low carbonation.

Next time I get some of these, I will definitely wax them and make sure they are stored properly. A friend of mine bought this for me off the warm shelf and it clearly had suffered from some bad storage.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:31:08 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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freeeekyyy

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

'08 bottle. For sipping, not gulping. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Smells like it too. Big chunks of yeast floating around in the bottle look like dandruff. Fairly high in the hops category, but still nothing compared to some double IPAs. Big malt. A very well balanced beer. If it weren't so high in the alcohol, or masked it a little better, drinkability would be great too. I definitely plan on getting another bottle, and aging that one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 01:06:35 | More by freeeekyyy
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very murky orange with some tan highlights. It's got an awesome small head. When you swirl this beer it sticks to the sides as easy as a melted marshmellow.

Smell is like a fresh garden of mixed wildflowers in the middle of an evergreen forest. It's definetly got that honey character in there as well. I'd say it was orange blossom honey if I had to guess.

Taste is a nice mild but very noticable hoppiness.( note this is a 2009 edition). Followed up by a huge sweetness that is full of both malts, oranges and mangos. In the finish I also get some spices, most notably corriander and even a wee bit of thyme. The alcohol shows through in the finish as well but not 11%. It is very well hidden.

This beer was much too sweet for me to fall in love with, but I did appreciate the intricacy and flavors that it showed off. I'll try to find a 2010 bottle to see if the hops dry it out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 05:39:16 | More by cooch69
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Auracom

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage at the Hair of the Dog's brewpub in Portland. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Slightly lighter version of Adam, white thin head with great lacing and marginal retention.

S - Plentiful piney hop resin. Touch of caramel and candied sugar underneath.

T - It's actually better balanced than anticipated. Initial tropical fruit and pine sap meld with toffee, rye bread, and honey at mid palate. Lingering bitterness into finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Yeah, it's a solid American barleywine here in its super fresh state. Absolutely need to try an aged version to see how it transforms.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 23:15:02 | More by Auracom
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of US hops and a backbone of pale malts. The flavor has a lot of alcohol and a lot of sweetness as well as a lot of citrus and pine US hops. Very complex and interesting, but not really my thing. The mouthfeel is thick and the drinkability is not so great because of the higher alcohols.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:19:54 | More by clvand0
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doggie Claws 2002 was served from a 12 oz. bottle. When poured into a Duvel tulip, a massive off-white head rose up and out of the glass then slowly receded, leaving numerous patches of crusty lacing and a tall rocky plateau formation with the consistancy of whipped cream. The beer itself was a hazy but vibrant orange-amber hue. The delicate nose was well composed, consisting of roasty candy malt with notes of orange peel and lime, and a tinge of alcohol. I found the taste to be problematic. While the flavor profile was characteristic of the style, it was lacking in strength and finish. I did enjoy the sweetness level, which was on the low end. Perhaps poor aging conditions overly subdued the big roasty flavors and the equally hoppy bitter finish that I look for in barley wines. The mouth feel was OK, but felt a little thin in the finish. As this wasn't really a big beast of a beer, it was quite drinkable, especially for the style. The 2003 effort was much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 05:07:48 | More by HiroProtagonist
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear straw-orange, not nearly as opaque as I expected. Well carbonated, decent head and lacing.

Smell & taste: Hoppy with lots of grapefruit, grass, orange and tangerine. Some honey also. Sweeter than expected; also not as big or intense as anticipated. Lots of malt, not my favorite barlywine.

Mouthfeel: medium-full; alcohol is a bit hot

Drinkability: very drinkable and approachable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:33:41 | More by craytonic
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Schlais

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-16-2012 22:37:28 | More by Schlais
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-13-2014 21:41:46 | More by acurtis
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-14-2013 21:20:05 | More by Kunstman
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-25-2014 00:31:24 | More by Syracuse12
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.