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Golden Tripple - Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%


Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A golden hue and malty body thinned a bit by the 8% ABV. In the background is a light handed kettle addition of fresh sliced ginger root.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-27-2007)
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Brad007

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden blond color with some cloudiness and a thick white head. Aroma is spicy and I detect coriander among the spices. Nice and floral as well. Nothing overpowering. Similar to a witbier in regards to the spicing (coriander of course). Taste is light and fruity upfront with the coriander at the beginning of the tongue, alcohol and maltiness in the middle and a touch of coriander at the back of the throat. Aftertaste is lightly dry and smooth.

Not too sweet, bitter or spicy. Alcohol is well hidden. Malt feels balanced as well.

Of course, with the 8%, I remember reading that this beer would be somewhat "confined" but I don't detect that there. It doesn't need more than 8% in my opinion.

A decent, drinkable ale that is pretty close if not exact for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:35:09 | More by Brad007
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UA8

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice looking orangey amber with a nice sized coffee tan head.

S- Honey, golden raisin, yeast, grains, a touch of sweet citrus.

T- Leads with sweet lightly roasted grain flavors, midpalate has some peach, apricot, pear, and maybe a touch of grape. Finishes with a bit of a yeast tartness and a touch of nice mineral/ medicinal flavors. Oh yeah and there are some spice notes through out which I'm not sure why I didn't think of till after I posted the review.

M- Lighter bodied with a big yet soft carbonation that make the body feel thicker than it is.

D- This a really nice easy drinking effort in this style for an American brewery. I would say this easily run with almost any other American tripel I've had. Definitely worth $4.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 19:34:14 | More by UA8
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring into my Mirror Mirror tulip, Rock Art's Golden Tripple is a attractive hazy deep golden color, topped with a weak fine white head. The nose is very enticing...wonderful ginger notes dominate but integrate well with light notes of black pepper, perhaps peppery mesculin greens, and a touch of sweetness. Taste reflects the nose...very nice ginger-laced mandarin-spicy notes meld very well with a tasty malt base, which is braced with an appropriate Belgian-style hoppiness in the pleasant lingering ginger-kissed finish. I would have liked about 25% more carbonation though, considering the style. Overall though, this beer does good job of satisfying my Belgian beer flavor craving. Another quality offering in Rock Art's excellent "Extreme" series.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 23:43:12 | More by HiroProtagonist
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Great to see a brewery pay attention to the market and the consumers that drink their beer--they get what is going on and dig the whole Extreme Beer thing. Golden is their version of a Tripel with ginger.

Pours with a beautiful crown of off-white lace, a bit dark than we're used to for the Triple, but the clarity is stunning. Clean, warming ginger, apricot fruitiness from the alcohol and a raw honey-like malt sweetness in the nose. So damn smooth, velvety and lush on the palate. Medium bodied. Flavors are very easy to pick out, yet they meld together very well. Malt jumps toward bready then exhibits more of a nougat flavor. Alcohol brings some warmth and a big handful of fruitiness. Ginger is present but subtle for the most part. Mild hop bitterness, though a bit of herbal flavor becomes noticeable middle to end. Finishes semidry.

Without a doubt, this one sets itself away from other Tripels with the unique flavor of ginger, yet stays well within the style's boundaries at the same time. It's great to see another American brewer get the whole Belgian thing right!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 17:14:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz of this in some small grocery store in Stowe, Vermont.

Upon being poured into a Duvel glass, the appearance is a light golden color with a two finger head.

The smell is of caramel, walnuts, and other faint scents.

The taste is slightly sweet, kinda yeasty, but certainly not bitter.

The mouthfeel is slightly above average, but lacks character and is most definately not the best attribute of this beer.

Drinkability is solid overall, just remember it is 8% ABV, so pace yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 01:23:18 | More by mltobin
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A darker shade of amber with golden hues, much darker than most Triple's i've ever had. Plenty of active bubbles, fizzy life with a minimal white head, thin and depleated, it simply does not rise enough with not much retention.

Candy apple malt aroma with citric lemmon, slight earthy yeastiness, raw ginger, floral whiff's, red fruits, passion fruit...rather unique aroma.

A snappy Sugaree malt upfront followed by a dry and complex yeast flavor. soft pepper and dry herbs. A tart, bitter hop edge with a complex earthiness that is usually not in the true Belgian abbey versions. The ginger adds a tart snap wich also goes with the heat very well, adding something different. I usually look for the yeasat complexity which is very good for an American version, but it doesn't touch the complexity of most Abbey versions. Fruity effects with pineapple and immature raspberries and the feel is crisp, light and snappy with a sharp-dry finish.

Me like.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:02:51 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber bottle, purchased in Vermont during a recent visit. No freshness/bottling date info.
A- Pours lightly hazed medium tangerine, quickly departing off white head, that leaves a minor collar and slippery low hanging and minor lacing.
S- Ginger and tropical fruit in the nose
T- A load of ginger picked up early, complexity assisted by notes of pepper, lime, tropical fruit and herbal and citric hops in the finish. Different take on the classic style. Tasty and enjoyable brew from R.A.B.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:50:36 | More by Billolick
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lovindahops

New York

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

Figured it would be a nice night to try this golden tripple from Rock Art.

A- pours an orange copper body that has massive carbonation along with a fluffy white head that latches to the sides of my stemless tulip from the alchemist. Very sticky lacing that is analogous to white frosting

S- A little fruity with a slight Belgian presence that could be slightly stronger. Very dry on the scent

T- Good save! The tropical aspects are meshed well with a stronger Belgian presence. Very lively and uplifting with a smooth yet dry flavor. Good flavors for a tripel

M- smooth and good coating flavor

O- really enjoyed as a tripel that while it may not burst with flavors, there is still a taste profile that works out great. I'll buy more next time im in VT

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:30:57 | More by lovindahops
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SRFeldman79

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color into an American pint glass. A half inch head rose up at the end of the pour, but very quickly settled back into the beer, leaving a light ring of bubbles that lasted throughout the glass. Not the rocky mountain of head I expected, though there was plenty of lacing.

Slightly sweet aroma, with hints of alcohol, yeasty spiciness, and perhaps I can pick out some ginger - smells like someone homebrewed a tripel.

I enjoyed the way this beer tasted. I was worried that "kissed with ginger" on the side of the bottle would mean too much ginger flavor, or that I would taste ginger where it wasn't. The ginger flavor was not overwhelming to me at all - mostly it made this beer more bitter than the IBU # on the side suggested. Taste was of light belgian yeast esters, almost a peach-like fruitiness, maybe some actual spice, alcohol, candi sugar.

The carbonation danced across my tongue, but was light and pleasant. There was definitely a dry, powdery feel to the aftertaste, which I wasn't crazy about (dry good, powdery, that's going to far for me), and a lingering spicey heat, perhaps from the ginger or the alcohol.

Definitely a very easy drinking belgian beer, that though the alcohol was a component of the flavor, did not make this beer feel overwhelming. I could drink a pint or two on a belgian-style night.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:21:49 | More by SRFeldman79
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SFLpunk for sending me this one as an extra

Look: Orange in color and opaque with no head at all. Interesting

Smell: Some nice citrus notes orange peel and lemon zest are present with a bit of funky yeast

Taste: Citrus, mango, and pineapple are all present in the flavor with again the funky yeast finishing off the beer

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good american triple. Recommended and will drink again if I get the chance

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:37:27 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with head. Smells pleasant ginger yeasty. Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Ginger snap, bold ginger flavour, with yeast and caramel cushioning the finish. Good flavour though not overtly drinkable or complex.Not really the style but worth a try if you like ginger.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 20:29:30 | More by Sammy
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy caramel color with a small white head that fades pretty quickly. Probably the least lively tripel I've head. On the nose you get strong notes of caramel malt, belgian candi sugar, some of that bubblegum belgian ester, and some ginger. The taste is where the ginger and spices become more pronounced, very good. Interesting twist on the Belgian Tripel, I'd like to get another bottle and age for a bit more time to see if it improves carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 23:27:29 | More by KingdomBobcat
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, floral notes, and light fruit malts and citrus.

t - Tastes of tea, bready malts, fruity malts, and a hint of alcohol

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good tripel. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:55:10 | More by mdfb79
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange color with a small white head.

Fruity, spicy aroma. Not that much going on in the aroma.

More comes through in the taste, however. Orange/fruity at the front, with late spice. I guess that is the ginger that shows up late.

Nice finish, on the dry side.

A good, not great, tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 13:42:27 | More by lordofthewiens
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma was totally dominated by ginger which is not an ingredient often found in tripel but it was still enjoyable. Taste was also dominated by loads of ginger with some coriander and a sweet Belgian style malt profile. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was detectable. Definitely not close too the style but nonetheless very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 18:42:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is spicy - ginger - with bready notes.

The taste is of sweet grainy maltiness, some candy sugar, and ginger. Ginger is not overpowering, but noticeable. There is a fruitiness that is peach-like and mango-like (with pineapple?). Sweetness balanced by a touch of sour, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Some peppery alcohol comes through.

Light-to-medium-bodied. Carbonation is mild - a bit more effervescence would make it better for both drinkability and as an accompaniment to food.

Nicely balanced all-round - ginger is, as noted, noticeable, but not overpowering. As far as style - well...it fits into it in a very broad sense, but that's probably what they were going for. An "interesting" and "unique" sipper with nice, subtle complexities.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:25:42 | More by jwc215
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Look - Very golden artwork, nothing extraordinary but cool nonetheless. Pours pale yellow and settles light brown in the glass. Cloudy, light on the fizz. Decent, frothy, head.

Smell - Nice fruity, malty aroma. Overtones of ginger.

Taste - Strong, spices and ginger, malt comes in after.

Mouthfeel - Spices, a bit overpowering but smooths out rather quickly, average here.

Drinkability - Rock Art's specialty is somehow making every beer, no matter how strong, easily drinkable. This beer is exceptionally drinkable despite its 8.0% alcohol content.

Decent beer, a bit overpowering with the spices, but good just the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 05:36:34 | More by JMScowcroft
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JRed

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color and sweet aroma let you know that this is a conniving Tripel. When the brew is held in the mouth for a few seconds the taste is quite complex: sweet fruit notes initially with an alcoholic kick at the end. This beer changes midway through from sweet and simple to bitter and rough. Tasting this brew on various parts of the tongue help get the full range of flavors that come out of it; there is quite a variety. This is a great Fall season beer, perfect for still feeling like a sweet, light summer and heading toward a more bitter, amber time. So sit outside with this one and watch the falling leaves and plan ahead for the cold winter that awaits.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 03:53:10 | More by JRed
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a gold hue. A dense, three inch head settled slowly to a rocky cap and plenty of clingy lacework. Looking real nice.

Aromatics lead off with yeasty spice and light malt, with earthy overtones.
Cloves, ginger, coriander, bubblegum, bannanas, peppercorns, and cardamon.

Light bodied with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Crisp and creamy.

The pallet starts with a blast of pungent spice. Bitter ginger, cloves, and candied coriander. An intense and somewhat harsh bitterness follows through along with lingering peppery spice and husky malt,

Finishes with spice-spiked yeast, and an almost astringent bitterness.

The beer was very promising until it hit the palate. Overspiced, very bitter, and a bit harsh. Maybe a year or two in the cellar would mellow this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:11:18 | More by brewandbbq
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color with a foamy white head; persistence is good and the head leaves strands of lace

Smell: Candi sugar, honey-infused malt, ginger, passion fruit, white pepper and fusel alcohol

Taste: Fruity malt flavors, up front, with passion fruit and hints of mango; by mid-palate, the ginger, white pepper and fusel alcohol flavors start to dominate and, after the swallow, the trend continues, though there is also a herbacious, grassy element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: While the ginger adds an interesting twist, I am not sure that I appreciate the impact on this beer; to my palate, the ginger and the fusel alcohol make this a rather "hot" offering, and I don't think that is necessarily a good thing

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:38:01 | More by brentk56
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is sweet malt and ginger. Smooth but not as smooth as a Belgian triple. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:23:45 | More by jdhilt
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Gold colors with orange hues and a massive sticky bight white head. Big clove and banana bread nose. Some hops come through as well which is a nice change of pace.

Head is seriously stellar. Little dark for a tripel though and a little cloudier than others i've had too.

Big bold tripel like flavors with a big up front body but gets a little watery on the finish. Hop presence is slightly noticeable as well as the alcohol which balances the beer pretty well. The ginger flavor is there but actually doesnt work that great in the beer in my opinion.

Starts to wear out your tongue pretty quickly. Alcohol is kind of low for a tripel as well (In my own personal opinion)

However considering the price of this beer, it is good. Half the price of merry monks but not half the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:47:12 | More by jtierney89
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Peachy golden – just a tad dark for style, barely less than clear, fair number of bubbles rising to small white head that falls fast. Poor retention and nothing really for lace.

S: Fair Belgian notes – okay phenolics & a hint of earthy funk on a mostly nutty yeast. Stone fruits with some ghost hints of mango and citrus. Honey sweetness on background doughy malts. Quite faint ginger almost blends into yeast notes. Perhaps some herbal hops, but you have to hunt. No alcohol found. Okay, but barely. Alright but faint. Both floral honey and phenolics grow a bit as it warms.

T: Opens with honey sweetness on a distinctly doughy malt base – hints of floral and fresh yeast. Sweetness takes on a candi edge in the middle. Malts get a touch toasty. Yeast stays throughout as a background note. Spice joins in the middle – mostly clove and then more earthy as you go. Ginger is initially muted, but it grows towards the end and progressively as the glass is emptied. Herbal and grassy hops do not really arrive until the end, but come in with fair strength and character. Finish is a mix of earthy yeast / hops with a touch of resin & a hint of a snap from ginger.

M: Just a hair under medium body with CO2 a touch over average – lively, yet cushiony & softly expansive. Hint of sticky sugars, a fair amount of hop tannins, & a bit of a spicy bite (from alcohol and ginger both?). Starts soft at first, a bit of texture, and then a mice drying end and finish. Pretty good, and refreshing.

D: It bumps against the boundaries of the style a bit, but is quite well done and very drinkable. The ginger struggles a bit to make its point. But, in part, that is because other nice & interesting things are happening. Solid malt base, nice floral honey sweetness, decent Belgian notes, and a touch of fruit notes. Creative, yet a reasonable take on the style. Mouthfeel is the highlight.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 19:07:34 | More by SickGnar
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ballewblake

New Jersey

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

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger bone white head that falls as I write this. Amber body with soft carbonation flowing up slowly, bubbly head. Smell is sweet at first then you get a slap from the ginger thrown in, wow, I'm placing this in the holiday catagory. Spices are overkill on the tongue though. Carbonation is a bit heavy on the body and over the tongue, head is almost gone after about two minutes, bubbles remain. Actually malts are poking through as I continue, with the aftertaste of carbonated water after it leaves my mouth. Ginger becomes more apparent in the flavors as it warms up. Nice seawater lacing on the glass is constant throughout the drink. Alcohol is almost hidden in the sweet malts.

Thanks to Jwale73 for the brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 03:39:44 | More by ballewblake
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ikats

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful light orange in color, very clear, with a fluffy white head. Aroma is excellent - spicy and playful. I can sense some clove notes, ginger, may be a touch of pepper. At first sip taste was a bit of a letdown, but I think as the beer warmed up a bit, it opened up and taste is much more interesting and pleasant now. It is spicy with some dryness. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it does not linger. There is a warming alcohol effect. The body is not full, but noticeable. A bit of sweetness lingers on the lips. As I'm writing this review, I keep going back for a sip again and again. Ginger is becoming more pronounced as I drink this ale. Very enjoyable. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 04:20:57 | More by ikats
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Golden Tripple from Rock Art Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.