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Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Wooden Nickel India Pale AleWooden Nickel India Pale Ale

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.5%


Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The IPA is hopped while in the brew kettle and is dry hopped twice more through the brewing process. During fermentation dry leaf hops were added and they also added dry leaf hops during the finishing process.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: tapman on 12-17-2010)
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tapman

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says dark honey-brown colors, but I'm going to go with medium honey color and light brown. Giant, billowing white foam head sits atop a body with signs of visible gunk floating around, which I assume to be yeast, which to me equals good. I don't see any on the bottom of the bottle, however, and I wasn't too rough with the opening or the pouring so go figure.

A little toffee and a decent amount of spicy hops make up the majority of the nose for this brew. Also I get some citrus (lemon zest) and a hint of biscuit and toast. I appreciate the complexity, the highs and lows, of this brew.

Biscuit, light toast, bitter orange, sweet lemon, a little grass and a very clean yeast strain gives off only a hint of fruitiness that supports the hops. Moderate bitterness in the finish is also clean, not sticky.

Nice soft chew texture while remaining refreshing.

A great beer. The malt reminds me of an English style IPA, but the hops are definitely American. I am constantly disappointed by IPAs with the toffee-like malt taste, but this one balances the two styles pretty well.

By the way...I added this brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:17:26 | More by tapman
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderately leveled IPA ABV wise. This should be a pretty well balanced brew.

Poured this into a half liter grand pilsner glass, and it produces about four fingers of white cranium, and has a dark golden colored body with only a slight haze.

The aroma and taste is citrusy with grapefruit, a little perfume in the mix, and maybe some floral character too.

Mouth feel wise, this is loaded with carbonation and makes this brew a bit on the prickly side. There is a good hops presence here, so there is an oily presence along with a feel of prickly pine.

At first I was standoffish about this brew, but it holds up pretty well for a lighter ABV content for an American style IPA. Now I'm glad to try such a brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:38:42 | More by TheSarge
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed February 3, 2012. The first time I had this drink was back in the Halloween of 2011 and was not impressed.

A: Poured a nice 1 1/2 fingered creamy head. Holds a straw yellow with that an odd lime bit to it. The head last the entire time while drinking and the lace that this creates is just amazing, it's nice to see this type of lacing which I rarely see nowadays.

S: Carries a decent sour creamy hoppy head. Nice malts come up with a nice different banana that rises.

T: A decent amount of hops come in, but it oddly has a sour bite to it which is almost yeasty grass. An almost bread like quality rises when a deep take in occurs. Bitterness bites hard at the end if you let it warm up a bit.

M: This was smooth with a nice mouthfeel. It bites a bit, but in a desirable manner.

O: The taste is not horrible, but it seems confused for an IPA. This is simply a grassy bread citrus drink. I can't think of an occasion where I would desire this heavily though. Maybe it's because I let this chill in my cellar for a bit, but it was definitely better this time in comparison to the first.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:23:38 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up for $1.79 as a single. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a copper colored body with a somewhat large eggshell colored head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose are the hops, and there are more than i was expecting. lots of grapefruit and pine. a little bit of orange in here also. lastly, there is some balancing caramel malts which give off a somewhat sweet odor.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel malts i could smell. after that comes the hops. the grapefruit and pine i could smell so strongly come through as i expected. the orange i could smell comes through alot stronger than i would have guessed.

M- light bodied bordering on medium. lots of carbonation. nicely bitter.

D- this was better than i was expecting. so far i havnt been too thrilled with the limited selection i have tried from this brewery. the price was right, i can see myself trying this one again. it probably wont be making my regular rotation though.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:55:23 | More by jwinship83
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly off-white merange that pushes out of the bottle when opened. There is a boiling carbonation of big bubbles.
S- The orange hops aroma has a slight bitterness followed by a sweet malt aroma that is a bit softer and has some honey and caramel malt qualities to it. As the beer opens up there is more of a raw grain aroma that comes through.
T- The orange and pine hops linger with a slight pungency and are supported by a slightly sweet biscuit and honey malt flavor . M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing bubble fizz.
D- This beer has a nice flavor with the light sweetness balancing the hops that are just a bit citrus forward. Everything is balanced in the beer making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:51:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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biggred1

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, bronze with a million tiny suspended particles(this may not be the freshest sample) and a dense meringue-like head that leaves sticky lace all down the glass. Orange peel, pine sap and toasted grain in the aroma. Pale malts and subdued fruity hops. Well balanced but lacking the flavor concentration I look for in an IPA. Medium bodied with nice heft and smooth carbonation. An easy drinker and a decent session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 23:26:02 | More by biggred1
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Redrover

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Tybee Social Club on Tybee Island, GA. Nice restaurant with a better than average beer selection.

Poured into a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed peach with a semi sticky off-white head.

The nose is of grapefruit and a bit of cracker.

The beer leads with citrus based bitterness with some grainy malts for a bit of balance. This is an old school IPA and it is a welcome throwback.

The mouth is slightly coating with a bit of oiliness. All-in-all a nice beer and a bargain at $3 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 23:43:47 | More by Redrover
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Orange with a rather strong haze. Head is about 3 fingers in width with a soapy makeup. Good amount of lacing along the sides as well.

Smell - Pungent Floral Hops, Yeasts, Caramel, and Citrus. Definitely a sweeter smelling IPA and rather pleasant.

Taste - Strong Floral Hops, Resin, and Yeasts. The more it warms up, the more of a sweet malty/caramel characteristic that comes out. The change is quite nice

Mouthfeel - It's got a slightly heavy body with some mild carbonation. It's not crisp but it's alright.

Overall - It's a good IPA that doesn't do anything too spectacular, but the progressive sweetness that the flavor takes on is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 05:07:09 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly solid IPA, now available in Atlanta in sixpacks. Somewhat grainy overall, but with a nice bitter hop presence that marries well with the grain. In fact, I'd say the graininess even gives the hops a bit of structure. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a decent head and some nice lacing. Smells quite grainy, a bit floral, and with some citrus pith. The taste is similar, but a bit more hop presence. The finish is curiously short, and even a bit watery, which does detract a bit from the beer overall. There is a late bitterness that makes for a nice bite at the very end. Smooth, and not very chewy despite all of the graininess. Overall, quite pleasant if a bit too heavy on the grain and a bit simple.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:26:16 | More by Georgiabeer
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed darker amberish golden color. Two finger eggshell white head shows good retention. Large thick streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Grapefruit in the front of the beer comes in lightly along with a hint of caramel malt. All the aroma of the frontend like the backend is muted. Some orange like aroma toward the middle. Ending of the aroma has semi-sweet caramel malts mixing with earthy piney hops. No real alcohol aroma is present.

T- Caramel malts in the front of the beer gives way to a light grapefruit hop. To me the hopping in the beer is lighter in the flavor than in the aroma. Carmael underbody shines in this beer with a light piney hop bite in the ending. Alcohol is light and semi-sweet lacking a big bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts and citrus hops are what's left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly caramel malts, light alcohol, and piney hops. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are balanced for the style in more or else of a English style to me. No off flavors at all.

O- A nice sessionable IPA that has a little higher ABV than most session beers. A tad on the sweet side at times this beer is clean and has some nice crispness to it. A good simple drinking IPA from Crown Valley.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:18:43 | More by alleykatking
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-toned body with a fairly sizable, sudsy, off-white head. Smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: Lightly grainy-scented malt, faintly sweetish in the nose, certainly yielding to the more forward hop notes of citrus, florals, and spice.

Taste: A biscuity blend of pale and pils malts underscored by some graininess and accompanied by small, fleeting tastes of sweetish honey and light-colored caramel. Floral, orange blossom hop character with a pinch of bitterish dried herbs. Has an accruing citric quality about it. Moderate bitterness. Drying, orange zested finish with some enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, if not a hair or so under. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's alright, you know, fairly average all-around; it's not the boldest IPA out there, by any means, but nor is it the blandest, either.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:37:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled floral and citrusy with a malty touch in the background.

T - It tasted of nutty caramel with a citrus hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. It tastes a bit like an English one, but has just enough citrus and pine to feel American.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:17:35 | More by zeff80
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick layer of white head. Lacing is spotty.

It's not much in the smell department. Hops are a faint floral scent, but otherwise it reeks of grain and sweet malt.

The hops pick up a little more in the flavor, but not by much. They're floral and citrus. The grainy malt overrides the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp with prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's a drinkable ipa, but very plain. It's not one I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:07:16 | More by Vonerichs
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper, bronze, and honey colored amber with a huge head of foam that slowly recedes from a mountian, to the shape of a brain with lots of stickage. The copius, slow bubbling adds to the overall awesome look of this beer.

Citric hop aromas meld with some melba toast crackers for a simple, straight forward IPA aroma.

The taste starts with meium citric bitterness upfront and maybe some pinapple rinds. The middle is a nice toasty mlat of crackers, toasted white bread, and a little caramel. The finish is all hops and bitter orange peel with a heavy, long lasting metallic twang on the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but tinny. This takes away from the sessionability of this IPA greatly.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 19:45:50 | More by scruffwhor
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, and slight pale malt. Even on draft, at the brewery, this was served in a frosted glass. When first tasted, again from a frosted glass, the floral aspect was overpowering and off-putting. It tasted as if you were licking a wax plant. As the beer warmed, this completely went away, and was a balanced beer. I still can't get over them serving this so cold.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 12:28:55 | More by Tone
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soju6

Missouri

3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, fruit and some malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of grapefruit, some malt sweetness and a bit of spice. Decent bitterness and a fairly clean finish with just a bit of pine lingering.

F: Medium body, crisp but a tad short on flavor.

O: Decent IPA, nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:22:55 | More by soju6
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a one finger off white head. Just a little bit of lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops along with a little bit of dark bready malt. Some spicyness to the aroma as well.

The flavor is pretty middle of the road for in IPA. Citrus hop notes fairly well balanced by bready maltiness. There is some biscuit in there along with perhaps a touch of rye spice. Bitterness is moderate for an IPA leading to a clean finish.

Overall, a drinkable beer but nothing really makes it stand out. Worth drinking if you find it but not something I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 17:43:07 | More by rangerred
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle said "honey brown color" so I was already dreading the pour since I typically prefer malt-minimal America IPAs. Luckily, it was more like honey gold with a thin bit of white foam. The brewery's website says Fuggle, Cascade, and a "high alpha American hop" are utilized. I don't know why that last one is a secret since this thing isn't blowing me out of the water with it's hoppiness. I'm going to take a shot and say Chinook with the somewhat coarse woody pine needle thing that it has going on. Anyway, not a lot spectacular about this beer. It falls more in line with a pale ale with the lightly caramel sweet malt body and and modest hopping. The 60 IBUs listed are surprising, I would have guessed more like 40. Again, a woody, leafy hoppiness pretty much drives the beer. It doesn't have any overt flaws, but I won't revisit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:09:11 | More by bump8628
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance on this a part of mixed sixer, Nothing from these guy has wowed me yet, but there's always a first time..

Pours honey colored with 3 + fingers of frothy cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & bready notes

T: Much breadyness, some grassyness, some aspirin up front. Honey notes, some lemon & a bit of herbal/aspirin bitterness as this warms. Finishes grapefruit bitter, somewhat crisp & with decent breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly firm carbonation. pretty good balance

An alright take on the style that is way better than most of their offerings

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 13:13:03 | More by russpowell
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jsh420

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1+ finger head that covered the glass with lacing

smells of bready malt and light floral and citrus hops

taste is more tangy bready malt then hops - but the hops are there and do balance this light flavored beer

mouthfeel is a medium light body low carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall this beer just does not pack the hop punch needed to be a real ipa in my book

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:06:57 | More by jsh420
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tan and clear with a few small rising bubbles and a fluffy white head with some staying power and pretty good lacing.

Biscuit and floral aromas, not terribly hoppy for an IPA, I'm getting more caramel malts than hops really.

Flavor follows right along. It's biscuit and caramel malty, with a decent woody piney hops crispness and lightly spicy bite to it.

Could use a touch more carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Slightly slick, alternately sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

It's probably more of a pale ale to me than an IPA. Not bad, certainly plenty drinkable, but not an especially outstanding IPA. Re-package it as a pale ale and i bet the ratings go up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 16:24:52 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow and has a small white head with very little lacing, low carbonation, looks OK.

Hello? Hops? HELLO? You're an IPA right? All I smell is grains.

There is a mild hop flavor in the late midpalate with only a hint of bitterness on the back. Not a whole lot of anything. Boring boring thin thin not and IPA IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 18:04:23 | More by drabmuh
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Wooden nickels are ruining the economy! ...ahem... This stuff pours a partly-cloudy sunrise amber topped by over a finger of off-white foam. The nose is filled with dry, woody pine, with a touch of mild caramel way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is muc stronger now, and, unfortunately, everything else comes across as harshly bitter on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I can't say that I'm a fan of this IPA, though I've had many that were much worse. Either way, I'm probably not gonna be picking up another one of these any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 06:02:52 | More by TMoney2591
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours out a sunset orange,mildly hazy body that was topped by 2 1/2 inches of dense,bone white foam that reluctantly shrunk away leaving considerable rings of lace.

S-Restrained citrus and stonefruit,wheat toast,caramelized nuts and a minerally,vitamin-like finish on the nose.

T-Kind of drab.Second American IPA I've had in the last week that was too English.Lifeless hop presence,wet bread,some caramel sweetness and some cracker-like malts.This beer has an identity crisis.It's stuck somewhere between English IPA and Amber Ale.

M-Light to medium bodied with a slight hop bite and subtle dryness on the finish.

O-Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 11:55:38 | More by StlHopHead77
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Kitt

Delaware

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One finger head over a rich, unfiltered, golden color....quite pleasing. Head dissipates rapidly but lacing persists.

Aroma of rich, sweet, eclectic malts. I'm getting ripe banana and peach undertones with a hint of caramel.

Taste - slightly bitter with the same aftertaste. The rich malts prevelant in the aroma are all but hidden -- vieled behind heavy carbonation and mildly bitter monotone hops. Taste is very much a disappointment given the exciting appearance and aroma. Not much going on here at all.

Mouthfeel overwhelmed by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is nice due to a light and frothy hit on the palette.

Overall, a slightly below average run-of-the mill IPA with little to shout about. Quite bland in fact and the monotone, slightly bitter hops, could use an injection of "spicey" eclectic flavor. One thing this beer has going for it is a light mouthfeel which bodes well for a sunny afternoon IPA rather than the heavy and bitter dinner companion which I much prefer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:35:42 | More by Kitt
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Wooden Nickel India Pale Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
75 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.