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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 1356
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003)
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Photo of Hendry


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my dinner guest and tasting bud, Dorado arrived in a 22 oz bomber with a rather confident enjoy by date of 2/11/14.

Transparent apricot color with a soapy one finger head that exits quickly, no real "cap" to speak of once it reduces, respectable lacing.

Aroma evenly balanced with piney hops and sweetish malts.Impossible not to compare the nose to BPBC Sculpin IPA, which has a much more hop forward grapefruit infusion, yet keeping in mind this is a bigger,beefier IIPA overall.

Taste is a carbon copy of the nose: ultra fine balancing act of hop boldness and malt sweetness but with an extra kick of booze that starts to warm in the chest. Despite the large malt bill to tame the aggressive hop bitterness, it never degenerates into that dreaded malt bomb category, yet never gives the impression that it is hop forward either. Malt sweetness washes over the palate followed by a solid piney/resinous bitterness that reminds you that the
hops are very much present and accounted for.

Mouthfeel is medium, quite drinkable,nicely carbonated,slightly hot on the delivery as it warms particularly.

Balance is the watchword here: aggressive hopping and big malts to balance the scales make this an impressive and "big" beer. Perhaps the maltiest of IIPAs that I found flavorful and drinkable, Dorado is a solid effort from Ballast Point. Although a pricey number at $10, it is worth a try at least once to experience such a well balanced Southern Cali IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 04:07:39 | More by Hendry
Photo of schoolboy


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had some good Ballast Points before, but this is a truly great one.

This one has a very pretty color with great clarity and a nice little head. The aroma is the best part - perfectly balanced without being a real challenge to the nose.

The taste is also well balanced (but still American, over the top). Loads of hops and malts but not syrupy. It is slightly harsh, probably a water characteristic.

The aftertaste is all hops, but nice. Not nasty. There is no boozy taste at all. This was a nice one to try in a growler from Saveon in Mentor.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2013 23:41:15 | More by schoolboy
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep lemon yellow with an amber tint and a slight haze. A big head of soft creamy foam that dwindled like it had all day to a thick cap and collar. Sticky, beautiful lacing. Excellent retention. Looks so good. Nose is not as strong as you would expect to look at this beer but it smells great. Citrus, lemon, tangerine, lime, you can smell the hop resin, tropical, grassy and some good strong pale malt with a lot of caramel and sugar. Taste is awesome. It’s dry, crisp, refreshing, malt is deep and rich a little sugary, the hops are resiny and bitter with all the fruits washing over the palate. There was no alcohol on the nose but it is on the palate and it mingles well. Gentle carbonation and a good mouthfeel. This is a fantastic DIPA that comes right up to Stone for bitterness but stops before it becomes arrogant. Smooth and very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:12:39 | More by utopiajane
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 08/09/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that levels out at a very thin cap

S: Nice and hoppy, with citrus and pine mostly coming through. Get a nice level of malts as well, which provides a sweet aroma. Light alcohol as well

T: Starts off with a blast of pine and citrus hops, although the pine is mostly in the driver's seat. The hops are quickly met with a solid caramel malt backbone and some alcohol. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and more pine

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice, well-balanced DIPA. Neither the hops or malts overwhelm, and the alcohol doesn't overpower either, which is nice for a nearly 10% beer. A nice little sipper because of the 10%, but it is enjoyable throughout multiple temperature ranges. A bit pricey at $10.99 for a bomber, but nice to have every once in a while

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:20:53 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip, medium cold body of beer with an ivory head a few fingers thick, some lace

S: bitter hops suggestive of grapefruit rind and pith, sweet malty background aromas

T: great hop action, citric and bitter at the same time, juicy, chewy malts underscore the strong hops

M: full on the tongue, zesty ftrom carbonation and hops, bitter grapefruit bitter finish

O: a really well-done DIPA - on par with a lot of the better DIPAs. Must-try for D/IPA fans and beer advocates in general. If you like BP's Sculpin IPA, you will surely appreciate this.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 23:56:55 | More by Greywulfken
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Label says Enjoy By 08/18/13

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly retreating to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Hoppy aroma with a strong malt backbone and lots of sweetness. Notes of caramel, pine and some alcohol fume.

T- Flavor is more citrusy with the hop attack. Zesty and vibrant but very smooth as the alcohol is quite subdued. Notes of wet grass, lemon and grapefruit zest.

M- Has a lot of zing and prickle with medium carbonation and a moderate body. Oily afterfeel.

O- For the ABV, this is one hell of an IPA. Equally as good as Sculpin IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:50:27 | More by Immortale25
Photo of TMoney2591


3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn flashbacks to crappy late-90s/early-00s animated films... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, light menthol, mild sweet biscuit, and light spicy greens. The taste mirrors this mixture exactly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is an average DIPA at best, one that is actually balanced (a plus), but one that just doesn't distinguish itself in any real way.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:34:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before date of 02/15/14. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent yellow/orange colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Much lighter nose than expected. Citrus, pine and sweet caramel. Inviting but not seemingly a DIPA nose.

T - Makes up for the lack of pungency in the nose. An assertive bitterness hits the tongue right away with pine, grapefruit and orange rind flavours. Despite being very hop forward, the malt bill still contributes and sweet biscuity and somewhat buttery sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:13:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of smcolw


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head but it leaves a continual blanket of lace. Clear with amber color.

Smell: Smooth caramel base with a light floral hop touch.

A good malt start. This yields to some alcohol warmth. The swallow features some grapefruit rind tasting hop bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste, but this is not extreme. Creamy body with a subdued carbonation level. Deceptively easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 17:23:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of argock


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tumbler. Enjoy by 081513 on label. Purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL).

A: Deep copper with prodigious 2-finger off-white rocky head with good retention and some craggy lacing.

S: Great resiny hops aroma with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and floral notes backed by a solid light caramel , bready malt contribution. No yeast character to speak of. No big hot alcohols in the aroma either.

T: Good flavor, if a little bit much like the "other guys" that make great DIPAs. By no means am I complaining but there isn't a lot to distinguish this beer from a lot of other really good DIPAs. Big blast of resiny hops followed by lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, honeysuckle, pine and some floral notes. THe maltiness is hefty in stature by smooth and unassuming in flavor with only good malty background flavor and only a light caramel note. Bitterness is medium to medium-high. Smooth and not a problem to finish a bomber on your own. Alcohol presence is there but by no means off-putting and no hot alcohol flavors at all. Very good DIPA all the way around, just not all that distinctive.

M: Solid medium body, medium dry but a little too carbonated for me.

O: Dorado is a really good DIPA, but there are a lot of really good DIPAs readily available out there. I think this offering, while very good, needs a signature vlavor or aroma. Not a gimmick, but something that helps to set it apart from other high-quality DIPAs. Well worth taking a look at for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:03:41 | More by argock
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz poured into glass gives a moderate white/tiny bit beige creamy head. Beer is a clear, bright orange with a bit of copper. Has heavy lacing. Smells of juicy citrus hops, floral, and sweet malts.

Taste is dominated by sweet caramel malts and floral hops. Taste starts with floral hops, then caramel and toffee malts, then mango, lemon, and orange hops. Has a malty, floral,slightly boozy finish that is a touch resinous. Not as hop forward as what is ideal for me, but still a great flavor. Has a medium body with low carbonation. A very good beer, not exactly my preference for a DIPA (A little too malty and sweet/floral).

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 17:46:17 | More by JG-90
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a La Fin du Monde Tulip Glass

A: A light copper color; orange really, and clear as a bell. Dorado pours to a chalky white head settling down to a thick white collar leaving a nice amount of lacing.

S: Dorado has a big hop bouquet of all those great Pacific Northwest hops; it is spicey and floral with a bit of fruit in there.

T: The beer has a nice sweet caramel malt base and huge/robust bittering hops; it has a sweet middle giving way to a long, very dry finish. There are lots of light, heady hoppy notes, but I feel it is almost too dry at the end especially when drinking the entire bottle, but I recognize that this is a personal preference. Having said that, it is a very drinkable beer, especially considering its 10% ABV.

M: It is very round And smooth with a big presence that finishes very clean.

O: A very good DIPA. Dorado starts with a wonderful spicy, floral nose and has a huge hop presence with a decent about of malt to balance things out. The bittering hops are a bit out of balance for me and while the beer finishes clean and dry, there is too much unbalance bitterness in the middle. I am splitting hairs here though and am comparing Dorado against other stellar high gravity IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 19:35:04 | More by mtomlins
Photo of mpedara429


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a clear burnished amber color. Two fingers of straw colored head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Boozy tropical fruit. I'm catching a lot of orange mixed with mango. A hint of biscuit and pine.

T: Buttery biscuit and tropical fruit up front. The back end is more of a bitter pine, lemon, floral, and herbal mix. Overall, a nice balance of sweet and bitter. A bit of a boozy burn but I kind of like it in this case because it enhances the herbal hoppiness.

M: Medium and creamy body with a softer than usual carbonation.

O: Awesome complexity on this one. The nose hits you with one thing and the taste gets you with another. Very refreshing for a DIPA because of the exceptional balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:52:13 | More by mpedara429
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 Oz bottle poured into a tulip
Enjoy by 08/09/13 (3 months early)

A- A semi hazy orange glowing beer with a one finger off white head.

S- Citrus, peach, mango, a little grapefruit and plum as well. Kinda sweet and floral smelling.

T- A nice bitterness at first. A very sharp citrusy hop profile takes over this beer. A lot of mango and peach. Some darker fruit flavors in the hop profile as well. A bit of peppery spicyness believe it or not and a sticky feel. The malt backbone to this beer is Semisweet. A very well balanced IPA.

M- A very nice feel to this brew. Bitter, thick and sticky. Cant tatse the alcohol at all but the beer is slightly warming.

O- A solid DIPA, I would hope for a little better considering this is the brewey that makes Sculpin. But a good DIPA regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 23:08:54 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Jimmys


4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

bomber into snifter. enjoy by 08/09/13.

A: body is more of a light copper, a little different than most DIPA which are a bit paler. head is frothy, slightly off-white. retention is average. spotted retention.

S: floral. definitely a sweet orange peel, but also some bitter orange peel. a good bit of sticky grapefruit. malty caramel aroma comes in as the drink continues.

T: starts sweet and hoppy. similar to the nose there is a solid orange juice flavor to go along with the heavy orange peel nose. a soft vanilla flavor sneaks its way in there. maybe more malt derived. finish has boatloads of cereal. lingers into the finish more than any hop bitterness.

M: carb is spot on, natural and fizzy but not overbearing. medium/full body.

D: pretty solid DIPA here. drinkability is good as the bitterness has been kept in check and there is balance between grist and hops. nothing earth-shattering here, but certainly worth checking out for all you hop heads out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 03:49:37 | More by Jimmys
Photo of chanokokoro


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours golden amber with a one and half finger fluffy white head; great retention with fairly evident splotchy lacing. Balanced citrus aroma. Mandarin orange, lemon peel, and lime on the nose. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, lime, hints of sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with lime and lime peel bitterness. Full bodied slick, smooth with moderate carbonation. A very balanced and enjoyable DIPA. There is plenty here to satisfy any hophead, yet the drinkability of this brew will be appreciated by a wider variety of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:29:41 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of mooseo


4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip.

A - Orange-amber with a small bubbly white head.

S - Lots of tropical fruit, fresh grapefruit, mango, caramel, and a hint of pine. Overall aroma strength is light, but pleasant.

T - Fresh juicy tropical fruit and piney hops dominate throughout. Delicious. A mild earthy hop bitterness hits immediately and slowly tapers off. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone keeps things in check. Grainy, bready malts and citrus hops linger on the tongue. Alcohol is hard to detect here.

M - Smooth, creamy, slick. Medium-full bodied, crisp, mildly carbonated. Slight warming alcohol.

O - A double IPA done right. I'm amazed at how well the alcohol is masked, it drinks way too easy for a ten percent beer. A real treat for any hop head.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:29:30 | More by mooseo
Photo of sleuthdog


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Ballast Point tulip
Poperglassware courtesy beachstrengh49
Enjoy by 8/18/13

Pour: Hazy light orange with a two finger bone white head that dissipated quickly. Left sticky soap like lacing. When held to the light this turns a nice light citrus like color. Lacing is huge, all over the glass with each sip and sticking.

Smell: Big on the citrus and tropical fruits end and getting tangerine orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Just very juicy tropical and citrus. There is a touch of pine/dank hops and a caramel sweetness. Actually the nose is mild for a DIPA and no alcohol detected.

Taste: The mouth is greeted by a fairly nice wallop of bitterness leading to grapefruit, and then the resinous hops take hold. It is much more pine and resin hop in the taste than the nose let on. It has a sweetness to it like a caramel maltiness but overall the pine and sticky resin hops dominate all the way through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with a lot of creamy and sticky feel going on. Light to medium carbonation and mild alcohol detected.

Overall: Was excited at the nose because I much prefer the tropical/citrus IPA's to the piney/resinous ones but actually much enjoyment to be had by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:40:35 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, high clarity save for a bit of haze. Good head retention and lacing. Pungently hoppy aroma -- strong pine and grapefruit notes, with some ripe pineapple thrown in for good measure. The aroma also strongly suggests of ripe, dried tropical fruit.

Sweet, malt-forward flavor profile, but still plenty of hop character. Sugary sweetness is apparent and becomes more noticeable as the beer comes up to temperature. Hop flavors and bitterness are formidable but don't quite overpower the malt sugars as they should in an IPA. A resiny note actually compliments the sweetness pretty well.

While a very good DIPA, the scales are tipped a bit too far towards the sweet end. Dorado is good, but Sculpin is a much better, much more balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:02:58 | More by gr0g
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Yukon (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bright dark caramel with a 2" light beige head. Big wall and leopard spotting of lacing coat the glass.

S- honey, caramel, juicy citrus (pineapple, papaya, oranges), very light spice and pine.

T- sweet caramel, biscuit, sweet oranges and pineapple, some spice and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, slick and drinks very easy at 9.6%.

O- nice ipa with big sweet malt body, juicy citrus and a light bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:21:19 | More by kawilliams81
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of resiny pine followed by grapefruit, light citrus and sweet caramelly malts. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 20:31:45 | More by SebD
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear amber with a sudsy and pillowy white head. Good globs of lacing.

S: Big resiny citrus notes, as well as a mango/pineapple sweetness and a bisciuty malt backbone. A touch of clean alcohol noticeable as well.

T/M: Big bitterness up front, lingers through and is joined by resiny citrus, fresh cut grass, and slightly tropical hop notes. There are some noticeable alcoholic citrus esters as well as alcohol heat. Substantial malt balance and a moderate mouthfeel. It is somewhat sweet towards the middle, but the bitterness and sulfate bite cut that and lead to a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: A big ole' San Diego Pale Ale. Lived up to my expectations, perhaps more balanced than I anticipated. However, the hop character is still 'in your face' and the finish is bone dry. I recommend this as an after dinner treat, it will cut through anything.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:59:53 | More by Siriusfisherman
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I use to do the full review thing but it just got a bit to old so here is what I have to say about this Ballast Point Beer.
I currently live in Boston MA. which is drinking city, and went back to San Diego to work on my friends airplane. After I was done I found the local liquor store to buy a beer and since Ballst point is a west coast and San Diego thing and hard to get on the east caost I got this with my take out dinner and it was the best beer I have ever had, and trust me I have been all over the world, this beer is the best I have had soo far, so try it and judge for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:56:21 | More by BOSMECH
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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda thin for a DIPA. Blondish orange and lighter in color than other examples from this category. Hoppy, citrusy, but no heft. Not too bitter, a little sweet. Left me wondering if the server had poured the wrong selection. After being reassured, I tried to evaluate it fairly, but I couldn't help but feel a little cheated.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 02:34:48 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into ale glass. Enjoy by 01/31/14

A-Nicely filtered orange/amber colored body. Minuscule white head that settles and leaves a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

S-Nice pronounced hop bouquet. Citrus and hop resins dominate the nose. Melon, grapefruit, apple peal and star fruit.

T-Malts are apparent in the taste but the hops take center stage again. Balanced throughout the palate and finishing bitter. Tangelo and melon are the big citrus notes I am picking up with the caramel malts shining through in the background.

M-Very nice carbonation with a medium to thin body and sweet finish. Like my ipa's to be slightly more fuller in body.

O-Very good imperial Ipa. Very enjoyable and delivers. Highly drinkable and the 9.6% abv is masked brilliantly. For me personally it does not bring anything new to the imperial ipa genre of beer but is done very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:53:20 | More by mikem0487
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