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Hoparillo - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 494
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 40
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KevT on 07-02-2013

Triple IPA brewed and dry hopped with large amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops that delivers exploding tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavor. Intense hop aromas that are sure to stimulate your olfactory receptors.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Crazy Harry's in Winnetka, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, tropical fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice, candied citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink even with its high ABV.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short white head.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—mangoes seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits such as mango along with notes of citrus and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very hop-forward and doesn't have much in the way of balance from the malts, but is really nice if you like IPAs with tropical fruits.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Ours was just a bit oxidized in the bottle here, but the hooping is enormous and delicious just the same. Honey colored and textured brew with a great big white head. The aroma is mostly mosaic and some leftover dextrose for abv purposes. The alcohol is really exposed in the sweet finish of this beer, it's a little much for me, but I like how the hops are more middle palate than finishing. It lets that fruity mosaic last longer, although the booze sort of interferes with the hop experience at least for me. Thick on the palate, frothy and big in feel, I like this a lot but think it would be a much better brew at closer to eight percent abv

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear slight burnt orange tinged golden with a sticky one finger white head atop.A big splash of tangerine and grapefruit in the nose,wow it really hits ya.Fruity tangerine and grapefruit rind up front on the palate,it never gets to sweet although there is a sugary finish,the hops stay the main focus wich doesn't happen enough for the style.This is a hophead winner here.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Well I do love Citra and Amarillo hops, Mosaic can kill be if it brings the piney sap notes, so we'll see. This could be an awesome or terrible beer based on that. 6/05/15

Pours a nice creamy large fluffy 1.5 finger head, nice for an IPA, very nice for an 11% DIPA, brilliantly clear, like filtered cold crashed and somehow pulled out the hop oils, golden straw pilsner color.

Nose is very big, tons of hops all over, some herbal tea and grassy earthy pine out front, unfortunately the mosaic dominates, super dank like armpit stank dankness, hop oils all over as well, dank passion fruit and guava melon, some orange peel and a lot of pith, the juicy citrus and tropical notes are mostly background to the huge dank resin and earthy pine sap and black tea. A bit of a candy like malt in there as well.

Taste is nicer thankfully, a nice fruity amarillo out front, fruity bubblegum notes, generic tree fruit and fruit punch notes, with some citrus, a little orange juice and pith. Then the mosaic kicks in again, super dank and resinous again, hop oils all over, but the black tea comes through, with earthy pine, and a little sap, thankfully not super strong, but plenty there to make it annoying and not so tasty. A little fruit juice and tropical notes come through on the back end after the pine and black tea subsides a bit, as well as some mild candy malts, and a candied hop oil flavor somehow, with some warming slight tingly booze as well. Finish is a little sweet and sticky, very bitter, with lots of pine sap and earthy pine lingering, a mild tropical and even grapefruit pith lingering, more citrus notes and generic fruit lingering, with a bit of booze and malt lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little sticky syrupy like, some warming booze, decent carbonation though, at least balanced.

Overall, well, not quite my style of IPA or DIPA at all. First the mosaic just makes it bad, all that pine sap, earthy flavors, black tea, etc, not so great, even with the tropical fruit and tree fruit in there, just not good. The malts aren't bad, mostly just a background to balance and make it at least drinkable, but still not enjoyable. I also though the crazy bitterness, highest IBU possible, craze was over, but this seems like it's 5 years behind on that craze.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed with tenderbranson69 -poured chilled in an IPA glass from the bomber.

The color is dark amber with great clarity and 3 finger cream head with fine bead and visible carbonation with thick/clumpy lace pattern. The smell is very juicy with citrus/fruity smell with herbal hop and slight orange rind grapefruit quality with mild yeast ester and gentle sweet malt in the mix. The feel is great -very light for such a strong beer with juicy resinous and moderately carbonated with medium high bitterness and light sweetness mid-palate with balanced feel and mild alcohol warmth in the back.

The taste is very citrus and slight floral flavor with gentle grapefruit type bitterness from the hops with light peppery element and mild malt comes in the taste with a caramel quality and blends with a more assertive alcohol flavor from mid-palate on with a light sweet/bitter lasting taste. Overall pretty strong alcohol is the only thing holding this back with an equal amount of hop intensity -pretty extraordinary for such a big beer to be this easy to drink definitely above average for a 'Triple' IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear honey yellow/orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and hints of apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, tropical/mango, and light amounts of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to heavy flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit rind, and tropical/mango hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks much easier than the fairly high ABV and is quite the hop bomb - though it has really nice flavors and aromas.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A deep reddish bronze body, nearly crystal clear, slight bit of dull haze but quite easily can see some great slow rising carbonation. Head is creamy thick, off white and fistfull tall. Big creamy retention and whipped up with some small bubbles mostly and some large pebble sized ones as well.

Solid hop aroma. Juiced orange and spicy malt notes slightly. Some very floral and airy perfume like qualities too. Slightly sweet, and a hint of brown sugar and syrup.

Palate comes really surprisingly in the feel more than anything. Creamed sweet bodyfeel and almost biscuity like malt qualities like an English bitter on the malt angle. Hop angle is nicely subtle with aromatics popping into mint and treacle syrup. Finishes thick and juiced up, with some coating malt and resin. Sweetness comes out quite a bit on the malt angle as well, almost into barleywine territory here.

Overall it's a neat one, but doesn't come off with a huge impression, and seems to get into barleywine stradling territory. Still a solid decent brew.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm always surprised to open a Knee Deep bottle and discover that the liquid inside isn't actually green - it smells green, it tastes it, lord knows it's brewed with enough of the little green pellets. Hoparillo, like the others, has a semi-turbid, almost apricot colour and patchy white head that sticks like scotch tape.

This is a smell that might knock you out - figuratively, but perhaps literally too. It's very difficult to hide double digit alcohol in a beer, though the fantastic citrus rinds, flower petals, and baked bread maltiness of this aroma do an extremely admirable job of distracting from it.

Hoparillo has one of the most pulpy tropical fruit flavours of recent memory. It drinks like a breakfast smoothie prepared in a particularly old, dull blender; huge chunks of banana, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and peach persist and are infused with guava and a teaspoon of full-fat vanilla yogurt.

Refreshingly acidic and zesty, yes, but this ain't your typical light-and-breezy California hopbomb. It's considerably filling. As I just alluded to this feels rich in protein; all those citrus fruits are accompanied by a hearty bowl of honey-drizzled cereal grain porridge (and a whopping amount of alcohol...)

If you're wondering how Hoparillo compares to others in the Knee Deep lineup (given they're virtually all spin-offs of the same show) this is definitely the strong one of the bunch. It has 'heat' on the back end and the fruity notes, while vivid, also taste overripe to the point of festering. Each sip feels like two.

There's a very specific, evident identity to Knee Deep Brewing: hops. Their portfolio is almost entirely variations of IPAs - no varietal or characteristic is left un-turned. And why not? They do what they do well. Hoparillo, like all of their brands, is one you're not likely to regret putting in the shopping cart. But know what you're getting yourself into - "Triple IPA" is as advertised so don't take it lightly.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Picked this up at Brewers Haven Boise a week or so ago, but now most of the Geek places have it on ... cool.

22 for about $8 ... poured tonight into my CC Teku... short lived white head and only decent lacing... nice clear orange brew.

Nose is sweet and bitter.. pithy citrus and a bunch of pale maltiness... fruity hop bowl is reminiscent of papaya, guava and perhaps strawberry.

Bitter up front but a pretty heavy residual maltiness moves in quickly.. tropical fruity hops and some floral hops magically grow wings and move the ABV into the more drinkable realm.. mango and lesser melon, I am impressed.. Bigger ABV and should be enjoyed cool and allowed to warm up... The hops really morph as the temperature changes.. Very well done DIPA.

All 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Nose citrus, tropical fruit, herbal, pine, fresh baked bread. Pours brilliant amber under a 2” white foam cap that produces thick, clingy lace. It has a big bourbon palate with a dash of Regan’s Orange Bitter Number 6 and finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Hints of vanilla and butterscotch in the background. Chewy, creamy and delicious.

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Photo of barczar
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very grassy, slightly savory, touch of citrus in aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet, with a big malt backbone, resiny and lightly citrusy. Modestly bitter finish.

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Photo of FLima
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a thick head with short retention but leaving laces.
Delicious aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple and pine.
Bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit, caramel and slightly toasted malts, spices, American yeast, sweet tangerines, lots of resin and mango. Quite dry aftertaste with a long bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 11.1% is well hidden.
Excellent DIPA, solid malt base that is offset by its 122 IBUs that carries good hop complexity.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at TRB, served in a 10oz tulip.

A: Served a clear golden with a thin, greasy, and dense off-white head. Sheets of stick lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge amazingly strong nose of stinky, fresh, amarillo hops. I get fragrant scents of orange citrus and a touch of pine. Hops smells as if I am holding hop cones in my hand instead of a beer.
T: Follows the nose with notes of earthy citrus tangerine and a touch of pine and wintergreen. Crushingly bitter finish, slight sweet, with a long lingering bitter aftertaste. The hops are leafy and fresh overall, and seriously taste like the smell of fresh hop cones/pellets.
M: Heavy full body with a thick, oily, greasy and resinous mouthfeel. The alcohol presence is felt but I get no heat. Sticky, thick and slightly boozy.
O: A one-dimensional monster of a beer. A bit rough around the edges, but if you're a fan of hugely hopped out-of-control triple ipas, definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is super dank citrus.
The taste is sweet, then dull dark bitter. Heavy bitter finish.
The texture is thicker.
It's a big beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/05/15 bottling date.

A: A crystal-clear golden pour. Enormous frothy light tan head. Great head retention with a big island of foam sticking around forever. Big network of lacing all over the glass too.

S: As you'd expect, a huge burst of hoppiness. Hard to really discern what I'm smelling. Citrusy with notable oranges for sure. Spicy pine aspect is alive and well. Tropical fruit is there but not as strongly. Even get a little berry in there. Something for everyone.

T: Even bigger burst of hoppiness in the taste. It's like a shotgun with the intensity but also the spread of flavors. There's everything in here. Citrus, tropical fruit, pine and berries. Even some herbal hoppiness. The only thing I don't notice is any grassy notes (which is just fine by me). Mostly citrus initially, spicy pine in the middle and finish with a little sweet berries. No sign of the malt despite the 11.1% ABV. There's just hop flavors from start to finish. A little alcohol burn in the aftertaste, the slightest indicator of the strength of this beer. No huge hit of hop bitterness in the finish either, it's all about the hop flavor in this one, not the brutal teeth-chattering bitterness.

M: Heavy, bitter and not unlike drinking pure hop oil it seems.

O: Welp, pretty much as-advertised. Ridiculous amount and strength of hop flavors. It's really too much if I'm honest. Hard to enjoy it when the whole beer is just 10 different hop flavors floating around. Certainly couldn't drink more than one, I think my taste buds are ruined for as least a week. Having said that, it's not brutally bitter at least. Plenty bitter, yes, but it's more about the flavors than the bitterness in this one. Thankfully. Very good regardless, certainly a better "Triple IPA" than Devil Dancer. By a lot.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger foamy cream colored head. The head recedes fairly quickly, but each sip yields a thick swathe of lace.

S: Tons of tropical hops right away. Thick mango, pineapple and honey. A bit of peppery pine resin and bready malt as well as some booze. For 11%, this doesn't come off too hot though.

T: A good amount of mango and piney hops come through first. The middle shows some sweet honey malt that's almost buttery when coupled with the mouthfeel. Finish brings a ton of of peppery pine resin and just a touch of booze. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, never making you believe the alcohol in here is low, but also not blowing you away with heat. Incredible balance for a beer this big.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Candied orange peel and jet fuel.
Sweet and strong.
Packs a wallop.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.

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Photo of rawfish
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper with very good clarity. A two finger high head forms with decent retention and it leaves clumpy lacing on the glass.

Pungent hops are dominating and feature a deep orange citrus and pine resin balance atop cake batter-like malt. Nuances of mangoes and rugged garlic and catty herbs.

The caramel and toffee malt is deep and imposing but not as imposing as the deep orange citrus and resiny hops. Admittedly this beer is much more one dimensional than the nose. Alcohol is a big player in the flavor profile, cutting through the bitterness and resin finish.

Even keel carbonation with decent balance and body. The only issue is the massive alcohol presence which prevents drying but is still balanced.

Huge aroma and flavor profile, Amarillo hop bomb. Somewhere between Hop Shortage and Simtra, wonderful aroma with a strong backing of flavor, Knee Deep really knows how to pump out these triple IPAs.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a copper orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, pineapple, mango, citrus, candied fruit, herbal, lemony, caramel, toasted malts, and some alcohol.

Taste: Awesome hop goodness. Balanced malt bill, mild tingly bitterness, and warm alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, mild tingly bitterness, bearable alcohol, and very tasty.

Overall: For a Triple IPA, this I quite the treat and s sipper. Got better as it warmed. Look forward to more of this in the future.

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Photo of smb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late to the game on this beer. Kept passing this up since every bottle I would come across was past it's prime date-wise. Pours a very clear gold with nice fluffy head and lacing that quickly diminishes to just some larger surface bubbles.

Intense amarillo, mosaic and citra aroma, with no real leader of the pack, but that's ok since they all smell amazing. Taste follows the nose and you get a nice variety of hop flavor on the palate, along with some lingering honey-like sweetness. Alcohol is definitely felt, but for 11.1%, not that much. Overall.. this is excellent.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My god, it's full of hops!

Attractive transparent gold brew; good head retention and nice lacing.

Hoppy aroma featuring pine, resin, grapefruit pulp, and pineapple.

Flavor follows, adding lemon, mango, and green leaf. Malt is there primarily to add honey-like sweetness and body.

Very lively, smooth; medium-full.

It's difficult to rate a brew that seeks (and achieves) to be a huge hop bomb.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white. A solid skim coat and plenty of lacing for the duration.

Tropical fruit and resiny hops waft from the glass. Melon, mango, apricot, and peach.

On the thicker, chewier side of medium bodied with a tacky, jammy mouthfeel.

A carpet-bombing of citrus-laden hops lands on the palate. Loads of tropical fruit with a medium bitterness and a trace of honey. Light malt and drier than expected.

Finishes with more pine than fruit, warming alcohol, and a lingering bitterness. Hop burps aplenty.

Great beer and seriously easy to drink for such a hop monster.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle found in a fridge in an AirBNB home. No date visible on the bottle. Poured in water glasses, for lack of a better description.

Pours hazy pale amber with a small white head. Smell is very citrusy, piney, a little green.

Taste is very powerful bitterness, powerful honey/honeysuckle sweetness. Bitterness is a little vague. Some tropical juiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Golden-orange pour with a very mild haze. Foamy off-white head holds fast at a solid three fingers. Lacing is chunky and sticky.

S: Heady. Sweet and dank bud, wet leaves, hop spice, tangerine slices, grapefruit, mango, orange gummy wedges. Light whiffs of melon rind and passion fruit. Honeyed malt aromas.

T: Very dank and heady. Cannabis, wet leaves, and resin up front. Grassy. Spicy. Stiff bitterness. Candied orange, tangerine, and mango. Honeyed malt base. Alcohol creeps in toward the back. Spicy and leafy hop finish lingers.

M: Hefty body. Thick, full, chewy texture. All of this is lifted by sharp scrubbing carbonation.

O: This is pretty straightforward. There's nothing too complex or complicated about it, but what's there is good. It drinks pretty easily for an 11% 'triple' IPA. I found Simtra to be more memorable and a bit more drinkable, but this ain't too shabby either.

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Hoparillo from Knee Deep Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.