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Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza BorealAnchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 262
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Keith_R on 06-07-2014

Same recipe as the one brewed at Jolly Pumpkin (collaboration recipe) but beer was brewed at each location separately. Different bottle/artwork.
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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thumb sized white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is wonderful fruity grapefruit, lemon zest, woody notes, earthy peppery spice. Biscuit malts loaded barnyard funk, brett nice sweetness loaded with fruity funk. Nice to know you can brew Jolly Pumpkin greatness in other parts of this country.

Taste is nice like the nose funky barnyard notes right away loaded with brett goodness. Finish is lingering funk and good doses of spice. Not much fruit except for the tart notes lemon zest like. Taste is normal Jolly Pumpkin like good with nice doses of funk.

Mouthfeel s nice light medium good carbonation level lightens the feel some but does not become to fizzy for my taste.

Overall nice collaboration brew if that's what you call brewing the recipe in beautiful Anchorage Alaska.

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Photo of mawelge
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my favorite Anchorage Brewing beer; most of their stuff tastes unrefined to me, like they need another few years to master their lineup. The Calabaza is a nice balance between the tart grapefruit and a bit of funk. Very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky yellow hay brown color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is decent a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.75 S: Ahhh grapefruit and lots of it. Pleasantly funky - the brett really comes through. Garbage, barnyard, wildflower, and woody funkiness. Peppery spiciness. Hay type grassiness, yeast, lemon zest. This is pretty amazing. Powerful, complex, and perfectly integrated.

3.75 T: For as killer as the nose is, the taste just doesn't measure. Surprisingly bitter for the style. Still lots of funk though - bretty barnyard and wood. Again peppery but lacking much of the fruitiness (i.e. lemon). Grapefruit tartness and pithiness. Doesn't have quite the complexity of the nose, but it still tastes pretty good.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is a tad aggressive - it blows up a bit in the mouth with each sip. A light astringency on finish.

3.75 D: The nose on this is fabulous, but the rest falls short. It's still good though and worth a try.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2. White head. Hazy bright yellow color.

A lot of Brett and funk. Huge grapefruit flavors with a fair amount of spice and lemon. Very dry.

Not as good as the jp but still good.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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A goldenrod body rules this beer with a milky haze when backlit. The haze isn't much, but it's there and manages to fracture the light and glow. The foam stands out pure white with a impressive stick-to-itiveness.The head easily grows to a couple fingers in height before settling at a sturdy cap and even sturdier ring. The ring leaves thick drink lines with each imbibe.

The nose on this beer is flat out mouthwatering. A dizzying complexity starts out with grapefruit in many forms; brown sugar broiled, pith, juice, and candied peel. It's so vibrant and citric that it's actually pretty amazing. The peppercorns add a soft spice, more inline with pink or white peppercorns, but I may be wrong. Perfectly integrated wildflower dewiness and pineapple pop along thanks to the brett. The base brings orchard fruits by the fistful, peaches and apricots, and, ground cherries. This beer makes me drool.

The flavor profile isn't quite as vibrant as the nose but it certainly has its charm, trust me on that. Grapefruit leans more toward the pith, peel, and fresh squeezed juice in the flavor than the semi-sweetness on the nose. The brett is more bold with wildflower and aromatic hay qualities that rise to the nasal cavities. The orchard fruits still stand, along with a easy going sugar cookie sweetness. The pepper adds soft spice and the grapefruit brings with it some bitter. This beer has depth.

When Anchorage brewed this beer they nailed the mouthfeel.The body is light and effervescent with a carbonation that's airy enough to border on creamy and plush. Tannins dry out the gums and teeth, bitterness grabs the tip of the tongue and throat. It's amazingly dry, amazingly quickly. I want another drink now.

The Jolly Pumpkin version was delicious and the Anchorage version is at least delicious, if not more so. The grapefruit is vibrant and takes many forms. The pepper adds spice, though soft. The base beer is delicious and full of character. I could drink this all day long. The tannins really get me where they need to. Bueno! Muy bueno!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale pale yellow. Very opaque and has a massive foamy white head. Big ol' bubbles. Wonderful lacing. Veritably glows in the light.

Nose is pleasingly funky not unlike Exit 9. Brett and straw and a hint of dull black peppercorns.

Definite grapefruit peel presence in the taste though. Bitter and tart claw for supremacy with grapefruit and lemon the two big ones, and bitter grapefruit peel winning out and taking the victory lap.
Sharp carbonation pierces the tongue like it was the 90s but other than that it's actually pretty smoothe.

Also, not that it affects the beer at all, but I really like the bottle art.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Batch #1 May/2014.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Vibrant Brett character with a nice shot of citrus. Slightly sweet and has an earthy quality to it. Super zesty.

T- The citrus notes this beer brings are unparalleled. Melon, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and orange are all there with a mild acidity that brings everything together and makes for an outstanding drink. That little bit of tartness just makes all that bright fruit flavor pop in a way I've never seen before.

M- Moderate tartness with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- If you see this beer on a shelf, do not pass it up. An excellent funky saison that will bring a smile to your face.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Despite that pumpkin is part of the name, pictured on the label, and in the name of the collaborating brewer, Calabaza Boreal is not brewed with pumpkin whatsoever. It is not a pumpkin ale. And it looks nothing like one either - pale and vibrantly yellow, this beer has an almost glowing lime green tint. Its head is tightly spun and leaves a lacing thick and sticky enough to incubate insect larvae.

So what is the deal with this one? It's fermented and aged in oak barrels with peppercorns, grapefruit peel as well as grapefruit juice. Not to mention it's made with a boatload of mosaic and galaxy hops. Hence it's no surprise to find an aroma bursting with zesty citrus character and bitter grapefruit peel, as well as pungently leafy ganja-like notes. Everyone prospers in this bouquet.

The taste is likewise a blend of Florida sunshine and Pacific Northwest dankness. It's not the flavour profile I'd expect from these two brewers but it's an undeniably agreeable, flattering one for sure. All that breakfast juice is surprisingly bitter and the hops only compound this sensation; there's plenty of fruitiness but none of it is even remotely sweet. Despite some tartness, bitter is the nature of the beer.

Of course, time in the barrel wasn't for not. The toasty, vanilla notes of the wood combine with the inherent citrus (and orchard) fruit flavours to create a Chardonnay-like profile that, like the wine, is rich, supple, and universally agreeable. The 7% alcohol is evident but doesn't prove to be much of a problem; it's easy to drink for a strong beer. Besides, the grapefruit packs a stronger punch.

Calabaza Boreal is considerably tropical for a winter collaboration (Dec 2014) between Alaskan and Michigan brewers. I didn't see that coming. But what I did expect was this offering to stand up to the high standards that each Anchorage and Jolly Pumpkin have cultivated for themselves regarding experimental barrel-fermented offerings. These beers aren't cheap, but they're certainly worth it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big and fluffy off-white froth rests patient atop this pale golden brew. Aroma has plenty of musty overripe fruits (lemon, grapefruit, green apple) as well as a hint of grain and sugar. Tastes of light fruits, fruit peel, and slight funk. Some faint peppercorn and hops at the back. Goes down very dry and light to medium in body.

A very tasty Saison with just enough pucker and a bit o' bite to boot.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of cheesy, barn-funk, with some sweaty, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast esters. Taste explodes with light, crisp, refreshing citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but finishes with an abrupt grapefruit pith (and maybe peppercorn, but that's a stretch) bitterness that lingers on the palate long after. 8/10

What she said: "I don't think I like it." 7/10

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Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. This review is for the Anchorage bottled version of the collaboration. The grapefruit is what shines the most with some other spices and funk as well.

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle int a tulip glass.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow, two finger head, some lacing. Smell is of yeast, grapefruit, funk, light malt, some lemon as it warms. Odd to not pick up pepper, when peppercorns are in it, but I don't. Taste continues on the yeast, grapefruit and funk. Lemon more apparent now, some malt and hop bitterness, a little pepper. Tart, but not overly so. Smooth, well carbonated, good feel.

Very enjoyable, the flavors work well together. Good collaboration, doesn't feel like a compromise, like some do.

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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light golden straw with a sea foam white 2 finger head. Retention is very nice with a good amount of spotty lacing.

S - A nice tart grapefruit funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well.

T - Damn this is funky with just a slight tartness about it. The grapefruit hits right away with lemon zest, floral hops and a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some medium peppercorn spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison and thought it was very well made with a great balance of tart, funk, and spice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Batch #2/DEC 2014

A: Pours a fairly hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and a light amount of golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a pillowy finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett over the top of light to moderate aromas of pale malts, lemon citrus, and citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of brett funkiness (hay and barnyard notes). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and spicy saison yeast. Finally, there is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger. Overall, there is a moderate amount of funkiness which lingers beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a nice amount of funkiness in both the aroma and taste. Nice hops flavors are present as well as the traditional saison flavors/aromas. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely worth grabbing. Aspects I associate with both breweries shine through.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Look - Golden, Hazy, Frothy. Looks like a fun summer beer

Smell - Yeasty, sweet, slightly sour

Taste - When I began tasting the beer the first sensation i tasted was an orange sweetness. The deeper into my pint I got, that sweetness dissipated and turned into a bitterness(which I enjoy more). The two fruit flavors that I taste the most are orange and grapefruit. The overall citrus - ness is pleasant

MF: Light and pretty highly carbonated. My mouth enjoyed

Overall - I thought this was a very huge representation of the style, with a slight twist to make it unique!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle with tenderbranson69 enjoyed from the corked and caged bottle in a goblet.

The color is golden with thick haze and white head with very fine bead with lace that sticks. The smell is tangy fruity with tropical melon and mild grapefruit in the nose with slight spice and mild funk. The feel is tangy with funk of yeast and moderately high carbonation with slight acidity and subtle spice with mild sweetness with slightly dry finish.

The taste has a slight spice with lots of citrus acidity and light yeast funkiness with lots of grapefruit juiciness and gentle woodiness with mild spice continuing with yeast adding to the tropical taste with slight yogurt-like lactic sourness with peppery dry finish. Overall I consider this to be excellent with tangy woody and funky ale iwth nice fruity/spicy combo -would love to have this again

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Photo of n2185
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Tart cherries with sweet candy sugar up front along with citrus rind, pepper, and some hay and barnyard funk aromas.

T: Sour fruit up front with musty and slightly bitter barnyard flavors. Some spicy pepper flavors follow and linger on the aftertaste. Musty flavors and grapefruit also come through.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable without being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. Tart, funky, and citrusy throughout. Deliciouis.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in 12/2014. A bit of a gusher upon opening, but not too bad. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast/peppercorn spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; with a great fruity/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. A fair amount of dryness, but still has some lingering yeast and spice notes after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild spiced saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This version seemed to be a bit more yeast/brett forward with less tart grapefruit flavors and more dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and I can’t say I prefer one over the other overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold color with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit , pears & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, rich grapefruit peel & little dryness. A little peppercorn sneaks in as this warms, plus more grapefruit & pear, light breadyness & just a little yeasty twang. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with a little peppercorn spice

MF: Light/medium bodied, lively carbonation

Nice drinkability, one of the better collaborations I've tried. Good interesting saison

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At the correct 55 degrees, this is a pleasant farmhouse with hops and a complementary edge from the grapefruit. Too cold, raw effects of each. Kosher BTW.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a bit of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick layer of pillowy white foam that sticks around a good long time leaving some chunky lace on the glass. Not bad at all.

Smell: nice aroma of mild malt, distinctly grassy hops and a wonderful farmhouse funk. Delightful and very authentic. The grapefruit is just the icing on the cake.

Taste: a little bit tart at first, but this gives way to the funky, grassy saison. There's a little bit of bitterness from the grapefruit peel here, but overall it's a darn good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this is a delightful beer to drink; the grapefruit peel just adds a dash too much bitterness, though.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw with a glorious foamy white head.
Yeasty, grapefruit. aroma.
Tastes is rustic, hint of grapefruit, with a strong citrus oil taste.
Mouth feel is dry with a beautiful hint of bitterness!
Very nice offering from Anchorage Brewery!

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Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale glowing orange, opaque and crowned with a dense frothy foam.

Aroma is intoxicating on its own, sandalwood, oak, vanilla, grapefruit zest.

Bretty taste, citrus zest, dry oak. Funky wild yeast in a Jolly Pumpkin vein.
Juicy citrus, immediately drying and oaky. Soft supple feel, fruity, dry. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this is very good. A little better than the JP version, a little more fruit forward.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on-tap at Lizardville, this beer was served to me in a tulip glass. Draws a clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy lookin white head about an inch thick when first served to me that settles to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some very nice lacing. Aromas of yeasty funk along with some fruits such as figs and apples. The taste pretty much follows suit, with some subtle malty sweetness upfront that gives way to some yeasty funk and a nice hint of green apple sour tartness that is followed by a subtle presence of fig, raisins, and perhaps a bit of plum. Rounded out with a slight touch of citrus hop bitterness which I feel accents the sour and tart notes very nicely. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be!


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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, hint of pepper, strong yeast, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, floral, and slight spices. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, sweet malt, hint of hops, floral, slight spice, hint of pepper, and a grapefruit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good body, the grapefruit is subtle but still characteristic and pleasing.

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Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal from Anchorage Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.