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Hop Savant - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 608
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 24.33%
Wants: 46
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-14-2013

This brew is made of a blend of different hops (36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, and 28% Simcoe). To keep things interesting, each batch is dry hopped using different experimental hops varietals. The bottles are marked on the back to show which strain was used for that specific batch.
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Reviews: 100 | Hads: 608
Photo of baakabak
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 : centennial and simcoe

Pours a hazy straw with a pillowy white head.

Scent is white grapes,lemon,hay,vinegar,stone and inflatable pool toy.

Taste is the same as the scent. Big vinegar and hay. Vinyl. Not much hop nuance but quite bitter.

Medium-high carbonation. Full mouthfeel.

Overall it's interesting but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 2, Centennial & Simcoe

Pours a hazy golden straw color, which is lighter at the bottom and more golden at the top. The egg shell colored head is huge and pillowy, almost meringue like.

The aroma is tart and oaky. Big lemon twang. White grapes with a subtle hint of vinegar. There is some pepper and general spice.

The taste is tart and oaky as well. Again, big lemon and white grape flavor. Slightly grassy with a mix of pepper. Not much from the malt, slight bready flavor.

The feel is light and bright with airy carbonation. Sweet and tart on the palate. Good balance and drinks very easy.

A nice tart pale ale. The hops don't really pop but the oak sure does. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of ACarp
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 3, 2013 Simcoe and Centennial Hops
Bitter and sour do not belong together.
Looks: pale, not much head, dies quickly. bottle frothed over when opened
smell: deliciously fruity, from both yeast and hops. additional hop dankness. Slight medicinal funk
taste: Bitter and sour and medicinal. couldn't finish bottle.
Overall: I love Crooked Stave and will definitely buy them again, Surette and St Bretta are both amazing beers but i didnt enjoy this one and dont feel it was worth $10

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Average.

Nose is big on the Brett. Notes of pineapple, band-aid, flower, and citrus. Aromatic and very appetizing.

Opens lightly tart pineapple, apple, citrus and Brett funk. Some cane sugar and a light hop bitterness come into complement the slight tartness in the middle. End is citrus, cobwebs and hay. Dry finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. I like it.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and light. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Really good.

My first offering from Crooked Stave is definitely a pleasant one. The Brett funk is definitely noticeable and imparts an interesting funky flavor profile to this brew. I'm ready for more!

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Photo of mverity
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof. Pours a very hazy golden yellow with hints of orange. The color of fresh pineapple. This bottle was alive. When I popped the cap off it started coming right out of the bottle. I had to pour immediately. Very large bubbly white head with hints of orange. Sticky in some areas of the glass, apparently this glass wasn't cleaned well, my bad. Head retention is great, nice layer on top and thick collar at the edges of the glass. Aroma is very juicy. I smell fresh squeezed OJ and some mango and pineapple. Nice musty, barnyard like aromas as well. Taste is identical to the aroma. Juicy juicy juicy... Tart and tangy citrus with a little bit of dry yeast funk present throughout. Thick, creamy body. Feels almost like a nitro beer.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle - 2013 / Batch 2

Cloudy, pale straw with a generous foamy head. Fresh hoppy pine and citrus aromas with a bit of pale malt. Bright lemony flavors with a tart/sour midpalate and a long-lingering grapefruit hop bitterness on the finish. I am also getting a bit of a bitter plastic off-flavor that develops after a few sips and also lingers on the tongue. Is it styrene? It becomes more unpleasant as times goes on. Mouthfeel is thin with fizzy carbonation - it works. I love what Crooked Stave is doing but something isn't right in this bottle. Unlike the Hop Savant, the Batch 60 I recently tasted at the brewery was outstanding.

Retasted at Top Hops: I am upping my rating because there were no off flavors like before. The Brett was very funky, cheesy and fruity. The hop flavor is rather unique but this is a more challenging beer than Surette or Veille which don't have the same level of funkiness. I've experienced some variability with Crooked Stave beers but I still like them for making great beers.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The nose was bright orange perfectly mixed with floral notes from the Brett and the hops. You couldn't tell where one ended and the other began, it was really quite beautiful.

The mouth was alive from the dry hopping. A bit of orange spilled over, but some other mild citrusy notes that again danced with a bit of brett funk to create this interwoven medley that had a different life from sip to sip.

The oak on this wasn't subtle and raged through at the end of mouth. It pushed all the other flavors aside and felt like an appropriate ending to an amazing beer.

Bravo Crooked Stave, still haven't had a bad beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. 2013/Batch 2 bottle

Foam creeps slowly up and out of the bottle after being opened. The gusher - like quality is evident by the easy 3 - finger's of thick foam on a slow pour. Slowly recedes and leaves behind solid curtains of lace. Hazy golden copper body.

Scents of damp oak, musty earthiness, lemon/vinegar tanginess, buried star fruit and grapefruit. Complex and bold nose with a nice mustiness and tang.

The mustiness on the palate is strong and buries most fruity and tropical notes. On the finish, it has built to a rubber - like, plastic flavor. Which is too bad, because there are notes of tart cherries, oak, tropical fruits.

Tannic dryness in Hop Savant. A bitterness that is very subtle. Great medium body and nice smoothness.

Hop Savant had some great savory aromas, but the beer falls short on the palate. A strange rubber and plastic flavor builds, burying flavors that were appreciated on the nose.

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes... 2013 Batch 2 Simcoe + Centennial. Pours a ahzy light amber, thick cream colored head settles slowly leaving big dollop of meringue and thick rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lemon, hay + barnyard notes, a little simcoe cattiness, pine needles, orange citrus and tropical fruit juice. Taste: full on brett, oaky, vinous, acetic; pine, grapefruit, biscuit. Creamy with prickly carbonation into a dry finish, lingering sour + apricot. Delicious, more like this please.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a dark brown 375 mL bottle made from noticeably thick glass and marked with "2013/Batch 2". No idea what that means in terms of bottling. Poured into a 22 oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - After popping the top, the liquid inside immediately gets a topping of foam and a steady stream of bubbles rising up through the glass. A gentle pour yields a two finger head of silky and fine but dense foam. Retains for a few minutes before receding, leaving a healthy screen of lace around the sides of the glass. Body is a blend of orange and amber, with some maize highlights in places where the light shines through.

Smell - It comes leaping out of the bottle as soon as I open it, confirming the 100% brett with notes of wet hay, pungent grassy hops, barnyard funk, pineapple, and even some granny smith. Not quite sure how to impart the idea that this is funky and crisp all at the same time, which I find to be a fairly common characteristic of Brett beers. However, the aroma on this is one of the best I've had.

Taste - The yeasty funk of the Brett is still dominant, but there is a noticeable citric sourness, like lemon juice, but way less puckering, like watered down lemon juice. I also get fruit, again with pineapple and now some starfruit, as well as an impression of chardonnay, likely from the oak. I do get some lingering medicinal characteristic, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light body and a bone-dry finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding Brett beer. It's brews like this that almost make one long for a new style called "Brett Beer", since this one tastes so similar to beers in other style categories due to the distinctiveness of the Brett. This is one of those beers that I could just keep drinking all night long. It's so drinkable but also so intense. Very glad to have Crooked Stave in Kansas City now.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

batch 2, 2013

poured a bit of a crisp golden to straw yellow. tons of head, very lively.

tart, fresh, floral and citrus hops. some light oak. faint plastic

that plastic was very apparent in the flavor. a mix of medicinal and burnt plastic. the oak tasted fake, the hops and brett were just over powered.

light and easy for a 6% abv, drank like a 4%. crisp and clean.

overall, this did not work for me at all. maybe i will try a newer batch but this was too much.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tipples poured into a tulip glass. 2013, Batch 2 enjoyed on Dec 3, 2013. Pours a clear deep golden color with a big fluffy head on top. Aroma of Brett, spice, citrus, hay, sour apple, soap, grass. Flavor is orange peel, soapy bretty yeast, tart, hint of spice, lingering soapiness on the palate. Light bodied with very high carbonation. Easy to drink but not super enthused about this one. Was expecting a Brett IPA, but this is pretty much straight Brett Saison. Not bad.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up as a single from the Madison Ave. Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA. Really excited to try this as it's my first Crooked Stave beer and I've heard so much hype. 375 ml bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing Cervoise style glass at fridge temp. 2013 Batch 2 marked on the back.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of thin, wispy white head. Some still, big bubbles hang about. No fizzyness here. A couple patches of lacing stick to the side. Eventually a nice cap formed and remained. The first half pour produced a clean, light golden body. When the remainder of the bottle was poured (save for the yeasty sediment at the bottom) the body turned considerably cloudy .

Smell: That thing when you know this is going to be good… A strong barn funkiness. Earthy hay and some tangy, sour, animal ripeness. A very floral, juicy hoppyness of citrus and pine. All rounded out by a dry, dusty oakyness. A very inviting and complex nose. Excellent job on the dry hopping.

Taste: A beer with a story to tell. Right up front a very tangy, earthy yeastiness followed by a very fresh, oily citrus hop presence. An almost acidic, sour tang perfectly complemented by the hops. Like what an over ripened lemon would taste like if you sliced it and rolled it in some dust. Long, clean, bready finish. Some oak though not as much as in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A funky, refreshing APA. A very American approach in that they took a solid, hoppy style pale ale and turned it wild with some brett. Exciting and complex. From the nose to the taste this beer keeps you interested. I was most impressed by how much the hops and brett worked together. Recommend to everyone-especially brett heads.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I see a white head with a millimeter or 2 thickness on the top and intensely packed together small bubbles. Light gold in color with a heavy haziness. The aroma is astonishing. I get fresh citrus hops mingling very well with Brett, but the Brett clearly dominates, especially as it warms. The taste is also quite good. I get the tartness of the Brett on the front of the palate and the bitterness of the citrus hops on the back of the palate. I get the oak flavoring throughout. The mouthfeel is complex with a bit of a dry chalkiness that is fitting. This is more than a beer. It's an epiphany.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Thanks! Served in a snifter.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and tiny specks of lace. Transparent, pale, golden body.

S - A delightful mix of earthy and slightly dirty brett, tropical fruit hops, oak, and a bit of the musky, sweaty horsey funk. Not a ton of malt character here.

T - The taste has more of the tropical and citrus hop flavors, and a bit of the doughy malt backbone peaking through as well. Not nearly as dirty or oaky as the aroma, with more of a clausenii tropical brett character pervading. Surprisingly clean finish for a brett beer.

M - Pleasant, dry, medium body, with soft carbonation, and a clean finish. No perceptible alcohol.

D - Really great stuff. I could have gone for a bit more dry hop aroma, but I have no idea how fresh this bottle was so perhaps it's a function of age. In any case, a very successful hoppy brett pale ale that I would happily drink again. Wish we got Crooked Stave here in Illinois.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dull, pale golden yellow with a slow foam overflow shortly after cracking and a constant sticky bleach-white presence throughout drinking. I'm surprised by the lack of sediment/visible flocs of yeast. The nose is cranking brett and a fresh squeezed citrus hoppiness upfront, both which seem to be playing together nicely. I'd say the flavors are an even more pronounced/potent brett and citrus with a residual tart funk that draws out buckets of saliva from my shell-shocked palate. However, the mouthfeel remains light-medium bodied, highly effervescent, attenuated, dry but not bone dry, has a great citrus hop presence, little alcohol burning, and a tart finish. This beer definitely lives up to my expectations and provides an extreme yet drinkable brett APA.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #462

Hazy orange with champagne carbonation, thin layer of white foam with a lacy collar that never seems to break. Delicate and spindly lacing that has a sea foam quality to it.

Complex aromas of oaky sandalwood, tropical fruitiness of pineapple, and wet hay funkiness.

Lightly tart, crisp and dry in the finish. Plenty of oak, dry grassy finish, notes of tropical fruitiness, but subtle. Full bodied but spritzy and clean. Unripe peach and subtle grassy hops. Overall a great Brett pale ale with nice tropical touches.

Thanks very much to Joe for this one!

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Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken at Toronado, San Diego.

A- Goblet recieved the pour from the tap with a hazy golden orange body. Small foamy white cap falls fast to a small ring. The ring leaves spotty lace down the glass as I sip on it.

S- Brett funky fruits off the top, like tangerine and cherry somehow. Some of the classic Brett funk but not overly horsey or anything. Good juicy sweet stone fruit with their pits come to mind.

T- Not quite as funky as the aroma but the Brett is still fairly pronounced with some barnyard and dried fruit hints. Apricot, tangerines, Belgian yeast spice, peppercorn and cardamom as well as the dank hops in the finish.

MF- Foamy and creamy lighter end body that is smooth and fairly dried out. Light bitterness in the finish and high champagne carbonation but still super smooth.

Nice semi-funky Brett feel with a good amount of hops and a good dried fruit feel for me.

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Photo of spicoli00
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch#462:
Glass: Allagash sour flute
golden color pours hazy. Small tight head that retains well. Nose is light grains and slightly fruity. First sip hits like a knockout. like a tangerine just sat on your face. Quickly goes to mellon than smooth finish. simcoe doesn't seem to showcase as much as the citra and mosaic

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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy golden haze. Nice lacing.

S: Bubblegum citrus. Sour patch kids. Apple juice.

T: Tart grapefruit. Sour Galaxy Hops. Slight oak.

M: Dry, bitter, citrusy, and tingly.

O: Excellent/Delicious brew. A creative take on Galaxy Hopped IPA's with a brilliant sour/oak aged addition. One of my favorites.

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Photo of dowen17
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow. One finger head with great lacing and retention.

Smells like someone shoved a grapefruit in their ass and shit it back out. Dirty, dirty, dirty.

Taste is heavy citrus. Lemon rind and grapefruit. Dirty yeast. Sour finish. Refreshing.

Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle generously given by 4DAloveofSTOUT for me to try. Brian, you're the man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/14/2013.

Pours a beautiful, hazy light orange body with an extremely effervescent head. It took a few minutes to fill up the whole glass because there was so, so much head. The head slowly recedes, leaving craploads of lacing all over the glass. Very pretty beer. Looks absolutely refreshing.

Smells great. Up front is this light, rubbery funk that I'm really enjoying. Then there's a nice quotient of hops. Mostly citrus and pine. So basically funk, rubber, orange zest, lemon juice, hint of pine.

Whoa, this beer is deceptively hoppy. Packs a nice, hoppy punch that you don't get as much of in the nose. Throughout there is a nice background of Bretty funk that persists into the aftertaste. In the middle there is a nice juicy citrus hoppiness that finishes with a nice orange peel bitterness along with the funk. Very interesting and (to me) enjoyable combination of hops and Brett.

The feel on this is outstanding. This is definitely a medium bodied beer but with such a light yet creamy mouthfeel because of the beer's effervescence. The brett really contributes a lot to this beer's particular characteristic. Aftertaste is mostly lemon zest with a hint of funk with a dab of pine.

Great flavour profile combining funk and hops with such a creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Thanks Brett. This being my first real Crooked Stave offering, I will have to see if I can score a couple more of their bottles to try. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2013/batch 2 (centennial and simcoe).

A: Pours a lemony amber with a huge, dense, and pillowy bright white head that took forever and a day to collapse into a thick film with a dense butte in the center. Sheets of patchy, sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: huge notes of brett, grapefruit, apricot, and crackery malt come through on the nose. Brett dominates followed by citrus and leafy hops. There is a mineral quality as well. Centennial easy to pick out.
T: More citrus and less brett than the nose. Grapefruit still dominates the hops, as it did in the nose, and I get flavors of apricot and slight simcoe hop. The finish is drying with notes of brett and earthy yeast. The aftertaste is minerally and lightly bitter with flavors of lime.
M: Crips and refreshing mouthfeel, light and fluffy carbonation that froths up in my mouth, and a drying and clean medium body.
O: The nose initially reminded me a lot of a lighter Bitter Monk, but the flavor profile is completely different. A well-rounded and interested pale ale, would love to see this kicked up a notch into an dipa.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy apricot color with a healthy tan foam head. Really good retention.

S: Light musty aroma with some Brett, tangerine, white grape and lemon. A touch of dry white wine as well.

T: Opens nice with some light wood and funk. Then I get a strange band aid flavor. Something tells me that's not supposed to be there. That sticks around for a bit, then I get some Brett, lemon and a pleasant drying finish. Nice citrus hop backbone. I would love this were it not for that off flavor. Gonna have to revisit this one.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

REVIEW

STYLE: Sour/Wild Ale

ABV: 6.7%

PURCHASED AT: Hy-Vee Marion, IA

POUR: Murky Orange with a huge white head.

AROMA: A lot of lemon with some funk.

TASTE: Citrus, brett, funk.

Ratebeer.com rating: 99

Beeradvocate raing: 91

Overall: B+

My recommendation: It you are into farmhouse/saison/wild ales you want to try this brew. Very good stuff from Crooked Stave!

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Hop Savant from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.