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Golden Wing - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.31%


Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Finch's Blonde Ale is an easy drinking and approachable American craft beer. It has a moderately sweet malty aroma and is deep gold in color. We like to think of this particular one as more of a 'Dirty Blonde.' When you first pour it, a soft lacey foam clings to the glass as malty aromas fill your nose and linger to the final sip. Upon finish, this blonde turns heads with a smooth finish and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoy this medium-bodied craft beer anytime of year.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 04-21-2011)
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - $2.09 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, golden-hued body with a tall, sudsy, white head. If nothing else, it's at least a good-looking blonde.

Smell: Modest maltiness in the nose hinting a thin sliver of sweetness atop broader hop notes of citrus, florals, and a zestful grassiness.

Taste: Light taste of brioche lightly brushed with wildflower honey for a bit of sweetness. Slightly floral, citrusy hops with a bit of spiciness to it. Grows more grassy on the back half and into the dry, moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's solid for a blonde/golden ale.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 20:50:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Finch's shaker pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Thursdays mean $3 pints at WF. Get some. This one pours a clear gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet flowers, and light grass. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, grass, flowers, light pine, very light caramel, and light balsa. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice blonde ale, nothing special, but it's pretty drinkable and moderately enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 00:01:07 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

1.73/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Kristina for sharing this gem. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to hazy, wispy, patches and a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. The body is a lightly hazed golden color.

S - Cereal grains, yeasty bread, some cooked veggies, and a light metallic note. The cereal character reminds me of Cheerios that have been sitting in milk for far too long.

T - Taste is equally horrendous. Cooked cabbage, stale cereal, seltzer water. Finish is mildly astringent. Reminds me of this line from 1984 - "The kitchen sink was full nearly to the brim with filthy greenish water which smelt worse than ever of cabbage. "

M - Grainy, with lower carbonation. Slightly slimy medium-light body. Thankfully no alcohol, although that would have been impressive given the 4.7% ABV.

D - It was a struggle to choke down a few ounces of this one - most of my friends wouldn't even try it after taking one whiff of the glorious aroma. This is on par with Indian Wells for terrible beer.

Serving type: can

09-24-2011 18:23:53 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint tonight at Beckett's.

Lightly hazed yellow orange body, shot through with streams of visible carbonation. Nice lacing inside the glass forming concentric rings on the way down.

The scent was a bit green (young) and nondescript. Some yeasty notes, fresh and clean, but little else to be honest. Dry hop it for some aroma?

Firmly bitter, earthy and herbal hop presence that lingered for a bit into the aftertaste. Somewhat floral with a light malt presence. Easy drinking, simple and well carbonated without much nuance. Quenching and sessionable enough, seemed like something best paired with food. Maiden voyage from Finch's, i've heard good things about the Cut Throat Pale Ale, and plan to seek it out next...

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 02:00:21 | More by emerge077
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #2 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

Probably should have done this before the pale ale, but who cares! Let's see just how good my palate is.

Admittedly, I have a lingering burning thing on my tongue that is probably from the pale ale before this. Let's see if it gets wiped out before the end of this one.

The beer seems quite full bodied. Oddly hopped in that it seems spicy. It's a decent blonde ale (deja vu?) that I could go for several of, but wouldn't rush to the store for.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 14:48:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Things have taken a detour here on New CANned Beer Sunday as Karbach's Weisse Versa Wheat was in the on-deck circle until I realized that there is neither a picture nor one pending. I CANNot brook a picture of an opened CAN and my camera is not ready-to-hand, so it has gone back into the holding pen, sorry, JenRay.

This is a beautiful CAN that I scored at Pinocchio's on Friday! Yellow/gold is CANsidered to be the luckiest color in many eastern religions, hence Uma Thurman's outfit in "Kill Bill".

Finch's calls it a "Dirty Blonde", making it the logical follow-on to Atwater's Dirty Blonde. Line up the Dirty Blondes so that I may have all of them in the CAN!

I even have a soundtrack going which includes both Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" after which I will ride my Honda Silver Wing while the Old Lady leads the way on her Honda Gold Wing. Man, I'm writing this while I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer. Enough? So be it!

From the CAN: "Enjoy the beer in here."

My Crack developed some spritzing action that reminded me of Devo's "Whip It" video, leading to an inverted Glug. I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow, but Midas told me that he is more into clarity and gave it a pass. Nose had a musty, yeasty quality causing me to wonder what this Dirty Blonde had been up to previously. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, with a combination of minty hops and a yeasty mustiness on the tongue. Ooh, I like this Dirty Blonde! Then again, I have always had success in Chicago. Where was I? Oh, yes. I let it roll around in my mouth before swallowing and it not only seemed to increase in viscosity, but the grassy, minty hops really amped up in intensity. Phew! If this is the trend for the ABA style, then I am all for it. I wish that I had bought this before my recent beach excursions and it rates a place on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 22:59:30 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pounder can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a clear light golden yellow color with a finger of white head that fades back to soapy lacing and a thin film across the top.

The aroma has a bit of perfume-like lemon to coriander character over a slight yeast spicing like black pepper. Minor hints of earth and wheaty grain are also present but they play a very minor supporting role to the lemon inclusion.

The taste has a lemony zesty bitterness almost grassy and solvent and perfune-like. A touch of herbal conponent and faint yeast almost like clove and pepper are noticed with additional sips. However, the oily lemon-like zest and bitterness is the dominating character.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a very light amount of carbonation. It is pretty bitter for a blonde with almost astringent perfume finish. It i ok to say ive tried it but I would avoid ever having this again.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 13:21:39 | More by stakem
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours a hazed golden color, with a bone white tightly beaded head that leaves good lacing behind.

SMELL: Bready malts and crackery yeast. Some lemon and floral hop notes. Pinch of wheat.

TASTE: Mild tea like hops, creamed malt, wheat. Perfumeish hops translate to a flavor of edible flowers. Biscuit, bread, mild tangy green apple fruitiness in the finish. So lemony and tea like its vaguely reminiscent of a bitter shandy. Pretty mellow and easy drinking.

FEEL: Thin feel, carbonation is low but has a small zing to it. Quite watery and loose in the finish, which is disappointing.

OVERALL: There are some things to like about this beer, it looks good and tastes good, but it really lacks depth and body.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 01:23:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad007

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful golden blonde with a huge, frothy white head. True to the description.

Sweet with a touch of pine hops in the nose. Grainy texture as well. I don't see anything that shouldn't be.

Chewy, sweet, buttery malt with just that kiss of pine I mentioned. It's reminiscent of a basic pale ale.

Lingering bitterness and graininess of the malt at the back. Not as pleasant as I had hoped but it does give it a bit more flavor.

Not bad. I probably wouldn't buy it again and I think they would have better off making a kolsch if they were looking for something sessionable.

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 16:10:43 | More by Brad007
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean pale yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a light lemon citrus presence. In the taste, a lighter lemon citrus and a dry floral presence. A lighter bitterness with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Decent, clean, and refreshing.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 15:00:35 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, vivid solar yellow with a decent white head. Yeasty aroma has malty and hoppy hints, and though not strong still invites a sip. Malty flavor is surprisingly hoppy, not as yeasty as the aroma, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Texture is smooth with average body and fizz, but still refreshing. If you like blonde ales (I prefer darker ones), let this one fly down your throat.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 14:49:12 | More by Cyberkedi
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass.
5.0% ABV, no date or info

A - Golden Wing, like Finch's others, is filled to the brim. Be careful of a little splash when the can is opened. It pours a gorgeous deep golden honey color with a long-lasting dense white head. Delicate lace clutches the glass as it recedes.

S - Grainy pale malts balance out the pilsner sweetness this beer offers up right away which delicately into the subtly hop additions. A soft kiss of citrus zest arouses the senses and signals balance and refreshment ahead. Light earthy notes finish out.

T - The earthy tones at the back end of the aroma spring forwards in flavor, washing the tongue with a combination of light pine-like hop resin and cut lawn. Grainy pale malt is more suggestive than any sweetness adding a dry, mildly harsh bite that's closely followed by a splash of citrus.

M - Crisp and refreshing, Golden Wing resembles a lager more than an ale in this department. Light-bodied but certainly not thin, this beer has a vibrant carbonation spritz to it with a bone-dry softly bitter finish of hops.

O - Golden Wing is a great introductory beer for anyone looking to kick the BMC habit but not get crazy. This blonde ale features a smooth body and overall, light flavor that nags at you without beating you over the head; a perfect combo for a mindless summer slammer and/or delicate beer you can sip and enjoy.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 14:41:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single pounder from the house of 1,000 beers for $1.75

A - Boy this is one dirty blonde! Hazy and bright yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a lace ring of almost nothing.
S - Some piney hops, touch of mild grains, some wheat, and a bit of lemon peel.
T - Pretty tasty summer brew. They didn't scrimp on the hops which is nice. Grains are mild and balanced with some wheat base and a touch of lemon peel in the finish.
M - Light and crisp yet more body than I expected. Decent.

Overall even a simple blonde these guys craft well. I have not found a single Finch beer I have been disappointed with. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 02:32:21 | More by DrDemento456
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light copper color mixed with soft tarnushed brass. Good bubbling, great head and foam retention for all 16 ozs.

Old grass clippings, soft, sweet biscuits, toasted malts. Then theres some metallic and semingly adjuncty aromas.

Toasted and super grassy upfront. The middle gets metallic and musty, with soft toasty undertones. The finish is a creamy, frothy, faint metallic grass and wonderbread.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 03:09:27 | More by scruffwhor
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another can provided by the (in)famous woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty and biscuity. Taste has a good bit of hops for the style, bready, some malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 16:18:55 | More by tone77
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from urwithdave. Thanks Dave!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark yellow color with a white head that thinned out and left some thin trails of lacing.

S - earthy aroma.

T - not exactly sweet malt but kind of earthy with a sour, bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a little fizz to it.

O - it was just ok.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 22:21:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

The pour is cloudy yellow with a short-lived white head. The head does not last very long. I think it looks the way it should be.

The aroma has a summer sweetness including crisp clean grains, grass, and orange citrus. Hops are downplayed.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste tends to bring out the orange citrus more than anything else but there are plenty of grainy toasted malts and a clean crisp hop finale. It really is what is is supposed to be.

Serving type: can

12-23-2013 01:51:48 | More by puboflyons
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Well hazed golden wheat color. One and a half finger of frothy white head. Retention is decent and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Light neutral maltiness, plenty of bready yeast, a light sugariness. Grassy and spicy hops. A bit mild here, but not bad.

3.5 T: Taste is much more flavorful. Borderline 4.0. Hops give a nice spiciness that is probably the most potent flavor. Bready yeast, light neutral malts, a touch of hay. Simple, but pleasant.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Well rounded, easy to drink blonde.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 02:24:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden-honey color. One finger of bright white foam forms on top before quickly melting down to a thin collar and splotchy skim. Nice clumps of lace were left behind.

S: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted cereal grains, biscuits, vegetables, and a faint whiff of honey. A slight herb garden aroma, as well.

T: See above. Traces of citrus hops come out as it warms, but this tends towards the sweeter & maltier side of things.

M: Sweet caramel and bisquits at first, with the hops gradually stepping out and showing off a bitter and drier edge that didn't translate very well to the smell and taste.

O: I think these guys hit the market a little too soon with their canned stuff. I hope they tweak their recipes a bit because, while their stuff is decent, I don't see a reason to buy much of it in the future...

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 17:57:30 | More by GbVDave
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a small pure white foamy head. The head fades superfast leaving only a very light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite light overall. While light, there are notes of a bit of a bready malt as well as some wheat. Rounding out the smell is just a little bit of a grass and some pine hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready flavor with just the lightest hint of sweetness. The biscuit and bready remain throughout the taste, but the sweet flavors are almost lost completely in the middle of the taste. The loss of the sweetness is accompanied by the arrival of some cracker malt flavors as well as a rather decent showing of some hop. The hop initially is of a lemon citrus taste, but is joined by some pine and earth. With just a hint of sweetness coming back to the tongue at the end, all in all, one is left with a still rather dry and lightly malted taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The medium body and carbonation are both very appropriate for the style and make for an easy drinker.

Overall – This is a rather easy brew to sit back and drink. While nothing exceptional, it is on the slightly drier and actually more hoppy side for a blond making for a rather enjoyable brew to sip on a warmer day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 00:18:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold/ blonde, slightly cloudy, good head retention no lacing

S: bread, malt, slightly herbal, an almost vegetable like character

T: malt forward, spicy, grass, grape nuts decent balance

Mf: creamy, medium carbonation

O: decent balance, lots of flavor but not my favorite, interested to see what else this brewery will make

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 03:41:53 | More by homebrew311
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy blonde hue. Head is off-white and fairly thick. Head retains well. Laces with some decency.

S-Light notes of citrus backed with some cereal grain. Light crackers. Soft and subtle. Inoffensive and bland.

T-More of the same. There is a bit of bitterness caught in the middle, the moderate grassiness is probably the culprit. Mostly toasted oats and sweet Animal Crackers.

M-Fuller than I expected it to be yet still pretty easy drinking. Quite bubbly. The body is just a bit more robust. Not watery. Mild bitterness.

O/D-Decent Blonde Ale that a newbie could really get into.I guess it would go good when the weather gets hot again.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 14:06:48 | More by VelvetExtract
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a clear light, straw/yellow color with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap very quickly. Thin lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Some bready malt, faint grassy hops, and some grains.

T: A little bit lemon right away, but after that it goes a bit downhill. Very grainy with a metallic flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. After taste is non-existent.

O: Not great, like their pale ale a lot more. Once I swallow I can't really even remember what the beer tasted like, its just gone and leaves no trace.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 01:49:18 | More by mdaschaf
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce can poured into my Sam perfect pint glass.

Pours very cloudy hazy goldish bordering on orange. Some small layer of white foam on the top. Very faint light smell. Medium hopped malt which starts strong and lingers. Touch overbalanced. Some lemon. Decent body. The taste is just a little off.

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 19:45:51 | More by KTCamm
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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep golden body, fizzy and bubbly small white head. Moderate lacing and retention.
Smells really pretty malty. Like way too malty. Tastes pretty sweet, sweet and chalky.

Oddly syrupy and chalky feel... Needs more carbonation. Really thin.

Overall-- this is not a beer I will be buying again. This is the worst American golden ale I've had... For a style that should be easy drinking, and quite probably be a good cross-over for BMC drinkers. This beer doesn't impress me, and doesn't impress my BMC drinking friends that sampled it with me.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:58:50 | More by AleWatcher
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Golden Wing from Finch's Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.