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BA SCORE
86
very good

526 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%


Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Foxman on 03-10-2009)
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tzieser

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks like another review got purged. i'm glad i keep notes!

a: clear golden color (when properly decanted) with a thick fluffy white head.

s: belgian yeast filled nose (farmhouse/horse blanket) with noticeable floral and citrus hop character.

t: complex flavors of malty sweetness, floral/funky yeast and surprisingly strong hop presence (pine and floral flavors). very good.

m: somewhat dry mouthfeel (in a pleasant way)

quite a fantastic beer. i hope they keep making it. i'm also happy to say that a year or two does wonderful things to the flavor profile of this brew. it gets very fruity and even more complex with time..

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:46:17 | More by tzieser
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drinkslinger028

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one for the price can't be beat, a lot of fruit up front consisting of mango,pineapple. A bit sweet with a little heat at the end over all the heat is hidden well. The only draw back here is the head retention lasting only about 45 seconds and minimal lacing , but like I said for the price you can't beat it I will continue to purchase this brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 06:19:17 | More by drinkslinger028
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vande

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a somewhat thicker looking orange-gold color with a quickly receding thin layer of head....less then a 1/4 of a finger, if that's such a measurement...

S: somewhat sweet and flowery...fruity too... a pretty unique blend of it all...malty, grassy, interesting...

T: Palate was taken aback a bit here...some vanilla/banana blended with a summery taste of floralness mixed in with a bit of yeastiness... pretty good..

M: somewhat thick & creamy... very pleasant!

0: Very enjoyable tripel from the east! glad I have a few more :)

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:26:07 | More by vande
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden yellowish orange in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and spices in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit and orange citrus from the hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and slightly sweet and also has some hints of bubble gum, candi sugar and honey in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It is somewhat smooth and thick and also had dryness, particularly in the finish.
O: The alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but doesn’t hinder this beer’s drinkability; however, I’m not sure if I could have more than two of these in a night because the alcohol will catch up with you and the thickness could make it start seeming somewhat cloying. Nonetheless, it’s a nice beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 12:26:22 | More by metter98
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.

Brew is a slightly hazy, golden color. Boasting a creamy white head with some nice lacing.

Smells of candied malts, citrus hops. Tastes of big candied malts, citrus hops, spicey yeasts, banana, clove, oily hops. Very complex flavor.

Medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation.

A unique take on a Belgian Tripel - good stuff from Flying Fish. Not suprising - they have quite a bit of relly good Belgian style brews.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 01:11:50 | More by ujsplace
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out ot my boy Lunch for sending me multiples of this one in a past trade as extras! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter (also compliments of Lunch). Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really did enjoy this brew quite a bit which was surprising to me. Based on the trade number I got this one from Lunch, I have had this one AWHILE. Seemed to have held up quite well though if I'm honest. Might hold onto the others for awhile longer to see what becomes of them at a later date. A definite must try if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 19:05:21 | More by thagr81us
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper color with 2 finger frothy head that holds retention fairly well. Tons of active yeast swirling throughout giving it a murky clarity.

Smell - Lots of spice and citrus.

Taste - Lots of spice and some booziness. Quite smooth and moderately complex.

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - This is quite a high ABV brew and its noticable. Flavoring is nice and makes it somewhat easy to drink. I think if they took the ABV down a percent and added slightly hoppier notes, it would really be a great beer. Its just a good tripel in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:47:46 | More by bubseymour
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RandyV

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange tan in color, kinda looks like ice tea. This smells more like an IPA with some clove with little yeast apparent. There is a hop forward flavor with tangy citrus and mellow pine. The finish is more malt sweetness with the alcohol well hidden for 9%; just a nice warming. This is a very drinkable beer that to me only fits the style in malt finish and ABV. Tasty but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:02:53 | More by RandyV
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good looking, tannish and hazy, one finger head that lasted, leaving great sheets of thick lacing with every sip.

Smell is somewhat atypical of a tripel, smells more like an IPA with yeast qualities. I detect some citrus and some hops, with a touch of graininess and just a little bit of yeast.

Taste is more on par for the style, albeit a little on the hops forward side for a tripel. Yeast and spices are somewhat secondary. Alcohol is evident. It's ok but not great.

Feel is pretty thick but very warming, alcohol isn't very well hidden.

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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 20:05:58 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this 750 in a trade with somebody here, thanks whoever you are. Hazy yellow-orange and just plain murky. Aroma is spicy but muddled and had a bit of esters, meh. Flavor is definitely oxidized, tastes old but a slight bit of pear and grains. This was drinkable but I suspect it is old and I don't much care for old beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:27:37 | More by ArrogantB
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magine

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Union Jacks.

Pours a clear slightly hazed golden yellow. Nice tight white head with good bubbles. Creamy lace head with some good patchy lace remains. Good looking triple.

Yeasts, cloves candied malts, banana and some hops. Good nose.

Sweet and spicy, cloves, yeasts and a very good hop presence as well. Grapefruit hops and a slightly dry finish. Very unique blend of hops in this triple.

Different then most triples, this is an American triple for sure. great brew, and probably their best work.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 15:12:22 | More by magine
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lovely translucent orange with a moderate white head. Solid head retention, spotty lace.

S: Quite hoppy with a lot of grass and dandelion greens. Some yellow apple esters.

T: Nice mix of pear and apple esters, with a noticable but not over the top American hopping. Earthy at points, some clove notes make an appearance. Semi-sweet.

M: Almost full-bodied, the sugar is a factor but just when you think it'll get cloying it holds back, the structure is good. Light carbonation.

O: A solid American tripel. I don't think anyone who's had a fair amount of the style could confuse this for a Belgian effort, but I like Flying Fish's take here. There's a lot worse in this category.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 04:19:15 | More by Halcyondays
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scottfrie

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks Jay!
A: Pours a hazy honey amber with a finger of off-white head that faded into a thin film leaving a sheet of thin lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of sweet bubblegum and grassy hops. I’m surprised how much of a hop profile this beer has. I get a note or two of grapefruit and mint as well.
T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggested but that’s okay, this is a tripel after all. I get notes of various fruit juices, apple juice, clove, earthy Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and minty and herbal hops. The finish is sweet with fruit nectars and honey, and the aftertaste has flavors of peach bubblegum.
M: The alcohol not only has a noticeable warmth but it also creates a very viscous mouthfeel. The body is on the thicker side of medium, and the carbonation is sharp on the palate but smooth in the finish.
O: Interesting flavor profile for a tripel but I enjoyed this. The mouth was a bit rough around the edges, but give how high the alcohol is I guess it’s not that bad. There are much better examples of the style, but this one is still worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 04:03:53 | More by scottfrie
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, a touch of alcohol. Taste also has some fruits, alcohol makes it presence known, some yeast esters. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 15:18:27 | More by tone77
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a dark marigold yellow with muddy yellow highlights. Three quarters turgid. Topped with a dense and very frothy head of eggshell white – in one word: luscious.

S: Citrus and sweet at the nose, orange zest, lemons, grapes skins, and grapefruit. There’s an earthy undercurrent of dried grass and some musty yeast.

T: The alcohol hits right away, it’s vaguely abrasive and reminds me of everclear. But, this transitions real quick into apple cider, lemongrass, and then a heavy dose of candied sugar.

M: Full medium bodied, moderately chewey, finishing on a dry note.

O: Flying Fish went from being mediocre to being decent in the span of a year or two. Being from NJ originally, I appreciate their craft series having a Jersey Turnpike theme, at last something from the TP that isn’t frustration. All in all, not a bad beer. A little bit heavy handed on the alcohol. But, this is a perfect I just sat in traffic for two hours beer, come home, pop one open, instant calm.

So apparently I've reviewed this beer before circa 6.18.09.

A: pours a muted honey color with just a touch of haze. Good billowy head of pure white at about a finger and a half. Leaves some pretty nasty lacing.

S: At first I get a sort of sharp yeast smell that is quickly followed by a sweet turning sour citrus fruit character -- a little banana, a little lemon, a little orange. At the dead end of an inhale just a touch of alcohol comes into play.

T: There's a sharp citrus fruit presence, biting lemon, pre-ripe banana, fizzy orange. There's a solid yeast taste in the middle, borderline funky that ,at times, is a bit unpleasant. There's a decent wash of light hops at the end that are fairly cleansing. Dry wheat and dead grass pop in occasionally, as well.

M: Alcohol sprints towards the sinus', lighter side of medium bodied, finishes off dry.

D: At 9.7% this beer is approaching dangerous territory, it's pretty well hidden for the most part, but must be respected. Not exactly a tripel in the purest sense of the style, still something generally pleasing, though. I look forward to future beers from this interesting concept for a series.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:33:21 | More by phantomwyse
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SFLpunk

Vermont

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to an unnamed Advocate. No freshness date.

Pours a hazy brownish gold with thin to little off-white head. Nose has the classic markers of a triple: grain husks, mellow citrus, some herbal aromas. Palate is slick and sweet right off the bat. Malted grains flavor dominates and is joined with orange blossom honey. I would think an American Triple would be more "unique" than this. Too sweet for me, and I really like sweet triples. This is too loose on the mouthfeel; no structure at all. Not impressed, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 04:02:25 | More by SFLpunk
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cosmicevan

New York

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl for the generous extra!

a - cracked the 12oz bottle and filled my la fin du monde tulip. poured a rich transparent golden with a medium generous frothy yeasty head. visible carbonation throughout. lacing was pretty sticky as well.

s - very nice. candied sugar. bubble gum. clove. banana. timid tripel, but very pleasant and pretty spot on for style.

t - powerful match to the nose. very nicely done tripel. a bit on the sweet side, but i'm really digging it. bubble gum clove and candied sugar.

m - pretty rich and thick, but in a good way. not overbearing.

o - overall, i'm rather impressed. tripels are somewhat polarizing for me. this has a unique spin and feels a bit thicker and sweeter than what i'm used to, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:12:50 | More by cosmicevan
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in large bulbous glass

A: dark yellow; fantastic four-finger head; cloudy; good carb action
S: pleasant hops smell at first, yielding to clove and banana
T: sweet, gentle but compressed Belgian style; bottle conditioning is muted; the traditional cloves, banana, and pear are there, but not strongly; alcohol content nicely masked; I would have expected a more intense flavor; draws you in the more you have

Overall, a very pleasant beer; I'm looking forward to more FF beer

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:59:27 | More by Arithmeticus
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #15
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

This was my first experience with Flying Fish but not my first experience with a Belgian (American) Tripel. I had the Victory Golden Monkey about a year ago. I remember the Victory Tripel had clove as the predominant flavor. I personally find strong clove notes to be nauseating in a beer, so let just say the Golden Monkey was not the Belgian beer for me.

Look: A rich golden color - slightly darker than straw but not quite copper. The head was a thick white 2 fingers of random sized bubbles. This was an extremely nice looking beer in the glass that pored real smoothly.

Smell: I got some butterscotch at first, with some green apple and caramelized pit fruit towards the end. Butterscotch certainly dominated the nose on this one. Not much clove; surprise for a Belgian Triple.

Taste: This beer had a thick syrupy body with the butterscotch hitting the palate first, followed by the green apple and some slight spice from the mild clove. The clove wasn’t overpowering at all, which was a total relief for me. Also got some hops that carried over into the aftertaste. This is a well balanced Tripel. Even the usual alcohol heat for a 9.7% beer is virtually undetectable.

This is a phenomenal Belgian (American version) Tripel. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is annoyed by overpowering clove in Belgian style beers. This is also a great offering from Flying Fish. I will definitely be picking up more from this brewery when I find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 17:28:23 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty US take on a trippel, nicely hopped making it feel more like a Belgium IPA than anything else.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Purple background label with brewery identity and a highway exit illustration naming the ale. Side paragraph notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale amber pour with a fair frothy head, and retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Rich nose, sweet, lingering malt base, with a nice hoppy flow, glowing citric and floral notes with touches of spice.

T - Palate in sync with the nose, good malty sense with some caramel, a yeasty spicy touch, hint of banana, more clove, richly hopped with some grapefruit and resin woven with the sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth flow and a complex lingering bite.

O - Rich surprise, great flow and quite pleasing.

Notes: I was expecting a good take on a trippel and found a surprising sense of a Belgium IPA. At least for me, despite the sweetness and spiciness, or precisely because of them, there is a rich hopped sense that competes with the best takes on the emerging BIPA style, maybe the bigger alcohol profile makes it stay in the Trippel camp? Regardless, this is probably the best Flying Fish I've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 03:38:05 | More by Daniellobo
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Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: admittedly did not pour out to be able to determine
Smell: slightly sweet, raisony
Taste: Surprisingly light for its alcohol content and heavy structure, but sweet and heavy at the same time, hints of raisons and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly thick
Overall: There's a reason it won the Washington Post march madness tournament, it's heavy enough to appease the dark beer drinkers but light and flavorful enough for more casual or light beer drinkers to not overwhelm
Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:42:53 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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FosterJM

California

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

626th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12 oz.

Total Wine and More Las Vegas, Sumerlin

App- a very murky hazy darker yellow with some orange highlights. A 3/4 in head that fell quickly. A little bit of cling.

Smell- So gone is that normal yeasty wheat based triple and replaced with some citrus malt.

Taste- Much bigger citrus than I expected. It was lacking a yeasty wheat aspect but a big bigger than given credit for. Damp and a bit thick.

Medium- Thicker medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A nice thick citrus taste.

Drink- A weird triple to say the least. Wasnt bad but just off from what I am used to. Tasty just bigger and thicker. I probably wont have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:17:03 | More by FosterJM
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Dark gold (it looks like dark honey in a jar) with a very thin head; though, it does leave decent lacing, and it has steady carbonation.

S: Surprisingly, hops dominate the aroma. Citrus and pine stand out. There is some malt and clove in the background.

T: Deep sweet malt with large bread flavors dominate the starting flavors. Some clove and fruit meet in the middle. The finish is a lot of spice and bitterness from the hops. There is also warmth from the alcohol.

M: Very light for a Tripel.

O: This is a bit of a disappointment as a Tripel. I have enjoyed other things Flying Fish has brewed, but this beer does not have near the quality of other Tripels I have had. It is very dark (darker than most Tripels I have had that are brewed with Belgium candied sugar). The aroma and the flavor is not as complex as other Tripels, and the beer is not as heavy as it should be (I am not saying it needs to be syrup, but it should have some larger body).

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:05:36 | More by ianjsullivan
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy looking golden color. The head was pretty good looking and white. Not a ton of lacing but just enough to grab the glass. The smell was hoppy, not sure why it was that hoppy, but the nose had a little spice going on too. The taste was hoppy, spicy and had just a bit of yeast in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall not the best Tripel but it wasn't a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:42:32 | More by Knapp85
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trappistlover

Arizona

2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours clear golden with white head. Active carbonation and a bit of lacing. Aroma is musty and has dank hops, along with some citrus. Is this an IPA?? Taste is sweet and has artificial perfumey notes. Medium bodied. This is the worst example of a trippel I have ever had. Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:28:11 | More by trappistlover
Exit 4 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.