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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Sweet bready malt on the nose with a touch of banana. A light citrus quality, a hint of vanilla, floral hops, and a touch of yeast. There is a light alcohol heat to the palate, but otherwise the booze is fairly well hidden. Primarily a sweet, malty beer dominated by caramel and wheat bread with a nice toast note. A hint of banana along with citrus peel, floral hops, and a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:32:52 | More by womencantsail
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly opaque orange brown with a massive tan head. Nice lacing as the head died down. Sweet malt and wheat aroma. Medium, bordering on creamy mouth feel. Wheat, bitter, malt in a nice blend with a malty middle with light fruits and bitter finish. The bitterness is a little too pronounced in the finish,but otherwise delicious. This brewery is becoming one of my favorites and this is one of my favorite annual beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 18:26:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Batch #2-2011, best by date of 06-2012.

A: The beer is a deep orange/gold color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of citrus and floral hops along with some, wheat and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty malt character creating a good balance. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:21:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up in Chicago when I was there in 2011. enjoyed from my bells tulip while my wife enjoyed her pour from a half acre tulip.
batch 2-2011
best by 06-2012 (whoops - keep that in mind while reading this review)

a - looked identical to the long strange tripel that i just finished. brew poured a majestic transparent orange with a solid 3+ fingers of big frothy head. insane carbonation can be seen going wild in the glass. great head, retention, and chunky lacing...rather attractive.

s - big sweetness. belgian sweetness with a strong presence of wheat.

t - again, big sweetness. bananana bubblegum and wheat flavors. some spicy zing as well. hint of vanilla. booziness is also somewhat evident in the taste.

m - lively carbonation and pretty full bodied. a bit boozy.

o - another impressive beer from boulevard. i've long been a fan of boulevard, but for some reason haven't gotten around to this bottle, another perfect pairing with today. the time on the bottle doesn't seem to have done any harm to it.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:36:24 | More by cosmicevan
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1-2011, bottled 06-2012 so very fresh.

A: Cork comes out with a huge pop. Pours a hazy straw with an enormous effervescent white head. Glass is 5% beer and 95% head. Fades reasonably quickly as least, leaving specks of lacing all over the glass.

S: Wheat with lots of grape skin. Quite hoppy too, mainly citrus like orange and lemons. A little bit of cloves to boot. Maybe a hint of oak?

T: Again, lots of wheat mixed with grape skin. Oaky throughout. Orange in the middle with some cloves. Finishes with a flourish of lemon and some more oak that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation a bit too high, detracts slightly.

O: This one surprised me a bit, I'm not going to lie. Most wheatwines are basically pure wheat bombs. This one is balanced nicely. There are a lot of unique flavors that blend surprisingly well. The grape and the oak and the hoppiness really come together to make a very unique brew. I enjoyed it. Without the ridiculous carbonation it could have been a #1 wheatwine for me, Boogoop notwithstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 06:27:49 | More by Dope
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged/corked bottle split between two large snifters. A significant amount of the super-yeasty dregs was left in the bottle. Batch number/best by date: 2012-1/06-2013. Thank you for having clearly labeled bottles, Boulevard.

Pours cloudy orange with a quite respectable, pale, slowly dissipating head. Dissipates into a concave bowl of head, clinging high on the glass. Smell is yeasty, floral, citrusy.

Taste is slight funk, banana, lots of citrus sweetness, tastes surprisingly light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, airy. Overall, pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:59:50 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Bfarr


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a huge foamy head with great retention. Citrus, wheat and spice aromas. Flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple and light banana with notes of cherry. Gentle alcohol warming. Oak notes and semi-dry oak finish. High carbonation leading to a slightly foamy feel.

Other than the carbonation being too high it’s quite attractive when it dies down. It has a smooth, complex, and enjoyable aroma and flavor. A very nice warm evening sipping beer to be enjoyed slightly chilled.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 21:58:00 | More by Bfarr
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle poured into snifter. Best before 6/2012... oops.

Pours a surprisingly light and clear amber with tons of white head. Head takes a while to fade down. LOTS of visible carbonation.

Smell is mostly belgian yeast and fruitiness with a touch of wheat. No alcohol.

Wow, this taste! Very belgian, but with a brightness that's hard to describe. A surprising amount of citrus (maybe from the citra hops) but it's not hoppy or bitter at all. The dark fruits and incredible sweetness are in your face, but it's not completely overwhelming.

Thick and syrupy, but the carbonation perfectly balances it. A tiny but of alcohol warmth as it goes down, but 9.5% is remarkably well-hidden.

This is really good, maybe my favorite of the Smokestack Series so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:43:21 | More by Blargimus
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a solid gold color with a very foamy head.

Very aromatic with aromas of creams, cloves, spice, and some wheaty rye aromas.

Full bodied with a very good feel. Balanced with a good amount of spice flavors along with cloves and creams.

A really good beer. One of Boulevard's best efforts and I don't think that this would need any real age on it. It's just so good right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:48:00 | More by KDawg
Photo of flagmantho


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 2-2011; best by 6/2012.

Appearance: hazy golden body with a mammoth effervescence. Head pours four fingers of pillowy ivory foam which seems to be *growing* rather than dissipating. For sure!

Smell: very wheaty aroma with plenty of banana and clove character. Bright, citrusy hops are also present. Think, maybe, a dry-hopped weizenbock. Each individual element is quite nice, but the culture clash present here ... really just works for me.

Taste: big bright bitterness right off the bat, which actually smooths out toward the finish. Malty in all the right ways, it is sweet but not cloyingly so; it has a good malt backbone to handle all the other flavors thrown on top. I have always liked Citra hops and this is a great application of them.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, which is surprising (I would have expected more), but a gargantuan carbonation yields a nice creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: this is a wonderfully tasty and deceptively drinkable beer. I would definitely have this again (and again, and again ...).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 20:33:15 | More by flagmantho
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING: Reviewing an old bottle here.

750ml, Batch 1-2009, BBD 10/10. Poured into a Victory GM tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color. Lots of carbonation. Four fingers of nice Boulevard bottle carbonation. Fluffy white head. Lingers for a while. Leaves some nice lacing stickiness.

S: Through the head I get strange bready notes. It's almost like a barleywine with some caramel and toffee notes. There is some hop aroma too but it's subdued for sure. Wish I had a fresher bottle.

T: Tastes like a light barleywine. I guess that is from the wheat. Definitely get nice sweet malt flavors of caramel and toffee. There is no real bitterness up front. Hops have died that much. It's sweet and easy drinking malt bomb now. Hints of citrus, mostly orange for sure. Rather pleasant.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 14:50:35 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of yamar68


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml to tulip. After 10 months in the bottle, served cold, this thing pours a massive off white, loose head - great lacing, subtle beading. The nose is reminiscent of a farmhouse ale - estery, clove, black pepper, cereal, dead hops. The taste takes a similar direction. Very well rounded and easy to approach. The freshness of the wheat has succumb to a yeasty tartness. Quite good and very different than its former self.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 04:51:09 | More by yamar68
Photo of FanofHefe


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 2-2011, best by 06-2012, poured into a Duvel tulip. Enormous white head; this bottle is unbelievably carbonated. The head is over 4 fingers and is both bubbly and creamy, with extreme retention. I have to mark the appearance up a notch just for this amazing head. Slightly hazy golden body.

The aroma is close to a witbier with the banana and clove, but much sweeter overall. The grape comes through as well, adding to the sweet essence of the aroma.

The flavor is a fairly even mix of wheat, banana, grape, and the spiciness from the yeast. Only the slightest hint of oak in the background and the hops add some complexity to the mix but their flavors are also muted as best.

Dense texture in the mouthfeel but very little notice of the alcohol for the high abv making it very drinkable. Overall, a very good brew that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 00:36:26 | More by FanofHefe
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4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Golden amber color that has a light head.

S- Rocked by a citrusy aroma

T&M- Smooth and flavorful. Light on the carbonation, enough to shock the taste buds to pay attention though.

Alcohol doesn’t taste heavy but don’t let that fool you. Definitely a great wheat wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:58:30 | More by DexterP236
Photo of PintPal


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The loud pop of the cork releasing hints at the loads of carbonation present, and the huge billowing aromatic head confirms this. The beautiful amber red body sparkles with carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

Fruit and wheat dominate the aroma. Mango seems like the dominate fruit with a pleasant wheat backbone and a hint of alcohol. i love this aroma, very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth for such a high abv beer. It is almost silky as it slides through the mouth, just a bit of carbonation running across the palate.

The taste is huge wheat malts with just a hint of tartness to them. Banana and mango seem to follow the wheat providing just a hint of sweetness from the yeast used. The high abv doesn't really show in the taste making this deceptively drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and would gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:14:53 | More by PintPal
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District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 750mL C&C bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, John --

A: A good pour = a huge head. Massive - over 3.5 fingers of the white goodness fill the glass. It's a clean 24k gold in hue.

S: Sharp, intense wheat and plenty of over-ripe banana. A bit too much for me.

T: This ain't much better. It's a pure, unadulterated wheat bomb. There's an epic ton of banana, clove and all the things I've come to hate about beers like this. Regardless, I know how to grade to style, and this is just overdone.

M: Very gueuze-like. Too bubbly and not enough heft. For a beer like this, and with the ABV it's packin', there needs to be more body and depth here.

O: Nope, no more for me, thanks. Boulevard's Harvest Dance is an out of balance and not overly drinkable foray in to the wheatwine category, one that produces signifiganly more misses then hits.

Sadly, this falls into the former.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 22:01:40 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage (2 years old), 750 ml bomber poured into a snifter. Honestly I haven't tried any wheatwines, but I assume they are just high-gravity wheat beers.

A - pours into the snifter a bright orange color with a beautiful, foamy white head. Head slowly recedes until a nice ring of bubbles appear around the glass.

S - Wheat germ, bready malt, bananas, mangos, faint spices and a bit of hops.

T - Follows the nose. Bread, tons of wheat, slight malt and fruit backbone, with faint oak aged characteristics. Fruit notes may be from the Citra hops. All these bready notes make me think of Belgian ales.

M - Lightly carbonated. Can't really taste the alchohol, but after 2 years it is to be expected. Extremely smooth.

O - As a novice of wheatwines I can't make any comparison, but this is a solid beer especially if you age it a while. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:23:49 | More by gregy55902
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Muddy Pig poured into a sampler glass. Pours a hazy deep golden color with a very tall, puffy white head. A strong fresh hop leaf nose, woody, strong notes of lemon and almost mango-ish fruity nose. A light cinnamon or allspice type spiciness, mild woody presence and a full "sourness" of the wheat malt at the tail end of the beer. As a whole, this beer has an extremely lively paring of flavors. It starts off with a fantastic fresh bitter hop leafy kick and transitions to a spicy, woody , citrus and light mango fruitiness middle and finishes with a light bitterness with a solid wheat malt presence. Medium mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation. A very nice wheatwine!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 20:46:53 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to miikezombie for sending me the want.
The beer pours a orange-amber-gold color if that makes sense, extreme clarity with continuous bubbles. It forms a hyuge white bubbly and frothy head that is very sticky. The nose really comes into its own as the beer is a bit warmer, belgian style yeast with clove and banana as well as citrus rinds and a touch of alcohol. The taste definitely puts forward some citrus hops with bready notes and a touch of alcohol. It has a medium sticky body that coats the mouth as well as noticeable carbonation. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 04:13:51 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by siege06nd. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured bright orange in color with a big foamy white head to it. Great lacing as I drank it, loved the color too.

The aroma mixes a peppery, earthy spice with some citrusy hoppiness and bready, sweeter, wheat. I get a good amount of banana and clove flavors to it with a bit of oak as well. The banana and spice flavors were a little strong.

The taste shows a lot of the earthy spice and citrusy notes to it. The yeast plays a big role with more of the banana and clove flavors coming out. The sweeter, bready, wheat flavors are there as well. Decent flavors to it, but nothing really outstanding.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a decent beer, but not really an outstanding one. The banana and spice were all a little overdone and overshadowed some of the wheat malts and hoppiness for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 20:23:44 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy golden hue with an enormous bubbly, frothy off-white head. Belgian yeasts, whole grains, citrus, bananas, clove and some spice in the aroma. Smells almost like a good hefeweizen, leveled and flavorful. Heavy citrus, booze, wheat, banana and clove on the initial sip. Definitely a big hit on the citrus, while pale sugared fruits follow. Some sweet, bitter undertones float along with the rest of the medium to full sized body. Aggressive carbonation gives this brew a big kick. Quality wheatwine styled beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 00:36:31 | More by YouSkeete
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little boozy somw grain on the nose also. The taste of the beer seemed a little spicy actually which I was surprised about. The flavors of sweet grains and wheat are blended with a semi spicy finish and a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth but it gave off a good amount of boozy heat. Carbonation was minimal. Overall it wasn't a bad beer but I think I've had better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 05:31:43 | More by Knapp85
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, Batch 2 of 2011.

My first gusher. Pop, and as soon as I looked light colored foam was spewing forth. I poured and it simply overflowed the glass. Voluminous off-white foam, large bubbles on light orange beer. This beer needed a full size tulip, not this 25cl job.

Passion fruit and guava tropical hops, a shot of caramel, and a shovel full of wheat. Matte, stone fruity Belgian-like yeast and an untamed alcohol.

Candied fruit with coarse, spicy wheat. Apricot, lots of apricot as well as bitter, fumey alcohol. Significant hop bitterness.

Lots of soft carbonation. It isn't as prickly as anticipated, but it foams up in the mouth. Unsatisfactory. Medium-thin bitter body with that boozy thinness.

It's a rough and tough beer that seems to be trying to be a lot of things. The Belgian yeast is out of the deep outfield for me, I hadn't expected that. Its over carbonation affects the appearance significantly. I'm a bit disappointed to have to say that this is one of my least favorite Boulevard beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:30:11 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latest 2011 batch.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous warm orange-honey color...mostly clear with a slight haze and tons of carbonation. Seriously, the highest carbonation I've ever seen in a beer. About 3" of off-white head forms, which has ridiculous retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells very Belgian. Some yeast characteristics give it a strong citrus component. Cloves, banana, maybe even some pear and green apple. I do get a hint of a buttery scent too, as well as some alcohol, which takes away slightly.

Taste: Some wheatiness, citrus, yeast, and pale fruit scents (pear and green apple). Alcohol is a bit stronger on the palate than the nose, but no off flavors. Very flavorful and interesting.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied and high carbonation leads to a good feel. Soft feeling and pillowy in the mouth. Overall, one of the more interesting beers I've had lately. Very yeasty and fruit forward. Nice one from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:41:01 | More by zhanson88
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Just an incredibly impressive head, with plenty of lace behind; oh yeah, the liguid is a cloudy amber color

Smell: Hop forward, with the Citra hops loudly proclaiming their presence; bready, underneath, bringing a hint of banana, mango and clove

Taste: The Citra hops bully themselves forward, on the front end, but the Wheatwine flavors don't take long to emerge, bringing whole wheat bread, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and pineapple, by mid-palate; spicy, after the swallow, with pepper and clove elements joining; the finish is a nice blend of all the elements, leaving a lot of oak in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I just wasn't expecting this unusual take on the Wheatwine style; the hops really make the difference and the wheat elements are nicely balanced

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:29:45 | More by brentk56
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.