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Shaddock IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Shaddock IPAShaddock IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
X-114 IPA brewed with Grapefruit peel

(Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 07-28-2010)
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with May 2012 date. Pours hazy orange with a long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt, earthy hops and some fruity and citrusy notes. Finish is long and slightly grapefruity. Quite mellow and interesting brew after aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 13:23:11 | More by mikeg67
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden, clear; medium frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Slight malt and bread; overwhelmingly grapefruit; candy sugar

Taste: Malty, hoppy bite on start; quickly moves to grapefruit notes in the mid; finishes hoppy and bitter on the end; lingering hops finish it out; pretty refreshing overall, but quickly tiring

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:32:52 | More by IchLiebeBier
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eporter66

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass - 12oz bottle

I came to the party a little late on this one, I've enjoyed Widmer Bros Rotator series, but somehow missed this release. I got my first 6-pack in November and found another on the shelves in late december....oh well

A - Golden color, with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - It hits you with the citrusy smell of grapefruit right off the pour. My mouth started to water before I could get the glass to my mouth.

T - Nice upfront grapefruit, a little malt in the middle and some hop bite at the end. I loved reading about the brewing and the use of the grapefruit peels in the process. I was already a fan of the X-114, so throwing a little grapefruit in the mix only upped the level of enjoyment for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation as well.

O - This is a favorite IPA for me. I hope it comes back again, not sure where the company is going with this rotator series, if they will continue to experiment, or keep putting out the same. I really hope Shaddock makes a return, one of my favorite IPA's I've had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 20:14:47 | More by eporter66
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled july, consumed december

when held up to the light it's a golden yellow with an amber hue. smell is light crisp lemon, grass, grain, sweet malt, alcohol, honey. taste is more sweet malt, with the lemon grass hops there as well.

decent easy to drink ipa. would like to have a fresher bottle sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:07:20 | More by jimmah120
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 08:37NH-JUN2012. Sampled on December 8, 2012 so I don't know if the June 2012 date is a bottling date or an expiration date.

The pour is pale copper to orange with the slightest haze and a fuzzy white head.

The aroma is pleasantly hopped with floral notes galore and a slight pale malt or bready ester.

The body is pleasingly medium with a creamy feel on my tongue.

The taste is very much like the aroma with a decent dose of floral hops through and through and a lingering, but modest bitterness at the end. This is a well done American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:32:35 | More by puboflyons
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, hops. Taste is hoppy, some bitterness, a bit of grapefruit, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable and pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:55:21 | More by tone77
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains very fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong grapefruit-led citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The hops presence is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:18:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

So, thanks to Wikipedia, I discovered that shaddock refers to grapefruit. And Soviet missiles. Fair enough. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, decidedly sweet caramel, and a touch of pine resin. The taste focuses on the pine and the grapefruit (particularly the peel here), with the caramel fading a bit, though still sticking around with a diminished sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, nothing too major or anything, but one that's generally enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:09:09 | More by TMoney2591
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dfillius

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of tight, just off-white head with good to great retention. Crystal clear brass colored liquid. Nearly perfect.
S: Man Candy - candied pineapple, hint of grapefruit, mango, passion fruit. Slight ginger maybe. Slight boozy ester underneath knocks it down from perfection.
T: Tart and bitter grapefruit peel right up front. Some faint biscuit in the open as well. Slight ester with faint cardboard afterwards in the middle. Very bitter; a bit more balance would be nice. Later sips become balanced. Grapefruit rind is still the dominant flavor. Slight lime is present maybe.
M: Strong bite up front, but it fades into the background later on. Creamy even after a while.
O: Quite enjoyable. I'd order another and buy 6. I'm glad the balance increases with time. Isn't necessarily better than X-114, but it's damn good!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 17:21:25 | More by dfillius
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light orange/amber with a medium white head, some solid lace.

S: Grassy, very green and weedy, dandelion greens, some pink grapefruit.

T: Lemon and citrus, definite grapefruit notes. A floral IPA, the citrus peel is heavy and is marked difference from what I'm expect from the nose. Solid malt character as well.

M: Medium-bodied, soft frothy carbonation though it can be crisp at times, fairly mild aftertaste for the style.

O: A well made IPA, I like the idea of actually adding grapefruit to the beer instead of just relying on hops. Good price, the IPA fan should pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 07:05:34 | More by Halcyondays
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a pleasant fruity nose on it and taste quite refreshing a smooth. Real easy drinking. I'd pretty much call it a hoppy witte beer the bitterness is very subtle. The taste notes are orange and grapefruit with a nice juiciness to it. Id really recommend it as a drinkable summer session beer with an easy drinking nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:31:46 | More by zander4dawin
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Mosstrooper

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a slight orange tint with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a ring of lace.

Smell: Tropical fruits, grapefruit and a bit of pine with just a hint of orange and biscuit.

Taste: Begins with citric flavors and rounded, earthy bitterness. Rounds out to biscuit and finishes with a strong piney bitterness that also has citrus peel notes.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A pretty good IPA overall, but it just seems as though something is missing- I can't quite put my finger on it. Definitely worthy and drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:45:49 | More by Mosstrooper
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden amber color with a one finger white head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles and fades over time to give a medium to light amount of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is on the lighter side, but is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus and earthy hop aroma. Mixed with the hop aromas are some light aromas of a biscuit nature as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and grapefruit hop flavor with a light level of sweetness. As the taste advances some notes of a earthy nature come to the tongue. When the earthy hop comes the sweetness diminishes a bit. While the earthy hop shows up midway through, it is lost at the end as more citrus grapefruit hop come to the tongue. With these hop flavors are some tangerine citrus and caramel sweetness that come to the tongue. Overall these create a lightly bitter but sweeter citrus flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The creaminess accentuates the hop flavors quite well and even though they are somewhat lighter, it makes them more pronounces.

Overall - Not too bad. It is somewhat sweeter overall but not too much so to take away from the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:05:54 | More by Darkmagus82
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Kendo

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, golden-tangerine in color with a small white head on top. Lots of fine-bubbled carbonation rising - all the way to the bottom of the glass. Some splotchy lace on the way down.

S: Grapefruit & grapefruit pith over a faintly sweet malt foundation.

T: A touch of bready malt underneath, but then it's all about the citrus and grapefruit. Finishes with a grapefruity, lemony bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Pretty creamy; those fine bubbles of carbonation soften the feel. Call it light-to-medium in heft.

O: Very good stuff. I know it seems like "cheating" to add grapefruit peels to get that citrusy, grapefruity taste (instead of just relying on the hops), but I don't care - it works.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:38:11 | More by Kendo
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99 bomber? Yes please...Widmer, you've trapped me again. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Truly beautiful darker gold with a lovely, large white head that retains and leaves great lacing; truly impressive.

S: Grapefruit...go figure...touch of citrus and tropical fruitiness, tea leaf, citrus pith and rind.

T: Taste follows the nose, dominant grapefruit character with suggestions of tropical fruit, orange, and grapefruit rind...modest hints of pine...nice pulling bitter finish...

MF: Good body for an IPA, bitter light mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 18:44:11 | More by Scotchboy
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BucannonXC5

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 20, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a 6-pack price of $8.99 (I think) (with card) on Sept. 19, 2012)). About a finger of head. Honey golden with white head. Average-to-below retention all-around.

Smelled a gigantic whiff of grapefruit citrus hops. Also some lemon and floral notes. A bit bitter, but it all comes together nice.

Tasted close to the nose, but didn’t have the same impact as the nose. Got that grapefruit taste in the front, which gave way to a huge bitter aftertaste. Could almost taste the grapefruit seeds. Got a slight taste of floral hops as well.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A pretty good beer overall. I enjoyed it, but I don’t know how I’ll enjoy the other five.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 05:35:43 | More by BucannonXC5
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mudbug

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the freshness dated 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass produces an extremely clear amber body with a thin cap of foam, lively carbonation creates trails of small bubbles rising, there is some lacing too, pretty nice.
Aroma is grapefruit forward (no surprise there) some floral hop presence along with a slight wet grass.
Taste is all about the grapefruit here bitter/clean with very little malt sweetness, reminds me of a vodka greyhound with only half the vodka.Refreshing nonetheless and enjoyable, slight biscuit on the end.
Simple, yet just right to quench a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:44:15 | More by mudbug
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 12 2012. Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thinner white head atop.The grapefruit rind comes through in the nose along with tropical fruitiness from the hops,not much malt except for a little dryer crispness.The grapefruit again plays a large on the palate with some stone fruit and a tinge of sweet alcohol,the malt base is somewhat dry and crisp.A solid offering here,it makes since to put grapefruit rind in an American IPA,it enhances the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 19:38:20 | More by oberon
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beerpadawan

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light copper with half-finger of head that sticks as solid covering after several minutes and sips. It forms some lace.

As expected from the description, the aroma is juicy and big. Definitely grapefruit, but it is certainly not one-note. There are tropical fruit smells such as mango, and another review mentioned peach and I definitely get that on the nose and in the flavor.

The flavor matches the aroma mostly; there is a citrus tang and bitterness from the peels. The hop bitterness is just below where I would like it for a straight ~6% American IPA. It finishes very smooth and to that end reminds me more of a cleaner, lighter pale ale. The hoppiness and fruit aromas and flavors end the comparison there.

It's a refreshing beer and one that I would like to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 07:59:01 | More by beerpadawan
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured golden amber in color with a thin, sticky head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy hoppiness to it. I get a lot of the grapefruit rind to it, but I'm also getting a bit of lemon and peach flavors to it. Some pale malts provide a nice base. Pretty nice aroma, the hops and grapefruit peels work together pretty well.

The taste mixes a juicy, tropical, peachy hoppiness with the bitter, dry, grapefruit peels. It gives it a pretty nice range of citrus flavors. The dry bitterness lingers well into the finish. Some biscuity pale malts are noticeable in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable beer. Both the juicy hoppiness and bitter citrus rind were pretty good in it. Everything came together nicely as well. Easy drinking but also very flavorful beer overall. One of the better Widmer experiments I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:58:22 | More by billab914
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AgentMunky

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 12 May 2012.

A: A fluffy finger of loose head is relatively short-lived. Clear, thin amber.

S: Pine resin and grapefruit peel. Not unexpected, but very pleasant.

T: Deliciously bitter hops have excellent depth of flavour. Floral and spicy initially, there is a smooth fruitiness, followed by a long, citrus-peel-bitter finish. Delicious.

O: A really nice IPA, much better than expected. Recommended. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:38:21 | More by AgentMunky
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharp caramel-dipped citrus flavors give this grapefruit zested ale all the balance and complexity it needs to complement the simplified hop bill.

Shaddock pours a bright light copper-orange hue with brilliant clarity. Intertwining carbonation builds a head of medium froth, off-white foam, and sparse specs of lace provide mixed signals to the eye: great in color but slight on foam

Hop-balanced to the nose that citrusy aromas are balanced with caramel, tropical fruit, light grasses, and an oddly compelling vegetal scent makes for a varying citrusy-sweet nose.

Rounded, yet focused on hop character- the IPA is hoppy but not one dimensionally bitter. The rich taste of ruby red grapefruit juice, tangerines, freshly muddled grasses and herbs, and a fresh green taste of tobacco flavor contribute waves of flavors, one after the other. The citra hop sings with smooth bitterness, mild catty undertones and a slightly resinous taste that reminds me how close the hop plant is related to the cannabis plant.

Medium-light bodied and cleanly dry, the mouthfeel brings about an early texture of creamy carbonation until the bubbles recede. The slight lingering sweetness allows for a deep transition into bitterness, dryness, and crispness than is expected from IPAs. As carbonation subsides late, the beer's semi-dry, alcohol warmth, and medium crispness takes hold but without relinquishing full control of malty sweetness.

The addition of grapefruit peel to the kettle complements the citra hops with more dedication to the sharp citrusy bitterness and shifts the balance a bit more toward hop flavor than the X114. This is a bold risk and I think it pays off.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:05:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with a hint of orange. A few bubbles rise lazily to the two-finger, rocky white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing.

S - Strong grapefruit zest of on a biscuity background.

T - Light grapefruit on caramel malt upfront. The body is dominated by slightly bitter grapefruit zest which obscures most of the hop notes. Caramel malt remains to balance out the sourness. Somehow, even more grapefruit (and thankfully some hops as well) manages to come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, and the finish is almost identical to having just drunken a glass of grapefruit juice save for a tiny semblance of fruity hops and caramel malt.

M - Smack dab in the middle of medium bodied with enough carbonation to lend to some creaminess and a moderate amount of chewyness. Works fine with this beer.

The X-114 IPA brewed with grapefruit peels is right on the mark for how this latest experimental IPA from Widmer brothers tastes. My quibble with the former is that it was too fruity, and this is even more so except with grapefruit as opposed to apricot. Still it does everything well enough to more than warrant it's $6.50-a-six price tag here in Socorro. Good niche beer after a long summer day working, extra half point as there is no 3.75 option for flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 07:31:56 | More by Bockrules
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Shaddock IPA has a medium, off-white head and a mostly clear, sediment-ridden, slightly bubbly, orange-golden appearance, with some fairly thick lacing left behind. The aroma is strongly of grapefruit, even from a distance. Taste is of bitter, grapefruit peel and a bit of barley malt. The bitterness seems to be coming from the added fruit, not the hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Widmer Brothers Shaddock IPA finishes tart, tangy, mostly dry, and fruity. Overall, it’s good.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 14:16:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Zorro

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is unique a mountain of grapefruit. Mild wood and a little sweetness and a fairly noticeable scent of lemon.

Starts out neutral with a strong taste of grapefruit. Medium level of bitterness and a strong grapefruit flavor. Some wood and tea flavors. I like it. Tastes like a drier version of Lagunitas Sucks Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is far more tasty than I expected. Good citrus flavor with no harshness. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:40:27 | More by Zorro
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Shaddock IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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