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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

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3.89
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26.74%
 
 
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Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice violet color body with a small white head that didn't hang around long. The smell is like fresh raspberries. The taste is sweet very good raspberry flavor, not fake. The mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, smooth its not like syrup. Overall a darn good beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this beer near killed me when I opened it. A loud pop like a .22 rimfire. Don't know why or how. Anyway, so upon pouring, the carbonation rears it's head and i'm left with 4 inches of foam, and 1 inch of beer. Ok... Um, this is different. Finally it cooled off and I was able to pour it and really get into it. Dark raspberry red color with high carbonation. Major foamy head was present. Aromas of raspberries and some malt with a touch of sweet alcohol. Taste is exceptional. Right up a the fruit beer alley; flavors of raspberries, strawberries, malt, sweet hops and alcohol blend in fantastic harmony. Tartness is present yet not overpowering, adding to the presentation of the flavors. Sour finish is smooth and slightly warming. Mouthfeel is light and airey, not watery or sticky like some other fruit beers. This beer has a high level of drinkability, as this could be enjoyed year round, but more so in the summer. Highly recommended beer for this unique style. If you want raspberries in your beer, look to this, not a rasberry eisbock.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light pink head drops to a small collar and faint cap in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A deep rich purple red color. Slight haze and muddle drops quickly leaving nice clarity.

Smell: Sweet obliterated raspberries. Jam, juice, flesh, it's all there. It's like sticking your nose in raspberry. Not much else. A very slight hint of malt in the back, but it's vague and light. Some sugary sweetness, but more like jam than straight sugar. A very slight tart edge in the back.

Taste: Macerated raspberry. Juicy flesh and juice. Some tannic qualities. A bit more malt than expected from the nose. A light, slightly bready and caramelized flavor. A bit sweet, and more so as it warms. Almost sugary at times. A slight tart raspberry flavor. Ends sugary sweet and it lingers. Very similar to a raspberry Dum Dum.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately light carbonation. Very neutral on the finish, not clean, not dry, just kind of there.

Overall: You could do worse.

This beer melted my brain in 2009. I was really looking forward to the new release. It's a fruit beer with some actual beer character in there. A bit too sweet overall, but a nice summer beer. Refreshing and a killer beer to use as an intro to the style.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Threw down $11 for a four-pack due to a heat-of-the-moment decision at a liquor store because I hadn't seen this at my bottle shop yet. Bottled 6/17/13, so... not even two weeks old. Poured into a simple clear glass, since there weren't any clean pint glasses.

Appearance: Purple. Maybe a dark ruby. Slight pink, silky head that yields some pretty nice lacing. You can tell right from the start that this is a fruit beer just by looking at it.

Smell: Raspberries. Cotton candy. Some sourness. The sour note I wasn't really expecting, but I liked it... it just reminded me of raspberry candy. Maybe that'd bother some people, but if it would, why the hell are you drinking a fruit beer!?

Taste/feel: That sweet raspberry flavor is there on the start, then sour in the middle, and then there are some bready sorts of malts to remind you that what you are drinking is a beer at the finish. The mouth feel is excellent... there's a nice body that suits this sour/sweet raspberry beer very nicely, but it's just short of being cloying.

I could never sit back and have a bunch of a fruit beer, but if I were going to, this would be my choice. The amount of sweetness with that sour note and then the mouthfeel all works for me very well. Now what I might do is buy a Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout or 2X Stout by Southern Tier and make a dessert beer for champions...

Rubaeus is worth trying... even at the $1 mark-up that I threw down for this four pack, it's a good buy -- as most anything from Founders is.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at The Courtyard Brewery, NOLA

A: Raspberry red in color, opaque, with a pinkish half finger head that lingers.

S: Malty raspberries, sweet, summery. Just a tad below cough syrup.

T: The raspberries really shine thorough. Not overpowering. A sweet, sensual sipper to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Slightly medicinal, but not overpowering.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation. Wet and wild.

O: Glad I got to try this one. An interesting dessert beer. I bet this would mix well with a sweet wine.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (couldn't read the bottling date)

A: Deep purple, amethyst color. Slight lacing.

S: Sweet and tart. Lots of raspberry. There is even a bit of funk/yeast in there.

T: Quite sweet and not very tart. This could use a slight balance of those two notes, less sweet and more tart. It tastes a bit like soda. Lots of raspberry comes through, which is rare. Most fruit beers don't have the fruit flavor as prominent. I feel that the sign of a good fruit beer is the prominence of the fruit.

M: Slick but still prickly. Good feeling here with less carb then kombucha.

O: I could drink this all day (or summer). I hope Founders comes to MD by next summer because I would love to have better access to this.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Founders has fruit beer looks down to be sure. Blushing Monk was gorgeous and this ain't bad. Nice hazy raspberry. If a wine turned into a brew it would look like this.
smell: Raspberry (no kiddin right?). Some tartness, a bit of sweetness. Not a complex nose but just like I'd like a raspberry ale to smell.
taste: Much like the nose. Not complex and not as wow to me as Blushing Monk, but tastes like a raspberry ale should.
overall: If I can get it this'll be a mainstay for the summer. Nice job.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a rose color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of...well...raspberries and tastes of sweet berries up front with a sour, tartness on the finish. No bitterness detected, but a great malt profile within. Low abv, but the acidity alone will kill your palate. Drink this one last.

Cheers!

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How does the umlauts help with the pronunciation? Pours a more pink hue that is mostly clear. There is a light amber hue that makes it similar to a beer in sorts, but the pink is the stronger color. A fizzy pinkish white head was ample with the pour but limited retention and no lacing.

The nose is limited on the berry aspect. The beer comes out a bit more with some grainy and light caramel notes. The raspberries come out a bit with a light fruity and tart undertone. Some minor metallic and minerally note but limited. There is a light hop note with a herbal and earthy hop. There is a slight yeast note in the finish.

The taste is a bit more complex compared to the taste. A sweet caramel up front but is quickly replaced by some malty and fruity notes. This is more of a citrus meets raspberry flavor that is not really distinct but does lingering into the finish. The malt has some minor bready and biscuit notes. Some bitterness that is a bit off setting and hides some of the fruit notes. Some metallic notes in the finish and the yeast comes out more than the nose.

The body is a bit over carbonated and leaves a slight carbonic bite. This, with the bitterness, is a bit of a distraction. The fruit is light but does linger into the finish. Overall a easy drinking beer that brings out more beer than fruity. The fruit is subtle and not too girly but I think that is the appeal for beer geeks.

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Photo of RickS95
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care much for the looks, but for what it is, I'm not sure how you get around it. The pour is a deep burgundy, looks like wine, and fortunately, it's not clear like other fruity beers, but rather has a slight haze to it. The head isn't much, a finger thick at best, and it's pink. Little retention so you don't have to look at it long.

The nose is overwhelmingly raspberry. No malt or hop presense whatsoever, just garden picked, fresh raspberries.

It's ok. The first few sips almost resemble beer, but after that, it's more or less and Bartles and James wine cooler...raspberry flavored.

Not awful, just not very beer like. Sweet up front, slight resemblance to an ale midsip, then very tart. The tart is extremely sharp, but never crosses the line to being kriek-like. Carbonation starts to work near the finish with a strong bite to completely scrape the palate clean so you can tolerate the next swallow.

A fruit beer is what a fruit beer is--barely beer like, some not even drinkable. This is drinkable, but only slightly beer like. It's well above average for a fruit beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one cause I've always been a fan of Founders brews, and I was in the mood for something raspberry-y. This one is basically exactly what I was looking for. Pours a reddish color with a small tan head. Nose is raspberries, sweet malt. Flavor is lightly tart, with a strong sweet raspberry flavor as well, and a light hop background. I'm a fan of good fruit beers, and I think this one qualifies. Very similar to the Blushing Monk (just $10 cheaper), glad I grabbed this one and would again if in a mood.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Founders snifter. Picked this up in a build your own pack since I didn't think I would need 4 of these.

Appearance is opaque, dark pink ruby. Translucent around the edges. The head quickly dissipated. In my snifter this beer looks like the skin of a plum.

Aroma is very light malt almost like a berlinner weisse. Lot's of raspberry that seems slightly tart.

Taste is sweet raspberry at first but it goes back and forth with sweetness and a mild raspberry tartness. There is also some light malt peeking through although the raspberry is for sure the focus. It reminds me of a raspberry popsicle from when I was younger.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Small bubbles that make it seem a little champagne-esque. Medium body and not as syrupy as I was expecting (which is a good thing).

Overall this is a great raspberry beer. From my memory I think it is less sweet than the NG Raspberry Tart. I'm glad this comes in a 12 oz and I'm glad I got this in a build your own pack. Satisfying beer but this style isn't one I go far too often.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep red color with one finger of light pink foam on top. Average retention and good lacing. It's obvious there will be a lot of raspberry flavor in this one.

S: Strong tart raspberry aroma. Tartness and sweetness balance each other well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a ton of raspberry flavor in this one. Again, the sweetness and tartness balance well. Straightforward, but nice.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation.

O: A straightforward, tasty fruit beer. Refreshing, too - a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Pours a clear pinkish copper color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of raspberries and sweet malt.

Tastes of the sweet raspberries. Raspberry notes lead off with some sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. A bit more malt adds in with a touch of bread, but plays off of the sweetness. Not particularly complex, but I feel it is done pretty well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a raspberry beer that well, tastes like rapsberries. I can't complain about it, but it is a touch sweet for me and I would like some more tartness.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a purplish, pink with a 2" light pink head. Trails and waves of lacing remain.

Honey, raspberry, dark fruits, maybe a trace of alcohol?

Sweet honey and raspberry syrup. Very light tart raspberries, and almost some chocolate notes.

Pretty good fruit beer that is like blushing monk lite. Still nowhere near anew Glarus fruit beers but worth a try.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark red, with a mild, slight pinkish white head that fades to a short 1/8" that lingers and laces.

S - This is straight raspberry - the sense memory is triggering so hard in me I can almost feel raspberry seeds in my teeth. Some sourness present that suggests lambics, but none of the funky notes I've had in a framboise.

T - The powerful raspberry nose delivers on flavor, too. The fruit flavor is the star, center stage. Surprisingly, even though the fruit has occasional funky notes itself (I pick this up sometimes with the fresh fruit, as well as when I have high end raspberry jams), this is very clean. We have a close of sourness, but that, too, would be pretty typical of raspberries. What is not typical is the slight chalky minerality that comes on the backend. Still, what lingers is the sour-sweet flavor of fresh raspberries.

M - Strong carbonation and very high acidity, which is a key reason why this is not heavier on the tongue.

O - I enjoy fruit beers, and this one offers many of the things I enjoy most without being too sweet or too tart. Delivers nearly 6% ABV with barely a hint of the alcohol involved. Held together surprisingly well even though we are several months past the beer's release season. Very happy to try this, and will seek it out again next summer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wild carmine pours like an eddy in a glacial river in a gully during the peak of summer. Wild torrents of bubbles spew forth. This is one of the most wild pouring brews I have ever seen. The bottle should have a warning label printed on it that says, “Pour really slowly into a really big glass,” because this brew explodes all over the place.

Smells kinda like cough syrup mixed with raspberry Kool-Aid and boatloads of NutraSweet.

Tastes pretty mediocre, very medicinal and too sweet, false, with too little fruit or substance.

Mouthfeel is thin and artificial.

Drinkability is fine but nothing special.

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Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stole this bottle from a box intended for my brother, his beer winnings courtesy of mymrrnngjkt courtesy from our fantasy baseball league. I've had Blushing Monk so I had to try this one, too.

Pours a bright reddish color with one finger of pinkish/ivory head. Head settles to just a thin lace.

Smells like raspberries and not much different than Blushing Monk, really. Nice, clean, fresh raspberry aroma.

Taste is a bit more tart than the smell, with plenty of raspberry flavor with some light sweetness and some sourness. There is some earthy bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a crisp carbonation.

For a fruit beer this is quite good. I like the raspberries, and if I had to choose a fruit beer this would be toward the top of my list. It's just like Blushing Monk but not as strong; a perfect little brother.

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku
Bottled on date is worn off, but this is from the latest release.

A: Pours a ruby red, thats almost brown when not held to light. 1 fingers width of pink tinged head quickly dissipates down. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Raspberry jam, very sweet, some tart fresh raspberry aromas as well. A touch of bready malts. Smells like toast with homemade raspberry jam. Very nice.

T: Very, very sweet, but decently tart as well. Not sour or puckering like a lambic, but definitely tart. Raspberries galore (obviously). In addition I get some pale malts, and a medicinal cherry-cough syrup type of flavor.

M/D: Fuller bodied than I anticipated, and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is appropriate, on the higher end. Drinkability is ok, its surprisingly filling though.

O: Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable change of pace beer. Its no where near as good as Raspberry Tart, but it is something I would drink again in the future. Certainly worth a try if you've never had it and are interested in fruit beers.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a simple good drawing of a raspberry bush up close. You can see all the plump raspberries growing on it. On the top of the label is you'll find Founders' notched bottling code. Mine was in the top right hand corner. Whatever that means. It's capped with a twist off cap.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, I didn't expect this beer to a solid raspberry red. I expected this beer to be a red color, but not a raspberry red color. On top of this raspberry colored beer was a thin and fizzy head of white foam. I noticed that sometimes even the head of foam had a small tint of red in it. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did manage to leave behind a handful of red foamy rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind, but I still liked the color of this beer.

The aroma was heavy on the juicy red raspberries. The only other aroma in this beer was a small amount of malted wheat. That is it, just red raspberries and malted wheat.

The taste was nothing but lightly sour and tart red raspberries. No malted wheat or hops, just the red raspberries. If there was anything else in this beer, then the strong raspberrries would have covered them up completely.

The mouthfeel was light with a creamy aftertaste of (you guessed it) red raspberries. Also in the mouthfeel was alot of carbonation.
The carbonation even seemed quite high for a fruit beer.

If you like drinking alcoholic red raspberry juice, then you'll really like this beer. If you want something with a little more variety, then you better go somewhere else.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

freshness dating is scratched off of bottle.

A= pours a nice red color with a pink finger of head that falls fast to a thin layer on top of the glass. Little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like a raspberry patch or a raspberry soda. I won't even pretend I can smell too much else in this. It's raspberries.

T= The taste follows suit. Again it's raspberries and little else. It's got a very nice flavor though. It's a natural fresh raspberry taste not really overly sugary or crazy soda like. Just a nice smooth flavor.

M= Bright and bubbly.

O= This beer is all it's advertised to be a supreme raspberry ale. It reminds me a lot of New Glarus raspberry tart actually so if you don't like in Wisconsin this is exactly what your missing. A nice bright raspberry flavor in a beer. Seek this one out. As far as fruit beers go this is at the top among the best.

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Photo of Act25
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost a drain pour. I was not alone in disliking this beer among 3 fellow tasters.
Gave away the rest. I'm a huge fan of Founders.

A: Dark rosy pink hazed body with a wispy head that fades and no lace. No body.

N: Nose is raspberry soda.

T: Starts with a sweet syrup and much too much raspberry.The raspberry takes over. No bitterness, too much sweet. It lacks the sour, wild, funky, anything.... Its fruit juice.

F: To sweet and too much carbonation. It's soda.

Pass or drain pour. Good for flowers?

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Photo of bgold86
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours beautifully, nice pinkish/light ruby colored head, very pleasant to the eyes. Nose is absolutely disgusting, smells like a bar of soap with a dose of raspberries. Taste is actually quite good considering how bad the nose was, sweet raspberry, hints of strawberries as well, very tasty, not tart either. Would have rated this higher but the obnoxious nose takes this one down.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a huge foamy pink head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and heavy aroma of raspberries. The flavor is dominated by raspberries and very tart. The body is medium and light and finish is tart with a slightly astringent finish.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,367 ratings.
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