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Xtra Gold Tripel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 08-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
373
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
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66
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55
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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 373
Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to beandip for trading me this big old bottle of tripel. Have really enjoyed my previous encounters with the Captain, so looking forward to this one. Split with my wife.

Pours sheer golden, no false advertising here. Only pour about 2/3 of the bottle into our snifters due to the writhing mass of yeast slickering across the bottom of the bottle. Smell follows the bottle too; Belgian sweets & yeasts coupled with a startling shot of hops that echo with tropical fruits.

Xtra Gold Tripel is rife with fruitage. Ripe, heavy tropical fruits are rampant, egged on by the sweet malts, & a sugary sweetness that just doesn't stop. The hops appear & do their Custer act in front of the bum rush of tooth-decaying sugar. Light slap of alcohol.

Man. I love all things sweet. Fill me up with chocolate & maple syrup & ice cream. But this? Just too sweet. Pretty good, but I can feel my dentist laughing every time I take a swig. Too sweet!!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Wheat, spices, some grass as well.

T-Starts with a nice blend of grass, lemon and spice with hints of bitterness. As it warms spice dominates.

M-Light in bodied, well carbonated.

O-The problem is that spices starts to dominate and the hops are not really there for this American version.

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

on-tap, Rattle & Hum NYC

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, hazy golden-orange with a healthy beige pillowy head

smell: tropical fruit, citrus hops, pineapple, sweet grapefruit zest, sweet belgian yeast

taste: Really liked this one - great profile of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, starfruit. White pepper, sweet yeast, corriander, clove and a light alcohol presence balance this one out. The hopping works well in this one - give me more

mouthfeel: sweet, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a cloudy golden straw color with a full white fluffy head and good lacing. The aroma is bready/musty clove and sweet yeasty malt. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma. I get orange and lemon highlights as well. At first there is a metallic edge but it disipates quickly with a little warming. It's well carbonated, finely, and bites the tongue with tart citrus clove. There is plenty of rye bread in this mid-bodied beauty with lots of fine suspension. Refreshing, fairly drinkable if you like the style. This does better as it warms and ultimately is a slightly muted and enjoyable version of a typical Belgian trippel. It has some guts, a bit of alcohol, a good entry from the quality crew at Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into North Coast Brother Thelonious goblet. Big thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange tinted gold with a surprisingly fizzy off-white head that quickly bubbled away into a faint film that eventually disappeared leaving me with a glass of apple juice looking liquid. Not very impressive as far as tripels go. Where's the denseness, retention and lacing?
S: Light golden fruits with a decent punch of hop. Grainy malty undertone and vapory medicinal alcohol come through as well.
T: Spicy and fruity but not very tripel like. There is a faint amount of clove, and bigger notes of pepper, but other than that I'm not picking up much yeast. Instead there is a ton of hops and even a note or two of caramel in the finish. I pick up vinous notes of grapes as well.
M: Too much prickly carbonation. It's not harsh but it's too reminiscent of seltzer water carbonation and isn't nearly soft or creamy enough. Medium-full body is slick and a tad oily. Alcohol is phenolic and a bit medicinal.
D: I was disappointed with this one. Not a terrible beer, but a pretty mediocre example of the style in my opinion. The carbonation was especially off. Below average.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this chilled, (although I let it warm a bit) In an Ommegang tulip, From a brown 750ml bottle. Can't go wrong with Captain Lawrence.

Appearance: Xtra Gold pours out a bright yellowish gold color that is a bit hazy. An easy pour resulted in about three fingers of dense, creamy, bone white head. Great head retention, lasted untill the end. Tons of thick what lace was left sticking to the glass.

Smell: Pretty decent nose on this beer. Thick malty aromas out front. A bit of cloves and black pepper. Herbal hops stand out quite a bit. Lemon zest and fresh cut grass also come to mind. Quite spicey.

Taste: Bready, sweet malt is noted first. Before you know it the malt is quickly cut by some bitter hop flavors. Lemon and orange peel. Light cloves in the background. Finishes dry with more juicy hops. Ten percent ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking brew. Almost too easy.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Not really Belgium in appearance. Really hoppy aroma of citrus. I have a hard time detecting any Belgian qualities in the aroma. Pale malt is the only other player in the aroma. It does smell inviting with the American hops. These American hops dominate the flavor and that hurts the overall score of this beer. The Belgian malt and yeast do their best to overcome the hops but fall short of doing something great. The Belgian qualities do make their appearance near the finish with some nice clove and vinous qualities. Bitterness is very high for a tripel but knowing this is an American intrerpation of the style, it seems appropriate. Medium body with peppy carbonation helps lift this hoppy beer. Overall this beer is a little too hoppy with American hops to work. But at the same time those hops are quite flavorfull and adds it's own charactor.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color beer, slightly hazy. White head that foamed off rather quickly.

S - Topical fruits, belgian yeast, interesting lemon and lime taste with some sourness.

T - Lots of tropical fruits and something that reminds me of amarillo hops. Some sweet belgian yeast, not tons of pheno, pretty smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O - Interesting beer, and interesting take on this style. I like a lot of CL beers, this one isn't bad.

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Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A cloudy pale golden-orange. Enormous frothy white head. Retention is excellent as the head sticks around for an almost annoying amount of time. Decent lacing too. It's so highly carbonated that the bottle itself is bubbling over after a few minutes of sitting open.

S: Wonderful orange and lemon aroma backed with lots of tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, apricot and peaches perhaps? Hint of belgian yeast with some banana. Quite sweet, almost honey-like. Great crisp, fresh fruity smell.

T: Up front, lots of tropical fruit and honey. Followed by a big yeast hit and then it's all funk. Quite tart and extremely drying. It's a shame, the appearance and smell is so nice, but it turns out to be a funky mess. I was expecting more of a nice hoppy tripel.

M: Excessive carbonation. Tart and drying.

O: Not a fan of funky beers and I drainpoured it. Really a bummer because it seemed like it was going to be halfway decent. If you like funky beers you will probably love it.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is light golden with a large, fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy- the amarillo hops jump right out. Quite citrusy, orange, tangerine and grapefruit. A surprising smell for a tripel, but that is why it is billed as an "American Tripel". Some yeast is there as well, some bready malt. Nice smell.

Taste is like the nose. Hop-focused, tangerine and grapefruit, with a bready malt base and a bit of yeast. The interplay between bittern and sweet leaves it fairly neutral, a little on the sweet side. Pretty tasty.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily and bready.

Overall, quite good. An interesting beer. I find it a bit hard to call it a tripel, really, since it is so hop focused (at least my bottle is). Still tasty.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of gregc poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big billowy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of pears and green apples on top of some Belgian candi sugar. There are some lightly toasted pale malts as well as some citrus fruits, especially tangerines and pineapples.

The taste is excellent with the sweet sugar coated pears and apples mixing with the citrus presence of the pineapples and lemons. The taste brings in a bit of yeast that wasn't as prevalent in the aroma with the finish having a little bit of pepper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and sugary sweet on the palate.

An excellent tripel with a complex and well-integrated taste that brings a bunch of different elements together extremely well. Highly recommended!

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

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge white head that dissipated into a chunky cap. The aroma is of sweet tropical fruit, light lemon, tart apple, and booze. The taste starts off with a quick shot of bitter hops which is quickly neutralized by a sugary lemon sweetnes and tart apple. The brew also has a tin like metal flavor. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy, there is a good balance between bitter and sweet; finishes with a slight belly burn. This beer definitely gets better as you drink it. At first the mix of flavors seemed to be a mess but as I got through the glass, the flavors came together. A very good tripel, not cloying or overly sugary.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber+ into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with immense overflowing white foam. Gets everywhere. Belgian nose, some candy sugar too. Yeasty. Funky. Taste is a funky blend - citrus (tartness), orange, interesting hop close. Tang resides. Smooths over time.

Complex taste, quite good.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two fingers of white creamy head. Good retention and plenty of lacing. Good here.

4.0 S: Smells like a hoppy saison rather than a tripel. Apply funkiness with peaches and clove yeastiness. Citrusy hops in the form of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and a healthy noseful of mango.

4.0 T: Interesting as hell and not too bad either. Again, the taste is like a hoppy saison instead of a tripel. Apple, pear, and peach funkiness as well as a bit of musty basement. Hops are again citrusy with orange, lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Very little tripel to this tripel, except that the yeast gives off some of the associated flavors: clove and black pepper. General yeastiness there too.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess and very smooth. Very good here.

4.0 D: For how yeasty this is, it never got overly bready. The alcohol is hidden really well. Good enough taste and different enough to keep things fresh for me. Overall no problems. Thumbs up for this.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $12.99.

A: Inviting slightly rusty hazy gold with 2-fingers of big bubbled, off-white head with very good retention and generous lacing.

S: Belgian yeasty funk with some medicinal, phenolic, Band-Aidy qualities, lightly bready pale Belgian maltiness with some biscuit, whopping American C-type hoppiness with floral, orange and grapefruit citrus, and loads and loads of resin

T: The typical Belgian yeastiness is present but pretty mild and add tartness, some mustiness, and restrained acidity. The medicinal qualities come on a little strong for me and the Band-Aid character is even stronger in the flavor. The pale maltiness is massive but only contributes a minor amount of residual sweetness and does exactly what it's supposed to do -- provide adequate body on which to allow the yeast and hops character to blaze through with the wrong feel. The C-type hoppiness is very big and works reasonably well with the tartness, but the phenolic and floral, resiny hoppiness are not always a good pairing. It doesn't ruin this beast of a beer by any means, but others are a little more cohesive (Gnomegang, DeRanke XX Bitter, even FD Raging Bitch). This is an ambitious beer that I liked, but I don't think Tripel really does it justice -- how about Belgian DIPA?

M: A very big malty body with light carbonation and a good dose of dryness in the finish.

O: I really liked this beer but wish its flavors had a little more cohesiveness. I think that this beer can really improve with some tweaking of the hops to go a little less citrusy and more floral and to dial down the phenolic, medicinal components. Still, good job Captain Lawrence. Both this and the Reserve IIPA were damn fine brews.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 in a 33cl Ommegang goblet.

A: Slightly hazy and radiant gold; 1/2" head of fine, white foam, with decent retention and excellent lace.

S: Not much aroma forthcoming at first from a full pour into a relatively narrow glass; what does show up is all good, however: some mildly spicy yeast notes up front, backed up with a little bready malt and a surprising amount of hops.

T: Starts out with the twang of yeast and some soft, subtle tropical fruit flavors; this gives way to, again, a surprisingly aggressive profile of citric hops; finishes smooth, warm, and semi-sweet. Tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

D: A little overly sweet on the finish for my taste, but not bad at all for the double-digit ABV.

Notes: This started out almost like a Belgian DIPA: awesome. The fruity, borderline-cloying sweetness of the malts took over toward the finish, though, which was the only thing keeping this delicious beer from being truly stupendous. I'd definitely order this one again, and would love to try it from the bottle.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive white foamy head. This is one where it takes several minutes to pour a glass. (Beer slowly foaming out of the top of the bottle) The beer itself is a bright gold color with decent clarity and an active burst of carbonation rushing to the surface. The head just stays around forever. I am still trying to pour the glass, this is getting a bit ridiculous. As I keep trying to pour this the beer becomes more cloudy. Clearly the sediment is now stirred up in the bottle despite my efforts to decant a glass. Chunks of lacing everywhere.

Aroma is fresh, fruity and floral. Slight yeast and white pepper. This is one that smells like Juicy Fruit gum to me. (that's a good thing) Citrus hop aroma evident.

Flavor is very nice. You can clearly see why they call this an American Tripel. The hop presence is right up front, totally Citrus and American in nature. Very nice. The fruit flavors just keep coming. Apple, white grapes. Really like the malt tones I taste. The end is also nice with the lingering hop bitterness. More white pepper in the flavor.

Crisp mouth feel, finished a bit dry. Refreshing. Two steps below chalky.. but it is dry on the tongue.

I really like this beer and it's a perfect compliment to a warm summer day.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a westmalle chalice, the beer is a bright, rich golden in color, topped with a thin coating off bone-white carbonation

s: amarillo hops give aromas of orange and tangerine on a very nice tripel base - white grape, kiwi, pepper, and spicy belgian yeasts, the hops ride on the surface but don't become overwhelming, and it seems like CL has accomplished what they were going for here

m: carbonation on the lively side, a touch prickly, with a light-medium body

t: unfortunately, the American-ized hopping that worked on the nose isn't so welcome here, a bitter citrus peel comes in quick and really disturbs what seems to be a nice beer, covering much of the subtlety, bitter lime, some white grape, pepper, yeasty, mineral dry - borderline astringent, light pils grain the only malt flavor, this would be a nice hop profile in some other application, but it's out of place here

d: despite stylistic flaws, it's an interesting beer and drinks pretty well given the abv, worth a one-time purchase

750 from Manchester Wine, Manchester, CT

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

750ml bottle: This one pours a clear, straw yellow/golden color. There was a HUGE frothy white head on it that last a while and leaves some lacing. This one has a nice nose to it. Bready and yeasty up front. Some spices and fruits coming through also (lemon and pineapple). Nice silky feel on the tongue. There is a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts. Bready, yeasty, hint of pineapple and lemon to go with some spices. Drinks real easy. A nice tripel!

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a very tall white head. Crazy retention and tons of lace.

S: Nice citrus aroma with mild spicy notes.

T: Citrus, bananas, big league chew bubblegum. Hints of grassy floral hops and a bit of booze in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, a hint of boozy burn.

D: Pretty good a nice American version of the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/11/09. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon rind, and yeast. Classic abbey tripel aroma. Flavor is a bit more citrusy and finishes dry. Slight bitterness from the hops. Light and pleasant.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottles acquired in multiple trades.

Opened to a loud psst. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a huge sized head. Aromas of spiced pears, yeast, apples, bananas, and a little bready. Tastes of spices, fruity, and yeast. Lacing left on the glass. Medium sweet but not overly sweet.

Notes from 2/20/07

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Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy gold-yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Musty and almost sour. Smells like a cheap white wine.

T: Tart with the flavor of green apples and earth. Again, somewhat musty with a flavor I can only describe as "dirty" on the finish. Finishes quickly.

M: On the thinner side of medium and horribly overcarbonated.

O: Possible bad bottle? Don't know, but it's not as if this beer was bad - it was certainly drinkable - but it's not as if it was all that great either.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is a review I wrote on the bottle version:

The brewery once told me that this was a liquid gold doubled. I'm not a huge fan of Captain Lawrence's Liquid Gold but I like this beer a lot.

It has a great belgian flavor that's not quite a tripel to my taste but a very good beer nonetheless. Good aroma, great carbonation and belgian lacing. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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The draft version is as good or better. One of my favorite Captain Lawrence offerings. The brewery is one of the best on the east coast and very adept and both American and Belgian styles. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. This bottle was picked up a few months back at Bierkraft after volunteering for the B4B.

Appearance: WOW!!!! Two finger of white puffy head. Golden yellow with great clarity and good sight of lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. The head has finally reduced to a small layer and left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit, tangerine, and more citrus on the nose. Belgian candy, bready notes, and sweet malts in the background.

Taste: super citrus flavors, apples, pears, and some sweetness from the malts and Belgian candy. Bitterness in the end from the massive hop bomb, but good. A little alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry, some lingering bitterness in a good way, dry, a little boozy, and very interesting on the palate.

Overall: Usually with tripels you expect the apples, pears, and Belgian candy. This is insanely hopped and you seem to miss out on the characteristics due to the hops, but they are all still there.

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Xtra Gold Tripel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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