Loral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable Adventure
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Loral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable AdventureLoral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable Adventure
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.32%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
242
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Loral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable AdventureLoral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable Adventure
Notes: Loral hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our favorite new varieties. It was highlighted in our Stone Hop Revolver single IPA series, and was the featured hop in our hugely popular 2017 summer seasonal beer: Stone Ghost Hammer IPA.

Then there's Dr. Rudi , which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic resin and piney notes, which pair it perfectly with the floral citrusy aroma of Loral. Traditionalist GenX meets adventurous Millennial. What do they talk about? Nothing, hops don't talk. Together however, they speak. It's apparent that a pairing like this was bound to happen. At Stone, we call it inevitable.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

How to follow up one of the most delightful, interesting & pleasant beers to have graced my palate in a long while? Open a palate-wrecking DIPA from Stone, of course! I am ramping up to tomorrow's NBS, but in the meantime, I have bottles chillin' like the villains that they are. I was recently mocked for my laser-focus on CANs, but since those have slowed to a trickle, playing catch-up with the backlog is a finite proposition. I'll blow out these bottles, dump the empties in the recycling bin & never even glance back.

From the Bottle: "Loral (R) hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our favorite new varieties. It was highlighted in our Stone Hop Revolver single IPA series, and was the featured hop in our hugely popular 2017 summer seasonal beer: Stone Ghost Hammer IPA."; "Then there's Dr. Rudi , which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic resin and piney notes, which pair it perfectly with the floral citrusy aroma of Loral. Traditionalist GenX meets adventurous Millennial. What do they talk about? Nothing, hops don't talk. Together however, they speak. It's apparent that a pairing like this was bound to happen. At Stone, we call it inevitable."

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed C-line pour that caused the immediate formation of two fingers' worth of soapy, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention that left decent lacing in it wake. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus agreed as they came barreling in from my living room where they were watching tonight's PGH Pirates game on the telly. Nose was odd - boozy with notes of vanilla, pine resin, coconut, a perfume-y floweriness, freshly cut grass/hay & overripe peaches. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium, kind of thin for the style. The taste opened with a bourbon-like coconut & vanilla pair, but quickly raised with a piney, woody resinousness & I was close to folding. Jeez-O, man! Phew. How do you counter that kind of an opening? Man, this was just making me sweat! Warming, the pine resinousness really began to take over & I was simply stunned by its magnificence. This was a masterful blending of hops to create the sort of thing that I used to outright crave as a self-described, self-avowed hophead. Now, I consider this "chipping", just skin popping to keep my hand in when my sponsor isn't looking. Finish was dry, minty, very boozy & a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i love the idea of this, mixing an old and a new hop in a big ipa, but the execution is stone brewing to a fault, excessively bitter at the expense of nuance, and in this case its oddly sweet, even for a big ipa that needs the gravity spike, its downright sugary. golden even brassy in color, clear and shiny from the tap, pretty beer under a full inch of airy white head, nice looking stuff! honey thick too, this has some density for not being a hazy brew, but its also not that malty in nose or taste, must have added some dextrose or something to get it up this strong. i like loral a lot, almost savory to me at times, i know the rudi less but seem to get like a super noble vibe from it, in combination they are excellent, and thats the real win here, but this doesnt need to be this bitter, it covers up some of the coolest parts of the hops, and it should have been lower alcohol or else fermented drier, the residual sweetness is a distraction, and it heavies up on some of the more delicate hop properties. it has a weird drinkability for its size and relative intensity though, like with spicy food i cant set my glass down, oily and west coasty, delicious and well made, but the kind of off balanced i am used to from stone by now, annoying because this could be amazing, but i like the project of an old and a new hop together, and these two are a nice match!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a small white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a nice sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is stongest of some dank grapefruit along with some smells of pine and other aromas of light stone fruits of peach and apricot. Along with these smells comes some light smells of herb and citrus hop.
Taste - The taste begins with a slightly light sweet taste of light fruits and citrus as well as a little bit of grain and bread. As the taste advances some flavors of a big pine and more citrus hop come to the tongue. In the end one is left with a clean and nicely hoped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is slightly lighter for a big brew with a carbonation level that is moderate. Overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall- A tasty brew oversll, with a crisp feel, some lighter fruit tastes, and a decent hop hit. A rather fun one to try

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The resinous Dr. Rudi overpowers the citrusy Loral to create an IPA that leans significantly West Coast. Better as it warms. Solid, pleasant hop bite.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malty double IPA with nice bitterness, reminiscent of Jai Alai IPA,. but not as good. Aromas of sweet malt and flora hops. A slightly citrus taste. A medium heavy beer with a semi-dry but easy finish.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Light orange with hues of yellow; somewhat hazy but still a good amount of clarity with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing behind.
S - Piney, citrusy, bitter hops and floral notes. It's a nice smell, and it smells like an IPA as it should, but nothing really special going on in the smell department.
T - Follows the nose with pine, resin, and citrus notes intermixed with bitter hops. There's also a good amount of floral notes intermixed as well. A very slight amount of malt thrown in as well which ties it all together.
F - Medium to fuller bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, yet crisp.
O - This is a good IPA, but for a "Limited" release I feel somewhat let down as it really seems like "par for the course" Stone; it's a fantastic IPA that showcases the loral hops - and they are good - but doesn't really do anything special for me that pushes the boundaries. Yes, it's a good IPA, but I just expected more out of a limited release.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with no clear dating.
A: Slightly hazy and pale amber body with a good white head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Moderately strong, pungent aroma of alcohol esters and hops with some floral notes and hints of soft ripe fruits and tropical fruits.
Flavor: good complexity but dominated by fruity notes. Moderately bitter for style.
Feel: medium-full body with good smoothness for style. Medium carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

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Photo of kitch
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with an enjoy by date of 11th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A nice clear copper amber colour with a three finger off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Mandarin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, pine, floral, herbal and some very light caramel.

Taste: Moderate bitterness, grapefruit, citrus rind and peel, pine resin, herbal with hints of sweetness from caramel malt and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warming.

Overall: I’m generally not a huge fan of floral and herbal beers, but this was still quite good as it was balanced by the nice citrusy fruitiness and lasting bitterness.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral, fruity, tropical, over ripe orchard fruit, red berries, and melon, peppery spice, lemony citrus, resinous pine, bready malt, and candy sweetness.

T: Intensely floral, peppery spice, fruity notes, over ripe mango and peach, hints of pear, raspberries, concord grape, dark sweet cherries, and melon, citrus, lemon and tangerine zest, resinous piney bitterness, bready malt, and candy like sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy, definitely got some extra feel to it.

O: Inevitable indeed, as it seems like most of Stone's new beers feature Loral hops. I guess it's the modern day Centennial to them. That being said, it's not a bad hop to be smitten by. Wasn't sure how I was going to like this one, but I am a fan. This one's pretty dangerously drinkable and has some interesting things going on if you let it open up.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to greenkrusty for picking this up so I didn't have to. After having it, I'm even more glad. I don't wanna overstate this, but this is one of the worst ipas Stone has ever made.

Pours a dark gold between light amber kind of color with 3/4" white head on the top, decent clarity. So far so good, this looks like a professionally made beer. The aroma was lacking, I would say neither of these hops are particularly aromatic, but there were no "bad" smells. Just a lot of lemon and grapefruit I guess.

Taste, jeez, the Dr. Rudi seems to dominate with excessive grapefruit like bitterness and not much else going on flavor wise. Reminiscient of those Sam Adams ipas they made a year or two ago, but more alcohol. For all the commercial tug job says about other flavors, I dunno, much like ghosthammer, this one doesn't seem to do much, never been a huge loral hop fan, but this might have been my first knowing exposure to Dr. Rudi, and I dunno, just seems like a C hop on steroids and not for the better. $9 a bomber, no way.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Medium golden with small foamy head. Floral aroma, hand soap, pine. Taste gets a bit dank, more pine, more floral, jujubes. Nice sharp bite slips away slowly. Nice feel too.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new DIPA from Stone? Sign me up!

The beer poured amber in color, and sported a crystal clear body, topped by a one finger thick head. Carbonation appeared modest , at best. The aroma was loaded with juicy fruits, of which I could make out grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, cherry, and mango. The taste was as advertised by the smell, with the fruits showing up front and center, followed by an almost Belgian Tripel like candi sugar sweetness. There was a pine resin and herbal bitterness in the finish, but it was rather soft. This was a mild flavor for a DIPA, but it was well put together. The finish was rather boozy and warm, with a touch of pepper, as the ABV was proudly displayed, rather than hidden. The beer got more citric and bitter as it warmed up. This was a fun beer to drink, but not a stunning one.

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Photo of pkalix
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thick. malty. sweet. lager-y. yukky. another sip..... um, yeah..... the sme all over again.... i like the lager-y part. except it's an 8.9% DIPA(?). some may like it but i do not.... not much, at least....

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a nondescript head and lacing
A-Aroma has resin, pine and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a resin, pine and citrus flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm going higher with this seasonal Stone, as high perhaps as Ruination.
a) Clear mid golden with big head and lots of lace and last.
s) Strong, intense aromas of citrus, herbs, pine, resin, floral, and spicy hops over malt base. Powerful.
t) Continues big flavors that follow the smell, with more subtle, intense notes from the blaring, spicy, bitter hops that temper the abundant caramel malt core.
f) Mid weight, good feel, creamy, lingering bitter clean finish. Satisfying, sexy.
O: The spiciness in the hop profile makes this a top Stone offering.

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Photo of hman43
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours yellow-orange. It is fairly clear with a bit of haze. Head is white and retention is low.

Smell: It has stone fruit and caramel aroma. There are hints of pine. The combinations in the aroma give it a candy like quality.

Taste: It has flavors highlighted by stone fruit and caramel. There is a low level of pine in the background and some bits of floral.

Feel: It has a moderately heavy body that is a bit slick. Carbonation is low. There is slight alcohol warming.

Overall, there it is hop driven, but the malts have a definitive place in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 1/11/18.

Pours crystal clear gold with a moderate head and retention. Cut-grass rubbed on grapefruit with pine in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky, gummy mouthfeel. Bitter citrus pith with honey-laced malt on the palate. West coast heavy in style with a big bitterness, sweet malt, grapefruit and pine, and a minerally aftertaste. Finishes with lingering, bitter grapefruit, sweet malt and dirty pennies.

Not good for a $3.50 single.

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Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and orange amber in color with a 2 1/2 finger off white head that becomes chunky as it settles.

The aroma is hop dominant, not surprisingly. Herbal, grassy hops with sweet prefume.

Taste is sweet and fruity with light to moderate bitter. Like bitter chocolate colored cherries. Piney with bitter citrus peel and a hint of caramel.

Medium full body with a hint of syrup. Light to medium carbonation and warming alcohol. Hint of stickiness.

Another very good beer from Stone.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a bubbly surface covering.

Smell: mild citrus and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, pine, some pineapple, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: a real easy drinking DIPA. Well balanced and flavors shine through.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/11/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, mint, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, mint, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, mint, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.9%. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. The hop combo is unique but still works really well. Great balanced mix of juicy and dank/earthy hop complexity; with nice bready malt backing. Not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a bit of amber hues with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy, floral, and piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel hops.
T: The taste has flavors of floral hops with notes of lemongrass and hints of pine and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of flavors from the combination of Loral and Dr. Rudi hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting creation. Poured one into a glass...

L: Thick, completely transparent, honey-colored body with tons of persistent bubble streams and a butter yellow tinge to the white head which forms thick bands of lacing with jagged edges. Nice.

S: Upon cracking a bottle, I am greeted by an herbal aroma with rosemary and thyme. In the glass, it smells reminiscent of a Belgian trippel. Peach, white grape, plum, grapefruit, banana, spicy clove, green apple, and some onion and Italian herbs on the finish.

T: Very foody. Oxidized peach and banana are prominent, along with a sweetness like vanilla, followed by the herbal notes of clove, rosemary and thyme. I'm wondering if my palate is having an off day, since I remember it being more tropical than this a week ago...

F: Great carbonation, thick body, crisp finish. Very nice.

O: Something different. Classic NE hops combined with brand new WC hops for an exciting new take on the IPA variety. There is one other beer I've had that this tastes similar to, but it's less prevalent: Animal IPA by Fort Point.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22-ounce bottle, dated 1/11/18, clear orange under a 1-finger thick white head which yields puzzle lace. Aroma is floral with pine and tangerine citrus notes. Flavor is resiny, malty, and citrusy. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish. Cheers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Loral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable Adventure"
12 fl oz brown glass bottle, coded "CA 01/17/18 EJB05/02/18"
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a slightly hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of off-white foam that holds remarkably well, slowly dropping and leaving behind craggy lace. The aroma is sweetly floral, lightly citrusy, and just a touch spicy. It's not a bold aroma but it's clear. On to the flavor... it's much more tropical than the nose suggests with some orange, melon and peach, and interestingly kind of like sweet red cherry and plum as well... but there's more, it's also earthy, herbal, gently piney, and even minty in the dry finish. It's definitely interesting, and works quite well within the sweetish golden malt base. It doesn't seem that bitter for having 84 IBUs, of course there's a lot of malt there, and the 8.9% alcohol by volume never shows. In the mouth it's dextrinous and medium-full in body with a median-moderate carbonation that leaves it delicately bristling at first and then smooth and creamy once warmed a bit. I think that about covers it and I'm not even sure I need to add an "overall" comment.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The pour yields a perfectly clear, brilliantly golden colored beer with a very light tan head that that tracks nicely down the glass as consumed. Nose is full of sweet citrusy hops, plus an earthy note that is a bit unexpected.

The taste is the very Stone-like in their IPA’s - bludgeoning hops up front, with the sweet citrus notes, but the earthy quality is muted a bit, which is welcome, and there’s an oily pine note that translates nicely to the feel.

Another very enjoyable IPA from an iconic brewery that I really admire - they definitely stay “on message.”

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 242 ratings