Riptide | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MAB on 03-18-2008

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque black, with only a light red tinge around the bottom. Tan head that dissolves to a strong ring, sticky lacing stays around to the very end.

Smell - Roasted, dark malty flavours hit the nose. The thing that attracted me to this beer is the lack of the vegemite/soy sauce smell. It has that dark rich burnt smell without any of the distracting aromas.

Taste - Big taste, lasts in the mouth for ages. Its like I ate an entire pack of biscuits that were burnt, but in a good way. When it first hits the mouth its bitter and almost acidic, but then at the back of my mouth warmth and smokeyness comes in.

Mouthfeel - Even though my mouthfeels like its covered in soot, I love the feel of this beer. You can take your time on this beer as you never forget the flavours you are tasting. The beer can feel thin, but its ok as the flavours are so solid.

Drinkability - When I started this bottle, I was amazed at its how easily 8% went down, as the bottle comes to a close, I notice the 8% even more.

I wish I drank this beer for I had my first Tokyo, the first Tokyo I had confused me, comparing it with another Brewdog stout made me appreciate the flavours. It was quite a turn around when I had my second Tokyo.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 09.09.09.oh 8 percent it's probably still decent.

poured into a tulip,very deep brown with slight ruby hues.slight fluffy white head.

nose has alot of roasted malt,dark chocolate,and caramel.

taste is roasted malt,a ton of dark chocolate flavor and bitterness in the finish,with a slight lingering caramel flavor.pretty good.

this beer is lacking in mouthfeel, however i feel it adds to the drinkability. i feel like the brewery put alot of sugar in to get the abv where it needed to be but forgot about the body of the beer.

anyways,still a good beer.worth a shot.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: jet black and totally opaque. The head is brown, moderately low and foamy. Impaired retention and not much lacing.
Aroma: roasted coffee beans, vinous and malty. Very appealing.
Taste: dominated by the strong herbal hops. Some molasses and roasted malts notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, low carbonation, strong alcoholic level and a full body.
Finish: very bitter finish that goes on forever.

Overall: RIP starts greatly with an interesting aroma but the taste does not deliver. It lacks the depth of a good stout. IT is quite drinkable but not top of the notch.

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Photo of erz316
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint sized bottle into guinness pint glass. batch 001, with a best before of 03/03/09

A - the beer pours a lighter than expected body, which is probably the reason the head is so frothy and has big bubbles. the foam is a light-medium tan colour, and the body is black, but when held up to the light a faint amount can get through the middle, while the bottom of the glass is illuminated, showing a cola coloured hue. the head lasts a long time, and laces very well. but this is not enough to make up for the lighter coloured head, and the un-stygian body

S - smells almost like an irish dry stout. malty, a bit roasted, and slightly brown sugar sweet. smells almost like an off centered guinness. this is not stacking up to be an imperial at all, I think it would be much better as an irish dry. the brew could really use some more malts in the mix.

T - the brew can either taste like an ass kicking irish stout, or like an invalid imperial. the initial is malty, a bit roasted or nutty, some caramel, a bit of bitter hops on the tongue, there is some slight alcohol dryness, but not enough to really be noticeable. there is somewhere in the mix a scoop of brown sugar. the finish is malty, lightly bitter, and again there is that elusive but delicious sweetness. the aftertaste is hardly fitting for a imperial, its mainly a roasted malt flavour, but not much else.

MF&D - the body is very very thin: maybe a medium-light. but there is substantial carbonation, so it gives the apearance of a medium bodied brew. the whole experience is quite lackluster for me, and I would be hesitant to get another one if I wanted an imperial stout. now, if this were an irish dry, it would be completely different.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with almost no head; a thin layer of single bubbles even after a good swirl.

Nose is relatively non assertive very light coffee/carmel with hints of sweet fruit-nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is medium. Actually feels thin, for some reason, but it is not; there is some body to the beer.

The flavors and general character of the beer is very simple dark roasted coffee...period. This is very much like carbonated strong coffee with few other characters or qualities.

The finish itself is a mouthful of bitter roasted espresso beans. This is coffee all the way with little else. Not a lot of character; great if you are a real coffee fan. Finish of bitter coffee does go to a bit of bitter grapefruit and pine. Finish may be the strength of the beer.

While there is a very strong coffee character to this beer it is not all that pleasant and while some beers invite greater consumption, this one is one I would not finish or seek to drink again.
I may actually have to try this again simply to confirm that I did not get a bad bottle.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black pour. A frothy mocha head sits for a few minutes, then trickles down to a thin layer. A few spots of lace.

Nose has some vinous character to it. Some bittersweet chocolate, booze and a hint of charcoal.

Bittersweet chocolate comes up to the front, but remains slight. Some darker fruit, along with a bit of booze.

Medium body, very lovely light carbonation. Alcohol is somewhat hidden. Very easy to drink. A nice treat on cask.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a coal black color and a creamy mocha head that drapes some nice lace

Smell: A real meaty aroma, with lots of char as well as some caramel and peat

Taste: Opens with a charred mocha flavor, with some dark fruit arriving by mid-palate; piney flavors arrive as well; after the swallow; the caramel and chocolate flavors clean up in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a medium to full body and gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Almost a combination of a Wee Heavy and a Stout; quite interesting and enjoyable

(Note: I have had this in the bottle and the beer wasn't nearly as impressive; while the flavor profile was comparable, the body was too thin and the carbonation was lacking; I am not going to re-rate the beer but it would have been in the B range)

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Photo of glid02
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown highlights and a creamy one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and not much else - it reminds me of a Dry Irish Stout.

Tastes better than it smells. While relatively cold there are loads of roasted and black malt flavors up front with a bit of tobacco that comes in near the end of the sip before a big bitterness. As it warms a good deal of pine and citrus hop flavors come out midway through the sip but manage to stay in the background.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and one that doesn't fit neatly into any categories. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewDog's Rip Tide pours an inky black with almost no head, even after a less than gentle pour. The aroma is rich toffee, dark fruit and caramel, and some nice round burnt malt. The flavor is incredibly smooth and balanced. It's sweet, but not overly so, with plenty of roasted malt flavor. The dark malt comes through without any astringency. There is some fruitiness and caramel in the finish, and some herbal, slightly spicy hops. The beer is so well balanced and complex it's hard to pick out all the individual flavors.

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Photo of thepeter
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking for some intense and complex Imperial stout, then this one is not for you. Very straight forward and linear, while it is not what I am used to getting in this style, it is very nice and unique in it's own right.

A - pours thick, but not compared to the big boys in the US or even UK. Not much Head and little lacing. Light in color as well. Lot's of red and orange coming through when held up to the light. Far from the black hole appearing stouts I am used to seeing.

S - Chocolate, licorice, coffee, and oak.

T - Chocolate, coffee, leather, metal and hops. Tastes fine, but not much complexity. Flavors stayed constant with every sip through out the beer. Again, not necessarily a bad thing, just different. Very dry at the end, that's where all the woody flavors come to be. Very little aftertaste, another nice change from the usual suspects.

M - Soft, medium body with very nice carbonation. Feel/body is light for the style but that has been the overall theme of this beer.

D - Very easy to drink as it is so much "lighter" than many stouts with this kind of strength (8% and above). This would definitely allow me to drink more than one and not feel like my palette's been wrecked.

In the end I probably would never consider this an Imperial Stout. Double maybe appropriate, but if there were such a thing as a "Double" or "Extra" Dry Stout, then Riptide would fit the bill.

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Photo of popery
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I hope I didn't get a bad bottle, so I'll give it a try if I see it again. Anyway, I found this beer to be a bit boring. It's undercarbonated and fairly mild. It's sweet like a Scottish ale with a relatively thin shell of stout flavors. The beer ends up somewhat watery. I'm not really sure what is twisted or merciless about the beer. The appearance is also underwhelming. There's very little head. It's just a very dark brown liquid. The dominant flavors are caramel, licorice and a touch of bittering hops. I had high hopes for this beer and it didn't really follow through.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Great beer. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a nice light tan, medium head with lotsa lace. Color is an opaque dark brown to black. Aroma is very malty, cocoa, licorice, dark ripe fruit, roasty, and a bit of toffee. Flavor's the same, but with the licorice in the finish, plus some hints of berry and lemon/orange. Great body and carbonation. Good rich finish. In spite of its robust strength and character, it's still so good, it's almost (but not quite) a session beer.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a very thin white head; deep, dense dark brown color

S - Peaty; roasted malts; bit of booze; bittersweetness

T - Bittersweet chocolate; light roastiness; some whisky notes; hint of vanilla and peat smoke

M - Medium to thicker MF; no carbonation really (cask); a little viscous and slick

D - Nice enough for a sipping brew and I though the cask did the brew justice, if not giving a better drinking experience.

Overall, though I haven't tried this in bottled form, I enjoyed it on cask pretty well actually.

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Photo of dolemite77
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost no carbonation in this one for me... pours a semi-opaque and thin (was expecting motor oil)... head is more of a sudsy type head than a thick creamy head. Thinner and lighter than I expected or would have liked... more like a porter in some aspects... flavor was great, with heavy roastieness, hops that were unexpected, and not the usual cloying sweetness that can creep into an imp stout... strange beer, but good... just wish the appearance and the feel had been better.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark brown with flashes of red when held to the light. Head is slightly filmy, but a pleasant pale brown hue. Looks a little like a dark kriek beer. Shame about the head, and the lack of lacing is also apparent, but otherwise it's not too bad looking.

Decent smoky dark grain on the nose, although it's not dominant, there's certainly a rauch character to this. Other hints of fruit, a little oak, and just darkness. Not bad overall, although a little weak.

Taste is also a little subdued, some chalky chocolate characters and a faint burst of roasted grains mid palate, that just peter out to a dry husky bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is very weak given the style, medium bodied where it should be full full full. Not a lot on it by the end, and it left be feeling very cold.

I may be being harsh on it unfairly. It's not a bad beer overall, and it's very drinkable, but it has a great deal of potential that it does not live up to. That's probably an unfair reason for penalising a beer, but it does strike me insipid when it should be bold, brash and in your face.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, minimal orangey-brown around the edge when held up to the light. Thin beige head, bubbles are large and pocky. Very little lace, very little retention. Nice colours, mediocre everything else.

Nose is pleasant; sweet, with rich cocoa kind of aroma and a nicely roasted fragrance as well, hints of a meaty character in there and some woody notes, maybe a hint of some fortified wine as well. Smells enticing, and interesting.

Taste is predominantly sour, with the gritty, ashy bitterness not quite reaching the highs I would expect, and instead the roasted character feels a bit under-saturated to the point that it's insipidly sour. Has hints of plum and red grape skins, and a fair cocoa hit as well, but overall the flavour is a bit dull and weak.

Mouthfeel is thin, of all things, I mean it feels like it's got body, but given the darkness of the flavour it doesn't have nearly enough.

This is fairly drinkable, and I might be being a bit of a snob to expect this to burst with overwhelming flavour power, but I think I have the right to expect it from an 8% stout. Just tastes a bit weak and a bit bland.

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour, but not the thickest of appearances. Some cream colored head, disappated pretty quickly. Sweet malt, caramel, some vanilla aromas, not a lot of roast. Taste has a little more roast, but really has that English brown or dark tinge to it. Some chocolate, caramel and malt, but not a lot of roast again. Some light hops present. Maybe medium bodied. Not bad on a warm summer night, but this seems like a pretty light double. Still not terrible, worth trying, price is all right by current standards.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head that leaves substantial lace on the glass. Dark brown color, but light passes through.

Mild chocolatey aroma. Some chalkiness, slightly milky.

Very much like a chocolate milk--creamy and slightly sweet. Nice hop finish along with some bittering black patent. Relatively thin brew.

Could this be an Imperial Porter? It is missing the cutting edge of burnt malt flavors. It is not as full bodied as most regular stouts, much less an Imperial one. Still, this is a very good tasting beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very deep brown that lets a decent amount of light through at the edges. The off white head is thin and splotchy, but leaves some decent lacing.

S- Deep roasted chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, and a hint of bananas. Pretty unique and enjoyable.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, and some fruitiness- most notably banana. Tastes pretty clean overall, but there is a lingering roastiness that sticks with me, but I am not complaining.

M- A little thin for the style, but overall it is smooth.

D- A decent take on the style that does drink better than other beers with this alcohol content. It is unique, but not super memorable if that makes any sense.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium black with a fluffy, short-lived white head.
Cocoa and roasted malt are most apparent in the aroma. Also coffee, smoke, and a little vanilla/oak in there.
Dark chocolate, espresso, lots of smokiness. Not much sweetness and a rather underwhelming finish. Slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel is fine. Could stand to be a little thicker, but hardly watery.
Good drinkability - smooth, covers the alcohol well, and not overcarbonated.

I enjoyed the unique smokiness of this beer. Not the biggest or baddest RIS, but plenty to like.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark and murky brown body with no distinct highlights. The head is slow to form, taking shape only after pouring is finished. What does manifest is half a finger tall, tan, and quickly fades to a thin skin that leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit over moderately dark, chocolaty malt. There's a nicely bitter streak around the edges, giving it additional complexity.

Taste: The focus is a rich malt profile featuring great coffee and bitter chocolate notes. It's not all about the malt though, as there's a good dose of balancing bitterness coming from the hops. Some mild alcohol towards the end, but nowhere near what you'd expect from a bigger beer like a Russian Imperial Stout (the same can be said for the malt profile, too). The aftertaste is roasty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and velvety with light carbonation. There's the barest burn alcohol at times, but it's deceptively smooth. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: About middle-of-the-road, just watch out for the alcohol content.

Verdict: Rip Tide is somewhere between a regular and "Imperial" Stout, making it a bit of a unique proposition on the shelves. This is enjoyable, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what these guys can do with an all-out, ten percent Stout.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very surprised to find this one in Texas.

Pours as black as Newgate's knocker. Completely opaque. Almost no head at all, even with a fairly vigorous pour. What small amount of head there is, is mostly large bubbles rather than any kind of foam, but it still manages to leave a small amount of lacing. The smell is correspondingly muted but shows a hint of the delights to come - incredibly smoky with hints of dark fruits and coffee.

The flavour of this beer is not for the faint of heart. We often talk of hop bombs around here, but you don't often hear of a burnt malt bomb. Well, now you have. The brewers have managed to maintain a malty sweetness while at the same time bringing the bitterness of high-roasted malt to the fore. It's really well done. There's a strong medicinal element, which might not be to some people's tastes.

The carbonation is very light. A body that's a bit too thin for such a powerful Imperial Stout. It really needs more oomph in that respect.

I really can't give this beer more than 3.5 for drinkability because I really don't think I could drink more than one bomber of it, although I give my right arm to try it on cask. It's a good beer that maybe still has a bit of work to be done.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep black color with a thin caramel colored head that quickly dissipated. A tiny bit of lacing.

S- Lots of roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, coffee, and vanilla were the easiest scents to pick out.

T- Nice roasted flavor with smoky malts and roasted coffee flavor. A bit of bitterness from the cocoa with a ton of malt sweetness and vanilla to balance it out. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit thin for a traditional imperial stout.

D- A nice bold flavor that needs just a few tweaks. A solid offering on cask.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 9/9/09 batch # 004

Stealth bomber black! relaxed and sparse, bubbly head...scatters and dissipates fast. Not much left over, a very flat and relaxed look.

Chunky chocolate brownies, very rich! Vanilla, almonds, blueberry pie, very subtle herbal hops. Deep, dank chocolate malt...nice big aroma.

A luscious chocolate cup cake malt complexity, dried herbal hops gives decent balance to this bold malt. Deep, dark berries like, blueberries and black raspberries. The heat rides in with the bitter hop bite and this is a heavy liquid, not really smooth, the body is really medium to full in feel, complex but approachable. flavors are deep and well rounded. A slight whiskey-cask effect in the flavor and feel with peat, vanilla and soft wood pops out as the liquid warms. The hops really provide a good balance with dry and earthy tones, without turning it into a hop-bomb.

This is a very good stout, a bit mild for a Double-stout, but it's complex, but drinkable. Embrace the beauty of simplicity.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Brewdog's Double IPA before, and was not impressed. This is their take on an Imperial Stout.

A: Pours a dark brown, black color. Actually doesn't look that thick. Head is minimal with little to no lacing present.

S: Smell is pretty typical for an Imperial Stout, if not a little underwhelming. Roasted malts, caramel, and some sweetness. Alcohol is present as well.

T: Pretty decent Imperial Stout, but nothing that impressive. Get the roasted malts upfront. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Some caramel. But, the big deterrent for me in the medicinal sweetness in the finish. That mixed with the alcohol burn makes this beer somewhat nauseating. Other than that, a decent effort.

M: Another deterrent for me. This beer seems a little too flat and somewhat watery, especially for an Imperial Stout. Not creamy like most. Finish is pretty clean.

D: The medicinal character and somewhat watery body detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Could drink a bomber, but thats it.

Overall, a much better effort compared to the Hardcore IPA. There is still plenty of room for improvement though. Not something I would go out of my way for considering that there are much better options out there. Probably one of the least steller Imperial Stouts I have had in recent memory.

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Riptide from BrewDog
3.62 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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