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The Bruery
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of tegelaar
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Much like your favorite Belgian pale ale. Huge thick fluffy head. Gorgeous beer. Smell is super citrusy - mostly orange - with a hint of something floral. Taste slams you with citrusy hops. This is hoppier than most IPA's! There is a slight hint of malty bread underneath. The mouthfeel is very nice and as expected for the style. The strong hops and high alcohol content hurt it's drinkability. This impulse buy was awesome. It's really a Belgian IPA and would surely be a hit with fellow hopheads.

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky light amber color with a rocky head witha high stickage factor that leaves clumps of foam, too

Smell: Fresh grapefruit, pith and all, with subtle undertones of bread and melon

Taste: Melange of grapefruit, melon and fresh bread that builds in fruity bitterness through mid-palate and refuses to let up after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Agree with the other BAs that this is a Belgian IPA; I would argue that it is a Belgian take on a West Coast IPA as it has that wondrous floral grapefruity character to it

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a just slightly hazy gold, with 2+ fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a near 1/2 finger of rich froth that just slathers the sides of the glass with some heavy foam. Wow, the aroma is just so fresh, floral, and spicy here, with an absolutely JUICY smelling layer of tropical fruit sitting next to it. A thick layer of biscuits and yeast sits underneath, having a presence here in the aroma but still allowing the hops to shine the most.

The hoppiness continues into the taste, with plenty of pine and spice, and a FRESH blast of sweetness from all of that tropical fruit character. There's an undercurrent of toasted malts, with dry earthy bitterness and sharp yeast across the back of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a very pleasant mellow feel to the carbonation that keeps this VERY easy in the mouth. There's maybe a slight sting of alcohol on the back end of the swallow but otherwise, that ABV is very well hid. I couldn't believe that I polished off a full bottle of this on my own when I was done.

A Belgo-American take seems like an understatement here, as the hops were much so off the charts tasty and fresh. Much more so even than this being on draft. Really great stuff that put a fantastic American spin on an old classic.

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Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium snifter. Pure white cramy 1/2 inch head. Light orange in color. Killer lacing.

Smell: Citrus, caramel, pinecone, dried apricot

Taste: Citrusy hops, extremely faint anise, very small yeast sourness at finish but overall citrus bitterness. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Dry, creamy bottle conditioned carbonation, effervescent on the tongue. Creamy foam on the cheeks at the finish. Piney citrus sticks with you.

Overall: A lovely hybrid of a Belgian golden ale and an American IPA. A match make in beer heaven.

Purchased at Kahns for $9.99

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Photo of Aenema
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head.
Smell - A mix of tart citrus, hops and a little sweetness.
Taste - Funky mix of bitter, piney hops and slight Belgian sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, well-carbonated.
Drinkability - Easy to drink and a decent beer, though I found it didn't come together as well as expected.
Overall - Disappointing; though to be fair I tasted this alongside Cuvee des Jacobins, Oak Aged Unearthly, Hitachino White Ale and WTF.
Each had stronger components to them (Hitachino had more citrus, Cuvee des Jacobins had more sourness and funk to it, OA Unearthly and
WTF had more hops to them, but at the end of the day I didn't find the beer came together.
I'm curious to try this again some day to see if the other beers I had unduly influenced my rating.

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Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip

A: Poured from a very slick looking black and red 750 Ml bottle. It makes me feel like I am pouring a bottle of fine champagne or wine, instead its fine beer. A very murky straw color that looks like grapefruit juice sits in my tulip. Three fingers of milky head sit on top, leaving fluffy clouds of suds on the side of my glass as it recedes down.
S: Did I buy a Belgian strong or an IPA? My first whiff is of sweet citrus aromas with slightest hints of pine and yeast. Not what I would normally expect.
T: The flavors are very subtle yet seem more complex with every sip. At first it seems light and citrusy (lemon) with a touch of pepper then ends on a bitter/tart (grassy earth) flavor.
M: The mouth is very carbonated, giving this a crisp and refreshing feel.
D: An easy drinking Belgian strong/IPA, which has a refreshing element to it with an excellent balance in flavor that is not at all overpowering.

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Photo of BigMike
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.
Pale almost straw yellow in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance with a soapy head almost pure white. About a fingers worth. Lots of effervescense.

Smells very hoppy. Lots of orange and grapefruit. A small amount of bready yeast and floral. Smells very enviting.

Orange zest hops and yeast. A little tang on the finish but smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Easy to drink and refreshing. The 8.5% is slightly noticable at first but then fades after further drinking. I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Fat 3 finger white rocky head. Opaque straw/golden body. Loads of lacing. Comparable in looks to the best belgians of this style (Duvel comes to mind, but much less clear). Head resides to a half a finger layer of foam on top. Truly exceptional looking brew.

S: Grapefruit. Other tropical fruits. Bitter and dank hop resin. Belgian yeast. Malts take a back seat.

T: Intensely bitter resinous hop flavor all the way. Some pine. Grapefruit, citrusy lemony and orange rind. Bready belgian yeast. The dank and resinous bitter hops flavors are almost overpowering which is the only thing negative I have to say about this beer. Bitter hops linger long afterwards.

M: Highly carbonated. Quite prickly and assertive bubbles. Fairly dry. Medium to full bodied.

D: You need to love bitterness and hops to enjoy this bad boy. The IBUs must be off the charts. Quite good to me.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: the beer is a hazy pale golden color, topped with a well retained layer of bone-white carbonation

s: big pale malt body with a full on funky-floral vibe, lots of fresh, young hop aromas compliment rather than compete with the malt and yeast components

m: fully carbonated and smooth with a medium body

t: full pale malt body with lots of fuzzy tropical fruits, delicately rustic yeasts, floral here and there, vibrant hop structure with a great finish

d: no problems here - could take these all night

served in a small St. Bernie chalice at The Hive/Busy Bee, Raleigh

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - la fin du monde tulip

A - pours a cloudy dark golden color with a big white frothy head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - lots of peppery yeast aromas dominate the nose. Some citrus hoppyness as well.

T - light and crisp. Some mild hop bitterness. Some spicy notes. Very complex sort of flavors but nothing is overbearing. Refreshing taste with a long dry finish.

M - medium bodied and higher carb.

D - the nose is a little strong for me but it tastes so delicate and crisp but still packs a lot of flavor. I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bit of haze, coppery gold with a short whitish cap from a gentle pour. Fine bubbles formed a collar that produced some lace. Good head retention. Fruity aroma, nectarine and grapefruit, citrus rind, with a hint of biscuity malt and spice. The flavour was quite fruity up front too, more of the same grapefruit and citrus, but with more of a tropical character than the aroma. Bitterness was solid throughout and lingered in the grassy finish. Caramel sweetness appeared mid-palate and was joined by a bit of alcohol and spice towards the end. Light warmth, creamy carbonation, full bodied. I liked it quite a bit, but it seemed more like a Belgian IPA to me.

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Photo of stimulus
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750mL bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

A: Pours a pale gold with a generous head.

S: Smells of light fruits, perhaps a banana.

T: Bananas are prevalent in this brew, as well as tons of malt and a bit of hops.

M: Smooth yet just a bit carbonated on the way down; a little too thin.

D: No strong taste of alcohol, yet it is there and it hits you hard enough that you probably shouldn't finish the bottle alone in a short period of time.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

13oz weyerbacher tulip glass at Capone's with some very mild chicken wangs. Mischief pours the brightest straw yellow blond that I have seen in a long time, this is a bright looking beer. A frothy sticky head on top that sinks down but leaves a sheet of lace on the glass. Smells include alot of citrus with alot of lemon and some grapefruit. Come to think of it hops take up most of the smell including a floral scent. A small bready malt base and a Belgian yeast strain imparting some odd odors. Taste is a floral IPA with Belgian yeast. The hops take up room with grapefruit and floral notes. Im getting a huge amount of lemon. Some biscuit malt and a candi like vibe going. The feel is lighter than medium and the carb is quite pumped up. While the mouthfeel was great, the flavor just did not come together for me. Im all for this style but there are better ones out there, Belgian and American versions.

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Photo of jmhart
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a bomber from Hop City, Atlanta,GA.

Served in a tulip.

A- Full head with moderate pour, excellent structure and lasts the perfect amount of time leaving a mild ring around the glass. . Brew is a golden-amber, moderately cloudy.

S-Wonderful hints of citrus from aromatic hops, apricots but not overly sweet.

T- Mild hops that stimulate the nose more the tongue, mildly acid with subtle spice, and hints of white grape on the finish.

M- Crisp texture that produces a pleasant bite on the tongue.

D- Wonderful on a warm afternoon or holds up well with a mild dinner, perhaps a pasta or something else with tomatoes. A very smooth brew with mild but appropriate hops

Overall-Recommended to me in lieu of Stone Cali-Belgigue and it was a successful recommendation. I'll buy this again and recommend it as a great Belgian style IPA

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orange copper with a thin bright-white head. This reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Quite floral up front with lighter notes of grapefruit and a spicy yeast kick. Light backing from mildly sweet biscuit malt.

T-Biting spiciness accompanied with a nice hop profile of pine and grapefruit. Sweet biscuit malt in the background attempts to balance things out.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp and crisp. Good lingering spice and bitter kick.

D-Bright and sharp with a pleasant melding of flavours makes this one easy to enjoy. Maybe not quite as hop assertive as I would like but I cannot complain too much. A nicely done brew.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold into a Duvel glass. The head is billowy white like liquid marshmellows and it does not go away.

Smells like strong yeast spice but in a unique kind of way. The peppryness is as pronounced as you'd expect in a beer of this size, but it's balanced. Odd, I know, to have something challenging the white pepper. There is a dry, distinctly American hop profile standing up to the yeast, and it's really quite nice.

Tastes like a beatifically balanced blend between spicy belgian yeast and old school, east coast american hops. Like Yuengling and white pepper with some light citrus nodes sneaking into the backend. And if that doesn't sound good to you, well, you and I have different tastes.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Joe for the bottle.

Poured into a Bruery tulip, the beer looks great. It's got an opaque, golden lion fur color with a perfect white head. The retention stays throughout, and leaves thick sheets of lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is moderatley hoppy, with only a small amount of Belgian influence. It's got a delicate floral hop nose with a little bit of citrusy fruit. The yeast contributes only a small amount of Belgian style fruitiness.

The taste has a little bit more Belgian influence than the nose. It's got a full, fruity Belgian yeast flavor with tropical fruits, melon, and some spice. The hops come in with a light bitterness on the finish, just enough to make it distinctly American. The finish gets a little "messy" with bitterness, a little bit of it coming from yeasty harshness. I'm thinking too B vitamin flavors from the yeast. There is also a bit of a buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp but with a substantial feeling in the middle. Carbonation is moderate for the style. I liked this beer but I would rather drink a plain Belgian Pale Ale. Glad I got to try it though, and I enjoyed the 750.

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Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with fluffy white head, settled to an inch and turned the whole side of the glass white with thick lace. Tons of yeast sediment.... and there it goes, a delayed gusher. The second glass is just plain murky. Smell: very musty, sweet pale malt, spicy, floral, cantaloupe, orange. Taste: pineapple core, orange citrus, a little sugared grapefruit, spicy. It's quite hoppy. Sweet pale and sugar, a little funk and pear at the end of the sip. Medium bodied, somewhat fluffy feel, with a dry finish. I was excited to try this, then not so excited after the pour, but it ended up being very tasty. But I'm not sure you can call this a BSPA with all of the American hops in here... it doesn't exactly fit the description on the label either, bottle conditioning can be fun.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a bright golden color, really good transparancy, tons of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of fluffy white head rest on top and are unwilling to give it up and fall to the surface. When it finally does, light lacing is left behind on the glass.

S - Crisp and hoppy, very grassy, some citrus and a bit spicy in aroma. Some light breadlike malt in the background. Topped off by a light, fruity, Belgian-ness too. Smells good and very much in character for the style, but is also a bit too subtle to be ideal for me.

T - Fresh hoppy taste...mildly bitter, but lots of hop flavor especially grassy and citrusy flavors. Just a minor hint of Belgian fruity, yeasty, mildly spicy character behind the hops. Gives a well rounded hoppy but slightly fruity, sweet. Sweetness is light and behind the scenes, just creeping out around the edges. Malt is bready and fits with the yeastiness here too. Just a bit of alcohol fills in the flavor gaps. The Belgian character is light and to me is just about "right" here. A crisp and refreshing beer on a beautiful spring day.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation too. Carbonation might be a bit on the light side for style, but still works here. A touch of alcohol is noticeable on the inhale and gives a slight warmth to the feel. Goes down smoothly and slides over the tongue easily...a bit slick in feel.

D - Exceptionally easy drinking Belgian strong pale ale. Alcohol is noticeable but restrained...lots of complex hop character, good malt in the background and just enough Belgian-ness. The Bruery gets plenty of hype, but for me anyway, they pretty much hit the mark with very few exceptions. This is another great one, I'm very happy to have readily available to me. Thanks Patrick!

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Photo of kels
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg for expanding their Bruery selection. Eager to try this one now that the weather is getting nice and warm.

Pours a a hazy apricot shade with somewhat visible light carbonation bubbles running throughout. 2 fingers of fluffy, bubbly, creamy off-white head fade and retain at a solid 1 finger, leaving tremendous amounts of thick, bubbly lacing sheeting the sides of the glass.

Smell is really mouthwatering. Hints of light citrus malts and sweet, juicy peach pair with a crisp, dry, powdery malt. Nice and light and fragrant, and more characteristic of IPAs and APAs I've enjoyed than Belgian Strong Pales.

Refreshing, full flavors are well-complemented by bright, robust carbonation. Definite juicy fruity flavors of tart, bitter citrus and sweet, sticky apricots dominate the palate. The malts are really crisp and dry, keeping the overall feel and taste light. There's a really interesting dimension of spiciness to the beer that is most present in the aftertaste. It is pleasantly peppery, adding a surprising bite to the overall experience. A touch of the alcohol is detectable in the aftertaste as well, and can be felt warming the throat into the stomach. Beer leaves a sticky coating throughout the palate, and the flavors hang around with it for quite awhile. A strange plasticy taste arises with a belch (very feminine I know), but I didn't catch it so much beforehand in the taste.

Very tasty, highly drinkable and interesting beer. Always nice to get something pleasantly unexpected in a new beer experience. Would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip it goes! Typical very carbonated Bruery blonde, kick-ass retention and great lacing.

Whoa. I haven't taken a sip yet and I can tell this isn't your father's Belgian Strong Pale. This is a hell of a hoppy beer...some DIPAs don't even smell this hoppy. It's dank, citrusy American hop dominating the nose. If I strain, I can pick out some slight bubblegum.

Ah, OK - it tastes more Belgian than it smells, with some plastic notes in the finish, but the hops hit first, and hard, with juicy citrus up front quickly fading to an ashy, piney bitterness with stonefruit overtones. To me this crosses past the Belgian IPA and into American IPA territory and then some. Tasty, yes, but I would actually like to see a little more Cali-Belgique balance (pun intended), so I'll deduct a half-point from the 4.5 I was considering giving for taste.

Feel is excellent, plenty of soft carbonation and resinous body that goes right down.

I thought I'd be drinking this a little more quickly than I am. The hop intensity here forces me to slow down more than I ordinarily would with a Belgian blonde. Still, decent to good drinkability. Share-able, but I'll undoubtedly finish the 750.

Notes: If I had been rating this purely to style, the rating would have to be a lot lower, as it's not "Belgian" enough to be a BSPA. It seems to me to be a good unfiltered, bottle conditioned American IPA. With some little Belgian characteristics. The last pour with the dregs adds more bitterness and an even smoother mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome with a lot of citrus hop character. The flavor is Belgian yeast, pepper and orange and grapefruit hops. For a Belgian-styled beer, this has a ton of hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best hoppy Belgian beers I have tried.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy yellow into my snifter.

Nose of the beer sort-a smelled like a light lemon pine-sol (cleaning solution)

Strong white head that hung out for quite some time on the glass.

Taste was fantastic! This is probably my favorite beer from The Bruery. It is smooth, sweet, and citrusy without being annoying. Perfect summer beer! Down side is that it is a limited offering, I hope its around a bit longer or becomes a seasonal.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow/goldenrod color that produced a good brilliant white head that left webs of lacing behind.

(S)- Bits of lemon & biscuits with a potent wet pine & lime.

(T)- Dry & biscuit-like up front with a flurry of lemon & lime citrus. A big pine bitterness at the end with more dryness. Hints of mango here & there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Balanced to a point; the hop level really throws its weight around, but not to the point where it feels more than a pale ale.

(D)- An interesting combination in a beer. Golden, yet hopped almost to IPA standards. Crisp & refreshing. A fun beer to enjoy for spring.

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Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, as per the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with about three fingers of foam that over time settles down to about one, leaving some nice lacing while settling.

Smell: WOw. Pineapple, malt and beglian yeast. I could smell this all day.

Taste: Pineapple is the driving force in this. Sugar, slight citrusy hop flavors and a nice yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Such an amazing beer. This is by far my favorite beer from the Bruery. I'm so glad I have access to it locally. I will be buying a lot more of this.

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