Mischief | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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formerly known at Mischief #3

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity, a lot of citrusy hops, honey and some alcohol. Smells like a Belgian-style IPA. The aroma is very well done, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very fruity with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. I like it, very nice flavor profile!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Mischief is definitely a beer that I will be purchasing again in the future. Recommended!

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Photo of AstroAcks6
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical golden Belgian pale ale color with the haze that you'd expect.

S- Bread like malt with fruit notes and definitely hops

T- Impressive and complex flavors in this one. You get the Belgian yeast all over followed by the hops and a slight sour note at the end.

M- Great full bodied beer

D- Worth trying once and coming back to later, alcohol is masked so it's easy to go through a few of these.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, lightly tanned, frothy head. The beer is an amber, honey hue that shows a hint of haze and a light copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, kumquat and bright tangelo zest at first. It quickly gets very clean with perhaps a touch of phenolic character and even a metallic note to it. It is interesting, every time I focus on the nose it just disappears, but if I smell it in passing I notice the bright hop fruitiness. There is perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt character, but not much else other than the hops.

The flavor is dominated by the hop character, though I wouldn't say it is overly aggressive. Up front flavors of lychee, tangelo oil and some grapefruit mix with a nice hop bitterness and perhaps some herbal notes. The finish has more of the same with a really clean malt character that leans towards cracker-like flavors. There is touch of warming from the alcohol in the finish, which brings out a hint of Brandy like fruit character. There is a bit of mouth / teeth coating astringency here; that is almost chalky, perhaps a touch tinny,

My second pour of sees the aroma getting a touch soap-like, with perhaps even a sulfurous smell to it; there is almost a musty, dank cheese note to this even, though this is all pretty faint. The carbonation is nice and fizzy, which compliments the medium'ish body pretty well. The tropical fruit character in the flavor really stands out. The hops and the alcohol combine with the faint malt to accentuate a perceived sweetness in this beer.

This is an exceedingly light flavored beer if you discount the hops. The fermentation character is too light to stand up to the hops, despite the fact that the hop character is not overly aggressive here. All of this is despite the fact that I served this on the warm side. I do like the hop character here, it is perfect for a Pale Belgian beer of this strength, but it really needs some interesting yeast derived flavors to make this truly interesting. Despite all my complaining, this is actually a pretty tasty beer. There are no major flaws and it is hard to screw up bright hops, even if the background is a bit cleaner than I expected; really the fermentation character plays more of a supporting / subservient role than I was expecting, but does compliment the hops well.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes with some sweetness and a bit of honey. Estery yeast with notes of vanilla, pineapple, and pepper.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with lots of spicy yeast. Notes of pepper and clove with a little pineapple. Some slightly acidic notes towards the finish with more clove and pepper as well as light vanilla. Spicy yeast and bready malt in the finish with moderate earthy hops and bitterness. Lots of lingering clove and herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A solid example of the style, this beer is full of complex and bold flavors. The yeast is quite dominant in the flavor with a clove note that lasts through the finish. There is some fairly strong malt and a bit of fruity character, more in the aroma than flavor. An enjoyable beer, though the clove character gets a bit excessive toward the end of the glass. Another nice beer from the Bruery, though not as good as their saisons.

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Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mischief pours a light golden color. It's a little hazy. When held to light, it has a bright straw appearance. It's capped with an impressive, fluffy white head. It's easily two and a half fingers deep. Lacing was extremely sticky and thick.

The nose is damn good. I was a little taken aback by the strong hops. They have quite the presence. They're a primarily citric and feature the typical grapefruit, orange, and pine scents. There's definitely some sweet malt holding it together. Smells like pale malt to me. Belgian yeast is noted. It's not quite as strong as I'd like, but its presence is duly noted. Alcohol is buried. I'm not getting any.

The flavor is impressive. It kicks off with a bit of a sweet flavor. Pale malt seems to hold everything together. Hops kick in and have a nice flavor. They're citric and feature the above mentioned flavors. Seems to be the usual IPA suspects. But, it's not all that bitter. I'd prefer more in that department. Belgian yeast is easily noted. It seems more pronounced in flavor. I like that, but it may have a detrimental effect on the hops. I don't know for sure. I'm a little curious as to why this isn't a Belgian IPA. Alcohol isnt' all that noticeable. It's blended very well. It finishes with a citrusy, very dry taste.

Mischief has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is light, but it definitely has bubbles. More wouldn't be a bad thing. Drinkability is very good. I like the flavor quite a bit, and it goes down nice and easy. I'll finish off this 750 with no problem at all.

Mischief is a nice release from The Bruery. I like it. I think it's more of a Belgian IPA than a BSPA, and should be characterized as such. Just my take. While it is very good, it could be better. More bitterness would be my first request. I like the hop flavor, but it's crying out for a little more bitterness. More carbonation would help, too. Having said that, it's far from flat. All in all, Mischief is good beer....whatever it is. Definitely one of the better beers from The Bruery I've had. Check it out if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A golden/straw color with a huge, fluffy head that rose to fill the glass. A pretty beer, with just a touch of haze and streams of bubbles from the nucleation site.

A medicinal, herbal hop aroma with lemon peel and spice. A toasted biscuit backbone holds strong and allows the hops some room to play.

The flavor profile matches the aroma, only with some grassy hops taking hold up front. Medicinal/herbal hops with a prickly mouthfeel through the middle. The finish is crisp and dry with a slight citrus that lingers.

A light body that is crisp and dry. Very refreshing with a good hop kick.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. Love the hop profile for this style.

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Photo of saccro
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Smells like a pineapple at first, a lot tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Juicy, floral, resiny, tropical/citrus hop flavors give a great taste to this beer. Still a good amount of sourdough like malt and hint of spice.

M: Full-bodied and resiny

D: Really love this beer. Delicious. A new member of my staff.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1" head that breaks down quickly to a surface foam.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness are mild overall.

Taste: malt sweetness with red apples, tart green grapes, some mild orange and lemon citrus, and a soft pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this is a nicely quaffable beer. Worthy of a try.

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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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