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Redhook Treblehook | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treblehook is vigorously hopped and patiently aged with aromatic malt and spicy hop notes. Smooth and complex, this beer is carefully brewed by hand with sublte caramel, toffee and chocolate notes.

52 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 11-21-2007

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to joepais for sending me this as an extra in Growling at the Moon. A 12 ounce bottle; 2007 vintage. Poured into my Imperial pint glass and allowed to warm for about 15 minutes. Appears full of suspended particulates, hazy, and rich apricot in color with about a finger of lingering cream colored foam. The head leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Smells and tastes of candy apples, highly floral hops, pine, brown sugar, molasses, nectarines, apricots, honey coated pears, and a touch of bitter citrus such as white grapefruit towards the end. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Cheers to the guys up in NH, well done! I enjoyed this along with a few wheels of red waxed Babybel's semi-soft cheese. The cheese worked well and really helped to keep the sweetness of the Treblehook in check.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is aged about a year. Orangey copper with a low head of beige foam that leaves sticky fingers reaching up the sides of the glass as it recedes. Some sediment is suspended.

Aroma of ripe pear, honey, cinnamon and spruce.

Rich flavor of honey, apricot, brown sugar, some toffee and grapefruit pith. Good balance of malt sweetness and juicy hops. Finishes a bit piney, ABV is noticeable but doesn't detract.

Mouthfeel is just a little slick, but full, finishes creamy with a slight warming of the cheeks. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, this one's a treat.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received as an incredibly cool extra from DIM... Treblehook has been on my wants since I first heard about it.. Very cool.. Thanks Dan... Tonight it's poured into my Chimay goblet.

An aggressive pour revealed only a slight and short lasting 1/4" head.. only touches of lace as the brew leaves the glass.. the beer itself is a perfectly clear deep orange red..

The nose is sorta muted hoppiness with quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts.. hops are there, but lite with a piney/citric element..

Flavor is much more abundant then the aroma.. bracing bitterness balanced by a great malty quality that is chock full of caramel and bready malts .. not alot of yeasty esters, fairly clean in this mode.. a little bit of golden raisin.. grapefruit zest hops are present for sure.. sorta oily... reminds me of Old Boardhead with a year or two on it.. that makes sense, because the OB is a hop monster out of the gate.

The body is nice and firm with a little too much burpy carbonation for my liking.. still it tastes great.. I bet this was a hoppy beast when it first came out.. now.. the hops are still very present and make it a pretty well balanced BW... I think a little bit more age may help .. but I wanted to try this one as soon as I opened Dan's box and sample it as fresh as possible.. Drinkability is sorta high for me just because I want another sip and try and analyze it.. I like it for sure.

Huge thanks Dan... I hope you like your box. :-)

Edit: Looking at other reviews, I honestly expected more love on this one... It really is pretty fine.


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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trade with New Hampshire, one of the non-breakingbottles sent to NYC. 2007 edition. Pours medium amber with a bit of foam and minimal head. Good malty barley aroma, though sweet. Medium mouthfeel, nice barleywine not at peak and not young either. Quite drinkable. Bit sugary sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a moderate head that drops to a big bubbled film and litters a few dots of lace around

Smell: Rich caramel malt with undertones of pine

Taste: Opens with a caramel base upon which the piney hops start to make an appearance; by mid-palate, the citrus joins the fray to provide a nicely balanced profile; after the swallow, the bitter flavors linger but once again are dominated by the brown sugary malt

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A solid, if not somewhat above average, barleywine

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I expected nothing and was greeted with...

Deep copper tea color with a half finger head of off white foam that melted quickly to just a surface bubbling. However, a bit of nice lace is left in it's wake.

Aroma is very, very 'barleywine'...a bit of sweet amber malts get over-run by some sweet, citrus hops...very fresh smelling.

Taste is a rewarding balance reminiscent of BigFoot....sweet amber malts and lots and lots of wonderful citrus peel hops...both orange peel and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and smooth. Nice light alcohol burn as you swallow and between sips. Lingering balance of the sweetness of malts and bitterness of the hops.


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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra from YonderWanderer (I think) so thanks go out to you..

2007 Vintage poured into a Duvel tulip.

Very lively clear whiskey-like appearance. A vigorous pour produces a fairly small off white head...

Aroma is a nice combination of pungent citrusy hops and a sweet toffee like maltiness... I can smell just a tinge of booze as well.. There's a brown sugar quality to this as well..

At first, this was very malt dominated and I thought it might have even been a little oxidized. Soon enough, after it warmed a little, those citrusy hops became quite pungent and this almost reminded me of a DIPA. The beer then changed again as it finally got closer to room temperature and the brown sugar and sweetness of the malts came through again...

I was actually a little surprised at how good this was. This was a damn good little barleywine.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy deep amber copper, shades of rust with a medium head that remains as a ring with some lacing.

Smell is pretty deep and complex. Not much alcohol present which allows various other aromas to come through. Seems that the hops have faded some when looking at other reviews. I'm getting lots of fruit up front. Raisin, plum, and apple seem most apparent. Some caramal and toffee, with light brown sugar, soaked in a doughy bread. Mostly malts for sure. Some piney hops pour through along with grapefruit.

With the taste, malts are still most apparent, coming through up front again. The hops, however, make their presence felt quickly with a sharp bitterness in the middle before giving way again to the delicious malt. I'm sure in its early days this seemed eerily similar to a IIPA.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin but the heavy malts reinforce it a little. I actually prefer this at times to the excessively chewy and thick bodies that some Barleywines can have because of the fact that it's easier to drink.

At just under 10% though, you don't want to drink this too fast...either way, I liked this one quite a bit and couldn't help but do just that.

A big thanks goes to joepais for this extra in a trade...it was tasty!

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of joepais, thanks much for this extra!

Pours a bright and clear dark amber color, with a decent white head. Classic looking barleywine.

Aromas are of booze, oak, dark stewed fruits, and cereal like grains.

Flavor is surprisingly crisp and clean. A lot crisper than any other barleywine I have tasted. Bright floral and mineral like hop bite, very obvious carbonation, and some boozy stewed fruit malt flavors. This comes off as a lighter barleywine, with a definite hop kick. It's quite tasty though.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little too much carbonation for my liking, and a bit thin on the finish, but not bad.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice tasty barleywine that is quite easy to drink. Well done Redhook.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany/deep amber with a one-inch off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Random lacing/sheets down my snifter.

Smells of apricots and peaches with some molasses-like malts. Big hoppy presence: very earthy and floral. Just a hint of booze.

Big and malty up front: molasses and toffee before a big floral, earthy hop bite. More sweetness follows: molasses, caramel and apricot, and then a long, dry warming alcohol finish. Wonderfully balanced.

Chewy and thick at first, but it thins and dries out towards the finish.

Tasty, but the alcohol sure kicks in with this one. It's not too hot, but I think some time will definitely up the ante with this one.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from johnnnniee. Thanks for the chance

A: Pours a nice reddish coppery color with a good sized slightly off-white head that leaves plenty of generous lacing, though not very sticky, in its absence.

S: I think there has to be a hop strain in this beer that I automatically love. I don't know what it is, but any time I smell it it immediately pleases me. It reminds me of some of my favorite and earliest American Barleywines/Strong Ales
Fruity hops with a great pineapple/grapefruit/citrus feel. This is followed by sweet notes of the malt

T: The first taste led me to rate the taste as a 3.5, but as I made it past the first few sips I started to like it a bit more. The taste is a balance between sweet and dark fruits (light raisins or plums) with the citrusy and fruity hops. It doesn't finish too sweet, nor is the alcohol present in the end.

M&D: My first thought when I sipped this beer was that the taste was uninspiring and the mouthfeel a bit thin. As I went on I changed my opinion of the taste, but only slightly on the mouthfeel. It still seems a bit too thin, but not bad. As for drinkability I would have to say that the beer does a nice job hiding whatever alcohol is in it (I would guess around 9%, certainly not over 10%).
This is a barleywine that I would add to my annual year end purchases(seems like 50% of my yearly beer purchases occur in the winter). If only it were brewed and available near me. I would definitely want to try this one again and hope that they brew some more

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Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear yellowish copper color. It poured with a smallish light tan head with decent retention. A gentle swirling of the glass revived it long after the pour.

s: Fruit aromas from all aspects of this beer combine to create a fantastic aroma. The hops are dominant smelling of pineapple and orange zest. There is a hint of pine as well. The malts smell of sweet plums and to a lesser extent, sour green apples. Some faint alcohol to be found as well.

t: The taste is a bit different than what the smell would suggest. A lot more of sour apple/cherry comes through. There are still plenty of orange/pineapple hops though. The finish is dry and maybe a bit too yeasty. The alcohol is very well masked.

m: The carbonation is perfect for a barleywine. Assertive enough to tickle the tongue without drowning anything out. Viscous without being syrupy as well.

d: Thanks to joepais for this excellent extra. I hope they decide to make more of this.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Redhook in Portsmouth, NH yesterday.

Color: Amber with nice ruby red hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Very hoppy upfront with malt underneath. Aroma of plum and raisins. As it warms up, hops and fruit show through the most.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy upfront. Raisin and plum flavors. Bready/chewy. A bit of alcohol warmth shows through. Coats the back of the throat mildly.

A second sip finds the hops dominating the palate, followed by alcohol warmth. Very subtle flavors. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth, raisin and plum flavors.

Drinkability: More of a sipping beer. Definitely not something you'd want to quaff. The alcohol warmth will fade over time, hopefully mellowing things.

Verdict: A very drinkable, enjoyable barleywine from a brewery that usually gets shunned because of it's connection to Anheuser-Busch. It's a shame because people are missing out on a beer like this and Treblehook makes a great addition to a cellar, which I plan to do with at least another bottle to see how it ages over time.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Johhhnie for this great throwin. Very generous.

No date on the bottle. Pours ruby, mahogony with carmel, buckhide leathery, creamy head. Smell is very nice. Piney hops, red apple, short bread covered in carmel sweetness with some molasses. Taste isn't as intense as the smell. Begins with a rounded maple syrup, tangerines, white bread, raisins, apricot, all balanced by a very understated piney hop oil with a very floral finish snapped with some alcohol spicyness. Mouthfeel is a bit hard to put my finger on. Certainly coats the mouth but isn't as thick as some english barleywines. Very enjoyable after dinner sipper.

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Photo of awall422
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark orange-red with a 1/2 finger hread that dissipated quickly and left faint lacing.

initial reaction to the smell was, huh, this is barleywine? intense hop arom, almost completely overwhelming any malt sweetness in the background. Nice pine and resiny hops, while my wife thought there were hints of lemondrop candy in the background too.

taste follows exactly as the aroma sets you up, sharp hop bite on top of some nice sweetness. really would be hard pressed to distinguish this from a lot of the imperial ipa's i've had.

mouthfeel is a little syrupy, coating the palate nicely as a strong ale ought to.

pretty good job of hiding the alcohol presence, so it's pretty easy to drink, but it catches up to you fast. in bottle of this is enough for me at a sitting.

best beer i've had from redhook in a long time.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for this in his BIF.
Pours a clear dark copper with a lingering white head and some sticky lacing. Hummm, must be a good amount of hops here.
Smell is pretty mild, a very nice balance between hops and malt. The hops don't come through much in the smell.
Taste is a thick malt up front, nice and sweet, almost like an English BW. The finish is much more hoppy with lots of lingering hop bitterness, mostly grassy and piney. Some notes of dark fruit and honey.
Feels smooth and creamy, very little carbonation.
This is really well balaced between malt and hop. Really wish I had some more but I guess I was pretty lucky to have tried it as it was a one time release in NH only.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a three fingered, cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is cherry and caramel. Flavor is caramel but barely sweet, sweet and sour cherry. High ABV stays hidden. Some bitter aftertaste. The ABV is 9.8% since we have a strange law here in NH limiting beer to 10%. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a reddish orange hue when held up to the light. Meager head dissipates to lace on the glass. Aroma is piney, grapefruity, citrusy hops, some alcohol and a faint caramel malt in the background. Tastes like it smells. Bit of a hop bite on the tounge and in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I expected, not much malt going on here. Overall its an ok Barleywine, the alcohol is well hidden by the hops. I would have liked a bit more of a malt backbone.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean copper colored beer with a small off white head. Big piney hop notes and alcohol dominate the aroma. With hints of malty sweetness in the background. A light malty sweetness starts on the tip of the tongue. The sweetness has almost a candy note to it with a little cereal background. A spicy piney hop character plays along the sides and back of your mouth and throat. The Alcohol presence is felt in the back of the throat also, after the swallow.

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Photo of mshallah
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising color of light reddish-copper as I was expecting something darker. The aroma also surprises as it's a dead ringer for an Imperial IPA. Flavor is glorious with huge hop flavors of citrus and pine. The sweet and sticky malt sugars add to the citrus to make glazed dried fruit. Yum. Alcohol has a deep, rounded background presence that adds warmth. Overall, I would have to say I am very pleased with this purchase and will soon no doubt, wish I had bought more.

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Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 oz bottle poured a clear caramel color with an off white head that turned quickly to a thin lace. A bouquet of hops aroma filled the top of my Duvel tulip. Other wonderful aroma’s that follow are pine and caramel malt’s. This ale has a nice creamy mouth feel with a dry finish to it .It has flavors of pine, citrus, along with sweet malt with a nice warming alcohol flavor. This is a great offering from Redhook it would be nice to see it in their seasonal rotation

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium copper, clear, with a small off white head that quickly fades to a faint covering. Aroma is candy like, sweet and sugary mixed with berry and citrus fruit, lemon heads and cherry lifesavers. Malty cereal, hints of alcohol and peppery hops in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma with sugary malts accentuating the citrusy hops before a decent peppery bitterness bites on the tongue and leads into a drying finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slightly thick sweet feel on the tongue but this is balanced by the cutting bitterness. A very nice hoppy barleywine, the alcohol is only slightly noticeable and the hoppiness makes this seem quite easy to drink. Strong sweet citrus characteristics are great now while fresh but I look forward to some age on it to see what develops. Thanks Dave for the opportunity.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago, heading to the Portsmouth Brewpub with Alewife, and opted to stop at Redhook. Only a quickie, picking up a 4-pack (12oz bottles) of this new seasonal ($12.99) for later.

Well, now it's "later". Poured into a Rapscallion goblet, Treble is a clear, deep amber colored bier. Head is almost nonexistant, merely a few beige bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Leaves a little lace behind here and there. Nice color, but.... Nose is ripe with some tropical fruit and caramel, with hoppy aromatics lingering about. The bier has a solidly medium body, followed by a smooth, easy slide over the tongue. Minimal prickliness to be found here. Real nice...

Flavorwise, Treble has some distinct caramel/toffee malt attributes hitting the palate first off. This gives it a light sweetness, leading into the hoppy phase of the quaff. These lupulins are a bit resiny and rindy, with a little pine thrown in for good measure. Noticeable amounts of citrus action appear, perhaps some pineapple, and the hoppy quality of Treble lingers quite long in the aftertaste. The 9.8% abv is noticeable in the warming effect evident in the belly.

This is a decent stab at a Barleywine. I've had the last 2 bottles this eve, after having the 1st 2 upon returning from Portsmouth that day 2 weeks ago. I must say, I like it better tonight than then, though after having a couple of pints of Portsmouth Imperial IPA, my tastebuds may have been shot. Not that that's a bad thing! ;-)


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a ruby tinged darker amber color. There was very little head, and it dropped off quickly. It has a nice nose to it. I get some citrusy hops, with a faint whiff of pineapple. The taste is quite good. A nice full caramel malt body, but not too sweet. There is a nice bitterness sitting on top of it. This drinks real easy. I hope this becomes a regular addition to their lineup.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9.8% one-off, brewed and available only in Portsmouth, NH.

Pours dark copper, with a half-inch off-white head.
Clearish body and average retention. A varied amount of streak and dots of lacework continue throughout the glass.
Aromatics are laced with tropical fruit, fresh malt, and warming alcohol. A hint of vanilla-nougat steps forward as it warms. Floral and estery in nature, but not pungent.
On the sticky side of medium for mouthfeel, and carbonation is spot-on. Slightly creamy. No syrupy character.
The pallet is where the brilliance is in this beer. It starts off with plenty of hops in the flavoring, with enough bittering to keep the beer in barleywine range. Fresh malt comes through, with some faint doughy notes, but it's strictly playing a supporting role. Again, the malt is just enough to put the beer in barleywine territory.
With each sip the fruity essence of the hops come through more and more. Peaches, melons, and tangerines. Definately plenty of that Amarillo/ Simcoe character.
The beer finishes fairly dry and clean, with some lingering boozyness and more fresh fruits.

Damn, this beer has grown on me. The restrained malt character, fullish attenuation, and hopping character of the beer puts it well within IIPA territory.
Extremely drinkable and alcohol is decieving.
Some additional hops in the nose, and a kick up on the ABV would put this beer closer to a 5.
Definately one to drink fresh, if you're looking for a hop fix.
Too bad it's $12.99 a four-pack, probably the best Redhook I've ever had.

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Redhook Treblehook from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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