Eternal Sunshine
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #740
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,769
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Valley Road Enterprises / Pizza Boy Brewing Co. "Eternal Sunshine"
Sampled from what seems like a 16 fl. oz. can but which is not labeled as such. Coded "WALKIN ON SUNSHINE 11/8/17 14:52"
$3 at the brewery

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, this is really light in color. Or at least it seemed to be as I poured it. Now it's a kind of cloudy light yellow gold. It looks a little like a witbier. The bright white head was hard to bring up, and now it's already dropped. I'm guessing that it's just lightly carbed so as not to amplify the sourness. On to the aroma... mineralish citrus rind with a hint of lemon. I guess there's a little grainy malt in there as well but not much, and just a suggestion of hop resin. It's "clean" as far as sour beers go. The flavor is tart with a very light bit of sweetish malt, some chalky mineral, some fruit pulp/rind, and a light touch of grassiness. It's not bad but it's not great, and fairly light overall. You could certainly drink a few of these if you wanted to though, perhaps on a hot day at a baseball game or something. What's the alcohol? 5.2%? Well that could catch up with you though. On to the mouthfeel, it's light in body, and softly carbonated as I'd suspected. It's not really that tart though so I'm not sure that keeping the carbonation soft was really needed. But I'm not the brewer so who cares what I think. It needs a little more of everything in my opinion anyway, especially hop aroma. I was hoping for something special but this is actually my least favorite beer from Pizza Boy.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Nov 22, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden body with persistent, soft and pillowy carbonation throughout the entire session. I let this sit in a crowler in the fridge for the better part of 6 months and it still came out stellar.

Smell is pear with a good amount of lemony dry hops and a bouquet of wildflowers.

It's quite hoppy, but only in a floral, citrusy way, with a really nice balance of tartness and light sweetness, tasting of apple, pear, lemon and flowers.

Semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 12, 2016
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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps my new favorite beer. Aroma of peach, pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit with a slight hint of tartness. Tastes very similar as in the nose although has more noticeable tartness and funk going on. Very easy drinking and refreshing. Could crush this all summer long. Naysayers may poo-poo this beer for being cloudy but I don't really give a funk about that. Tastes great and only 5.0% abv. Please make more of this beer if you're listening Pizza Boy!!

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jwhancher from Pennsylvania, Jun 21, 2016
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a honey color verging on golden with a modest head that leaves a few drizzles of lace

Smell: Acetic tones of sour citrus along with hoppy bitterness

Taste: Slightly grainy and citrusy, up front, with lemon leading the parade; in the middle, the acetic character fills in, though there are plenty of bitter hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting combination of hop and sour tones

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 07, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a slightly hazed pale yellow with a finger of dense white head that fades to a small pool. Some lacing sticks around as well
S: smells of tropical fruits with some pineapple and mango. slight citrus as well. Smells phenomenal
T: Taste is a nice blast of tartness to kick things off with plenty of pineapple and mango flavors. Great grapefruit rind notes as well with just a hint of sweetness. Swallow is more tropical fruits with a little bit of pine.
M: Lighter side of medium on the palate with soft but slightly prickly carbonation. Semidry finish as the hops try to coat the mouth and the acid dries.
O: This beer rocks the house. The sour base and the hops play very well together making this one a treat. If you see this you should buy it.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Nov 26, 2015
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It is everything I like in beer, food and, for that matter, life! It is bright; very bright! Looks a hazy yellow with a nice head that fades. Nose is simply gorgeous - assertive lemons, oranges, and sweet lemony honey tones, with hints of floral hops.

The taste and mouthfeel are, for me, almost perfect. Perfect balance with a medium body; light carb and perfect sour/citric/citrus balance and flavors. This really is like sunshine in a glass! Why did I just discover this beer. Now, to try to get more! If you like bright, high note beer - this one is for you.

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GRG1313 from California, Aug 06, 2015
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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is a soft, pale grain with some light hops. Flavor is a delicate lemondrop mixed with some other tropical fruit (passion fruit, star fruit) as well as some delicate grain & faint hops. It is less acidic / lactic sour and more of a tingly tart in the body, which is fine by me. Lots of sours just heap on a bunch of lactose at the end & overpower other flavors, where as this is much more nuanced and balanced. Finish is the only slight disapointment, as there is a lingering mild hop bitterness that doesn't mesh with this otherwise refreshing brew. Clean & simple, but great tropical flavors with a welcome tart splash.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jul 28, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip. Thanks for the hookup, StormKing47.

A: Pours a bright lemon yellow with a finger of soft white head that collapsed into a fuzzy collar and wispy film.
S: Very light and delicate notes of mango, kiwi, and crisp wheat and pale grains. I get some hints of citrus as well. Very fruity, light, and refreshing smelling. Very light tartness.
T: Hops are again an interesting mixture of tropical mango and kiwi mixed with kumquat and tangerine citrus. The pale and crisp grain bill is delicate and overshadowed by the hops and yeast. Yeast is powdery, chalky, and minerally, and mostly comes through in the finish. The finish is slightly bready, and the aftertaste has a clean and crisp tartness and disappear rather quickly.
M: Medium-light body, crisp and clean mouthfeel, with soft and fuzzy carbonation. Tartness is clean and not overpowering. Flavors are rather delicate and light overall.
O: A very easy to drink and clean sour beer. Flavors are light and delicate but delicious. Not overly complicated or complex, but very enjoyable. Thanks again Josh.

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scottfrie from California, Jun 30, 2015
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3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Nose is a ton of lemon, hints of citrus, and faint dusty brett. Flavor is similar, a bit more tropical and a bit more sweet. Lemon transitions to strong pineapple with a faint dusty brett. Finish is big time tropical fruit but a touch sweet. Light body, very soft carb, delicate feel.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, May 06, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is so tasty! Some hops, orange, maybe grapefruit on the first taste, finishes perfectly tart, with a little bit off sweetness. I think most everyone would enjoy this beer. I wish it was regularly available to me, very refreshing.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden yellow with a tall white loosely formed head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Subtle nose with great citrus aroma of orange and lemon. Slight hay and grass notes in the background. Very citrus forward, actually starts sweet with some of that orange from the nose and then progresses nicely to a tart lemon finish, hay notes and some vinegar after the finish. Light body, higher carbonation and a very dry finish. Very drinkable, moderate sour. I thought this was a nice citrusy sour ale.

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HopBomb515 from New Jersey, Apr 20, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color. Hazy in appearance. Basically a sour ipa. Orange, tangerine zest and grapefruit pith. Dry, slightly tart finish. Not overly sour. It's good.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Apr 13, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear yellow orange. Medium white head. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Hoppy and acidic. Nice combination. Orange and lemon. Stone fruit?

Taste - Strong citrus hop. Strong lemon. Lightly grainy. Moderate sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very pleasant tartness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent. Great combination of sour and hops.

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Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an unchilled pilsner glass. Pours a very light golden yellow almost like champagne with a full three fingers of head that dissipated into nice rings and lacing. Really beautiful looking beer. Smells of hops and citrus (guessing lemon or grapefruit based on name). Little else. Tastes delicious. Hops, lemon or grapefruit with no piney bite back. She is tart but sweet at the same time. Very smooth, light, crisp and drinkable. This was an extra in a trade and extremely good. Aftertaste is mainly tart citrus with a tiny bit of hops. This would be awesome on a hot summer day. Great american wild ale.

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uvachief from Virginia, Mar 25, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a relatively clear golden yellow with a sparse, loose white head that fades quickly. The nose is tropical citrus notes, melted plastic, and grain. However, clean and acidic citrus flavors dominates each sip with minimal funk or plastic. It's light bodied, clean drinking, tropical, and has a semi-dry finish, but a surprising amount of bitterness that sets in late in the game. It's a tart and drinkable berliner, but be warned...the plastic is strong with this one.

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Photo of pinyin
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle served in a 14 ounce metric wine glass.

Coloring is perfect. A yellowish copper with a slight haze.

The nose is subtle, not too strong, somewhat floral and piney. Gives me the impression of cascade and citra.

Taste is amazing. I would best classify this as a hoppy session pilsner sour. You can definitely taste the pilsner yeast, as well as the wild yeast or pellicle additions. There is a slight sour mouth feel but it is perfectly balanced with the malts and hops, and not overpowering at all. Very unique and sessionable. Really special product.

Overall a finely handcrafted product, that I would definitely purchase again and again, if I could get it at a decent price.

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pinyin from New York, Mar 08, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of grapefruit, but there isn't much in the way of acidity or bitterness. It's kind of like fizzed grapefruit juice. Bits of sourness are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Light amounts of tartness are noticeable.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and would make for nice selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Mar 08, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden orange/yellow, with a 1.5 inch head, fizzy and white, with a good amount of lacing.

This smells more like an IPA than a sour, but that's ok. Tons of juicy citrus, orange and pineapple mainly, with some funk and hay in the background.

This essentially tastes like a really fruity tropical fruit-forward IPA with a tangy finish. The sour element increases as the beer warms. It almost feels like a blend of a berliner and an IPA, as the beer has two very distinct elements- the hoppy and the sour, that don't seem to meld together as well as I'd like. Don't get me wrong- the beer tastes great, but I was looking for a little more cohesiveness here.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, and slightly tart mouthfeel, with a fruity finish. The carbonation level is moderate. This is really really refreshing, and would probably be best drank in the summer.

This was tasty, but as I said above, I was hoping that the two elements- the "dry hop" and the "sour" were better integrated.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 02, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquisition: 02.25.2015 - Bottle Bar, Frankford Ave - PHL 19125

(Appearance) Nice. Straw yellow, no head retention although clean and fairly clear.

(Aroma) Nice. Although the label states dry hopped, this sample has nothing to show. As it warms up a smelled a bit of hops although un-classifiable variety, possibly a older sample? Regardless of the dry hop, this beer smells really nice. Spicy, zesty, floral, and a small amount of the wild we hope for.

(Taste) Very Nice. This beer is a surpriser, tart, fruity, sour, and a bit of salt with a dry finish. Super drinkable, it made me want to eat fatty food like a stinky cheese.

(Overall) Very Nice. I like this beer. I like that its a local brand and oddly it taste local, can't explain it but I think of Lancaster air, even tough its from York? I hate the label! This is one of those examples if they changed the label to look like an indie-rock album they would sell more beer, or charge more. Can't wait to visit the pub and drink this fresh.

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Zahmzwickler from Pennsylvania, Feb 26, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Straw-yellow with 1 finger of white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, clementine, lemon, and candy sugar. No real sign of sourness...

Taste
Medium-light Lacto sourness from the gate. Opens up to lemon citrus along with lighter notes of pineapple and clementine. A sprinkle of grapefruit zest. Clean bready malts in the background.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, tart, and refreshing with light carbonation.

Overall
This works extremely well. The Lacto helps to bring out lemon notes that go great with the hops. Not overly sour or hoppy, but just right. Tastes like summertime.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Feb 23, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mildly pale golden hazy with no head or lacing. Hoppy nose with a strange yeasty sour scent. Medium carbonation with heavy latent carbonation off the back of the pallet: thin body. Very slight bananaish taste, with obvious hop citrus presence, without the resin/pine taste. The slightest allusions of kiwi after the hop flavor and before the yeasty finish. Almost no malt body to it. Overall a nice spin on a sour. Typically dont see hoppy sours like this. Bravo.

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3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Odd but oddly appealing, this one.

This was a slightly hazy golden color and it poured with a short lived fizzy head.

Very enticing aroma, lots of very fresh hop character; zesty citrus and resinous pine. Plenty of green apple tartness and some sugar cookie malts as well. Never smelled anything like it.

Not as good as the smell suggested it would be unfortunately. The hops are much harder to find behind the candy-like sour apple. Strong clove notes blanketed everything and there was a weird bitter/tart earthiness at the end. The mouthfeel was a bit too heavy and the carbonation faded too quickly.

Cool concept here and this was fun to drink for sure. Another reviewer mentioned kiwi. Wish I had thought of that, spot on descriptor.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Feb 08, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a bright and medium deep yellow golden in color. A very small head forms and sticks around only a little while. Lacing is minimal due to lack of a head. The body is mostly hazy as well.

S- First off, hops bitterness hits the nose before the more traditional tart scents move in. Somewhere in the transition between mildly bitter hops and tart citric notes, the scent takes on a bit of a chemical-like scent. It almost smells like a freshly opened band-aid. Definitely a little off putting, but it moves into the tart and lemony scent at the end.

T- This beer starts off with a touch of hops, just like in the scent, but quickly moves towards more tart flavors. The taste profile goes from lightly hopped and bitter to lightly tart and sour with notes of acidic lemon. Towards the back end of the drink, the band-aid flavor from the scent kicks in and imparts its weirdness before returning to mild tartness again.

M- Like most wild ales, this one is rather light across the tongue with a medium to higher level of carbonation. The alcohol level is undetectable and it is smooth and easy drinking. The light tartness is fairly thirst quenching as well.

Overall, this would be a very good and unique dry hopped sour beer without the band-aid flavor in there. As is, it is still unique, but it is held back by the odd flavor.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this rarity at my local spot, Civera's in Drexel Hill, PA. Kinda stoked since my local store only received a case of this. Let's see how it matches up.

Look: upon the first pour, a clear yellow, almost Amber-like hue that gives off about an inch of frothy white foam head, however dissipates quite quickly. Not much lacing

Smell: somewhat bready-like malts are what is first noticed upon the initial inspection. Then the second and third check, somewhat sweet, citrus and piney hops are quite apparent

Taste: upon first sips, a lemon-like zest is definitely noticeable. Second and third tries, a bready-like bitter flavor adds to the mix, with a very subtle hint of citrus and underlying grapefruit hops. More like a tart, hoppy flavor is more accurate. Not bad

Feel: somewhat moderate carbonation, pretty clean finish.

Overall: coming into this, I was highly interested in a good, ol' run of the mill sour ale. And this was a pretty good definition of such. Unfortunately, it's not exactly my cup of tea, however I appricate the form and do my best to expand my horizons. I won't have again, however would recommend to a friend who enjoys sour ales. Cheers!

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DMXLOX22 from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Standard pour yields slightly more than a fingers worth of lopsided froth that is off-white in terms of color and comprised of an array of varying sizes bubbles... Limited retention gives way to a full veil of crisp lacing and then fading to a thin collar and splotchy lacing in the center of the glass... The color is an ultra clear pale gold with just a touch of a honey hue mixed in... Mostly still with just a couple of stray carbonation bubbles here and there... A big nose that can be detected without bring your nose to the glass... The aroma is familiar, but yet completely unique... The light lactic presence intermingles with the dry hopping for a completely appealing and intoxicating aroma... Some fruit notes with kiwi becoming the most prominent... A bit musky... This is a rock star aroma... The flavor is as expected... Certainly a bit more sour than hoppy... However, the dry hopped addition keeps this from being an overpowering sour... Good balance... Delicate nuance... Color me impressed... On the fuller side of light bodied... Lively... Limited carbonation... Smooth... A bit regal... Tart and puckering on the finish... Love it... Not a single bit of constructive criticism... This is an outstanding sour and a more tan reasonable price point... Al and Terry hit it out of the park with this one... Completely unique and highly enjoyable... I can't get enough of it...

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philbe311 from Pennsylvania, Jan 24, 2015
Eternal Sunshine from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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