Deathly Pale Ale | ReaperAle

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Deathly Pale AleDeathly Pale Ale

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California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the Mortality Stout on tap so I Grabbed a 22 oz.bomber of the deathly pale.

It poured a nice amber with a nice head of off-white foam.

Strong smell of fresh hops and tea.

A light tealike sweetness. Nice citrus flavor finish is a dry bitterness that sticks to the tongue. That bitterness seems to build with every swig.

Pretty good!

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Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$4.99 @ buy rite edison nj (the place to be...)

excellent froth on this bitch, coppertone all the way, large bubbles in the whire head (2 full fingers), 3-4 streams of bubbles working their way up from the bottom of the glass... nice, a little more bubbly than most pales in my experience.

pine but more towards citrus, less grapefruit, more bergamot, goddamn, I would like it as an air freshner... amarillo hops ? not complex but damn, I love that pine/citrus thing, there is a slight mustiness underneath... I have to be fair and rate it just above average but I personally am a sucker for this smell... there isnt much else to it though..

taste etc...
excellent mouthfeel, carbonation, slickness, body, really great feel.
the taste lacks a little bite but has a definite amarillo hit like Alpha King or Gumballhead (three floyds)... but beyond that.. not much else. I prefer the lemony finish of the gumballhead to this but the body works better here than the alpha king... the amarillo is the star here obviously. Complex? not really. deathly pale? eh... hype. Tasty? hop burp yourself all night long.

the mouthfeel is great, so it makes this easy drinking, it is very reminiscent of the 3F Alpha King but isnt as crazy hopped.. CLOSE.. but it isnt. it is rather enjoyable though and very drinkable for hop heads. 6.2% is heavier than most pales so it hides that well.. tasty stuff.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Rick's Wine & Gourmet, Alexandria, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" off-white head above the amber brew. Head holds on well, yet lacing somewhat minimally. Still, the pillowy head impresses me. Aroma is lightly of piney hops, with no obvious malt component. Taste starts with a light biscuity malt flavor, which is quickly overpowered by bitter hops character, with some citrus notes. Bitter aftertaste, but not harsh enough to be off-putting. Mouthfeel is nice for the style, albeit a bit on the hoppy side of a pale ale, and drinkability is great. This one was a nice surprise.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracking open the matching green cap was like a ruining a work of art. Oh well, ya can't make an omlette without breaking eggs.

Even before I can describe the appearance, the wafts of cascade hit me.

Pours an attractive cloudy peach hue topped with a massive inch khaki head cap that settles instantly leaving a bowl of frothy collar.

Quite balanced scents of malt meets orange and lemon citrus hop. Some wood pine resin aromas compliment the olfactory.

First swigs: Hmmm... a bold (a-hem) "pale?" with a dry and hoppy finish. A front of lemon peel citrus hop burst gives way to a quick light malt finish. Plenty of juicy citus Starburst candy hops but too focused around a lemony flavor. Maybe some East Kent and Cascade?

Feel is crisp and medium bodied with a sticky healthy tongue coating dry acidic finish and a lingering aftertaste of bone dry dusty resin.

Last swigs: A pale that thinks it wants to be an IPA. As a pale, it's too hoppy and as an IPA it's too balanced. This is stuck in beer purgatory. I'd try this again but not in a hurry. Too many other beers are as good or better.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this brew after a long day of frickin' shopping for wedding stuff. I managed to stop off at beverages and more in west hollywood and picked up this among others. Nice label of the grim reaper on horseback with a full moon in the background, some skulls on the corners = .5 bump. Poured in a gobblet on a hot ass 91 degree day. Huge tan head that dissapates at an even pace and leaves some decent lacing. Copper with reddish hue's. level carbonation.

Comes across like an IPA as it has a large fresh hop aroma with little malt balance. Tasted a little fruitiness up front but the end was a big young hop blast. Creamy mouthfeel that bends towards puckering acidic.

This is the best offering in my opinion from reaper. Although it borders on an IPA it is an ultra hoppy version of a pale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Then the door was open and the wind appeared,
The candles blew and then disappeared,
The curtains flew and then he appeared, saying don't be afraid,
Come on baby... don't fear the Reaper"

--Blue Oyster Cult

Burnished, shimmering orange-bronze with a tremendously active interior. Swirling plumes of fine yeast eventually settle down into a stationary 'frozen blizzard' and multiple streams of vigorously rising bubbles eventually slow to a more sedate rate of rise. This looks for all the world like a hop-riddled IPA. The head completes the wonderful appearance with its heavy, creamy, cropped mesa of light caramel colored foam that is depositing thick blankets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Excellent IPA (er... APA) nose of Left Coast hopitude. Several of the 4-Cs are undoubtedly present, and, if I'm not mistaken, Amarillo may be in there as well. Deathly Pale has a classic brown sugar-crusted grapefruit and orange peel aroma that never fails to make me salivate. Although it could be stronger, effort is rewarded by olfactory excellence.

I know that the boundary between APAs and IPAs is anything but clear-cut, but this beer strikes me as being definitively on the IPA side of the divide. The malt is hanging on by two fingernails and a toenail and *just* does manage to support the hops. The snappy, moderately resiny, white grapefruit zesty, pine sap sappy hop profile is busting out of its APA britches with zealous abandon.

As I reach the midway point of the bomber, it appears that the malt has thrown up the white flag of surrender. The hops now have free reign and I find that I'm beginning to trip on (alpha) acid. This is far from the most bitter beer I've ever poured down my gullet. Having said that, bitterness outpaces hop flavor, keeping it from being as vibrant as it could be.

Lace update: almost no glass is visible due to the still thick layer of hop crust. The finish is medium to medium-full with a tacky mouthcoating that belongs on a bigger beer. Although it may not be big for an IPA, this is the biggest APA mouthfeel that I've ever run across. The bubbles, which were somewhat jumpy initially, are now well-behaved and are just about perfect in the bottom half of the bottle.

This is the biggest and most bitter APA that I've ever had, but not the best. Deathly Pale Ale is my first ReaperAle beer. I've wondered on more than one occasion if they used up all of their creative energy in naming the brewery, naming the beer and coming up with the cool labels. I needn't have worried. Any brewery that is capable of creating an IBU-intensive APA the likes of this one is okay by me. I do not fear the Reaper. And neither should you.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with lots of floaties and a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and roasted malts along with a substantial bitter hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy flavor that's dry and toastey. It goes down smooth and finishes with a very bitter hop bite. It has a nice piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good American pale. It has a solid malt base with excellent hop qualities; a good drinker.

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Photo of Hunter
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second review of this beer, after I received a courteous email from the company to give them another try. A company that goes out of its way to contact customers deserves a second chance.

Beer pours a copper-red with a seriously thick head of white foam. Heavy lacing effects and carbonation. I had clumps of it clinging to the glass long after I was finished. Nice presentation.

Aroma is clean, with a considerable note of fresh hops and something sweet underneath. Not quite malt, more like candi apples.

They've made strides in the taste. It is mild, still a little too light for my tastes. Hops is the predominant characteristic, and yet they don't come through strongly until the end of the swallow.

Sharp mouthfeel and dry finish complete the profile.

Reaper has made strides with this one. It's coming along, and it's sufficient enticement to give their others brews another chance.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color body and white thin haze. Robust, malty nose -- plums and figs. Taste, too, is full and malty -- juicy ripe red apple edged with lightly spicy hops and bitter after. Fairly big in body and flavor for a pale ale but mostly one-dimensional and heavy. Alcohol shows through at times. Slight aseptic characteristic. Feels like a low-alcohol barley-wine.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber orange with a medium lasting sticky white head. The beer seems to be full of floaties. Almost as cloudy as a hefe. Could be that it didnt settle, but I didnt think it was bottle conditioned. Aroma is a bit of pine, but not much else. Aroma is not the strong suit. Taste is however a stonger suit. Nice bit of malt up front followed by a well balanced hop attack. Hops are nice and piney and floral with out going all West Coast over the top. Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and smooth. Drinkability is high. Drinkability is good and it would make a nice session brew even at 6.2. As BOC says Dont Fear the Reaper. Despite its ugly looks it drinks well.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a medium amber brown with very little tan foam and no lace. The smell of hops and malts filled the nose. But the taste was of malts, hops and a hint of citrus. Not overly hoppy, but well balanced for a pale ale of this type. Seems to taste better, as it warmed up a little.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.54/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.

Pours a reddish orange with a thin head. The aroma on this beer is fabulous. Very potent and complex. It smells of sweet fruit and even lychee. The flavor opens very malty with diacetyl fruitiness and floral hops. There is a touch of dark malt in the ending and some grassy and sandy flavored bitterness. Overall the beer has a complex fruit, malt, and floral balance. It is a unique and crisp beer.

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Photo of mntlover
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn this beer looks good, a cloudy amber brew with green leaf (hops?) suspended in beer. A nice off-white head that falls to a ring with clumps of foam floating in the middle. Aroma is a little to subdued citrusy hops grapefruit mainly with nice sweet caramel malt. Taste is not bad sweet caramel malt light hop flavors threw out nice lightly bitter finish. Not a bad little pale ale but does not taste near as good as the bottle looks. Mouthfeel is good feels good in your mouth. Drinkability is ok not bad would give it a try if you got the chance.

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Photo of avylover
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy copper color with lots of floaties. This just kind of "appeared" at my local beer store I had to check it out ( Thanks TinusTime??) Peppery hop aroma and some malt presence as well. Taste is much fuller than your average pale ale, with a tasty malt backbone and some earthy hop flavors. Good full mouthfeel with a decent bitter aftertaste. Not as quaffable as some pale ales, but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle settles in the glass a slightly bemused golden amber color with the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan as it erodes the lace forms a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, citrus crisp and fresh, also detect a slight hint of hops; start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top somewhat thin. Finish is prickly in its acidity and the hops fair to middling in their spicy presence, dry after taste and a much better beer on tap than in the bottle, this beer has thinned out over the last couple of years since I tried it.

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

Sampled this at the Peoria Hops Festival in April. Liked the sample enough to pick up a bomber at AJ's back in May. Finally getting around to sampling this as my enthusiasm for Reaper Ale has been dimmed by my samplings of the Red and the Stout.

This is a orange colored APA, decently carbonated, but not leaving a distinguishable lacing because of an average head. The smell is notable, floral hops and citrus. The taste is a little light on malts and it has a heavy citrusy hop finish. This is not quite as acitic/astringent as the other two Reaper offerings. Mouthfeel is fairly lively because of the carbonation but is a bit thin. Overall drinkability is pretty good. I would not turn this down if offered but this is one I do not need to have.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a pale golden amber with an ever so slight haze and a tall off-white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was...MIA...for the most part. A slight citrus fruitiness was the best you could get from the aroma.

The flavor was citrusy, grapefruit and lemon, with a slight malt flavor in the background but mostly bittering and flavor hops.

The finish was dry with citrus lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

The beer would benefit from more aromatics and a maltiness boost. It was like drinking a glass of grapefruit beer till about half way through the pint (remember I still had another dash to pour in the glass), and then the tastebuds were used to all the citrus. On the bright side the beer was not overly bitter. I'd like to try this on tap and see what it is like.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Lee and Edwards in Roanoke, VA.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.39/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popping the cap suprises me with a gunshot and blue smoke drift. Pouring it creates one giant glass of foam. Intense carbonation. As it settles, I begin to discern a hazy ripe peach with reddish accents, forming a very soapy white head with amazing clumpy meringue retention and lacing owing to the mega-carbonation. Bits of what appear to be hop leaves are floating around lazily. Aroma?...that Reaper Ale contaminated yeast strain...sour green apples, kiwi fruit, pear juice concentrate, dry husky discernable hop aroma for this "Deathly Pale Ale" (my ass). Taste begins with a very sharp acidic sourness (besting many lambics in intensity), followed immediately by caustic metal cleaner, over-brewed green tea astringency and bitterness, and hop bitterness with no hop flavor or aroma. Finish is very tart and dry. As tasty as the ovaries of a Puffer fish.

I wish I could send every previous reviewer of this brew a couple ounces of the crap that I'm drinking right now. These guys have HUGE contamination issues...that or they're trying to poison me. My guts are churning....Aaaagh, my face is getting flashes....gah. 3 strikes you're out, Bayhawk Ales. You now formally suck. Down the toilet you're not even deserving of a sink.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in a 22oz bomber with a picture of the Grim Reaper on the label. This pours a hazy orange color with a large dirty white foam head that has excellent retention. Leaves a decent streaky lacing about the glass as well. The aroma is of a slight malt and a fairly dominate citrus hop, the smell got stronger as this warmed. This is definitely a hopped up PA as the citrus piney hops dominate most of the flavor with a very slight malt sweetness of balance this one out. A biting bitter after taste is present as well that is pleasant and leaves a hoppy flavor lingering about for a while. Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation. A pretty darn good Pale Ale overall that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law and I split a bomber of this brew while I was in Phoenix. Once emptied into my waiting pint glass, Deathly Pale Ale showed its colors; a nice orangy copper hue upon which perched a foamy off-white head that left streaky lace behind.
The nose had a nice toasty malt aroma and a surprisingly potent citric hoppiness. Little hints of oranges and hops juice floated out of the glass to mingle with the malt. The taste mirrored the nose quite well. Nice earthy malts up front, not overly sweet. Crisp. Biting pine-laden hops flavor surged to the fore mid-palate and continued through the finish, leaving a good resinous hoppy coating in the mouth. This is one well-hopped pale ale! The feel was light-to-medium bodied and a tad slick.
Overall, no complaints about this offering from Reaper Ales. A nicely crafted pale ale that I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brew.

Smell is fairly malty with a small scent of cascade hops to it.

Taste is malty with a stronger than expected bitterness. A strong flavor of caramel comes through the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty drinkable brew that is neither too sweet nor too bitter, it is just right.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although it's best enjoyed slightly warmed (around cellar temperature), it needs to be poured cold and allowed to calm for a few minutes. It pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with golden highlights beneath an inch of creamy off-white foam that resembles the rocky and dimpled lunar surface. Tiny bubbles that grow larger as they near the surface teem below it's creamy head, no doubt adding to its excellent head retention. It holds a half inch or more of densely creamy head throughout the first half of the glass and leaving solid walls of lace throughout the first quarter. Even towards the end of the glass, it maintains a thin, creamy lid and leaves wide splashes of lace. The nose offers sweet, cookie dough and toasty, bread-like malt over lightly floral and sweetly citrusy hops. The body is medium-full and it's fine and natural carbonation leaves it lightly tingly and then velvety smooth across the palate. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma with a honeyish, caramel-tinged, and bready malt combined with floral, grassy and citrusy hops. It's bitterness is decidedly solid, yet it never overwhelms as it's balanced by rich maltiness. Still, it finishes long and drying with its doughy malts and splashes of citrusy hops steadily fading. An impressive, satisfying and easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is hoppy. A medium bodied hoppy pale ale. Malts are slightly sweet and nutty. Hops are citrusy, grapefruity and fairly upfront. Slightly bitter. Well balanced. There is a nice hop bite throughout this beer. Nice Pale Ale. Very drinkable.Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber with a dark green label, which has a skull in each corner, and a silhouette picture of a horse-mounted Grim Reaper in front of a full moon with the words “Do You Dare?” in blood red. Brewed by Bayhawk Ales, and listed as “ReaperAle – Deathly Pale Ale”. No freshness, but the strength is stated as 5.4% in the bottom left hand corner.

Appearance: Amber-copper with some deep-orange hints when back lit. Poured into my 24 ounce Mug, it took only half of the Bombers contents to fill it, because the expansive head rapidly forms a huge, off-white frothy mass. High levels of small bubble carbonation.

Nose: Surprisingly hoppy, way more than what I expected from a Pale Ale. Some citric, orange and lemon zesty hints, and some oily pine needles. I like this one.

Taste: An astringent fruity hoppiness that mixes well with the balanced malts. The finish has lemony hoppiness entwined in pine needles that lends an oily, slightly sticky finish on the tongue. Chuffin’ good!!

Mouthfeel: Solid and strong, hop dominant with a smooth body. Oily slick feeling in the mouth that seems to last forever after the beer is swallowed.

Drinkability: A superb American Pale Ale that drinks well, the hops and malts balance with the fruitiness of the beer. The lingering tastes often delay the next mouthfeel whilst you appreciate the flavors in the attenuation, but I still realized that the Bomber was empty was before I expected it to be.

Overall: Bloody hell, this is a *very* nice, “hoppy” offering, from Bayhawk Ales, and a great session beer. A very accomplished, rather endearing APA.

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Photo of aaronh
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deathly Pale? I think not. This beer pours a deep amber-orange with a creamy white head. Good head retention, and even more can be recalled by swirling the glass. The aroma is sharply hoppy, but a bit of malt sweetness still slips thorugh. The taste is again very hoppy, but supported by a good malt backbone. The hop profile is very even as well, standing out from the first sip well into the aftertaste. The lingering soapiness is wonderful. Mouthfeel is very solid, and although the carbonation looks strong, it is not excessively obtrusive on the palate. And although I shared this bottle with three others, I could have quaffed the whole thing myself. This is a very good APA.

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Beer rating: 53.9% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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