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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of sbauer
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A: amber, orange, clear. medium-light bodied. little or no lacing.
S: pine, grapefruit, pineapple,
T: balanced pine hops and malt, citrus and wood aftertaste
M: a bit heavy and cloying, but not overwhelming.
O: a drinkable DIPA despite the high abv. balanced and tasty flavors.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. First shipment into MA...excited to find this and give it a try.

A - Pours a very clear pale golden amber color. Two fingers of dense, thick just off-white head with excellent staying power. When the head does die down it leaves outstanding sticky spiderwebs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Whoa, very strong aroma of fresh citrusy hops - this seems really fresh. Tons of grapefruit! Lots of pine too that on closer inspection seems to overpower the citrus. Some tropical mango and pineapple. This smells really hoppy...I'm loving this and can't wait to take the first sip. If there is any malt here, it is completely masked by the hops.

T - Lots of hops up front - pine especially mixed with big amounts of pineapple, some grapefruit and some tropical notes. Way more malt presence in the flavor than the aroma. Although the hops more than hold their own against the malt, there is a strong sweet and caramelly flavor at the base. A bit boozy and warm, the 9.5% alcohol is definitely evident. Really good, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma...but it is a hard act to follow.

M - Medium/full bodied...obviously lots of malt here at the heart of the beer, even though the hops clearly overpower it. Carbonation is medium...quite creamy with just a hint of a tingle...very sticky and resiny. Sweet malt and hops seem to coat the lips and tongue on every sip.

O - A bit of a sipper, but a very good one. Alcohol is a bit heavy and acutely noticeable in the flavor. This is a beer you can stay with for a while...within a single bottle. It is on the strong side and doesn't hide it's strength very well. The flavors border on outstanding, but you really have to pace yourself here, or you just might not get up off the floor. Planning on having another beer tonight, but not sure I can handle it after quaffing this one slowly.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Alchemist pint glass.

A- Crystal clean light golden orange color that changes in the light, a little amber hue comes through. A slow fading 1+ finger head that sticks rings of lacing. Bubbles away!

S- Strong citrus to begin, grapefruit and orange, pineapple, too. Pine upfront as well. Then as it sits the bready malt and alcohol aromas show up. Nice mix.

T- the flavors do not quite live up to the aromas. Good citrus and semi-dry, not too sweet malt flavors, grapefruit and orange, some earthy/wood notes. The flavors are there, just not as pronounced as the smell might indicate.

M- A bit thin on the sip but the flavors bounce around and the hops hold up for a good finish, carried by near perfect carbonation. The abv does not try to hide in this brew.

O-It feels and tastes good, smells even better. It just may be a tad too strong to drink regularly, but I'm enjoying it now.

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Photo of jep2606
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The bottling date was 2/19/2013. I bought this bottle within a week of the expiration of the 120 day freshness period that Firestone Walker recommends for enjoying this delectable IPA so I must say that my scores may need an asterisk as I did not drink it until 6/17/2013.

Appearance was very nice and clean as the beer was a clear yellow-orange and smelled particularly hoppy and a distinct alcohol bite was present. Taste seemed more bitter than the reported IBU level would suggest but was still fantastic and had a very nice sweet citrus taste after the hops did their work.

I picked this beer up because it's not seen often in VA. I only wish I had found it before it had already been almost four months since bottling, that may have changed this one way or another so I write this review with full understanding that it may be skewed.

I was working on my own 10 point scale and gave this an 8.5/10. I tried t have the score on here reflect that.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jan 7, 2011.
Poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Appearance- clear, golden, and beautiful. Nice off white head with lots of spider web-like lacing.

Smell- Piney with a bit of an earthy "funk" to it. Very nice!

Taste- Good and piney. Some malt in the end. As it warms, though the malt really comes though. Damn.

Mouthfeel- It is a little slick and gets slicker as it warms.

Drinkability- I would love for this to be a little better in this category. At 9.5, I can do one, but that is it.

I have always had an issue with a DIPA having too much malt in it. It makes me think that the only thing the brewer is looking for is the ABV to be high. I have to disagree in this respect (even if they aren't just looking for a high ABV). I love Firestone Walker and think this could be an outstanding beer, but I believe it is brought down by the malt being one of the main flavors rather than the hops.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones served in a tulip. This brew appears a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head that fades to a thin lacing across the top of the brew. A swirl revives the head back to a finger's strength and forms patchy and webby lacing effect on the glassware.

The smell of this brew is bright with hop elements. It is fruity for the most part and includes some spiced aspect accented by the alcohol. Big fruity sweet smell includes notesnof rinds and a solid backing of caramel maltiness.

The taste is rindy and bitter but almost equally matched with a caramel malt sweetness that is lightly toasty. The hops provide flavors that are citrus-like and herbal with a light catty quality. The alcohol inclusion is both warming in effect and fusel in taste but it isn't off-putting at all, it integrates well with the rest of the flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Easy drinking with an awesome balance of flavors. I am super excited to see FW enter our market. However, regarding this particular experience leaves me a little perplexed. I recently had this brew from a bottle and was completely blown away by how awesome it was. Perhaps the "newness" factor has worn off because the experience on tap was not as enjoyable as the bottle...which is a strange contradiction.

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Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy, off-white head and plenty of carbonation coming from the nucleation sites on my fancy sam adams glass. Color is not as dark as other doubles I have had; color is a medium orange-brown. Head as good staying power.

Big, piney hops take the aroma, followed by more hops, large pineapple this time. Aside from a little alcohol that is about all I can smell, but boy, does it pack a wallop. Maybe a little maltose/caramel as it warms.

Still a big pineapple taste, but the pine has turned into fresh, sticky grass. More earthy than in the nose, the alcohol is bitter, though balanced decently with the malt profile. I could have used just a hint more sweetness in this one.

Bright and quaffable for its abv%.

A fine beer, I find that the hops don't 'pop' as in the Green Flash or some other DIPAs I have had. Still great, though.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium gold color w/ a one finger off white head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver, leaving average lacing on my glass. Carbonation is average. Nice looking beer- not outstanding, but good.

S- Orchard fruit, hops, malt. Very nice sweet/bitter smell happening. Very balanced, nothing is too out of whack. Nice IPA smell.

T- Ok- Now we're on to something! The bitterness makes it's presence more forcefull than the nose, and the result is good. Really interesting and complex taste- lots of different tastes hit your palate the more you drink it. Nice sweet/bitter balance in the aftertaste as well. No hint of alcohol at all. At 9.5%, that's impressive. This is a really nice DIPA.

M- There's a theme here. It's a dance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness that pushes against it. Nice feel, although maybe the weak point of this beer. Still, it's not bad.

O- A really good- close to great- DIPA. A lot of things really work in this beer, and it's very close to being world class. I really enjoyed this beer, and I highly recommend it to people who enjoy the style.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sered on tap at Tap house grill.

A: clear golden with dense white head, great retention of velvety white head, sticky lacing, the glass is coated with lacing as the beer goes down

S: in your face resinous hops, tons of pine, a touch of woodiness, sweet malt profile in the back with mellow notes of molasses

T: bitterness from hops is extremely pronounced, waves of caramel and pine intertwine nicely, flavors are bold, finish is heavy on the bitterness

Mf: big body, smooth texture, moderate carbonation

O: this is my first time having this brew fresh and wow, the flavors really pop, the balance is nice... Great for an easily available dipa

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orange tinted gold under a fairly persistent clingy 2” white foam cap.
S: Starts floral and then citrusy grapefruit.
T: Hop forward beer progressing through light fruit, light malt, light biscuit, long lingering citrus rind bitterness moderated and balanced by a light malt and fruit sweetness but overall it dries out in the finish. Hop flavors are above average, hop bitterness is moderates.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A big IPA with complex layers of flavor and a delight to drink.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
As usual an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow, with 3 fingers of fluffy large bubble head that creates a beautiful cap on top of the beer and is leaving some chunky lacing as it dissipates.

S- Reserved grapefruit. I say reserved because the grapefruit is not on the forefront like some other DIPA's. Tropical fruit, pineapple is the first one that comes to mind. There is plenty of citrus on the nose, but it's more like tangerine citrus.

T- Not overly bitter pine resin, but it's there. It has more sweet malt than other DIPA's. The sweetness quickly gives way to the tongue lashing bitterness of the hops. Bitter, overripe pineapple.

M- Sticky pine resin coats the mouth, and stays on the palate for a while. Dry finish from the 9.5% ABV, but it still is an easy drinker.

O- A nice offering from Firestone Walker. Wish I knew if this was a fresh bottle or not. Can't find any bottle dating on it. The hops seemed kind of subdued.

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Photo of juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-i really like the color. an orangy, yellow, gold. not too dark like some ipa's tend to be nowaways. decent white head with lacing to boot

-very floral. on the citrus end with some pine as well. having brewed an ipa with em recently, i can definitely detect some amarillo and simcoe up in it. has a bit of a sting to it though

-a strong hop flavor and bitterness throughout. it's really punchy on the palate right off the bat. theres definitely citrus in there. there also seems to be a hint of vanilla in the background from start to finish. ends with some soapy flavors and leaves with a big time bitter mouth

-sticky for sure. a lingering carb bite for the duration of the sips. good body.

-i enjoy this beer for sure. there is a bit of harshness in the taste and flavor the entire time that keeps me from wanting to drink a ton or put it on a higher level. but it is a good beer either way and worth trying at least once

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
Arrives from the tap with a hazy, gold copper hue and it is topped by a frothy, almost one finger thick, pretty long lasting, light tan colored head that manages to leave some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells nice and hoppy with concentrated notes of lychee, tangelo and kumquat zest that is backed by a little bit rougher notes of essential citrus oil. The nose is definitely expressive, but manages to be smoothly hoppy with out the sharper focus of pine and herbal notes often found in the style.

Oh yes, hops indeed, it is likely sucking on sweet hop nectar; definitely sweet tasting from both the supporting malt character and also the ample fruity hop notes. The fruitiness is so tropical and vibrant in character with huge notes of lychee, a sort of mango / guava thing, softer tangelo zest notes, ripe kumquat freshly zested with essential oil bursting forth, . The beer finishes with a softly biting bitterness that is quite a bit softer than a beer with this much hop character usually is and there is a light, sort of green, lightly herbal hop note that is just suggested. In the long finish though, there is a note that reminds me just a touch of garlic chives, though this is fairly subtle. The body of this brew definitely has some heft to it with a viscosity that sticks to the palate as the beer slides across the tongue, the linger bitterness helps to was this clean after each sip though & this is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA, though I might wish for a touch more lightness in the body; still this is quite drinkable & truthfully the fullness from the residual malt sugar also contributes to the huge expression of hop fruit character that this beer achieves. The malt plays a clearly supporting role, but the sweetness is definitely an important part of this character (and in truth much of the sweetness comes from interaction with the hops rather than overly residual sugar levels) and it also contributes pale biscuit / cracker like malt character that is at times noticeable underneath the hop onslaught.

I am really enjoying the vibrant hop focus of this beer. I really like that the nose is completely focused on this character and that the flavor has just a touch of bitterness and hop-herbaceous character to add a needed balance. A definite pleasant surprise, for some reason I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, despite really liking fresh Union Jack. At this particular moment the fruit focus this beer has is definitely quite appealing, though I could see this being a bit too fruity and cloying to some (even to myself under a different situation).

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Brewed on 12/15/10 on bottle neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.29.

A: Rosy-amber with inviting 2-finger off-white head with good retention and thick layers of lace down the glass.

S: Maltier than Union Jack but still packs the floral, pine, and citrus hops punch. No alcohol really felt here.

T: The malt makes this a different beer than FWUJ, but not necessarily better. The caramel and pale malt tend to hold back the hops flavors, which are still delicious and mirror the nose. The maltiness and alcohol presence tends to mute the bright hoppiness that is so perfectly contained in the forebearer.

M: Coating and satisfying and very smooth with low carbonation.

D: A really nice DIPA -- but is that a compliment? I would prefer Union Jack 4 times out of 5 for its bright hoppiness and lesser ABV.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks! This is a want of mine so I'm quite excited about it. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is orange and a little hazy but has a nice white head of small and medium bubbles. Moderate to low carbonation, lacing happens as well. Looks like an IPA.

Aroma is nice, sweet like a tangerine and pretty floral hops. You can find the maltiness in there too. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet on the lead off position. The sweetness falls away quickly giving rise to a decent midpalate hop character of tangerine and other citrus hops, some piny-ness but the citrus is the start here. The finish is not too dry and adequately bitter. Easy drinking for a big IPA. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Dave2010
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the look of this beer fool you! The color is very light compared to other Double IPA's, but this beer holds it's own against other IPA's. Carbonation is high, smell is nice and this beer goes down well. It's a nice beer for someone who is scared off by dark beers. If you have never tried this beer, give it a try you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an adequate white head, which settles to a fine layer. Delivers a burst of hops in the aroma, mostly the Simcoe and Centennial to me. Lots of citrus and resin here with lasting bitterness. A bit of alcohol taste comes through but overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 02/29/12, about as fresh as we get 'em in SoCal these days. Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium gold with brilliant clarity, a finger of white head which recedes somewhat quickly. Decent retention and some lacing.

S: Very fruit forward with lemon, mango, candy malt which isn't quite caramelly like I would expect, hint of spice.

T: Bright fruit, mild bitterness which grows in strength on the finish to moderate, and again sweetish malt which is not caramel. The flavor is milder than the smell, which docks the score a bit. I've heard the hops fall off quickly in this, so that may be a factor.

M: Medium-light carbonation and medium body.

O: Very good with bright hop flavor which masks much of the malt and the alcohol, which makes this very drinkable. Very citrus-forward and lacking in caramel for a DIPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Color is a lovely hazy honey gold. The head is thin, but nice lacing. Aroma is deep and rich with floral hops and a bit of pine. The grapefruit nose comes out if you let it warm up a bit. Flavor is delicious malt, floral hops, and a little caramel. This is a well balanced ale with delightful bitterness--not too much. Mouth feel is medium, with a little creaminess. Overall the is an outstanding ale, thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Darker Amber color with 2 Fingers of off white head.

S - Smells of Citrusy Hops, Grapefruit, Lemon Rind, Pine, Pineapple, Caramel, Black Pepper, Fresh Cut Grass.

T - Tastes of Caramel, Citrus, Pine, Orange, Spices, and Lemon Zest.

M - High carbonation, Oily, Good Bitterness, and Alcohol.

D - Drinkability is very good but high Sweetness and Alcohol is a dangerous combination.

I like this beer better on Tap. The Hops show up more in the smell but the mouthfeel and tastes are basically the same.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Pineapples, lemons, & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front, along with leafy hops & pineapple. Pineyness, with grapefruit, tangerines & a touch of boozeyness & sticky caramel once warm. Finishes a touch boozey, dry with pineapple & grapefruit & pine

MF: Chewy, light carbonation with nice stickyness & a touch of booze bite

A nice DIPA, not perfect, but scratches the hop itch pretty hard, if the boozeyness was dialed back this would be a world beater. A welcome addition to the Mizzou beer scene!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a two finger head from a 22 oz. bottle into a belgian style chalice. Very solid looking DIPA and a bit lighter in color than I expected. The head disappears quickly and leaves white lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not as much aroma as I anticipated but still very pleasant hints of tangerine and grapefruit and sweet malts (perhaps caramel?).

Taste: Somewhat bitter from the amount of hops with piney and grassy undertones while balanced out by the presence of sweet malt. Pretty solid going down.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slight carbonation that almost tastes more like and IPA than a DIPA. Goes down easy without much burn from the alcohol.

Overall: This is another great brew from FW and one of the better DIPAs that I have had the chance to try. Definitely not my favorite of the style, but something I could drink for a long time.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to R Moe Nay for this one.

Golden amber body with a nice thick head and lacing. A real beauty here, competes with Christina Ricci and Taryn Manning.

Pineapples, Citrus Hops, Grain

Grapefruit, Caramel, Grassy hops, and some pineapple. Finishes a bit sweet and hot. Very tasty overall.

Stickyness to it, a bit warming, and a bit overly sweet

I’d take a single jack over this one, but still a great beer. The booze and sweetness is a little heavy for me.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bowl of honey. Smells like orange and pineapple with flowers and herbs. Taste starts citrus followed by floral then by resiny hop bitterness. great complexity. a full bodies brew. slight booziness but hidden well considered the abv. very good dipa.

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Photo of da_beers
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper with an orangish hue. Nice 1.5 fingers of a white head. Low carbonation coming up.

S - Great hop blast with huge grapefruit notes. Smells like juice almost. Sweet/tangy malt at the end on the nose.

T - Nice wave of flavor over the palate, great hop bite at the end. Fruity characteristics in there, grapefruit again. Bitter bite thats very nice.

M - Light to medium body. Nice carbonation level, finishes very clean.

O - Good IPA, was not wowed by this tho. Nothing over the top good about this, but drinkable and enjoyable for sure.

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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