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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine AleSweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jdubjacket on 07-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Scottybo
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Say what you will about the tenants of eastern socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos ...

Say what you will about the mouthfeel, appearance or high-alcohol content of this finely-crafted brew (they're all great in my opinion) ... if you don't think this is the EPITOME of BEER, then you, my friends, are key-rayzy. This beer is what the ancient Eutruscans were thinking of when they thought of fermenting grains into a mind-altering concoction.

This beer is perfect and appealing on all levels. It's the Tom Hanks of brew. If you're a hop-head like me, the 140 i.b.u.'s will pucker your puss. If you like a darker beer, the malt balance has you clamoring for more. If you just want to get fit-shaced, that'll do pig, that'll do.

Donkey Punch (as it was formerly known) is an eminantly drinkable creation from the somewhat questionable people at Sweetwater. When it comes to our local microbrews, I much prefer the personality behind the Terrapin offerings, but you cannot argue with the perfection Sweetwater has created here. If you haven't tried their IPA, it's also America's best. Get in touch with me if you want to try it.

P.S. This beer was previously only available at bars under the name Donkey Punch. I don't know if they changed the name to DP Barleywine because they thought Donkey Punch was too blatant of a sexual reference, but DP is so much funnier. Double Penetration will set you free, ladies.

Peace and love, PEACE and LOVE.

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Photo of Mumsbrew
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to come across this on tap at Taco Mac tonight.
Served in a 11oz. goblet.
Appearance - Caramel color
Smell - Floral hops
Taste - Hops, but in flavor, not bitterness.
rounds out the malt bill perfect. Spicey alcohol but well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Fullbody. Like you would expect in this style.
Drinkability - Goes down smooth. Danger - Danger, Will Robinson!!! I could have easily drank more but I would have have needed help getting home. Would like to find a couple of bottles to stash for a couple of years.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to gford217 for this 22oz'er in Secret Santa '09

Poured into a Flying Fish tulip.

A - Hazy burnt orange with an inch of creamy white head that lingers nicely and leaves some lacing.

S - Big citrus; grapefruit and tangerines, with a good amount of sugary caramel and toffee.

T - Really nice balance of big malt with crisp citrusy hops. Not a ton of bitterness, just big fruity hop flavor with a huge malt backbone.

M - Super creamy. This thing feels like a hop milkshake. Amazing mouthfeel.

D - At 10%, I could get blackout drunk on this stuff and still keep drinking it.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: reddish brown, not as dark as I would have thought

smell: good hop presence from the first sniff, some floral aroma

taste: strong hops, sublte citrus, rich and touch of caramel sweetness. hidden alcohol

mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: perfect american bareywine.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick caramel color, like a vat of melted caramel. Not much head, leaves to ring fast. Thick, slimy lace. Interesting stuff.

S - Massive caramel malt only offset by massive citrus hops.

T - Add booze burn to smell, you have taste. Very nice collection of flavors.

M - Thick viscous and coating. Sweet all through, yet the bittering pulls off the balance. Well done.

D - In spite of the ABV, I would be slow to tire. Nice job.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange amber body with a creamy, two finger eggshell head. Good retention and a ton of patchy lace.

Aroma is tangerines, orange marmelade, toasted caramel, and some earthy and grassy hops. Other tropical fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel approaches full bodied, thick and creamy, with a low medium carbonation.

Taste is awash in tropical fruits, with pineapple, Valencia oranges, and mango. Pinecone and earthy hop notes help to balance. Waves of caramel weave in and out. Huge maltiness and big hops are difficult to integrate, but are seamlessly put together in this one. Amazing balance, overall.

If I were tasting this one blind, I don't think I could distinguish whether it was a DIPA or a barleywine. Excellent!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Gford270 for this one. Grant, you are one heck of a trader. This beer was poured from a bomber into a set of pint glasses. Pours a rusty orange nail. A ring of off white head retains around the top, with very little head off of the initial pour. Almost no lacing which comes as a surprise after having tasted this beer.

The smell is really well done. Huge fresh citrus hops ooze out of the glass like it ain't no thang. There is a beautiful malt backing that stands out as well. Both sweet caramel and roasted malts produce an outstanding toffee scent. A grainy bite is apparent as well.

Very drinkable barleywine. I could have sat down and drank the entire bomber had I not split this with a chum. Very heavy mouthfeel. Huge sweet caramel blends perfectly with the citrus hops. Nice and refreshing. The roasted malts play well with everything else that is going on here. Lovely toffee flavor. This beer just makes too much sense, and is very reminiscent of the 2005 Donkeypunch. I plan on laying my other bottle down for a few years.

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Photo of Buebie
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off LOL at DP!

Picked up this bomber from gford217.

Poured semi rigerously into an oversized snifter. A butter colored light tan head forms up to 2 inches, slow to recede leaving a generous amount of froth for head.
The color on the beer is an unfiltered non transparent super murkey amber. Glowing well with accents of orange marmelade.

Aroma is delicious. Super malt bomb fan tasticle awsome aroma. so bready, with buttery honey sweetness. Not much in the way of hops showing up in aroma, for 140 ibus I'm kinda surprised at that. No alcohol heat coming from this either.

Taste upfront is sweet, bready, semi spiced rye, mild grapefruit and pine. I'm beginning to wonder when this was brewed, it seems way shy of 14o ibus.
Still ultra creamy with mild carbonation and a thick velvety feel. mild fruity esters, plenty of purfumy hops and more delicious honey. It is well balanced, so much delicious malt and sweetness, yet bitters rideing it through to create an ultra grand balanced barley wine. No warming or annoying qualities here.

Delicious, yet where are the hops?

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Slightly re-formatted Donkey Punch, and repackaged as a Dank Tank beer. Pours a nice orange amber with excellent clarity and a creamy white head that fades to a cap and leaves some very good lacing. Smells like a hop garden with some fresh, sweet malt in the background. Nice spicy pine and citrus throughout. Tastes nicely balanced between the sweet malt and the nice zingy hops. Nice citrus and pine, especially in the finish. A bit chewy in the mouth, this is a big beer. I don't know if this is a balanced Double IPA, or a hoppy barleywine, and to be honest, I don't care- It's just a very good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, nice little cherry note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hops, cherries, and caramel. Medium body, the ABV is alittle up front, but a very nice sipper. Very drinkable, really liking this one tonight, recommended.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle got in a trade with jyounger30...Jay you rock for getting me a couple bottles of this.

A- Pours a nice clearer deep copper orange color. Big 2 finger tannish head sticks around for a while leaving nice lacing then entire time with this beer. Very nice looker to say the least.

S- This is very sweet forward. Aroma of candied fruits (cherry, orange, and pineapple in there as well). Bigger sweet caramel malt present in this as well. Nice citrusy (grapefruit and orange) hops in there added for good measure. Piney hops are present throughout the aroma in this beer. Everything seemed to be paired up with it. This makes me want to just drive right in and drink up!

T- Well it's a lot like the aroma was. This beer has a nice bitter piney hop bite to it right off the bat. Right after the initial hop blast a wave of sweetness (candied fruits and malts) comes through with a light brown sugar taste as well. This comes by and finishes with a sweet citrus hop (pineapple) ending with what seems to be a little sugar added as well. Good stuff. I like how everything is balanced with something else in this beer but the hops are making the scale lean toward them a little more.

M- This has a meduim mouthfeel to it. The carbonation levels are dead on for this beer and help make it a rollercoaster ride for the palate. Sweetness and bitterness clash on the tounge leaving you question which you like most. Oily hop resin leaves a nice coating on the tounge and teeth. Clean taste left in the mouth (no off flavors in other words).

D- I was wanting to try this and now that I have I must say I am very impressed with this beer. I would like to see what this is like with a couple of years on it. I am glad I got 4 bottles of this altogether. Very soild drinker. I would recommend to people who are not the biggest barleywine fans...just make sure they like hops beforehand.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured quite beautifully into a tulip. A clean golden, with some copper notes... nice, offwhite, and yellowish-orange semi-creamy head, just over a finger tall.

S:Citrus hop scents, with a candied sweetness. Flavour is very similar, with a surprisingly mellow malt. Similar flavour with a citrus sweetness, minus the tart fruitiness... just a sweet, tangerine like sweet fruit.

M + D: Fairly big body, which makes it a little odd in comparison to the hoppiness. I would say that I would, stereotypically, perhaps, expect it to be more of a malt bomb.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Everetends for hooking me up with this bottle on my journey to the dirty dirty. Gilly is one class act and this is the second time he has blindsided me with his generosity.

Beautiful cloudy DIPA dark orange with an english barleywine feel to it. Like Simon Cowell with a fake and bake.

Smells fricking awesome too. Hops first and foremost, alcohol, caramel, sticky icky sweetness. Like honey with your tea and biscuits love.

Slaps the back of your head and makes hops come out your nose. Toffee caramel notes in there as well.

Chewy ooeey goodness. Interesting combo between a DIPA and barleywine. Some barleywine malts with a DIPA profile. Mos Def a barleywine sipper with burning alcohol down the throat. This beer is the crossover sport hybrid feel good story of the summer. Keep it coming tends!

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Photo of treyrab
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JoshCool for splitting his bottle of this tonight. I poured it and I was generous and gave him an extra ounce.

A: Pours a very, very hazy caramel copper color with a solid, creamy khaki head. The head says bye-bye very quickly and recedes to a small skim of almost nothing.

S: A huge Donkey Punch of citrus hops really punches you in the face and tackles your senses. Some nice pine in there as well. The attribute that turns this into a barleywine is the nice caramel and toffee profile.

T: Double IPA or Barleywine? Hard to tell at this point but it is nonetheless awesome! Huge grapefruit, pineapple and orange flavors blend magnificently with the burnt toffee and sweet caramel.

M/D: Very, very sticky and resiny with a thick malt feel. A tad less than syrupy. Perfect for the style.

Really like to see how this one ages in the cellar!

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Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mr.andypandy for yet another Southern masterpiece.

Pours a beautifully cloudy gold topped by a half inch beige foam that fades to a nice skim and bubbling amoebae. A gentle swirl leaves oily lacicles on the snifter.

The bouquet is a heady aroma of raisin bread, figs, tart yeast, subtle notes of peach and apricot, and floral hints at the edge. Alcohol is a spicy ghost that adds a nice complexity to it.

At cellar temp. (45 deg. app.) the flavors in this big brew don't assert themselves, and it drinks too sweet. Once it warms they charge out to play. It starts with a deep caramel sweet, which hands the play off to some ripe fruity flavors, fig, currant, ripe plum, and lingers through the sip to end in a flourish of floral, herbal, and earthy bitter. Once the sweet subsides, it is a complex artwork of taste. There are many estery flavors, and subtle tart accents in this that seem to change with each sip as it approaches room temp. and the bitter in the finish shines. At room temperature this beer morphs into a taste that is a combo of all the flavors, and none of them, it is a luscious new flavor that defies description, stunningly delicious. I don't know what was better, enjoying the changes the beer went through as it warmed, or enjoying that final perfection when it had gotten to proper temp. (66 deg.)? Both things make for a superb beer.

Low carb., perf. for style, very viscous and lasting, but not sticky or mediciny in the least, promotes the flavor profile very well, perhaps a bit too juicy in the finish when fully warmed.

Quite sippable, and a joy.

Impression: A superb barleywine, easy sipper, complex, warming, enlightening. What more could you ask, except for Sweetwater to start shipping to NY?

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a version of the original Donkey Punch barleywine released a couple of years ago. From what I understand, the ingredients have changed... plus it's in a different bottle, so it has to be a different beer, right?

Picked up half a dozen bottles of these at Green's on Buford the other night and have since enjoyed two.

Poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a copper, golden color with a lot of carbonation and head. It's not as dark as I was expecting for a barleywine.

Smell is VERY SWEET. Candied sugar comes to mind, but deep down I know it's the alcohol making this beer smell so sweet. The hops are very prevalent in the nose.

Taste... if this wasn't tabbed as a barleywine on the label, I'd be certain that it'd be a double IPA. The sweetness starts the beer off with the bitter hops balancing out the sweetness. The brew finishes very alcoholic. For some reason, while I was drinking this, I kept tasting honey. The taste is nearly a combination of a double IPA and a braggot. The taste is not typical for your standard barleywine.

Good amount of carbonation in the mouth and plenty of body for this beer.

Tough to drink one of these on your own, but when you do, you'll be feeling pretty good.

Overall, this beer is great. Like I said, I'd swear it was a double IPA. But, nevertheless, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Thur123
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK wow, the color on this is bright for the style. It's still a dark murky brown but with much more orange than I'm used to seeing, like an IPA was mixed within the bottle. It's very hazy and thick looking with very little carbonation and almost no head. The smell is a musky malty character with a still musky hop bite. The dark fruit profile is prevalent.

Glug glug glug

Wow, a basement like dank wet flavor (can that be real, basement flavor?) with dates and blackberry jam maybe. The hops add a light a bitter tinge, but it's still well overpowered by the traditional barley wine flavor. The presence of grapefruit hop in this is crazy but adds so much to a normally dark and heavy beer. It comes across as lighter and more complex. Overall this is good, and damn interesting. A great blend of an IPA and a barley wine, if I had to pick.
Also, the booze is masked well.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Tampa BA guys for letting me in on the tasiting. Mad props.

Nice orangy color with little head. I don't think I've seen an orange beer before.

In the nose I get some honey, citrus and alcohol.

In the mouth the honey and hops decide to play. Great combination of sweet and bitter. I taste some of the alcohol, too.

The beer is nice and creamy in the mouth with little carbonation. Thick beer.

Nice beer with scary drinkability for such a nice ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. These bottles ran $5.99 each (don't let anyone fool you) but they went pretty fast, so I was glad to get my hands on a few bottles. Good value for the Donkey Punch I have been looking forward to for quite a while (that sounded bad, ah well). Served up in a snifter glass.

A: This beer has an interesting look. It looks like a dark DIPA or maybe a lighter Barleywine. Has that dark orange that is almost a light brown. The body has a nice haze to it but it still allows a good amount of light to come through, creating a more vibrant orange color. The pour got me about a finger of extra bubbly white head. It falters down to a top cap that is all seperated bubbles. It attempts to throw up some lace, but there is a pretty evident oil slick on top here that makes the glass extra slippery, keeping the foam slowly slipping back in the top cap. If this was a DIPA, it would have gotten a 4.5 but the color is a bit light for a BW. Still very enjoyable and nice to look at.

S: Well, excuse me but I think I found the hops. Big time in your face hops aroma in here. Getting a really nice pine presence here. Very nice and extra pine resin in this for sure. Then you get a really nice floral hops compliment in the aroma. Just so much hops . . . wow. Behind all these hops you get some caramel malt coming through. Its a nice sweetness and there may be a touch of some honey I believe.

T: Very interesting and a nice suprise. First I get a heavy hops presence that has some serious bite to it. The pine is very nice and very present. It rides a fine line of too much at times, almost reaching that cleaning fluid type presence. Floral hops ad a touch of citrus (grapefruit zest) as well come through bringing some sweetness and dynamics. Just when you get halfway through the sip and you think the hops are going to be too much, it is cut rather quickly with the malt presence. A pretty sweet but manageable caramel malt cuts all those hops amazingly well. The back end is all alcohol with some nice honey presence, almost like a meade aftertaste. The balance works so well and is quite impressive. You have that sweetness in here but you have that extreme hops bite. Very, very interesting.

M: Full bodied that has a very nice oil slickness quality. Still has a good creaminess at the start, but then all those hops bring that nice bitterness to add an intriguing compliment. Carbonation is light but still adds just enough. ABV has some serious heat, I mean I might start sweating. Just very warming. Aftertaste is booze and honey.

D: This is very interesting and was quite damned good. It rides a fine line between DIPA and BW, and at times seems to have an indentity crisis at times. I mean a Barleywine at 140 IBUs? It works better than I thought it would, but that is due to the heavy ass malt presence. The bottle has gone amazingly fast and I was a bit shocked considering the IBUs and ABV. I am very happy I was able to get a hold of some of this and this was not a wasted trip to track down. Quite good IMO.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a schizophrenic but I really like it when I can't tell between an American Barleywine and an Imperial IPA.

The beer pours with a bright, glowing copper golden orange hue. A moderate haze difuses light and brings about a mystical haze. Great head formation with near-white color, great lacing, and great retention.

Strong aromas of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh cut grasses) swirl with a huge barley malt base, bringing on the caramel, confection, cotton candy, shortbread maltiness that makes for ultra complexity, varying, and very bold flavor and aroma. Fruity esters are all over the sugary barley malts; taking apricots, apples, figs, pears, peaches, mangos deep into the alcohols. Powerful ethanol taste works well with the sugars and steers away from fusal or cough syrups and toward a sweet rum-like thinning and seductiveness.

Very full and rounded in the texture with the upper fringes boardering on chewy, cloying, thick notions but once the dust settles, the beer falls into a creamy, malty, hop balanced beer that is fairly moderate in heaviness.

I really enjoyed the beer but the ligher malts have a lot of unresolved sweetness, making it seem like a very sweet Double IPA at times. Still, this is a very solid brew that will rival the bests.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown with some dark ruby edges when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy off white head with excellent retention that only slowly fades to a lasting ring that leaves soapy rings of chunky lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with a big citrus presence as well as some sweet alcohol and leathery earthy malt. This smells surprisingly very hoppy for the style but still has the musty malt aroma of an American barleywine.

Very hop forward with a lot of bitter earthy and floral notes up front. Earthy, leathery malt body with some caramel and nut notes. Strong alcohol warmth in the finish Nice citrus peel presence from the hops, mostly orange peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice dry piny note from the insane amount of hops used. This is probably the hoppiest barleywine I've had yet and the excellent sweet and dry bitter hops balance out the strong ABV and musty, leathery malt notes. As mentioned above there is some nice alcohol warmth in the finish but the ABV is pretty well masked. Very complex with a lot of great hoppy flavor. Pretty drinkable but should definitely be approached as a sipper.

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