Ass Kisser Double IPA | Ass Kisser Ales

Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA
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Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired in August 2013.

Added by Brad007 on 06-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep honey gold, with a light tan head of two fingers. Head drops after a few minutes to nary a wisp. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of earthy, citrusy, piny hops. There is likely some malt in there, but you wouldn't know it from the smell.

Flavors of earthy, piny hops, hints of citrus. Good level of bitterness. Some sweet malt in the after flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, some sticky sweetness, mouthcoating bitterness, a slight pull at the back of the teeth.

Overall a very nice DIPA. A little earthy. Bitterness is subdued for the style. Not a punch in the face, but a light kiss.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. The head dissipated very quickly, but there was some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Very light hop aroma, really not much there. A little bit of orange and orange peel, but overly malty with some caramel and a bit grainy as well.

T: Quite boring and grainy. Not much hop presence on the flavor profile. Overly malty, full of caramel and a little doughy. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and a little grainy. No sign of 9%, wouldn't have guessed it that high.

O: Not even close to hoppy, and overall quite boring. No bottle dating, so could be old, but I have old DIPAs that are still good, this one, new or old, just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: very malty, little hop presence

taste: malty, grainy, some hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: needs more hops, not a very smooth drinker.


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Photo of patreely12
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - pours a very cloudy copper, can't see through this at all. the head is about an inch to 2 inches tall and off-white with a shade of orange. some sudsy lacing.

S - good bit of sweetness made up from caramel or toffee, really easy to pick up on. some citrus and fruity aromas. also a healthy whiff of hop bitterness and some rum like alcohol. as you let it warm up the flavors become stronger. really nice.

T/M - sweet malts and caramel right up front. very strong and rich. lots of citrusy fruit (orange, apricot) to balance out the sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. a strong bite of spicy, floral hops as well as some rummy alcohol on back end. finishes really clean. medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall this was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed the nose on this. worth a shot for anyone who enjoys double IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable imperial ipa with a few celebratory attributes, but also with some flaws. Citrusy and resiny, the beer's hop character shines above a caramel sweet malt base for a balance that tilts away from malt character in favor for the hops.

A very appetizing appearance with a diffused amber glow. A creamy, froathy off-white head amounts to a thick blanket of foam, showing remarkable, durable staying power, leaving a heavy coat of lace behind.

Aromas are more balanced that you'd think. Deeply caramelized malts create the aroma of toffee, bread crust, graham cracker, and fresh breads. Hop character exhibit a sharp white grapefruit scent with pine resin, fresh cut grass, and ethynol. The sweeter-than-usual aroma reminds me of Avery's Maharaja.

Flavors however take a more Dogfish 90 Minute turn; with the malts sweetness receeding just a bit in taste, and allowing the hop flavor and bitterness to shine. Caramel and bread crust add the right amount of support for the strong display of grapefruit, sappy pine, and herbal grasses and teas. Very resiny and moderately sweet throughout. But again, the overall taste is disrupted by the strong flavor of alcohol, revealing a more bitey element of hops that make the beer less smooth than preferred.

Where imperial ips are usually medium-full, this one yeilds a more full character than most; partly because of the dense malt make up. Semi-dry in finish, the beer also carries a bitter alcohol/hop bite that lingers well into the next sip.

Even with the alcohol flavor hurting throughout, the bitterness and hop flavor save it. Looking for more delicate citrus notes could give this beer much more identity and charm, but the reliant on resiny hops soley leaves the beer regretably and slightly mundane.

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Photo of deepchills
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into a Tulip stemmed glass the color is brown-orange and slightly cloudy. The head is thick and large with a slightly foamy top. A sweet fruity aroma reaches me without having yet picked up the glass. After 3 minutes the head has receded to a half finger, leaving a nice, slightly loose lacing.

The smell is less sweet now as I bring the glass to my nose, some caramel and a light bitterness.

First taste there is a little sweetness which is blended well between the malty caramel and the fruit, which is now presenting itself as apricot. The bitterness of the hops is also present, though not overwhelming. The 9% ABV is well hidden throughout the tasting. The finish is a mix of malt and hops.

Continued drinking sees the fruitiness disappear. The malt starts barreling out, with the caramel and slightly bitter hop still present, by the end of the bottle the malt/caramel becomes stronger.

The beer drinks as easy as silk, with an ever so slight creamy feel.

As a Double IPA this seems to fall short. To be honest, this might not even be an IPA. The malt is strong and the hops take a back seat. But if you want to try something in between classifications this might be for you. I'll drink it again.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my tulip...

The beer is an orange amber color with a thick bubbly head. It smells of lots of sweet caramel malt with some sugar and tangerine. Tastes good but it's not nearly as bitter as a double IPA should be, the taste is mostly piney hops, grapefruit, an almost donut-like flavor followed by a lingering piney bitterness. It's really thick and has lots of subtle carbonation and a lingering finish. This is a different take on a double IPA but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe this may be my first brew from Texas. Let's see if the excitement of the premise lives up to the excitement of the experience.

Opens with a muted hiss, like a very tired and lethargic hurrah, and pours a flat looking orange-amber hue complemented with a bright haze. Head almost doesn't form, just leaving a smattering of big bubbles across the surface of the beer. Looks very heavy in the body, as though the carbonation can't escape. Quite a mediocre look to it, to be honest.

Nose is very muted indeed for a beer claiming to be an IPA, let alone a double IPA. Slight grainy sweetness, huskiness and a very slight twinge of green hops, almost lending a vegetative quality to the aroma. Very average.

Taste is also quite paltry, with a very mild bitterness vaguely covering a sweet molasses and malt extract flavoured basis. Dry finish, but without the sting I expect from an IPA. To be fair, the only flavours they mention on the bottle are "rich, malty", and "warm caramel", which is not the profile I expect from an IPA, but at least it's delivering what it promises.

Feel is average, and smooth, and to be fair the heat and booze of the 9% is well hidden.

Eh. A poor example of an IPA, but not an undrinkable beer overall. It's not something I'm particularly happy with, but I'm pleased to have tried a beer from the Lone Star State at least. I just hope they're not all like this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta call this pour "true to style," that's for sure. Big creamy head, rocky and firm, sitting on stop of a lightly hazed orange sunset color. And absolute gobs of lace. Very nice.

Aroma is as malty as it is hoppy, plenty of caramel tones and some toffee too. Juicy and candy-like, similar to Arrogant Bastard or other US strong ales. The hops are herbal and flowery for the most part, even a bit of cannabis sneaking in. Trace of alcohol far back.

Taste brings it down just a notch, lacking a bit of character and direction. Still juicy, still candy-like, and very much not (unlike the aroma) leaning toward American Strong Ale land...Rahr & Sons calls this a double IPA and so it is. But there's a medicinal quality to the alcohol that could be reeled in, and the tangy, minty, orange-tasting hops don't quite mesh with the malt as well as I'd like, and there probably isn't enough malt here to begin with, but having said all that, it gets pretty close to the mark and brings at least something to the DIPA table.

Would have liked a creamier, silkier texture, as this has a fair bit of carbonation bite. There is, surprisingly, a softness trying to creep its way in, but it never makes it totally. Alcohol persists, if relatively tame, in the sticky finish.

Not bad, but after having a Surly Abrasive Ale just 24 hours ago, well, the bar just got even higher for this style. Glad to have tried Ass Kisser, though, and it's probably worth at least a shot by any Double IPA aficionado, if only for reference's sake.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I only bought this because of the label, I totally admit it. Beer poured into a Golden Pheasant glass. Beer is dark amber and hazy with a decent head, some lacing and low to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with a mild piny? hop aroma in there.

Beer is medium to heavy in body, pretty malty on the front but not overly sweet, the finish isn't too bitter and there is an obvious void of hop flavors on the midpalate of this beer. Oh well, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter per the directions on the bottle, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours an opaque reddish-orange coloring with a thin, densely bubbled head. The nose is complex, with a blend of citrus, caramel, and spice. There is almost a sour tang to the smell, as well. The body has a sharp carbonation to the mouthfeel. The flavors have a tangy caramel foundation with peppery spice and hoppy flavors playing off onto the palate. The beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste that borders on sour. Very smooth and creamy finish to begin with, that dries and puckers the mouth as you go. Pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a deep, hazy orangish-brown with a pretty good off-white head.

Smell – There’s a huge mix of tangerine and grapefruit hops at the nose laced with ultra-sugary caramel malt.

Taste – The rindy citrus takes over at the taste. I can get supplemental pine as well. The malts try to keep up but struggle. They are less sweet than I thought from the nose but still quite caramelly.

Mouthfeel – This is big, almost full-bodied, with a harsh dry finish and light carbonation.

Drinkability – The sum did not live up to its parts here. The hops were sophisticated and heavy and the caramel was very clean, but together the balance was off. The hops came across as heavy-handed, which often is good but in this case didn’t work.

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Photo of perrymarcus
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no dating found.

pours a cloudy, dull amber tone while yielding 3/4" off-white head. head lapses fairly quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nice lacing, both otherwise nothing to write home about.

nose is headlined by caramel malt. the label does indicate a malt backbone but this is more in barleywine territory than anything that could be considered a DIPA. muted floral/citric hops in the background. a hops bouquet this is not.

flavor follows the aroma. much more a malt bomb than a DIPA, with at best a few hoppy notes as secondary characters. and due to the lack of dating, it's anyone's guess as to how much of this is intended. not a drain pour but decidedly underwhelming.

mouthfeel is decent. medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

overall, not too impressive. too malty. sorely missing that potpourri of hops i look for in my DIPAS. brewery needs to bottle date.

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, who wouldn't want to try this if you see the bottle on the shelf? It's almost like a dare.

No dating found on the bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a nice light tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Hmmm. Caramel malt in the aroma and very little hops.

Where are the hops in a DIPA? Missing here. Sorry but there are so many good DIPAs out there, this brewery needs to date their bottles and put some hops in the recipe. I actually like the balanced malt/hop DIPAs, but this one misses the hop part.

Overall, a miss as a good DIPA.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - SLightly hazy golden amber body with some beige lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose with some sweetness to boot. Spiced and inviting.

T - A nice well rounded hop profile. Some spice, floral, sweet hop flavors. Not incredibly spicy or hoppy for a double IPA but nicely blended. A nice noticable bitter taste throughout.

M - Nice and light bodied, semi tingly small bubbled carbonation. Some slight alcohol presence in the finish but well masked.

O - A nice well hopped double IPA. If you like the standard IPA this one is a good choice, not sure Id consider it a double but a good beer either way.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber ($7.99) of this at Winooski Beverage Warehouse on 01APR11 and enjoyed back at my B&B in Bristol that eve...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, this bier had a slightly hazy apricot hue. Minimal carbo was espied, though it had a frothy off-white head, which lasted well and laced things up nicely. Aroma was sweetly fruity, as of orange and apricot marmalade. Mostly smooth on the tongue, the body was a decent medium.

As for flavor, it had a mild sweetness, with apricot and tangerine being present. Rindy, resiny hoppage then comes forth, with a solid lupulin aftertaste lingering on the palate. Pretty decent overall, though a touch overpriced, imo. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that does much better slightly warmer than refrigeration temperature.

A= copper, fairly clean, nice white head, good lacing and rimming, a modest continual rise of small bubbles of carbonation.

S= pine and very nice malts, better than I would expect after seeing the lower ratings it's been getting. Nice citrus emerging as it warms and sets for a while.

T= strong pine but not as over-the-edge of many popular "West Coast" IPA's. For instance, I like this better than Sierra's Pale Ale. And it's not just pine but balanced with some modest citrus. Very nice thick malts, bready at times. No liquor hint which I would have expected at 9%ABV. Decent stuff.

M= dry, pine bitters, sweet rich malts lingering.

O= heck I'd session with this or would love to have it regularly available on-tap. I'm impressed and didn't expect to be. I figured with the hype-title and labeling it would be crap but it definitely is not. But at $8.99 for a 22oz bottle I'm not sure how often I'll be buying, unfortunately.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky reddish orange. Chunky, and very cloudy. Big nice bubbly white head, fades quickly into some lacing.

S: Fresh fruit like oranges and apples, dry hops, wheat and grains. Piney and earthy undertones in the aroma. Cinnamon and honey also.

T: Tastes almost like apple cider on the initial sip. Body contains nice dry hops and honey malts, lots of fruit, citrus, pine, and some hints of oak and wood. The body is complex, but not necessarily well planned out in my opinion, it's just sort of a mishmash of things. Boring and lame aftertaste.

M: Nice bitterness, and great smoothness. Almost creamy in consistency as well. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Not very impressive, more like a barleywine style than a double IPA.

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Photo of jomo
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted twice at Bevmo and am reviewing from memory.

Look is murky burnt orange. Almost dirty.

Smell and taste are confused and not cohesive. Hop flavors are not fresh. On the nose, there is a little pine and citrus, but on the palate the flavors are muddy. Primarily, the hops show up in the form of a slightly bitter, not very appetizing finish. Malt profile is like a carmel sweet bread gone bad. Perhaps something wrong with the ingredients? The beer did not taste skunky, just not a good mix of flavors. Perhaps old....twice.

This tastes like a beer that people will buy for the name.

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Photo of climax
2.54/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bomber was $7, so hopefully my review yields a better score than the overall average. Haven't had an IPA, er double, from Texas.... so this will be interesting. The blurb on the bottle seems to concentrate more emphasis on the malt than the hops... hmm.

As it tells me, I pour it into a snifter. It's a cloudy caramel color, weird bubbly head. It didn't form too quickly, but it rose methodically and had bubbly retention.

The nose was very caramel, and not very hops. Very Barleywine, not very DIPA. It seemed a bit cidery, dare I say tainted. Red apples, curry, brown sugar, made up a complex, but off-putting aroma.

The taste is very tart, yet sweet. It still is swarming with caramelized malts, yet the overall experience is bitter. The hops do their job, but in a disguised undignified sort of way. No real bright hop flavors like citrus, pine, or floral notes hit the taste buds. There is just a resiny lingering bitterness that sets in when the aged malt taste subsides.

The feel is decent. It's very crisp with carbonation, and underneath has a creamy texture. All finished into an overly dry finish that keeps me SIPPING, the key word sipping. Sipping, and contemplating what to do next... and it may be degrading.

Bottom line, I just don't know if this beer is typical of what it should be or if I have one from a bad batch. I don't have enough fingers pointing in the bad batch direction, so I'm gonna draw the conclusion that I'm not too impressed. Watching a beer I spent good money on go down the drain hurts, hurts.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ugly, murky golden orange-red color with weird carbonation things goin on. Not really any head. Scent is very malty with a bit of yeasty bread notes with a bit of melon. Not much hops going on. Taste is a bit more hoppy, with a heavy malt profile. There is a bit of alcohol and melon flavors with hints of citrus. This must be a fresh bottle, because it's not that bad compared to other reviews. Not great, but not bad. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy with better carbonation than the appearance implied. Drinkability is fair.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't argue with the way it looks. Good retention, decent lacing. Orange-gold pour.

This must be old product (wouldn't know, no bottled-on date). Because all I get is some caramel malt.

LOL. I laugh because this is honestly what I thought DIPAs tasted like, before I ever tasted one fresh. Pretty good, from a nostalgic perspective. There's some residual bitterness here for sure, but all it tastes like is a big malty beer with some soapy/piney bitterness at the end. Pretty much near barleywine territory. Feels like your typical 9% beer.

It's more than likely out of date. But still not that bad. Oh shut up. Before you knew any better, you'd have thought a beer like this is effing amazing and you know it.

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Photo of brotherloco
2.11/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No bottled on date to be found.

Average looking pour. Smells extremely bready. Gingerbread almost. Label says this DIPA is malty, but this is out of hand. Can't get any hops out of it at all.

Flavor is exactly the same as the nose. Wow, a very different tasting DIPA. Some hop bitterness, but not very nice. Finish presents harsh alcohol, not a pleasant aftertaste.

Wish I knew how fresh this was, but I don't think I'd like it in any case.

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Photo of bigoten13
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip. Dark orange/brown/caramel colors, simple half-finger head that doesn't dissipate too quickly and leaves some small lace rings.

Smells of pure malt and caramel, hop flavor is not apparent in the aroma, but the taste has some bitterness to it, not as much as other double IPAs, but its still present and balances out the maltyness.

Mouthfeel is also well-balanced and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good: no overpowering flavors and no underwhelming wateriness.

Overall, decent brew for a more than decent price.

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Photo of feylure
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to say that I saw this because of it's name. I'm from TX, so that helped, and I love me a double IPA.

The color is good; not spectacular, but good. A nice, dark hazy caramel color.

Smell is great! The predominant factor is caramel; hoppy, sweet, caramel goodness.

Taste is good. Filled with bitters that are sharp in character, the caramel smell kind of goes away in the taste. It does have quite a bite, and that bite definitely lingers as part of the tail.

Mouthfeel is not quite full, but not dry. Somewhere in the middle of that, the carbonation lifts the bitter taste. I find this brew to be quite drinkable.


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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
Beer rating: 22% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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