Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)
1,283 Ratings
Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.43%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gavage on 10-23-2004

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, yellow/orange color with a small off white head that thinned quickly to a light layer leaving very little lace.

S - sweet, boozey smell.

T - sweet, boozey taste.

M - medium bodied, low carbonation.

D - one bottle, was enough for me.

Final Note: I usually like dubs, but I didn't really like this one too much.

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Photo of Flyer
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Double IPA is above average for the style, which makes it a very good beer. Having only consumed it in a dark bar, I can't give you a read on the color, but it has a good solid head. The aroma -- I swear -- reminds me of strawberries, which is intriguing, but (probably fortunately) doesn't really carry over into the taste. The flavor is grapefruity hops with a hint of pineapple over the classic "solid malt backbone." Mouthfeel (which is very important to me) is full and round, with a nice sparkle of carbonation. Finishes clean and satisfying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange colored brew which created a quarter inch of fluffy head and deep, yeasty swirls. Nearly opaque, and overall looks very nice.

S - Very floral hop smell with a slight bit of alcohol tinge and some very strong citrus notes, mostly grapefruit. Quite pleasant.

T - Pretty brutal, has a sharp perfume hop bite, but neither that nor the citrus flavors can drown out the overpowering alcohol flavor. It feels like rubbing alcohol in my mouth. I've had some liquors that were easier on the tongue.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation and no residue, although it is rough on the palate and has a slight burn in the aftertaste.

D - Not sure about this one. There are some good qualities to it, but overall it's just not for me. I'll have to fight to finish this one, and I'd think another would be out of the question. I may give it another try sometime in the future, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of rextheone
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Confronted with some wonderful brews, I find myself frequently returning to this well rounded and satisfying IPA.

Appearance - orange color, quality head and lacing.

Smell - hops are present, pleasing and appetizing.

Taste - intensely hopped, remarkable.

Mouthfeel - Good body, rich and satisfying - delightful hops.

Drinkability - despite the intense hops and high alcohol, goes down very smooth. Maybe too drinkable, leave the driving to others.

Overall - Exceptional American double IPA, has it all: taste, appearance, drinkability, and readily available, at least in my area. Highly recommended for those that favor a richly hopped IPA.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottled on 06.23.07.

Glowing, light auburn in color. Creamy, white head with good retention as a sheet that creates a thin layer around the snifter's edges. Patches of spotted lacing with decent strength.

Multi-scented bouquet of hops: citrus, flora, and pine. Sharp waves of intense alcohol; immature cognac. Semi-sweet tones of vanilla. Pretty sharp and intense array of aromas with a nice balance.

Bright, citrus hop flavors: lemon, orange, grapefruit with a lingering solvency. A very grainy base with a slick, intense alcohol presence filled with astringency that lasts. Semi-sweet vanilla malt tones that provides somewhat of a creaminess into the finish.

Medium bodied; slick, yet surprisingly grainy: very odd for the style. Too many different textures in throughout the sip for anything close to a balance.

A hop monster that relies on the astringent alcohol presence, and sacrifices the hops' true flavors. A rough, bulky Double IPA.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear dark straw, light amber color with a quarter inch of head which slowly dissipates. Good tracing and lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is full of middle note hop notes; lots of deep alcohol driven citrus and light pine. It also has lots of malt aromas going for it, amber and crystal malts. On the palate, the alcohol drives it home, much like a barley wine with lots of sweet malts marrying with a good solid hop structure. Finish is slightly bitter and sweet at the same time. I wouldn't necessarily call it balanced, but there's nothing wrong with this beer. A nice introduction to the brewery, can't wait to try the rest.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma is all grapefruity hops. In the taste, a hoppy sweetness and a small alcohol presence in the end. A bittersweet mouthfeel and a dry hoppy alcohol aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty evident, kind of sweet, but big hops.

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Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot colored with the slightest bit of haze, A thick cap of dimpled orangey beige foam sits atop, looking like a solid lid. It's a half-inch high with no signs of sinking.

Inviting and complex aroma of honey, vanilla, ripe fruit, toffee, and cotton candy.

Flavor initially tends toward sweet, but not cloying. It's pleasantly sweet malt, followed quickly by floral and citrus hops, with notes of honey and fruit. Finishes warm from the ABV, with some vapors going up the back of the throat. Nice balance of malt and hops. Surprisingly drinkable for the strength of this one. I like it.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color. The off white head offers good retention and little lacing.

Smells of piney, citric hops ( they seem a bit old). Also has a sweet malty presence and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes rather sweet for a DIPA (IMO). Has a rather malty sweet start followed by a citric hoppiness. The malt is very noticeable but goes well with the piney hops. The alcohol is hidden well but you do feel its warming effects.

Edit: Another bottle from the six pack was awful, lots of wet cardboard and stale hops. I left my review of the first brew cause this bottle is obviously tainted.

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Photo of Quej
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - A Hazy gold, urine-coloured beer with little head and only some carbonation visible through the haze.
S - Sweet smells of cooked apples and citrus along with the slight sting alcohol. Not as much hop in the nose as I would have expected. Perhaps, it was a little too cold.
T - The sweet taste of fruit, apple pie, peaches and good wholesome bready malt follow what can only be described as a strong bitter attack. The heaviness of the sweet tastes and the power of the bitterness almost completely hides the consider alcohol content. The nice floral hop taste finish the beer nicely. The almost overpowering bitterness lingers to leave a dry mouth that begs for more.
M - Very tingly and quite light considering the high abv.
D - I'm not sure I could have two of these in a row, but one is quite fantastic! A sipping beer to be enjoyed.

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Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was quite an experience. I had read the good reviews and was looking forward to the hops fix. The appearance was a dark hazed amber with a big frothy off-white head and great lacing throughout. The aroma was similarly spectacular with sweet piney hops and mellow malt with a touch of raison on the edges. The taste immediately hit me as alcohol and that's where I started to lose my affection a bit. Although I have had many stronger ales than this 10% offering, this one instantly detracted from the flavor in my mind. It had a nice creamy feel with buttery malt and more of the raison touch, leaving a sort of licorice taste in the back of my mouth. This is strong stuff but it does seem to mellow a bit as your taste buds adjust and that's where I finally picked up some tastey hops, but it was a mild suggestion and not entirely up to my standards for an IPA. I guess I should avoid the double IPA's but I have had others that seem a little less overdone. Still, this is clearly a quality effort and recommended for a try. I would drink it again but I would prefer to drink this slowly with a hunk of cheese at my side.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer to be reckoned with....

Appearance- Hazy golden orange color, decent head, not overly fizzy but a thick head to be reckoned with. Beautiful looking.

Smell-Wow, citrusy with a boatload of hops (Cascade?) that jump right up the nose, you can tell from the smell this is no ordinary beer.

Taste-Hop Heaven, I was into it, a large amount of hops, a big bang with an edgy flavor, I wonder if it mellows with age but I'm not sure. In any case, tasty and edgy with the alcohol a late but strong addition.

Mouthfeel- Thick and srong, enjoyable. a slow drinking beer unless you want to be in the ER.

Drinkability-See Mouthfeel, very enjoyable if drank correctly.

Overall-Another on point beer from Stoudt's, they can do no wrong so far with this Big Beer series it seems, I'm eager to try more.

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Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from the birthday trip to the Stoudt's brewery, an impressive DIPA from their Big Beer collection.

Appearance - Very nice deep orange color with a fair sized white head which stuck around the entire brew.

Smell - Very nice citrus odor with a big, bold hopped spice burst.

Taste - This bad boy packed a punch. Sweet, citrus fruits compliment and huge portions of spicey hops dominate this brew which has a very raw flavor. Probably could've used a bit of time to cellar to take the edge off but still damn fine.

Mouthfeel - The power of the brew definetly numbed the tongue a bit at times, but it helped slow down the session. The hops leave a nice aftertaste though a bit strong.

Drinkability - This was a serious brew and you should know what you're getting into with a DIPA, and I'm a big fan of big strong beers. This prob could've used some mellowing, but a strong, raw flavor appears to be one of the staples of the Stoudts line. Thus, if you're like me and are a big fan of big brews, this brewery is for you.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light copper color. Creamy off white head. No retention or lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts mixed with grapefruit, mangoes, pears, oranges, lemons. Mild notes of pine.

Taste: Nice sweet malt of caramel and bread with a good amount of citrusy hops. The hops contain all the fruity notes mentioned above. The pine is there in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slighty sticky. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good balance in malt/hops. Defnitely dig this DIPA.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orangish amber with a nice hazy unfiltered body, 1 finger off-white head with some nice lacing. First whiff of this is predominately floral with a slight citrus infusion. Flowery first taste with nice naval orange follow-up, not the hoppoiest DIPA, but pleasant anyhow. Alcohol is definately present. Not the greatest balancing act I've experienced. Definately don't recommend joining the circus like the label implies. Overall, a good flavor, just lacking the perfection in the brews balance.

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Photo of westweasel
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a beautiful hazy dingy copper color with a 1/3 inch white head. Lots of lace was left all along the glass.

The smell of this beer is mostly citrus (tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit) and some alchohol.

Strong orangey citrus taste, along with some biscuits and alcohol. The mouthfeel is pretty full.

This double IPA is very drinkable - even though the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not knowing anything about this beer I bought a SINGLE at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield (Just north of Cincinnati, OH).

Poured into my pint glass to produce a thick 1" head over the top of a beautiful orange/amber colored beer. The lacing was sparce as the head dwindled to thin cap.

The aroma was NICE! You could definately pick up a citrusy/ piney hops. But there was also a warming/ mellow sweetness.

The taste? Well here is where this beer excels. The first thing I noticed was the buttery smoothness... a nice citrus/pine hop bite and a mellow sweetness that finishes this one off. VERY pleasant!

Mouthfeel: another strong suit for this beer. So rich.... so thick and chewey.... so smooth!

Drinkability: There is NO WAY I would have gussed 10% abv on this ale! It is VERY Drinkable.... and I will be on the lookout for more of this!.... It's HIGHLY Recommended!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So here we are with yet another double IPA,. Why do I find myself drawn to these so oftern, gee I wonder? I got this one in the BDAY 07 BIF and had been waiting to try it for quite some time. Something about an orange bottle with a circus elephant on the front, I just had the feeling this one was going to mean business. So I decided to open it up last night with dinner and see what was going on under the cap…

A – Poured a bright prange amber. Very hazy and cloudy, almost looked like there was some suspended particles in it as well. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent from the very beginning. This thing was shooting bubbles to the top of the glass like crazy. A big two inch plus head of white sticky foam formed on the top of the glass immediately upon pour, it actually may have been higher then that. It gradually faded and left behind a lot of sticky side glass lace and a good half inch or so layer across the top. Overall looked like a good double should, very big and bright.

S – Aroma was very astringent and bitter. Lots of grapefruit tones were the first thing I noticed. It was a rather sharp smell. Lots of hops in this defiantly. As it started to warm it began to get notes that were much much sweeter. Some sugar started to come through, almost like a candy like aroma. I have seen this before in some others, its almost like a candy apple sort of sweetness that is mixed in with a very bitter smell. It was quite nice and bright actually. Looking good so far on this one.

T – Now here is where it started to get very intresting. First thing I noticed was it was so darn smooth. I was expecting to be knocked back a little bit as most strong doubles do, but this was super smoth, almost sessionable at first sip. It was not insanely bitter as I had thought it would be, rather it was quite sweet. Reminded me almost immediately of DFH Burton, it had that cotton candy like quality to the malts. Not to say there were no hops in here, trust me there were plenty, but it was very nicely balanced, none of the hard to handle, suck your mouth dry style. This was more subtle with a nice tangerine taste and some orange cream sickle like notes to it. Very nice and really unexpected. Good dry finish, but with a candy like touch to it. Very nice. No hint of the ABV what so ever, and I actually did not even know what that was going in and don’t now as I write this, but it was defiantly not present in the flavor profile.

M – Again very smooth here. The carbonation that was so evident upon pour, and even during the session did not translate over completely during the tasting. I thought it would have had a bit more life to it. It had a somewhat sweet syrup like feel to it. Not to say it was dull and void of carbonation all together, but it was definatly a tade bit flatter then I had envisioned. Still good full feel and a nice thickness to it, no watery or oily feel at all.

D – Very good sipper. As with anything that is that sweet it is hard to really drink a good quantity of it, as it just because a little too much after a while. However this was a good one to sip on during a session and really could be a nice late nighter as well. But would always probably be a one and done. It was farly strong ABV wise, but not detectable at all, but I noticed a bit of a warming after a while.

Overall this was pretty decent. I almost wish there was another category for these types though. They are doubles, but not it the traditional sense. It is more of a sweeter candy type then anything, maybe a dessert double IPA, I don’t know. But they don’t have the lip smacking bitterness that others do. Still a quality brew and something I would not turn down, definatly worth a try for sure.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with amber hue with little head and no lacing. Lighter than most DIPAs. Smells of big hops, pine, malt, citrus. Taste is big hops with remarkable balance, especially for a DIPA. Malt and a little bit of spice finish this off. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and 10%ABV seems non existant. Very drinkable. Big beer with a summer feel. Cheers.

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Photo of timtim
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle dated 6/13/07. A little less fresh than i would hope for in an ipa, but i was stoked to try this one nonetheless after all the great things i've heard about stoudt's. pours a very pretty amber with a nice fluffy white head that leaves a chunky lace. smell is less hoppy than expected, but very nice. citrusy and juicy fruity. not as much of a hop bomb as i expected, but still tastes above average. a little malty sweetness that goes away as it warms up and becomes overpowered by the alcohol taste. not booze, but alcohol. does that make sense? mouthfeel is great. better than expected. velvety smooth. easy drink. is it really 10%? i'd rather have hopslam, russian river, dfh, or weyerbacher, but this is still a fine fine beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy pint of peach and orange with a creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing all around.

A gorgeous aroma of citrus, juicyfruit gum and fresh pine.

Taste is complete with the best of citrusy hops and sweet caramel. You can definitely taste the alcohol but it doesn't overpower.

Medium bodied, creamy and lightly carbonated.

I like this beer! It's very well balanced between the hops and the sweet malts. Enjoy this DIPA if you can find it.

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Photo of bosco7
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper with substantial head. Lacing is sticky and thick.

Strawberry, mango, brown sugar, grapefruit juice, and spruce aromas.

Sticky sweet. Begins with caramel, brown sugar, and tobacco. Lots of bubble gum, pine and naval orange in the middle. Finishes sweet, bitter, and a bit boozy. Tastes better than it smells.

Medium-high mouthfeel with light carbonation. Pretty good DIPA-a little sweet and the hop character is nothing special, none the less pretty good.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first craft beer I had after returning from two months in HK was a bad bottle, so I was thankful to see that this one (stored the same way) was still good and delicious!

Appearance: Lighter in color than expected in an East Coast IPA - light golden/amber, very clear. Good head with okay retention, good lacing.

Smell: Double IPA aroma - like pine needle syrup, sweet but pungent. Bit of juicy fruit. Very typical, what I expect in the style.

Taste: Sweet, with juicy fruit and caramel. Pine and citrus hops, but not quite bitter enough to balance the heavy malts in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavy side of medium, I'd say - carbonation could be a bit higher to compensate. Pleasant aftertaste & finish.

Drinkability is good.


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Photo of YankChef
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled on 5/23/07 poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy in appearance, amberish with brown and peach hues. 1/2 inch thick foamy white head that is at the apex of the tulip.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet on the nose with hints of apricot, juicyfruit gum, orange and hop oil, as well as a grassiness to it. Smells like delicious.

Taste: First impression is that this beer is sweet! all of the afore mentioned fruity and sweet stuff is goin in the taste as well. It then fades to an incredibly balanced and equally strong grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palate, but not as raw pucking biterness like a lot of other hop monsters. Alcohol is present in a warming way, but is very, very well masked.

Mouthfeel: very silky smooth and somewhat creamy for an ipa, and relatively full bodied for the style. Carbonation is present but no very strong, it really just melds well into the whole experience of the beer perfectly.

Overall: The true sign of an excellent is an outrageous amount of hops and equally strong amount of delicious malt to balance it, stoudts double IPA has both of these things in an incredibly well balanced brew that even non-hop heads can enjoy. My favorite double IPA out there and is underrated IMHO. If you can get your hands on it, do so.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with complimentary notes of caramelized malt and hops.

T: Just like the smell, the taste starts out with strong fruity flavor of citrus. There’s a decent mixture of hops and a mild alcohol burn that comes in next, but the intense sweetness keeps those flavors in the background. Once the sweetness finally fades, the after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty if you can handle the sweetness, which I did, goes down dangerously easily, not very filling, hell of a kick, it might not be the hop bomb that most 2IPA’s are but it’s still a really good beer with a enough potency that can get you going in a hurry. I think I could start quickly on a six-pack but it would catch up on me pretty quickly before I finish.

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Stoudt's Double IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,283 ratings
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