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Twin Sisters Double IPA | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Twin Sisters Double IPATwin Sisters Double IPA

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-21-2006

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Vibrant saffron color with a haze to it. Head is full and creamy, an attractive light khaki color.

S: Sappy pinecones, lime zest, graham, toffee and grapefruit.

T: Begins fruity with aspects of apricot, marmalade and juicy fruit. One can also find red apple and cantaloupe mixed in with the other fruits. Spicy hops with floral characteristics come next, slightly leaning towards the earthy spectrum of bitterness. Finishes out with moments of marshmallow, butterscotch and pineapple.

M: Medium body, full but somewhat prickly.

D: This one was a little too sweet for my tastes. I prefer my IPA’s to be citrusy opposed to tropical like this one. Tastes like it has some age on it, I don’t know when in 2006 it was brewed. Perhaps a fresh sample would have had more hop character.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle with 2006 Bottle Conditioned on the label. It had a rich copper color and was full of tiny bits of yeasts. It poured with a thick 2 finger foam that slowly settled to a constant foam with nice lacing. There was a constant stream of carb from the bottom throughout the drinking. The smell was kinda subtle for a ADIPA but was still good. It was hoppy, but not as much as you'd think, and also floral. The taste was solid and went down smooth. Some ADIPA's end with a bitter finish but this one had an extremely well balanced taste from start to finish. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with good carb. Overall this is a very tasty brew that if not for the extremely high price I'd put into the regular rotation. Another excellent offering from Left Hand and recommend you try it - ignore the price and enjoy. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of atsprings
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy amber with a great lasting head that left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops followed by pale malts. The taste was a wonderful balance of hops and malts. The tastes danced together nicely on the palate with both showing their presence back and forth. The hops were certainly there, but the malt kept them from overpowering. The beer was medium on the palate and the alcohol was well hidden. This is a great DIPA for anyone who appreciates great balance, not just an overload of hops.

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Photo of sman262
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice big bottle, corked and well presented, pour produced a 2 finger width head.
S: Not the best smelling IPA ive ever been around, reminded me of a smelly bog.
T: Nice balance here, not overly bitter, nor malty.
M: A tad dry on the drink, left a little to be desired in terms of alternate flavors.
D:had the whole bottle to my self and was able to finish it.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle.

Hazy, brown/orange in color. Large, light tan head.

Honey and peaches. Biscuity aroma. Hops not very apparent.

Very tasty, close to a barleywine given sweetness and perceived malt. Pine sap mixed with honey.

Medium + in body. Moderate carbonation. Quite drying.

Overall, very good. Much more impressed with this than the two other beers of theirs I have tried.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a lasting off white head. It takes quite a few minutes for the head to fal into the beer, and never stops clinging to the sides of the glass. There is a whole bunch of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I get a whole basket of citrus in the nose. I can pick up grapefruits in particular. As the beer sits a bit, you can pick out the caramel malts as well as a bit of sweetness. The aroma is pretty complex once the hops mellow a bit.

Taste: This beer goes down pretty smooth for a IIPA. It has a whole lot of hop presence in the flavor, but the bittering are reserved enough to actually let you taste the malt on the way down. I get a good bit of sweetness in this beer that comes across a bit more like it was underattenuated. I guess that is to give the yeast something to do since it is naturally carbonated. The finish is pretty balanced, but there is a bit of syrupy sweetness in there that leaves you with the feeling like you just ate a piece of candy.


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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The would almost be the perfect looking IPA if it wasn't for the color. Great monsterous head, strong vibrant lacing and carbonation to boot. The color was a little too dark for me though. The deep amber, with highlights of carrot. The color just did't make me think of my perfect looking DIPA. The aroma was more orangey than grapefruity in it's bitterness. God balance between malts and hops though. The taste is equally blanced. Good resiny hops and syrupy malts. Almost detect some brown sugar qualities in the malts toasty palate.

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Photo of rodrot
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Poured a pretty orange amber color with a massive head that threatened to overflow all over the table. Aroma was of leafy hops, pine and citrus. Taste was quite hoppy at first with loads of citrusy flavors and bitter hops in the palate. As the beer warmed, caramelly malts became very prominent in the taste. So much so that the smack in the face of hops that I so enjoy became muted. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and I would have to say the drinkability is very high. I can't believe this beer is almost 10%. I didn't taste any alcohol in this beer. I noticed it however after finishing about half the bottle and feeling the warmth in my cheeks. Overall, this is a good beer. But it's too malty for a DIPA.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper. Thick looking dirty white head. Retention is quite good and the frothy top leaves a nice viewing of lace as I drink. The nose is very average. Some perceptible tones of citrus and perfume, but not a lot. And a little pine sap and sweet caramel, but again, not as boastful as a DIPA aroma should be. Onto the palate, I again would like to know where the fuck the hops are?!?! I get a little of that perfumey hop flavor and some sappy tones. Sweet caramel malt base. But none of that great hop flavor. NO good hop burps. They kid about this having 11,428 IBUs on the bottle, but never go on to list the actual IBUs. If I had to guess, I would bet it's not even over 50. I hardly detect a bitterness and that which I do detect can be attributed to the spicy alcohol character. Now after all that ranting, I should say this is a decent beer, just not a DIPA. The malts are more prominent than the hops and the alcohol tones are almost secondary. Leaving hops tertiary.

I may just have to stop trying these "special" caged and corked brews from Left Hand at $13 a pop.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Dense head dwells for awhile, with minimal lacing. Nose is syrupy maltiness with citrusy hops. Taste follows the same road, everything melds together nicely, but the hoppiness is a bit underwhelming for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, with a reasonably easy drinkability. Alcohol could sneak up on you with this one.

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Photo of Bobikel
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a clear, light copper ale with a thick white two inch head. Retention is descent.

Smell - Malt dominates with a slight yeast background. Hops while present, were hard to get a hold of.

Taste - Malt sweetness still dominates, with hop bitterness taking a back seat. Slight alchohol.

Mouthfeel - Well rounded, with nice carbonation. Plenty of little bubbles.

Drinkability - Smooth and easygoing, a little cloying.

Overall - This really is more of a pale in character. Hops are way to underdefined for a "Double IPA". The only thing about this ale IPA-like is the alchohol content, weighing in at 9.6% by volume. Probobly won't buy this one again.

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Photo of briman
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color, with a lot of golden hues. Half-inch off-white head, excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is malty with some caramel & lightly toasted malts, backed up with resinous pine & citrus hops. Little alcohol in the background as well.

Flavor starts with a malty beginning, with some caramel and maybe some honey. Through the middle the hops kick in leading to a dry finish with grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, but not for long.

Medium-body, moderate to high carbonation. Some sips seem almost a little watery, and the carbonation seems a bit too high for my taste. Balance is ok, hops dominate, but since the malt doesn't put on much of a show, it doesn't take much to overwhelm it. For a DIPA the aroma is not much of a hop wallop. Alcohol hidden pretty well, but does show up a little in the aroma/taste and does have a gradual warming effect. Overall not bad, but not at the top of my list for the style.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark copper tone with a tan rocky head. Leaveing a nice layer of laceing behind. A few floaters of yeast made there way in the pour. Not alot of beading but there is some.

Smell: Quite a complex aroma consisting of celery, apple tort, some vegetable like odors, maybe a little cinnamon, lettuce and very understated hop profile. Just a bit of malty sweetness as well.

Taste: Rather muted for a DIPA. Spicey pepperish hops are noted. The malt bill is very suspect and almost not there. The hops are really not potent at all and come across as more of a leafy vegetable medley. Very weak. A bit of alcohol in the finish and thank god because this beer is almost void of character.

Mouthfeel: Lower side of medium with a medium amount of carbonation. This does leave a film in the back of your throat. The alcohol has a sort of drying effect. Not to bad on the palate.

Drinkability: This was fairly easy to drink but it was not very interesting. Not the best DIPA but not the worst either. If your the kind of person that must absolutley try every beer out there, drink this. If your a true seeker of finer beers then please look elsewhere for a DIPA.


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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Sportsman's at the beginning of August for $12.49.

Beer is orange-copper in color and poured a very nice off white head that is sustaining very well. Nose is malty and well spiced by citrus with a hint of alcohol. Taste is well balanced. The malts in this brew are not too sweet and it is balanced nicely by a generous amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and goes down fairly smooth. Overall drinkability is good. They did a nice job disguising the alcohol although i suspect one will be more than enough!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Softly glowing coppery orange as the slanting rays of the setting sun diffuse through the liquid. The beer is chock full of tiny yeast flecks and languidly rising bubbles that are nearly as small. Up above, the pale tangerine cap looks tremendous (due to its incredible stickiness) and has already begun to slather the glass with thick, soon to be crusty, sheets of lace.

The nose doesn't leap out of the glass as I'd hoped it might. It's a good one, but it takes quite a bit of effort to discern that. I'm not exactly sure what some members of the hop bill smell like other than the first and the last (Cascade, Glacier, Tomahawk, Liberty and Crystal). Caramel coated grapefruit dominates.

Twin Sisters is a solid DIPA that, nevertheless, doesn't make me want to sing its praises from the highest mountaintop. It's fairly well-malted (pale, rye, Left Hand 'custom') without being overly sweet. Actually, a little more malty sweetness might be a good thing. Although I'm not sure that I could have identified it without a program, I can appreciate the spicy zestiness of the rye malt.

I'm less and less impressed as the ounces go by. The biggest reason is that there isn't much of a hop presence; never a good thing in what is supposed to be a hop-centric style. Those little green cones are throwing off plenty of alpha acids, but are a bit stingy when it comes to hop flavor. Perhaps I'm not thrilled with the varieties chosen, but I think it's more than that.This is still a relatively fresh beer, so age surely isn't a factor.

Alcohol is too prominent as well. I wouldn't mind quite so much if the flavor profile was full to bursting with resinous hoppiness. More months in the bottle will undoubtedly help, but then the hops will have faded even more. Ah, the classic double-edged sword of an incompletely masked, high alcohol DIPA.

I'm fairly satisfied with the mouthfeel. It's medium-full for the style, probably favoring medium. Again, more malt would seem to be the obvious solution (assuming that a medium-bodied DIPA is a problem). The fine-bubbled nature of the mouthfeel mirrors the fine-bubbled look of the beer. It's still a tad on the fizzy for me.

Twin Sisters Double IPA started off on my good side. As I got deeper into the bottle though, its flaws became all too obvious. Did I really pay $13.99 for this beer? There are too many phenomenal DIPAs out there for me to give this one another go, even if it was only half that much.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a half-liter mug, this beer pours out a cloudy orange-brown color with a solid, fluffy head atop it. Aroma smells of resin and grapefruit rind. Sweet, very lightly caramel malt flavor, followed by a huge burst of citrusy hop flavor. Bitterness isn't as high as many double IPA's, or even normal IPA's, but there's hop flavor out the wazoo. Dries out quite well at the end. Good creamy body.

Excellent double IPA example

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, mahogany body with a thick, off-white head that simply lasts and lasts.

Smell: Strong, sweet aroma of toffee and caramel followed by a richly resinous pine and grapefruit undertone.

Taste: An upfront, overflowing maltiness strikes the tongue. The flavor is honey sweet and filled with vanilla notes. Tangerine and pineapple fruitiness in the middle. Hop bitterness mixes with a bite of alcohol to make for an astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied and well carbonated. I'm sorry to say the mouthfeel was a bit too insubstantial for me.

Drinkability: Decent, but you know what, I think the brew just isn't worth the $11 price tag. It Exceeded the Worthwhile Threshold (also an upcoming Tom Clancy title).

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Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a white foamy head. The lacing is great and the head itself lasts forever. The smell is a very strong "bisquity" aroma. Walk into a bakery,thats this beer. The taste is like the smell with a full bread yeast flavor with bitter hops and the high alcohol leaves a nice warming bite. There are also slight sweet flavors of candy sugar and carmel along with a piney flavor. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing pretty well. A good beer, not great,but you could do a lot worse than this. Cheers.

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Photo of AndoBrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I liked it would not buy again*

app: looks like a oringish copper light bulb when held to light in this duvel cup. kinda fun looking.. i guess. big explosive head, pillowy and belgian looking almost. lace lace everywhere. this would have got a 4.5 if it was not kinda dull and hazy.

smell: nice mix of hops, with small hints of sweet caramely malt underneath it all... smells kinda sharp

taste: wow, nice dry toasty malts up front.. big suprise.. more like a brown ale in the malt depo. really intresting.

2nd guld, not much hops up front. THERE THEY COME, on the finish. but still nice toasty brown not so sweet oriented malts up front. (lotsa hops in the burp)

3rd.. a little sweeter. nice, intresting mix of all these different flavors, at this point I will have to space out the gulps to calm down the hops.

4th, does not end with the all the subtle diff. malt tones.. the hops are kinda one deminsonal, but these malts are really something.. It still does finish with a nice amount of hops, its just that the malts are more complex, not over powering though.

5th and out, really nice toasty warm brown malts with some nice but in the background bright hops. mostly citrusy I guess. I just like it a lot.

I might place this as an american BW not a dipa.

mf: nice thicknes with touchess of spritzyness.. I like that.

drinkable?: almost a whole duvel cup gone in 6 gulps.. I would say so.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored (slightly hazy) with a light tan/off white head. Head retention is great! Smell is citrusy (grapefruit) and maybe some pine like aroma. Strong bitterness is the first thing I taste, but it seems well balanced with all that malt. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, a faint alcohol burn is noticeable.. This is quite drinkable for the ABV, not as good as Dogfish Head 90 min. IPA, but much better than Rogues I2PA.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber into a snifter. There's a well sustained cream colored head to the beer which laces the glass mildly.

Faint smells of raison and bread can be picked up with a pretty deep whiff of the beer however the scent isn't overly apparent.

Taste And Mouthfeel:
A pretty malty IPA and as such goes down thick and smooth. There's the slightest grapefruit zest buried within the dominant flavor of fig or raison. I remember this beer being far more citrus then this the first time I tried it but I could be mistaken. It's well balanced and stows away the alcohol taste very well.

Bringing a great balance of full flavor and a clean finish makes this beer terribly drinkable to me. The citrus sneak attack is also a very pleasant bonus. At 9.6% ABV I almost find it's drinkability to be a fault so tread lightly...

Bottom Line:
A pretty malty IIPA rocking a high ABV, i'm sold. A great dinner beer or sweats and a movie beer, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous beer, this pours a rich, hazed, honey amber with a KILLER head of eggshell puff that forms stiff rocky peaks and deposits thick clumps of lace. The last sip is covered by a thin veil. Rarely does an IIPA look like this.

Aroma is sweet caramel, brown sugar and honey with plenty of oily citrus rind, powdery orange candy, crushed Fir pine needles, and Amarillo baby asparin bittersweetness.

Flavor is delicious, big caramel and honey malts upfront with touches of golden fruit and sweet biscuits balanced by intense tangerine and grapefruit citrus, pine needles, sweet florals, and fruit hops. Well balanced and no heat, very smooth. Hoppy, but utilizing citrussy and fruity hops. Really good.

Body is big, slippery, and creamy. Huge drinkability for an IIPA. Worth the $$ and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle a hazy amber gold with a large head of foam that takes its time shrinking down to a solid 1" layer with good lacing. An absolutely beautiful pour!

The smell has a huge nose of caramel malt and I mean it is huge. Very inviting!

The taste is also HUGE on the caramel malt up front...big, deliciously sweet notes that, if left unattended, could take you over the brink but.... it is offset by a good hop infusion midway through creating a good balance(though the Malt *still* dominates) that makes this a top notch American Double IPA in my book.. Hell, I think this would be a great representation of an English style DIPA if one exists.

Btw, As I sipped more and more on this wonderful nectar....I completely forgot about the fact that this is close to 10%abv! Kudos to Left Hand for making this one so drinkable!!

Bottom line: Wow...this is a *great* American DIPA that I would *easily* pick up if and when I next find myself in Colorado.

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Photo of Portertime
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was wary of buying this 16 dollar beer (price at Total Wine and More in Fort Myer, FL) but I was happily surprised by the taste. This was the best double IPA I've had. It poured with a nice thick head and had a nice cloudy gold color. The scent was floral and sweet. The taste was delicious with a pleasant hoppiness. The 9.6% ABV helped for a very nice buzz after killing the bottle. I am glad I purchased this beer and whole-heartedly recommend it to any IPA lover.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely auburn color, pale amber, near crimson, fluffy head, staying, nice, big carbonation...like it...

Beautiful hops greet the nose at the front, citric, grapefruity, a bit of banana and pineapple also...quite pleasing in the olfactory.

Full flush phalanx of hops blast on the tongue, a treat for the senses. Delicious. Bright fruity flavor, lush malt, well-balanced, not too bitter, but hoppy all the way. Strength isn't felt all the way, until,... whoa, there it is...

Dangittydang, very tasty and sweet, not too bitter, as I said...soft, rather easy-going, despite the high hoppiness and booze-isity.

I'm still not sure that it's worth $11 for the 750ml bottle, but now the choice is up to you, dear reader, act on your own, buy or no buy, but it is an enjoyable DIPA, so take that to your money changer.

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Twin Sisters Double IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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