Wild Dog Double Pale Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Double Pale AleWild Dog Double Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 10-24-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 70
Photo of HisDorian
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is 5 years old, so not sure how the hops will have stood up.

Nice carmel brown color. Very light head, but doesn't dissipate quickly. Smells mildly of hops. Touch of citrus and .... mint? Tastes full bodied. Not a big hop bitterness. Thick carmel taste in my mouth with a nice mint aftertaste. It's actually bigger bodied than I thought it would be, but the hops must have deteriorated. Still a nice beer, and not what I was expecting.

I would drink this again, but not for much longer. It's definitely an older beer at this point.

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Photo of Portertime
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always like a good double and this is an excellent example. Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head. Smell of wet hops and a hint of juniper. Tastes well balanced with floral hops and caramel malts. Mouth feel is slick but full exciting the bitter taste buds and dancing the whole way down. Cheers!

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Photo of DrJay
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 edition, served at The Drafting Room, Exton in the spring of 2007.
Slightly hazed, medium amber with a creamy head that showed great retention and solid lacing. Fragrant pine and grapefruit aroma - solid, yet mellow. Solid caramel backbone with balanced bitterness carrying things through the end. The citrusy, piney hop flavour grew into a toffee-like finish. Slightly drying, medium bodied with a silky smooth texture and hint of warmth. Very tasty. This beer has really aged gracefully.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this has been re-released or what but on tap at the Boston's Bistro. A cloudy, not nearly opaque mahagony. Large creamy, thick off white head has great retention and leaves a thick lace down the glass.

Great nose on this DIPA. Citrus hops is what it's all about. Grapefruit pucker, lemon, tangerine, with flowery aspects. A backbone of caramel malty-ness rounds things out.

This is a damn good DIPA and I can see why Flying Dog would brew this beer again as it's by far their best I've tasted. Rich bubble gum with smack your lips grapfruit flavors, totally citrus hop dominated. Hops are thick, and resiny. A floral mid with hints of pine. Toffee, and caramel malt add depth and complexity. Hops are high, and delicious. Alcohol does show through in the mid palate and is slightly warming on the finish. Finish is half way to forever.

Mouth is full in your face and readies you for another drink.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body was a murky copper colored liquid. A fluffy white head was an inch and a half and shrank slowly over a few minutes. Small amount of tiny carbonation can be seen rising. Lacing in sheets.

A very bitter hops aroma. A citrus quality seemed to strong. There is a bitter coffee aroma that blends with an alcohol scent. Bitterness and alcohol combine for a strong burning sense.

A very gritty dirt taste. Hops flavor was nice on the tongue, and finished with a citric acid flavor. Lemon taste was slighty grainy. Overall bitterness and alcohol coated other flavors.

Nice and thick body. A decent amount of carbonation to help this one tingle on the tongue before it goes down.

A nice beer. Would be a great beer to enjoy with a plate of chedder cheese. A nice beer surprise I picked up when a friend was cleaning out his cellar.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review from 2006 so the brew was 2 years old at the time.
Clear copper color with a thick, frothy head.
Piney hop smell with a hint of sweet malts.
Medium bodied and smooth.
Strong flavor of ripe pit fruits and sweet caramel with a hop and alcohol bitterness to finish.
A pretty good beer here , tastes like an American Barleywine .

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Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Discovered in my cellar. Crap...how old is this hoppy beer? Take my review with a grain of salt.

Pours a 1.5 finger light tan head over a nearly clear amber-brown liquid. Some particulates suspended. Smells woody and piney american hops. Malt sweet is gentle with soured caramel. Taste is malty sweet with piney hops. Darkened sugary caramel. A bit of citrusy (tangerine) and a touch of alcohol sting. It's clean of grassy hop character and rougher alcohol fusels. Fruity esters mix with the hops quite well and come across as pineapple. Md-thick body and modest carbonation. Decent, but nothing I'm eager to revisit.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this in the cellar for well over a year. I expected this beer to lack some of it's great hoppiness it had when I had a fresh bottl. However, the aroma certainly indicated that the hoppiness did not diminish. Unfortunately, while it smelled very hoppy, it sure didn't taste very hoppy, at all. The head was great for a year old; it lasted forever and had excellent lacing. While the aroma was much hoppier than malty, the taste was the exact opposite. There was still some hops left and the alcohol had lessened quite a bit.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle #1620

Appearance - a darker caramel and orange beer. Thick and creamy cap, light orange in color and very sticky.

Aroma - rich bouquet of orange, lemon, and pine.

Taste - full, boozy feeling right away. A rush of orangey citrus flavor kicks in, followed quickly and strongly by dry, piny flavors. The harsh alcohol never really goes away and stands out a bit too much. The finish is dry, bitter, and lingering. A lot of flavor but tastes like the intent was to accomplish something extreme, almost brash.

Mouthfeel - moderately heavy body, good carbonation level, on target.

Drinkability - a hop head's delight but it can deliver a wallop the next morning. I like trying the style, but this isn't one I would generally pursue.

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Photo of deBeers
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a double pale ale!!!

10th anniversary limited edition release (1994-2004) that weighs in at 9% abv and 80 IBU's.

Fruity esters, bready, pours with a nice creamy head and heavy body.

Dark amber and remnants of scotch. Much bigger than a pale ale and it was easy to compare seeing as we had flying dog's IPA on tap as well and it was double that basically :0).

This was drank on New Year's and pretty much ends with MMMmmmm...yummy. Good with green bean casserole as well!

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Photo of blitz134
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2057...I bought this over a year ago...

Almost didn't even get into this thing. The cork was really stuck.

Huge three finger light beige head on the pour. Reduces slowly in rocky, pillowy mounds and coats the sides of the glass in a nearly solid layer of lace. Body is clear and a golden, crimson color. This is truly a beautiful brew.

Aroma is loaded with citrus. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine with some apricot hints. A good floral kick as well. A very nice aroma and quite strong. Has some hints of sweet alcohol to finish it out.

Taste is really nice and has a good kick to it (although fresh on tap a year ago it was stronger and in its more preferable form). Taste is sweet with lots of citrus. Not as much grapefruit as in the smell but more orange and tangerine. Has a good caramel malt aspect to it which makes this pretty balanced. The year cellaring this beer really calmed the bitterness down. A year ago this would have probably received a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is divine. Creamy, thick and oily on the tonge. Coats every corner of the mouth. Drinkability is very good as well. Well hidden alcohol and a nice hop flavor. Thick mouthfeel that still sits light on the stomach. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber/copper beer. Has a big foamy off white head with some great lace. The aroma was at first a peppery hop quickly followed by a more assertive piney hop note with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Each mouthfull brings a slightly different hop character foward (piney then grapefruity then tea like) but intertwined with a constant gentle sweet malt backbone. About half way thru the glass the alcohol starts to warm your tummy.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/29/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a bottle number hand written on the label. From 2004.

Appearance- Dark golden pour, 3/4 inch off white head with light lace along the sides of the glass.

Smell- Lots of caramel, roasted malt and hops. Almost a brandy like smell. Alcohol is present.

Taste- Super smooth and caramely. One of the best tasting malts I've had in a beer..period. I'm sure it was more hoppy when it was fresh though. The hops are nice and sweet with a grapefruit flavor. Almost liquor like. Seems like more than 9% after the first sip.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and lightly creamy. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Terrific change of pace DIPA. This one ages well I can see. If you like the malt you will love this brew. Thanks much Lostbearbrew for the awesome beer!

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told when i picked this up I had bought the last one in Ohio and I'm glad i got a chance to try this! Coked 750ml witha the number 3435 on the side.
Most of the time I like Flying Dog but am usually not overwhelmed like the case for the Wild Dog - good stuff!
Rust orange color topped of with a heavy beige head. Sticky lacing indicated some reside.
Hop aroma but not huge like I'd expect from a Double IPA. Orannge, malt and good pine nose was evident.
Oily hops followed by a pine, then malt backbone to finish. Pepper, citrus then pine as well.
If this comes out again next year I'll pick it up. After trying this I may look into the Gonzo Porter. I've been hesitent but I may now be convinced.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in colour and VERY hoppy. I think the hops are specifically Northern Brewer and various C-hop varieties, but I could be wrong. Flavor wise it’s an insane battle between hops and malt. There’s a huge malty and ripe fruit thing going on along with a large herbacious hop presence. Heavy mouthfeel. This one is special indeed, and not one for the faint at heart!

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Photo of mikeys01
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a large champagne style bottle. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Wild Dog and it’s double pale ale designation, but I must say I was impressed, and based on this I’d like to see Flying Dog stretch a bit more from their usual beers. This dog poured out a peach opaque color, covered in a thick and foamy white head. Aroma was a slightly odd combo of fruitcakey bread and citrus, and a fair dose of malt sweetness. Tasting yields a good solid bitterness, and a prolific bold and flavorful bounty of fruit and malt splendor. Seems much fuller and bigger than I would expect, even in a double/imperial. Flavor brings you biscuit flour dusted mango and orange citrus, some and crème brulee caramelized malty sweetness as you ease into this one. The bitterness, which bodes more towards a double IPA IMO, sticks with you the whole way. Finish is just a bit spicy hot with alcohol, sweet, and bitter on the sides of my tongue. Delicious stuff, worth trying for sure.

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Photo of rowew
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Label is by Ralph Steadman, and there is a neck tag describing the origins of the flying dog name. Hand numbered (or at least it looks like it) - Bottle # 1850.

Appearance: Cork was different than most champagne corks, and gave me a bit of a hard time before coming loose with a pop. Poured into a Stone IPA glass with a great thick head that was slightly off white. Beer color was dark red/orange with a very slight hae. Great head retention, and lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of fruity hops - orange and grapefruit, with a bit of pine in there too. There is just a bit of malt sweetness there too.

Taste: Mmm - hops. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, and the hops definitely dominate the flavor. Very nice full body. This bottle has some age on it, and the flavors are smooth and complimentary. Enough malt backbone to keep the hops from being overpowering, but they definitely still run the show.

Overall impression: A very nice beer that comes as a surprise from a brewer that produce some mediocre beers. This definitely seems like a Double IPA to me - not a Double Pale as they claim. I look forward to Flying Dog's special beers in the future.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Boston’s Bistro in Dayton. Hazy reddish orange color with a thick light tan head. Sticky rings of lacing. Lots of citrusy fruit in the nose along with hops. Medium-bodied and soft around the edges with muted but tasty hops, pine and more citrus flavor. The finish is zesty with peppery hops. After quite awhile of not bothering with Flying Dog I have been pretty impressed with the Gonzo Porter and now this.

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Photo of shippos
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 6059

cork popped with a faint pop and poured with a struggling cascade that develops slowly into a dense head on a nice deep amber copper body. fruity aroma with some citrus and delicate malt presence...bit of a salty minerally note and some slight hints of pine. mild taste upfront...seems aged/well matured or balanced. sweet chewy bready malty body with a chewy dense center with a balanced spicy hop character to balance. very very well brewed and hard to believe it's 9%, drinks like a regular pale ale.

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Photo of jakester
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from someone who shouldn't have.

This is in a 750ml champagne bottle, with a neat tag that has 1994-2004 10th Anniversary on it. This is the first of the Wild Dog series, limited release beers. I saved this for the perfect time to review it. Label says Double Pale Ale, but it is truly a DIPA. I drank this in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy (chill haze) deep amber, with a 1-1/2" huge, rocky, cream colored energizer bunny head. Fantastic lacing all the way down the glass.

Big fruity aroma, strong, pleasant old grapefruit and oranges, earthy/grassy hop smell as well. Huge toffee/caramel malts, with an alcohol presence as it warms.

This is an absolutely HUGE beer packed to the gills. Monstrous malt immediately blitzed away by intense bittering. Grapefruit, oranges, and dark caramel candy cover the tongue. There is a big hop character duking it out with intense sweetness for domination of this brew. Definite warmth from the 9% alcohol.

Luxurious mouthfeel. Cask conditioned-like carbonation. Tongue gets coated with hop resins, lips get stuck together. Aftertaste is surprisingly short for a beer this big. Great burps!!

If this beer wouldn't knock my dick in the dirt, I could drink it all day and never be bored. Great DIPA!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They call it a double pale ale. I group it with other good imperial IPA's.

Aroma: Terrific sweetness of complex malts blended well with some sweeter of the American hops. Hop profile is highly defined, but not over powering. Terrific blend of citrus and sweet fruit aromas; like limon, tangerines, and coconuts. Bittering also coming from other grain profiles and yeast profiles; wheat and rye?

Appearance: Murky copper, orange, and a highlight of red and gold.
Mediumly carbonated with an off white / tan head that rose to 1 1/2" head and firmly remained. Head is of tightly knit bubbles that laced very well.

Taste: two dominant flavors persist: complex maltiness and agressive hop flavoring. Maltiness results of toasted barley, caramel, maple syrum...and overall sweet thick flavors. Also, a little bananna-ey and coconut-ey as if from a wheat addition. Hop profile is of milder American hops...but, boy. a lot of 'em. Slightly cidery and alcoholic. Body is full, but not thick. Not overly efforvescent to the mouth, but heavy. Coats the mouth well. Nicely chewy. Gotta wade through this one. Finish is milder than the body but adds alcoholic heat.

Aftertaste: Ever bit as sweet and bitter as the flavor. Bitter disipates after a few minutes, but sweetness persists. Becomes slightly cidery without the metalic. Alcohols intensify.

Impression: a very nice beer. Compllex in its malt profile. Complex in it's hop profile. I don't beleive the flavors have melded ideally just yet. Gives a lot of flavors throughout the drink. I'll probably buy another and let it sit for about a year.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn jello murk. Massive cascade of foam races up the sides of the glass after the pour creating an impressive sized crown of big bubbly outlet cover white. It sits at length before slowly diminshing to a hefty skim. A storm of lace nearly blankets the entire top of the glass with gooey curtains of foam. Beautiful.

Aroma has a supurbly delicate nature to its heft with a lovely array of tangerine skins, pineapple pulp, lemon skins, and orange pith. Those citrus tones keep a good amount of the action going while a semi coating of sprucey pine and bold caramel decorate the back. Very fresh, very soft, and very juicy, all while keeping an adequate amount of bulkyness.

Taste is also quite soft, fresh, and yeilding with a mild orangey tone of multi-layered hops and a moderately present caramel pitch. Fluffy and full of citrus parchment along the sides of the palate. Partial leafyness is aquired within the hop character with a general agreement between orange skins, grapefruit skins, and tangerine pith. But I tend to think and taste oranges here. Big and juicy. The chewy caramel backing smoothes out letting a fittingly, late enduced, spruce coating emerge from the back. Gets much sweeter on the tooth as it sits, gaining a sugary hop juice candy echoing the orange/grapefruit/tangerine with a bit more squeeze in a souring slant late in the finish. Leaves a generous heep of hopified orange soaked spruce across the entire palate after each sip and seemingly begins to build a home on your palate. This really grew on me. The build up of hops got better and better as I went. Very nice.

Feel is just over medium with a certain beefynees to its hold and character. Balanced more to towards the hop end, which I didn't mind as its overall softness and juicyness made for what I've come to like out of a Double IPA. One things for sure, it certainly turns your mouth to an orange-like cotton candy over time. Beautifully present, leafy, and citrufied juice layered hop housing from start to finish. Don't forget the caramel chaser. Which actually doesn't do much good as the orangey stuff just drives right through it like a snow plow through a dainty 3 inch snowfall. Wild dog is a big hop juice induced dreamsicle. Coming across with an orangey barleywine-like attitude that masquerades its aggressiveness very well. It's Polite, but not letting go once you've engaged in its friendly game of bitterness and sweet citrus.

A big, round, and juicy thanks goes to the mentor-monk connection for a chance to bark with the Wild Dog. By far one of the better brews to come from Flying Dog.

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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy copper color. Nice foamy, sticky head emerges and holds tight. Tons of lacing. Aroma is pure hops as soon as the cork came off. Lots of piney, resiny hops. Maybe some caramel sauce in there as well. Taste begins with a candy like sweetness, very sugary at the front end. But then the citric hops come out and are really quite juicy. Not too bitter. The flavor dries out towards the back and gets more piney. Long, dry finish. Acidity and bitterness really are limited by the excess residual sugars in this beer. The body was medium and a little rough, could have used more malt backbone or more of a yeasty precense. Good beer for the hop lover, decent beer for the beer lover.

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Photo of dauss
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 750ml Caged and corked. No freshness date, but it is a fairly new release and at 9% ABV, nothing to worry about. Handwritten Bottle #279. The cork was tight, very, very tight. It took a good couple minutes to finally get the sucker off. Even with towels and clean hands, this was a pain.

Appearance: Poured a hazy copper color with large off-white head. Excellent retention and massive lacing.

Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. Extremely citrusy, grapefruity, and spicy alcohol notes. It had that green intense hop aroma.

Taste: extremely malty, very thick and sweet. Smooth hop bitterness with a lot of resiny piney hope flavor with more fruitiness and citrus. Moderately bitter with a hop loaded finish.

Notes: Tons of malt, almost like a barley wine. It is well hopped and tasty. A little too sweet for my taste, but not as sweet as DFH's Burton Baton. $11 is a lot to pay, but for a tasty anniversary beer, congrats to Flying Dog for 10 years.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #721, trade with Rajendra82.
Pours a light caramel and yellow with a big soap dish head that leaves big spooges of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet place and caramel malt and a big grapefruit hit with some sweet citrus in the background.
Flavor of sweet toffee, grapefruit concentrate and some piney and resined hops.
Mouthfeel is medium to light boided with a sweet liquor feel and some very tart fruity notes.
Drinkability is high. Tad too sweet for style but very thirst quenching and unique.

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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
4.24 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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