Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Hop Centric Double India Pale AleHop Centric Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Hop Juice.

Added by orbitalr0x on 03-12-2005

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Photo of camel92
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow - I've never seen an IPA with so much sediment before - there was at least a half inch of cloudy gunk at the bottom of this bottle. The pour itself is a hazy orange with only a thin off-white head. The head drops off almost as soon as your pour the glass and leaves only a slight collar and no lacing.

The nose is the highlight of this brew. The bottle label shows a hop cone being "squeezed" like an orange and the aroma sure calls out "hops!" The beer has a very floral aroma of roses, thyme and orange zest with complimenting lower notes of green leaves and a light pine oil note.

The flavor is a letdown after that great nose... The hops are front and center and very "East Coast" with plenty of floral notes. There's also quite a few herbal and earthy / mossy notes in the flavor but unfortunately there's also a surprisingly unbalanced sweetness to this beer. It's like drinking a nice cup of French Roast coffee that someone's put two teaspoons of sugar in - you can still taste the nice coffee but there's that delightful hint of sugar in every sip. In this case it's a light golden malt flavor that reminds me of rich and delicious maple syrup.

The mouthfeel is accelerated from the sweetness. There's plenty of carbonation to liven up this medium-to-heavy bodied brew and not enough bitterness to clear the palate of an ever present sticky sweetness that clings with every sip.

While I'm not the biggest fan of floral hops I can appreciate that they're very well done in this brew. If you like Smuttynose IPA or Stone IPA you'll surely like what they've done with these hops.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this hoppy little devil into a glass

The color of this one is an apple cider cloudy amber color with a beautiful head of creamy foam. The smell of this one is a deep resinous pine smell mixed with earthy scents reminding me of hiking through the woods. The taste of this one is a crisp piney resin taste with not too bitter of a hop taste one the palate. The front of this one is an extremely well balanced exquisite flavor with sublime earthy tones. The mouthfeel is a nice refreshing feel that does not leave the extreme hop aftertaste of other DIPA's. I definitely could see myself drinking these lords of hop town on a regular basis if they were readily available due to the easy big hop flavor that would definitely give a hop head their fix.

Excellent quality beer in the DIPA category this one is as easy to slam as it is good. (which it definitely is without a doubt to any hop head)

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Photo of sleazo
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a medium copper with a small off white head. There is very good retention though as this small cap manages to retain its integrity the whole way.

S_Surprisingly only minor hops here. The caramel malt aroma dominates though is mild.

T_First sip is fairly sweet, caramel malt and a minor yeasty note. The follow up is mildly bitter and it ends up very dry. Hop profile tastes of grapefruit but ends up mostly just bitter. Not much depth here for a Double IPA.

M_Mildly sticky with a medium carbonation.

D_Just not doing it for me. Seems to be a run of the mill version of the style without much substance.

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Photo of SecondSandwich
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass.

A: Nice hazy copper tones--almost mysterious looking. About 1 cm head.

S: Has a nice deep malty aroma with resiny hop accent. The smell is very enticing, but it was quite as aromatic as I was hoping.

T: Tastes similar to the smell--good resiny hop flavor and nice malty balance. Though it has 100 IBU, I didn't find it to be as bitter as other 100 IBU beers, like Hop Stoopid (I'm not sure what the bottle date on this one was--if it was older, bitterness could have died down a bit). Also, thought it is about 10% alcohol, you can't really taste it; it blends in well.

M: A little bit of thickness to it, fairly smooth.

D: Slightly above average.

Overall, a solid beer!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased late August in Chicago, so no longer the epitomy of freshness (although no indication of actual brewing date on bottle).

Beautiful amber/orange colour, clear with light head. No longer as carbonated as it may once have been, with almost a syrupy mouth feel. Super sweet aroma followed by a hoppy barley wine-like taste, probably not a surprise at ~10%. Complex palate with a caramelized maltiness followed by a nicely bitter finish. Pretty well balanced flavours, but boozier / richer tastes than I'd choose for a regular pint.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Deep, rich, reddish copper color. The way a shiny new penny should look. The color is gorgeous, but the head leaves something to be desired, very thin and quickly dissipating, but that is to be expected with a DIPA. EDIT: The second pour from this same bottle (into a 10oz. Jameson rocks glass) produces a much better head, but I was making a strong effort to make sure it was there. Ended up being a solid finger and hung on for a few minutes. Additionally, the lacing, which was not notable in either a good or bad way, was a bit more impressive as the second pour went down.

SMELL: Strong nose, especially right after it was poured, as the head faded, however, so did the strength of the smell. This certainly smells like Hop Juice though, honey and sweet hoppiness. EDIT: Just as above, the second pour produced better results.

TASTE: At 100.1 IBUs, yes, this should be a hoppy beer, but the nose did not prepare me for the bitterness, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, the sweet smell causes the hops to smack you in the face, a delight for a hophead. The bitterness, however, is balanced out with an intense, dessert-like sweetness. Honey seems to dominate early in the sip. The end is bitter - kind of a Two Brothers thing I guess.

MOUTHFEEL: Oily, rich and mouth coating, but it also has a lighter feel than many hop bombs like this one.

OVERALL: Excellent dessert beer, but at 9.9% and as rich as the Hop Juice is it would be tough for me to drink more than one of these per session - especially when my "one" is a 22oz-er.

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Photo of ratrod53
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a goldish color with just a little head. It has vary little lace following the beer.

S- All you smell is hops hops hops. It's a real nice smell if you like IPAs.

T- A lot of pacific hops in this one this is all I really tasted just hops, and maybe a bit of orange peel.

M- The carbonation was great on this one. my mouth kinda tingled after drinking this beer. The hops left a lasting feeling all the way down my throat.

D- I would drink this beer again it's one I would have at the end of the night. My taste buds went to sleep after this one. A very good beer. Good job guys.

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Photo of jlandis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper orange in color with thin white head that slowly crawls down the side of the glass.

Citrus and grapefruit right up front with sweet candy and malt.

Bitter blast of grapefruit hops right up front with a lingering sweetness.

Slick creamy and almost syrupy with a mild carbonation.

This is a very solid DIPA - sweet and hoppy just like I like them. Nothing earth shattering, but bitter, sweet and delicious.

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Photo of mayor55
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber and poured it in to a tulip glass. Dark orange color with medium head. Smells more malty than hoppy. Good beer. I think the hop juice name is a mis-nomer. Barrel aging seems to dissipate the citrus hoppy aroma. Reminds me of Alpha King.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remove the name "Hop Juice," call it something else to change expectations and you may get "straight A's!"

Pours a dark copper with a nice white head. This is a double IPA but the nose is pure sweet chocolate! Actually smells like a melted chocolate bar and nothing else. (Bottle old??)

Mouthfeel is big, creamy and well balanced.

Flavors are big malt, carmel, toffee and sweet chocolate with the bitterness anticipated coming only in the finish.

Finish is bitter grapefruit/bitter espresso bean and with an "end finish," for lack of a better word, of grapefruit oil. Very appealing and drinkable. A big beer with huge flavors and character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to taiyed for sharing this bottle!

Funny, when I squeezed my hops with pliers, no such juice came out. Maybe I did it wrong... Anyway, this brew pours a clear amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light pine, light fusels, and buttery toffee. Hmm, not quite the hop-bomb I expected to go off in my 'strils... The taste holds the same components, but ups the pine and butter antes, while relegating the fusel into the far background. Still, the hops are barely there, more demure than explosive. The body is a rather light medium, with a light carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this was pretty disappointing. Our first thought was that it was an old bottle, but many other reviews suggest otherwise. I was promised hops, hops, and more hops, but only received the first installment. The result may not live up to the advertising, but it's not really all that bad, either.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to taiyed for providing this beer

This beer pours a deep orange-amber with a nice ecru froth. The smell is lightly of pine and mostly of malt with hints of orange. The name Hop Juice is starting to become a lie. I wonder how old that this particular bomber actually was. The tastes is malty with a touch of hop flavor and bitterness and a smidge of brown sugar. Overall this was disappointing due to the fact that what was expected wasn't delivered, on the brightside it didn't turn out to be that bad of a beer.

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Photo of cnally
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just squeeze a hop into my mouth, per the illustration on the bottle. Looking forward to this, since I just brewed a massive hop brown ale, so hops are on my mind!

The appearance in the body is a glowing amber red, with a sticky fizzy head, more dusty than frothy. Well clarified.

Aroma is mild as hell, with mostly light toasted malt, a little citrusy, not much else. Where's the hops??

Again, where's the damn hops in the flavor? Yeah, there is a bitterness, piney yet stiff. And barely detectable compared to expectations. However, the maltiness is very nice, a big caramel bomb with a bitter finish. Slightly vanilla, a little almond.

Slick, sticky, low carbonation, the feel leaves a little to be desired.

Hides the 9.9% abv well. Very well. Which ups the drinkability factor. I believe it would be truer to its name if it focused more on aromatic hops. Low hop pallate = a little disappointing.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up on a trip to Chicago in August. Pours a bright orange color topped by an inch of creamy, off-white head. Aroma of pale and caramel malts, piny floral hops, a hint of grapefruit, and a good dose of astringency.
Palate is a bit noisy - balanced between the fairly assertive, floral hops and the sweet malt profile up front, but yielding a bit to the grapefruit notes in the hops on the swallow. Some notes of pine come through as well.
Body is full, a touch creamy, and not syrupy or sticky. I think some stickiness would lend itself to this beer, though, but the amount of hops just doesn't create it. For a beer that calls itself hop juice, it's actually not particularly bitter or hoppy. Maybe it's the variety, maybe this bottle hasn't held up well, but I'm a little disappointed.

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Photo of Stigs
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip - thanks to a74gent for the trade!

A - pours with almost an inch of rich, creamy and frothy light tan colored foam - slight reddish hue. the beer is a bit hazy (chill?), amber in color.

S - rich and resinous citrus hops, bringing some grapefruit along with wet pine. strong and assertive malt layer, toffee and caramel..smells balanced and "east" like.

T - begins with bright citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit. immediately cut into by strong caramel, molasses, and lightly spiced malts. finishes with some wet pine, and a twinge of boozy alcohol.

M - rich, creamy full body with subtle but prickly carbonation. a bit chewy, finishes slick and oily. lingering citrus hops and bold caramel.

D - big and bold one here, bordering that line of east coast DIPA and barleywine. solid overall, and has enough bitterness to cure a hop craving, yet lacks a bit of true hop flavor. split this with a buddy.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 08/27/10

A:Pours a deep hazy orange/amber color with a small head that leaves minimal

S:The nose is hit with a dose of citrus, piney, and grapefruit hops. A little less subtle
than you would expect to have from a brew called Hop Juice

T:Has smoother malts up front followed by a punch of hops on the back burner with
a slight alcohol tingle at the end. Nice hop film on the palate leaving you wanting
more. Way better than the nose suggest.

M:A very nice body with good carbonation throughout the drink

D:A very enjoyable beer from Two Bros. Nice hop flavor with killer bitternessto boot, Easy to drink for the ABV and very tasty if you are a hop lover. Cheers to Two Bros. for this specialty brew

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting, thanks Jonathan.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, sugar,
and alcohol.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, sugar, caramel malts, citrus, alcohol.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this beer was ok, but very sweet and not very hoppy. Not my favorite DIPA but not bad; I would give it another shot for sure.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer #2: Bombers BIF.

Poured into a tulip, this one has a blood orange tinged amber body with a light beige finger of head sitting on top. Lacing is all over this thing. This looks great.

Smell is very sweet and sugary. Looks like some tropical hops are laced into this thing as well.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, malty sweet, fusel alcohol, and metallic. This is a big one and its definitely an East Coast interpretation.

Mouthfeel is heavy, sticky, and gummy. I'm not digging it.

Drinkability is kind of low. Its big, its easy side, and hard to drink.

This is exactly what I expect when I think of a mid-west or east coast interpretation of a big IPA. Personally I think beers like this could show a little restraint on the hops and get thrown into a barrel and called a barrel aged barleywine. That or scale back on the fermentables and let the hops shine thru to become the stars of the show. Either way, its not my favorite interpretation of the style.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must say after reading some of the reviews I was kind of figuring this one to be just another average DIPA(if there is such a thing,Ilove em all!) To me this bad boy hangs in there with all the other big boys,very nice!
Poured a medium golden color with minimal head, very average looking.
Smelled more malty/carmely than hoppy not to bad.
Taste was pretty decent though,kind of like the smell,agree it could of used more hops here but does a nice job of blended smoothness,sweet-literly!
medium smooth balanced mouth as well,pleasant.
this dude goes down dangerously good, no alcohol burn and tastes great, 10%ABV I Like!

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Photo of cbak999
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark orange; borderline brown. No head and no lacing.

S - caramel. I don't smell any hops, which appears strange on a 100+ IBU beer.

T - very malty at first, but then a hop aftertaste. The bitterness sticks with you after each sip...but definitely not hop forward. This beer has a very strange, not good aftertaste.

D - I wouldn't pick this as my go to beer but any means. It's nice for a 10%er and doesn't come off boozie at all. But there is something with the aftertaste...hmm...can't pin it. Either way, it's a beer I can't get. So it was nice to try.

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Photo of adamette
2.59/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into standard pint glass.

A Amber colored translucent body with minimal head that leaves good lacing on the inside of the glass. 3.5

S I don't know why but I got the distinct smell of dishwater with distant hops. Repeated sniffs revealed the same thing. I was not very impressed with that. 2.0

T Intense hops as I thought that I would taste up front but unfortunately not much else is going on with this beer. I found the malt presence to be thin. 2.5

M Full, big tasting beer with the hops intensity. 3.0

D Fair drinkability because of the intense hops but lack of other interest for me. Also the drinkability is driven down by the high ABV. 3.0

Notes: I am a little disappointed in this one which was brewed near Lisle where I had it from tap (into the pint glass).

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. It poured a dark amber, almost copper color with a thin white spotty head floating on top of the beer. The head didn't last long but it left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy hop presence to it with a lot of citrus and fruity flavors with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Just as bold is the sweet, malty, caramel flavors that come through. Pretty nice mix of flavors in the nose, but I also typically enjoy sweet and hoppy beers.

The taste shows off the caramel and malty sweetness probably even more then the hops. The hops do come through with a juicy and citrusy flavor with a lot of orange and grapefruit and just a hint of pine. It finishes with a a moderate pine bitterness trying to compete with all the malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Drinkability is good, it had a nice mix of flavors to it. The malt plays a much bigger role in it then I expected, but I enjoyed the sweetness it gave it. Is it worthy of the name hop juice? Maybe not compared to some other DIPA's, but personally I really liked the malty and hoppy mix it had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Pony Bar in NYC.

Hop Juice is a clear, light orange color. The head is white and rather small, but leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma is of candied fruits, hops, citrus and alcohol. The beer is quite sweet, with a bold and intense hop presence. The feel is sweet and sticky, with a lasting aftertaste of hops and subtle alcohol. Recommended.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Binny's Downtown on our recent baseball trip to Chicago.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. A deep maroon red color, perfectly clear with zero carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice really; almost shiny in the glass. Head slowly fades to a good thick foam cap. A wisp and ring remain until the end and leave a few bits of lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: A huge nose jumps right out of the bottle. Lots of citrus hops all over the place. Some sweet pale malts, pineapple, and heaps of citrus grapefruit. A slight floral touch comes through as well, but this is just chalk full of bold citrus notes and some sweet melon to offer a token attempt at balance. Wonderful, bold nose.

TASTE: Pale malts, sweet pineapple and melons first, then a blast of bitter grapefruit and citrus hops. Big bold aftertaste is full of citrus and bitter hops. A bit of alcohol underlines the whole thing, perhaps flavors of vodka notes in there too, but the flavors here blend really well and put on a show.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly oily and mouth-coating. A small scratch at the back from the alcohol. Fine, but could be slightly creamier.

OVERALL: This was just great. I couldn't put it down. A good looking brew, with a lovely color, and lots of flavor and aromas all over the place. A big tasty hop bomb with a nose to die for. A thicker and creamier body might just help this one a bit, but we're getting nitpicky here. I'm really surprised this one doesn't get at least the customary A- on this site. Oh well. Give it a fair chance if you see it. Recommended.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint, not dated

A - Pours a very opaque, deep dark brown color. A small amount of amber highlights. Quick head formation, but just as quickly breaks down to a film. Little lacing.

S - Very strong hop nose. Orange, grapefruit, a little piney, orange like. Some nutty malt notes come through in the background.

T - Starts off very malty, sweet, but then seamlessly breaks into a orange hop sweetness. Very smooth, grapefruit. Balanced bitterness. Finishes with some more malty notes, caramel and toffee. Nothing overly piney or grassy about this DIPA. Very smooth.

M - Thick and creamy. Carbonation is light, probably a little below adding the right body to this beer. Finishes with a cling of sugar and hop resin.

D - Very deceivingly drinkable for a DIPA. ABV is well hidden. Flavors are so smooth and sweet that you wouldn't see it coming. Lightly filling.

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Hop Centric Double India Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,052 ratings
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