The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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426 Reviews
The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavor and aroma. Extremely drinkable.

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial

62 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA, it's the one that made me want to keep track of the beer that I drink. A very well rounded IPA with great flavor and mouthfeel. Really easy drinking, no bitterness. This ale has all of the right IPA flavors and nothing is over the top.

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Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is just great beer! Poured at a good temperature with a foamy, nice sized, thick, cream-colored head that lasted all the way down and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, grapefruit, a little resin. Flavor's like nose, but really, really nice - fairly dry up front, a little carbonation works well with the bitter and the hint of sweet follows up for good balance. Body is excellent, full, chewy and in perfect coordination with flavor. Finish is like flavor, of average length, a hint boozy, and eminently drinkable. Got to get back out to Seattle. Well done guys!

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Photo of NurseStokes
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer in an airport (SeaTac), but it was so perfect I was disappointed that this would be my only encounter with it. Ah!- to be surrounded by such greatness! Lovely grapefruit and hoppiness, perfectly balanced. I am still dreaming of it, happiness in a glass.

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Photo of pokerman
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a hit! I like the mix of hops chinook and centennial. good alcohol content and balance. wouldn't mind trying a dry hopped version but this has plenty of aroma to tide me over. I wish i could get more of their brews in ontario. some yeast floaties in the bottle but I didn't mind

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Killer amount of booze. The beer doesn't hide it, but rolls with it with an impressive dose of malts which serve to enhance the bitterness into something rather unique.

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Photo of diddly
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head, leaving some lacing on the glass as it goes down.

Smells of hops, but not overpowering - seems to have a bit of that cat urine aroma going on, which is certainly not a bad thing in this type. Also a bit of a grassy smell.

Taste is great - tastes like the hops are near the fresh side, which I wasn't expecting, but is always a pleasant surprise. Nice maltiness to balance the beer - not overly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced, but a bit towards the bitter side - obviously it's an IPA, so again, not really a negative.

Overall, a very good IPA, with a changing character as it warms up - will definitely look for again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a frothy, slightly creamy in consistency, pale tan colored head that is three fingers thick. The beer is well carbonated and is a pretty clear dark copper color. As I work my way through a couple of small glasses of this beer. the head, as it falls forms layers of lacing and a rocky texture. Ah the aroma is a hop lovers dream, it is full of fruity citrus notes like tangerines, lots of grapefruit and perhaps some apricot as well. The harder herbal & pine like notes are quite muted here; this just has a pure concentrated hoppy fruit character. As I drink this beer the aroma picks up notes of alcohol, but still remains full of citrus fruit. The initial aroma is about as perfect as it gets, but, while still enjoyable, does not quite carry through as I work my way through this 22oz bottle.

The beer is at first light on the palate up front, but quickly picks up a mouth-coating light fullness that really makes this quite enjoyable. The beer is on the dry side for an IPA (especially given many of the sticky examples out there), but there is some definite malt character here; a sort of dry toasted malt note that is really evident in the finish along with a light caramel sweetness. Ok enough with the peripherals, yes this is indeed an IPA; the hop character is dominant in the taste from start to finish. At first a lingering bitter, herbal & pine-like note dominates the flavor profile of this biting beer. As it warms up a bit and interacts with the air it begins to soften a bit and the citrus notes begin to become more evident as the sweetness from the malt is able to peek through. There are soft notes of bergamot, definite grapefruit, astringent almost grassy mint-like pine (yes that is all one flavor), notes of sweet apricots, and juicy tangerines.

What an enjoyable beer, it is just a full experience; between the austere malt character, the citrusy hop notes and the astringent herbal hop character coupled with the ample bitterness. This is just an all around enjoyable IPA, which is really hitting the spot right now. This beer is incredibly tasty and has me planning a trip to the Northwest sometime in the not so distant future.

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Photo of Tricia450
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this delicious beer poured into a pint glass in West Seattle at a tavern serving mostly domestic lagers. I found it to be a Full bodied flavorful beer, cloudy copper color, creamy light colored head, nice lacing on the glass. fruity, citrus smell,earthy, slightly piny. hoppy finish.slightly heavy, I really like this IPA

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden-tan with orange highlights, topped by a densely creamy off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves a ring of lace at every sip throughout the glass. Outstanding appearance! The aroma offers a bright, nicely sweet caramel malt with some fruity notes (some apricot) and a light pine and citrus hoppiness. Very clean - very impressive. The body is medium-full with a limited carbonation that gives a luxurious, almost chewy, creaminess! 3 for 3! The flavor offers some bright hops up front, coat-tailed by a boldly sweet malt. As it crosses the palate caramel notes emerge from the malt and the hop flavors show a more citrus character. Extremely well balanced! A superbly finesse show of malt & hops! 4 for 4! The finish is quite smooth; with flavors of hop and malt wrestling at the front, falling quickly into a gentle, crystal tinged maltiness. Very nice. Quite exceptionally done. Possibly more APA than IPA because of the malty balance, but easily one of the premier American pale ales regardless. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light honey amber color. Mix of golds and yellows. Very beautiful. This beer glows in the glass. The head pours a foamy off-white 1/2 inch. Big bubbles make themselves known.

Smell: Cereal grains. Biscuit. Spices. Squash and pumpkin are also present. Hints of vanilla bean and cookie and even slight banana esters. Lightly roasted malts. The hops are mildly floral and spicy. English tea flavors emerge.

Taste: The taste is sweet overall. The hops provide balance. The malts are the dominant force in this beer. I taste tea, sugar and sweet cookie pastries. A taste reminiscent of a ginger cookie. The vegetal hops are lightly interspersed with floral flavors. Overall, the taste is very delicate.

Mouthfeel: Very light for on the tongue for IPA (no cloying bitterness, but the body is full. The malts are present. The hops and malts blend nicely. The finish is clean and slightly dry.

Overall: A very unique IPA. It has many qualities of an english IPA but it is also wise in the craft of american brewing. The ingredients are terrific. You can tell this blend took effort and forethought. Immortal IPA is very smooth, enjoyable and drinkable.

P.S. You can't beat an ABV this low when the beer is this good

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Photo of LouZ
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to IPA. Whenever I want a beer, and I'm not sure what to get, I can grab one of these and ALWAYS be satisfied. Just a solid, all-around IPA.

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Photo of Jerico
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whooohoo, this is a beauty of a beer! I am writing this review from memory, so it's a bit informal. I was out for some exercise and popped in to dba (NYC) for a refresher before heading home, and I found this on cask ($6). It is hoppy and punchy, but not very fruity, so it should easily please the hophead contingent! It leaves a thick lacing on the glass, and takes a while to get through - a nice one to enjoy (especially after a nice workout!).

Well done, Elysian - I'll be hunting this one out again!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange to copper in color. This is a vibrant looking beer with a generous off white head. Big malt backbone with some zesty citrus in there. A solid offering that leaves a lingering coating of hops and malt.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/31/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 24oz glass mug.

Appearance- Light amber/dark golden colored pour. Half inch magnificent creamy white head. Very nice patches of lace left along the sides. About as perfect as you can get for an IPA.

Smell- Lightly fruity and bitter scented brew. Maybe some peaches besides the normal grapefruit scent.

Taste- Sugary candy sweet flavored hops. Nice fruity taste as well. Lots of grapefruit as well as a resinous pine flavor. Malt comes in decent as well.

Mouthfeel- Resinous and a bit chewy. Creamy as well. About perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- West Coast IPA at it's finest. One of my top 10 IPA's for sure. Extremely well rounded. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is a clear golden-amber wtih a half-finger off-white head. Good lace at the top of the glass, not so much on the way down.

S: Not too strong, but clean -- citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and a hint of pine.

T: Pale (think biscuity or cracker-like) and caramel malt is followed by a nice hop bite, with lingering citrus and pine. Especially pine -- but it's not overpowering or palate-shredding at all. As it warms the malt body seems almost fruity -- or is that lemony/citrusy fruityness coming from the hops? Either way, there's a nice balance between hops and malt, and the lingering piney bitterness doesn't destroy the tastebuds as some western IPAs tend to do. Balance is the key here.

M: A tad lighter than medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel.

D: Excellent. Clean but flavorful. Went down real easy.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian- "The Immortal" IPA

Thanks go out to RustyDiamond for this 1.

A- Bright golden orange with a big frothy head. Thick sticky lacing down my Sam Adams glass.
S- Smooth citrus and caramel.
T- Thick vanilla caramel malt with a touch of buttery toffee blended evenly with a semi-sweet citrus; grapefruit and orange rind hop.
M- Thick malt with a nice sweet (not overly sweet) citrus hop bite.

Overall- This was as good so good! Very smooth and very well balanced. I only hear good things about Elysian and now I see (or taste) why!!

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from Rorygilmore, cheers Rick!

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl white head, plus a few floaties. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Citrussy hops & biscuitty malt & tons of tropical fruit, they do fade after a while

T: Honey, citric hops, pears & pineapple (wet & dryad) up front. Sweet tropical fruit, sort of a melange of pina colada flavors, grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit, a hint of pine & breadyness

Medium bodied, kind of slick with moderate carbonation & super balance

Drinks pretty easy, this is a beer that leaves you wanting more despite the style & ABV. Probably not a hophead's delight, but right in my wheelhouse!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a darker yellow color with little suspended particles in it. It smells different than your average IPA with a sweet floral somewhat fruity smell. The taste is where this beer really shines in my opinion. You get a nice hop bite with that sweet bready malt and then ending with a citrus inside of an orange peel TART dry bitterness. Nice bitterness to this beer that isn't too overwhelming. I like that the bready malts are rich and give the body a somewhat chewy feel to it which is nice since its a lighter colored beer. You can also get some pine from the hops as well.

This is an extremely easy drinking IPA and it almost drinks like a double IPA. This kind of reminds me of a lower alcohol content version of Double Trouble by Founders. Hop heads will definitely not be disappointed by this one. The bitterness grows as you drink it and it can get pretty tart but the bready malts keep everything in check and wash the bitterness away just a little so it isn't out of balance. If you want good balance and REAL easy drinkability but still have those hop alpha acids then look no further.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besmirched goldenrod. Small, yellow dusted whitish top of fair foam. Exquisite lacing in patchy sheeting.

Clean, soft, aroma of orangey/grapefruit citric spruce pine needles.

Rounded hoppy taste with a nice balanced front and middle. Malts keep a nice sweet side to its overall. A toasted surge gains control therein and sticks for the duration of the entire ride while a prevalent hop flavor provides some significant piney flavors. Finish is a spectacular blaze of firey hop qualities with leafy/pulpy texture, a surging, controlled bitterness and drying bite, with a complex array of pinewood bark, needles, and oils mixing with glazes of citrusy impressions adding nudges at the corners of the palate with orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and lemon. Beautiful finish with a very nicely handled balance and bitterness that doesn't quite blow away all factors of taste and palate.

Feel is well rounded, smoothly accurate and comforting for an IPA and its overall drinkability with a slippery medium body and finely placed, fairly easy going bitterness. As it warms this becomes one hell of a beer. It really gains a respectful amount of body, texture, hop action, and overall flavor ride.

A gem of a brew from the folks at Elysian.

A another big West 'Cloudy' Coast thanks to cvschaller for the many samples!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a taste for hops today and lots of them, so I thought I'd pop the cap on this impressive looking bomber from the Pacific Northwest. Heavily orange-accented amber with millions of suspended particles. I don't see 'bottle-conditioned' anywhere, but they must be yeast. The head is generous in size, rich cream in color and decently firm and tacky. I'm beginning to see sheets of lace; let's hope they stick around.

The website says that this is a Pacific NW interpretation of an English IPA, but the nose says otherwise. What English brewer uses such copious amounts of American hops? Orange and peach are more prominent than grapefruit (yes, I know that peach isn't a citrus fruit).

Of course they could be referring to a strong malt presence, but I'll have to wait for my first taste to assess that. Right now I'm admiring the stiff mesa of foam that is slowly descending in the center of the glass and the thick rings of lace that are keeping watch over it.

This is a nicely bitter-hoppy IPA with plenty of hop zing and with a substantial malt presence backing it up. This is my kind of well-balanced; that is, the hop side of the scale is noticeably heavier. The grapefruitiness is more prominent on the palate than it was in the nose and some pine comes to the fore as well. The more I drink, the more of a statement the sweetish caramel malt makes.

If Elysian cranked up the malt, hops and ABV by 50%, this would make a kickin' DIPA. Actually, I prefer my IPAs more intensely hoppy than this, but it's still an excellent rendition of the style, even if I don't get the 'English' reference. The body/mouthfeel, thanks to all the malt, is plenty viscous and is creamysmooth.

"The Immortal" may not quite be immortal, but here's hoping that it has a long, healthy life. It is, undoubtedly, a well-crafted IPA, 'English', 'Pacific NW' or otherwise. Recommended for hopheads and lovers of (sorta) well-balanced IPAs in general.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass.

A: A darker golden orangy color with a huge, huge white fluffy billowy head. Too much head on a very conservative pour. Full sticky glass lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a bit of funk. Bready malt sweetness.

T: Wow, not your run of the mill IPA. First hints of citrus hops with some floral notes and a bit of pine. Next comes the malt profile that really sets this beer apart. The malt is bready sweet with fruits and funk. Funk? Yes! The yeast used has a musty funk to it that really mixes well with the hops. Finish is crisp and dry. Very nice.

M: My only gripe with this beer. Way overcarbonated. Even on a very conservative pour I get a half glass of head. Other than that, mouthfeel is crisp and clean with no hint of alcohol.

D: High, real high. This is a great beer.

Overall I really loved the very unique flavors of this IPA with the funky fruit and citrus flavors. Very well done, not your run of the mill IPA. I'm definitely seeking out more of this beer. Great!

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Photo of industrialswill
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like murky motor oil in the glass.
Smells of hops and malt.
Citrus hop and malt flavor, very nice. This one is as good as any IPA, [for the most part].
Being forced to buy it as a 22 oz bottle for $4 will limit my consumption of this one.
Worth a try if you are a curious fan of IPAs.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick run downthat I'd like to note, not a true review.
-nice color; lightly hazy gold-amber in color.
-topped my glass with a good two-finger head. quickly dissipated to one. Doesn't last tall, but stays a nice white sudsy ring atop the ale. Clings to glass beautifully.
-Been sick off and on for the past half year, targeting the nose so I can't always smell that great. But I can't pick up a whole lot of notes in the smell. I'm sure it smells wonderful. What I do tell is that it smells slightly hopped. Like a nice sweet mellow hop.
-Front of mouth it a swift kick of hop. Like a bruce lee dragon. but just ever so slightly to the front. As it starts to roll to the middle, its very noticeable that its not a hop-bomb, but has a nice balanced flow of bitterness. This balance bitter is reminiscent of grapefruit leather (the white skin casing that holds the grapefruit pulp) and is enjoyable in its bitterness.
-Just want to elaborate a bit more on the mid tongue. It stays there the longest. The front dissipates after a while, but its like all the flavors pool right in the middle of the tongue. Crowning the citrus hop is a glazing of a mild sweetness. I'm not sure how to identify the malts, but they are delicately sweet. It treally tastes like biting into a confection of ruby red grapefruit and 55%-60% bitter-sweet chocolate. Utterly wonderful.
-Back of tongue is fully sweet, a lighter version of mid tongue with maybe a little hint of bing cherry. it last a while too, but not as long.
-The coating of flavor this beer leaves is wonderful.
-Mouth is rather thick for an IPA. It's actually ideal-to-almost-too-thick for an IPa for me. I'm always looking for a "fluffy" or "full" mouth on an ale that reminds me of the feel that a Monster energy drink gives me, and this almsot has it,or maybe a little thicker. It's a wonderful example of what I personally want to see,
-a slight hint of alcohol, nothing dreadful, but a nice reminder that its an adult bev.

-Overview: Would drink again. Fans of Ruination or Rampant will like this.

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Photo of mentor
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Contract brewed by NBB. Pours a finger of off white head over a brilliant light copper liquid. Gorgeous. Smells eggs, citrus, bubblegum, spicey sugar. Nice complexity and blending of aromas. Lemon, tangerine, some wintergreen.

Tastes strong hop flavor with comparable hop bitter and a nice supporting sweet. Well balanced, fresh, and quite enjoyable. Hop flavor is orange, mild pith, lemon, and a little bit of green onion/garlick. Bitter comes across more as a dry oily than a grassy rough. Esters are mild, but some mango and tamarind (I suppose these could be from the hops). Enjoyable flavors of nice intensity. Great balance between the hop flavor and bitterness. Carbonated just a touch more sharply than my preference.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden amber appearance, minimal bronze head that disipated quickly - what there was.

S - Nice pleasant grapefruit essence.

T - More grapefruit - Very smooth. Not overwhelmingly hoppy.

M - The beer feels very pleasant in the mouth and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

D -. Very drinkable. I'm thinking about having another.

This is a very easy going, pleasant IPA that works well in the summer.

"Best by 11 28 2010" printed on bottom right corner of label.
Label claims 6.3% ABV not the 6.21 noted in the description.
Label has been changed. Needs to be updated. Is there a way to do that?

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,249 ratings.
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