Thirsty Hop

13102 NE 70th Pl

Kirkland, WA, United States of America

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This was so good, you guys. Like cold-press young apple cider mixed with a sweet cereal beer. I COULD DRINK FOREVER.
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Lots and lots of blackberry. Tastes almost more juice than beer, but definitely less IPA than you'd expect.
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This was still good, but almost a bit too rich after two very good beers. And since it had a pretty similar profile to the Matchless, this one gets knocked down a peg.
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I'd call this a stout more than a porter, based solely on thickness, but who cares? It was delicious. Creamy, roasty dark ale, with light hints of sweet, bitter, coffee, and umami. Nothing pokes out; everything is super well-balanced.
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So, Pumking is great, but if you were looking for something to cut the sweet, pie custard quality of that beer, this is probably exactly what the doctor ordered. A fairly roasty coffee flavor counteracts a very Pumking opening and makes for a different ending. Drama, not comedy, if you're in that mood!
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A rich, thick umami-sweet stout, what you'd expect from Midnight Sun. Starts sweet but dries out very quickly, leaving a molassesy, burnt bitter finish. A bit of a cherry syrup quality throughout.
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Starts a bit like a typical dunkel lager, but very quickly goes weirdly metallic/medicinal, somewhere between ginseng and ginger. Not awful, but It was definitely a bit off-putting.
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Lightly sour. Thin and very dry, unusually not-juicy for a raspberry beer. But I hate raspberry, and I really liked this.
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Chuckanut Fest Bier (unknown release)
A really tasty beer, definitely more of a richly-flavored Helles lager than a marzen. Pours clear and gold.
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Wonderfully balanced creamy chocolate stout. Just enough vanilla to smoothen and sweeten the stout to a remarkably clean finish. No notable rough edges. Only thing kind of missing in action is the orange flavor, but I didn't really care. I kept waiting for this to get worse, but it didn't.
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Decidedly weak compared to the KDS, but that's hardly fair. On the plummy side.
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Bright wine grape opening. Slightly tart. Middle is fruity with some Belgian spice - white pepper and faint clove.
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Sweetish for a pilsner, bready. Alcohol flavor pokes through.
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Perennial Sump (unknown release)
The best coffee beer.
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Exactly what you'd expect... Caramel/toffee sweetness, mellow flavor, slightly hop spiciness, clearly quite alcoholic. Definitely solid.
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Weird smell, like a funky, musty Plum. Fruit-forward, strangely bitter, burnt flavor. Not great.
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Really solid Stout. Roasty coffee and mild-not-sweet finish. Medium thin body. Most drinkable beer of the flight.
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A pale, tropical IPA that would otherwise be on the pithy side but is smoothed out with clear, mellow, buttery coconut. It's really weird, but I love coconut and this is fascinating.
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Super sour, definitely a bright Muscat grape flavor. Bit of salt that sits on the tongue appealingly. But this has the same issue as regular grape juice has for me, a lingering tackiness and sweetness in the throat.
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There's a good lager in here somewhere, and the lime is a good idea, but there's a candy-cereal quality to the lime that is a little unpleasant. Hollow sweetness, like Splenda.
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Always a good choice. Sweet, and thick.
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What I remember of the Sculpin taste, but seemed a lot more alpha bitter on the finish. Fragrance is also very pungent of resin. No need to get this over one of the standard Sculpins.
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Sweet smell but flavor is very well balanced. Buttery, caramelly toasted coconut, some chocolate, light roast.
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Very light stout, made lighter from nitro. Slightly nutty, touch of sourness. Pretty decent and very inoffensive.
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Roasty, chocolatey stout, slight soy sauce / Anaheim chili overtones. Spice builds up slowly. Caramel aftertaste.
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Roast coffee, nutty, somewhat savory. Not.bitter, smooth, slightly uric finish.
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Puckeringly tart sour. Tasty, as expected from this brewery, but not world-changing. I did easily finish the whole thing though.
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A cloudy-tasting wheat, with some yeast tang. Wished it were brighter.
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Standard malt-sweet, thick intense stout flavor typical of Speedway. The coffee here is decidedly complex, with wood, earthy and stonefruit flavors. Definitely strong. Tasty!
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Smells of piney hops and Muscat grape juice. Puckeringly sour, intensely grapey in flavor, bordering on fake Japanese grape candy flavor. Still appealing, but somewhat out of balance. Less sourness would have helped.
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Sweet, cherry-caramel-bourbon boozy flavors with a medium thin body. Well-balanced and finishes clean, but a bit one note to stand out in a crowded field of barreled strong ales.
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As solid an example of foreign extra stout as I've encountered. Dry and prickly/roasty, with a sweet coffee finish. Clean
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Somewhat sweet and high on the alcohol, like many barreled barley wines. Dark molasses and plum flavors. A good, strong, bourbony beer, but not very complex, and it's not hiding its alcohol content at all.
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Fairly thick, roasty flavor to start, with a middle body that is both unsubtle sweet alcohol flavor and a bit of lactic tackiness smoothening it out. Overall the impression is roast -> sweet -> milk-malt. Pretty good, but not in the top tier.
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A strongly piney-floral opening, with some good hop flavor. Drifts pretty quickly into strong bitterness, though. Not super-easy to finish.
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Moderately strong floral hops in this "classic" pilsner, which is unclassic enough for me to think this is more like an IPL, or a northwest Kolsch-type beer. Put aside the inaccuracy of the name, though, and the flavors are pleasant enough, especially the sweet cereal finish.
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Thick, quite sweet, and boozy. Cocoa, cinnamon, and (light) chilies were all in evidence. Not quite as good as the other (strong) Skookums we've had in the past (the cinnamon was a bit on the nose), but enjoyable enough.
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Like canned peach juice. Too sweet. Doesn't taste like beer.
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Solid, dry coffee stout with a medium to body. Very nice coffee flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and clean finish - best of this particular flight by a long shot.
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Mild hoppiness that was good but a little weak.
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More in pilsner territory than Kolsch, crisp, clean flavor. A bit grassy and a lot bitter, somewhat more than I enjoy even in a pilsner. Wasn't especially in the mood for this.
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Sweet, but weird, one note persistent sweet. It blends into the alcohol but more in a wine cooler kind of way. I never did like wine coolers. Kind of gross.
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Super-alpha. Wasn't enjoyable.
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Musty, cloudy-tasting... The peach had a kind of canned-syrup quality to it, although it wasn't overbearing. The most serious problem was that this beer didn't really taste "fresh." Kind of a deal-breaker.
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An odd beer. Clear maple / burnt sugar notes come on, almost too strong, but without any sweetness. The base brown ale is quite hoppy and floral, which combine with the maple to make for a dank, rooty flavor that tastes somewhere between ginseng and licorice. Easy to drink, but hard to love, and the ugly opaque brown color didn't help.
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Way too sweet, like a coconut creme cordial in a Russell Stover's box. Paired with the standard pungency of a Prairie stout, it was a lot to take. Too much. I didn't enjoy this at all.
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Fragrant, round citrus opening, like a Mandarin orange or something, on par with other Fremont fresh hop offerings. However, the finish was a little too alpha for me and built up rather acridly over time. I need to seek out this year's Cowiche Canyon offerings.
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Musty, yeasty ale, and the tartness of the blood orange didn't really help matters. Very little freshness of flavor to balance this out.
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A dry cider with a complex, mellow apple flavor. Slight buttery / yeasty notes make for a clean, crisp finish. I really, really liked the overall taste of this cider - not too sweet, not too dry. Not tart at all.
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Definitely taste the wine in this, giving a slightly tangy, grape/cranberry finish on the base of dry cider. This flight is a clear progression, and this one is in the middle.
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Tasty, slightly sweet, very peary. I tend to like apple ciders better, due to general complexity, but this perry was quite nice.
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This was a lot to take. A little too much raw whiskey and maybe too sweet. I know I liked this before. Maybe this suffered next to a bunch of less ostentatious beers.
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Pleasant coffee stout, slightly sour, metallic. Very smoothed out by the nitro. Not nearly as good as their peanut butter milk stout, but perfectly decent.
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My previous review for this beer was quite underwhelming. I liked it a lot this time, though. Crisp, cereal-strong amber lager with a tang that is a bit uric, a bit apple-y. Slightly funky but not too much.
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Prairie Birthday Bomb! (unknown release)
Disappointment. Had great potential, but quickly crushed by burnt coffee / ashtray notes.
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Unlike the New Belgium, this beer felt intentionally designed in flavor from start to finish. A medium tart beer with sourness that doesn't veer too far in either a vinegary or fruity direction, with a balance of malt sweetness and funk to round out the complexity. This wasn't life-changing, but it was very solid. Not a bad first choice for this brewery.
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Prairie Birthday Bomb! (unknown release)
I've liked Prairie's stouts before, so I was excited, but this was a decided pass for me. A not entirely pleasant mix of thick chocolate milk and over-roasted bitterness. Separately these wouldn't really break a beer but together I'm having a hard time finishing the glass. It's both too sweet and too burnt.
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First taste is a strong hit of lychee, followed by an unusual, brief top of tongue tartness. That lychee quality fades really quickly into a generic fruitiness, and the sour all but dissipates into a kind of wheaty funk. The finish is tart again (but in the back of the throat), with some cereal.
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Dry yeast tang to open with strong notes of toasted barley. Light grapefruit and rind bitterness close out as the tang fades. Good though a bit disjointed.
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Epic Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout (#14 / Hotbox Tequila Barrel-Aged)
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Bold toffee/caramel and bourbon notes, a straightforward bourbon stout that manages to be somewhat raw without being too boozy. I'd say this is somewhere on the candy-like side, but it was enjoyable in that context.
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Another very strong coffee Speedway. Like the others, a touch on the bitter side, but otherwise rich and smooth. I wish I could do a side-by-side with the Kona, because it's very similar and I'd love to examine the differences.
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Epic Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout (#14 / Hotbox Tequila Barrel-Aged)
So... surprisingly, this was a non barrel-aged beer made with barrel-aged coffee beans, which was weird. I don't think the bourbon came through, but maybe it did in the sheer mellowness of the coffee flavor in this beer. I don't like nitro, but I still loved this beer, with its creamy finish.
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A little funky, even in comparison to the funky Jasmine Wheat, which I suspect was a big negative on its own (my previous review). Here it was actually pretty pleasant, although still a bit unusual. Good barley taste.
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Strange, candy-like perfume fragrance that is floral, but not explicitly identifiable as jasmine (I thought). Nice, neutral tasting sweet wheat-funk Hefe, with just a bit of candy / bubblegum on top with that florality in addition. I thought this was really pleasant.
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Really nice barreled stout, on the dry, nutty side, with a good deal of woody roast character. Not in the world-class category, but very, very tasty.
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Very similar in flavor profile to the Sea Witch, but with a smoother nitro finish. For a nitro beer, pretty good.
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A solid imperial stout on the roastier side; kind of the logical end of the progression of beers in this flight. Sweet, but maybe a bit strongly alcoholic in flavor.
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Good roast, slight whiff of smoke, lactic sweetness on the finish but overall a lot less sweet than most milk stouts. That's a positive, I thought. Pretty tasty!
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A dry, thinnish porter with a really nice coffee flavor; in the Sump category, I think (although much less thick). A promising beer, will have to revisit this brewery again.
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A weird beast; mostly a very pleasant semi-sweet cider, but there's a phantom second drink in the aftertaste here, a bit smokey and a bit roasty. It's actually a really interesting mix, and may even be better if you don't know what's going on.
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Gross. White chocolate on top of a rooty, ginseng-esque slurry. Finishes with a funky malt sweetness. Smells pretty awful too.
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A dark brown or a very light porter in caramel and roastiness, dry and biscuit-like. The weizenbock yeast character comes in with a subtle clove spiciness but without the usually-accompanying fruit notes or sweetness, which makes for a unique, slightly festive beer.
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That feeling you get when you grab a grapefruit juice and instead of being delicious Ruby Red or Pink Grapefruit, it's that horrible yellow stuff? That's what this was. Super-dry with a resinous hop presence. Not. Good.
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A fragrant, cereal blonde with an unfortunate sheen of fake buttered popcorn jelly beans.
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Another pleasant surprise of an ESB; not quite as good as Geaux's Gris Gris but with many similar qualities. Nutty, caramel, slightly more on the hop profile but finishes smooth.
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What she said. (My former self)
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Resin city. I shouldn't have been surprised. Choice between Barley Brown and this, Barley Brown wins. Same flavors carried out to different extremes.
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Caramel amber, not too hoppy or sweet on opening, but finishes with a lightly sweet cereal finish. A nice surprise from a brewery that's not afraid to brew hop bombs. Yum!
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Very much an IPA, but isn't almost everything from Lagunitas, in disguise? :) Vibrant and fruity, which was nice, but with a metric fuck-ton of bitterness. Just a ton.
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Maybe my palate was off? But this seemed unusually dry and tart to open. The finish was delightful, with smooth cereal. But that opening was just weird. I'd like to try this again on another occasion.
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Smooth, but with a super-roasty finish. Didn't finish as bitter as the Peppermint, so that was nice. Really, though, seek out the coconut!
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The weakest beer in the bunch, but still quite decent. A hint of a fruity-tart core, maybe cherry-like, with a moderate spicy-smoky roast. Creamy texture. Irish-like character, if I had to pick one.
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Midnight Sun Arctic Devil (unknown release)
Boozy, with a lot of bourbon character. Medium-sweet. The basic hop character of the barleywine is toward fruit, balanced with a lot of caramel.
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A lot of unusual flavors in this stout, with a nutty, slightly latte-like flavor with moderately roasted malt flavors. There's a hint of the alcohol's strength at the back, but overall this was the most interesting in the bunch, and probably the best.
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Standard nut brown character, with a bit of yeast funk bringing the nutty flavor in. Smooth and very drinkable. So far this brewery has hit all the right notes.
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Lots of banana at the forefront, almost saturated, with some complex spice flavors in the mix. Good, lager-like cereal on the finish It's not exactly crisp, but it is flavorful and those flavors are good.
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Tasted like a decent fruity & malty IPA; mild bitterness, lots of resin, a touch of poky alcohol. But not especially "fresh hoppy." Got better over the course of the glass, for sure.
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I don't get this trend of fruity, hoppy pilsners. Call it an India lager or whatever, if it has the word pilsner in it, I got expectations. And they weren't met.
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An unexpected hit of coriander and other flavors more Belgian than English. Tasted a bit like a holiday cookie. Finished with a mild, malty roundness and a moderate bitter finish. Definitely grew on me until I rather quite liked it.
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A solid stout with coffee notes, and it would have been perfectly fine if I hadn't just had the Big Woody, which was excellent. This was just decent. Less sweet and a little more sour than that beer, as well.
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Basically your average American hefe. Perfectly drinkable but completely easy to forget given the other beers of the evening.
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It's not mentioned anywhere, but this beer has a very pronounced coffee & cream flavor, and it's a good coffee. This is in the general neighborhood of a Sump in terms of excellent coffee stouts, even if it doesn't quite reach that level.
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Assertive body, coffee aftertaste.
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Paler and less toasty than your average festbier, this was an excellent medium-weight German lager. So far this flight has been a total winner.
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Less like the thicker malt bombs common amongst Eastside scotch ales, and more like a solid, caramel and hops lager or bitter. A nice change and quite tasty.
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Good aftertaste of graham.
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Tangy sour body, clean finish. Straightforward.
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Trying out the new taproom/bottle shop near work. Doesn't taste like your average witbier. More like somewhere between a helles lager and a marzen, with a grassy tang and a bit of toast, and some distinct but not assertive berry flavor on top. I thought this was easy drinking and really tasty.
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