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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%


Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Abbey-style Tripel, famed for its powers of seduction. Brewed with German Pils malt and German hops. Golden in color, dry and spicy.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-07-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Belg, though not complex its very drinkable above-average mouthfeel, yeast and other malting (pils) makes it an interesting Americanized version with some herbal grassiness. Understated carbonation, spices include cinammon, sweet fruit, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 06:14:05 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:46:39 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a super huge bubbly white head with average retention but great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar is dominant with some warm alcohol with some subtle but enjoyable note of cloves and wheat. Taste is somewhat a mess with way too much sugar and alcohol that covers the cloves and wheat aspect of the beer. Body is thin and too filtrated to be enjoyable but carbonation is just perfect. This one was just definitely too hot for my liking and not something I will seek again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 17:59:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice brilliant yellow color with nice fluffy head,the aroma was sweet and alcoholic.Taste was nice and fruity with a powdered sugar undertone,with a spicey lingering finish.A pretty complex triple,very well made.I cant drink to much of it though a little heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2003 17:32:32 | More by oberon
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy, pale malt and candy sugar scent that is earthy with some nice yeast aromas. The taste is decent. It has a very spicy flavor that is dry at first, but sweetens in the finish. It's a warmer with some excellent yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, but there are plenty better on the market. All in all, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 00:46:03 | More by WesWes
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a very light haze. Lots of chunky lace. The head starts well but it settles quickly. Golden color, bordering on amber. 

Notable yeast aroma on an otherwise pale malt aroma.  Some creaminess to the nose.

Great Belgian flavor. Really represents a true Trippel. There are elements of coriander and oily pale malt. Strong alcohol presence. The body is spot on. 

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:25:04 | More by smcolw
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the '02 aged vintage edition that was special on tap on 2/3/06...
Appears a hazy light gold with a a small white head that slowly fades. Tiny bubbles slowly crawl to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of warm vanilla, peach, apricot, and fresh bread. Perhaps a touch of spiciness and banana way in the background. Very mellowed out though compared to the newer batches.
Taste is also of the aromas. Nice little yeastyness touch to it that picks up that Belgian breadiness that makes this a winner.
Mouthfeel is sweet, warming, yeasty, fruity, and slightly prickery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2006 19:40:44 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Capone's the other night.

The beer pours a brilliant, solid gold color, with decent head retention and lacing. The beer smells sweet and spicy, but there is also some pepper in the nose as well, undoubtedly from the hops. In fact the beer is quite sweet, excessively so in my opinion. The flavor profile includes sweet melon and cherry syrup, but with some bracing hoppiness (thankfully) in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and is not at all heavy, though you can tell the abv. is up there. I wouldn't describe this beer as extremely drinkable and a small glass after dinner would be all I can do. Still, this is a pretty impressive effort from Slyfox, one of the better efforts I've had from them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 14:41:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa w/ tenderbranson69. Served cool in a goblet.
A - A clear golden w/ amber highlights and a thin white head that rides the rim and leaves a film of lace.

S - An alcoholic odor that belies the 10.3%, malty and sugary candy-like aromas.

M - Viscous and dense, a meal of a feel w/ sweet, almost cloying malt and a bit of alcohol in the feel. Finishes w/ a spice essence.

T - Deeply potent and flavored w/ a spice that has hints of pepper. Fruit and warmth in flavor w/ candy sugar in alcoholic form. A bit tough to take in small sips, yet a slow drinking ale. More of a strong golden, than a Tripel to me, but nice and full flavored w/ dry spiced notes and a taste that doesn't hide the strength.

D - This is a quality brew that is not a carbon copy Tripel, more American in character w/ big alcohol and 1 seems to suit for a session at the strength that it is. I would definitely order this again and recommend it, it is a very drinkable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2007 12:41:22 | More by Slatetank
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/amber/orange body with no noticeable carbonation bubbles and a billowy tw-finger bright white head that settled into a quarter inch ring around the surface and deposited spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with citric notes, honey sweetness and green tea-like hops with a subtle waft of alcohol. A hint of must and basement notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Initial flavor is spicy and yeasty with hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Malt character is bready and accompanied by a honey sweetness and slight bubblegum notes to balance the spicy attributes of this Tripel. Hints of licorice appear throughout. Some citric notes add a bit of bitterness, which later emerge into a more spicy, leafy tea-like character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, though not too prickly overall. Sweet on the palate but with enough spiciness to keep it from becoming cloying. Finishes with a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

D - Great example of a Tripel and one of Sly Fox's best brews, in my opinion. This is a great representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 20:26:29 | More by ffejherb
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull hazy yellow color with massive frothy, chunky head.
Smell is notable for some fruit (apricots, peaches) and a touch of spicy cloves.
Taste brings more of the summer fruit, combined with spice and belgian candy sugar.
Finishes strong in the mouth with the alcohol definitely evident.
A good beer, but a bit too strong tasting for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 12:40:45 | More by tgbljb
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a nice candy sweet aromatic. The spice was lightly peppery and had a nice fruity character.

The flavor was well done with a light spice, again peppery with a Belgian yeast twist, and a slightly sweet personality as the beer first contacted the palate. The sweetness gradually faded with a light taste of alcohol and a growing fruity character.

The finish was dry with a lasting light impression of spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was high enough to give a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol warming after consumption was high on this beer. The aroma and flavor both contained alcohol which warns you that this one packs a powerful punch. A nice tripel albeit a very alcoholic one.

750 ml bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:06:50 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Boto

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: I finally made it here on a first Friday to have some of this brew. It pours an almost opaque golden yellow color. There was a small white head to it. The aroma was somewhat sweet, yeasty, with hints of clove and banana. It had a nice fruitness and yeatiness to the taste, as well as some spiciness. A decent tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 20:54:48 | More by Boto
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight aroma in a tulip glass. Nice pale malt, sugar sweet, yeasty spice all blended very nicely into an enjoyable, if somewhat faint aroma. The alcohol shows periodically.
Brilliantly clear gold with small head for style (opened with a decidedly unimpressive non-pop). Decent lacing for such little head.
Really pleasing sweetness up front with a combination of honey, soft fruit, sugar flavors blending very nicely. The alcohol comes and goes throughout the drink, sometimes a little hot, at other times lending a spicy kick. Dryness is refreshingly light as is the bitterness (which I'm thinking I'm liking not having too much dryness).
Body is moderate with less than effervescent carbonation, but there is enough to offer a softness to the drink. This is really quite rich, leading me to think that finishing off this bottle on my own may be quite a chore (a tasty one, but an endurance contest nonetheless).
I really do enjoy the malt, sweet flavors of this tripel. The alcohol is not blended well enough consistently and it could use some more carbonation. Nonetheless, a very nice job and an enjoyable experience.
I suppose I could have sat on this awhile the use by date was at least 6/10 (it was a little indistinguishable).
Thanks S.H.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:32:22 | More by garymuchow
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper hue with some blush highlights when held to the light. A bleached white surface layer of tightly packed head remains after a 2 cm foam up.
Tight lattice on the sides of the glass after each sip.
Aroma is white grape and some booze, mixed with candied sugar notes and general fruity sweetness. I think some black pepper is buried in there too.

First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation, a sticky texture coats my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with pears and white grapes and a dry black pepper finish with some hits of booze as well. A nice complex beer that is a good drinker considering the ABV.
A well made tripel if that is your thing. I enjoyed this beer and would buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:15:11 | More by sulldaddy
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked 750ml bottle purchased at the Royersford location in the spring of 2006. Plucked from the cellar, uncorked, and poured into my Maredsous chalice. The tripel appears a cloudy bright golden yellow color with barely a finger of bubbly white foam. Nose and flavors consist of candi sugar, honey, quite sweet, and still a bit of alcohol heat, notes of green grapes, apple skins, spicy yeast, some tropical fruits. Prickly and lively carbonation with a medium to full body. This one held up really well and could have sat longer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:12:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
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mentor

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. Nearly impossible to get the damn cork out of the 750 ml bottle. Pours a one finger white head over a semi-cloudy gold yellow liquid. Smells light aromaed. Funky is mild, clean clovey. Green melon, apple, hay.

Tastes belgian candy sugar. Wet sweet throughout with a phenolic clove edge that dries the finish. The edge ties in quite well with an alcohol sting, the two blended very well. The wet sweet is quite ester. Honey, peaches, a dab orange. The orange could be from hop flavor. Caramelled grains, almost a bit toasty. Bready. Mouthfeel is thick and dextrinous...causing the sweet malt to hang on the tongue. Mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:23:02 | More by mentor
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My comments on this beer would sound like the ramblings of a lunatic, so I will keep it simple. I LOVE IT!!!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange with a big white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel with hints of bread and apples yeast and vanilla, this beer is quite enticing. Bring on the salivating!

Taste: Caramel apricot vanilla fruit-salad bread and a healthy dose of spices, weave a well integrated complex, absolutely magnificent flavor. It is dominantly sweet (I like that) and subsequently spicy with a bit of alcohol warming going on as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth gentle easy! Nice moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as you would expect from a beer over 10% ABV.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 06:51:48 | More by Phatz
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange peach with a very fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Sweet pineapple, honey, white grapes and nice spicy hoppiness.

T-Oh, yeah. Very nice honey sweetness in the front, then some sweet raisin and grape, dissolving into a sharp hop finish. Alcohol is hidden remarkably well.

M-Light to medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Alcohol finally makes its presence known on the tongue.

D-That is one tasty high ABV tripel. Glad I can get this locally anytime.

HV

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:53:50 | More by sholland119
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of 14K gold with a pillowy whote head that leaves a little lace.
Aroma of some musty funky hay and grass as well as some layers of citrus fruits, grains and Belgian candi sugar.
Flavors of citrus melons, oranges, apples and lemons with some clovey/banana, almost Hefe characteristics. As it warms releasing a small grainy alcohol pop and the sweet Begina candi sugar shines through.
Mouthfeel is true to style and thirst quenching. Little too powerful on the fruity tones and not quite cut enough with pale malts and grains but still a pretty tasty brew.
Drinkability was fairly high. Grainy alcohol makes you aware of the ABV but the overall flavors are very pleasant and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 19:38:55 | More by CRJMellor
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asabreed

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle from Sam's in Binghamton. At $7.29, I had to go for it. I think this is my first Sly Fox brew too. Poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

I've been a bit down on domestic Tripels lately, since the style's clearly not easy to get right or interesting if you're trapped in the states. Or that's at least what most translate to.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a champagne-like bubbly head. Scraggly lacing like mini frothy paint balls all over the place on the glass.

Smell: Very sweet initially. Sweet herbal tea with tons of lemon and honey maybe. A bit of vanilla and soft banana. Some herbal Pils malt flavors and citrus. Big whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Yeast, candi sugar, lemon, honey, vanilla, some banana, a bit of peppery spice, and awesome very dry rind bitterness that you usually don't get in Tripels across the pond. Interesting take. Though it still is a bit sweet. This is definitely one to split with a few folks, which takes, somehow, the price down even more. Long sweeter finish, with oddly enough some leafy green hop oil bitterness presence.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty huge beer, as you can imagine with the sweetness and the ABV. But it does a good job balancing the hugeness with a creamy carbonation that's neither too much nor too little.

Drinkability: This would've been bumped up to a 4, but even though I should've finished it anyway, one bottle ended up being very sweet by the end to finish in one sitting. One of the simultaneously better, cheaper, and more aggressively hopped domestic Tripels I've ever had, even though it is a bit sweet also. For the price tag this is a no brainer. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:51:04 | More by asabreed
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-10-17 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly-clear straw with a 3-finger white head and lots of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head fades quickly and leaves scant lacing.

S - Sweet lemon grass and mild belgian yeast smell. Not overpowering but pleasing.

T - Very sweet like a Sprite soda with a few spices, a twist of lemon and some mild hops stirred in. It helps to initially disguise the alcohol.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Syrupy. Not refreshing.

O - This one didn't do it for me. I think it could be enjoyed by folks looking for a safe way into a high ABV brew but I need a richer palette of flavors if I'm going to spend my calories on a high ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 20:14:55 | More by Tucquan
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sampled at the Brewery. The color was a golden, light orange with a very small head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is heavy with sweet malt sugars and an almost cordial fruitiness. The beer is full bodied, heavy and complex tasting. A good sipper in my opinion, but would be hard for me to have a lot of this. Fans of the style should be pleased with it. A decent and well made Belgium-style tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 12:21:51 | More by pezoids
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hero27

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml bottle.

Golden-orange with a fairly small head of somewhat fizzy foam.
Orange peel & lemon aroma..some spices & cloves thrown in the mix.
Pleasant yeast flavors, fruity (banana) esters, and cloves make up the major flavor profile.
Heavy body holds the flavors well and actually goes down pretty easy. This is more like a hefeweizen on steroids than a tripel, but i'm not complaining.
Is this stuff really 10+%? Woulda never guessed it. Very little alcohol noticed. Overall, I gotta say I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not the most authentic tripel as far as the Belgian-style goes, but still very good in it's own way.

Thanks go out to ski271 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 03:58:18 | More by hero27
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden color with a ½" white head that persists for a fair amount of time leaving some speckles of lacing on the glass, a layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves scattered lacing for much of the beer and the ring of foam lasts quite a while.

Smell: The aroma is fruity sweet with a touch of peppery spice. I'd say the fruits are things like apricots and peaches.

Taste: The flavors are sweet and peppery with some nice fruity character that includes apple and some tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation that persists for much of the beer. The finish begins with light honey sweetness and fades into dry spiciness with some hoppiness showing.

Drinkability: While this isn't the best Tripel I've tried it is a very nice one that drinks easily with one sip leading naturally to another. I'm sure that I'll be having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2010 00:01:52 | More by drtth
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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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