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Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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757 Ratings

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.

In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.

50 IBU

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Photo of boatshoes


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Sent to me in an enormous package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again Ric!

Appearance- Pours a nice looking light amber-golden out of the bottle with two fingers of sticky white head on top. Retention is good, and I get about three-quarters of the way through before the head dies back to a ring. A solid amount of beading up the body of the beer as well and a surprising amount of lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and citrusy hops initially on the nose. Not overpowering but the dominate smell in the nose. Backed up with a whiff of sweetness and fresh bread.

Taste- Hops are much more muted than the nose initially would indicate. This one cuts a very nice balance between juicy hops and sweet malt in fact. Some grapefruit and citrus but with a prominent caramel, bready sweetness as well. A nice but muted flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel thins out a tad bit as I drink, and it could use just a little bit more body. Drinkability is pretty good however, and it would serve well as a session beer.

01-22-2010 22:45:02 | More by boatshoes
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending me this bottle.

A: An extremely clear light golden color with a fluffy (but short lived) white head.

S: The nose was a bit disappointing, especially for a beer that is dry-hopped. The hop aromas are an interesting (but mild) mix of spicy, pine, and citrus.

T: This is more of what I was looking for. A solid but not overwhelming bitterness to go along with a fairly good citrus flavor and a touch of caramel malt.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate to high.

D: Another good example of an APA. A mild bitterness and an overall refreshing quality make this a nice sessionable pale ale.

01-11-2010 19:50:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kopper65


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

This beer pours a nice light orange color with a great, foamy head and perfect lacing. Wonderful leafy hop aroma greets your nose and flirts with your senses as your mouth begins to water in anticipation. And, no doubt about it, the taste is very hoppy and bitter with a nice sweet, citrusy balance. This is an excellent ale, and one of my favorites from Schlafly. Perhaps a bit too bitter for some, but to me it's delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth to slightly coarse with perfect carbonation. Ease of consumption? Oh yeah. Very drinkable.

01-06-2010 05:21:26 | More by kopper65
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a orangish yellow color with a fluffy white head about two fingers in size. Great lacing!

S: Not as much aroma as I expected, but what is there smells of citrus and hops.

T: Starts out nice and hoppy with a bit of lemon maybe some floral notes as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable with the nice hop taste and mouthfeel. I would definitely buy this beer again, great beer for the price as well.

01-06-2010 00:46:40 | More by Jeebs
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour creates a 2.5 finger fine, fluffy, white head with moderate retention. Brew itself is a semi-clear orange tangerine color. Lacing is ample, web-like and almost creates a waterfall effect with massive outlines of bubbles. A real pretty beer.

S: Moderately skunky and faintly sour... uh-oh... at this point, I think this might've been "aged" too long. Faint citrus that is barely detectable confirms my initial reaction. There's also a bit of pine in there.

T: Opens with a stringent, deep hoppiness. There's a faint sourness towards the middle, woody, piney for a second, then bitter, bitter, bitter with a background of sourness. This is really past its prime. Finish is not clean at all, very messy. There's also a weird mintiness from the middle to the end that is really out of place.

M: Light bodied, messy, coarse, carbonated, with a finish that is messy and really lingers.

D: I'm really trying to give this beer the benefit of the doubt because I know its a bit past its prime. However... its hard... the flavor is not there. There is no crispness, no fresh hop flavor. The profile is messy and the carbonated mouth just makes all the lack of qualities stand out even more. I don't think I'm gonna have this one again.

12-28-2009 03:11:11 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Nice color, exceptionally light in color with a decent head. Don't love the smell, it's a little to earthy for me. The beer is good to excellent in taste. Has an overall feel that seems to coat your whole mouth with a nice citrus flavor that isn't too bitter. A bit of sweetness that has a great balance with the hops. Overall this beer is really good. The smell is the only thing that puts me off a bit, but the flavor is the most important part, so I would definitely recommend this beer as a very drinkable beer for anyone who likes a pale ale. I'm guessing the smell must be related to the dry hopping, but I haven't had enough dry hopped beer to be sure.

11-24-2009 00:37:06 | More by bheilman
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Bottled on 09-21-09. Thanks for the info, Schlafly!

It pours a hazy medium gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. It looks like it should make some nice lacing but it's spotty at best.(head retention wasn't all that great but no bid deal to me)

It has a very hop forward aroma with plenty of grapefruit and pine..smells very bitter.

Taking some sips, the hops dominate with plenty of notes of pine and some grapefruitbut near the finish, I'm picking up on some malt presence, mainly notes of bread but also a light sweetness. The finish itself gets back to that dry hopped goodness. Dang, this is a tasty APA.

It's medium bodied with the carbonation just creeping over into medium territory. I like the mouthfeel on this brew.

Drinkability? This is one easy drinker! Plenty of flavour and a very nice mouthfeel bring the A game for this delicious American Pale Ale. This would be a cool beer to buy often if it was available here. My hat's off to the brewers!

11-21-2009 15:06:02 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

This one looks very nice. The beer is clear and golden, with a little layer of yeast falling down towards the end. The head is at least an inch, dense and white, which ends up leaving very nice lacing. A good looking pale ale. The smell is nice. It's very clean, filled with a light sugary, caramelly sweetness, with some crusty bread. The hops are nice, a bit zesty and leafy, but not incredibly robust. Seems nice and a bit better than normal. The taste is nice too. Clean and refreshing. A slightly bready, sweet, and nutty malt comes up, with a layer of slightly herbal hops. The bitterness is low, the hops have a bit of pollen a hint of sweet lime, kind of leafy. It's really nice, but not one that will really wow you. The body is about medium, the carbonation provides a nice rush, but doesn't really sting. I think it's good. The drinkability is very good. I think it's almost as good as it gets as far as a drinkable beer. This could make a very pleasant night of drinking. It doesn't overdo it on bitterness or resins, a nice smooth, slightly sweet malt body. I would probably buy it again.

09-29-2009 00:16:29 | More by taylorhamrick
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Props to hooliganlife for a nice drinkable extra. Never had anything from schlafly, but I've heard their name before buzz'd around

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. Nice appearance over all.

S - Lemon, hops

T - Definitely has a nice hop bite to it once it warms up, but really isn't over powering. It's backed by a nice sweet pale malt. Sweeter then usual pale ales. I kind of like it. Lemon, orange rind. Slight spice/nutmeg.

M - Moderately carbonation. Nice and crisp.

D - Really drinkable. Goes down nice and smooth, very crisp, and hop/malt balance is tremendous. Very easy drinker.

09-26-2009 01:42:40 | More by mikedashg
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottled with love on 7/13/09. All the hops on the label oughta be a clue about what to expect.

The brew poured a hazy golden amber color with a thick off-white head that left nice lacing on my pint glass. There is an aroma of pine and grapefruit. The taste is hop city. Lots of pine and citrus notes, with some malt way in the background. But after all, it is a dry-hopped APA. It is hoppy as advertised. The mothfeel is kinda thin but I am ok with that.

I can drink a couple of these rather easily. This brew gets a lot of shelf space in St. Louis supermarkets and I can see why. One of the best offerings from Schlafly. I would buy that again.

09-24-2009 00:42:47 | More by Ottertude
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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

sent as an extra in a trade. i believe by cosmohophead, but someone feel free to correct me.

12oz brown bottle, with bottling date of 05 01 2009. tasted in mid-late may 2009.

classic pale amber with orange yellow tones. faint haze (some sediment in the glass). 1.5-finger off-white rocky head fades to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: fruity aroma of hops, citrus and pine underneath, plus maltiness... but... uh oh... seems like this could be skunked.

taste: some potentially beautiful hops underneath, but there's that skunk and off-flavors again. acidity comes through now too. toasted malt and moderate bitterness, but skunkiness aggravates the bitterness too.

medium body, with astringent resins in the finish. fluffy carbonation.

a real shame about the skunking, and surprising, given the freshness of the date and the brown bottle. i vaguely remember chatting with the trader, and he said he got it in a newly arrive mix-pack at the store.

first time ever non-deliberately experiencing skunkiness in a brown bottle...

seems like potentially a lovely brew. will hopefully come across a better sample in the future.

08-30-2009 00:22:32 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear deep golden color with a huge off-white, frothy, cloud-like head. The nose is of hops, more subdued than some of the earlier ones I had (I should have reviewed this a long time ago, I just found this one in the back of my beer cabinet - bottled 2-24-09). Still west coast type hops, citrusy and piney. The hops are still apparent in the flavor, grapefruit comes to mind immediately, slightly resinous and piney. A solid malt backbone to balance but this is definitely a hop forward beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, velvety carbonation. Overall an excellent APA, again - I should have rated this as a fresher beer but it still stands up over time. Definitely the best Schlafly beer I've had.

08-29-2009 22:43:16 | More by gmfessen
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Got my hands on a six-pack of this, and proceeded to enjoy one last night.

Poured an orange color with very good head retention. Plenty of carbonation. Looks almost like marangue.

Aromas are relatively subdued. Some hop notes, but also slightly metallic too.

Taste, like the smell, was also somewhat subdued. Some hop notes, slightly fruity & floral. Moderate malt backbone. Acidic and metallic.

A little too carbonated, but not too bad.

Overall, a decent pale ale, but not my favorite.

08-23-2009 14:09:44 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +6.1%

had 8/13/09 at Smokey Bones in Belleville,IL
This beer pours a clear gold with a two finger of off-white head. Head retains well and recedes to a layer that stays fairly frothy and thick, leaving nice solid lacing on the glass. Nose is of floral hops some citrus hops and faint pale malts. Taste starts with citrus hop bitternes, balanced in the middle with pale malts and a touch of sweeter caramel malts, finishes with a floral hop bitterness. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, very crisp, dry finish to this beer. Another solid offering from Schlafly - I could sit with this one all day.

08-19-2009 12:28:08 | More by Jayli
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Beer name/Brewer: Schlafly Dry hopped APA ale

Serving info: 12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled with love on" dating info. on the bottom of the label (05 01 2009)

Pours: clear, glowing light honey. Hazed and cloudy final pour due to the healthy deposit of yeast on the bottom of the one.

Head: Long lasting, medium eggshell, leaves nothing special large spots of lace.

Nose: A solid hoppy nose, with a slight soapy under note

Flavor notes: Pleasant hoppy ale. Notes of soft grapefruit, light mint and even lighter soap. Quite dry but not bitter in the finish.

Drinkability: Eh, this stuff is decent but nothing special. I would not go out of my way to procure much more of this stuff

08-17-2009 12:53:52 | More by Billolick
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

L: Small head/ light goldon color/ a touch of lacing

S: Sweet smell/ not a whole lot there but a nice subtle touch of pine and citrus

T: Refreshing citrus and hoppy flavor

F: Light and carbonated at first but at the back end it foams for a rather full finish

D: Very easy to drink but a bit carbonated

08-12-2009 02:52:47 | More by dbossman
Photo of roadhouse


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle (bottled on 6/29/09) into a pint glass.

Pours a golden color with a bit of a cloudy haze to it with a one and a half inch soapy white head on top. Retention is good throughout, moderate carbonation release, lacing left behind is quite dense.

Aroma is not out of control, but for an APA, it's really pleasing. Citric hop oils take center stage here with a nice dosage of tropical fruit to make things really interesting. There's a sweetness, malt related most likely, but it makes it seem quite like mango with the fruitiness. There's also a bit of piney hop character in there too, just the right amount to keep the other aromas dominant while adding a bit more complexity.

Taste is led off with a rather bitter hoppiness, with the malt attempting to show itself, but mostly ends up hidden. The hops come across slightly different in the taste, the citrus is there, quite orangey, but it doesn't really dominate. There is a bit more pine character and a building spiciness in the back end. Not quite as pleasing as the aroma, but quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a nice creamy texture from moderate carbonation. Drinkability is somewhere in between, good if you're in the mood for something hoppy, but otherwise, and personally, not so much.

A pretty nice APA, considering I haven't really had a good new one that I really liked in months. The taste didn't live up to the aroma unfortunately and I found it to have too much of the hop character and bitterness that has come to be slightly revolting over the last year or so. I think if it was a bit more balanced with some residual malt sweetness this would be much more enjoyable.

08-07-2009 22:13:32 | More by roadhouse
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours gold with orange hues. Billowing two-finger head with nice retention and good lacing. Knocked it down a tad because the head is so huge.

Nose is biscuity with hints of sweet fruit. Nice mix of strawberry and raspberry blended with tarter citrus through apricot.

Hops really jump out as the beer hits the palate. Very nice up front presence. Builds to a mildly bitter finish with more pine than citrus.

Slightly fizzy feel where I would prefer to find more cream.

Definitely would drink this one again.

08-07-2009 01:34:26 | More by beer2day
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hooliganlife - again, many thanks! Poured in to a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp, clear, filtered tawny orange, capped by a one-finger snow white head of average retention. The head fades a little faster than I would have liked, really, but it does leave a thick mass of fiery, eruptive lace all the way around the circumference of the pint glass. Similarly, after the drink begins, there's plenty of eruptive, erratic, yet delicate and thin lacing all the way around the glass - very nice. The body itself contains an average amount of carbonation that is remarkable only in its size - by and large, the bubbles are huge, which means (to me) that this'll be a relatively thin beer.

Aroma: I just cracked the Single Wide IPA prior to this one (another dry hopped brew), so I have a point of reference which is sort of nice. This one is far more spicy, minty, and herbal on the hop front and a little more pungent as well, a nice departure from the levity of the Single Wide. The hop package is wrapped up in a solidly roasty backbone, with flashes of caramel peeking through at intervals. There's something present - deep, deep down - that's a sort of misty, vegetal funk that detracts only ever so slightly (and only upon agitation and as it warms), but by and large it's solid.

Taste: A relatively balanced (on the malt front) brew, with a few flashes of dry, crisp, mineral-ly roasted malts, slightly husky but all in all providing a good foundation for the hop artistry. Similar to what was alluded to in the aroma, the hop profile on this one is well-done, with a good helping of spicy, herbal notes, thyme-like in places, minty in others, floral in still yet others, with a fair dash of pine thrown in for good measure. True to its east coast (relatively, though I suppose Schlafly is only one state and some change drive away from the geographic center of the U.S., hm ... ) roots, the citrus overtones in this one range from subtle to nuanced, though add a pleasant touch. The dry hopping in this one is much more "integrated" in to the flavor profile, not really dancing "over" it as the dry-hopping in many beers seems to. It grew on me, too - I originally had this one slated as a 3.5, but it earned a 4.0 as the experience progressed. The bitterness is more pronounced too, melding well with the spicy, herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel: The best aspect of this beer. Not as fiercely carbonated as the Single Wide I just finished, this one's subtle and lets the hop bitterness do the expression for it, largely. What carbonation is here is very soft but provides a large, soft, gentle palette for the flavor profile of this beer to rest on. Very nice.

Drinkability: A very solid brew, and one I'm glad to have tried. The dry hopping adds a nice touch to this one, and at 5.9%, you can have a couple of these to truly appreciate that touch. It's not the best APA I've ever had, but it's near the top of the ladder. A very drinkable, well-crafted brew.

08-07-2009 00:22:07 | More by CrellMoset
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz. Poured a golden-orange color with a fairly thin, bubbly white head that held decent retention and left decent lacing on the glass. Aromas were weaker than expected. Some floral hops with a fruity aspect of apples or grapes. Tastes were much sweeter than expected, especially initially. Very fruity with an apple and grape juice taste, some faint toasted grains. A slight citrus and floral hop taste comes in towards the finish. Finishes dry, but fairly sweet. About half way through, the hops seem to come through more, offering some bitterness and hop oils. Mouth-feel is thin to medium bodied with more carbonation than expected, but still seems ok to me. Towards the end, the hops continue to build on the palate, and the dryness keeps you coming back for another sip. I guess I was expecting more of a hop profile because of the giant hop cone on the label, but in the end, this is a great example of an American Pale Ale with tremendous balance. I liked the fruitiness which offered a refreshing taste with excellent drinkability.

07-30-2009 23:48:17 | More by barnzy78
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured a brilliantly clear light amber color into a shaker style pint glass.

Smell of classic american style citrus hops with a touch of a pine note. Beer was extremely fresh and had an incredible nose.

Slight caramel and graininess with an excellent citric hop flavor. Dry finish and excellent carbonation.

Medium light body. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and sessionable APA. When had fresh this is truly an incredible example of a classic dry hopped American Pale Ale.

07-17-2009 16:36:17 | More by psyphin
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Hazey dark golden in color with a creamy off-white head about 2 1/2 inches thick that takes a while to reduce down to a nice cap that stays with the beer to the last drink and leaves good lacing.

S-Citrusy hop smell with just a very faint smell of sweet malt coming through. Not a very overpowering smell.

T-Citrusy hop at the beginning and finish with just a little malty sweetness coming through. The finish is especially pleasant with a very present citrusy hop flavor from the dry hopping.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation and goes down easy.

D-Very drinkable with plenty of hop flavor and mild enough body to pound quite a few down while enjoying a good BBQ on the back porch.

06-24-2009 20:26:55 | More by campbellj21
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3.58/5  rDev -5%

Pours a mild gold color with suspended flavor crystals throughout. Mild lacing and just a wispy head.
Smells mildly sweet, just a hint of malts and a nice mix of hop aromas.
Taste is nice, mild and slightly sweet. Slight pine and caramel in the mix with hints of grass and oranges.
Pretty carbonated, foams a bit as you swallow, but it is dense and rich.
I'm not sure how many I could drink as the carbonation is a bit high. Other than that it is a nice session beer.

06-12-2009 23:00:11 | More by kirok1999
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4.78/5  rDev +26.8%

I recently discovered the Schlafly brewery on my last trip to St. Louis, and I have to say they are one impressive microbrew. I, personally, am a huge fan of hoppy beers, and this one definitely hits the spot. Aside from it's strong, hoppy flavor, this APA manages to finish smoothly with a bitter twist. Excellent beer!

06-12-2009 18:08:20 | More by iamatotalbum
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

On the whole, I'm not sure how to rate this. BA categorizes it as an American Pale Ale (and Schlafly, too, officially), but it strikes me as more of an American IPA. Indeed, at a recent tasting Gary Briggs from Schlafly conceded that it was more or less an IPA, at least as far as the consumer is concerned. In the end, to my palate the hops aren't quite as big as they'd need to be for an IPA, so I'll stick with rating this as an APA.

Pours a golden amber with two fingers of creamy, frothy, slightly sticky off-white head that's taking its time diminishing.

First whiff after opening the bottle is herbal, grassy hops, presumably the result of the dry-hopping. Once decanted, though the grassiness is still up front, there's a semi-sweet citrus hop aroma close behind, somewhere between grapefruit and orange. Pretty strong malt backbone of biscuit and caramel. The more I sniff, the more the citrus hop aroma moves toward orange on the grapefruit-to-orange continuum.

Taste is sweet malt on first sip, surprisingly. There was nothing for the first half of the drink, then it faded into strong sweet malt. Perhaps I spent too long smelling this and my hop flavor detector has been compromised, or perhaps the hops I smelled are aroma hops only. There's a subtle, slightly bitter grassy hop character underneath, but I'm not picking up the citrus hops I expected to taste. Short, quick finish. Well balanced, leaning toward the malt end of the spectrum.

Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light. A good bit of carbonation. A good drinker. Mild enough so as not to assault my palate, but flavorful enough to keep me interested and convince me to have another.

06-12-2009 15:58:49 | More by wnh
Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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