Odyssey Imperial IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maybrick on 12-11-2004

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186
Ratings:
433
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Taste is similar to the smell, lots of pine bitterness, lighter on the tropical fruits, citrus, and caramel. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Overall maybe a little too bitter in the taste, but I enjoyed it and would drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really love the dense, thick texture, not to mention its softness. Retention isn't balls-out amazing, but when it does fade, a lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's definitely bringing more maltiness than hop goodness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth comes through, mainly. The hops that do appear take on tones of pineapple, grapefruit, and some grass. If someone drew up on a board what the average DIPA would smell like, this would be it. No more, no less. (3)

Taste: Starts off malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee give way to a faint kiss of tropical fruits (mainly pineapple) appearing past the middle, lingering into the aftertaste. I will say, I am enjoying some of the fruity esters that appear near the back end (peach and apricot, primarily) quite a bit. After a few sips, the finish becomes almost weed-like. After a few more sips, I'm reminded of those little Welch's fruit snacks. This features good complexity in general (which really isn't that common in a DIPA), but none of the notes really come together to excite my palate. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as sweet finishing or heavy as some DIPAs, but it isn't a bastion of crisp dryness, either. No wait, after drinking about half of it...it is pretty damn sweet finishing and heavy. Still, drinkability is on par with many DIPAs. The carbonation does a half-hearted attempt to poke through the wall of sweetness. (3)

Overall: This ain't half bad - it just isn't impressive. Its flavor profile reminds me of some triple IPAs I've had (boozy tropical fruits, overt sweetness, minimal bitterness), which isn't what I really want from a double. Worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again. (3)

3.05/5: More Honda Odyssey than Homer's Odyssey

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Photo of beerbully
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Half inch white foamy head leaving a thick lacing which quickly slides down the side of the glass. clear golden color

S-very aromatic...smelled this one while pouring into the glass. Lots of citrus hops. grapefruit, pineapple mango some mild sweetness

T-some sweetness out of the gate and then the hops come into play giving way to more of the malty sweetness. grapefruit mix with sweet tropical fruits some hoppy bitterness. not boozy

M-mildly carbonated, leaves a lingering sweetness

O-solid offering from Sly Fox

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, light effervescence, head is off white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a light top and ring along the glass with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is hop forward, bitter with earth, grass notes presenting first followed by subtle malt notes, reminds of the the sweetness from munich malts.

Taste is simple: hop forward presetntation with similar flavors to the nose, grass and earth some pine and more citrus is notable; malt is subtle and comes through as it warms and the bitterness clears.

Mouthfeel is clean, nicely carbonated, solid bitter presence and profile; malt sweetness is not cloying, finishes dry.

Overall, a nice DIPA, it feels maltier than some, but is not sweet, hard to describe but the hop bitternes is appropriate and it really hides the strength well.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the can. I was sitting on the beach so I didn't have much glassware available to me.

Seeing a lower-end score on this made me wonder if it would be as good as some DIPAs I've had. This one was very drinkable. I could see myself having a few of these at a BBQ or on a boat, crabbing in the bay.

Not super flavorful, but still very tasty. A bit tropical, a bit citrusy. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of trentbent
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-orange, ruby, really thick white head, one inch, settles fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.
S-grass/hay, alcohol, raspberries
T-mint, raspberries, blackberries, pine, silver
M-sharp, bitter, wine like in its weight and alcohol.
O- I'm finding this similar to flying dog's single hop El Dorado in the sense that the alcohol and flavor make this orange hop monster something you can enjoy with foods that are otherwise paired with wine. It's also mind boggling to have such a complex bet from a plain 12 oz can, though I guess these cans have already been a staple of some crazy brews.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Odyssey on-tap pours a honeyed orange amber with a flat cap of foam. Looks alright with that nice drip lacing.

Mostly pine and citrus peels. Orange and grapefruit and some resinous character. A kiss of hemp oil, bitter greens, and raw hop leaf. Malty with some good toasty evidence. Sugars are caramelizing.

Husky bitterness with pine and pink grapefruit leading the charge. Some bitter orange and unripe melon in there, too. Caramel malts with more bitterness from the toast. Some astringency from the acid content. A little rough, but tasty. Booze is above medium for the percentage. Lacks smoothness. Not sure if they were going for such a bitter hop bomb.

Take it or leave it with the others in its company.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can over at the Whole Foods in Springfield.

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A: Glistening gold, with a substantial, whipped cream-esque head on top.

S: Not ridiculously potent, but I will say that this one is more on the fresh citrus side as opposed to a pine one.

T: Much more hop forward on the flavor though….. almost to the fresh hop harvest side even. Still, substantial grapefruit and orange juice component with a slight bit of booze burn.

M: Picture perfect on the palate and slows you down just enough so you can appreciate and savor it. Not too syrupy-sweet, and lots of lacing left on the glass.

O: This is only my second Sly Fox brew and it was certainly an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Molly's Irish pub & sports bar in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours an orange/amber color with a light, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass upon drinking further.

S- not very much on the nose. Some earthy hop aromas and a heavy malt forward profile. Very lacking in this category

T- tastes of bitter hops, biscuit malt, and a slight carbonation. The hops overpower the malt on the front and finish, malt flavor is prevalent just after the initial sip where some sweetness is detected.

M- prickly on the tongue but not overly carbonated. Slick on the tongue.

O- at 8 plus percent abv, there are better imperial IPAs out there that will deliver more flavor and much satisfaction than this brew. Although this brew is not bad, it's not fantastic.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear amber color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a decent retention, fading over time to leave a moderate level of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite fruity with lots of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and some papaya. Along with these smells come some nice grapefruit hop smells. A rather moderately strong pine aroma brings with it a resinous and somewhat more poignant harshness to the nose, but in a kind of way that seems to balance the sweeter aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and bready taste with the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose right up front and being joined by a bready and doughy flavor. A grapefruit hop flavor is present upfront as well with it growing stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Along with the grapefruit comes some light grassiness and a pine flavor. The pine really kicks into gear more at the middle of the taste with it growing quite potent at the end. While that occurs the doughy and sweeter flavors begin fading some with a caramel flavor coming to replace the lost fruit flavors. In the end with the pine getting decently intense, one is left with a rather resinous and moderately sweet but smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are rather nice for the sipping quality of the brew and really allow the resinous pine flavor to shine through at the end

Overall – A rather nice Imperial overall with a nice moderately resinous finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A deep amber orange, slightly cloudy, with some good slow rising pinhead carbonation. Head is a fluffy off white and slightly tan, quite large billowing at four fingers easily. Settles with soapy clumpy retention to match.

Nose has a very obvious sweetness, more sensing of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol boozy warmth with a little bit of pine to match. Very low on hop aromas, but hints at big sweetness and sugars of the style.

Palate comes a bit more subdued. A very lingering tea and pine bitter, which grows nicely on the finish, gradually warming with some mint like warmth. Noticeable caramel sweetness but nothing too outrageous. Mild hop bitterness slightly in the mid palate comes off more like a regular IPA than a DIPA.

This isn't particularly awful, in fact it's well constructed but in the realm of the style and the big heavy exciting players it just doesn't stand out much unfortunately.

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Photo of larryi86
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Pine, some resin, caramel malts, kind of bland.

T- Big let down, piney/resin finish with some alcohol, some faint citrus hops, sweet malts.

M- Abrasive, medium body, bitterness really lingers.

O- Disappointing, was hoping for more from Sly Fox. Nothing really jumps out at me with this beer. I will just stick with other beers Sly Fox.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can > Lagunitas Mason
A - Pours a really nice slightly clouded orange with a big 2 finger foamy head, lacing everywhere.
S - Grapefruit citrus is the most prevalent scent along with some caramel malt.
T - Big ibu bitterness in front a little hop dankness, and some of that sweet caramel, some pine, but really dry aggressive bitter assault on your taste buds. The grapefruit is miniscule in the flavor compared to aroma. There is also a huge lager yeast taste in this.
M - Lingering bitterness.
O - Too abrasive of a flavor and mouthfeel for something that I'd want to enjoy again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear bright orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy light beige head that slowly reduces to mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a couple of medium patches of thick film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of light fruits upfront. Moderate aromas of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts that imparts very little sweetness to the overall flavor of the beer. There are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange/tangerine and pine hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: This beer has quite a bit of lingering bitterness but is still pretty enjoyable. Not the easiest beer to drink because of the intensity of the bitterness but there are some nice hop flavors in it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy somewhat light copper orange with heavy bubbles on the body. Orange tinted white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Taste: Wet-hopped, missing some key pieces to the puzzle that creates what the best DIPAs should, tastes good but needs more bitterness. Needs that grapefruit or at minimum floral and pines. More like your American Lager on roids.

Mouth: Little bitterness at the end of each sip, taste a bit sour almost like biting into raw green vegetables, sounds crazy but I am serious. Oh before I forget medium on the body.

Overall: My biggest knock on this beer is the fact that it is called an "Imperial IPA", some if not most may argue that it would really taste more like a Imperial Lager, since it's characteristics as far as taste. Lacking complexity and true IPA bitterness, this beer isn't bad but don't expect this to be on the upper tier DIPAs, for less than three bucks a bottle/can, you can decide. Salud!

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Photo of TimUF1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can with best by date of 5/3/13 stamped on it

A sessionable IIPA? Its flavors are not as much of a hop battering ram as most American IIPA's.

Good two finger head, fair lacing, a bit hazy light copper color.

Lots of floral notes in the scent, rose, orange blossom, some hay or clover honey.
The flavor follows this, where a lot of citrusy iipa's tend towards grapfruit, this seems more like clementines, sweeter, less tart. Finishes with a lot more of the bitterness of the tart grapefruit flavors, almost metallic, and a bit astringent. The IBUs are definitely back loaded on the finish.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can to a tulip, well within best by date on can.

Pours a rich copper with gnarly cream colored head which is persistent. Great lacing. Looking forward to smelling and tasting this one.

Smell is a letdown. Somewhat biscuity, bland malts, severely lacking in any definitive hop aromas. Mildly astringent. Not entirely unpleasant though.

Taste is like the nose, but worse. None of the bready malts shine through for me, just nondescript cat pissy hops. I doubt it's intentional though. Blah.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Not overly sticky for an IIPA

Overall, this beer was a letdown. Had some good traits, hut many more bad traits in my opinion.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a drink by date of 5/03/13

A-Nice frothy lighly colored beige head. About a fingers width. The body is copper in color and looks to be a pretty hazy beer.

S-The nose is filled with dank earthy pine notes. Citrus hops are there but seem to take a step back and allow those pine notes to shine through. Next in line comes the malt bill. You can smell those caramel/caramelized sugars. Intriguing nose.

T-Pretty well balanced except for at the end where the hop character really comes in. Leaves a very bitter lingering taste that gets even mildly metallic in character. For the initial taste I get a resiny dank grass, pine needles and rind off of a dull tasting orange. Enjoyable no doubt and hides the abv well.

M-Medium bodied that finishes on the dry side. Good carbonation.

O-A good beer which I believe from experience taste better off of draft. The finish is the one thing that is taking away from this beer.

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Photo of linkmon
1.14/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This "Brewery" should be closed!! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!! Tastes like absolute crap!! Stay FAR FAR FAR FAR AWAY!!

I am not sure what they were going for, but this is BY FAR, the WORST IPA of any kind, I have ever had, and I have drank over 100 of them now!! GROSS!!!

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours from a 50 degree can a beautifully clear and pure amber color with a huge 3 finger yellow/white head consisting of multiple sized bubbles that quickly fades to a ring and cap covering the top of the beer. It has lacing that is both nice and sticks to the glass and looks a little sloppy.

I found the aroma to be both equally malty and florally hoppy with notes of bread. I think it's a pretty well balanced aroma. Lovely and aromatic hops. Beautiful.

As for flavour, I'm finding the bready caramel malt base and the floral hops fairly balanced at the beginning of the sip. Well, maybe more hoppy than malty, but the hops become massively apparent towards the end leaving you bitter and dry. I do believe that along with the hops and carbonation that a slight alcohol burn is released. It's not overly noticeable which is a good accomplishment for an 8.4 ABV beer.

I also find the mouthfeel beneathe the hops to be rather smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation that gives way to a hoppy dry aftertaste that is fairly strong.

The beer is too hoppy for me. I like it, but I would only have one hoping that my next beer would erase the aftertaste. I'm not overly familiar with the style and please take my score with a grain of salt. I found it pretty balanced for being so hoppy except for the finish.

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Photo of Huffs
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a fluffy, biscuit colored head whish laced and lasted. Appearance was a hazy, copper / amber color. Aroma was of light with hop and flower hints. Taste had notes of caramel and spice on the front with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste was pleasantly bitter and on the dry side. Mouthfeel was full and slightly carbonated.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy, minty, bitter, a touch of malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it didn't knock my socks off, but is a pretty good beer, worth a shot.

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Photo of stakem
2.02/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks to Kegatron for hooking a brother up with all these canned offerings. The brew appears a mildly hazed copper color with 2.5 fingers of yellowish stained froth that collapses slowly to some big bubble formation and full patches of thick lace sticking to the glass. Before too long, a huge uneven cratered surface appears atop the liquid.

The aroma is dirty and almost chemical filled but not in a terribly disgusting way. It is somewhat mineral to metallic in character with such a strange aspect that seems chlorinated with some sulfur, cheese and fruity hops. As I smell this brew more, it has a bit of toasted toffee grain character blended into the backend as well.

The flavor is rindy, pitty and bitter with a flavor of grapefruit zest and pulp. A bit of catty quality mixed with bitter orange rinds and toffee to caramel sweetness mixed with biscuit to toasty grain. Somewhat buttery even a hint of grass, minerals and chlorine just like the aroma suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat integrated well within the confines of a bunch of strange character going on in this brew. I appreciate the chance to try this but could not finish my glass. Heath, I greatly appreciate the chance to try this but I am glad you liked this brew as little as I did. I would have felt like a jerk saying how terrible I felt this brew was without seeing you thought the same.

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Photo of IronLover
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper orange in color with just a touch of chill haze. Poured with a dense with foam that alowly reduced to a thick cap that ledt sheets of sticky, soapy lacing on the glass. This is undeniably a malt forward DIPA. Toasted and caramel malt aromas up front with floral hop buttery notes. Light resinous pine hop aromas in the background. Slightly heavier than medium bodied with a buttery feel and light carbonation. Toasted and caramel malt flavofs up fron followed by floral and then intense hop bitterness to the end. Finishes with a slighlty boozy lingering pine hop bitterness. Love the DIPA in the can !

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a standard pint glass. I think they use a best by code, but I can't find it on the can. Oh, well.

A - Foams up a bit on the pop of the awesome looking can. Pours a tangerine color with a one inch pillow of white carbonation sitting on top. Good retention and near-perfect lacing.

S - Floral hops give this a pleasant, delicate hop aroma. Some brown sugar malts contribute sweetness. There is a buttery quality to the aroma as well. Complex.

T - Starts a little bit sweet with some tangy citrus and caramel. An interesting blend of hops follow with citrus, pine, and floral all getting involved. Pine resin on the finish with a slightly astringent linger.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol.

O - I have had this on tap, and while the canned version doesn't quit live up, it is pretty good. The aroma is mellow and enjoyable. A complexity of hops makes for a unique flavor profile. The cans are a nice touch, somewhat rare for the style (outside of HT, OB, and Abrasive). This is a great value at $10/six pack, but I will probably stick with some of the other IPAs available to me in my area.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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