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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Pikeland PilsPikeland Pils

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BA SCORE
86
very good

232 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%


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

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Northern German-style Pilsner brewed with imported German Pils malt and hopped with German and Czech hops. Light in body, light straw in color and dry.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Sly Fox beer and I'm digging it.

It pours a a good looking golden pilsner colour, some lacing is left behind. There's a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass. The color is a little muted however.

The smell is decent.. but not terribly complex or interesting. It starts a touch sweet and finishes with a hint of lemon hoppiness. The taste is similar in style but much better in delivery. It reminds me very much of Victory Prima Pils but its less in your face and more sessionable as a result. A nice balance between sweet malts and crisp lemon bitter hoppiness on the back end. Well done.

Mouthfeel is soft (the way a good pilsner should be) with a slightly crisp carbonation. Nice work.

Drinkability is really where this beer shines I think. It goes down in gulps and the levels are such that I don't think you could ever get sick of it. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 22:02:19 | More by Ralphus
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A: Slightly hazy golden hue with a short cap of nearly white head with a short rim of lacing near the top of the glass.

S: Solid pilsener aroma of slight sulfur, floral, spicy hoppiness, and a big bready maltiness

T: The bready maltiness is the big leader in the flavor of this brew, but it is nicely balanced by punches of floral, herbal, spicy noble hops. No yeast chracter or evident alcohol character. Light-moderate bitterness also enhances drinkability.

M: Also on point with light body and active carbonation.

O: A really fine German pils with a nice bready, crackery malt character and good dose of bitterness from noble hopping.

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A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a North-German style pilsner.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A hazy pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good stability; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing - this beer looks spot on. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of noble hops, grass/hay, subtle floral notes and earthy yeast. Possesses a depth that only properly matured lagers have.

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A: Hazy light gold with a finger of white fluffy head and a good amount of visible carbonation. It rather looks more like a light wheat beer or a berliner than a typical pils.

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Has the typical yellowish/brassy color. Did not retain it's head much, which I thought was disappointing, but so it goes. The nose is basically fresh oranges and hops, which is a little weird but is by no means unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very soft, unusually so, although there is a bit of a coating of the palate on the backend. Flavors continue in this restrained mode: very light hops, very light orange, and a fairly light finish of very light spice.

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Real nice looking pilsner, starts off with a good kiss of creamy foam, then pours into a perfect golden brass and crystal clear body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides, but settles with slow rising pinhead crawling. Head is bleach white with soapy retention and sticks around for a good amount of time.

Hinting grassy hops, very mineral clean smelling. Some hints of thick honey like malts and density to match. Very solid and refreshing.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.