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Seamus' Irish Red Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrJay on 03-17-2006

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a murky deep amber hue foamy one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel and musty hop.

The taste consisted of a moderate caramel malt, a nice earthiness and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and subtle red ale.

Photo of CHickman
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 3/6/10 - a growler from Bierkraft: pours clear red color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of grain and roasted malt, maybe some bread; the nose is very faint with nothing really jumping out to greet you.

Tastes of malt, roasted grains, light caramel, faint hops, some sweetness and a hint of citrus; pretty malty overall, with earthy tones, bread, and a very dry crisp finish that leaves a slight pucker and resin of either orange peel or pepper. The taste is one dimensional in that the malts dominate, but there is some good flavor mixed in this brew.

The carbonation is light, with a dry creamy mouthfeel and a medium body. The aftertaste is a combo of roasted malt and grains, which did not take away from the good flavor when this beer was going down.

A decent beer that is very drinkable, and it tastes like the Irish Red beer definition, but the flavor just doesn’t excite me. I’d drink this beer again, but would not seek it out.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at D's in Swissvale, PA; had it the day after St. Paddy's Day.

Poured into a shaker: Thin layer of foamy head over deep amber body. Clean, no bubbles that I saw.

Smells of an apple & berry fruitness, though not real strong or sweet. Mild malty with decent tartness.

Taste is a mix of toasty, biscuity malt, strawberry, with a stone-dry character in the middle. Kind of falls flat quickly. Slightly cola-ish caramel.

Mouthfeel is engaging enough, thin-bodied, crisp.

Overall decent, nothing too challenging or outstanding. Not bad, but not exciting. I have a feeling this would go better as a companion to a card game, but not impressive in a "sit-down-&-critique" mindset.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, a small sweet roast, a mix of gingerbread and tea. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Nothing exciting, but decent, nonetheless.

Photo of bluehende
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was a bit off for a red. Other than that a nice beer nothing special.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I had on St. Patty's Day.

Poured with a white 1 finger head. The beer itself was a dark amber color.

Couldn't seem to get a whole lot outta the smell... a bit sweet I suppose.

Tasted light caramels, hints of raisins and malts.

Smooth in my mouth. Crisp finish. Easy to drink.

I had two.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in Phoenixville, PA.

Pours a dark amber color with some off white head. Some slight retention with lacing.

Barely any smell at all for me, hints of maltiness.

Caramel maltiness up front, followed by some floral hop flavors. Malt noticeable in the finish. Very mild and smooth.

Very easy to drink, nice for sipping or just downing quickly if that is the kind of thing you like (I was late for an appointment and had to finish the last bit).

Interesting brew, I will check out the Sly Fox again.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with reddish highlights and a collar of off-white foam. There was a bit of lacing as well. Mild malt aroma with solid caramel character. Medium to low bitterness. Caramel sweetness and a floral/citrus hop flavor that lingers into the finish. There's also just a whisper of chocolate. Medium/light body with light carbonation. Off-dry with a slightly grainy texture. This is an easy drinking beer, easily a session ale.

Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber body. Medium white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lighlty malty, some earthy/floral hops in the background.

D: A malty irish red... Balanced by some earth/floral hops. No perceptible alcohol...

M: Smooth medium body. Crisp finish.

D: A decent session beer.. nothing more.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the last sixtel of this seasonal from the Royersford location in late March... still enjoying it from the home bar.

Pours a relatively clear, amber color with decent 1 inch head and lacing throughout.

Very faint roasted malt smell, with some nutty undertones.

Light caramel up front, with slight - but lingering - fruity hop bitterness to finish.

Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel as you may expect from this style.

Nice drinkability in this well-balanced Irish red.

Looking forward to next March!

Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft at St. Stephens on Green.

Pours a dark coppery/ruby color with dark golden amber edges when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much n the way of lacing.

Spicy, toasted malt aroma with lots of toasted sweet malt and peppery spice. Hints of rye, caramel and toffee with slight dark fruit, especially dark cherry. Subtle earthy hops but the nose is dominated the spice and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front and an overpowering peppery spice character. It's a bit abrasive and really takes away from the subtle hops and sweet malt character, lingering into a long dry finish. Sweet slightly toasted malt flavor mid-palate with hints of rye, caramel, biscuit and toffee. This creates a bit of balance but overall the dominant spiciness makes this beer very unpleasant and tough to drink.

Photo of ski271
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Medium-dark reddish-copper with a small foamy, off-white head that diminishes to a partial film but still leaves light rings of lacing as it goes down. Smell is fairly muted. Grassy hops and husky malts. The taste has more of a presence, but is far from loud. Just a pleasant balance of bready malts and light fruity hops. It has a medium body, crisp, light dry texture and moderate carbonation. This is a no-frills decent beer. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Nothing worth seeking out, but good.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox has produced a very nice, easy-drinking session beer. Some chocolate malt pokes through in the way of a roasty taste, unless I'm completely off-base.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Taste is straightforward (which I believe is appropriate for the style). These two things make for high marks in drinkability.

Very nice for March, St. Paddy's Day season, when you don't really feel like a stout.

Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/8/10.

A - Clear reddish copper-colored body with a thin beige head that reduced to a patchy wisp but deposited lots of ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma displays a grainy malt profile with a subtle tea-like hop character and a hint of fleshy fruit sweetness.

T - Like the aroma, the initial flavor consists of grainy notes and toasted barley as well as sweet caramel malt. A hint of light herbal, tea-like hops emerge in the backend and offer a tinge of bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice Irish Red Ale with a distinct toasted grainy malt character. I enjoyed this more than I had anticipated, as I typically find the style to be rather dull.

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Seamus' Irish Red Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.