Chester County Lightning - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
Finally, a malt liquor from a small brewery that I like!!!
Sly Fox's Chester County Lightning pours a clear golden body beneath a huge dollop of creamy white foam that holds really well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.
The nose is quite basic, as it should be, with a clean, generic "beer" aroma.
The flavor expresses light malt (there's obviously some adjunct in use here) with a bit of fruitiness (grape) and a very delicate note of alcohol.
It's crisp in the mouth with a dextrinous medium body.
Overall it's surprisingly similar to a macro-produced malt-liquor, except that it doesn't have the flaws that many of them have. Basic, but good.
05-22-2006 00:50:04 | More by NeroFiddled
3.2/5 rDev -3.6%
It came to me a very bright and clear gold, carbonated and sporting a finger of tight white head. Fluffy lacing padded the inside of the glass.
The aroma was quite sweet, the malt carrying berry fruit at the front, but dominated by a notable corn presence. A slight peppery tang of hops came through, but flitted away rapidly.
Upon tasting, the grain sweetness was prevalent, with a general fruitiness again clearly bested by a tongue-lashing of corn adjunct. The hops dried the grain out completely by the close, with the finish a brief remnant of grain followed by a tinny, grassy bitterness. It was neither disappointing or memorable, but rather, it just was.
Close to medium bodied, the sweet grain character was reasonably slick and coating, with the hops a lightly glowing reminder.
Well, I had no expectations, and in this case, that's just as well, because I was not impressed. I know, they're going for a theme here, a specific style, but for my palate, the result was just barely worth finishing. The slightly bumped-up ABV didn't seem to be a factor, nor would it become one, because one is all the flavor is going to allow. Sure, it's crisp and clean, but neither is a big accomplishment, considering what it had to sweep away.
07-20-2006 19:19:09 | More by Foxman
3.35/5 rDev +0.9%
Chester Co. Lightning is offered with a bright clear straw hued offering topped with an pillowy ivory head cap leaving some drippy lace.
Aroma is light and, at best, clean and slightly dusty and leafy.
First swigs: Dry pilsner-esque followed with a macro touch of corn chip and rice cake with a dry light hoppy finish. Fairly standard macro here, folks. Move along!
Sturdy feel with plenty of agressive zest.
Last swigs: Freshness from the brewpub (Royersford) gave this a life to an otherwise haggard style. A smile crossed my face when I thought about how Brian O'Reilly was using his talents to make a macro knockoff. If all Big3 Macros had this zest under their uniform coats, football stadiums would not be so beer drab. Brewed as a one-off for a Michael Jackson dinner. Don't worry, FeloniousMonk for this will not be a growler that you receive.
Beer is good. Happy wanna be macro beering.
04-19-2006 03:34:52 | More by blitheringidiot
Chester County Lightning from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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