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Chester County Bitter - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 10-14-2009

This traditional British Ale is authentic cask conditioned beer with a smooth malt profile balance by a subtle hop presence. Dry-hopping in the cask produces an enticing hop aroma in this quaffable session ale.
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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not seen Sly Fox Chester County Bitter before, but since it was offered on cask at Local 44, I thought that I would give it a try since the beers they present on hand pumps are always well done. This is a beer that had a good bit of dry hopping either in fermentation or on cask, that really adds a nice woody, fresh hop aroma and flavor. The malt adds a bready character that helps ground the beer and provided the body that a smaller hopped beer requires.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint.

Looks great--pitch perfect apple cider color. On the darker end of the range for the style, which is fine by me. Small ring of salmon roe popped up and popped out.

Smells pretty, too--stiff green apples, some minty notes, faint faint earthiness. Smells restrained and refined.

Taste proves the nose is false advertising. This is neither restrained or refined, and doesn't coax nearly enough out of the malt for my taste. There's a rough, unbalanced feel to the flavor profile, no doubt as a result of what seems like a heavy-handed hopping. The finish is just plain astringent, which I thought was because it was too cold, even though I didn't even refrigerate the growler. So I held it in my hands--I cradled this tender pint--but, sadly, it just became warmly astringent.

Mouthfeel, again, suffers from that astringency. Never quites attains that creamy buttery blanket for the juicy biscuit middle heaven that I like in bitters. Oh well.

It's ok for an American version of the style. But American craft brewers are showing they don't do subtlety real well. Right now the English are kicking our asses in the bitter category.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Cole's cask festival. A fine bitter although a sour finish. Pros were the understated bitterness, and full mouthfeel. A faint Caesar crown an apple juice colour. Is it infection? Sourness does spoil getting it spot in, still a drinkable one.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass on cask at Tap and Table. I always like a good bitter, but the red color is a little dark for a bitter. The flavor is dominated by crystal malts (there's the color). Really, the beer just tasted like a lighter amber/red ale on cask. That's not all bad, there was a please citrus hop note in addition to the caramelized malt, but I'd hope for more depth.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Sly Fox Brewing Company (Phoenixville, PA) on 12/20/10. Served in a 10 oz Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of tight and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy frothiness that leaves back spotty lacing which sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and a little spicy, with some bitter smelling citric character and a touch of earth. This is set against some malty tones of fresh baked biscuits and a dash of sweeter caramel in the nose.

The taste has both a fresh citric flavor and bitterness going on here and is balanced by a sturdy backbone of bready grains, which trails some leftover light toast into the finish, along with dry spice and rind. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a light prickle to the carbonation that runs through the middle of the feel, but is mostly easy on the edges and overall very smooth on the palate. This feels good on cask.

This was another pleasant enough quaff that I found on the hand pumps here at Sly Fox. This Bitter had some bite but was still mostly well balanced and the easy feel from the cask and lower ABV kept this drinking nicely. Sessionable little brew here.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On hand pump at Al's of Hampden...

A - One fingers worth of slightly off-white batter-like head with minmal retention... A rich caramel color... Still with limited carbonation... Leaves rings upon rings of lacing on the glass that stay throughout...

S - Loaded with bready malts... Caramel... Toffee... Some euro hoppiness... Textbook, but subdued for the style...

T - Wonderful assertive mix of malt and hops... The bready malts and caramel are at the forefront as expected, but there is a not so subtle hop kick on the finish that lingers slightly...

M - Light to medium bodied... Slightly creamy... Slightly thin... Goes down very easy, but seems mildly inconsistent from sip to tip...

D - Drinability is off the charts... A great tasting ESB that is sub 5% ABV... I could drink this all night long...

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JTahoe
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy brass yellow body with foamy 1/4 inch head.

S - Fruity hops with a distinct apple aroma and yeast.

T - Mashed hard fruit with smooth malts and subtle grain undertone, sour at the back end with just a hint of hops.

M - Moderate-light feel with nil carbonation.

D - Quaffable, but I wasn't ready to session this one.

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- Nice golden brown color with great head and lacing.
S- Nice lemony scent to it.
T- For a cask, the taste is kind of dull...not bold at all. Which is actually nice in this case. The lemon taste comes in. It's got a touch of sour malt to it. Nice summer cask.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruits and bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are stronger with some additional notes of caramel. No bitterness from the hops is discernable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth due to the lack of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is particularly sessionable given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of djcira
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jjd315
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium copper hue with a wisp of a head.

The smell featured a lemony hop and a light malt.

The taste consisted of a smooth pale malt, a touch of crystal and a balancing dry herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and easily sessionable ale.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cask at TJ's.
Appears a transparent light gold with a fluffy white cap tht sticks around. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine, and cut birch bark. Very mild and enticing to deserve several more deep inhales.
Taste is of citrus, cooked cereal grain, earthy mushrooms, ripe fruit, berries, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, oily, and bitter sweet in the finish.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a cask pour of this at George Keeley's Pub on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall it was a decent beer and probably perfect as a cask ale.

Apparence was a little cloudy without much carbonation but, of course, this drawn from a cask. Color was a light to medium copper.

Aroma was a bit bready with some sweetness and citrus.

Flavor was also bready and a little weak. Not a lot going one but good for what it is.

Overall a good English bitter and if this is your style of beer it's quite a good example of it.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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