Chester County Bitter - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-06-2009 23:57:59 | More by Sammy
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-04-2010 21:45:55 | More by TheycallmeTim
Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.