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Chester County Bitter - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Chester County Bitter
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 10-14-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -21%

07-10-2014 22:16:53 | More by nmann08
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

12-21-2010 17:56:47 | More by Kegatron
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-06-2013 14:38:26 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-18-2014 05:48:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours a dark hazy golden yellow with some ripe banana hues and a bit of lighter golden yellow color when held to a light source. Frothy, soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing in it's path.

Sweet light malt aroma with some subtle spice and light floral hops.

Clean, crisp and extremely smooth creamy body. Very drinkable with light sweet English malts, subtle spiciness and a very crisp clean floral hop flavor. The alcohol is very well balanced, considering this beer is 7% which is very high for a traditional English real ale. The fact that this beer is that high in ABV disqualifies it as a session beer but it drinks like one and is a very complex with a lot of full flavors. The hops really come through in the finish, but not in an overpowering or bitter fashion. This beer is very well balanced and an excellent American interpretation of the classic British style. I will be drinking a lot more of it soon.

10-14-2009 07:31:32 | More by corby112
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-20-2013 12:30:56 | More by InspectorBob
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

02-12-2010 02:53:02 | More by tempest
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a rich and deep golden color with a creamy foam topping and plenty of lacing. Aroma of doughy malts and lightly citrusy hops. In the taste, a firm malt foundation with earthy, rooty hop character. Firmly bitter, this fits the style quite nicely. The body is light, smooth, and gently carbonated. Refreshing and bitter. Overall, this was a really good "real ale".

01-19-2014 03:21:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

11-07-2009 19:55:30 | More by plaid75
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Format : on cask at the Phoenixville brewpub.

Appearance: clear gold, with a small, quickly settling head and nice lacing that clings to the glass.

Aroma: mild bready malt; lightly sweet and floral. Subtle citrus.

Flavor: also quite mild; malt has a slightly nutty toasted bread quality; very gently hopped; low bitterness; some fruity and floral notes; a bit of caramel sweetness, but finishes semi-dry.

Feel: medium light bodied with lie carbonation; smooth and creamy on cask.

Overall: easy drinking and mild on taste; fairly traditional; notbad but a bit unexceptional.

07-29-2012 14:46:51 | More by tobelerone
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-19-2014 01:02:38 | More by Boone757
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-07-2013 16:29:06 | More by ROGUE16
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-29-2012 15:40:04 | More by rfgetz
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Cask, served in a pint

The body sits a dull golden orange with a bubbly off-white cap. Huge sip marks cover the inside of the glass.

The nose has a little bit of everything from the hops. Pine needles, earth, spice, flowers, and a little bit of citrus bitterness. Bready malt and some toffee round out the nose.

Mildly hoppy, mainly earth and spice shining through before a rush of citrus and bready malt. The finish has some toffee notes with pine. The bitterness is pleasing. Never overpowering, pretty true to the style.

Creamy, full feel thanks to the cask. Low carbonation.

This was a nice little bitter that I wasn't expecting. Pretty authentic, good hop bill. Well-crafted.

09-15-2012 12:46:17 | More by ColForbinBC
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jenray

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21%

07-15-2012 22:37:08 | More by jenray
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 17:51:56 | More by Jspriest
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-03-2014 23:51:20 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Chester County Bitter has a dark golden body with a thin, spindly, tan head. Decent retention and lacing, the type you expect from a cask pour that is good, but not great.

The aroma has some fruity hops and bready malts to it.

The flavor has a noticeable hop bite to it, with zesty citrus and some other fruity hops. Slight bitterness and perhaps a touch of pine come from the hops also. The malt backbone balances nicely, and it is probably a little stronger than the hops. A very bready and grainy taste gives way to a bit of caramel-type sweetness. The beer finishes fairly dry.

The mouthfeel is light with fairly low carbonation.

I liked this one enough to have a couple pints of it. It's nice to find a tasty craft brew that is under 5% ABV, and a cask that is treated well is always a treat.

03-20-2011 15:32:36 | More by Hojaminbag
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-31-2012 03:15:29 | More by mdillon86
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

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...

09-10-2010 00:33:27 | More by philbe311
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-18-2014 22:11:55 | More by Durandal_777
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21%

12-08-2012 20:56:52 | More by justintcoons
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-05-2013 04:28:14 | More by Sludgeman
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

04-30-2014 02:34:41 | More by Drknight
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Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.