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Chester County Bitter - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Chester County Bitter
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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brutalist

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-01-2012 01:33:52 | More by brutalist
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.5%

08-28-2012 04:08:58 | More by tmars13
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

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

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-29-2012 15:40:04 | More by rfgetz
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-12-2012 21:43:02 | More by DSlim71
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axman

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-19-2012 22:27:47 | More by axman
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43%

02-13-2012 11:50:22 | More by gafferjohn
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-13-2012 07:44:09 | More by ithinkimasofa
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-01-2012 18:29:59 | More by RobertColianni
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-15-2012 17:59:42 | More by Mudawg
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-15-2012 04:14:26 | More by bkbergen
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +42.5%

12-04-2011 23:22:55 | More by VikeMan
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

11-30-2011 20:18:08 | More by OneEyedJack
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's not Fuller's IMHO but it's a very good attempt at an ESB from this local Chester County PA craft brewer.

Slyfox does a nice job branching out into the ESB world on this one. Nice blend of hops without being overbearing or too bitter.

The one slight complaint I would have would be that I felt the beer was overly carbonated. I like a little less for an ESB whereas I felt like this was carbonated like a summer pils or the like.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 16:31:56 | More by fishacura
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

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

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish golden brown in color with a ¼" creamy head that persists for quite a while. Sipping leaves scattered legs or lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and pleasant and includes some malt, some citrus zest and a touch of pine. While not strong the aroma is pleasant.

Taste: The flavors include the caramel and toffee from the malt, traces of citrus zest and fruit with some light earthy character. There is quite a nice balance of malt and hops here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth as silk with gentle but lasting carbonation. The finish is medium long with some ending hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed this one, finding that each sip followed naturally from the other. I certainly would be willing to have this one again. My overall impression is of a well made, thoroughly enjoyable beer that is well worth drinking.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2011 00:16:51 | More by drtth
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served from cask at McMinimens to mug a clear light amber to golden orange color with a fluffy white one finger head.

S: Bready and roasted malt with a sweetness of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Hops were orange peel and herbal with a touch of peppery spice in the nose. Looking for a bit more in the aroma but good.

T: Lightly toasted malt and fresh bread, some vanilla and toffee add a mild sweetness. Orange peel and grapefruit from some PNW hops with a spicy European hop finish. Chamomile bitterness is in there too which ways in more than the sweet maltiness.

M: Smooth and creamy, light to medium body. Subtle smooth carbonation as a good cask ale should have.

D: All round great session beer with a nice flavor and ease of drinkability.

Serving type: cask

01-07-2011 05:11:59 | More by scottbrew4u
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-13-2010 04:22:15 | More by Soonami
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

Serving type: cask

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

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firkin at the Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia for Friday the Firkinteenth, 13 August 2010.

A. Pours amber with a thin head.

S. Peppery hops and caramel on the nose.

T. Bitter upfront with light malt.

M. Thin to medium body with low level of carbonation (firkin).

D. This is a good easy drinker that won't challenge your taste buds. Good preparation for my most anticipated firkin beer of the night: DFH's 75 min.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2010 03:43:28 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2010 02:53:02 | More by tempest
Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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