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Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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85
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-24-2002)
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Reviews by ccrida:
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ccrida

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%

2013 version of the 750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into my new Steelers shaker pint for xmas. Appearance is caramel brown with a light tan head leaving light sticky lace.

Smell is sweet malt and mulling spices, exactly as advertised.

Taste is pretty good, surprisingly! I find spiced beers tend to be heavy handed, especially with the strong nose, but the integration and balance are pretty good. Somewhat lithe in fact.

Mouthfeel is light and very dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid Xmas beer with just enough spice to bring the cheer without the pain! Still, one 750 is enough for me, for the year.

12-25-2013 19:54:12 | More by ccrida
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Another great offering from Sly Fox pours a deep red with some copper tints with a real nice fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing on its way down,aroma is of allspice and cinnamon with some light metallic hints.A real fine tasting brew cinnamon is the dominant taste I get with some light allspice notes a nice malty/bready backbone to makes it very appetizing.Gotta growler of it and now enjoying at home.

12-23-2003 22:55:56 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-10-2013 19:26:41 | More by aszatk01
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-17-2014 10:54:22 | More by tectactoe
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

08-18-2014 17:58:51 | More by GameOfBeers
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Billolick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12 ounce can, Best By 03/24/14 printed on the bottom of the can.

Pours darker amber, minor khaki head, leaving a smattering of fine bits of scattered lacing.

Cinnamon dominates the nose as well as the palate. Hints of ginger but mostly cinnamon and more cinnamon. Too much cinnamon. Meh, not my favorite winter warmer, over spiced and under malted.

02-06-2014 03:16:54 | More by Billolick
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JC333

New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-16-2013 00:18:29 | More by JC333
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-04-2014 02:04:27 | More by tdm168
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fester71

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-19-2011 00:53:21 | More by fester71
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%

I haven't had a beer that's really turned my head in a while, but this is one of them. The body is a clear auburn topped by a thin, creamy ivory head that holds quite well and leaves some lace throughout the glass. The aroma entices you with a combination of lightly sweet biscuity malt & gentle spices (cinnamon & ginger) that's reminiscent of gingerbread. The body is medium with a very fine & moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth & creamy in the mouth. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, starting with a soft biscuity malt that reveals some sweeter caramel/toffee and light chocolatey notes as it warms and the mild spices start to appear. But the true spice character appears just as you swallow, with a vast array of flavors bursting forth including cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, nutmeg and clove. This is where the beer offers some complexity - certain spices will appear more clearly to you with each further sip. The spices continue to swirl about the mouth in a gently lingering aftertaste that generally dries with some clove character. Hop bitterness is well-heeled to allow the spice to do its job. Amazingly well-done for such a difficult style. The spice is fresh and vibrant, yet delicate. Restrained balance is obvious, and the way that the spice flavors play-off of the malt character is exquisite. An exceptional holiday treat. I may have to find myself some holiday shopping to do in Phoenixville so that I can get another growler before it's all gone! Absolutely worth seeking out.

11-24-2002 14:00:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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PatDreadful

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Sam Adams Snowflake Pint.

Appearance: A very nice copper color with an ENORMOUS head that rises up to almost four fingers. Very nice job.

Smell: Strong yeast aroma with overwhelming spice notes. Ginger, plums, nutmeg and cloves dominate the nose as one is instantly transported to a Christmas kitchen filled with cookies and and fig pudding. Very welcoming!

Taste: Follows the nose with the addition some black licorice notes lingering in the background. There is a very strong maltiness that serves as a wonderful canvas for all of these flavors. The spice is a tad bit harsh and would benefit from some age.

Mouthfeel: This is where the this beer really shines. A milky body that is very enjoyable. Perfect for sipping by the tree.

02-17-2012 00:01:30 | More by PatDreadful
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -37.8%

2005 Bottle

Appearance: Festive brownish red, with a head of compact bubbles.

Smell: DMS Buttered popcorn aroma, you'd think this was brewed by Orville Redenbacher, if he were also baking banana bread.

Taste: Gingerbread men, pumpkin pie, banana bread. Don't get me wrong, I love all of those things, but just maybe not all blended together in liquid form. The spices were way too harsh and I just couldn't get over the smell.

03-10-2006 00:43:19 | More by Goldorak
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-17-2013 02:02:40 | More by apasternak
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-02-2012 17:26:23 | More by mdillon86
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14%

01-06-2014 19:52:08 | More by mendvicdog
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-10-2013 23:15:20 | More by Dreamer
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19%

11-19-2012 17:14:27 | More by jjd315
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Christmas in July! Woo-hoo!
I don't even know why I ordered this. I know they were still trying to get rid of this nearing February and this seems to be the final attempt to salvage some bucks. At least they didn't just try to call it something else and hope that no one noticed. In any case...
Appears a dark amber with a tan head that fizzles out within a minute. Tiny lacing is left behind.
Smell is of a red ale that has lots of gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.
Taste is that of the smell with a malty sweetness complimenting the spices.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied and warming.
Drinkability is good. This is obviously much better suited for a winter offering. This makes me think of wearing a sweater in the Northeast cold and warming up by the fire.

07-30-2005 15:17:21 | More by weeare138
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djgustafson

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-27-2014 19:03:04 | More by djgustafson
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.1%

12-01-2013 03:00:03 | More by crowsnest
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a deep brown color from a cork finish 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and molasses flavors, as well as all spice. Malty and fairly sweet, but kind of balanced by the spices. Lively carbonation. Nice Christmas beer. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is clean and smooth with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

12-27-2012 22:33:24 | More by SeamusDoyle
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-08-2014 02:35:36 | More by scottbrew4u
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-02-2014 21:03:56 | More by NJBeer265
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Another Xmas in July Beer, courtesy of Scoats.

This had a huge, foamy tan head above a deep caramel brown color. It had an odd nose of malt, but underlain with a vinegar sharpness. It had a light to medium mouthfeel. It ws very malty in the mouth, but with a spicy bite like cinnamon and nutmeg, and perhaps allspice. As the beer warmed, the spices became more prevalent, both in the mouth and on the finish. This was very reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, with all of the spices going on.

07-11-2005 02:56:05 | More by woodychandler
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-20-2013 14:01:57 | More by bigeyedfish89
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Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.