Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +28.3%
Pours a clear copperish color, with a thin off-white head that holds well/leaves a good lace. The aroma is a combination of bread/biscuity malt, clove, spices and hints of cinnamon. The same on the palate with some spices, ginger bread, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, emm, balanced flavor and tasty. Emm this stuff is so good. Nice recommendation Nero.
12-14-2002 17:08:29 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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
4.4/5 rDev +16.4%
This spiced holiday beer is a favorite of patrons at The Grey Lodge Pub, and with good reason. It's a palish ale with holiday spices such as cinnamin and nutmeg. The interesting thing I noticed last night is that the spices hit you exactly where the hop end taste is in most beers.
11-26-2002 05:14:06 | More by Scoats
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
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
This is a very good spiced beer. I can only describe it as a pumpkin ale with less nutmeg, leaving you with cloves. Some other spices I cannot make out. Let's be honest. You can't taste the pumpkin in pumpkin ales. I feel somewhat weird rating it so highly, because I have had better beers which I have rated lower. But for what it is trying to be, I believe it deserves the rating. It smells very good. It looks good. It tastes good. It was very smooth to drink.
12-27-2003 01:47:56 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
2012 edition seems they change every year
Appearance- amber red with thick tan foamy head,
Smell- really getting alot of all those holiday spices, cinnamon ginger and nutmeg, certainly smells like xmas
Taste- this beer is very true to what it claims to be which is a christmas ale, you just taste all those afformentioned spices so much, tons and tons of cinnamin and ginger all day, one could argue maybe its slightly overspiced but i think for the style its where it should be your not blindly searching for the flavors,
Mouthfeel- medium bodied yet very smooth and creamy, nice feel with low carbonation
Drinkability/overall- this beer is not really one i probably would say is extremely drinkable only in that the spice is so strong but i would say its very enjoyable and I did like it, its one i think I would visit again ocassionally
11-16-2012 21:12:20 | More by Stunner97
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at my first venture to Sly Fox - Royersford on 01.15.05.
While I was initially skeptical towards trying this one, I was turned in a hurry. Impeccible in its copper appearance with just a faint hint of bubbles, this ine had me scratching my head from word "go." I took in hints of clove, cinnamon and a faint trace of mulling spices...rather warming, actually. The initial sip was hardly what I would have expected...hardly harsh, and very smooth. One of, if not the most drinkable of the Christmas brews I have sampled and, if nothing else, this Ale in particular will get me to re-visit this style again, going forward.
01-16-2005 00:18:01 | More by goindownsouth
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
This one pours a copper color with just a hint of ruby. There was a fairly decent head, with some lacing. Good aroma of mulled spices. There is a medium to slightly full malt body, with a strong, but not overdone taste of the spices. This was very good!
12-29-2003 21:46:56 | More by Boto
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
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
It came to me a lightly hazy ruby brown, with a finger of light tan head that settled in its own time to a thin frothy bed. Lacing was plentiful and graceful.
The aroma carried an initial brace of malt, sweet and with caramel, before there arrived a busy mix of banana, toasted nuts, and pie spice, notable for cinnamon, clove, mace, allspice, and nutmeg.
Upon sipping, the malt again came first, sweet with caramel and light berries. An edge of spice took over promptly, bringing forth all that was promised in the aroma, with the nutmeg and allspice a bit more prominent. A touch of vanilla cropped up, lending a nice step down from the savory spice character, before a pleasant, rounded bitterness lingered smoothly at the finish. While perhaps a but too autumnally spicy for some tastes, it still delivers a warm, seasonal flavor.
A touch south of medium bodied, the malt sweetness and present spiciness combine to give more weight on the palate than originally anticipated.
OK, so I'm going to confess right upfront that the spices I found to be a bit busy, and not necessarily an unconditional asset, but they were kept in check just enough to make the entire presentation a fun enterprise. Granted, I might not rush out to find more, but what I had went down smooth, and it was a nice departure on a hot summer night. So kudos again for a saucy Sly Fox offering.
07-11-2006 18:12:11 | More by Foxman
Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.