Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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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
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
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Fresh from da SlyFox growlah pours a dark ruby coppery glow under a well capped tight tan cap that leaves lattice lace in me pint.
Pumpkin pie scents dominate the nose with some blended cinnamon bun spices. Reminds me of a mince meat pie, but its in me pint. Ooo!
First Swigs: Tastes meet up with the aromatic qualities. Some sweet maltiness opens way to pumpkin pie and pie crust flavors. Plenty mixed spices scooch around. Palatable cider notes bananas and Vanilla ice cream.
Plenty of soft carbonation. If this were a perfect Winter offering, the body could be a twinge heavier and a bit more than 5.7% ABV for the fireplace session would send me past the holidays and into 2005.
Last Swigs: A great Winter Warmer interpretation. Another great beer from Sly Fox. Kudos to Brian OReilly Special thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the offer. Reminiscent of Victory Festbier with more apple cinnamon.
Beer is good. Happy Holiday beering.
12-08-2004 04:09:36 | More by blitheringidiot
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
4.2/5 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
4.33/5 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
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured a clear and bright ruby-cherry color without any noticeable head. Cherries and sweet fruit in the aroma with an apparent nuttiness. The flavor is spicy and dry and not that overly sweet. Theres some light cocoa and roasted notes along with a bite of alcohol. Dry finish and easy to drink. Not bad at all, but not overly complex.
12-04-2003 02:09:41 | More by pezoids
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
4.4/5 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
4.7/5 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
Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.