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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003

This Abbey-style Quadruple brewed with German Pils and Roast malts and dark candi sugar, hopped with German Tradition hops. Luscious and seductive, Ichor is brewed for both the body and the soul. This beer will improve with careful aging but is ready to drink now.
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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 169
Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky brownish orange, light near white head. Not much lace.

S - I get mostly Belgian yeast and not much more. A little juicy fruit and spice.

T - Lush fruit and malt, not quite quelled by hops.

M - Medium body, good carb, faults to the sweet.

D - Nice beer. High ABV and sweet nature not so sessionable.

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Photo of lpayette
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- On the darker side I'd say when it comes to quads- pretty much brown with a ruby hue. The head is on the small side but manages some lacing. Could use more carbonation, especially considering it's in a corked 750ml bottle package.

Smell- Lots of raisins and phenols. Apple peal/over-ripened apple. Medicinal/herbal notes (think jagermeister, but not overpowering and horrible). Spicy with a good dose of alcohol to boot. Took me a while to figure it out, but licorice- obvious once you do.

Taste- Very very medicinal/herbal, especially when warm. Almost minty at times, but mostly just an intense LICORICE flavor. Interesting- for sure, but not what I see as being good for the style. Noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- I think this could use a bit more carbonation- a little lacking in that department. Full-bodied, but this beer seems to be at odds with itself- not quite sure what it wants to do.

Drinkability- OK on the drinkability scale. There are better quads out there for sure. The new releases from Harpoon and Smuttynose do better I think at a lower price. If you like black licorice though you'll probably love this beer.

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Photo of cbl2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 750 mL bottle.


Pours a very still, almost noncarbonated ruby brown. Mostly opaque, only faint traces of light seep through. No head. No lacing.


Sweet belgian candied sugar coupled with earthen tones of mushrooms, overripe fruit and intense alcohol. I'm slightly congested though, so not 100% on this.


Still, and slightly viscous with a sweet syrupy quality to it. Apples and tropical fruit mingle with a heady alcohol sensation that warms as it trickles down the throat. Definitely a sipping beer, this would make a nice aperifit, as it shares some characteristics with a botrysized wine.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes... Poured 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Served at recommended temperature.

A) This is a dark brown, nearly black. I poured a bit aggressively, which led to a little over 2 fingers of off white head. The head dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S) Roasted malt and yeast. Dark fruits, kind of like burnt raisin. There's some spice in there too. A touch of chocolate. Alcohol is also detected.

T) Fairly close to the nose, but I just enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor. This isn't just all sweetness, as far as flavor. There was a little hop bitterness on the backend. I found it quite earthy/woody. Some alcohol warmth as well.

M) The body seemed medium to me, with carbonation that seemed comparable to other quads I've had. I'd say it's pretty smooth and slightly coating.

O) I don't work quads into my beer rotation nearly as frequently as several other styles, but I do know which quads I've enjoyed immensely. This does not fall into that category. That said, it is pretty good, and is worth a try.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany with red tones, 1/4 inch of foam that eventually left just pools of tiny bubbles

S - nice aroma of cherries and a bit of woodiness in the background

T - really tasty cherry flavor with some malty background, and a nice alcoholness to it that reminded me this was a quad.

M/D - It is lacking pretty much any carbonation, but the taste is pretty fantastic. Its easy to drink, but maybe too easy at the ABV :)

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Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: unibroue snifter, the beer pours a thick sheet of cream colored carbonation, great retention and some light lace

s: dark plummy malts, toasted sugar, aged earthy citrus hops, spicy booze, mild yeasty phenols, a decent quad overall with good fruit but a touch dull in character

m: carbonation lively at first, gradually smoothing as it sits, body medium with a nice slickness

t: sweet malt fruits, plum preserves, raisin purée, toasted sugars, papery noble hops, sugary to begin but drying well in the finish, leathery fruit skins, sweet alcohol, spicy yeast influence, maybe some light chocolate

d: a nice quad, alcohol on the strong side but manageable

750 from Wegmans, Williamsport, PA

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Reddish brown with a small frothy head and a small,sticky lace.
The aroma is of fruits,some malts,grapes and alcohol with some yeast tones.
The taste is basically sweet,fruits,grapes and a touch of caramel. I sensed the flavors came out more once it warmed. The caramel and fruit really popped,but so did the alcohol.
The feel was smooth,light carbonation and almost wine like.
It was not a light body beer,it was about medium to light-heavy.
The alcohol was not well masked and this really did hurt the beer,just not my thing.
It could have been more carbonated,but it was still an above average beer.

Notes: Good brew,alcohol sensation could be tamer.
I liked this and wisely had this beer as my last for the day while at the "Eden of Ales".

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Steve and crew, 25oz into a few snifters.

Pours a very dark brown, some dark burgundy shades in there. Not truly opaque, but comes close enough. Bright white head. Nose has some heavy, dark vinous notes, a general dryness about it too. Vinous and candied. Taste has some alcohol right off the bat, dark fruits, sweet and warming with some brown sugar and candied notes again. Full bodied but quite sweet, almost cloyingly so. Nice overall, but the sweetness could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Let's hope this is better than the spice bomb that was Incubus.

A- Loud cork pop with gunsmoke. The pour is fairly viscous looking, and 2 fingers of eggshell colored, tight head that takes time in settling. Good carbonation is evident in sides. The brew is a mix of dark brown and mohagony, very nice. No lace.

S- Nose is real fruity. Plum, raisin, and dates come to mind. Several whiffs in brings caramel and Mary Jane malt aromas. The alc is completely masked.

T- The flavor may be fruitier than the nose. Mostly plums and dates like in the aroma. Almost a cherry syrup sweetness too. Small flavors of cola. Not enough malt profile in flavor for a quad though. It does come in slightly as beer warms but very faint.

M- Body is medium with good carbonation. A little syrupy as well.

O- This was deffinitely better than their tripel, and a fairly drinkable quad. For 10%, this honestly feels more like 6-7. Not as much complexity as other quads, or malt as I'd like but I would have again and have my less experienced friends try this.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Drink by date of 2/14/2012.

A- Pours a dark burgundy. When held into light, shows great clarity and amber hues. Produced a thin layer of white. Reduced to a ring upon consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Potent nose. Lots of ripe figs and raisins along with sweet candied malts. The aroma is there, just lacking a bit in complexity.

T- Honestly, this almost is like drinking fig juice (or at least how I imagine it would taste). Upfront the taste packs a huge wallop of dark fruits. Caramel malts and fruit juices give off quite the sweet finish. Much like the aroma, almost spot on, just lacking some complexity.

M- It's unfortunate, but this part of the beer had a negative impact on the taste. Way too thin for a quad. Somewhat undercarbonated as well. To be successful this beer needs to be much more viscous.

D- Drinkability suffers from the thin, undercarbonated mouthfeel and the lack of complexity in the taste. The sweetness in the taste grows and over time becomes overplayed and tiresome. There needs to be more going on to cut it.

Overall, the common theme I noticed is that the basic flavors and aromas are there, but just not complex enough to put this beer on the next level. The sweetness in this beer is unchecked and too one dimensional...not too mention the ridiculously thin mouthfeel. With some changes this beer has potential.

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Photo of drinknewbelgium
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance dark mahaganony almost with very little head smells of apple and alcohol tastes of apple and candi sugar with nice hops and completed by alcohol flavors the mouthfeel is thin for a quadrupel but is good for a domestic representation id say i could a 750 bottle then wait a few days and have any more

comments yea this is a recommendation nice interpretation of a belgian

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for this one!
My first from Sly Fox!

Very dark ruby-brown colored liquid. One-finger head of very loose off-white colored foam. Minimal retention, but quite decent lacing.

Big malty nose. Smells sweet and delicious. Lots of fruity esters. Dark fruit and just a touch of burnt caramel. Dried cherries. Oaky, with a hint of smoke. Lots of raisins.

Much like the nose. Big maltiness, here. Huge notes of dark fruits. Raisins and cherries, mostly. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Hints of caramel and candi sugars. Nice light pepperey spice in the finish.

Medium to full-bodied. Nice and creamy smooth. Very good carbonation level.

Nice and easy to drink, but the strength of it, combined with the sweet maltiness of it, would prevent most persons from drinking more than one.
Very good Quad, nice representation of the style. Sly Fox, I'd like to know you better.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this beer once before at the Kelso Cask Festival a few months back. My mouth was overwhelmed that day by the unholy amount of Green Flash Imperial IPA I was drinking, so I didn't really get it. This time, I really did, on tap at The Gate for a Sly Fox festival.

Ichor is a thick black mass of delicious, lightly carbonated brew. It has fruit, vanilla, and some spice going on and the carbonation is light and tasteful. This beer is really immense at 10% ABV and it definitely catches up with you as you drink it. A nice pint glass full of this really set me straight. Sly Fox shows their strength here in making beers that are balanced yet opinionated, and it was cool to see a Hop forward beer and a Malt forward beer back to back. (Consumed after a Sterling IPA Project IPA). I sat on the Ichor for a while and talked a whole bunch of shit while it just got smoother and mellower, and the heavier aspects crept up as time went on, some caramel appeared, and then fruit took over. Great brew.

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Photo of kenito799
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8 oz pour at South Philly Tap Room.

The caveat with this richly complex brew is that the keg seems to have gone flat, so the beer might not show nearly as well as possible. I liked it enough that I will certainly give it another try if I come across it on tap or in the bottle, when I get the chance. The sample I had was delivered to me with no head at all. A very dark beer with maroon and purple highlights when held to the light. Good Belgian quad aromas of root beer, cola, cherries and spice waft from the glass. Carbonation not absent when drinking, but certainly subdued, and at least a bit more would have elevated what is a rich, heavy style. The bright spiciness and winey cherry fruit kept the beer surprisingly drinakble, however. A wonderfully complex interplay of rich flavors. I hope to try a better sample someday.

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Photo of mentor
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Beerbeing ala BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. Hard pour earns a thin layer of light brown head. Flat. Super dark browsn and clear-brown edgings when held to light. Smells chocolate and a touch of belgian funk. Burnt grains, plums, mildly of toffee, cheery sour. Some alcohol sting that's clean of fusels.

Tastes belgian funky with chocolate. Belgian candy sugar. Sweet. Plum wine stingy. Swet malt hangs on the tongue due to the thick body., but the chocolate is drying, as is the alcohol sting. Still on the sweet though. Touch of cherry sour.

Thick mouthfel and nearly absent carbonation. But, the lack of carb was not disturbing. Pretty tasty, but not something I'll seek out again. I'm glad I shared half of the 750 ml bottle with my wife.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer of my new project, the Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing. I picked up this bottle when I was home visiting my folks in PA over the Christmas weekend. Every time I visit the local Wegman's, I'm impressed by their beer selection. There was a handful of Sly Fox beers available, but this Quadrupel was the one that caught my attention. Low on the IBU scale (20 IBU) and high on the alcohol scale (10%), this year-round brew is one I'm going to sit down for.

The Ichor pours a dark cola color, not quite black, but pretty close to it. There is a couple fingers of lively tan-colored foam, which leaves behind a mild amount of lacing. Throughout the entire 750mL brew there is always a continuous stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of my Duvel tulip glass.

The nose isn't as sweet as I expected, it's a very mild blend of candies, molasses and I think I'm getting a little vanilla too. It's not as bold as some Quads I remember, but it's definitely not unimpressive either.

On the palate the Ichor is a little more impressive than in the nose. As expected there is a lot of different malty sweet components kicking around, with some candy sugars, some mild fruitiness, and a little bit of that vanilla/toffee note I detected earlier. Overall it's pretty complex, but still quite drinkable. Normally I would sit down with a Quad like this to share with someone, but I think I'll manage to take care of this one by myself tonight!

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Photo of BloodySamFlint
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of 750ml Corked bottle,
A- Pours Murky dark chocolate brown, Zero Carbonation leading to no head.
S-Hint of spicy alcohol, chocolate and apple maybe?
T-rich malts, and the high alcohol content is well hidden, doesnt really make me think of a Quad, but pretty good.
M-smooth, but the lack of carbonation really hurts the score.
D- Not a session beer because of the 10% abv but not that hard to drink.

Quads are my favorite, from my experience this isnt a good representation of the Style. The carbonation factor really killed the score for me. It does taste good, and the smell is definitely the best quality of this beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abbey style quad.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a slight off white fizzy head that soon dispersed.

S: The nose was fruity with fresh cherries and faint smoky woody tones along with dried fruit and alcohol.

T: The initial flavor was fruity and sweet with fresh cherries, caramel and dried fruit (raisins, prunes). There was a nice Belgian yeastiness as well. Finishes sweet, malty with some candi-sugar sweetness.

M: very smooth and soft carbonation provides a wine like texture and palate on the tongue. A fruity cherry finish with some alcohol warming.

D: Good drinkability and worth checking out but falls short when compared to Belgian quads.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for the chance to taste this ale. Shared w/ octopus87 decanted into a La fin du monde tulip cool.
A - The cork emits a high pitched 'poit' as it is pulled from the neck. Shades of raisins and date, a kind of dark caramel brown. The head appears and vanishes like whack-a-mole. The color of medium strength coffee as the liquid settles the head has a fine bead.

S - Very port and sherry-like aromas w/ raisin essence and dark candy sugar w/ a coriander and clove spiced essence Vinous aromas w/ tropical fruit esters and a bit of fusel odors. The nutty belgian malts peak out from under the boozy aroma.

M - Rich, sweet, candy-like, boozy and smooth. Harly a hint at the potency it contains. Sweet and spicy as it rolls down. Slightly low in the carbonation dept, but the feel suffers only minimally.

T - A big dose of sweetness w/ a brandy-like dryness in taste. Candy sugar and dry husky, lighty toasty malt w/ fruit and spice essence. Slightly oily w/ it's slick malty and light roasted taste w/ a woody aspect. Rum like as it warms w/ a subtle alcoholic bit. Sweet toasty as it comes to the smooth finish.

D - A bruiser it packs a wallop w/ concealed intensity. Half of the 750ml is a meal in itself. I love it, but a glass is filling a full of flavor, Prost!

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a sticky off white head that finally settles over deep red clear liquid. Nose has a depth of Belgian character to it: sweet candi sugar, strong maltiness, yeast esters. Taste is heavy, sweet at first, and quite alcoholic. Maltiness gives way to some dark fruitiness, rum & brown sugar. A taste of a winey note pops up near the end. Finishes long and heady, drying slightly after swallowing. A good interpretation of a Belgian Quadruple.

A big "Thank You" to rotsaruch for the bottle!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke this one out in a tasting with treyrab last weekend...review from notes. It was my first time trying this beer.

A: Dark brown copper color with a thin film of head, even with an aggressive pour. A thin golden lining around the edge of the glass when held up to light.

S: very yeasty, cloves are evident, but most striking is the sweetness! It smells like a big sweet malty sugar ball...which is a terrible image to describe it, but use your imagination...

T: Cidery flavors meld with a yeasty and malty sweetness. Dark fruits complement the flavor, and there is a hint of warming alcohol in the finish.

M/D: medium carbonation and medium to heavy texture. Lighter for a quad, but the alcohol starts to hit you hard towards the end of the bottle. I couldn't drink too many of these without falling asleep.

Tasted again on 7/5/10. Same batch as the first sampling. I bought the bottle at the same time. Usually the aroma of alcohol mellows with time. Not so with this one. The nose is ethanol to the point that it smells like 80 proof liquor. The taste is about the same as it was with relatively little alcohol presence, and the fruits even come out more with age. Dropping aroma to 3.5 from 4.0 initially.

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Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head that falls relatively quickly without any lace.

The smell is sweet, dark fruit and a mild bit of alcohol.

The taste is cola and more of the dark fruit like plums & raisins. There is a waft of alcohol that comes back up through the nose after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is medium towards full with ample carbonation and a fairly high level of sweetness.

Overall: This leans in the direction of a very good quad. I am enjoying this while thinking this doesn't quite measure up to Rochfort 10 or S. Bernardus 12. It's unfair in a way but it does have some of the same nice qualities.

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Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for popping this one tonight. Thus far I have not had anything from Sly Fox that I enjoyed, but this changed my mind!

A: Pours a dark, rusty copper brown with a solid one finger head, but that does not last for more than 30 seconds. This is opaque, but only because it is dark, as it is pretty clear, not hazy.

S: Smell is very sweet and complex with tons of dark candi sugar. The yeast spice makes its presence shown as well, accompanied by incredibly sweet, bananas...like the kind that have been sitting on the counter for a week.

T: So incredibly sweet like a bag of sugar. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs, prunes and red grapes really make their showing here. The candi sugar sweetness comes in as well as the spiciness.

Overall, this was a solid Quad. I prefer my quads to be more on the dry side, and this was way beyond sweet. But good nonetheless.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA.

A: deep mahogany color, clear, head dissipated quickly
S: dark fruits, jam-like, leathery, cidery hints
T: mellow, sweeter, cloying, leather, dark fruit
M: well-balanced, mellow
O: overall I thought about rating this beer lower but after contemplating on the style, it's not bad, a well-aged quad

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. This quad is darker than expected with a modest off-white head. The body is cola colored with very little light bleeding through. Smells pretty potent and appetizing. Dark fruit notes and a heathy dose of spicy begian yeast. Palate follows the nose closely and is suprisingly not very boozy. This brew impressed me with it's drinkability and was very enjoyable.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.