IPA | Fox Brewery Ltd

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Brewed by:
Fox Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 09-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by beerdrifter:
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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Hazy copper-orange pour with two finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is very fruity with lots of cider, bread dough, and cloves with a hint of banana and a decent caramel malt backbone. Had this been a blind tasting I would have bet the house that it was a Weizen. With that said, the taste gets into more traditional British IPA territory. A solid, tangy, bitter, fresh hop bite with hints of tea and a touch of metal. As it warms, the sweet caramel malt emerges along with a fruity apple finish and a bit of sour brett taste as well. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy, but didn't hurt the drinkability all that much. Clean, crisp and refreshing finish. A unique but solid version of a British IPA.

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy gold-hued amber, with a huge, firm, frothy white head. This falls to a thick cap and is kept in place by plenty of streamers.

S - Lemon, grapefruit, slightly mustyness, grassiness, some pear.

T - Grainy malts appear upfront, with some fruity sweetness in the background. The citrus appears, before a slight metallic sourness takes over, although it's an interesting flavour rather than being unpleasant. Citrus comes out again at the end, along with a caramel flavour and a bit of dustiness. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

M - Medium body and active carbonation. Quite creamy from the middle out.

D - The carbonation hampers the ease of consumption to a certain degree, but nevertheless, it's a tasty offering. Recommended.

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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle-conditioned beer from the Real Ale beershop in Richmond, London. Coming in a traditional brown pint-size bottle, the BB date is June 2006.

A: in a goblet it pours a classic amber colour, with a rather thin beer head full of medium and small bubbles; fine and constant carbonation detected.
S: deeply-running fruity aroma of orange-rind + fresh passion-fruit upfront, plus lightly sweetish nutty note and an understated diacetyl aroma revealing later. Quite refreshing and not as aromatic and heavy as an American IPA, yet I'd say it's equally nice, for a 5.2%abv. beer.
T: first hitting the palate is an aromatic as well as slightly sour fruity flavour of malts, with stimulating citrusy and floral hops developing in the mouth, against a smooth but a bit sour, nutty-malt body. A little touch of butterscotch flavour is left in the end, while the underlying herbal bitterness combined with a deeply zesty texture gathers force towards the finish.
M: the mouthfeel is overall very lively thanks to the constantly mild-fizzy body, while the palate remains quite clean, even a bit dry, if posed vis-a-vis the heavily-hoppy body (for an English beer).
D: a very bitter pale ale it is; I like this beer a lot but somehow I can't quite grasp the fact that it's meant to be an IPA... Perhaps most IPAs I've tried are American products and have much bolder and assertive characters (not least because of much more aromatic hops), and this one is almost like a more hoppy version of English strong bitter: pretending to be bold but remaining subtle. Whichever style it's meant to be, I recommend it to all bitter-lovers.

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IPA from Fox Brewery Ltd
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3 ratings