Amarillo India Pale Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stirgy on 03-05-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the cask version of this at the Philly Rally. I really winning IPA. It poured a hazy, golden color with a huge white head that was long-lasting. There is the tremendous lacing expected from a good IPA. The bartender said that this was brewed from Amarillo hops, exclusively. It had a great aroma of hops that were flowery and slightly citrus. The taste is more rounded than I expected with the initial hops bitterness but with sweet citrusy finish. It was fresh and crisp in the mouth. This one screamed at me to have another so I had to obey. The second was as good as the first.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty orange color with slight haze in the glass and a whire head that rims the pint glass. Noce nose of orange/grapefruit hops and a slight honey sweetness to the nose. Orange rind and tangerine taste with a nice balence on the malt side. Nice smooth mouth with almost a marshmellow finish. It rapes the tongue with bitterness. A great example of teaching the tongue the effect of Amarillo hops in the boil. Solid and tasty in its abuse.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2007 Sly Fox IPA Project Day...
Appears an orange toned amber with a small head white fizz that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbs, minerals, weird cat urine, pine, and grapefruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...Amarillo is one of my favorite hops but it can be a bit peppery and overbearing at times. It does ok in this beer though.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, and dry.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light gold/amber in color with a good floral nose. I note a sweet flavor on the tongue at the start, but the finish gives way to a more bitter taste with sweet undercurrents. It is a very drying beer for my palate, leaving me thirsting for more. I also note a peppery flavor accompanying the sweet. It is a very interesting combination.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale/light crystal malt scent with an intense floral hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a good malt and hop balance. It boasts of mostly pale and light crystal malts with an awesome hop flavor; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good IPA. It has good balance and hop qualities.

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Photo of stirgy
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this fresh from the tap at their brewpub. This is a beautiful beer on all counts. Very bright and clear, orangey iced tea in color. Fluffy head of white foam, well carbonated. This beer is brewed only with Amarillo hops and is their second out of nine anniversary beers (Rt. 113 IPA was the first according to the bartender) – which are being brewed one a month for nine months to celebrate nine years of their brewpubs success. This is an absolute winner – the Amarillos create a wonderfully pungent and musty aroma. Floral, sweet and earthy. There’s a hint of caramel and chocolates, also.

The taste is sublime, with sweet and creamy malt texture, buttery and nutty. There’s no avoiding the citrus hop bitterness in the finish, it's assertive and overwhelms the tongue. This is a 7 percenter, but you can not tell. The alcohol is well masked. Being a homebrewer, this beer just impresses me. I love this varietal hop experiment - it really shows the characteristics of the particular hop being used, and I think they are balanced very well in this beer. Perfect bitterness, strong musty aroma and they compliment the solid malt body very well. They work wonders in this beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light orange/amber colour mostly clear with a nice white collar of thick foam. Lacing is decent as well. The aromas of this brew are juicy and subtle, but one cannot think of Amarillos without thinking of Yards or more importantly three floyds. Unfortunately the hops seem to have died down a bit in this keg of brew, and as such the usually palate crushing Amarillo hops take on a much more subtle nature in this IPA. The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good as always. Nice, but not the best.

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Photo of nomad
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a copper color that is orangey with a rustic burnish. Small head but well carbonated underneath by right-sized bubbles. Decent lace.

Smells of an earthy, almost musty, presence that is as equally floral, too. Husky notes of pine waft as well as a tart and seedy fruitiness most akin to raspberry. Has a rough and roasty core to the body of scents.

Tastes of husky hops sending my tongue down a rollicking ride of roasty biting. Earthy but also resplendent of pine notes coming close to chalkiness as it built up. Opens to strong flavors of hickory and raspberry seeds supported by a tiny fruit sweetness. Overall, a chewy IPA full of earthy, piney, and big roasty flavors of hops. I want to say it tasted very "brown" to me - interpret as you wish. Guess this is what Amarillo tastes like through and through, and it did go very well with BBQ ribs. Right-on moderate mouthfeel and justly carbonated for the style.

Sly Fox makes great beers, without a question, and this first in a line of Varietal IPAs is a good start. Interesting to see the bittering, flavoring, and aroma capacities of one hop by itself, especially one as relatively uncommon as Amarillo. That said, this hop does not stand well by itself. Its aroma is musty and fine, but nowhere near as alluring as many other high-alpha varieties. The flavor is rough and characterful but not compelling. Its bittering qualities are excellent, though, giving you plenty of chewy and complex bitterness without palette-tearing dryness or acidity. Now I see why Amarillo is often used only as a compliment to Centennial, Cascade, or other hops known for leading the grain bill. Not one I'd go back to, but a hint of great things to come from Mr. O'Reilly in 2004 - next up is an East Kent and then a Centennial IPA.

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Amarillo India Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 8 ratings