East Kent IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ark57 on 03-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2004 IPA Projoect: The EKG IPA was a nice light orange/amber colour mostly clear with a nice white collar of thick foam. Lacing is decent as well. In fact pretty much all of the IPA's looked *exactly* like this one, so now you know. Anyways the aroma of this IPA was pretty light and consisted of some slightly bready malts and hops. This brew reminded me of orange juice as the hops used were very citrusy and juicy. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was nice.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this the other night at the Drafting Room. Really a nice a IPA. Very interesting beer. Big bitterness with only EKG! That must of been a lot of hops. But EKGs are fantastic and make for a really flavorful beer. Nice spicy hop character with just a touch of mustiness. Really quite enjoyable.

However, and this is a big problem I've been having recently, I think its to big for the handpull. Its a good beer, but its fat and brashy from the hand pull. Too big to be drank so fresh in my humble opinion. Might also need some heftier carbonation to help balance out the big body on the handpulled version. Really too big here. I find myself liking smaller beers from the handpull these days...but I still wouldn't pass up a Storm King!

But this beer is certainly a nice example of a more traditional English IPA that is definately worth seeking out.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on the hand pump at Johnny Brenda's. It poured a deep amber color with a substantial long-lasting head and smooth carbonation. I loved the smell of the citrusy hops. There were lemon and orangish undertones to the hops glory. It is a smoother drink than many hoppy beers. I am beginning to appreciate the single-hopped brews and this is a good one. The taste is primarily hops with a bit of the malt or an anise-like flavor underlying it. The final alcohol hit is twinged with lemon. The mouthfeel is crisp with the bitter hit of the hops but with no high-alcohol feel. Drinkable from first sip to last and through the next two or three.

In comparison with Sly Fox's Amarillo IPA, this comes close, but I prefer the dryness of the Amarillo.

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Photo of stirgy
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bunkered down on a Friday night with a growler of SF’s latest IPA offering. This poured out very bright and clear and was amber orangey in color. The thinning head of foam couldn’t sustain itself for more than a few sips. The aroma is complex with fruits, bitter tannins, pine nuts and has a touch of mustiness. The taste is sweet and has a soft bitter bite that seems to creep up on you. Somewhat harsh and piney on the tongue. There’s an apparent fruit-like alcohol presence that reminds me of a cherry liqueur, like Kirschwasser. Light in malt presence that gets overwhelmed by the alcohol and some bitter grapefruit rind.

Overall, enjoyable, but not nearly as good as their Amarillo IPA. Seems like the beer needs a better hop blend and maybe some more sweet malt.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a pleasant floral hop scent. The taste is good. It has a grainy malt flavor with a mildly intense piney hop taste; quite nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent IPA, but nothing to brag to much about.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden orange pour topped in a healthy portion of cloudy white foam. Impressive out of the growler that sat for a few days. The aroma was nice and bitter. I like more citrus and grassy aromas in my IPAs, but this one was different. I liked the simplicity of the single hop.

It is very crisp and drinkable, and who would have thought that it was over 7%. Absolutely well hidden. The bitterness is very nice, but there is enough sweet malt flavor to balance. I definitely think that the East Kent hops by themselves provided a very different flavor than I can remember having in a long time. This was a very interesting and very good beer.

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Photo of nomad
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deeper amber color, this beer had an orange glow and a superb glassy appearance. Had little head despite decent carbonation and showed thin lace of strings and things.

Smell was predominantly grass and hay, strongly wafting on and on. Opened to small notes of lemon, funky dried herbs, and dry woody sense like a pile of broken twigs.

East Kent hops pack quite a punch and artful complexity - the beer begins earthy, spicy, and smoky and settles into a lemony, soapy, tannic dry yet nascently juicy. Opens to a great body of licorice and a moderate caramel malt base. Finish is chewable floral notes and minty juice with a rooty bitterness of red endives and chicory.

Damn, this hop is a complex bugger. Not sexy and obvious with those West Coast hops' citrus and arborous scents and flavors, but this English hop delivers a laundry list of its own clear and different notes. Decidedly complex and tasty in a very unique way. I really wish I had another growler of this, it was one of the most interesting beers of recent.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewpub filled growler - from the Philly Rally

An impressive two finger snap, krackle, pop head, considering the growler was first opened two days ago. It subsides into a table top, then a film, above a rich deep copper body. A fruity nose with a bit of peach. A thick malty rush across the tongue, with a rising tide of hop tingle, tickling the roof of the mouth. A pleasant tingling aftertaste It's thick and coating and just slides down the throat. A wonderful example of an inter-continental IPA, big and still English. One of series of IPAs at Sly Fox this year. Collect, or rather drink, them all.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend had a pint of this at the Philly BA Rally and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd take a growler home. This is unlike an IPA to me, save for the 7.2% ABV, which also seems lower. It's a very well hidden 7.2. Copper colored with a thin laced head. Sweet, fruity aroma with traces of the Goldings coming through. Flavor is very well balanced, though being the hophead I am, I like my IPA's to have a little more hop flavor than malt. This one is very malty, but is balanced well by traces of fruit and caramel. Finishes very bitter, though it is not the typical oily, piney hop bitterness. Faint alcohol in the finish as well. Not one of my favorite IPAs, but an interesting one nontheless.

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Photo of ark57
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second in the line of 9 IPAs that the Sly Fox will be releasing. It is brewed with all East Kent Golding hops. It is a light amber in colorwith a thin head and no lacing. There are grassy and pine aromas in the nose. The medium body is sweet and malty with a mellow bitterness in the finish. It is very well balanced. The bitterness is nice, but it does not stand out from the malts. It goes down too easy for its ABV.

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East Kent IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 10 ratings