Fuggles IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bmills1608 on 10-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at Andy's Corner Bar. One of the Sly Fox IPA projects that I had the pleasure to sample. This beer was nothing spectacular however I did enjoy the pint.

A- Cloudy amberish orange gold color. Cream colored head, tan lacing.

S- Smell was bready and biscuity. I was expecting more hop bite here but still pleasant on the nose.

T- Here is where the hops came through. Pine/citrus hops, bitter, caramel undertones, medicinal finish.

M- Rich and creamy IPA, medium bodied, heavy on the stomach.

D- This is not a sessionable IPA, but enjoyable nonetheless. Nothing crazy going on, but surely a nice English IPA.

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Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was able to try this Sly Fox beer during High Street Grill's Sly Fox Hop Project pormo night on 6/17/2008. They served it to me in a standard Sly Fox pint glass.

At first this appeared to be a dark reddish brown color, but when it was held up into the light it was actually a golden amber color. I like the reddish brown a little better, but this color wasn't too shaby. Sitting on top of this beer was good 1/2 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind little white foamy rings and a lagre amount of white streaks of lace around the glass.

I found out that the aroma to this hoppy beer wasn't all that hoppy. It was more of a medium sized hoppy aroma with biscuit malts, a hint of sweet toffee, citrus hops, a splash of pine, and a few citrus fruits hiding in the background.

This is one of those hoppy beers that doesn't start out very hoppy, but as the taste rolls on it get's hoppier. It starts off with biscuit malts and a hint of toffee, but soon after the toffee, that's where the hop train starts. This hop train contains bitter citrus hops, a hint of pine needles, a speck of grapefruit, and a splash of citrus fruits. As you can tell, all the other flavors after the citrus hops are small. Sometimes it was hard to point them out in the taste because the hops didn't want to get off its high horse.

The mouthfeel to this hoppy beer was medium bodied with a light to medium sized hoppy aftertaste of biscuit malts, a splash of pine needles, and dried citrus hops. Surprisengly, this hoppy aftertaste doesn't last that long in your mouth.

Overall, it was nice not overly hopped IPA. I thought it could have used a touch more pine and citrus fruits, but it was still very good at where this beer is. I think this one was more of a session highly hopped IPA (if there is such a thing). I guess that's why I ordered 3 of them.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much Thanks to Dr Jay for sending this one my way! Thanks to you I have been able to get ahold of all of these great releases so far this year! This one poured out much like the rest with a very nice and very clear amber color. Decent one inch of white foam on top settled down rather quickly, simply leaving behind a nice white crown that left some decent lacing down the sides. A good amount of carbonation could be seen as well.

The aroma was rich with piney hops. Very fresh with a nice floral quality to it. Not extremely biting or harsh in anyway, rather this was very nicely balanced with a touch of a light grain and earthy quality. Translated well over to the flavor with a nice rich, hop presence that came at you right away. Lots of resin like flavors, pine, with hintso f orange. A nice touch of earthy malts in the middle and a long, drawn out dry finish. Great mouth feel, with good carbonation and a medium bodied feel.

Overall this was definitly a keeper. I have a hard time seeing this one at 7% as it was rediculously smooth and I had no trouble at all polishing off the entire growler. I am loving these slyfox IPA's, each one unigue and awesome!

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like the other Sly Fox IPAs - crystal clear and an orange/amber colour with off-white head, some lacing, good retention. Aroma is all fuggles and fairly mild, a little spicy with a bit of citrus, plus a little biscuity malt too. Bitterness was strong, but the mellow character of the fuggles really kept it from being forceful. Spicy up front with bitter citrus rind near the finish. Bitterness lingered, along with a bit of caramel and biscuit, plus spicy hops and a hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied, carbonation was average, maybe a little low due to being poured from a growler. Slightly drying. I really like fuggles, so I thought this was great stuff. Highly drinkable, very enjoyable. And it worked really well in a single hopped beer.

Update: Had a pint of this at the brewpub a few days ago. I still think fuggles is a great hop for a single hop beer. The aroma was even better than I remembered, so I increased the score by 0.5.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 are all fuggles hops and again a nice, soft biscuity maltiness. The use of fuggles in this beer are very interesting, and really set it apart from the EKG and SG IPA's. The dry, lower acid British hops used in this brew make is more reminiscent of a Fullers esb or any milder British brew like it. The taste is clean, pure, and refreshing, and the mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. This Fuggles IPA is the best single hopped fuggles brew that I have had to date. It certainly massacres this shipyard Fuggles rendition. Nice stuff.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in for a growler of the most recent of the single-hopped Anniversary IPAs. This one was not my favorite, but it was another beauty. It poured a medium amber color with a whitish medium sized head with considerable lacing.

The aroma was milder than many of the other IPAs but was still a hoppy treat for the nose with hints of citrus, spices, and sweet malts.

The taste was less hoppy than most of the other single-hopped offerings, probably due to the nature of the Fuggles itself, but I'm not expert enough to know if that's really true. There was a definite taste of sweet malt in the first sip with some fruity elements kicking in before the hops finishes with a slight bitterness.

The overall feel in the mouth was indicative of an IPA with an almost mouth-puckering bitterness and dryness. Given the balanced nature of the beer (I usually like the really hoppy IPAs), this beer was eminently drinkable. The growler was empty before I knew it. This was probably my least favorite of Anniversary IPAs, but it was distinguished effort.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the nine anniversary IPAs released during the year. Nice orange color with a 1" head. Some mild lacing developed during the drink. The aroma is slightly tamer than expected, as malt and some light hops are picked up by the nose. Flavor wise the malt and bitterness are up front, while a light grainy feeling enveloped the tongue. Barely any citrus with this style IPA.

The mouthfeel was smooth and finished with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Medium bodied. Very drinkable and a good session IPA as flavors are right on and the higher alcohol level is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last (I believe) of the Anniversary IPA'a. Deep orange amber color, extremely clear. Average size head, about a finger thick.

On the nose - Somewhat muted aromas of hay, very slight grapefruit rind, dandylions and herbs. Also evident was that distinctive Sly Fox caramel/candied malt sweetness. Overall however, the aroma was restrained.

Taste was balanced and full. Flavors of crystal malt, hard candy and a little fruit start things off and are followed quickly by a strong, fairly sharp bitterness. The fuggles bitterness works well here as it slashes the malt sweetness backbone and balances thing very well. Hop flavor was, much like the Target IPA, pretty much absent. There were trace elements of hop flavor of course, but unlike some of the more citrus heavy American hops, the fuggles somewhat stay in the background in terms of flavor, providing mostly a woody/herbal flavor. The bitterness, however, that they provide was bracing and quite steely.

Finished mouth puckering bitter and very clean.

Overall, another fine, distinctive IPA from the Fox. I have a feeling this one may have mixed reviews. It reminded me a lot of the Target. Tons of bitterness, not a lot of hop aroma, but very balanced and very drinkable

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Fuggles IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings