20th Anniversary Ale
Sly Fox Brewing Company

20th Anniversary Ale20th Anniversary Ale
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From:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 8.21%
Ratings:
33
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 25, 2018
Added:
Dec 24, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
20th Anniversary Ale20th Anniversary Ale
Notes: '20' is a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with a combination of German, French and North American two row barley, complimented by an array of continental hops from Germany, Slovenia, & the Czech Republic. Fermented with a unique Belgian yeast strain to produce a complex fruity spiciness which is delicately balanced by the dry hop character infused by our hop gun. This beer has a delightfully earthy and vibrant hop aroma that's irresistible and perfect for celebrating our twenty years of authentic beers!
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by donspublic from Texas

Having with Christmas day dinner, great pairing

Dec 25, 2018
 
3.41 by 1988sqft from England on Aug 03, 2018
 
4 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland on Feb 09, 2018
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled with champagne style cork stopper that's bottle conditioned with visible yeast at the bottom
pours a clear golden body with thick white head
Aroma of white chocolate & caramel
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there really is that in the flavour with slight nutty honey notes

Oct 05, 2017
 
3.78 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i have absolutely nothing but love for these guys, but this is a pretty sloppy beer, especially to celebrate an occasion as special as a 20th anniversary, i was vry disappointed with this, and while its not bad beer necessarily, its a far cry from their best work, and in a style thats not particularly adventurous or anything, i really dont get it. the issue here is the yeast, an already intensely flavorful high ester fruity and spicy belgian strain, its clearly been allowed to run away with this it here, obviously fermented much too warm and likely for way too long, its over the top, and its off putting. i find it interesting a little bit sad that they go through the process of sourcing such unique european barley malts and hops, only to have them be entirely lost here to this yeast strain, which seems burned into my taste buds now for way too long. no balance, no finesse, no touch, not at all what i have known these guys for. from other technical standpoints its good, dry, a little bitter, medium bodied, brightly carbonated, but all these superlatives are inconsequentual because the flavor of the yeast is so far off the handle. might just be my tastes, looks like others have enjoyed it more than me...

Nov 04, 2016
 
4.05 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Oct 28, 2016
 
3.38 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Sep 09, 2016
 
4.27 by Giggy from Michigan on Sep 09, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, gold in color with two inch head. Taste is apples, pears, hay, pepper with grassy hops. Medium bodied that starts sweet and ends hoppy. Above average, tasty and well done. I have others I prefer, but this is solid

Jul 09, 2016
 
4.2 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 21, 2016
 
3.84 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2016
 
4.2 by micropale from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2016
 
3.51 by ninaturner from Florida on Jun 11, 2016
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2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Rudydsp from Florida

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml corked bottle. Super carbonated with a tall fizzy head that took some time to dissipate. Beer is a golden color and smells of lemony yeast. Banana notes come through as well. Peppery on the initial taste, mellowing out to an earthy lemon zest followed by an intense carbonated grass clippings type aftertaste. Not really my style and definitely over carbonated to a point of annoyance.

Jun 04, 2016
 
3.86 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on May 21, 2016
 
3.73 by metter98 from New York on May 21, 2016
 
4.24 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Found a bomber of this for under 10 bucks and figured I would give it a try. Into a mason jar glass.

A - Mucho carbonation on this a gentle pour produced a 2 inch plus of head. Beer is a bright yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles in the glass. Also some yeast made it in the glass but thats OK
S - Grassy floral hops mend well with fruity yeasts and some pepper and lemon zest. Very aromatic and strong.
T - Prickly carbonation leads to herbal hop bite and a nice lemon peel bite that lingers on the palate and finishes semi sweet and crisp.
M - Prickly and bubbly but not as much as a champagne. I sip it slow.

Overall a very decent Belgium pale ale hoppy and smooth my only complaint is a touch too much carbonation. Not bad.

Apr 06, 2016
 
3.5 by Matt141 from Texas on Apr 03, 2016
 
4.1 by Mgm54 from Illinois on Apr 01, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dope from Massachusetts

No date spied on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden with an enormous fizzy head. Head is super light and airy and fizzes out pretty quickly. No lacing at all.

S: Citrusy - lots of lemons. Noticeable belgian spice too with white pepper and cloves. Hints of banana and just a touch of grass.

T: Grassy and citrusy initially. Lots of lemon oil it seems like. Spicy cloves and pepper inside a grainy malt. Decent hit of bitterness on the back end with more citrus. Nice crisp lemon aftertaste with just a hint of spices and grass.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. Oily mouthfeel.

O: Not a bad BPA. A little extra kick from the dry hopping. Very oily.

Mar 28, 2016
 
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Mar 27, 2016
 
4.1 by ChipChaight from New York on Mar 19, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Pours clear gold with a huge head. Even with a slow pour I got over half a glass of head. Head is rather airy and light. Moderate amount of lacing left behind, much less than expected considering the size of the head.

Belgian yeast on first whiff. Clove, pepper, straw. Strong earthy hops, old-world style. Some orange rind.

Quite peppery and yeasty tasting. More hops than most Belgians. Orange and grapefruit. Earth, Raw grain and earth. Straw, pear, and clove.

Medium body with heavy carbonation. Very dry. Combination of spice, hops, and yeast on the aftertaste.

A nice beer with some noticeable flaws. Needs a reduction in the carbonation and maybe hops as well.

Mar 15, 2016
 
3.67 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Mar 13, 2016
 
4.25 by batt6343 from Texas on Mar 10, 2016
 
3.67 by MattGrimley from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle opened with an assertive "pop".
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with very active carbonation jets producing an overly massive billowy white head (about an inch of beer and 2+ inches of head). Minimal lacing.
S: Soft citrus (subtle orange), white pepper, dry minerals, nutty malt, and some herbal mint and grass notes. Quite nice.
T: A stronger orange citrus here and fairly strong yeast notes hit first, followed quickly by white pepper, almond, honey, and the mint and grass notes. With warming, notes of green apple, clove, and vanilla emerge.
M: Crisp, subtly sweet, and herbaceous. Very dry, but only mildly bitter throughout. Light body...drinks lighter than even the relatively low 6.6% would suggest.
D: Definitely a solid brew with good construction and balance. Nice spring beer...refreshing and yet with some good complexity and deeper notes. Seek it out if you can!

Mar 06, 2016
 
4.08 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 04, 2016
 
4.24 by Icemann383 from New York on Feb 27, 2016
 
4.18 by plaid75 from New York on Feb 27, 2016
 
4.07 by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2015
20th Anniversary Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 33 ratings