Glacier IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by blitheringidiot on 03-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Foxman
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a lightly hazed orangey red, with an off white head that melted away quickly. Crescents of lacing adorned the glass.

The aroma was lightly piney, with perhaps a very distant citrus iar, and a rather indistinct sweetness, certainly from the malt but not necessarily well-evidenced.

The first sip brought a slightly more poignant toasted malt sweetness to the palate, but never developed a distinct malt profile. The hops instantly overtook all else, with pine and a still vague citrus duet tangling with an impression of mint. The finish was dry, the hops presence numbing the buds a bit, but leaving little behind of genuine flavor. It is actually balanced, but without a whole lot to keep aloft in either camp.

Medium bodied, the presence of the hops tickled the palate after the sweetness slid away.

Yes, it is balanced, but as mentioned, there's not a lot here to have to keep hefted on the scale. It's a bit muddled, and the moments of flavor clarity or rare and brief. That said, these are the things that make it very drinkable, because they also stretch the tendons of the ABV a bit, making it easier to down. However, the ABV is nonetheless there, and I have to think twice about justifying this much alcohol without getting more flavor on my return. I'd have it again, but I'm just as likely to find something else I want more.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Fox in Royersford. The appearance is different than that of last years IPA project brews. This one is noticeably darker exhibiting a ruddy, dark red colour with orange edges, and a head of off-white foam. The aromas are very hoppy, and glacier-y as well with a nice malt backbone and some spiciness. This is a good hop, for sure. Nice spicy hints, with less citrus fruit flavors and pine than other hops, and a weird berry/mint sort of flavor on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkabilit is good. Although none of these single hopped IPAs have really bowled me over, I can hardly find faults in any of them! The Ahtanum was damn good as well. So cheers Brian. We are all waiting for #3.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to weeare138 for a growler of one of a couple IPA's Sly Fox puts out.
Pours a dull copper color w/ a full finger and a half of bright white head...lacing is thin and disappears quickly.
Aroma is first of bread/yeast...some malt and just a hint of hops.
The taste is bitter hops w/ a nice malt backbone to balance it off. Alcohol is totally hidden and aftertaste is a touch dry and bitter.
The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but nicely carbonated for its style.
I was expecting a more West Coast IPA, but this is, IMO, leaning towards English style IPA...much more subtle and a bit more bitterness in the finish.
I feel this beer is somewhat similar to Victory's Hop Devil...a nice offering from Sly Fox and one I could enjoy for the rest of the evening. Hope to visit them in the near future...thanks again weeare138.

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Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a light amber orange with a slight head leaving bits of lace as I drank this brew. Has a mildly sweet hoppy aroma resonating from the glass. A bit of a sweet, piney, yet very refreshing taste. Smooth going down, while leaving a nice mildly bitter aftertaste making you want more of this brew. The hops come out more as you get towards the bottom and the brew warms up. Brian does a good job of making "drinkable" beers but this one really did it for me. I could down these babies all night and not even think of switching. I didn't get much of the "mint" taste as described on the menu but I wish I could have this one year round nonetheless.

Finger licking good!

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MMmmmm, best of the bunch thus far in the IPA experiment. Refreshing, interesting, and quite enjoyable.

Pours a solid amber color, with a bony, frothy head. Leaves a slight lacing. Smell is a mix of honey, pine, and tea, with the pine/tea combo being the most prevelant

Taste is really quite refreshing. Solid citrus flavor ( I am leaning towards lemon/orange mix) with the bitterness anyone would expect. However, this is one of the most blanced taste I have ever met. Really, it sounds odd, but you get the slight malt sweetness mixing with hoppy power in a rather deliberate way. As for the aftertaste, the slyfox website is right, I certainly taste a good hint of mint.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pint of crystal clear halcyon amber sunset hue, with a few scant bubbles topped off with a 1/2" frothy beige head cap, settling to a collar throughout and leaving fuzzy stratus lace denoting each sip dip level.

Light soft aroma of some pine and sugary tea.

First swigs: Creamy caramel meets the pine and a touch of cedar with lemony citrous notes. Finishes easy and dry with a lingering aftertaste of (Sly Fox varietal IPA signature) dust on the tongue lemon peel arid.

Medium bodied, sudsy slick feel. Quite quaffable with its clean and dry characteristics. To be more "drinkable" to my tastes, more hops a la Amarillo, if I had my pick, however it complimented my chipotle steak sandwich effortlessly.

Last swigs: The light caramel & pine marriage was the gist of this one. I was hoping for more of a nose and a twinge more hop heaven kick. Enough praise can't be said for the Sly Fox varietals that are offered month after month. This was pleasing overall and it only leads me to continue to be a satisfied paying customer, going home with two full growlers, although lamentably not of Glacier as it kicked while there. Another well-built winner from the talented brewmaster Brian O'Reilly.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Glacier IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 6 ratings