Galena 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 jakester on 08-25-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by boelker62:
Photo of boelker62
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 - Just tapped as the 2007 season starts. Had a big glass in the Phoenixville Brew Pub in the snow of Valentine’s Day. Great setting. This year’s rendition is amply hoppy, with a bit more aroma than usual for their varietal IPA’s. Beautiful color with a perfect head and ample lacing. Great finish on the Galena. The mild hoppiness lingers for just the right amount of time to let you know exactly what you are drinking, and then it dissipates nicely to make you want more. A great varietal with a natural, organic flavor to it. Nothing in it is over-the-top, as some of the varietals can be. Highly recommnded fresh on tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks as always to Drjay for sending me some more Sly Fox goodies. This time up we had the next round of the IPA project. I chilled this one down and opened it up with dinner the other night. Poured into numerous pint glasses, this one was enjoyed on 10/26/2008.

The pour was very nice. Very dark amber in color was evident right off the bat. Amazing clarity on this one as you could clearly see light through the glass with the only interruption being the numerous lines of bubbles darting up toward the surface. A very nice head of white, reaching a height of around two inches then became evident, this hung around for a good few moments before collapsing down and leaving behind simply a tuft on top and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was a bit light at first, but started to come around after it began to warm. Nice notes of pine, some light grapefruit and a good bit of malt balancing it out were all fairly well evident here. The flavor though was where its at. Crisp and clean tasting IPA, with a nice turn on the pine sap like hop flavor that you get on those deep, well balanced IPA's. Nice bready and biscuit like middle here as well, really turned it on and helped to cleanse the palate before that last sap of hoppy resin bit back on the tongue on its way out. Very smooth, crisp, medium bodied IPA, with a profile that really just never let you down. Strongly session able as I was able to put down this whole growler without much trouble at all.

Overall another solid effort from sly fox and honestly one of my favorites of the entire series. I would have no issue at all with getting a hold of this one again anytime. Really a very solid effort here indeed.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very bitter, piney scent along with a pretty balanced malt aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a very hoppy flavor that's almost acidic. The malts are present, but they don't provide much in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I'm glad I had a chance to try it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewpub. Clear orange/amber colour with a big, fluffy cap. Lots of chunky lacing and great head retention. Looks a little nicer than the last few SF IPAs I've had and they're always a pretty sight. Piney and resinous aroma, quite floral with a bit of tropical fruit and biscuit. Solid bitterness, plenty of pine and citrus hop flavour with a mild sweetness that was a bit fruity. Lingering resinous bitterness. Medium bodied with smooth, creamy carbonation. Quite good overall with a good dose of west coast hop character. One of my favourites in this series so far.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to experience this brew on draft at Capone's.

A: pours a dark orange / amber with a respectable white head that leaves a light yet noticeable lacing.

S: piney hops dominate, yet balanced by a solid malt presence.

T/M: The first impressions are of piney hops with a solid malt balance, followed up by citrusy hops. Unfortunately I detected am unpleasant bitterness.

D: I am sure this brew is exactly as it was intended, but its not quite the IPA that I seek when I have a craving.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tasting snifter.

A: A light amber orange color with minimal glass lacing. A one finger off white head.

S: Melon with a decent amount of sweetness. Hops stand out but the sweetness mixes in.

T: Lots of melon flavors with mango, watermelon, lemon and other sweet fruits. There is a lot of sweetness, but it is hoppy fruity sweetness, not malty caramel sweetness. This is hoppy, but hoppy sweet. Wierd. Long long massive bitter finish.

M: Medium, the bitterness really stands out on the finish and become cloying.

D: Low. One was enough of this one as the hoppy sweetness just dominates too much.

Overall not my favorite project IPA from Sly Fox, but worth the try. The bitterness on the end is totally unforgiving and really lessened the taste for me. Shame as I have loved most of the project IPAs.

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on Draught in Phoenixville (2007): This one pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a touch light, but good nonetheless. Hoppy, but diverse, with both pine and citrus in the nose. Kind of mellow taste for an IPA. It does have a decent enough bite, however. Well balanced. Good!

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Photo of AltBock
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another one of Sly Fox's Hop Project beers. I was able to try this one on-tap at High Street Grill on 11/11/2008 during their Sly Fox promo. They served it to me in a Sly Fox pint glass.

This Hop Project poured a clear honey amber with a decent 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a small white film, a string of white rings, and a few spots of white lace.

This IPA smelled exactly like those dried pineapple chunks that you can find in trail mix. Behind the dried pineapple was a drop of perfume, bitter citrus hops, and a subtle touch of toasted caramel malts.

I thought this IPA was going to be very bitter and dry, but the hop content was only at a mild level. Behind the bitter and dry citrus hops was a hint of dried pineapple, a little lemon zest, a splash of dried grapefruit, and no malts to balance out all the citrus flavors. I guess the Galena hops covered them up, but the thing about that was the fact that the Galena hop presence wasn't all that big in this taste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, and a very hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, a splash of pineapple, and dried grapefruit. This hoppy aftertaste will linger on in your mouth for quite some time.

I had a few of Sly Fox's Hop Projects in the past and this one is just as good as the other ones. Not much of a difference between them. If you see it on-tap at your local bar, I would say that it's worth a shot. I just wouldn't go out of my way to try this IPA.

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Photo of DIM
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On the board as Galena Anniversary IPA, so I guess this is the one.

a: This was a dark coppery amber color. It was served to me with a this white head that slowly faded to lace.

s: Some slightly astringent, piny hop bitterness and robust, prickly sugary malts. A bit too much on the sweet side.

t: Too sweet here as well. The hops are piny, with a lot of lemon. They take a back seat though to the abrasively sweet caramel malts. This reminded me of DIPA a bit past it's prime.

m: Good body and carbonation. On the down side, The astringent sweetness lingered for a long time in the back of my throat.

d: I was in the mood for something hoppy after dinner and this did not fit the bill.

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Galena IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 9 ratings