Chester County Brown Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Foxman on 04-05-2006

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of CharlesK
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ptat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of curlybird
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of scfatallis
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jjd315
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of redliner8
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Barcade in Jersey City, New Jersey. I usually go for the cask offering because the brewers put so much effort into these small batches. Also you are almost guaranteed that the temperature is perfect.

You can tell from the first sip that there is a lot of heart in this beer. The coloring is that perfect brown color. There was a fluffy head with good retention.

There was a lot of malt coming off the top. The flavor had a good dose of malt as well. I also get a decent amount of sweetness.

This was very easy to drink. I wish a pull handle at home for beers like this.

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Photo of OneEyedJack
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap...Served into a pint glass.

A- Brown/mahogony color. White head, no lacing. Typical brown ale.

S- Lots of malts coming through in the nose. There was also a smokey/choclate quality which was very pleasant.

T- Cocoa powder, nutmeg, brown tea leaves, sugary malts, it was all there. Not much of a hop presence at all. Nothing bitter. Very well-balanced. Huge nutty flavor that is undeniable.

M- Medium bodied. Slick and oily.

D- Easy drinking brown ale here. This is a really nice sessionable brown ale that is nothing too complex but very fine indeed.

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Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe what I had on cask on 5/23/2008 at Teresa's Next Door was this beer. They labeled it as "Sly Fox Brown Ale." It's more than likely the same beer without the "Chester County" in front of it. They served it to me in a standard Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

This Brown Ale poured one of the darkest chestnut brown I've seen in a beer. There were no highlights. It was just a straight up chestnut brown color. Sitting on top was a creamy 1 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had really good retention that left behind a small white film and streaks of white lace around the glass.

The aroma was just plain and simple with roasted nuts, a splash of milk chocolate, and a hint of roasted malts. When it was swirled around, I noticed that all the aromas got a little sour. That's not bad because I thought it added some character to them.

The taste was light with milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and a subtle hint of roasted malts. Standard Brown Ale taste all the way. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The mouthfeel was light with a faint aftertaste of roasted nuts and milk chocolate. That too is standard for a Brown Ale.

Besides the appearance, everything else was just plain and simple. I guess I could say that it was uneventful. If Sly Fox was aiming at making a standard Brown Ale, then it was a success. If you can find this one on cask, then give it a shot because it's on cask!

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown/ruby color with 2+ finger head and nice lacing.

S: Malts and citussy hops are fighting to be noticed first then there is a rich earthy note and sweet malty finish.

T: Sweet maltiness, smoke, earth, and citrus.

M: Nice medium to full body, right amount of carbination, and good coating in the mouth that finishes with a bitter bite.

D: I could easily drink a few of these. I don't think that I would drink all day though because the sweetness would eventually outway the hops. But a well constructed beer.

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Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to give this brew a try at the Phoenixville brewpub. It had a nice brown/amber color to it with a tan head that had some retention and left some lacing but that was mostly at the to of the glass. The aroma had a number of characteristics, earthy, nutty, caramel with slight chocolate and coffee notes. No real hop aroma is noticeable to my nose. The taste seemed to offer many of the same highlights that I noticed with the aroma it having a slight sweet feel, which I would imagine, would be from the malts but also getting a roasted flavor from them as well. Also picking up what I would characterize as some slight chocolate flavors with a slight hop taste that seems to keep things well balanced. While this beer seems to be pretty straightforward I find that it is very easy drinking and really a good all around brew. I would not mind seeing this one offered out side of the brewpub.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp brownish amber colour with a decent sized head that has average retention and leaves a smattering of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a touch rugged/earthy, a touch of nut, some chocolate/cocoa and a hint of sweet caramel.

The flavour is earthy for sure, with a good amount of burnt roasted malt coming through, along with perhaps a touch of smokiness that blends with a faint chocolate note at the finish of each sip. Sweetness cuts through for a nice balance here. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied wit ha touch of slickness to it.

I wasn't so sure about this one at first, but it grew on me quickly. Solid all around. I wouldn't mind seeing this one in cans in the future...

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Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep chestnut colour with a quickly dissipating, beige head. The foam was a little rocky and settled into a solid ring. Aromas of nuts and caramel with mild chocolate and toffee -- malty all the way. Awesome flavour. Very malty with a nutty caramel flavour that carries into the end, followed by a bit of semisweet chocolate in the finish. The mild bitterness was enough to keep the malt in check and the hop flavour was very restrained. Moderate carbonation with a medium/light body that initially felt heavier than it was. A superb, sessionable brown. Well done!

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

Sampled at the Phoenixville location in a standard pint glass. The beer came to me with a slight off white head and good lacing. The body was a deep brown color, very dense. The aroma has a pleasant high of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of sweetness. I also get some slight hoppy hints. The taste is a bit earthy, a bit sweet and a bit toasted, all making for an enjoyable well balanced beer. There is a perfect amount of hops on the tongue with give in to the malty backbone of this beer. The body is medium but at times the carbonation was making it feel a bit heavy. Overall I sold beer.

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Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very clear and lustrous garnet. A finger of light tan head drops quickly to little frothy cosmos. Veils of lacing curtain the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a mild coffee earthiness of roasted malt, slightly nutty and fruity. A perhipheral air of grassy hops lilt softly.

Upon sipping, the roasted malt delivers first, toting coffee, chocolate, and black cherry. Following are notes of berries and walnuts and yeast, as well as a hint of anise. Hops give a brief glimpse of citrus before they go midly and appropriately bitter. The finish moves from residual malt and lingering bitterness to a creamy, lactose character. It definitely has its own signature, and a good one at that.

Close to medium bodied, it coats capably and it carries a creamy presence to the palate.

A nicely tasty combination of earthy and fruity and hoppy, it leaves a well-blended, smooth impression in its wake. I was pleased with the subtle nature of the flavor, but it was by no means thin or weak, but rather it filled the confines of the style it occupies. It's worth drinking slowly and savoring, but it goes down so well that moving slowly is a bit of a task. I'll confess, this has not been one of my favorite styles, but this beer has me revisiting that stance. I'll take another pint, or three, of this anytime.

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Chester County Brown Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 20 ratings