Sterling IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DrJay on 05-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Dr Jay for getting me the next in libe in this great series. Growler arrived yesterday and was chilled to drink today. Served cold out of the fridge and poured into several pint glasses. Consumed on 09/19/2008.

The pour was very nice, typical dark amber in color with a very nice clarity to it. Rich color here with lots of carbonation bubbling up throughout the session. A samllish head, maybe a half an inch in height came up over the top and settled down gracefully into a broken crown.

The aroma was much as I expected. Rich notes of piney hops. Some slight bisuit like malts taking up residence in the middle here, providing a slightly sweet, but yet balanced middle of the profile. The aroma was very nice. Crisp, clean pine fresh hop taste as it was served cold. As the beer warmed up some more subtle, yet sweet flavors began to service. Hints of tangerine, maybe some nice orange start to invade the hoppy start to it. The middle remains a nice bisuit liek malt sweetness that does wonders to balance out the profile. The feel was nice, medium bodied with adequete carbontion. An easy drinker I was able to polish off the growler after I had been out at Barleys earlier in the day.

Overall this was a really tight little IPA as the whole series appears to be. I would have no issue with tring this one again, in fact they are all really damn good. Kudos again to Sly Fox for another solid beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brownish amber with a crème head. Nose is nice and crisp with an earthy leafy thing going on. Flavor is salty and earthy. Definitely leans toward the robust and earthy side. Carbonation has a bit of a bite to it and the liquid is well bodied as well. A bit harsh really, so not overly smooth to drink. Nice to try as a one time thing. On to the next IPA Project.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Gate as part of the Sly Fox festival. I showed up a few minutes too late to this event, because in the 2 hours that I missed, the entire supply of the Cascade "IPA Project" IPA was entirely killed. I got a small sip of bartender Pat's glass, which was exactly what I wanted, so it didn't make me feel much better. I had intended on reviewing both of these single varietal hops IPAs, but instead I chose two very different beers to drink and enjoyed both immensely (the other is the Ichor Quad). The Sterling IPA is hopped only with Sterling Hops, which is a lesser known US varietal. Sly Fox did a great job of of creating a very solid and drinkable base for this heavily bitter beer, and holding it up to the light and taking a sip confirmed that it was going to be balanced and drinkable. A beautiful amber color, the Sterling smelled great as soon as it was poured and the nose developed into a more complex than average mixture of spices, pine, and citrus. A really enjoyable, drinkable IPA that I would be very excited to have regular access to.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

10 oz pour on tap at Mugs Ale house.

Poured a clear copper orange with an extremely thin white head that vanished within a few minutes.

Citric nose with some carmely, biscuity undertones. The nose was very very muted

Piney, citrus hop bite with a nice caramel back. Biter on the finish

Medium bodied, prickly tight bubbled carbonation

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This entry in the 2008 IPA Project looked pretty much like the rest - clear and orange/gold with a nice cap of foam. Plenty of citrus in the aroma, but with an herbal/minty undercurrent. Citrusy bitterness with a solid malty caramel backbone. Crisp, sort of minty, hop flavour that really lingered. A bit herbal. Nice texture, medium bodied, well attenuated with crisp carbonation. One of the easiest drinking of the single hopped IPAs I've had lately. Give it a try if you see it.

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