Aurora 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 AltBock on 12-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Hophead21
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted fourth as part of a Sly Fox event at Bierkraft in Brooklyn in a little plastic sampler cup.

A--Medium caramel/orange body with white semi-creamy head that left a ring.

S--Oily citric notes, mostly of grapefruit seed but also something fianter, like tangerine. Then there's a sweetness like a nectarine, followed by an almost old cobwebby dust smell. Really intriguing nose makes me want to taste!

T--Doesn't disappoint. It's all citrus up front, all basement in the back. The malt is almost nonexistent, but then again that's not the focus. So let's get back to that--more of that seedy citric puckering assault up front, and man oh man, it's almost musty in the back before a bitter cleansing finish. Considerably earthy, with some creeping in cedar type action on the finish that adds a hope chest to the mothballs. Really complex IPA given that only a single variety of hop is used. Spotlighted a hop I've never tasted before, but would LOVE to have again, especially when it's this well-hopped!

M&D--Mouthfeel is chunky and wild but that's what I expect from the style--the carbonation's settled enough to keep it creamy wonderful. Drinkability it excellent--I would drink more of these than is appropriate given the opportunity.

Challenging, but I really enjoyed this beer--maybe my favorite of the ten I tasted. Kind of an East Coast equivalent of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA. Just remember: we have cellars on this side of the country!

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Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a piney and peppery hop and a touch of malt sweetness.

The taste was upfront raw citric hops. There was a solid grain bill beneath as well.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a good residual hop spice.

Overall a very good and spicy IPA.

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Photo of AltBock
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the last of their Hop Project series. This Hop Project was on cask at Teresa's Next Door on 12/6/2008. They served it to me in a standard Victory Hop Devil pint glass.

This Sly Fox poured a super hazy cranberry orange color with a thick and creamy 1 inch head of white foam. Thanks to the cask for that creamy head of foam. It looked good enough to eat. It had excellent slow retention that left behind a think and creamy white film and a massive amount of white sticky streaks of lace around the glass. What an attractive looking beer!

The aroma was on the mild side with ruby red grapefruit, lightly bitter citrus hops, a few select citrus fruits, a touch of lemon zest, and a splash of pine at the end. Sometimes all of these aromas came one at a time, but most of the time it was just a big mixture of all of these citrus aromas. If the beer is swirled around, more citrus fruits will emerge.

The taste comes on strong with bitter citrus hops. Than after about 3 seconds, the hops will settle off into some tart grapefruit, a splash of lemon zest, a hint of citrus fruits, pine needles, and a tiny touch of toasted caramel malts. I liked how it came on strong with hops and then it ended with a subtle toasted malt taste.

This IPA was more on the light bodied side and featured a creamy dry and hoppy aftertaste of pine needles, tart grapefruit, a few citrus fruits, bitter citrus hops, and a tiny speck of toasted malts. This hoppy aftertaste danced around on my tongue for about 10 seconds and then it was gone for good.

I've always like their Hop Project series on tap, but it's a different better experience when it's on cask. I know its like that with most beers. If this beer is available on cask or on tap at your local bar, try it for yourself. Especially if it's on cask.

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Aurora IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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