Chester County Bitter | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional British Ale is authentic cask conditioned beer with a smooth malt profile balance by a subtle hop presence. Dry-hopping in the cask produces an enticing hop aroma in this quaffable session ale.

Added by corby112 on 10-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
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0
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10
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 34
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of TeddyBrew
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this on cask at Biercraft in Brooklyn. They had three fine beers on cask that evening, but this is the one I chose to take home in a growler. This beer was true to the style as an English Bitter, which can be hard to find here.

It was subtley hopped and that refreshing, almost watery, follow through that is distinctive of a fine bitter. There was plenty of nice malt and hop flavor, and a pleasing "bouquet" throughout, but all around it had an air of understatement.

Went you want a big IPA or a hoppy Pale Ale, they can be found, and that's great. However, IMHO the more brewers can produce beers in this style, the better!

I will definitely look for more from Sly Fox.

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Photo of dennarb
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had Chester County Bitter at Ernest and Scotts pub in Wilmington. It was served at about 50 degrees, a bit less cold than most but not as warm as the Brits enjoy. It had a solid half inch head and a wam biscuit-like aroma. The taste was smooth and malty with a nice clean hop finish. It went great with a fine burger and I'd be happy to have it with any good pub food. I am a real fan of English bitter style and it was delightful finding a second good example ( along with Yards ESB) right in the Philadelphia area.

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Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap from the cask. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is grain, honey, and bready malt. Slightly bitter, light bodied with low carbonation. Excellent bitter. Could have several of these. Just makes for a really clean and tasty lager. I would get this again.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish golden brown in color with a ¼" creamy head that persists for quite a while. Sipping leaves scattered legs or lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and pleasant and includes some malt, some citrus zest and a touch of pine. While not strong the aroma is pleasant.

Taste: The flavors include the caramel and toffee from the malt, traces of citrus zest and fruit with some light earthy character. There is quite a nice balance of malt and hops here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth as silk with gentle but lasting carbonation. The finish is medium long with some ending hop bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed this one, finding that each sip followed naturally from the other. I certainly would be willing to have this one again. My overall impression is of a well made, thoroughly enjoyable beer that is well worth drinking.

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4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

More undated notes, but from a snowy day in PHL, traipsing around, giving Spanky all of my cabbage (and grief), first at Local 44 and later at Memphis Taproom. You have no idea of the joy on people's faces when they see me roll up, especially when it is part of my vaunted forays.

At Local 44, it was Kick the Christmas Beers, here at Memphis Taproom, it was Caskafternoon and they had been alerted, I mean, warned, no, advised of my pending arrival.

I was not given any choice of beers - I would start with a low ABV beer and if nothing startling or untoward occurred, I would be allowed to have another beer of my choice. Sounded good to me - I hate making decisions.

Gravity pour! No head as a result, but the color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO (sans the head)! Nose had a light sweetness underlain with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a mild bitterness on the tongue. Finish was mildly bitter with a slight caramel taste underneath. My notes have me identifying it as either and English Bitter or an American Amber. I guess that I was not too far gone, eh?

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- Nice golden brown color with great head and lacing.
S- Nice lemony scent to it.
T- For a cask, the taste is kind of dull...not bold at all. Which is actually nice in this case. The lemon taste comes in. It's got a touch of sour malt to it. Nice summer cask.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy golden yellow with some ripe banana hues and a bit of lighter golden yellow color when held to a light source. Frothy, soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading to a thick lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing in it's path.

Sweet light malt aroma with some subtle spice and light floral hops.

Clean, crisp and extremely smooth creamy body. Very drinkable with light sweet English malts, subtle spiciness and a very crisp clean floral hop flavor. The alcohol is very well balanced, considering this beer is 7% which is very high for a traditional English real ale. The fact that this beer is that high in ABV disqualifies it as a session beer but it drinks like one and is a very complex with a lot of full flavors. The hops really come through in the finish, but not in an overpowering or bitter fashion. This beer is very well balanced and an excellent American interpretation of the classic British style. I will be drinking a lot more of it soon.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served from cask at McMinimens to mug a clear light amber to golden orange color with a fluffy white one finger head.

S: Bready and roasted malt with a sweetness of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Hops were orange peel and herbal with a touch of peppery spice in the nose. Looking for a bit more in the aroma but good.

T: Lightly toasted malt and fresh bread, some vanilla and toffee add a mild sweetness. Orange peel and grapefruit from some PNW hops with a spicy European hop finish. Chamomile bitterness is in there too which ways in more than the sweet maltiness.

M: Smooth and creamy, light to medium body. Subtle smooth carbonation as a good cask ale should have.

D: All round great session beer with a nice flavor and ease of drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes: On cask at The Dandelion, Philadelphia:

The beer appeared a nice clear darker amber with a nice white light head which was very well retained. The beer gave off a light maltier aroma, as expected from the style, but there was just a hint of hops. The taste was good, nothing overwhelming, but solid. The beer was smooth and well balanced. The beer has a lighter, as expected, and was very easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium copper hue with a wisp of a head.

The smell featured a lemony hop and a light malt.

The taste consisted of a smooth pale malt, a touch of crystal and a balancing dry herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and easily sessionable ale.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter golden-amber with a thin white head that leaves small smudges of lacing. The aroma is lighter toasted malt, with a little mild earthy hops. The taste is much the same but with just a little more depth. The body is lighter and mostly smooth throughout. A really good session bitter.

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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent deep orange amber color with a full white head. The nose is pale and crystal malts, toasted grain, lightly grassy hops in the back. It tastes of pale malts, toasted grains, a nicely balanced grassy herbal hop. Subtle and balanced flavors with a light body, soft and delicate feel, creamy and low carbonation (from cask).

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Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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