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:
110
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Cole's cask festival. A fine bitter although a sour finish. Pros were the understated bitterness, and full mouthfeel. A faint Caesar crown an apple juice colour. Is it infection? Sourness does spoil getting it spot in, still a drinkable one.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours as a light caramel color with a white foamy head on it. The aroma is a bit earthy and doesn't have a whole lot more coming off of it in my opinion. The taste is very lightly flavored with grains and some hops. The mouthfeel is very watery and kind of on the flat side. This beer along with a bunch of Sly Fox's releases just are not impressive to me. I feel bad saying that but I've not had a single one that really sticks out to me and makes me say "Wow".

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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruits and bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are stronger with some additional notes of caramel. No bitterness from the hops is discernable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth due to the lack of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is particularly sessionable given its low alcohol content.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Sly Fox Brewing Company (Phoenixville, PA) on 12/20/10. Served in a 10 oz Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of tight and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thin creamy frothiness that leaves back spotty lacing which sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and a little spicy, with some bitter smelling citric character and a touch of earth. This is set against some malty tones of fresh baked biscuits and a dash of sweeter caramel in the nose.

The taste has both a fresh citric flavor and bitterness going on here and is balanced by a sturdy backbone of bready grains, which trails some leftover light toast into the finish, along with dry spice and rind. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a light prickle to the carbonation that runs through the middle of the feel, but is mostly easy on the edges and overall very smooth on the palate. This feels good on cask.

This was another pleasant enough quaff that I found on the hand pumps here at Sly Fox. This Bitter had some bite but was still mostly well balanced and the easy feel from the cask and lower ABV kept this drinking nicely. Sessionable little brew here.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass on cask at Tap and Table. I always like a good bitter, but the red color is a little dark for a bitter. The flavor is dominated by crystal malts (there's the color). Really, the beer just tasted like a lighter amber/red ale on cask. That's not all bad, there was a please citrus hop note in addition to the caramelized malt, but I'd hope for more depth.

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

Format : on cask at the Phoenixville brewpub.

Appearance: clear gold, with a small, quickly settling head and nice lacing that clings to the glass.

Aroma: mild bready malt; lightly sweet and floral. Subtle citrus.

Flavor: also quite mild; malt has a slightly nutty toasted bread quality; very gently hopped; low bitterness; some fruity and floral notes; a bit of caramel sweetness, but finishes semi-dry.

Feel: medium light bodied with lie carbonation; smooth and creamy on cask.

Overall: easy drinking and mild on taste; fairly traditional; notbad but a bit unexceptional.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich and deep golden color with a creamy foam topping and plenty of lacing. Aroma of doughy malts and lightly citrusy hops. In the taste, a firm malt foundation with earthy, rooty hop character. Firmly bitter, this fits the style quite nicely. The body is light, smooth, and gently carbonated. Refreshing and bitter. Overall, this was a really good "real ale".

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cask at TJ's.
Appears a transparent light gold with a fluffy white cap tht sticks around. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine, and cut birch bark. Very mild and enticing to deserve several more deep inhales.
Taste is of citrus, cooked cereal grain, earthy mushrooms, ripe fruit, berries, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, oily, and bitter sweet in the finish.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Cask, served in a pint

The body sits a dull golden orange with a bubbly off-white cap. Huge sip marks cover the inside of the glass.

The nose has a little bit of everything from the hops. Pine needles, earth, spice, flowers, and a little bit of citrus bitterness. Bready malt and some toffee round out the nose.

Mildly hoppy, mainly earth and spice shining through before a rush of citrus and bready malt. The finish has some toffee notes with pine. The bitterness is pleasing. Never overpowering, pretty true to the style.

Creamy, full feel thanks to the cask. Low carbonation.

This was a nice little bitter that I wasn't expecting. Pretty authentic, good hop bill. Well-crafted.

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3.51/5: Incredibly dry and floral, but it doesn't taste as fruity as the nose suggested; as easygoing as can be

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Chester County Bitter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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