Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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3.68/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn't get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.

Bottled: 16.0 OG | 16 IBUs | 6.5% ABV

Canned: 14.0 OG | 16 IBUs | 5.5% ABV

Added by NeroFiddled on 11-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,329
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
424
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 Edition.
A) Mahogany, ruby with tan head that dots a bit, fades fast. (all those additives!)
s) In a good way, it's cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg on caramel malt body.
t) Follows the smell, no wrong turns or over spicing. Pleasing and not in your face.
f) Thinner than I like but fresh, not cloying, clean finish. makes you reach out for salty, savory snacks and mustard.
o) Solid Xmas offering. upper mid pack?

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 7.00 (Including tax)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.270/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bottle (2017 vintage) stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Opens with a slight “Pop”.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Garnet, clear, effervescent.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, initially aggressive then controlled, pour), tan, low density and fizzy, rocks, rapidly diminishing to three to four mm frothy ring and a complete layer. Head retraction leaves some drag marks. Head from second pour is less fizzy but otherwise identical.
Lacing – Poor – some small islands and some drag marks but no rings of lacing.
Pour – Brownish-yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Weak ginger and nutmeg.
Flavor – 3.25 -A mélange of spices with nothing really standing out. Allowing it to warm in my mouth accentuates the clove and the fizziness. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 - Thin, watery, fizzy.
Impression and summation – 3.5- Fortunately for my tastes, the spices are not overpowering. This is remarkable for winter warmers in that the spices are not so overpowering as to be obnoxious. However, they are muddled to the extent that you know they’re present but you can’t tell what they are. Overcarbonated.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavetotheB
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of craftaholic
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Christmasy and basically a liquid gingerbread cookie

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the older can, it pours a clear reddish amber with a nice frothy head. The head lasts a bit and leaves lacing as you enjoy it. Christmas spices in the nose. The mouth follows, with a spiced malt flavor.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very thin head. Smells of allspice, cloves, cinnamon, malt, and nutmeg. This taste like a straight up gingerbread cookie. Very good beer and I taste everything that I smelled. Pretty smooth and surprisingly not that malty. Perfect balance of a mild sweetness and a mild carmel malt. Very good winter beer and would definitely buy again!

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight up amber color with a thin finger of tan tinted head that isn't that lasting and leaves only modest lacing.

Big Christmas spice aroma -- nutmeg, mace, cloves, ginger.

The taste is pretty thin up front. Not too much of an aftertaste either, dry and slightly bitter, with a muddy mix of the spices from the nose omnipresent in the background throughout the drinking experience. There's a touch of honey sweetness in there. Reminds me of carrot cake more than anything.

Watery, thin bodied mouthfeel. Not my thing.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bmcl16
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of milesweaver
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: January 29, 2016... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf snifter... OCCASION: celebrating another Friday night with Shan and the Tank... APPEARANCE: dense, burnt sienna body that releases little effervescence...the thin white line forms the head, with a smear of an island in the middle... AROMA: the can's claims are tangible in the aroma--cinnamon and ginger are the most dominant scents; nutmeg and clove are present...the addition of maple syrup to the olfactory is surprising, as are the wet, toasty malts... PALATE: fizzy early and flat at the finish, with a warming, syrupy draw--not the flourish that I hoped for in a Christmas beer, nor is it as full-bodied as it could be... TASTE: nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon definitely evoke the Christmas spirit--even a month after its exit... the syrupy kickback detracts from the overall flavor--it runs akin to cough medicine, with some malt return to add balance--possibly a brown ale base is in here... OVERALL: This beer gets a bit of a boost from the nostalgia spawned from last week's Lamb of God/Anthrax concert in Philly...however, the beer on its own does its job but does not demand a second purchase--a reasonable holiday drink that doesn't distinguish itself...at 5.5%, a favorable drink to combo...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2.95/5: Bland and quite unimpressive, but at least it succeeds in evoking Christmas

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Photo of farrago
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Two fingers of frothy foam, really whipped up with full mix of bubble sizes and a cratered surface, minimla stick to the lacing. The liquid is red cherry wood color, crystal clear and shiny, the bubbles are very tiny but spread out wall to wall. The nose comes off as on the thin side, all the spices listed are accurate plus cola, orange peel, golden raisin and fig notes, disappears just as you are starting to get into it. Light-bodied, basically a replica of the experience in the nose, starts with a mix of baking spice while here you get a light breadiness and molasses, toffee to cola. The carbonation is not strong but seems so given relative lack of richness to the liquid. Fewer notes of dried fruit and no fresher fruit nor citrus to act as supplement, maybe apple or cherry. Not bitter, not too dry, the mouth feel is innocuous. It’s just the lack of flavor which is troublesome. You have to assume that the brewmaster intended this as some kind of counter-position to “overdone” versions of the category. Just too boring to want to revisit ever. (2015 version)

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Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 Version.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobtuffy
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 424 ratings