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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,557
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
432
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
50
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of tankg
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass last night at Hucklebucks, Pottsville PA. 2018 release, best by 3/29/19.

Dull dark amber body with a small off white lead leaving little in the way of ;acing.

Aroma of the usual Christmas spices, Cinnamon being the most noticeable.

Actually tastes better then I expected. Often with these Christmas beers, the spices, particularly cinnamon , are very strong and quite often a little bitter and harsh. Not the case here. present, but nicely balanced, making for a smooth enjoyable drink. Good solid malt background.

Mouth above medium, finish smooth, spicy, and slightly sweet,

All in all, and enjoyable drinkable beer on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker amber look with a decent tan head. Sweet malt nose, I’m not getting a ton of spice. Got the spice on the flavor plus sweetness with just a slight spicy bite. Just Ok carbonation and a thicker feel. Not bad...

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, orangey amber color. Slightly off-white head faded to a cap fairly quickly and left very good lacing.

S---They advertised a spiced ale, and they deliver on it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. Initially has a pumpkin beer scent, but then the ginger & clove kick in and it's full of christmas. Some underlying malts are there, but no hoppiness at all.

T---Lots of nutmeg & cinnamon. Again, the other mulling spices kick in and steer it away from pumpkin beer territory. All flavors come from the spices.

F---A bit thick. Coating. Creamy.

O---A nice effort. Tastes like christmas. I wouldn't drink this in the spring or summer, but it's in the 20s today in December and this is well suited for that.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost red ale in color. Smell is of something cinnamon mixed with something I can’t pin but it’s not good. Had a cigarette taste and a smooth finish. Not my first choice for a winter beer.

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

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 432 ratings