Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of dahlen22
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Brownish-Amber with a good head

Aroma: Can get some of the spices listed on the bottle (cinn., cloves, ginger)

Taste: Too much going on here in the spice department. Spicy with a malty aftertaste followed by more spices in the finish.

Overall: I am surprised that this one got so man good reviews, but I am starting to wonder if people who work for the breweries are using this site to advertise their beer??

Anyhow, IMO, skip this one. I continue to find good American Belgian-style Christmas ales, but this one fell short. Way too spicy with not enough other flavors to balance off the spice. I struggled to finish the bottle off, but after fighting it down, all I was left with was indigestion. Cheers!!

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't let this beer sit for 3 years. It doesn't age well!

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2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2005 Bottle

Appearance: Festive brownish red, with a head of compact bubbles.

Smell: DMS Buttered popcorn aroma, you'd think this was brewed by Orville Redenbacher, if he were also baking banana bread.

Taste: Gingerbread men, pumpkin pie, banana bread. Don't get me wrong, I love all of those things, but just maybe not all blended together in liquid form. The spices were way too harsh and I just couldn't get over the smell.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of rudzud
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light almost garnet hue with a thin half finger tan head that faded quickly to leave a thin, thin halo and light wisps. Pretty underwhelming.

S - Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malts. Gingerbread...almost smells like a fake pumpkin beer. Yippie...

T - Taste is all spice notes. Ugh. It's like a drinking pumpkin pie spice. Just waaay too heavy handed on the spices here. It overpowers the malts...which actually is impressive when you think about it.

M - Mouthfeel is sharp, lightly spicy, rather watery though.

O - Overall, I've had my fair share of winter warmers, and this was basically just winter spices in a wine cooler. Quite unpleasant.

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2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

why does BA require so much critieria when rating? Guys keep making this site worse while Untappd kills you!

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Photo of bluehende
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, big, dry cinnamon spice. In the taste, big on cinnamon and a bit sweet. It kind of tastes like a gingerbread cookie. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small cinnamon like spice in the aftertaste. Big spice, but average, I kind of feel like it is made for the main stream.

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

Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a slight hazy and a big pillow head that is four fingers in size and slightly off white. The head recedes to a tight skim with gobs of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of dark fruits cinnomon nutmeg and a good amount of ginger. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a big ginger taste. There are also slight hints of nutmeg and cinnomon. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an okay beer its not best in glass but drinkable.

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2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a light amber color with a thin yellowish head. Aroma is very weak with lots of cinnamon and not much else. Taste was very watered down with loads of cinnamon and cherry and a slight hoppy dry finish.

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2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to EPseja for sharing this bottle the day after Christmas, 2006. Fully a year old in the bottle, I await the experience on the tastebuds.

Served in a Duvel tulip at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful, light caramel brown with a similar colored head... four full fingers high. Small, soapy bubbles make up this incredibly well structured beer. Skyrocketing carbonation from the base of my glass.

Smell- Cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg... the spices are in the driver's seat. Nothing in the way of hop or malt notes.

Taste- Interesting... I get ginger easily, then a yeasty doughiness almost to the degree of a dunkelweissbier. Someone spilled the contents of the spice rack here... it's all over the place and out of balance. After the swallow, the eternal yeast bitterness overtakes any other attribute and throws it out of whack.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Outrageously explosive and gassy, the mouthfeel is way too active. As the beer comes closer to temperature, the texture improves slightly. Overall, an average at best winter offering.

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2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml caged bottle provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a 7 finger light brown head over a thin sliver of actual beer. Really should have seen the cork fly! Almost clear light brown liquid is quite inviting. Smells earthy herbal with honey. Nutmeg and bulk coriander (not the fresh stuff from my garden). Clean sugary with cinnamon. Malt is very low beneath the aromatic herbal and is accompanied by almonds. Doughy sugary gingerbread-cookies.

Tastes malty sweet with an interesting mix of spicing. The smell prepared me for a spice bomb that I wasn't looking forward to, but this is a balanced treat. Allspice laced gingerbread cookies. Not nearly as gingerbread cookie-ish as Cold Mountain (by Highland Brewing). Nice underlying malt sweet is sugary, but not overbearing. Quite in balance with the spicing. A touch of alcohol sting mixes with the aromatic portion of the spicing. A light acidic of lemons or oranges. Heartburn here I come.

As the beer warms, the spicing becomes more prominent. I sense that a brown ale is just dying to show itself, but is strangled by the spices.

Medium (yet dry) mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Honestly, a bit tough to choke this one down near the end, and I've still bot 1/3 of the bottle to go. I'll finish it tomorrow, pawning some off on my wife.

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2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I really liked the 2013 version of this beer. I picked up a six pack of cans of the 2014 version. I'm hoping that maybe I just got unlucky as it was not very good. Kind of tasted like Budweiser with a hint of cinnamon.

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2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark cherry beer with apricot undertones. Kind of resembles maple syrup. Head is thick, bubbly, and khaki in color. Fairly well carbonated.

S- Very hard for me to pick out. Yeasty, little bit of cinnamon. Same caramel and other spices. Again, very weak aroma though.

T- Good spice profile. Cinnamon, some brown sugar, tastes a little like egg nog. Yeast flavor is bready. Decent aftertaste.

M- Light to medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue from the decent carbonation.

D- Meh, is what I say to this beer. I was expecting a better aroma & stronger flavors. The beer looked the part, but fell short afterwards. Not bad, but there are certainly better winter beers out there than this.

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Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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