Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.68/5
418 Ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
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:
#30,522
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
418
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
46
Trade:
0
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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

Photo of ledouge
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdevo
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 418 ratings
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