Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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418 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
418
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jpd026
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bmcl16
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of milesweaver
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -21.3%
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 -14.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobtuffy
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ledouge
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdevo
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FinkMeister
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light Amber color with a short wispy beige head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of light spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.

The taste is similar to the nose. Big spice flavor; cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice. Some tea like flavors from the malt. Hard to distinguish this from a pumpkin spice brew.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but finishes with an earthy bitterness and quite dry.

An average spiced brew nothing I would search out.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of utopiajane
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose is fruity with a big burst of cinnamon that thankfully wanes to a sweetened soft dark bread with dark fruit like raisin and fig. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon all on the nose nicely and not too loudly either. Nutmeg is forward. Ginger is soft and not taking over. Taste is soft breaddy malts with a little breaddy sweetness. a sticky kind of sweetness. Dark fruits are the backdrop and the hops are subtle and not very bitter. This beer reminds me of all the pumpkin ales I have had so far this year. I am not finding much a difference in the flavors. The beer does have a very good balance though as far as the flavors being kind to each other. Nothing is in excess. Finishes a bit sweet and plenty malty.

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Photo of bluehende
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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