Pikeland Pils | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,190
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
707
pDev:
11.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a North-German style pilsner.

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. A hazy pale-gold hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with good stability; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Lovely lacing - this beer looks spot on. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of noble hops, grass/hay, subtle floral notes and earthy yeast. Possesses a depth that only properly matured lagers have.

Tastes of light malt and grassy hops, with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of mild grain, grass/hay, noble hops, faint floral hints, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a twinge of sulphur in the background. A restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body for the style. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and faint earthy yeast.

Nice - a tasty pilsner with good depth. It looks superb (perhaps enhanced by the glass), while the aroma and flavour have subtle hop and malt notes that balance perfectly. Good body. A great little brew - crisp and refreshing. Well worth grabbing if you come across it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can from the foodery, northern liberties

a: can into a mother earth cylinder, the pour brings a fluffy, thick meringue of bone white head, a good three fingers, that retains very well and leaves clinging lace behind

s: crisp, snappy pils malt body with a grassy noble hop profile that carries touches of dried lemon, some soft sulfurs, an herbal touch

m: carbonation on the lower end of the high range, lively but not abrasive, crisp light body

t: clean pils malt structure with a healthy dose of grassy noble hops with a bit of lemon acid twang, well bittered finish, some mineral dryness

o: a nicely structured pils with a nice fresh hop profile and easy drinkability

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Photo of tmhoye
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cistercian12 for this extra in a trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold with a finger of white fluffy head and a good amount of visible carbonation. It rather looks more like a light wheat beer or a berliner than a typical pils.

S: Pilsner malts with a moderate DMS undertones, lager yeasts with a bit of lemony esters, and some wheat graininess.

T: Light pilsner malts with only mild sulfurous character, some mild hop bitterness (although I would consider it a heavy hop presence for style) with floral and grassy flavors with a nice amount of bitterness. Some lager yeastiness with lemon citrus fruity esters. Clean finish, with just a mild hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body but good carbonation sensation prevents it from feeling watery. Low alcohol presence.

O: This was really quite tasty. I'm not sure the higher hop presence is appropriate to style, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe my favorite Pilsner I've had.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #33 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Sly Fox is a respected brewer around these parts, although I don't have a great familiarity with their beers. I picked a six of this up in a specialty store, partly because I was looking for something refreshing, partly because I was charmed by the cans.

Has the typical yellowish/brassy color. Did not retain it's head much, which I thought was disappointing, but so it goes. The nose is basically fresh oranges and hops, which is a little weird but is by no means unpleasant. Mouthfeel is very soft, unusually so, although there is a bit of a coating of the palate on the backend. Flavors continue in this restrained mode: very light hops, very light orange, and a fairly light finish of very light spice.

This is a soft, mellow take o the Pilsner style, and it's yet another example of an American craft brew that, if it ever saw mass marketing, would likely be widely enjoyed by the mass public. (Philadelphia Brewing's Kenziger strikes me as another example of this.) I would not posit this as my go-to for the style, but it ain't bad at all, and I think would session extremely well. Also a good pick to introduce a conservative friend to craft beer -- shouldn't be that far out of anyone's comfort zone. Mildly recommendable.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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