Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale | Joseph James Brewing Inc.

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Fox Tail Gluten Free AleFox Tail Gluten Free Ale

Brewed by:
Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A gluten free pale that has citrus notes and is light bodied. You will find no sorghum in this beer, but rather organic rices, nectars, and north american hops. This brew is 5% ABV and 50 IBU's.

Added by indiapaleale on 12-28-2011

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of tone77
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to woodychandler and his canquest for another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some sweetness. Taste is a bit of hops up front, a touch of sweetness, lots of carbonation. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of StephOparka
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Zorro
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of apple cider. Fruity scent and strongly fruity.

Starts out fruity with a vanilla and apple flavor with a very dry finish. Mild bitterness. Still doesn't taste like beer.

Mouthfeel is seltzer water.

Overall it's a sorghum beer and that is a grain just never meant to make beer out of it. It's not completely revolting but it sure isn't good.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another score from my most recent foray to Media, PA and Pinocchio's in support of The CANQuest (TM). I love those guys!

The Crack revealed a beer that was anxious to get out of its surroundings as I had some foam instantly coming out of the opening. I let it settle back down, revealing yet another craft CAN filled to the brim. The Glug was successful, but the head that formed was as fizzy as soda pop and quickly dissipated to nothingness. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd sweetish quality along with a definite hop presence. Mouthfeel was quite effervescent and the taste had a sharpness that was hard to quantify. It was slightly bitter but offset with a sweet flavor that was unlike anything that I could identify. Finish was very dry and refreshing. I liked it, but I have to admit to feeling guilty about drinking it, since I am not sensitive to foods at this point in my life and I hate to think that I took one from someone who would not have my wealth of choices. I would recommend it to anyone whose diet renders them gluten-free, but I am going to keep my fingers off of it unless nothing else is available.

Today is Su, 27 July 2014 and I have been spending the day dabbling into gluten-free beers. I am adding a bottle review at this time, but it does not trump the original CAN review.

I had purchased this a while back, thinking that perhaps an article on gluten-free beers might be in the offing. When I could not find a taker, the beers got shunted to the side. I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up. They will now be part of The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

I am being driven nuts by these gluten-free beers! I realize that I am not their intended audience since I do not have Celiac, but they just make me feel like drinking a beer after I drink one. I used a heavy-handed pour to net two rocky, fizzy fingers of bone-whitw head with very limited retention, falling rather quickly to wisps. Color was whitish-yellow, not even achieving straw-yellow (SRM = 1) with NE-quality clarity and I remain dubious of any beer that is lighter going in than it is coming out. Nose had the now-familiar apple vinegar tartness that is the by-product of gluten. I am really becoming fatigued by this venture. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a good deal of carbonation. This had a strangely cheesy flavor to accompany the apple vinegar tartness. Man, I am taking a break after this one. I am all for the strange and unusual, but this is pushing my upper limit. Finish was dry, refreshing and curiously pleasant. Weird.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Grinch2000
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Average look, average smell. Great taste favorite Gluten Free Beer. Must be ice cold but no better beer ice cold.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

There really should be a category for gluten-free brews. I think people who are interested in this dietary category want to find all the gluten-free beers together. You can't compare this to a regular Pale Ale.

However, this is a pale color that is exactly straw color as others have noted. It's clear and filtered with just a few stray bubbles after the first flush of foam. The smell is that typical damp cardboard. The taste is rather sweet like a lager brewed with lots of corn, but not unpleasant. In fact, for a plain light lager style, this is one of the most drinkable gluten-free beverages I've had.

There is a touch of bitterness with a resiny note. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a tiny, tiny bit of haze and a nice effervescence. Head poured a finger of fizzy white foam but head retention is poor and lacing is nil.

Smell: pleasing aroma of light, citrusy hops and something sweet. I think it is relatively successful.

Taste: nice citrusy hop flavor with a light sweetness and a bit of a zippy tang at the end. A pretty refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but prickly and interesting.

Overall: this is without a doubt the best gluten-free beer I've tasted. The website says this is brewed without any sorghum, so maybe that's the secret. It's not a perfect beer, but on a hot day, this stuff could go down like water.

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Murrhey
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width white head. Pretty loosely packed and the retention rate is fairly low. Well carbonated and strange soapy lacing. Almost no color to it, but is there is a very pale gold. Almost water colored.

S- Floral hops, apples, sugar, cooked rice. Light and inviting smell, but honestly smells more like a cider than a beer. Strange.

T- That's much better tasting than I expected. That being said, I expected very little. Some of the light hoppiness and sweetness that accompanies an APA, with a distinct fleshy fruit flavor. Like apples or peaches or something light. Sharp taste.

M- Heavily carbonated which makes for a bit of a sharp feel. Very wet and light bodied.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured an -extremely- pale diluted color of yellow with a flash head and a distinctly sake-like scent (not surprising given the rice content) along with a healthy dose of green apples and floral hopping. Flavor is an extremely stripped-down and basic engine of green and yellow apples with a thin garnish of dry white vinous and sake notes rising up on the stubby finish. Body is thin and somewhat undercarbonated but not to the point of being watery. I have to agree with other BA members : This one plays out a lot more like a gentle cider than a beer. Still, it's tasty, just....very different from the usual fare.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.61/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this at Underdog sports bar in Harrisburg poured from the bottle chilled in a pint.

The color is very pale lighter than white grape juice with transparent clarity. The smell is earthy almost perfume-like with a mix of peanut skin and an odd sweet ester.The feel is very thin and highly carbonated with dry finish and low sweetness with practically no alcohol influence.

The taste is worse than the aroma -after sampling I noticed that is is mostly rice fermented with no sorghum. The flavor is not sweet and is has a dry yet somewhat dirty sort of taste I can't quite describe it reminds me of peanut skins. This was not pleasant -I don't generally go out of my way to point out negative attributes but there was not much in the way of pleasant or enjoyable qualities to be had -avoid.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of neckwrestler
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -0.3%

If I'm drinking a gluten free beer, I don't want it to taste like I'm drinking something that's missing something. And this beer feels like it's lacking something...gluten, I guess.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer pours a crystal clear straw color with a white head that retains a ring and a Friar Tuck cap throughout most of the drink. The lacing is there, but widely spaced in columns. Hey, for a gluten free beer, it's lucky to have a head, let alone lacing so ROCK ON!

It smells like cider mostly. Estery green apples and some floral hops.

The first sip is a whallup of hops overtop light sweet grains that comes off very much like soap. I let it sit for a few minutes and came back to it and found that it mellowed in the pilsner glass. It's bitter from start to finish that transitions midway through with lightly sweet diluted apple cider and a fairly pronounced hop finish that leaves you a little dry. Not bad. There are notes of rice, yes. Not balance well.

Mouthfeel is slightly slimy with a very thin body. Carbonation is pretty lively.

Overall, for a gluten free beer, I will give it an average score. As an APA I'd have to score it low, but it's not an APA really, so I'm going to give it a 3 out of 5. I won't seek it out again as I think the hops overpower everything.

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Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale from Joseph James Brewing Inc.
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