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Arctic Fox American Pale AleArctic Fox American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Arctic Fox Brewing

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CrazyDavros on 05-10-2010

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by shambeano:
Photo of shambeano
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark ambery gold with about an inch of white fluffy head that sticks around for a little while. some lacing. looks pretty good to me.

S- really hoppy to begin with. a fair bit of pine, passionfruit, and other tropical fruits. not much in the way of malt. nice one.

T- some hoppy flavours come through, passionfruit and pine again, not as strongly as on the nose. The bitterness really carries on throughout. there is some buiscity malt in there too. the flavours are pleasant but its not well rounded, the bitterness outweighs the malt and the hop flavours and is a touch harsh.

M- on the lighter side, a touch of carbonation tickles the tongue. a fair length of bitterness at the back of the mouth.

O- not a bad effort. i could easily sit down and drink a few, but i find the bitterness does overpower some of the more subtle flavours, perhaps the maltiness could be a little more robust.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

A gusher. Managed to salvage it by having a glass at the ready. Thankfully drinking De Molen recently helped me better prepare for such eventualities.

Pours a murky amber colour with a touch of orange about it. Has a tonne of foam, upwards of 3 inches, which comes as no surprise given earlier comments.

Aroma is full on. Plenty of fruit salad that hits you hard to start with and stays around for a while. Very sweet fruit smell as well. Later on there is on offensive malt smell reminiscent of no-alcohol beers that creeps in just a touch. Get rid of this and they are on a winner.

Flavour is sweet, fruity and with a touch of malt at the end.

Bitterness is not huge, failing to match the obvious high hopping in the smell. Mouthfeel is let down by the high carbonation which makes gives it a bit of an Irn Bru feel about it.

Overall, some potential, but some fairly obvious flaws. Would try again down the track to see if these flaws have been rectified, but for the moment it is not something that i would contemplate again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark coppery amber with a large, lasting creamy head.
Aroma shows masses of lychee, kumquat, pine, passionfruit, resin, orange marmalade, fruity confectionery, pineapple, etc, etc. Sweet clean malt is not forgotten; seems to be a nice load of crystal in there.
A fair bit of the fruit transfers through as flavours, along with the sweet clean malt. Finish is quite aggressive (and astringent) with a somewhat harsh bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high, body slightly light.
The sharp, harsh finish really drags this beer down, that aroma was a stunner though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of my NYE 2010 celebrations.

Pours a really quite dark reddish amber colour, with a full, large-bubbled and rocky head of off-white foam. Very coppery in the hue, it could almost pass as an amber ale or an American red. Lacing is clumpy but reasonably sticky. Decent enough.

Nose is very full of hops, with citric American hops the main event, although there's a woodiness to it as well, which gives it a character that reminds me of EKG. Some grainy malt, but otherwise a little thin. Eh.

Taste is buttery and bitter, mingling in odd ways to neither give a particularly clean beer nor a particularly flavoursome one. Bitterness is restricted to the back, and then it sits like a block on the tongue, giving little fragrance or depth. Earthy characters on the back again suggest an English influence.

Feel is pretty flat, only gaining a spike from the hop oil on the back.

Overall, it's really not as American as the "American" in the name would have you believe - certainly if a Pale Ale in the US came out like this, it would probably be considered an English inspired one. For that, it doesn't live up to its name. But otherwise, it's a reasonably clean, if not particularly interesting beer.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that stays and leaves nice lacing,the smell is piney resinous hops,orange rind,boiled candy and sweet caramel,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which has tastes of citrus,passionfruit,caramel and finished with a fruit punch bitterness and overall not bad at all and very sessionable just doesnt stand out with the great ones out there cheers.

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Arctic Fox American Pale Ale from Arctic Fox Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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