American Pale Ale | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 07-13-2010

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Photo of Laulau
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of VABA
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a nonic pint glass, the beer is a lightly hazed golden color with a nice layer of white head, persistent and leaving a full coating of lace

s: aromas of fresh pine hops on a malty nose, pale barley with some biscuity vienna, pine tea, good blend of malt and hop

m: creamy mouthfeel, carbonation low and smooth, light-medium body

t: mostly a pale malt structure with some light caramelized notes, the vienna adding a biscuity flavor, light-medium sweetness, big dark pine hop flavors, hop tea, seems to be in good balance, moving to a full pine bitterness in the finish, toasted sugars lingering

d: really liking the cask serving on this one - very appropriate, a tasty apa that makes for a very pleasant, easy drink

happy hour pints at the brewpub

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub.

Pours a moderate gold color with a nice white head. Pretty good visible carbonation. Nose brings forward some pale biscuit malt and some grain along with a pretty good dose of citrus hops. Mild pine hop presence in the background. Taste is fairly bitter with a nice hop character. Some light grain notes in the background, although nothing really sweet. A pretty dry American pale overall. We've been here nearly 10 times now, and I'd say that this is the one I've had the most. A good year round beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Have I mentioned I love having a nice brewpub so close to home? Well, I do. This offering pours a clear deep amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises citrus zest, hoppy florals, some light wheat, and some grass and hay. The taste follows similarly, with notes of lemon zest, sweetgrass, a deep caramel, and a decidedly heavy dose of hoppy citrus and floral bitters. To me, these bitters kinda overpower a bit, leaving me wanting a bit more caramel to balance it out. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, moist finish. Overall, I would deem this their weakest brew, due to the seeming imbalance in the taste, but it's still not all that bad.

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

On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a good fresh hop nose with some lightly toasted malty sweetness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light pale malty sweetness well-balanced with resiny bittering and flavor hops before a crisp bittersweet finish. A good beer, even though its probably closer to an IPA than APA.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with an off-white head.

Aromas of dusty, piney, bitter earth.

Flavors of caramel malt, earthy bitter hops and a slight metallic/ mineral thing.

Nice medium body and lush mouth feel. Finished bitter which isn't my favorite way - I prefer hop flavor and aroma over hop bitterness.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 04/23/11 notes. Had on cask at the brewpub. I'm assuming this is the same as their Defender APA; same ABv and saw some cask reviews.

a - Pours a clear golden straw color with no carbonation evident and no head.

s - Smells of mild bready malts, light pine hops, and light floral hops.

t - Tastes of pine hops, floral hops, bready malts, and earthy malts. More floral notes than in the smell.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, super smooth
o - Overall a nice APA with lots of mild malts mixing with some pine and floral hops. Great mouthfeel thanks to the cask, would certainly give it another shot.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub.

The biggest letdown of my first visit. Pours a golden amber with a retentive white head that leaves a web of thin lacing. Aroma is bready and biscuity with faint hops. Flavor is dominated by bizarre sweetness with minimal hops and a weak caramel malt body. Way too sweet for an APA, and lacking any balance, hops or backbone.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with white head. Great lacing.

The smell was very malty with a little citrus.

The taste was more of an English Pale. Very balanced and more hop bitterness than flavor. Pretty standard Pale Ale to me.

It was just a run of the mill Pale but had more bitterness than most which is always a plus to me.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Pale, on tap at Mad Fox's Falls Church Brewpub, 09/05/10.

Appearance: Arrives a hazy, dull amber, neutrally-hued, with plentiful fine carbonation that does little to sustain a quickly fading one finger head. The only remnants are thin collar and some distinct blots and pox of glittery lace.

Aroma: Dry, biscuity, caramel malts - slightly husky - mingle with a hop backbone lacking in Americana, aka citrus. Spicy herbal and leafy notes dominate.

Taste: Moderately dry, biscuity malt notes hint at caramel, sugar cookie, and honey, with an appropriately mild amount of bitterness. The hops are again nice, but not decidedly American - slight orange, but mostly herbal leafyness, grassy notes, freshly cut hay.

Mouthfeel: Even and creamy again, with a body of moderate thickness and plentiful and fine effervescence. Works well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: Maybe it's 'cause I recently judged all the APA contributions in the 7th Annual Dominion Homebrew Cup and have been exposed to a few dozen pretty darn good APAs as of late, but this one just didn't quite do it for me. A little too simplistic and one-dimensional (in the wrong way) on the hop bouquet, this one could have some potential with a little more bitterness, a little more character, and a few tweaks to the appearance.

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American Pale Ale from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 13 ratings