Alt Beer | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dedrinker on 07-26-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15
Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap at the brewpub served in a pilsner glass.

A: Crystal clear copper, or even burgundy color, with about a one finger creamy head that withered away to a formation of large, thick bubbles. The lacing was substantial.

S: Very faint, but I got a whiff of sweet, bready, and slightly spicy malts. Nice!

T: Sweeter than most Altbiers that I've had, but part of its charm was that it wasn't just a mere classical, tired take on the style. It had a very wheaty and yeasty character, and a substantial amount of hops.

M: Fairly thick and sweet, but not too. The prickly carbonation added to the ensemble to form a well-balanced brew.

D: Mild overall, smooth, and highly drinkable. I'm glad I ordered this one to go with my pretzel appetizer.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recently, I made my first visit to Bill Madden's Mad Fox Brewing Company. (See Review) To greet me were several glistening tanks of stainless steel, from which came (the previous day) this malty concoction. Having just drank the kolsch-style, I continued up the Rhine to Dusseldorf (in my mind) and ordered Bill's newly-tapped altbier.

Served in a pilsner glass, it possessed a thin head crowning a body of deep copper hue and offered a subtle nose of brown sugar and candy apple. Like the kolsch, this one also retains a chewy mouthfeel with a mild hop finish. It is smooth and malty - an adequate, but not exceptional, altbier.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin off white head. Nose is fairly tame, with the only things I detect being a bick of roasted grain and a slight nutty character. The taste is grainy with a bit of nut and caramel. Feel is nice and dry with a good level of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good; a nice, easy sipper.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at a small Dc tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted and caramel malts, pale malts, and wheat.

t - Tastes of faded wheat and bready malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok alt, but nothing special. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pilsner glass.

This was my last call. It pours a clear dark (I'd say blackened) copper topped by a finger of ecru micro-foam. The nose is very faint, comprising light toffee and caramel and some very light florals. The taste is similar, but thankfully stronger: notes of toasted caramel, biscuits, orange peel, a hint of honey, and some broad citrus hops. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a decent alt, but something is a bit off. I think it's the added's just out of place. Something like that.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber to light brown color with a off-white to light tan head.

Aromas of sulfur and caramel - almost like a big soft pretzel at times.

The flavor was lightly nutty malt that was firm and dry.

Medium body with a little bitter finish - only the sensation of bitterness from the hops, no flavor/ aroma.

It was hard to taste much of anything at first until the beer warmed up a little. Don't drink it too fast.

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Alt Beer from Mad Fox Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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