English Summer Ale | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CrellMoset on 09-07-2010

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Navalartichoke:
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost a Kolsch, easy drinking and clean

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice head that dissipates quickly. Clear pale gold color. A nice appearance but a little light for an English Pale Ale.

The smell and taste have a strong bitter and peppery hop note with a bit of grass. Also, a nice sweet pale malt note that gets overshadowed.

Nice biting carbonation. Smooth dry finish.

God pale ale but not very English.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to nonic pint glass at Mad Fox on 7/12/11
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A: Sunrise, somewhat unfiltered amber in color. A 1.5 finger head dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

S: It's got an inviting lemon-biscuit quality to it. Mild yeast is detectable, and a faint kiss of hop oil resides on the back end.

T: Soft and easygoing. Wonderful for summer. A touch of floral notes up front, fruity, almost rigid hops on the mid with a nice amount of citrus. The back end yields an acidic bready-lemongrass. Slightly earthy and quite hearty. It finishes almost spot-on to their Kolsch.

M: Could use a bit more oomph in the body, but it's not really necessary. For the style it works, and well. Decent carbonation.

O: Mad Fox's English Summer Ale is a pretty great little session beer. At 5% ABV, it's the perfect beer for a hot night on the patio behind the grill. Well done, Bill.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours lint gold with a bit of haze. Nose brings forward some nice citrus and floral hops. Taste brings the perfect amount of bitterness for a lighter style. Definite floral characteristics. Feel is light with prickly carbonation. Drinks really well--glad I finally got it to try this.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Wesley96
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of droomyster
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden body with plenty of head that generously laces the glass almost the whole way down. Aromas are very subdued, somewhat grainy with a faint and nebulous hop component. The taste is considerably better, with a powerful flavor of freshly pulverized grains being perfectly complemented by hoppy notes of bitter salad greens and lemon peel. The harmony could not be better. This is the perfect "day beer," one that I would be content to drink round after round.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no tap today at the brewpub. Poured in a pint glass. Menu said it was 5.2% ABV; also just won a Bronze medal at GABF.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bitter, light citrus hops, grains, biscuit, and bready malts. Citrus is nice up front, but not overly strong.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, fruit, biscuit, grain, and bready malts. More fruit and citrus than the nose, and a bit of a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation in the mouthfeel. A pretty easy to drink pale ale.

o - Overall a pretty good pale ale. Not my favorite Mad Fox brew, or pale ale, but still very easy to drink. Would have liked a little more out of the nose, but the taste was good. Nose reminded me a little bit of their bitter, though the taste was a little more like their IPA's. Would have it again.

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Photo of Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Mad Fox.

Served in a slender pilsener glass.

A: Poured a fairly dark yellow color, with a slight chill haze, and a nice cottony head.

S: I got a good bit of wheat, corn, citrus, and lemon all reduced down into liquid form with added alcohol. Nice.

T: This wasn't as refreshing as I'd hoped. The lemon was just too assertive for it to be described as a crisp, summer brew. However, the finish had the delicateness I was searching for.

M: Not much prickle on the carbonation which I though was a huge problem and the lacing was low to non-existent.

O: This was a major disappointment to me, but it still was better than many lesser alehouses' A-game efforts.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the source.

Transparent golden body with a thin collar. Fruity malts, light hops, pale malt. Light in body and smooth on the palate. Fairly low carbonation. Mild sweetness. Pretty good.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. Thin head on a hazy pale golden body. Aroma doesn't really pull in the advertised citra hops. Instead this one is very malty. Flavor is also very malty and very complex actually. Many malt varieties used produce musty, earthy and sweet flavors. The citra hops may contribute a bit of citrus sweetness near the finish but bitterness from malts cancel it out rapidly. Medium body with casked smoothness. It's not a bad beer but I was more interested when I saw it used citra hops. I was let down overall.

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Photo of redleg411
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjboesen
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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English Summer Ale from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 30 ratings