Fennec Ale | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 12-09-2010

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Photo of imbibehour
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a nonic pint glass.

A soupy and creamy but good sized head almost as good as the ESB, but not quite, off white in appearance on a golden pale amber body. There is some slight cloudiness just a hint.

Nose is mild malt, some bread, and some light fruity estery sensation. Some yeast bust mostly closed.

Taste is a real nice light bodied tea bitterishness almost tannic. Lemon and marmalade come rolling out on the finish with a classic English bitter like sense.

Overall a very tasty example and a great session beer to boot!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Mad Fox, first off this is the most awesome cask ale I've ever seen, it is flawless in its presentation. Crystal clear, light amber, lowly carbonated, it is the picture of beautiful. Even on cask manages to hold up a tiny white head, even a little lacing, Excellent.

Aroma is grainy and light with a mild sweetness. This is also the point at which I notice that this beer is 70 degrees.

Beer is thin and warm on my palate, there is a minimal lead off sweetness to it, but it is ever so subtle and slight, nothing to it at all...until the end, a little harsh a little grainy, odd acidity at the end. Overall not my favorite but it is nice to see some session cask ales around.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 04/23/11 notes. On tap at the brewpub.

a - Pours a golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit sour. Very light citrus hops, and some bready malts, but that twinge of sourness brings it down.

t - Tastes of light floral hops and citrus hops, with light breadiness. A definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty average ale; something about the smell just didn't do it for me. Great mouthfeel but probably wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA) on 2/12/11. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a thin creaminess that rings the sides of the glass with lace. The aroma smells of fresh cut grass, citrus, and a pronounced earthy spiciness, which is then layered on top of some smooth feeling notes of toasted and buttered biscuits. This definitely has a presence in the nose. Maybe this is a touch too spicy at times though.

The taste is a bit mellower and toned down, with sweet toasted grains mingling with some zesty green citrus and a touch of mildly assertive bitterness. Like the nose, there is a splash of diacetyl that works well with that sweet breadiness of the malts. Green hops spread out across the back of the profile and trail into the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied; with some crispness up front but then mostly smooth and creamy the rest of the way. Very approachable and drinkable.

This was good and a very solid choice to serve on cask here. Light and approachable enough for easy drinking but still rather full flavored for a Bitter, this is a 4% session beer that you can get behind for the long haul. Good stuff!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Our version of an English Ordinary and our first extreme session beer, our lowest alcohol beer. Light golden hued, ligh bodied and lightly hopped utilizing the English First Gold varietal to weigh in at a mere 26 IBU's."

Pours a golden-copper color with a short white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of light earthy and herbals hops along with a bit of citrus. There's a light grain character lingering in the background. The flavor brings a bit of earthy hops, but consists mostly of hoppy bitterness. At only 26 IBUs, I'm surprised the hops shine this much; at the same time, there isn't too much else there but the sessionable nature of this one is undeniable. A nice, easy-drinking beer without any flaws. I like it.

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Fennec Ale from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 5 ratings