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Sly Fox Cluster IPA

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Sly Fox Cluster IPA
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Cluster is an American hop with pronounced floral and spicy characteristics. <br /><br /> Known years: 2008


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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Grapefruit notes throughout this super hopped latest creation of the Sly Fox IPA project - I have had many IPAs like this, super hopped but this one has some malt behind it, but still too "sweet" for my taste.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On draft. Pours a hazy amber copper with a medium oft white head. Aroma of floral hops and citrus notes. Taste of floral and citrus hops. Nice, crisp and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Draught at Bar Great Harry. Typical project orange/amber color with the frothy off-white head. Webby lacing. Citrus, mint, tea and piney hop aroma. Flavor of solid caramel malts with peach, mint, and spicy/citrusy hops. Moderate but long lasting bitter hop finish, characterized by a combintation of resin, spice, tea and citrus. Very good SF project, but IMO not among the best I have tried. Could have been my bad mood.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Amber pour with a dense off white head. Has a great, rich fruity aroma with plenty of tropical notes of peach, mango, lychee, resiny notes, and a caramel malt back. The palate is nice creamy and silky. The flavor is very rich yet balanced. A solid caramel malt body, giving a rounded sweet base/ a touch of dough (which is hard to detect through the great assertive hops) Rich tropical fruit flavors with lychee, peach and mango, accompanied by a thick resiny flavor and wet hop character. The finish is very long, piny and dry. Great IPA; aggressively hopped, rich and well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Draft at Capone’s. Pours dark straw colored, but lighter than the Lakefront IPA. Nose is resiny hops, caramel malt, mild fruit. Tastes piney hoppy, tannic, with caramel malt and a resiny finish. This is my least fav of the SF varietal IPAs, and I felt that the Lakefront was a tad better. Still, this is very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
[Draft @ Capones] Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, caramel malts, citrus fruits, and a bit of grass. Taste of pine, citrus fruits, grass, caramel, toasted malts, and medium bitterness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Draft @ Capone’s. Basically the classic look and feel of all SF IPA project beers. Citrusy floral aroma. Flavor has a nice fruity/floral thing that reminds one of being in an orange grove. Classic SF maltiness that I like with a nice feel and solid finish. Another really good IPA proj brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Tap @ Capones - orange hazy pour with white rocky head that clings to the glass. Aroma is gummy and piney but not over the top. Very fresh smelling. Flavor has good bitterness along the front and sides of the tongue. Good balance and Cluster seems to be a good single hop choice, though for my personal taste idlinemore hop flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap a the Phoenixville location. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, fruity, and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, pine, and some toasted caramel. Some lacing left on the glass.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap at the Royersford location. Pours a nice copper/amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, some pine, mango, other tropical fruits, orange...almost smells like a tropical fruit drink. Also getting some caramel notes and floral. Flavor of grapefruit, pine, again the tropical fruits, smooth hop bitterness, caramel and lightly toasted malt. For sure one of the top, if not the top IPA in the Sly Fox single hop IPA series. I need to get my hands on some Cluster hops!


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