Nephilium (1392) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. This pours a clear reddish amber, with about one and a half fingers of off white head. There’s a slight hop aroma to the beer. The flavor is where this beer shines, nice crisp Centennial hop bite, long bitter finish, and lively mouthfeel. No real lacing on the pint, but this is a very drinkable IPA.
highpoint (26) - lansdowne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, upon opening, hit with a heavy hop aroma. nice amber color. straw,cirtrus flavor are awesome. perfectly balanced malts, one of my favorite "on the edge" IPA’s. great job
OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from trade with whaleman. Good aroma, well maybe I should say strong aroma, a sharp bitterness. Grass, green tea, sourdough, bit of orange & grapefruit. Clean brownish orange color, good head & lacing. Bitter flavor. Not noticing the centennial & cascade much. Big grassy grainy monster. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Well, not one I can get behind. Was real slow going down. Aroma was strong enough and the flavor was big enough. Had some flavor that made me the of some pale lagers. Oh well
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright red-copper body with a huge white fluffy head and sparse lacing. The aroma is caramely with fruity hops but not overly citrusy - tangerine, apricot, etc. The flavour is quite bitter up front - chewy, metallic, and quite fruity. Finishes with a kind of tangy bitterness.
mds (2230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bright red-copper body with a huge white fluffy head and sparse lacing. The aroma is caramely with fruity hops but not overly citrusy - tangerine, apricot, etc. The flavour is quite bitter up front - chewy, metallic, and quite fruity. Finishes with a kind of tangy bitterness.
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, mds, jerc & mabel - courtesy of mds. Deep amber colour with a good sized white head. Aroma is quite fruity, with strong citric hops. Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Flavour is nice at first, with good orange and lemon notes, but it starts to get pretty astringent and overpowering. I enjoyed it to a point, but it was ultimately too unbalanced for me to really get into it.
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is great, a dark pour, nice head, and an aroma that will knock you on your ass. And wow, the flavor just keeps you on the floor. Get it? Ok, whatever, its great, this is a great IPA.
jercraigs (8013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Bottle. Lightly hazy body with a massive fluffy beige head (4+). Good tangerine aroma, light malt notes. Fairly bitter with some very nice orange notes, and a lot of lemon seed character that is pleasant but gets to be too much, and overly astringent at times. Average to medium palate. Quite liked it at first but this would be tough to drink a bottle off me thinks.
<P>2nd Bottle, no notes: Much less bitter and astringent than previous sample, more drinkable, and more pleasant citrus.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a tall frothy white head that seemed to refuse to dissipate. Aroma is grapefruit and orange with a tiny bit of grassiness... overall very sweet and inviting though is somewhat quick to fade. Flavor is straight hops up front with big notes of pine and fresh-cut grass, perhaps a bit soapy and maybe even a little metallic, leading quickly to an effervescent and dry finish. Very bitter and dry for a regular IPA, but not without some decent hop complexity. I would have liked to see a bit citrus in the hops with slightly less abrasive dryness. However, this is an IPA that, like it or not, makes you stand up and take notice. Not afraid to assert itself at the cost of your palate. Very decent brew.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled March 2007
Pours with a touch of haze and with a red-stained copper color. Excessively carbonated, though not quite a gusher, it produces a five-finger thick frothy, amber tinged tan colored head that is propped up by bad rivulets of bubbles streaming from the bottom of my tulip. AS the head recedes, it never quite disappears, and leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Fruity hop notes intermingle with a touch of grassy / herbal character; I smell notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangelo, ripe berries, and a touch of pine and / or even onion. Towards the end a nice, dry, grain character starts to come through: toasty malt notes, and fresh made biscuits are definitely noticeable. There is also a touch of phenolic character here; it is something like plastic, though not quite.
Lightly sweet flavors up front, and it is definitely well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my tongue. It is a bit too cold right now, which seems to accentuate a biting bitterness that lingers on after the beer has left my mouth. Hallelujah, there is no diacetyl here, perhaps there is enough hops in this to fend off unwanted wee-beasties. Sharply herbal at times with an almost green pine note. There are also lots of hop driven citrus notes here, but they don’t necessarily run the show; notes of grapefruit, tangelo, orange peel, and bergamot are all quite evident especially towards the end of a sip.
This is not a bad beer, certainly the best I have had from Sly Fox so far, but it is not quite a great IPA. It can be a little harsh at times with both an astringent hop character and some notes of hot alcohol, plus there is that touch of phenolic character that the hops just can’t quite hide.