Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one seemed a little off-balance at first sip with the hops clearly holding precedence over the malts. In fact, it wasnít until I was halfway through my serving that the malt-sweetness decided to rear its head. Somewhat fragrant with a pleasant aroma of hops and circus peanuts. Hop bite was less than expected from the smell but sufficed.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been drinking these for a couple of years now, I guess itís time to finally rate it. Pour was a medium/light brown/orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is earthy hops and herbs, with some underlying grapefruit. The flavors are pretty much the same with a medium malt backbone. The hop flavors in the finish are the big seller for me.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the maltiness and some of the flavors remind me of a reeseís cup floating but the hops seem to clash and balance is a bit lacking. But it seems like another solid offering from Sly Fox which has plenty of flavors for the tongure to peruse.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Purchased from Ramsey Liquors in NJ. Pours a picture perfect dark clear amber with a monstrous, thick lasting beige head. Weird. I canít really smell...anything. After some vigorous swirling, I got the lightest hint of bready malts and floral hops. I tested my nose to smell something else and I could smell it fine so it wasnít me. As for the flavor, all Iím getting is caramel malt/bread and bittering hops/resin. Not the usual expected fruity notes of grapefruit, citrus or pine. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Unbelievably great head retention and lacing. I was disappointed in this one but am really looking forward to trying other Sly Fox brews.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with Doclock. Pours a burnt copper color with an ivory head. Hoppy aroma with some malt sweetness. Notes of grass, grapefruit, oranges and grapes. Good malt presence with tons of hoppy bitterness. More grapefruit flavors as well as a bit of caramel, toffee, and slight metallic notes.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light brown, looks orange even. White head leaves some lace. Smells of floral hops and toffee. Tastes mainly like grapefruit, it is so hoppy bitter that it tastes kind of nutty. A very smooth IPA, I like this one alot.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bomber, shared by DarkElf - thanks Stephen! Pours a gorgeous reddish amber with an ever so slight haze, giving rise to nice fluffy off white head that lasts well and leaves rich lace. Aroma of toasty malts, floral and fruity with light citrus notes. Nice hoppy flavors, lightly sweet and fruity malts, with piney, herbal and mild grapefruit hops and a lingering pucker. Medium body, gentle carbonation. Very pleasant and enjoyable IPA.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle generously provided by Doclock:
Poured into a Raftman tulip glass. Pours copper with a generous tan rocky head. Smells of grass, hay, sage, dough, spring meadows and perfume. Tastes initially bitter with some pepper and spicy elements. Chewy thick mouthfeel with a slightly metallic finish.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy caramel, somewhat dark, HUGE sand colored head, very pillowy, web like lacing.   Sweet & sour hop aroma, slight pale fruit skin, touch of pine, with some steeped malts.   Tangy on the tongue, not like a hop bitterness twang either.   Citrus bitterness of sorts.   Pale malts, otherwise lightly hopped.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but not as big as I would expect for an IPA.   This one seems like more of a sturdy Pale Ale.   I like my IPAs crisp with a nice hop profile.   This one was okay, but not as fresh with the hops as I like.   Thanks Steve for the bottle!
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 21-Mar-06 in trade with Lou18, thanks Lou!) My first Sly Fox beer, and itís making quite the first impression! The flavor is lightly sweet, fairly malty and toasty, with a hint of light roast. Moderately bitter hops easily balances the malt early on, finishing strongly with a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Aroma is of toasty malts, like walking through a homebrew shop with all the grains working as a team to give a general malty aroma to the place. Mild hops adds a nice balance and is very pleasant. Mild vegetal aroma forms after awhile, but the nose is still enjoyable. Medium "plus" body and somewhat dry on the palate with average carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Thereís a chalky, dusty finish and mouthfeel as well. This is a visually stunning beer. Dark red-amber color with a moderate haze. Very tall and fluffy head is light-tan in color and leaves dense, patchy lacing on the glass. Overall, a very solid IPA demonstrating great balance and excellent hop flavor. Very good, even by West Coast standards.