Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sly Fox Brewing Co. - 113 India Pale Ale; Pikeland Pils

This is from the Sly Fox Brewing Company in Royersford, Pennsylvania.  They can all their beers.

113 India Pale Ale - This beer pours a dark copper to amber in color.  The aroma is hop forward but subdued, with citrus and tropical fruit, but with a detectable malt backbone.  The flavor is mostly malt with a bitter finish.  I note this can is one week past its best by date.  They say that IPA's can really lose their hop flavor and aroma if not fresh and this one may be suffering from that.  7.0% ABV.

Pikeland Pils - This 4.9 % ABV beer pours a hazy, yet smoldering, golden yellow.  It is violently carbonated with a huge, billowing head of white foam.  The aroma is malty grain, straw, a little grass, and dusty barn.  The taste is dry, lots of malt and grain, lager "funk", with a grassy and bitter finish.  One of the best American pilsners I have tried, and one of the very few that actually approach the flavor of a German or Czech pils.

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