Sly Fox Pughtown Porter

Val ordered this beer at Sly Fox. They had a lot of offerings on tap, and I wanted to order more, but the tasting room had this smell that didn’t sit well with me. It was a combination of an aggressive cleaner and old bread. I’m not holding it against the brewery at all, but I just couldn’t stay there for more than one beer. Anyways, I had never heard of the beer, and given it’s a draft-only, I’m not surprised. Let’s see how it fared.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rich, robust, chocolatey and hoppy porter brewed with British pale, crystal, chocolate and black malts. The beer is hopped with American Centennial and Cascade, plus British East Kent Goldings.”

Random: This beer is “occasionally” available on draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated rather quickly and only left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was reddish-brown and clear, with a lot of carbonation visible. For a porter, the nose was light. I picked up ash and wood smoke with some dark malts. The taste was even more odd. It had cocoa powder and the same dark, roasted malts. But, it was aggressively bitter with pine, which overshadowed the roasted malts and smoke. The body was also light and thin for a porter with much less carbonation than expected. It had a quick finish with the pine bitterness. I was not a fan of this beer, despite being a big fan of hops. It wasn’t balanced and I would have liked a bit more carbonation. I don’t feel that it’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sly Fox Tale Chaser

The next stop on our trip was Sly Fox, which was in the middle of an industrial park. When we walked in, the tasting room had a few people, but was by no means packed. It also had a small kitchen that made pizzas and snacks. This beer is one that I had never heard of from the brewery, which makes sense, since it’s brewed for The Pub At Wegmans, which I think is a great concept. One of the things that I love about Whole Foods in Gowanus (Brooklyn), is the bar upstairs. It always has a great taplist for a reasonable price and it has a nice vibe. I haven’t been to any of the Wegmans locations that have this, but I’m putting it on the list to try.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “Tale Chaser IPA was created by Sly Fox brewers in collaboration with The Pub bartenders. It has a light hops flavor with a crisp and clean citrus finish. The Tale Chaser IPA is available to enjoy throughout the summer on draught for $4 per pint exclusively at The Pub at Wegmans, as well as to purchase in growlers at any of the four Pubs. The fanciful name was chosen from among the four local Pub locations, who each presented a “Top 10″ style list of reasons that their name was the best. The winner was The Pub at Wegmans Allentown.”

Random: Weyerbacher has a beer that they exclusively brew for Pizzeria Uno’s that I still haven’t tried.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with high carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. On the nose, I got a lot of freshly cut grass and grapefruit pith. There wasn’t any malt that I found. The taste was light, but very crisp. I picked up the same grapefruit pith, but also grapefruit juice. It was grass as well with some lemon rind too. At the end of the sip, there was a touch of malt that offered a cracker note, but this was all about the hops. The body was light with high carbonation, adding to the drinkability of the beer. It had a medium length finish with grass and lemon pith. I liked this beer a lot and would make for a great barbecue beer if it more widely available.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sly Fox 2014 Christmas Ale

So, instead of complaining about work as I usually do, I’ll share some news. We finally found
a house and we’re out of attorney review. In theory, we should be in the house by March. It has a sweet bar that I can put my kegerator in. I’m starting to get excited, despite how stressful this entire process is. Anyways, let’s get to the beer, more about the house later.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.”

Random: I’m down to 21 discs on my Netflix queue.

This beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with spices, specifically nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. There was some sweet malt present too. After a few sniffs, I picked up some cherries. The taste was spice dominant. I picked up nutmeg and allspice primarily. Then, I got some sweet malt with caramel too. There was no booze to speak of, which isn’t surprising, given the ABV. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was long with spice and sweet malt. This brew was pretty good, especially when so many holiday beers are absolute booze bombs. For $6.99 a bomber, which broke down to $.32 an ounce, this isn’t an overly expensive beer and was enjoyable to drink. It’s worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Irish Stout

The game had finally hit the fourth quarter and I saw this brew on the draft list. I’d seen it a few times on tap in Philly bars, but never gotten around to trying it. So, hoping for a little luck from this Irish-style beer for my Eagles, I grabbed a pint.


ABV: 3.6%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An Irish-style Draft Stout poured with nitrogen for a rich creamy pint. Brewed with imported Pale and Roasted malts, along with Flaked Barley, and hopped with Cascade and Target hops. Black in color, light bodied and roasty dry.”

Random: Rachel Ray is making beer meatballs on her show right now. I’m not sure how that’s going to go. They look gross to me.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger tan head on top of a black body. Due to the color, I couldn’t guess how much carbonation was in this one. As to be expected from a nitro brew, the head was insanely slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The nose is roasty with chocolate malt and a touch of coffee. The taste was really flavorful with roasted malts, smoke and coffee bitterness. There was dark chocolate present as well. It had a thin body with generous carbonation, which made this one a really easy drinker. It had a long finish with dark chocolate and smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and made for a great drinker during the game. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sly Fox Grisette

I love beer in cans. It probably has something to do with the fact that I grill a lot and I find that having cans outside is much easier. Sly Fox has been canning for as long as I can remember. I saw this on the shelves during the summer and picked up a sixer to see how it was.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Grisette is a Belgian style ale which was originally brewed in the Hainaut province to be the beer of the miners in the area, just as Saison was the beer of the farmers. It was lighter than Saison and frequently contained wheat as well as barley malt (as does the Sly Fox version). The name is derived from the French word for ‘gray,’ referring to both the drab factory frocks worn by the young women (the grisettes) who doled out pints as the men exited from the mines, and also the color of the cobblestone rock being mined.”

Random: I watched some of the Giants game last night. They looked absolutely awful…

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a very cloudy light yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had lemon with the typical coriander spice, Belgian yeast and wheat I’ve come to expect from the style. The taste was nice. It had lemon peel, Belgian yeast and heavy coriander. There was a metal twang on the end of it that I don’t think was due to the can (at least I hope it wasn’t!). The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with a lot of spice on it. This was pretty good…I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sly Fox 2012 Christmas Ale

Ah, Sly Fox, a brewery that I hit up a lot early on, but I haven’t revisited much. Kate bought me the Royal Weisse a few months back, but before that it was over a year since I had quaffed a Sly Fox beer. I’m definitely down with the whole can thing, but I haven’t had a beer from them that floored me. Tonight’s selection from them is their seasonal/holiday ale.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.”

Random: The “to” and “from” portion on the can is quite cute.

This brew poured a finger full of thick, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate to high carbonation visible throughout. The nose is potent, yet pleasant. The nose was sugar plums and cinnamon with some cloves. Taste was the same sugar plums that were in the nose, coupled with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some dark cherries came through as well. The body was on the thicker side with decent carbonation. The finish was lengthy finish with fruit and spice. This could be the best Sly Fox beer that I’ve had. It had all of the holiday flavors that I look forward to and it was decently balanced without having a lot of booze. Grab one if you can this year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sly Fox Royal Weisse

I only have a few more reviews left and then I’m completely updated, which means that I can have some new review beer during the second half of the Giants game. It’s weird being in a house by myself. Usually, I’m in a house where there is constant noise. But, I’m at my sister’s today and she just left for a concert, so it’s actually odd being in such a quiet house. Plus, I haven’t really talked to Katie a lot since she’s at work, which sucks. But, I’ll get to see her tonight. So, here’s another brew that she got for me.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An unforgettable Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity”

Random: I hate when teams ice the kicker. It rarely ever works and just makes the game drag.

Again, I’m using the wrong glass. Oh well, I’ll deal with it. The beer poured with a one finger head that was pure white and dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, golden orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was pretty pungent. I got orange, lemon, wheat and pronounced banana. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose (lemon, banana, wheat) and some spice thrown in as well. The banana was dominant in the taste, but it reminded me a lot of banana laffy taffy, which I’m not a huge fan of. The spice was a little bit too mute. The body was heavier than I’m used to for the style and the carbonation was intense. The finish was relatively quick with banana. This wasn’t the best hefe that I’ve ever had, but it was definitely drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0