Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sly Fox Christmas Ale

Ahoy everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend, and are ready for the mid-season finale of the Walking Dead!  The season has been building up to this point, the showdown between the Governor and Rick, as well as the reunion of Daryl and Merle.  Which side will everyone turn to when it all starts to hit the fan?  I can't wait!

Tonight I am drinking the winter seasonal from Sly Fox, with a fairly generic name of Christmas Ale.  That pretty much leaves this beer wide open in what could be in the can.  That's right, a can.  A Christmas Ale in a can.  I love it!
Sly Fox is another in what seems tons of breweries who have recently expanded.  They've moved their production facility to Pottstown, PA.  In the larger facility, they are able to almost double their output.  I've had most of Sly Fox's canned offerings (Rte 113 IPA, Phoenix Pale Ale, Royal Weisse) and haven't been disappointed yet.
 Christmas Ale
Sly Fox Brewing Company
5.5% ABV
16 IBUs
Best By: No clue
Sly Fox Christmas Ale pours a brownish red color with a little more than a finger width's height of an off-white color head.  Several minutes after pouring and the head is still on top the beer, giving this ale a great look.  The main aroma coming from this beer is cinnamon.  Kerry has a much stronger nose than me, and she gets aromas of clove, cinnamon, pine and apple.  However you put it, this beer definitely smells like the holidays.  The taste is yet more cinnamon and holiday spices on a sweet, caramel malt backbone.  Sly Fox Christmas Ale goes down smooth, and has a medium to medium heavy body.  Carbonation levels are around average,

Overall:  Definitely a beer for the holidays.  Smooth, spiced, malty, very flavorful.  I can attest from this picture, Sly Fox Christmas Ale goes great with homemade Christmas cookies.  If you're having a holiday party this season, this beer would definitely go over well with your guests. 

Have you had Sly Fox Christmas Ale?  What did you think?  What's your favorite winter season brew?  Let me know in the comments!

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