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Sly Fox Maibock

June 20, 2012

Ah, Sly Fox. While I haven’t spoken of them in over a year, I still would count them as one of the more solid breweries operating these days. Coming out of a Philadelphia brew-pub in the mid-90s, Sly Fox has slowly but surely turned into one of the better brewers in the Mid-Atlantic. While not flashy or particularly big, they consistently make good beers that are worth drinking. I wouldn’t compare them to a Dogfish Head or a Southern Tier but more of a Southampton or Keegan. The other night while at Barcade, I spotted their Maibock on tap, and since the season is swiftly closing, I went for it.

Maibock translates as May Bock, generally meaning a bock that is brewed in the spring. Bocks being stronger and darker lagers. Humorously, the maibock is actually lighter and hoppier than most bocks. Despite my normal distaste for heavy handed hopping and light colored beers, I am fond of maibocks as they are generally perfect for this time of year. Hence why, when I saw Sly Fox had put one up, I jumped on it.

The beer poured a clear golden color with a quickly dissipating white head, though not the shocking white that sometimes accompanies other beers. The scent was a strong singular smell of ripe fruit, that hinted at the summer that is to come. While not necessarily perfect for the style, it fit thematically which can sometimes be just as important.

Sly Fox’s Maibock does have a wonderful light bodied mouthfeel that makes it go down easy and good at quenching the thirst after a long day. The taste was a complex mixture of biscuits, dry hops, and fruit. There were also light hints of malt that accompanied the beer though it was largely beaten out by the other flavors. Overall, Sly Fox makes a pretty delicious Maibock and while most of you will have to wait till next year to see it again, I would highly suggest that if you see this beer you give it a go.

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  1. mainbock = may goat 😉

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