Monday, August 17, 2009

48. Sly Fox Hop Project Whitbread Golding

Sly Fox Hop Project Whitbread Golding comes from Sly Fox Brewing Company in Royersford, PA—they also have a brewhouse and eatery in Phoenixville. The Sly Fox Hop Project is a brewing project that produces single hop beers, and has been running since 2004—they did IPAs for the first four years, and shifted this year to pale ales. Sadly, this year marked the end of the Hop Project annual brewing schedule—Sly Fox announced that the annual Hop Project Day on December 11th would instead be transformed into an anniversary party. See also Steph Weber’s post about his experiences at Sly Fox Hop Project 2009 for detailed commentary about this years complete run of Hop Project beers. Why am I always the last to know?

And yes, Jenn, I purposely picked the creepiest picture I had of're a half step off Sketchy Santa here

Sly Fox’s Hop Project Whitbread Golding has a biscuity nose with some slight mustiness, and, interestingly enough, not much in way of a hop aroma—they must be going for an English-style pale ale here. The clear amber color and creamy off-white head work nicely together; the beer works well visually. Hop Project begins with a biscuit malt front, moves into a strong but enjoyable bitterness, and finishes very dry and bitter—some of the biscuit comes back to clean the palate, and lets the bitterness of the hops linger with a bit of mustiness. No detectable hop flavors. It has a sharp clean mouthfeel and a bit of creaminess to round out the flavors; the carbonation provides some bite, but is not obtrusive. Interesting beer, and interesting project—I’m sad we won’t be getting to continue to sample other selections from the project as a whole. Oh, to live in New York, and have the world at my feet...

From the Sly Fox website: “The seventh release in this year's Hop Project brewed with an English hop variety known as WGV (Whitbread Goldings Variety) which was developed in the 1960's in an attempt to create a Goldings hop with a higher alpha acid content (the component of hops responsible for their bittering ability). It has a mild, spicy aroma with flavors of wood and tobacco and is most often used in the production of British style ales.”

ABV: 5.0%
OG: 13
IBU: 30


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