Year of the Fox

Georgia
United States
Year of the Fox, Social Fox Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Year of the Fox is our champagne style Oneoblonde that celebrates the beginning of a new year.
Utilizing a light grain bill with the addition of jasmine rice and fermenting with a kviek yeast we create a dry, blonde style beer that's then fermented on chardonnay grapes.
The resulting beer is full bodied with traditional white wine flavors and underlying dry finish.
 

Profile

ABV: 
9.1%
Served at: 
40º F
Judges Review 
Brian Eichhorn's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Year of the Fox by Social Fox Brewing is being evaluated here as a Grape Ale with Chardonnay grapes, category 29D (Grape Ale) in the 2021 BJCP guidelines. The beer pours a deep gold with a bronze tinge to it with minimal head that collapses relatively quickly. The nose on this one is pretty grapey, almost foxy-type like Niagara or Concord. There's a distinct fruitiness to the yeast as well, which I've learned is a kveik strain. Grape aromatics, however, mostly dominate here, if a bit one-dimensional and fruity. On the palate, the carbonation is medium-low, adding some light effervescence. While there's a distinctly grapey quality to it, the alcohol seems to temper the residual apparent sweetness. While the malt and alcohol work to balance this out, more carbonation would help carry that sweetness across the palate. The more one drinks, the heavier it starts to feel regarding that sugary element. The idea here is sound, but some more attenuation would help round this out, and likely bump the pH downward further, helping to give a sense of dryness and wine-like character. 

Brewery Introduction

Social Fox Brewing is committed to bringing to customers the quality beer they deserve. As the First Brewery in Norcross we seek to be the next symbol for the city, to give back to the community through hyperlocal initiatives, and most importantly, those working to provide the public with this... Read More

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