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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 208
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 208
Reviews by Buggies:
Photo of Buggies
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bright yellow orange with a nice head. Good lacing also.

S: Nice lite hop aroma with a little citrus coming through. Very faint malty aroma. The smell doesn't say much for good tasting beer IMO.

T: Very up front hops taste and bitterness. Some citrus in there as well. Dam this is a tasty beer. Not too hoppy and not too bitter. Just right.

This is one tasty beer. This was my first beer from Sly Fox. I hope the rest of their beers taste as good as this one does.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember drinking at the Phoenixville brewpub while living in the area 2002-2003 and I believe I tried this at the time its nice to see it around here now.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light copper with a huge blooming head a bit to large as it unexpectedly overflowed the glass,crystal malt really shows itself in the nose somewhat fruity with a hint of mineral a decent citrusy hopsmack shows as well.Somewhat light flavor-wise lightly sweet caramel malt with a biscuity character mingles into a leafy,citrusy finish.The body just lacks a bit not giving it a little push that it needs.Its a quaffer decent flavors but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, yellow/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt and citrus hops

Taste: caramel, tea, chocolate, and big citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweetish start that becomes bitter

Drinkability: A slightly above average pale ale. I like how the chocolate and caramel mix with the hops, yet I would do one or two max.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml can with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up a recently from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. An orange-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of pine, grass, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a metallic note and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a caramel malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of pine, stewed hops, mild grass, caramel, earthy yeast and cardboard. Highly attenuated and rather harsh, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and very dry, with decent carbonation and body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of of bitter aromatic pine, acrid stewed leaves and cardboard.

So-so. Has the potential to be a solid American pale ale but the execution needs improvement. Lacklustre looks, with a head that disappears too quickly. The aroma and flavour are OK but the hop character is indistinct and there are some unpleasant off-notes spoiling the experience. Body is alright but mouthfeel overly dry. Basically - could try harder. No need to hunt this one down.

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Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to see these cans available in the Pittsburgh market...nice competition to Dale's Pale. Appears a copper amber hued tone forms a nice off white cream head leaves fine even lacing all around my pint glass nice look to it. Aromatics are upfront with pine needles and semi funky earthiness some citrus peel as well is detectable matched with light caramel sweetness seems English Pale in it's roots but no complaints. Taste is a balanced mix of sweetness and hop bitterness great stuff slightly funky hops earthy pine cone dominates the hop flavors with light citrus and earthy dirt notes...while soothing caramel malts balance it all out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth going down great sipping brew. Drinkability solid stand up pale ale quality all around good for drinking in number however I'm such a fan of the Pikeland I don't for see me picking up any quantity of these brews.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper body with a cream head....excellent lacing over the glass

good balance of malt and hops....hints of citrus in the nose

hops a present but don't take over the glass...malt leads to a nice balance and keeps things crisp...citrus/orange flavors also present

the medium body makes for a smooth mouthfeel...very refreshing on a hot day or any day for that fact

semi-low ABV makes this one an all day drinker for me

an excellent pale ale and i'm happy to have this one be local to me....at least i know i'm getting a fresh product off the shelves whenever i grab a 6'er of these

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a special beer.
What....beer in a can?
Yep, great CRAFT beer in a can.
Pours a pretty golden orange with a small white head that melts rather quickly to a thin ring of lace.
Aroma is pretty typical pale ale...pale malts with a bit of citrus although I also catch a hint of caramel.
Taste it and everything changes. The citrus hops immediately come to the forefront with the pale malts fighting to catch up. They finally do as you swallow and your tongue is treated to a wonderfully fresh balance between the two.
Mouth is comfortably dry afterwards, however not exceedingly so.
You thirst feels quenched.
If they didn't taste so good, you could probably get by with just one, but damn....
Pop me another, please.
Thanks Blitheringidiot for bringing this one to California to share.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour, standard pint glass

A - copper colored beer, clear. half inch or so of tight and frothy cream colored foam. spotty thin lacing down the glass.

S - very earthy, pine makes its way through some sweet malts.

T - piney and earthy hops, solid amount of caramel sweetness underneath.

M - thin body, moderately carbonated. a bit creamy in the mouth before carb cuts into the body, finishes prickly with some lingering grassy hops.

D - not bad, not great but drinkable. well balanced but cant compete with the better versions of the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong coppery color with reddish hints. Bubbles move slowly through the liquid, and the head is fluffy but not super-thick, and it chills down to a patchy skim fairly quickly. Lots of little islands of lace are formed. Something kind of entrancing about this color...

Aroma balances lighter toasty malts and a gentle but forward hop character. Delicately grassy and the subtlety of a water cracker hand in hand.

The taste is simple, and impressive. The caramel-ish malts give way to a sweet candy-like essence (sweet cherries come to mind), but the grassy hop presence makes sure the sweetness stays in its place. The hops are featured as much as the should be in any American pale ale, nothing more or less. Yep, it's balanced. Yep, it's simple. Yep, it's one of those low-ABV beers that exhibits plenty of flavor.

Good slick glide to the texture, its gentleness balanced (there's that word again!) with lightly tingly carbonation bubbles. Does what it should.

I love when beer like this comes out of a can. A totally solid example of the style with just enough hop kick...insanely drinkable...If I'm ever going to "session" (I never do), this would be the beer to do it with!

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to GnomeKing for this beer!

Pours amber with a rocky offwhite 2 fingers deep head.Great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight breadyness & fruittyness. I catch some grapefruitty hops as it warms

T: Breadyness up front then grapefruitty hops. Fruittyness comes through along with more hops. Finishes fruitty & hoppy, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & fair balance

Drinks really easy, apretty nice APA. I could session on this no problem

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Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden brown color with a fantastic egg-shell head that left a complete wall of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite light, some caramel malt and light grassy hops. The taste is of a stale grassy hop with a sweet bready honey malt, typical APA. Moderate body with tingly carbonation, good balance, finishes slightly bitter. A nice easy going APA, noticable hop presense with a good malt balance. Nothing crazy but a good summer time brew. Great that it comes in a can.

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Photo of Swift989
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Creed's Seafood & Steaks, King of Prussia, PA, presented as Creed's Dirty Blonde Ale (I found out later that this was re-branded as Phoenix Pale Ale)

Appears a nice copper color, almost red with a nice, light, fluffy white head. Some decent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a decent malt aroma with a nice hint of hops. Nice balance between the two. Also a hint of bread and biscuit.

Taste is a lot more hoppy than expected, but follows the nose really well. Overall a good flavor.

Medium body, smooth, nice dry bitter aftertaste, good drinkability and nice carbonation. Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is good, hops and malts are well balanced, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz can of Phoenix served in a Troegenator seidel. The beer is chilled.

A: The ale is a copper red color with a decent sized head that laces the glass. There is no sign of any sediment.

S: The ale has a caramel/biscuit nose that does not betray any hop concentration.

T: The ale has a firm malt body of biscuit and caramel. This body provides a nice foundation for a piquant spicy hop flourish. The hops do no dominate, rather they provide a nice counter balance to the malts.

M: The malts and hops are perfectly balanced, giving the beer a truely appealing mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable (especially in the cans!), this is a good tailgate ale and can stand up to most situations.

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Photo of kinnaird
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one.

Pour produces a one finger, frothy, eggshell head. A beautiful golden-copper, apple juice colored body.

Smells of fresh hops, but it's not as strong as a West Coast Pale. You know the smells - citrus, pine, grapefruit, apricot, etc. Yum.

Sweet crystal malts, mellow hops. The English malts and American hops work in brilliant balance. This is the most balanced APA I've ever tasted.

Thin and crisp. A quencher.

This is the definition of a session pale. Mouthwatering aromas, extremely balanced, and thirst quenching. Very recommended.

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Photo of Kuhnzie8637
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more than two fingers worth of lush light khaki colored froth with a slightly waffled top comprised of big chunky airy bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a mix of light copper and medium amber... A light to moderate bit of briskly paced carbonation... The nose is fairly subdued but led by the malt base... Caramel... Pie crust... Cereal grains... Toffee... Some light sweet citrus... Orange zest... A hint of tropical fruit... An earthy hop presence is a bit of a surprise at the forefront of the palate... Some light woody character... The malt base takes a distant back seat an the hints of citrus are completely missing in action... Medium bodied... A bit sharp on the tongue with a surprisingly dry slightly astringent finish... A bit of chalkiness on the tongue as well... A respectable American Pale Ale... Straight down the middle but rather unspectacular...

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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