Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
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 by dherling:
Photo of dherling
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to find this in a cask at Andy's tonight. It poured out a nice dark gold with a creamy thick head. I was surprised by the fruit in the nose, strawberry and melon. The beer hit my palate with some assertive hops and a bitter melon/unripe honey dew flavor. There was some sweetness too, berry like. It finished with a hoppy bitterness that wsn't too overbearing, rather refreshing and smooth actually. Overall, this had some interesting things going on, and although I didn't find anything great about the beer, I didn't find any faults with it either. A safe choice for a drinkable brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 least i know i'm getting a fresh product off the shelves whenever i grab a 6'er of these

Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a special 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.

Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +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!

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of Gmann
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of kinnaird
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

Photo of theghost3
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlazmoIntoWowee for this.

Pours a translucent copper with a 3-finger, frothy yellowish white head. Some layered lacing throughout.

Smell is toffee & grainy malts with some floral hops. The taste is stronger of hops than the smell--herbal, floral & piney hops with toffee, slightly roasted malts. Well-balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp; just slightly acidic.

This is a very drinkable APA. I really like the malt/hop balance. Very refreshing after mowing the yard.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper color and very little head(due to how I poured it),semi visible color.

S-Grapefruit and a smell I cant put my nose on.(pine mabey)?

T-Grapefruit and other citrus taste's.Malt,I think the malt keeps the hops from overpowering the taste.Its a very Neutral taste.

M-Great mouthful,exploding flavors in your mouth that attack your palate but in a good way.But not to the point where they both overpower.

D-God made this pale especially for me! I think this is the best pale ale I ever had in my life.There isnt one bad thing about this beer.I could drink this all day and probaly be plastered by the night.We all have a weekness,Kudo's to SLYFOX for this one.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium auburn color, with a light tan finger of head and nice lacing. Smells lightly hoppy, and lightly malty. Nice balance there. Floral and light citrus hops and sweet caramel malts ion the back.

Taste is right up there with the aroma: Slight piny, resiny hops, sweet caramel malts and a nice bitter finish.

Somewhat crisp feel, light, smooth, with goood carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking. Nothing spectacular, but it's solid as hell and worth regularity.

Thanks woodychandler for the CAN!

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phoenix Pale ale pours a rather clear burnt sienna with an slight amber tone to it. It has a half-inch head that settles in nicely. There's strong lacing and it looks well-developed. Smells of bready and earthy notes, not very pungent at all. This brew has moderate carbonation and a light to medium heavy-ness. Taste is smooth and clean, but more forward with the malts. Hops definitely takes a back seat, as there is not much of a bite here at all. Aftertaste is a little spicy coming through with malts at the end. This is a very drinkable pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but it's solid and was $7.99 for the 6 which is clutch. Another good brew from consistent Sly Fox.

Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looker of a pale ale. Glowing light red and traffic signal orange body, very clear with a fluffy off white head three fingers tall. Settles to mild clumping and a nice sudsy soapy collar, while slow rising carbonation creeps up the middle nicely. The body color is very much reminiscent of the phoneix can color scheme, real nice.

Nose is a little grainy, with some light toasted malts. A nice woody pine hop sense briefly and mild sweetness and some soft hinting caramel. Not too bad.

Palate is very solid and enjoyable. A good pine and herbal bent on the finish, with some grass like tones it seems. Mild malt sweetness but the hops seem to be more forward. Could use a little bit of malt sweetness for balance, but the mouthfeel coats just enough without being too wet to let the flavors all be felt. Good bitter aftertaste that really lasts

Overall, pretty solid, and a nice hoppy pale.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled when I saw this can sitting in as an extra on my Growling at the Moon package this month. I have loved really anything I have received from Sly fox, so I figured their pale ale was going to be top notch so I could not wait. Threw this one in the fridge and got a chance to sit down and enjoy it for the first time last night. Took the twelve-ounce can right out of the fridge and poured it into a Prima Pils footed glass.

Appearance - This one poured a very bright and very crystal clear, deep reddish amber. A really nice shade of orange amber with an awesome amount of clarity to it. Really nice carbonation could be seen in the chains of bubbles rippling up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then gathered at the top of this one and proceeded to settle down after just a few minutes to a thin pillow like layer across the top for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation then followed and really gave this a solid look for a pale ale.

Smell - The aroma was a full on replica of the classic west coast hoppy pale ale. A deep resin filled and very thick aroma of pine and citrus hops greeted you right up front. Very nice notes of orange and even some tangerines were easily found. There was a nice stick fresh pine quality to it as well, that was really quite nice. Some underlying maltiness could be found in there, way in the back as well, serving as a nice base to build it one.

Taste - The flavor picked up right where the smell had left off. This was a really tight and nicely balanced little pale ale. Rich fresh sticky pine hops dominated the opening flavors of this one, really setting you up for what was going to be coming down the pike next. SA nice floral bath of tangerines and pineapple flavored hops that opened the door to the sweeter and sugary side of this. Really quite nice. A good base of malted grain underneath providing a nice touch of balance as well and letting you know this was a rather nice little beer. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry with the hops dominating it. Long lasting bitter pine flavor made you reach for another sip time and again.

Mouthfeel - The feel was splendid and exactly what I would have expected out of this one. A very nice light bodied ale with more then adequate carbonation, even down to the very last drop. A nice deep-rooted smooth feel, with a crisp clean finish, very nice and refreshing.

Drinkability - Very high marks here, as I would have loved to have had another one when it was done. It was just tremendously easy to drink all around, and with low abv and great carbonation, you really could not do wrong.

Overall, this was very good. A very nice and tight pale ale that I would love to try on tap, or have a case of to enjoy at home .I would definitely look for this one if you are out looking for a solid pale ale offering. This was very good.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper to amber colour with a mid-sized head that doesn't hang around for too long but leaves it mark on the glass.

The aroma is an okay hop/malt mix, although it seems to be a tad moreso the latter than the former, as this one seems a bit dirty at times. There is a bit of a buttery sweetness in the mix here as well.

The flavour is basically more of the same. Semi-sweet hops cut into a malt base throughout and provide for a nice blend of flavour. There's a toasty malt vibe to this one as well. Mouthfeel is a bit weird and underwhelming in that there's this out of place sharpness at the finish that I can't really put my finger on. Other than that, there's a basic medium bodied semi-chewy body here.

I found this one to be much more in line with an English style Pale Ale than an American one. It's fairly good overall but I expected a bit more.

Photo of rallison
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber with a nice streaming carbonation that leaves a nice 1/2 finger white head.

S: Biscuit-y with a kind of annoying slightly hoppy, slightly toffee-ish malt body.

T: Similar. Slightly grapefruit-y hops with a huge bready, biscuit-y malt body that I cannot stand in this. Touch of grapferuit. Touch of sour. Not working for me at all.

M: Decent - nothing special.

D: Ok, at best.

Not recommended. There are far better pale ales out there. Hell, Sierra Nevada is leaps and bounds above this.

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a somewhat low, off white head that soon fall back. The beer is an orange medium-amber in color.

smell: Definately good but just a little on the safe side. Still, great balance and just enough character to keep it interesting. Some well toasted caramel malt supports a dark green hop aroma. Some nice fruits hiding in there, though. Even a touch of woody vanilla.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Decent balance, but nothing really stands out. Toasted grain background hides behind a dark hop flavor. Nice bitterness level. Could use a touch more character and maybe some hop depth.

drinkability: ez

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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