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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 209
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
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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Photo of MmmIPA
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

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Photo of loveingminor
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a glass. A finger or two of head, and a nice deep amber color.

Smell: a pleasant combination of hops, barley, and malt. Generally pleasing.

Taste: Delicious. Maybe it's due to the mood I'm in, or maybe to perfect serving conditions, or simply just fine craftsmanship. A hop presence, balanced out superbly by grain flavor. Couldn't imagine a better pale ale flavor for the mood I'm in.

Mouthfeel: not an overly heavy beer, and has nice carbonation.

overall: i'm glad I have more.

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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 woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My hook-ups at Sly Fox know of my can passion and have been hooking me up. Keep 'em coming!

My pour produced two fingers' worth of thick, ecru head exploding with CO2 bubbles. The color was a deep amber with good clarity. The nose was grassy, definitely hoppy, and definitely welcome after a long day at work. The mouthfeel was medium to full with a sweet, tea like taste on the tongue. The finish was grassy and lingering. Man, was this good. If only I had a few more cans ...

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

This beer can looks great! Very attractive packaging, I must say. It’s too bad I have to dump it into a pint to see what it looks like. Maybe I can dump it back into the can when I’m done with my review? Do you remember when only Mountain Dew had wide-mouth cans? <Ed takes his Ridalin> Once in the glass, this beer looks like a honey and mandarin orange amber with an uneven tan manila head that falls very quickly to an irregular film.

Smells very leafy like garden vegetables with a earthy dryness. There’s also a sharp pineapple sourness hiding in the background. The malt smells like the browned crust of wheat bread with a dry hint of honey.

The hops are very present in a fantastic spectrum. Every where my taste-buds “look”, there’s hops. Very nice. It starts with a lettuce and celery green leafy flavor blended in with that same bread crust dryness from the smell. It then slowly creeps back along my tongue, transitioning into a more prominent cedar/pine and finishes with an organic woody pine. IF I stop paying attention, a slight metallic taste creeps into the finish, just a bit. Sweetens as it warms.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a big, unobtrusive carbonation, and a very smooth feel, almost like it was made to be slugged out of a can. ; )

This one’s fantastic. Tastes great, easy to drink, good packaging; perfect!

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Photo of mwa423
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another CAN from woodychandler. Will it prove that CANs are the wave of the future? I CANnot tell yet.

A - Beautiful pour! Beautiful clear red/amber with a finger of head that stuck to the glass all the way down. Impressive!

S - Excellently well balanced smell of malt and hops. Smell is a sweet and slightly fruity malt but right at the end of a deep inhale, the hops sneak in and make me want to take a sip.

T - Very well balanced pale ale. Strong malt backbone that glides down the throat with some caramel and some dried fruit and nuts. Then a moderate kick of pine/citrus hops kicks in and leaves a tingle on the tongue.

M/D - I could easily drink this all day. The mouthfeel is about perfect, not at all thin but nor do I feel like I'm drinking something chokingly thick. Perfect session beer, shame I can't get it locally.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Dino in our most recent trade! Poured from can to pint glass the beer arrives a murky ruby mahogany with a nice 2 finger white head, nice retention though not a lot of lacing. A nice crisp fruity nose with citrus, pear, apples and dark fruit character. Unique and nice. Mild caramel malt hint. The flavor is very much the same. The hops provide a nice fruity character as found in the nose with again a nice base caramel. Finishes crisp with a lingering mild bitter fruity sweetness. Lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, this is really enjoyable. Would gladly reach for another if I could!

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a 2 dollar deal at a local bar.

The pour was great slight dark amber color with a head that faded quickly but left some nice thin lacing.

I would drink this again on the price alone but the taste was great! For a 2 dollar beer most wouldnt expect the quality in the product but it was there!

Thick taste bonded with crisp citrus hoppiness that blended into a sweet taste that finished slightly dry.

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Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with copper hints, and a huge, sticky off-white head. Foam took several minutes to settle to drinkable levels.

Aroma is slightly grassy, pink grapefruit, maybe even a touch of mint.

This is one tasty pale. Starts with a biscuity malt taste, just dry enough to be different. Quickly changes gears to a very ruby-red hoppy yet balanced middle, and gives that tangy upper cheek sensation like grapefruit juice does. Solid, british-ale mouthfeel with fine carbonation demands another sip. The moderately low sugar level works amazingly well in this brew.

Next time I'm camping at a bottle-free site, I'll be stocking up on this. And in fact, I'll probably buy more to drink at home. It's that good.

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great pale ale. Poured from 12 oz. Can into a pint glass

A - cloudy mahogany color, with a meaty head. Small bit of lacing.

S - fruity, a sweet pear nectar scent, also a bit of raisiny plum.

T - as it smells, mild but present in hops. Citrusy. Not boozy or offensive, a plethora a fruits that mildly linger on the pallette.

M - as a pale ale should be. Slightly carbonated, hits a range of areas on the palette.

D - very drinkable, my favorite pale I've tried yet. The hops hang around in your throat for a while, but I would slug numerous amounts of this beer any day.

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Photo of Deuane
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Make no mistake, I really love this beer. It is without a doubt my "Bud". As in, it is my go to beer when I feel like "just" having a beer. I find this beer scratches all of the itches I usually have for a beer.

A-Clear copper with a fluffy medium light tan head that reduces and leaves significant lacing.

S-Sharp, crisp hops with a nice malt sweetness.

T-Up front hopiness with a nice supportive malty sweetness...but not too much. I love the sharp, crisp flavour. Plenty of hops to make even a hophead like me happy.

M-medium-light body with a nice crispness. This is the perfect hot, lazy summer day beer for me.

D-All day...at 5% and that wonderful light, crsip feel I can simply pound....I ALWAYS have a supply of Sly Fox PPA on hand...it is my go to!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale

"Like it's mythological namesake, this bold American pale ale will be a legend for our times, a great craft beer reincarnated into a can. Brewed with pale and crystal malts, and the finest U.S. grown hops from the Pacific NorthWest. OG 13 Plato, 40 IBUs, 5.1% by Vol."

12 oz. can, which doesn't look fantastic in a 20 oz. imperial pint glass, but there's one to grow on.

Semi-clear, pale bronze/copper hue, slim whitish head, stays as a slim ring.

Nice, hoppy aroma, grapefruit is here, plenty of citrus, a bit of pine, smack of bitterness, with a tickle of sweet. A little apple and cherry lay beneath the bitter citric spank. Very, very loverly.

Taste: Excellent mix of sweet malt, and fruity, bitter hops. Totally tasty. Herbal, grainy, bitter, sweet...etc. High hops, big bitterness, but buttressed by a firm malt backbone, everything good and tidy and in solid supply. Brisk, fruity, refreshing, bitter and sweet. Goes down exceedingly easy.

Top-notch pale ale, would be one I'd reach for with regularity if I were a Pennsylvanian.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper-orange. very clear, little bubbles float to the top. the head is absolutely massive, and it really sticks for minutes. lacing abounds. I'm not sure that there can be another attribute to the appearance that would make it any more appealing.
smell is subdued with notes of pine and minimal citrus flavors. biscuity malts are in the background. taste is sweet up front, then the hops kick in on the finish. smacks the bitter bumps on the tongue in the end. mouthfeel is slightly sticky and coats the tongue well. carbonation is a bit week for the level of bitterness in the end for me. overall, a solid offering that seems to get overlooked.

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Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Penn State weekend of the year and the new no-glass bottles at tailgate rule meant a change in strategy. Fortunately, the good folks at Sly Fox were there to help.

A: Hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Rich aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and fresh hops.

T: Starts out with a nice thick, malty grapefruit and and citrus flavor. The bitter, hoppy flavor provides a very nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an extremely likeable brew, Sly Fox has really pick together a rock solid APA. Thank goodness there are brews of this quality available in cans locally that I can tailgate with at PSU. A classic "go-to" brew that anyone in need of a yummy canned brew can rely on.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visibly effervescent, pours a clear pale orange amber color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is a sweet malty orange citrus goodness. Lively effervescence lightens up a medium bodied mouth feel. Full flavored, the sweet orange citrus and creamy texture reminders me of candy easter egg filling with a tangy grassy hop finish. At 5% ABV this one will drinker one after another. Renewing my faith in Sly Fox. Another can for the collection.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiny copper body, high clarity, topped by a healthy heap of rocky white froth. Some nices pieces of lace stretch down the glass.

Nose is earthy, herbal, even woodsy. Notes of citrus lurking in the background.

Good caramelly start, not too sweet. Pleasant subtle hop shift leading to a tingly aftertaste. Very well balanced.

Good light/medium mouthfeel. Substantial but not heavy.

Very good drinkability - this glass has emptied at an alarming rate.

A fine blend of Englsih and American Pale Ales. If the pils is perfect around the pool at midday, this is nice for a bit later in the afternoon. Craft beer in a can...the movement continues.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for the extra.

A: Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color. A large beige head forms and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good hop and malt balance. Some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt, with a slight graininess.
T: A nice hop grapefruit bitterness that is not overbearing. A good caramel malt that is in good balance with the bop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body, but seems a little watery. Easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session.

This is very enjoyable. Too bad I only have one. This would be in my fridge all the time if it was local to me.

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned beer? Last time I had beer in a can it was Old Milwaukee and I was in college in 1987. Beer has come a long way.

Sly Fox is good stuff! Pours deep orange with rocky white head.

Smell of Cascade hops and citrus. This is canned beer?

This is good stuff, creamy, with lingering aftertaste,

Good mouthfeel.

This is good stuff. Canned beer is back!

Local brew! I have had the Pikeland Pils and this is awesome!, as well!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 05/03/10

A: Pours a clear, coppery-gold. Thin wafer of off-white head disappears almost instantly. No lace left behind.

S: Pretty lively hop aroma consisting of pine, grapefruit, and a tiny hint of tropical fruit. Some bread, nut, and caramel shine through as it warms.

T: Exactly as above. Very nice!

M: Very typical APA mouthfeel. Nice rolling peppery bitterness coupled with smooth and sweet maltiness.

D: A good example of the style and it gains .5 for being out of a CAN. This one was coming up on almost 2 months past the drink by date, and it tasted fresh like it was CANned yesterday. If this were out of a bottle, I'm sure it would've taasted really faded. CANs rock!

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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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrusy oily hop aroma, white hints of white pepper. A nice doughy malt was detected as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop. It mellowed to a nice grapefruit flavor toward the end. Very good grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable APA. An excellent hop profile.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky, slow-to-fall lace. Aroma is dominated by fresh fruity hops character. Flavor also exhibits little notable malt character before the hops influence takes over. Hops burps are quick to rise to the occasion. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. A nice IPA, and can availability is just another feather in its cap.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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