Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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very good

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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... (903 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Can into a glass. Drinking on 7/11 with best before date of 7/26/14 so still somewhat fresh.

This pale ale is very caramel and smooth. Both in the nose and taste. Very smooth finish and not much hop presence. More sweet and malty. Hops taste a tad stale to me. Like others mentioned, it has some similarities to an amber but not as dry a finish.

Overall this was a so/so pale ale. Sessionable but I think it is somewhat pedestrian. Not really to interested to revisit this one but its still decent and a good offering at a tavern or party/gathering where craft beer options are limited. (594 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Amber orange/tan with a 1 inch foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, orange, grapefruit, caramel malts, spices, some minor sugars, toffee. A funky/grassy note at the finish.

Taste - From first sip, lots of caramel malts with a bitter pale malt flavor. Some hops come out near the finish and add some grapefruit and orange, along with some lemon. Some sugars and spices add even more sweetness. Drinks more like a amber ale.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets mostly malts with some mild hop notes. Palate gets remaining malts, along with some sugars and bitter hops. Aftertaste is malty, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Its ok, nothing special and a little too sweet to be a pale ale. Loads of caramel malts make up the main flavors. Its ok to drink but not something id have to have again. (836 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can. best before 04/14/2014.

A: pours pretty clear. slightly copper body. head is pretty white. limited lacing, but existent. lacing is sparse, but again, present.

S: mild caramel nose. I take that back. a lot of caramel in the nose. the whole nose is malt. getting virtually nothing from the hop department.

T: sweet and caramel. similar to the nose, im not getting any hop flavor, just a whole lot of grain. there is a slight metallic-ness to it as well. bitter and dry finish.

M: mild carb on a medium body.

D: not a bad brew, but I wouldn't call this an APA. more like an amber ale. I need more hop presence to call this an APA as well as a beer I would want to drink more of. (694 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can, stamped 6/18/13, should be a best buy date.

appears a clear bright amber copper color once poured into pint glass. 1/4" off-white head. aroma is cereal grains, minimal earthy hops. taste is a good balance of slightly sweet malt and very mild herbal hop flavor. medium body, higher carbonation. appropriate for style. even for a pale ale, it could have more hops for American Pale Ale (396 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber brown with a full inch of frothy white head.

S - Smells of grains, mild piney hops, and some sweeter malts. Nothing too exciting.

T - Quite balanced yet its just a standard pale ale with corn flakes like grains, pale malts, and a slightly hoppy finish nothing close to an IPA territory. Hopefully the pilsner will be better.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it was cool to tick this but kind of yeasty for a pale ale. (462 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the can into my pint glass with a hazy dark orange body. A nice white head forms to about two fingers in size and has a creamy texture. The foamy cap retains nicely and some good webs of spotty lace are left behind.

S- A slight bit of hops, floral and citrus notes are apparent to me at first with a balance of malts and yeast. Hints of fresh cracked grains, yeast bread, caramel and light sweets seem to replace the hop aromas with time.

T- A very balanced flavor follows a smell of a similar manner. Hops give pine, citrus and floral hints. The balance comes from notes of caramel, cracked grains, light biscuit malts, yeast bread and other fruit like apple/white grape.

MF- Creamy consistency to a lighter end body. Carbonation is smooth and has a moderate level. Only a light bitterness in the finish.

Fairly solid Pale Ale for sure. Balanced all around and flavorful. (891 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with a bit of small particles floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet caramel and toffee malts in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that there are also hints of pine resin hops in the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little maltier compared to others in the style so it seems a little filling. (769 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear copper color topped with an off white head. The head fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Sweet caramel and pineapple hops, but not too much else.

T- Candied pineapple and some caramel right away, toffee malt balances things out, but retains the sweet notes. Finish is dry and with a hint of hop bitterness.

F- Medium in body and well carbonated, clean at the finish and refreshing.

O- It's an OK beer, the 5.1% ABV makes it a session candidate, but the flavor profile is a little too lackluster to make me want to drink a lot of this. Would be a decent picnic or lawnmower beer. (626 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: half finger head on a clear bright and deep golden body. Nice lacing. Very nice lacing.

S: light caramel with mostly candied citrus, little else.

T: spicy and slightly bitter with candied sugar and candied fruits. Light malt profile and floral notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable but the malt profile is very light and the hops don't quite carry the beer. Easy to drink but not very memorable. (482 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml Can from the Potsdam IGA for 2$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, cereal

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some cereal sweetness and some light grapefruit. It ends with a malty lightly hopper aftertaste.

Overall - I was expecting more based on the taste of their pilsner. It's a pretty boring tasting beer. I couldn't fund a date on my can, so perhaps this one was past it's prime. Regardless, I wouldn't buy this again. (707 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange-red amber with decent head and lacing. Although less carbonation than I expected, still a reasonable mouthfeel. Malt-forward aroma in which I can't discern any typical "American" hop elements. The taste is predominantly caramelized malts with a decent bitterness and dry finish, but not as well balanced as many in its class and without any "west coast" or "c hop" notes.

A beer I'm glad to have tried, but not too disappointed to have only purchased a single can. (486 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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! (605 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – It’s not so pale. Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a large billowy off white head. The head has some pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of some bready and biscuit malt with a toffee sweetness and a very light citrus aroma.

Taste – A very bready taste meets the tongue up front. The breadiness has some nice roasted malt flavors mixed in. There is not much of the sweetness that is detected in the nose, but maintains a relatively drier malt flavor. The hop flavors really start to develop more toward the middle and end with nice citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel – Creamy for a 5.1 % abv beer. The carbonation is very normal. Overall both serve the beer quite well and are quite suiting.

Overall – This is a very tasty and very drinkable beer. This is a wonderful session beer and one I will definitely come to on more occasion. (934 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A craft Can!!!! What a novel concept, not in Australia though.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the can

A-- Poured a golden, orange amber color. Not much head. Layer of light brown film that sits around. Vigorous swirling gets a half finger of head but that also fades back to film quickly. A few spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Good carmel backbone with hints of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and grass.

T-- Carmel, biscuit, orange and other soft citrus. Slight amounts of bitterness.

M-- Bitter grapefruit comes through in the back. Not too shabby. Light carbonation, slick and slightly oily. Slightly heavy for the ABV. Missing some carbonation that would lift this more. last 1/3rd of the beer the carbonation picks up a bit but in some ways the damage has been done.

O-- Not bad, not great, not as good as Little Creatures is. Like the backbone of the beer but the first part of the beer lacking a normal amount of carbonation hurt. (942 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper toned orange with a pure white head and decent lace coating the glass. The nose is extremely hoppy and sweet with a strong resigny oil hop presence. There is a very light malt in there but the hops are strong behind with notes of citric orange. The taste has a more assertive malt presence with a lightly toasted bread and pale malts. There is an assertive citric hop and strong bitterness to balance. Medium to full syrupy body and a lighter carbonation with a very clean finish. The beer is balanced, strong hop presence and very clean beer. (570 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature can (dated best by 1/30/2012) is poured into a pint glass. A big light brown head fills the top third of the glass. Below, a clear copper liquids holds a few streams of rising carbonation. Sparse but consistent lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

A well-hopped aroma greets my nose as I inhale. Earthy, citrus aromas come to me.

The flavor also has an overall Earthy quality. It's bitter and woodsy. Hints of caramel malt are present. The bitterness is what lingers.

The beer is a bit heavier than average, but carbonation is standard. Not much coat, but what is there echoes the flavors tasted in the initial sip.

This is a fine, above average pale ale. It's probably not worth the effort to go out of you way for it, but I'm glad I brought a six pack home with me from Pennsylvania. (820 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, this beer is a medium golden-amber color. White head, a little fizzy. The aroma is of herbal, fresh hops, backed by a toasted malt scent. Typical american pale ale smell. The taste is a blend...a nice balance of malt and hops. Bitterness comes early, with a firm hop flavor. There is a bit of fruit...pear and orange peel? The malt is there as well...lightly toasted and bready...with some restrained sweetness. The finish is lingering and quite bitter. This one is very enjoyable. (500 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is clear, bright, light copper color with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes to a layer and a ring of foam, leaving behind some rings and patches of lacing. For much of the beer there is a layer of foam and sipping leaves a varied pattern of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and clean with nice citrus hops laying over the bready/bisquity malt backbone.

Taste: The clean crisp balanced flavors include a nice malt backbone that supports but does not conceal the citric and grassy hops. There is also some citrus zest here in the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has a pleasant prickly character from the persistent carbonation. The finish is medium to long and begins with a touch of sweetness that soon turns to a lasting dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows naturally from the one that preceded it. I'm thinking its time to get a case of this for home. While there might be a few other APAs I'd choose over this one its good enough to be a regular. Overall it’s a solid, well made APA and better than several I've had. (1,241 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, slowly depleting off-white head, looks like a root beer float. Leaves some chunky spots on the glass. The broth is dark amber and very clear.

Pleasant combination of caramel malt aromas and lightly floral hop. Smells like a classic Red/Amber.

The flavor matches the smell nice. It might even be a tad bit sweeter. Round, full body with enough carbonation to give it balanced. The bitter finish provides a strong counter-point to the sweetish malt--in a word: well-balanced. The aftertaste is long-lasting and spicy. Overall, this is a really nice APA. (561 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phoenix pale ale is...

Ok, so my girlfriend is long distance and just had drinks with her ex-boyfriend that she used to live with. Do i need to worry?

Not with Phoenix Pale Ale, I guess. It pairs well with food. It's pale to ruddy amber in color, and filtered. It has a fluffy white head that sticks around the top of the body throughout the drink. It smells indistinct, with traces of pale malt and grapefruit hops. It tastes good though. Easy drinking, light, hoppy enough for a clean finish, balanced with water so as to not be overbearing, malty enough to have the bready quality of a good beer. But it's not overly malted, overly hopped, or overly watery. It's just... solid.

Nothing spectacular, but a beer that I could easily come back to. Again and again. That's what pale ales are for, right?

Now let's hope this girlfriend issue doesn't turn into something. (872 characters)

Photo of Brewmeist
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass

A - Deep copper color with half a finger of white head.

S - Metallic, citrus and pine. Grainy characteristic.

T - Metallic and grainy. Caramel sweetness prevalent. Warm and bready finish.

M - Light to medium body. Drying finish.

O - Overall I am not a fan. Average beer with no exciting characteristics. (334 characters)

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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