Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-11-2014 23:34:54 | More by bubseymour
3.39/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
01-08-2014 22:58:19 | More by wvsabbath
3.31/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
12-02-2013 00:19:51 | More by Jimmys
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-23-2013 21:41:53 | More by smakawhat
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-14-2013 00:31:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.