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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 130
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of granite
2.32/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pint glass.

A---It poured golden with orange hues. Medium sized rocky white head.

S---Grapefruit and other citrus hops over powered by a burnt plastic aroma. This is a first for me.

T---Smooth bitterness with some cracker malt. It was highly oxidized.

M---Medium bodied.

D--- Too many off flavors to recommend it but I would like to try it again to see if it was an isolated bad can.

Photo of GClarkage
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10/20/06- Received as part of a trade with BA member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pale orange in color with a 1/2 inch head and light sticky lace.

Smell- Light fruity and pinous hops aroma. Light toasted malt remains a bit hidden.

Taste- Very astringent hops. No real defined flavor. No grapefruit, no pine, just overly strong bitterness. No malt to speak of either. Flavorless.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation and kind of watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Like drinking carbonated spring water with massive bitterness. Just and unapealing beer to me.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to G311 for the brew...

A - Gold hue with a short-lived micro-bubbly head, and an overall macro-looking appearance.

S - The hop is vegetal and vaguely piney, the malt is both sweet and metallic smelling, and overall I am unimpressed.

T - The taste is a little better than the smell, but it really tastes like a discount-macro quality IPA. Like if PBR made an IPA (they probably do...) Basically, The vegetal and piney hop is neither particularly assertive nor dynamically balanced, and the flavor from the malt contribution is mediocre at best.

M - IPA. Not the best example, though.

D - I would drink this at a ballgame or some other venue with limited options, but would probably decline it anywhere that, say, Boston Lager or Yuengling were available.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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

Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out as a light amber color with a white head that settles quickly. The aroma is grainy and malty, not overly hoppy. The flavors are mild, that seems to be common in most of Sly Fox's releases. The taste is a little grainy and has some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watey and not very complex at all. There are better pale ales out there in my opinion.

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 spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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

The can poured out a slightly hazy amber brew with a one finger high off-white head. The head dissipated moderately to a thin layer of lace thin in consistency. The immediate aromas were the average citrus hops with light resin. The initial flavors were a dose of barley and light citrus. The middle ground was housed by a perplexing carbonated water flavor which lead to a light citrus finale. There is a nice bitterness to the beer's light to medium body and medium carbonation.

From a pale ale perspective, there's nothing truly unique here. The middle flavors of this beer are off, I can't explain that carbonated water taste that I got from the first several sips. Don't get me wrong though, once you start drinking it, the flavors eventually mesh into the beer it should have been from the beginning. Good beer, but not my go to Pale Ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of edskirk3
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a can. No freshness mark. Not really worried.

Pours straight amber, with an off-white, tightly beaded head that laces a bit.

Scents of pale malts and American hops. It's something I've smelled many times before, i.e. nothing fancy.

The taste is pretty balanced. You get your hops and malts. Both at the same time, and all the way through. It feels a little sticky, and is slightly lighter than "light."

Seems like an introductory microbrew to me. I like it, but I'm not going to travel great distances for it.

Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. red and silver can with a picture of a fiery Phoenix on the front. Above the Phoenix's head is 6 silver stars. I have no idea what that means. On the back of the can is paragraph about the beer and the listed specifications of OG 13 plato, 40 IBUs, and 5.1% ABV. No date anywhere on the can.

When poured into a Harvest Moon pint glass, this Phoenix is a solid tangerine orange with a 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. The head of foam had decent retention that left behind a small white film and a few small streaks of white lace around the glass.

In the aroma, there was a faint whiff of toasted crystal malts, but there was a whole heap of spicy bitter hops. The hops made up for the lack of malts. The only other thing I noticed was a hint of orange peel in the background. That was it.

The taste starts off with toasted crystal malts, but then the taste suddenly goes bitter with dried floral hops. It wasn't a bitter bitter taste, it was more of a pleasent light bitter taste. Those were the only two flavors that showed up in the taste. It was just a basic taste.

The mouthfeel was on the light side like it should have been and it featured a nice light bitter aftertaste of dried floral hops. This aftertaste didn't last long, but I still enjoyed it.

In the end, it was just a nice little pleasently bitter session Pale Ale. The fact that it comes in a can helps it be a better session beer. I could see this as a summer session beer.

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 barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy reddish copper with most of the pour being foam. thankfully the can did not erupt. Takes quite a long time to settle down. Subsequent pours create the same effect.
S - Lightly sweet malts interwoven with a light fruit and citric hops effect.
T - Switching off and on between sweet caramel malts, ripe fruit and citrusy tangy hops
M - light bodied, over carbonated and slightly residual sweet feel after each drink.
D - I liked the hop effect and some of the sweet malts. A bit unclean in the finish for me to want a few over an evening.

Photo of mulder1010
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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