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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 208
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
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 granite
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.5/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of rallison
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Mancer
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of edskirk3
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of ToddT
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a deeply reddish tinged, copper color that is just about brilliantly clear. The head is frothy, a lightly amber tan color that is initially two fingers thick. The aroma is marred by an amplified diacetyl note. This note is dominant, but can't hide the citrusy hop (predominantly grapefruit) components and the biscuit-like caramelized malt notes. The aroma is not totally ruined, but it would be quite a bit nicer without the butter bomb.

This beer is lightly sweet with a bitterness that bitingly grabs the tongue from the get go. Herbal hop notes linger with menthol-like notes, both of which are a bit more dominant than the typical citrus hop notes. Citrus notes are here in the form of grapefruit and orange zest though. The malt is buried here, but still noticeable as biscuit flavors, toasted grain notes and a hint of, hop complimenting, caramelized sweetness. I haven’t mentioned the D-word yet, but that is because it is a given at this point. It finishes the beer off as the most notable component, though, thankfully, it does not drown out all of the other flavors, but it does impact and mar the flavor profile. Even with the diacetyl it is just drinkable, with out it though, I am sure it would be quite tasty

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Franz4
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper, no head, carbonation rises from bottom of glass.

S- caramel and mandarin oranges, hint of pine hops is very well disguised.

T- toasted malt and pine hops combine here in a so-so fashion. the citrus comes through as well, but seems a touch misplaced.

M- residual carbonation is really activated in the mouth, aftertaste lingers a bit, but not too long.

D- just slightly above average, I could drink several of these and it's definitely better than a BMC product, so the fact it comes in a can might make it a beer of choice when a can is required.

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Photo of ski271
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium copperish-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, foamy, slowly-diminishing head. Some light lacing all the way down.
S: Pine and resin with some light citrus over a fairly solid sweet grainy malt backbone.
T: More caramel sweetness up front than expected, but then the bitter citrus a floral notes take over. They are bold and stick around a very long time on the finish
M: Medium body, very dry texture, moderate carbonation
T: A bit too cloying for my tastes, even for the style of beer. Good balance in the nose, but not the body. Still pretty good though. Just nothing that wowed me.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.