Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
11-24-2012 19:42:10 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +8%
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.
04-04-2008 11:30:08 | More by mikesgroove
3.43/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-27-2012 19:10:11 | More by kylehay2004
3.1/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
04-18-2011 00:51:29 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
I remember drinking at the Phoenixville brewpub while living in the area 2002-2003 and I believe I tried this at the time its nice to see it around here now.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light copper with a huge blooming head a bit to large as it unexpectedly overflowed the glass,crystal malt really shows itself in the nose somewhat fruity with a hint of mineral a decent citrusy hopsmack shows as well.Somewhat light flavor-wise lightly sweet caramel malt with a biscuity character mingles into a leafy,citrusy finish.The body just lacks a bit not giving it a little push that it needs.Its a quaffer decent flavors but nothing to write home about.
04-25-2007 21:30:34 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Acquired via trade from woodychandler so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a bit faint but contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.
T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness that isn’t over-powering. The some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.
05-18-2011 02:30:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Great to see these cans available in the Pittsburgh market...nice competition to Dale's Pale. Appears a copper amber hued tone forms a nice off white cream head leaves fine even lacing all around my pint glass nice look to it. Aromatics are upfront with pine needles and semi funky earthiness some citrus peel as well is detectable matched with light caramel sweetness seems English Pale in it's roots but no complaints. Taste is a balanced mix of sweetness and hop bitterness great stuff slightly funky hops earthy pine cone dominates the hop flavors with light citrus and earthy dirt notes...while soothing caramel malts balance it all out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth going down great sipping brew. Drinkability solid stand up pale ale quality all around good for drinking in number however I'm such a fan of the Pikeland I don't for see me picking up any quantity of these brews.
07-24-2006 20:10:53 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
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
01-07-2007 01:42:46 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-23-2011 06:58:57 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
I had this on tap, served chilled in a sampler glass
A - a nice caramel color -light copper in the light w/ good clarity and tiny bead w/ moderate lace stickage
S - A caramel malt aroma in the nose w/ a subtle pine hop accent and slight citrus odor w/ mild biscuit-like grain scent
M - The feel is toasty and slightly bitter w/ a dry finish and moderate alcohol and body
T - I enjoy the flavor as it has a pleasant balance of biscuit notes w/ mild citrus from the hops accenting the dry spicey character in the semi-dry finish. The flavor is modeately bitter throughout
D - A tasty pale, pretty standard for the style, not great but solid and fits the style well. I would not choose it over other, but it holds the standard
05-18-2010 17:06:17 | More by Slatetank
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Originally reviewed on 08-17-06 - moved from Phoenixville - on advise from jcwattsrugger - as the packaging is done in Royersford:
Poured light orange/amber with a thin, off-white head that left some lacing.
The smell was of citrusy hops with a pale malt background. It was slightly on the thin side, but it was clean with a slight floral aroma.
The taste was of crisp, grapefruit-like hops with some malt to back it up. The hops stood out over the malt. Unfortunately, there was a slight metallic tinge, but it didn't interfere much.
The mouthfeel had a creaminess to it, while having a crisp bitterness. A refreshing, hoppy pale ale.
01-30-2008 00:07:19 | More by jwc215
3.38/5 rDev -9.4%
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 havent 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
11-15-2006 04:37:01 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-11-2011 21:06:23 | More by smcolw
2.42/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
03-11-2007 17:58:18 | More by GClarkage
4.53/5 rDev +21.4%
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 ...
03-14-2008 00:51:52 | More by woodychandler
3.43/5 rDev -8%
This is a 12 oz can of Phoenix served in a Troegenator seidel. The beer is chilled.
A: The ale is a copper red color with a decent sized head that laces the glass. There is no sign of any sediment.
S: The ale has a caramel/biscuit nose that does not betray any hop concentration.
T: The ale has a firm malt body of biscuit and caramel. This body provides a nice foundation for a piquant spicy hop flourish. The hops do no dominate, rather they provide a nice counter balance to the malts.
M: The malts and hops are perfectly balanced, giving the beer a truely appealing mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable (especially in the cans!), this is a good tailgate ale and can stand up to most situations.
08-29-2006 18:38:01 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.
This is a clear copper colored ale with a tall tan to off-white colored head.
Smell is sweet and malty with a lesser scent of herbal hops. Toffee and caramel are the stronger scents here with a trace of burnt sugar. Hops are really just a background herbal scent.
The taste starts out sweet and solidly bitter in the aftertaste. This is mostly malty and wood without a lot of extra flavor levels like fruity, just a good basic ale.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Good ale its' only fault is a lack of subtle layers. I prefer a more highly hopped pale ale like Firestone most of the time but I would no hesitate to take this camping instead.
03-31-2008 00:46:58 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.
Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, very slight citrus, with some caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, dry, with some tones of citrus and hops. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA. Thanks Joe.
05-01-2008 01:21:59 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-06-2006 22:02:45 | More by ppoitras
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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