1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

204 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 130
Photo of Cresant
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for the opportunity to try this one. Poured the 12 oz. can into an IPA glass. No date. The body was a clear, rich golden color and the head was a fizzy off-white that faded pretty quickly.

Smell was caramel. Some floral notes. Nice but not too complex.

Taste was caramel sweetness up front, then raspy, bright hops. Saaz/noble maybe? Green (in a good way) bittering aftertaste. Nicely done APA.

Mouthfeel was raspy (pilsner-like) with medium carbonation.

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a somewhat low, off white head that soon fall back. The beer is an orange medium-amber in color.

smell: Definately good but just a little on the safe side. Still, great balance and just enough character to keep it interesting. Some well toasted caramel malt supports a dark green hop aroma. Some nice fruits hiding in there, though. Even a touch of woody vanilla.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Decent balance, but nothing really stands out. Toasted grain background hides behind a dark hop flavor. Nice bitterness level. Could use a touch more character and maybe some hop depth.

drinkability: ez

from SkinnyElvis for my Anny Bombing

Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a special beer.
What....beer in a can?
Yep, great CRAFT beer in a can.
Pours a pretty golden orange with a small white head that melts rather quickly to a thin ring of lace.
Aroma is pretty typical pale ale...pale malts with a bit of citrus although I also catch a hint of caramel.
Taste it and everything changes. The citrus hops immediately come to the forefront with the pale malts fighting to catch up. They finally do as you swallow and your tongue is treated to a wonderfully fresh balance between the two.
Mouth is comfortably dry afterwards, however not exceedingly so.
You thirst feels quenched.
If they didn't taste so good, you could probably get by with just one, but damn....
Pop me another, please.
Thanks Blitheringidiot for bringing this one to California to share.

Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured an amber color, a half-finger of head, fairly big bubble that went away pretty quickly. Some lacing as I drank. Nose was fairly mild, mostly hops, a little spiciness and fruitiness, but nothing too notable. Taste was dominated by the hops up front, along with some metallic hints (from the can?). Then came the strong melon flavor. After, there was a fair bit of general fruitiness. A fairly good flavor, although the metallic taste detracted from the overall experience. Feel was fairly medium-bodied with pretty nice carbonatin. It's possible that the metallic flavor was entirely from the can, but it really did take away from the drinkability for me. The various fruits that came out while drinking were original and interesting, so if that metal was just from the can, then I'd be very interested in partaking again. Otherwise, I'd have it over a macro, but not too much else.

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 loren01
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color, huge frothy white head. Good lace down the glass
S: Smells of citrusy hops, slight metallic smell as well
T: Slight biscuty maltiness, followed by a strong dose of hop bitterness. The hop flavor dominates. Finishes a bit dry almost like a green tea or maybe earl grey tea like flavor. Pretty interesting.
M: Good mouthfeel, goes down very smooth
D: Pretty good pale ale, very interesting taste, pretty complex. Seemed kind of like a mix between an English and American styles. Thanks to jasonm for this beer acquired via trade.

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 russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can a clear medium gold witha large billowy head of foam. After a few minutes, it collapsed leaving "clouds" of foam mainly in the center of the glass and lots of nice lacing.

The smell is a light, but nice mix of bitter hops and sweet malt.

The taste is citrusy with notes mostly of lemon up front with a good side note of malt making for a bittersweet taste. The finish definitely leaves the malt behind as the bitterness dominates and for a nice dryness that is very crisp. Good AP!

Bottom line: Another very solid example of the style packaged in cans and should please most APA fans. Very drinkable!

Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrusy oily hop aroma, white hints of white pepper. A nice doughy malt was detected as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop. It mellowed to a nice grapefruit flavor toward the end. Very good grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable APA. An excellent hop profile.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned beer? Last time I had beer in a can it was Old Milwaukee and I was in college in 1987. Beer has come a long way.

Sly Fox is good stuff! Pours deep orange with rocky white head.

Smell of Cascade hops and citrus. This is canned beer?

This is good stuff, creamy, with lingering aftertaste,

Good mouthfeel.

This is good stuff. Canned beer is back!

Local brew! I have had the Pikeland Pils and this is awesome!, as well!

Photo of johnniemarg
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish amber with a big 3-finger beige head. There are some suspended particles in the beer, but the beer is otherwise clear.

Orangey smell, citrus hops and sweet malt.

The taste starts off sweet and citrusy and then becomes a little astringent in the finish as the bitter hops come through. Long bitter finish.

Medium bodied.

Another decent pale ale.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can, no date information.

Clear sun tea. Short, soapy head of mixed size sand colored bubbles. Settles to a dusting and left no lacing. A handful of persistent carbonation streams are visible. Nice aromas of sweet citrus, orange and tangerine, mingle with some maltiness. Generally rich and fairly full aromas. The first flavors to arrive are a gentle bitterness, grapefruit rind without the flesh. The malt body compliments and supports with some sweetness which then lets the bitter hops carry through into the finish with plenty of orange rind oiliness and a bit of pine that grabs at the back of the tongue and lingers for a bit. Medium body with fine carbonation, it has a fairly firm feeling. I enjoyed this one and it seemed to be well constructed.

Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale 12 oz can. A case of Phoenix Pale Ale and Pikeland Pils were given to me from a buddy in Philly.

Appearance: Light amber in color with a nice, thickly foamed head that dissipates to a sheer lacing on top of the beer. Sheets of sticky white lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruity with hints of pine. A fruity sweetness permeates through the hops reminiscent of apricots.

Taste: Starts with a nice, citrusy hop bitterness then transitions to a fruity and sweet malt middle nicely balancing out the beer. Again, the fruitiness reminds of apricots or another amber colored fruit. Hops show up again in the finish with a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue long after the swallow. Has somewhat of a fruity aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a somewhat creamy texture with lively carbonation makes the mouth tingle.

Drinkability/Notes: A really nice Pale Ale from the can. Its great to see quality beer being canned these days. Phoenix pale ale is a nicely balanced APA with plenty of citrusy hops and a fruity, malt backbone. Not as hoppy as Dale's Pale Ale, but maybe more balanced if comparing canned APAs. Very easy to drink, would make an excellent session beer. If this was available in my area, this would be a staple. A great every day beer. Seek and enjoy. Recommended.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is just something about a redish color beer that I just love. This has to be, in my opinion, the best looking beer I have had the pleasure of looking at. The beer is a little above average in drinkability, but the mouthfeel left much to be desired. I recieved a single can of this as a taster from my boss at work and I couldn't find a date on the can. I have no idea how long ago it was bottled (it has been there since I became an employee 6 or so weeks ago) but with an ABV of 5.10% the shelf life cann't be too long, so that might have influenced the feel. I'm looking forward to getting a "fresher" full case so I can see if my initial judgements were correct. Keep looking for that review. Don't drink and review.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper color and very little head(due to how I poured it),semi visible color.

S-Grapefruit and a smell I cant put my nose on.(pine mabey)?

T-Grapefruit and other citrus taste's.Malt,I think the malt keeps the hops from overpowering the taste.Its a very Neutral taste.

M-Great mouthful,exploding flavors in your mouth that attack your palate but in a good way.But not to the point where they both overpower.

D-God made this pale especially for me! I think this is the best pale ale I ever had in my life.There isnt one bad thing about this beer.I could drink this all day and probaly be plastered by the night.We all have a weekness,Kudo's to SLYFOX for this one.

Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour out of the can a deep copper with thick, frothy head.

Smell is refreshing with nice hop/malt combination.

Taste is refreshingly hoppy, smooth going down with no noticeable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is in no way harsh, again smooth and refreshing.

Overall, this is a great beer, no other way to put it. By far the best beer I have ever had out of a can, actually I think its the first pale ale I have had out of can as well. I bought this as a single and will definitely pick up a case for the next tailgate as this is a great tasting, very drinkable beer.

Photo of dherling
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to find this in a cask at Andy's tonight. It poured out a nice dark gold with a creamy thick head. I was surprised by the fruit in the nose, strawberry and melon. The beer hit my palate with some assertive hops and a bitter melon/unripe honey dew flavor. There was some sweetness too, berry like. It finished with a hoppy bitterness that wsn't too overbearing, rather refreshing and smooth actually. Overall, this had some interesting things going on, and although I didn't find anything great about the beer, I didn't find any faults with it either. A safe choice for a drinkable brew.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer can looks great! Very attractive packaging, I must say. It’s too bad I have to dump it into a pint to see what it looks like. Maybe I can dump it back into the can when I’m done with my review? Do you remember when only Mountain Dew had wide-mouth cans? <Ed takes his Ridalin> Once in the glass, this beer looks like a honey and mandarin orange amber with an uneven tan manila head that falls very quickly to an irregular film.

Smells very leafy like garden vegetables with a earthy dryness. There’s also a sharp pineapple sourness hiding in the background. The malt smells like the browned crust of wheat bread with a dry hint of honey.

The hops are very present in a fantastic spectrum. Every where my taste-buds “look”, there’s hops. Very nice. It starts with a lettuce and celery green leafy flavor blended in with that same bread crust dryness from the smell. It then slowly creeps back along my tongue, transitioning into a more prominent cedar/pine and finishes with an organic woody pine. IF I stop paying attention, a slight metallic taste creeps into the finish, just a bit. Sweetens as it warms.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a big, unobtrusive carbonation, and a very smooth feel, almost like it was made to be slugged out of a can. ; )

This one’s fantastic. Tastes great, easy to drink, good packaging; perfect!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of laintringulis
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially I was scared to drink beer from a can after remembering the big taste difference between can vs bottle in my youth. Pours into pub glass with a amber slight light rosy color with medium beige head. It is medium body with light lacing. Smells mainly of spicy hops, somewhat woody and bready. Taste as smells with a nice balance between maltiness and hops. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a clean finish and refreshing. Easy session beer. I expected and would have liked to have had a little more complexity with the taste and smell for an IPA. I would never have known it came from a can if I hadn't poured it myself. Cans/technology have come a long way!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiny copper body, high clarity, topped by a healthy heap of rocky white froth. Some nices pieces of lace stretch down the glass.

Nose is earthy, herbal, even woodsy. Notes of citrus lurking in the background.

Good caramelly start, not too sweet. Pleasant subtle hop shift leading to a tingly aftertaste. Very well balanced.

Good light/medium mouthfeel. Substantial but not heavy.

Very good drinkability - this glass has emptied at an alarming rate.

A fine blend of Englsih and American Pale Ales. If the pils is perfect around the pool at midday, this is nice for a bit later in the afternoon. Craft beer in a can...the movement continues.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.