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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of GClarkage
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

loren01, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of granite
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

granite, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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

russpowell, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Bitterbill, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

plaid75, Dec 29, 2006
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

Gueuzedude, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

peterittenhouse, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

johnniemarg, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.98/5  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.

hopsaplenty, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

SwillBilly, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

treehugger02010, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

MmmIPA, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

akorsak, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

mvanaskie13, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of dherling
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

dherling, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

laintringulis, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

RonfromJersey, May 30, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an English pint glass at fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for the sample.

Appearance- Great looking beer... period. Crystal clear and fiery like a sunset, the soapy, three finger head pops and hisses gently like marshmallows over a fire. This looks like it could have been pulled from a cask... not a damn *can*. Huge gobs of lacing slide like slugs down the sides of my glass, leaving a crater of its former self. Brilliant.

Smell- I am happy to find the hops are preceded by a thick, bready nose here... only after repeated, deep inhalations do the perfumy hops come forward. Lemon iced tea. Nicely in balance.

Taste- Sun ripened grapefruit, followed by biscuity notes that carry right on the through the dry, bitter finish. Not all that complex, but refreshing and simple.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin for the style, there just isn't much activity to keep things interesting. Thankfully, the overall picture is bright, and the fact that it's in a can certainly brings convenience to the table. A nice APA, with a killer appearance.

yelterdow, May 23, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber...period. Beige head stands its ground, good size. Darn near picture perfect.

I detect more pale malts than hops in the scent, not much in the way of hops at all if you ask me.

Everything all at once on the pallet, those pale malts and bitterness all over, but the bitterness can tend to linger.

Good pleasing amount of carbonation. Session? Yeah, easily. Craft beer in a can is not a bad thing.

joeskirkie, May 19, 2006
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.

edskirk3, May 18, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

SixpointJMH, May 16, 2006
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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.