Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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85
very good

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 208
Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Woody Chandler along with the Kvass I traded for. Pours a clear dark amber color into a pint glass with a medium size white white head. Good retention and bands of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, thought I picked up some evidence of hops.

Taste is the opposite. This beer features bready malts with only a hint of finishing bitterness. Good strong flavor, not too sweet. very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light.

Overall this is a good refreshing everyday beer. (500 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots on the glass.

S - the aroma is pleasant, solid malty background with floral and citrus hops.

T - a well balanced beer, the malt and hop flavors stay together until some dry bitterness finishes things off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation going down smooth and easy.

O - a good tasting, solid pale ale that I will drink again. (463 characters)

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

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. (846 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, best by date clearly marked

A - Clear copper body with a one inch white head that sticks around nicely and leaves good lacing.

S - Bready malts with some pine hops. Nothing too exciting going on here.

T - Sweet bready malts up front, with a spicy, floral hop finish. Some caramel flavors come through as it warms.

M - Medium body, nice medium carbonation level makes it nice and creamy across the palate. Finishes a tad sticky, though.

O - A nice local, drinkable APA, that I'll probably buy again, but nothing that's mind-blowing. (547 characters)

Photo of loveingminor
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a glass. A finger or two of head, and a nice deep amber color.

Smell: a pleasant combination of hops, barley, and malt. Generally pleasing.

Taste: Delicious. Maybe it's due to the mood I'm in, or maybe to perfect serving conditions, or simply just fine craftsmanship. A hop presence, balanced out superbly by grain flavor. Couldn't imagine a better pale ale flavor for the mood I'm in.

Mouthfeel: not an overly heavy beer, and has nice carbonation.

overall: i'm glad I have more. (507 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is good, hops and malts are well balanced, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (301 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium auburn color, with a light tan finger of head and nice lacing. Smells lightly hoppy, and lightly malty. Nice balance there. Floral and light citrus hops and sweet caramel malts ion the back.

Taste is right up there with the aroma: Slight piny, resiny hops, sweet caramel malts and a nice bitter finish.

Somewhat crisp feel, light, smooth, with goood carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking. Nothing spectacular, but it's solid as hell and worth regularity.

Thanks woodychandler for the CAN! (511 characters)

Photo of Mancer
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. can a bright copper color with a foamy, slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a thick collar. Nice carbonation...plenty of bubbles rising in the glass, but it's not overly fizzy. Aroma is mostly of sweet malt, with a hint of citrus. Not a lot of hops on the nose, but again, a slight citrus note. 1st is brings a nice taste of piney hops. The malts recede into the background as the hops take over and intensify on the swallow. The mouthfeel is light, a little lighter than most other pale ales i've sampled, but it's not quite watery. Drinkability is very good...the somewhat light mouthfeel and relatively low abv make this a good choice for a session beer. Overall, a good, but not quite great pale ale. I wouldn't turn my nose up at one of these, but would easily choose a SNPA over this one. (835 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, copper color with a one finger head that fades rather quickly. Average lacing and a thin film that lasts the whole pint.

S- Sweet caramel aroma with some citrus and an earthy hop aroma.

T- Similar to the aroma, but with a more pronounced hop presence. Hops come across as more on the spicy side in the finish.

M- Medium feel with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat slick on the tongue.

D/O- A slightly more malt forward APA, but hey, there's nothing wrong with that. I could definitely see myself having a few of these while manning the grill this Summer. Cheers. (592 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near-brilliant golden-amber in color ("Brass"), topped with a pale tan head of minimal duration. Lacing is minimal.

Nose pretty good: juicy malt character matched with ample and well-defined hop use. I'm getting notes of pear from the malts and lighter notes of pineapple from the hops.

On first sip its rather bitter and lightly astringent, followed by a gentle sweetness, a nice brisk feeling on the palate, and a lingering bittersweet quality. Biscuit malt character certainly plays a part here, and there's even a melon (honeydew) note here!

Other notes: lemon peel/rind, tart green apple, and some golden or white grapes -- I'm just gonna throw out a guess that Maris Otter was used as a specialty malt here, along with crystal and pale as a base.

A nice sipper, but big enough (or small enough?) that more than one in a sitting / session / whatever wouldn't be a poor decision at all. Certainly above average.

Best-by date of 12/12/10 (whoops! ; )

And a BIG thank you goes out to Woody C for the CAN! (1,020 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from G311 from Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked part 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/6 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a beautiful, clear, copper color with a one finger of offwhite creamy head that holds nicely. Minor lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is hearty caramel malts, slight toffee, and bread.

T: Taste starts very bready and yeasty - it's really the heart of this beer. A touch of grain and pale malts come in before being taken over by caramel and toffee flavoring. The finish is a light floral hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This is a more malt forward APA, an ok beer. I wouldn't seek it out but I wouldn't turn it away. (854 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper color with a off white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hop, and a small maltiness. In the taste, a small bitterness, but a malty cleanliness. A smooth and malty medium bodied mouthfeel, with a clean to small bitter aftertaste. A nice pale, bigger hops than expected, yet balanced, and quite fresh. (329 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a small whitish head with ok retention. Little lacing observed. Nose is sweet and floral with some caramel, pine, toffee, orange that comes through. Taste is replete with a piney, nutty, grassy base and sweetness of some fruit. There is some bitterness in the finish but this stays fairly sweet all the way through. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. This is a decent beer but there's nothing here that I would go out of my way to seek out. (464 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour, standard pint glass

A - copper colored beer, clear. half inch or so of tight and frothy cream colored foam. spotty thin lacing down the glass.

S - very earthy, pine makes its way through some sweet malts.

T - piney and earthy hops, solid amount of caramel sweetness underneath.

M - thin body, moderately carbonated. a bit creamy in the mouth before carb cuts into the body, finishes prickly with some lingering grassy hops.

D - not bad, not great but drinkable. well balanced but cant compete with the better versions of the style. (547 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass.
Pours a clear, deep copper with a nice cap of soapy foam. Lacing is mild for an APA. Smells pretty fresh and hoppy. Mostly citric notes. Has a nice hop to malt balance with good amount of dryness. Again, mostly citrus hops and carmel malts. Noticed a little bit of roasted malt character when it warmed up a bit. Not overly bitter and highly drinkable in these summer months. Overall, a solid pale ale from a solid brewery. (456 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red-orange - similar in shade to a red fox. But not black. Red-orange. A deeper color than one might be used to in the average pale.

There was some cottony head that billowed up after some of the pours, but overall the beer was quite still. The resulting mouthfeel was watery smooth, much like what you'll get if you get it on tap at the brewpub. Luckily, this ale has a quite flavorful hop profile going on and, despite the lack of zip from carbonation, the piney/earthy hop portfolio and the somewhat sugary malt character will definitely get your attention.

This a decent pale ale. I've enjoyed this more sipped straight from a can though. (650 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 05/03/10

A: Pours a clear, coppery-gold. Thin wafer of off-white head disappears almost instantly. No lace left behind.

S: Pretty lively hop aroma consisting of pine, grapefruit, and a tiny hint of tropical fruit. Some bread, nut, and caramel shine through as it warms.

T: Exactly as above. Very nice!

M: Very typical APA mouthfeel. Nice rolling peppery bitterness coupled with smooth and sweet maltiness.

D: A good example of the style and it gains .5 for being out of a CAN. This one was coming up on almost 2 months past the drink by date, and it tasted fresh like it was CANned yesterday. If this were out of a bottle, I'm sure it would've taasted really faded. CANs rock! (799 characters)

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