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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 209
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber color with about one finger of ivory head. Keeps only a thin, wispy lace, although it does leave a ring or two of stick on the sides as it falls.

Smell is more malty up front than hoppy, with a bready, slightly toasty, biscuity aroma. Some caramel too. The hops are not very strong at all, but are primarily earthy, with a very soft tinge of citrus as well.

There is more hop flavor than there was hop aroma, and a good amount of bitterness too. This is more like it. Hop flavors are both earthy and citrusty, with a leafiness to them as well. Like the smell there is a bready quality to the malt. Some nice caramel malt as well, with the finish comprised of the lightly toasted, bready malt and some earthy bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is a hair less than a medium body, and despite the lack of head the carbonation is pretty active and makes for a crisp, clean feel.

This is a solid pale ale and even better because it comes in a can, making it a great choice to toss in the cooler for camping, tailgating, etc. I'll be buying it again on such occasions.

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Photo of theghost3
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlazmoIntoWowee for this.

Pours a translucent copper with a 3-finger, frothy yellowish white head. Some layered lacing throughout.

Smell is toffee & grainy malts with some floral hops. The taste is stronger of hops than the smell--herbal, floral & piney hops with toffee, slightly roasted malts. Well-balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp; just slightly acidic.

This is a very drinkable APA. I really like the malt/hop balance. Very refreshing after mowing the yard.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from the can a clear copper to light amber color with a one finger tan head.

S: Toasted malt, toffee, bisciuts for the malt and citrus, herbal and pine sap for the fresh smelling hops.

T: Clean roasted malt first on the palate then a crisp dry biscuit like graininess. The sweetness is caramel and toffee but it is quickly subdued by the strong presence of PNW hops which are piney, herbal and citrus flavored. Clean dry finish with balance toward the bitter.

M: Crisp medium body with abundant carbonation when the beer hits the tongue.

D: It is one of my favorite Pale Ales and probably the best east coast pale ale IMO. I love the can too and would easily drink a few of these and share it with some friends that are less adventurous in the beer drinking area. Go grab some and drink it cold!

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured somewhat dark for a pale ale (amber/copper). Nice off-white head with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is on the mild side, but I kind of expect that with a pale as compared to an Ipa. However, the malts and hops are both detectable.

The taste is a good mix of hops and malts. Pretty smooth and tasty although I am noticing an ever so slight metallic taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with the carbonation sitting just a notch above where I'd like it to be.

Certainly drinkable. Could see myself downing several at a summer BBQ.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well, this is certainly better than the last canned beer that I sampled. I am still picking up a bit of metallic taste though. I know all beer is brewed in aluminum kettles so it shouldn't be the can. Anyway, it's very subtle, and this is still a good beer.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by of 5/30/2010

A - Amber with some red and orange highlights. Thin, off-white cap. Pretty lazy carbonation drifting up the center of the glass and no lacing to speak of.

S - Some caramel and toffee followed by some piney hops. Surprisingly subdued overall.

T - Really study malt profile. Follows nicely from the aroma. Caramel, toffee, and a bit nutty. Piney hops are there and most evident in the finish, where they lend a nice bitterness to keep things from leaning to the sweet side. Very nicely balanced.

MF - More carbonation than I was expecting, which is a plus. Just a slight stickiness in the finish with a touch of dryness.

D - Phoenix Pale is a nice APA, but the nutty notes keep me from really liking it. It's solid but not standout.

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Photo of mwa423
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another CAN from woodychandler. Will it prove that CANs are the wave of the future? I CANnot tell yet.

A - Beautiful pour! Beautiful clear red/amber with a finger of head that stuck to the glass all the way down. Impressive!

S - Excellently well balanced smell of malt and hops. Smell is a sweet and slightly fruity malt but right at the end of a deep inhale, the hops sneak in and make me want to take a sip.

T - Very well balanced pale ale. Strong malt backbone that glides down the throat with some caramel and some dried fruit and nuts. Then a moderate kick of pine/citrus hops kicks in and leaves a tingle on the tongue.

M/D - I could easily drink this all day. The mouthfeel is about perfect, not at all thin but nor do I feel like I'm drinking something chokingly thick. Perfect session beer, shame I can't get it locally.

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a 2 dollar deal at a local bar.

The pour was great slight dark amber color with a head that faded quickly but left some nice thin lacing.

I would drink this again on the price alone but the taste was great! For a 2 dollar beer most wouldnt expect the quality in the product but it was there!

Thick taste bonded with crisp citrus hoppiness that blended into a sweet taste that finished slightly dry.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visibly effervescent, pours a clear pale orange amber color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is a sweet malty orange citrus goodness. Lively effervescence lightens up a medium bodied mouth feel. Full flavored, the sweet orange citrus and creamy texture reminders me of candy easter egg filling with a tangy grassy hop finish. At 5% ABV this one will drinker one after another. Renewing my faith in Sly Fox. Another can for the collection.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong coppery color with reddish hints. Bubbles move slowly through the liquid, and the head is fluffy but not super-thick, and it chills down to a patchy skim fairly quickly. Lots of little islands of lace are formed. Something kind of entrancing about this color...

Aroma balances lighter toasty malts and a gentle but forward hop character. Delicately grassy and the subtlety of a water cracker hand in hand.

The taste is simple, and impressive. The caramel-ish malts give way to a sweet candy-like essence (sweet cherries come to mind), but the grassy hop presence makes sure the sweetness stays in its place. The hops are featured as much as the should be in any American pale ale, nothing more or less. Yep, it's balanced. Yep, it's simple. Yep, it's one of those low-ABV beers that exhibits plenty of flavor.

Good slick glide to the texture, its gentleness balanced (there's that word again!) with lightly tingly carbonation bubbles. Does what it should.

I love when beer like this comes out of a can. A totally solid example of the style with just enough hop kick...insanely drinkable...If I'm ever going to "session" (I never do), this would be the beer to do it with!

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a slightly dark yellow with a two-finger head. The smell is mostly hops with a mix of grassy and citrus notes with some pine as well, a nice mix. The taste is similar to the smell, a variety of hops in a decent balance with the malt. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with an average amount of carbonation. This beer is slightly above average in every way. It's not going to blow you away, but it's something solid to grab if you're in the pale ale mood.

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Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Penn State weekend of the year and the new no-glass bottles at tailgate rule meant a change in strategy. Fortunately, the good folks at Sly Fox were there to help.

A: Hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Rich aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and fresh hops.

T: Starts out with a nice thick, malty grapefruit and and citrus flavor. The bitter, hoppy flavor provides a very nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an extremely likeable brew, Sly Fox has really pick together a rock solid APA. Thank goodness there are brews of this quality available in cans locally that I can tailgate with at PSU. A classic "go-to" brew that anyone in need of a yummy canned brew can rely on.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12oz. can with a Best By date of 08/02/09 imprinted on the bottom. Served into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is clear and deep amber in color with 2+ fingers of off-white foam. A small amount of carbonation is noticeable. Head shows above average retention and slowly recedes to a fine, rocky cap. Some fine, soapy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Balanced nose of piney/floral hops and a sweet malt base.

T/M: Piney hops up front, followed by the sweetness of the crystal malt backbone before finishing refreshingly dry and bitter. Each sip seamlessly transitions from pine > sweet > bitter. Finish lingers on the palate for awhile with a bit of twinge from the carbonation and hops. Not much residual fruitiness to speak of. Overall on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Clean, crisp, and appropriate for the style.

D/O: Drinkability is quite high for this beer. You could even sneak this one in past your BMC drinking friends (and I have!) with very few complaints. This even tastes pretty darn good straight out of the can if necessity dictates. For quality, price (less than $30/case), drinkability, portability, and disposability...Phoenix Pale Ale is tough to beat. It's not a world-beater, but it's consistent, flavorful and easy-to-drink.

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Photo of Nickls
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a thinner, half-finger of eggshell head; clear, but darker coppery brown color with orange highlights

S - Great hop bitterness right out front, like I would want for the style; bit of grapefruit and pine; mild earthiness

T - Quite hoppy and nice; grapefruit and grass; fairly aggressive, but a substantial malt to balance things out

M - Nearing on medium body overall; carbonation was pretty tame

D - Just OK; the brew got a bit thicker in terms of MF and flavors throughout the sample and wasn't as crisp as others in the style.

Overall, pretty good example of the style, and certainly worth a look.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a glass of this on cask at Standard Tap in Philly.

A: Pours a ruby amber body with a frothy, off-white head with nice retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, citrus, toffee malt smell with some earthy hope notes.

T: A nice, slightly bitter, earthy hop taste with a sweet, malty aftertaste. The sweeter malts made themselves more evident as the beer warmed up.

M: A fairly thin mouthfeel, but still pretty solid. I was expecting a smoother feeling brew, especially for a cask ale.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty good overall. Pretty solid APA.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love craft in a can!

Crystal clear copper colored pour, with a killer light tan head. It goes rocky as it fades and gooey lacing abounds.

A nice mix pf pine and citrus in the aroma. Yes the hops are up front, but there is also a caramel malt aroma. Taste is more on the piney side of hoppy, mild bitterness in the finish. Not complex but nice and refreshing, this just stops short of being "hop water". Some sweet malt is there for some balance.

We do have some decent body here, with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker and would definitely be worth packing this in for some wilderness camping, and then packing the cans out.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Irish Pub we stopped by - wanted to try this one, as I have heard good things about Sly Fox in the past.

Color was a medium yellow with a good head. The nose had some hits of malt and hops, but it was fairly non-descript. The taste was a lot less hoppier than I would have expected, but it was not a detracter from the beer. Very drinkable - almost reminded me a bit more of a spicy Blonde Ale. Would certainly have another pint.

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Photo of mhatters
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at TDR Exton in a standard pint glass

Pours a golden amber color with a thick white foamy head.

Lots of fruit in the nose, melon, apple, and a few other fruits I can't identify.

Floral hops come right out in the flavor, the fruit is there too, sweet and refreshing.

A very nice cask pale ale - easy to drink, sessionable, a good beer to drink watching the game at the bar.I would be interested in comparing this not on cask, right now I think will be best on cask, but it will be fun to find out...

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Photo of magnj
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - 1/2 finger head out of the can, I'll have to work on my can pouring technique...this is new territory. The body is a light orange or golden color, very clear and slightly thin looking. Moderate carbonation is apparent. While the head dissipates quickly it leave nice lacing for the entirety of the glass.

s - Pine, spicy, and vaguely citrus hops aromas, very similar to SNPA. Sweet crystal malts poking through, inviting.

t - Good hops flavor all the way through, not sure which hop variety but probably a "C" hop. Citrus and pine and a bit of spice all come from the hops. Malt backbone is dominated by sweet crystal malts which are tasty and balance out the hops. Not over the top in bitterness but fitting for the style. Really tasty, no indication that I'm drinking a canned beer. Carbonation adds to the signature APA bite at the end.

m/d- Not sticky at all, a bit on the thin side, but that is fine for the style and nice in the summer. Highly drinkable and tasty, and a cheap alternative to some of the more expensive APAs.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper body with a cream head....excellent lacing over the glass

good balance of malt and hops....hints of citrus in the nose

hops a present but don't take over the glass...malt leads to a nice balance and keeps things crisp...citrus/orange flavors also present

the medium body makes for a smooth mouthfeel...very refreshing on a hot day or any day for that fact

semi-low ABV makes this one an all day drinker for me

an excellent pale ale and i'm happy to have this one be local to me....at least i know i'm getting a fresh product off the shelves whenever i grab a 6'er of these

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Photo of Gmann
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden brown color with a fantastic egg-shell head that left a complete wall of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite light, some caramel malt and light grassy hops. The taste is of a stale grassy hop with a sweet bready honey malt, typical APA. Moderate body with tingly carbonation, good balance, finishes slightly bitter. A nice easy going APA, noticable hop presense with a good malt balance. Nothing crazy but a good summer time brew. Great that it comes in a can.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For lots of reasons I'm a big fan of craft beer presented in cans, and I was subsequently pretty stoked to receive a few examples packaged in said fashion from my buddy up in New Yawk. Thanks Lum!

Chilled, cracked, and briskly decanted into my DFH shaped pint glass, the Phoenix can reveals a brew that is tarnished copper in color and sparkling clear. A huge wallop of creamy orange-tinted foam caps the brew in magnificent style, standing firm, towering a half-inch above the rim of the glass. The great head relaxes slowly, consolidating itself into more efficient larger bubbles as it recedes into a misshapen rocky cloudscape; copious puffs of 3-D lacing cling to the side of the glass.

The aroma is crisp and citrusy with a whiff of pink grapefruit and orange zest sparkling atop a light, perfumey caramel backbone.

The taste is is sweetly malty with a mild and mellow note of toasted biscuits drizzled with caramel showcasing an oily splash of bitter citrus. A dilute mashy graininess persists in the aftertaste.

The drink is medium-bodied and a tad undercarbonated for my tastes, limiting its drinkability a bit. Certainly not bad, and like I said, I dig the can.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Creed's Seafood & Steaks, King of Prussia, PA, presented as Creed's Dirty Blonde Ale (I found out later that this was re-branded as Phoenix Pale Ale)

Appears a nice copper color, almost red with a nice, light, fluffy white head. Some decent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a decent malt aroma with a nice hint of hops. Nice balance between the two. Also a hint of bread and biscuit.

Taste is a lot more hoppy than expected, but follows the nose really well. Overall a good flavor.

Medium body, smooth, nice dry bitter aftertaste, good drinkability and nice carbonation. Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deuane for the extra. Pours dark copper with a fizzy one finger beige head.

The aroma is of earthy and grassy hops, with balancing caramel malt. Some citrus is noticeable. The flavor is sweet up front with notes of caramel until the hops kick in, imparting earthy notes to the beer. The finish reveals a medium level of bitterness and ultimatly is well balanced, with a hint of alcohol and a weird soapy flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

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

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep reddish copper with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. multi-grain bread and biscuit, lightly toasted. bit of cracker. light alcohol. grapefruit and pine. hint of caramel.

taste is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit and pine. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. light caramel, but not overly sweet.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level and a bit lighter than medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. solid apa.

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