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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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very good

142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 333
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-13-2002

A bold American Pale Ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. Copper in color, medium-bodied and spicy.
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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 333
Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale had just enough hops up front, but still allowed the malt shine through. Cloudy orange golden body, small head, sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly malt, hops come in at first taste, mild bitter finish. Really nice

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/15...pours orange colored, rusty, hearty white packed foam. Toasty, toffee, bready nose - quite pleasing. Toasted fire wood flavor. Earthy malt blend, firm hop throughout. Fantastic balance, tasty and then some.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours a clear amber golden, yellowish white head starts out fluffy and dissipates to a film.

Smells of coppery malts, brown sugar, toasty biscuit, and a hint of floral hop.

Brown sugar and biscuit malt flavor with a dry woody floral hop finish. Light on the hops, and the malts are toasty and dry as well.

Tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Decent drinkable ale, nice flavor and aroma, although nothing especially memorable. Quenches the thirst okay, I could take it or leave it but it's not bad.

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Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more than two fingers worth of lush light khaki colored froth with a slightly waffled top comprised of big chunky airy bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a mix of light copper and medium amber... A light to moderate bit of briskly paced carbonation... The nose is fairly subdued but led by the malt base... Caramel... Pie crust... Cereal grains... Toffee... Some light sweet citrus... Orange zest... A hint of tropical fruit... An earthy hop presence is a bit of a surprise at the forefront of the palate... Some light woody character... The malt base takes a distant back seat an the hints of citrus are completely missing in action... Medium bodied... A bit sharp on the tongue with a surprisingly dry slightly astringent finish... A bit of chalkiness on the tongue as well... A respectable American Pale Ale... Straight down the middle but rather unspectacular...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 14 July 2015 at 40 degrees into SA perfect pint
Aroma faint pine
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm ring and 5 mm frothy island
Lacing good – complete rings with stalactites of tiny to small bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with some maltiness coming through, no particular hops flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant beer garden in Enola,pa

A- a hazy copper color with a one finger head that runs off quickly. somewhat average lacing.

S- grapefruit and floral hops with a sweet aromatic finish

F-nice complement of citrus and floral with a hint of malt that I cant place at the moment.

M- medium bodied that is smooth and goes down easy.

O- a nice beer...worth buying and worth buying out at a bar. a nice relaxing brew.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a little out of the can & it's a lovely copper colour with a great white tight head
Not much aroma some haribo grapefruit & metal (presumably the tinnie)
A nice balance of fruitiness & bitterness (washing down a French's hot dog
A nice little combo)
good MF nice & smooth, easy drink, spritely but not fizzy

I enjoyed

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Photo of BWED
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz. can into tumbler

A- Light amber/burnt orange. Off white head retains as a small film. Lacing is decent.

S- Toasty malt. Floral hop notes. Faint hint of citrus.

T- Light caramel malt notes with a pine hop flavor.

M- Medium light body. Strong dry finish, but still, overall, an easy drinker.

O- Pretty well balanced. Bitterness is a little strong for my liking, but a very solid beer.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Have only had this on tap. Clean and crisp - always refreshing! You also can't beat the fantastic price of a growler at the brewery. Just $8. What a bargain!

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Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Can into a glass. Drinking on 7/11 with best before date of 7/26/14 so still somewhat fresh.

This pale ale is very caramel and smooth. Both in the nose and taste. Very smooth finish and not much hop presence. More sweet and malty. Hops taste a tad stale to me. Like others mentioned, it has some similarities to an amber but not as dry a finish.

Overall this was a so/so pale ale. Sessionable but I think it is somewhat pedestrian. Not really to interested to revisit this one but its still decent and a good offering at a tavern or party/gathering where craft beer options are limited.

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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Mason Pint

A - Hazed orange with a finger of white foamy head that fades fast, no lacing.
S - Caramel and bready malt, a little pine, semi skunky.
T - Very malty, little hop presence in the flavor, some grains.
M - Lingering bitterness, lighter on feel.
O - Not a good flavor, and it fades fast, just an unmemorable beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Amber orange/tan with a 1 inch foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, orange, grapefruit, caramel malts, spices, some minor sugars, toffee. A funky/grassy note at the finish.

Taste - From first sip, lots of caramel malts with a bitter pale malt flavor. Some hops come out near the finish and add some grapefruit and orange, along with some lemon. Some sugars and spices add even more sweetness. Drinks more like a amber ale.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets mostly malts with some mild hop notes. Palate gets remaining malts, along with some sugars and bitter hops. Aftertaste is malty, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Its ok, nothing special and a little too sweet to be a pale ale. Loads of caramel malts make up the main flavors. Its ok to drink but not something id have to have again.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can. best before 04/14/2014.

A: pours pretty clear. slightly copper body. head is pretty white. limited lacing, but existent. lacing is sparse, but again, present.

S: mild caramel nose. I take that back. a lot of caramel in the nose. the whole nose is malt. getting virtually nothing from the hop department.

T: sweet and caramel. similar to the nose, im not getting any hop flavor, just a whole lot of grain. there is a slight metallic-ness to it as well. bitter and dry finish.

M: mild carb on a medium body.

D: not a bad brew, but I wouldn't call this an APA. more like an amber ale. I need more hop presence to call this an APA as well as a beer I would want to drink more of.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looker of a pale ale. Glowing light red and traffic signal orange body, very clear with a fluffy off white head three fingers tall. Settles to mild clumping and a nice sudsy soapy collar, while slow rising carbonation creeps up the middle nicely. The body color is very much reminiscent of the phoneix can color scheme, real nice.

Nose is a little grainy, with some light toasted malts. A nice woody pine hop sense briefly and mild sweetness and some soft hinting caramel. Not too bad.

Palate is very solid and enjoyable. A good pine and herbal bent on the finish, with some grass like tones it seems. Mild malt sweetness but the hops seem to be more forward. Could use a little bit of malt sweetness for balance, but the mouthfeel coats just enough without being too wet to let the flavors all be felt. Good bitter aftertaste that really lasts

Overall, pretty solid, and a nice hoppy pale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml can with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up a recently from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. An orange-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of pine, grass, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a metallic note and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a caramel malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of pine, stewed hops, mild grass, caramel, earthy yeast and cardboard. Highly attenuated and rather harsh, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and very dry, with decent carbonation and body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of of bitter aromatic pine, acrid stewed leaves and cardboard.

So-so. Has the potential to be a solid American pale ale but the execution needs improvement. Lacklustre looks, with a head that disappears too quickly. The aroma and flavour are OK but the hop character is indistinct and there are some unpleasant off-notes spoiling the experience. Body is alright but mouthfeel overly dry. Basically - could try harder. No need to hunt this one down.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ours a hazy bright orange with a soft head of off white foam that fell slowly and left a ring and cap. laces well and looks very pretty. Has a nice soft glow from the body of the beer and streaming effervescence from the bottom. Nose is Tart citrus with a touch of sour yeast and plenty of cracker malt. Nice and pale. Little lemon, little orange and little soft spice. Some caramel sweetness as it warms. The hops character is herbal and floral and very soft. Taste is cracker with a touch of caramel sweetness. Smooth and leaves a small bitter on the mostly dry finish. Ample carbonation but the only bite is a mild one from the spice and in the aftertaste the sweetness of the fruit and the sweetness of the malt linger as if newly found.

This is a solid pale ale that is very refreshing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber brown with a full inch of frothy white head.

S - Smells of grains, mild piney hops, and some sweeter malts. Nothing too exciting.

T - Quite balanced yet its just a standard pale ale with corn flakes like grains, pale malts, and a slightly hoppy finish nothing close to an IPA territory. Hopefully the pilsner will be better.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall it was cool to tick this but kind of yeasty for a pale ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the can into my pint glass with a hazy dark orange body. A nice white head forms to about two fingers in size and has a creamy texture. The foamy cap retains nicely and some good webs of spotty lace are left behind.

S- A slight bit of hops, floral and citrus notes are apparent to me at first with a balance of malts and yeast. Hints of fresh cracked grains, yeast bread, caramel and light sweets seem to replace the hop aromas with time.

T- A very balanced flavor follows a smell of a similar manner. Hops give pine, citrus and floral hints. The balance comes from notes of caramel, cracked grains, light biscuit malts, yeast bread and other fruit like apple/white grape.

MF- Creamy consistency to a lighter end body. Carbonation is smooth and has a moderate level. Only a light bitterness in the finish.

Fairly solid Pale Ale for sure. Balanced all around and flavorful.

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Photo of ToddT
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear copper color topped with an off white head. The head fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace rings on the glass.

S- Sweet caramel and pineapple hops, but not too much else.

T- Candied pineapple and some caramel right away, toffee malt balances things out, but retains the sweet notes. Finish is dry and with a hint of hop bitterness.

F- Medium in body and well carbonated, clean at the finish and refreshing.

O- It's an OK beer, the 5.1% ABV makes it a session candidate, but the flavor profile is a little too lackluster to make me want to drink a lot of this. Would be a decent picnic or lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden, white head doesn't last long but leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of sweet, fresh clementines, slight hop bitterness, and a bit perfumey.

Hops dominate the flavor much more than the aroma with earthy and herbal characteristics. There's a slight touch of citrus as well, and a very subtle grain undertone that gives a nice balance. Slight sourness in the finish is a bit unpleasant, but it's negligible.

Light bodied but very smooth and extremely refreshing. Very sessionable.

Overall: Not my favorite pale ale, but still pretty good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mug. Pours a slightly hazy off-amber color, with a 1/2" white fluffy head that reduces leaving moderate lacing.

Smell is mildly malty, with bits of toffee and hints of fleshy fruit. Has a soft malty taste, with a simple hop flavor and plenty of grass and floral flavors. Ends with a simple bitter bite. Had a medium mouthfeel, leaving a bit of tang on the tongue. A decent pale ale, but frankly not one of Sly Fox's best.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml Can from the Potsdam IGA for 2$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, cereal

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some cereal sweetness and some light grapefruit. It ends with a malty lightly hopper aftertaste.

Overall - I was expecting more based on the taste of their pilsner. It's a pretty boring tasting beer. I couldn't fund a date on my can, so perhaps this one was past it's prime. Regardless, I wouldn't buy this again.

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml can. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Gold in color, chill haze. Resiny & subtle candy aroma. Caramel malts, slightly ripe fruit & grapefruit flavors rounded by involving bitterness. Smooth & malty palate. Medium body, medium carbonation. Oily texture. Dense butter-like & earthy bitter finish. Moderate IBU profile –just 40- balances malts so beer won´t become fat neither flat. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of rarbring
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear dark straw with a white head with little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is fruits, nuts and nettles.

The taste has some sweet honey pear notes, nut, grapes and pine resin.

<medium carbonation, a coarse texture, a good body with a dry finish.

A nice no fuss APA.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.