Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of Cylinsier
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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. (394 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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! (158 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of jmarklan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light citrus and bitter hops with light caramelized malt base. Taste is a drinkable mix of medium citrus and bitter hops with a balanced caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good and easily drinkable though a further hop punch would have been even more enjoyable. (411 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of citrus and pine resin intermixed with notes of biscuit malts. A light amount of bitterness is also present, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It seems to be a bit more flavorful compared to other beers in the style. (687 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber/copper in color with some extremely light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a moderate strength aroma with some light hints of caramel malts and quite a bit of pine and citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out with a bit of caramel malt sweetness but then the hop flavors become apparent. There are flavors of pine and citrus hops and a mild amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty enjoyable beer and one that I could easily have a few during a session. I find the combination of the pine and citrus hops with the mild amounts of bitterness quite refreshing. (879 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows soft fruity notes, grassy hints and spicy hops, alongside copious amounts of sweet crystal malt.
Similar fruity and floral flavours, followed by soft caramel and a bold sharp bitterness.
Body feels a little too thick and syrupy. (283 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Dino in our most recent trade! Poured from can to pint glass the beer arrives a murky ruby mahogany with a nice 2 finger white head, nice retention though not a lot of lacing. A nice crisp fruity nose with citrus, pear, apples and dark fruit character. Unique and nice. Mild caramel malt hint. The flavor is very much the same. The hops provide a nice fruity character as found in the nose with again a nice base caramel. Finishes crisp with a lingering mild bitter fruity sweetness. Lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, this is really enjoyable. Would gladly reach for another if I could! (605 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color thin white head.

Unique flavor off the bat, I can imagine this would go well with asian cuisine. Sweet teryiaki noodle like taste up front, no lie. Its bizarre. Floral hop bouquet, full body, crisp clean finish. One of the most floral ale I've ever had, very perfumes. Flavor is mostly on the front end of the tongue, back end is extremely clean. Like no bite, no lingering sweet, just a finished sip. Slight butteriness, some biscuit comes through as the beer warms. Bitterness is there and builds but extremely slowly. That Thai corn noodle taste remains though, extremely unique. I like it. Flavors are well blended and go together somehow in some odd way (684 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a orange amber color with a slightly white head with pretty good retention
S-grassy/pine hop aroma mixed with malty sweetness
T-Equal malt and piney hop flavor up front that leads into a more malt dominate flavor and finishes with a bit of citrus, finishes a bit dry and bready
M-medium bodied
O-pretty decent pale ale. very drinkable and wouldn't hesitate to try again (377 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper toned orange with a pure white head and decent lace coating the glass. The nose is extremely hoppy and sweet with a strong resigny oil hop presence. There is a very light malt in there but the hops are strong behind with notes of citric orange. The taste has a more assertive malt presence with a lightly toasted bread and pale malts. There is an assertive citric hop and strong bitterness to balance. Medium to full syrupy body and a lighter carbonation with a very clean finish. The beer is balanced, strong hop presence and very clean beer. (570 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks to woodychandler for the trade! Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, clear copper/amber hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded quickly to leave a thin, white halo.

A - Aroma is well, average. Getting mostly sweet, carmel malts. There are some old hop bitterness on the end. Not the fresh hops I was looking for.

T - Again, like the nose this just isnt all that fresh tasting. Losts of sweet carmel malts, which is nice, but I like those piney, citrus hops in my APAs and this just doesnt deliver. Maybe it did at one point.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit on the sweeter side but its not heavy or syrupy.

O - Overall, I find that this is just an average brew. It might have been nice fresh, but at this point it just doesnt do anything for me. Would give Sly Fox another chance though. (819 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, with code of "310 6/18/13" which I assume is a best buy date.

appears a very clear amber copper color, 1/4" off-white head. decent retention. the aroma is mostly cereal grains, mild earthy hops. the taste is a good balance of slightly sweet malt and very mild herbal hops. medium body, higher carbonation, appropriate for the style.

overall - easy drinking, but even for a pale ale, could have more hops for an American Style. (441 characters)

Photo of GreenGoblinCC
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Pale Ale in a Can, right up there with 21st Amendment and Oskar Blues! Nice bitterness following each sip. Versatile beer that goes great with nearly any food or occasion. Enjoyed thoroughly! Will definitely pick up more Phoenix and IPA Route 113! (253 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straight up APA. Love the fact that it came out of a mixed "Cantastic" 12 pack from Sly Fox (on sale for $10 bucks, no less).
Great beach and pool beer, not only because it's a very decent brew; but the cans make it socially acceptable. Pours a nice amber color with minimal head. Good mix of sweetness and bitter on the nose and palate. I find it a tad too sweet, but completely satisfactory. The best of the three offerings in the 12 pack IMO. (447 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Refreshing Summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Very nice clear amber color. The head however is not so great. Neither is the lacing. It was poured hard to get a decent white head but it dissapated to a film. Very little lacing.

Aroma isn't much as well. I like to smell a bit of hops in my pale. It's pretty much just has a bit of caramel malt aroma.

Taste is solid. Nice pale malt taste. But of caramel malt for the color and flavor. Nice slight hop flavor and a nice refreshing hop bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Good lawn mower beer.

Overall a solid pale. But it could use work on appearance and aroma. (652 characters)

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.