Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
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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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours transparent amber gold with some reddish legs depending on the lighting. The tan head measures two fingers and fades quickly. Little lace.

Smell: It came out of ice so the original impression in the nose was very small but it did improve drastically as the beer warmed to a proper serving temperature. I get an earth grassy aroma as it warms and a strong pine and caramel attribute build as well.

Taste: Just because it is in a can doesn't mean it should be stored on ice ;-). Anyway, it was served to me too cold (my friend ;-) but when it warmed the flavors came out very nicely. A nice malty base parts like the 'Red Sea' for the hops to sing through. It has a bizarre mix of hops giving it an earthy grassy funky herbal flavor along with some pine notes. The finish is bitter and a bit like a hop tea.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light crisp refreshing Just what I was looking for. The hops really dry out the cheeks which beckons the next sip and forces the beer down. It was a challenging chore to allow my beer to warm first. This review took two cans =) they go down so fast. A great beer for a day in the yard or on the lake.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see another micro in a can and with sweet graphic design to boot. I pop the tab and pour into my pint glass producing a clear amber red brew with a creamy off white head that leaves some sticking lacing behind. Aromas are a mix of biscuity caramel malts alongside plenty of piney, citric resinous hop scents. A nice melding going on here.

First sip brings a nice caramel covered biscuity pale maltiness followed quickly by a nice dose of herbal, piney, citric hops. Somewhat earthy with a slight spiciness. Flows down toasty with a hit of well placed bitterness and finishes with a nice lingering hoppiness. Nice pale ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and a bit creamy. Goes down quite easily. This is a tasty APA that would be great anywhere that bottles are not welcome. I could easily see a six pack disappearing over the course of a nice session. A solid, good brew overall. I look forward to drinking more from Sly Fox. Thanks to Fool Circle for this one.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one of many from Sly Fox.
Another fine addition to the craft beer canning scene and welcomed with open arms.
Pours a brilliant, bright copper color...almost orange with the assistance of some natural light.
A full finger and a half of white head...fades fast, but leaves behind some thin lacing that covers the glass nicely.
Balanced aroma of fruity hops and malty sweetness...very clean with no off scents.
The taste is very good and much more about the malt than the hop, when compared to some of my favorite Pale Ales, but a refreshing, crisp and quaffable brew. Sweet up front, but finishes more bitter and dry.
Mouthfeel is above average in the stlye and the carbonation is perfect.
I would gladly pickup a case of this offering for constant rotation if given the opportunity. This is another fine canned brew.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some pine notes. The flavor is orange hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nicely hopped American Pale Ale.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass out of a can. pours a reddish copper amber color, with the tinyest bit of sediment. nice fluffy slightly off white head. pretty good head retention with just a little bit of lace.

in the aroma you get some grassy citrus hop with some slight biscuity, slight caramel malts. kind of a subdued aroma.

very well balanced flavor. biscuity bready and caramel malts combines with grassy, citrus, and pine hops. a nice level of bitterness. finishs piney grassy bitter.

light to almost medium body. such a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. crisp and clean.

superior drinkability, i could pound these all night long. definatly one of the better pale ales out there, i would highly recommend this for a session beer. i had a couple of these the other day while working on a friends car. but they can go well in pretty much any situation. so much better out of the glass than the can though. i will be visiting this one again for sure.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color to it deep ruby caramel garnett, with a light khaki tan head forming thick. Fine speckled lacing forms unevenly but sticks around well. Aromatics offer up a nice pine and citrus combo with a bready caramel malt profile going on. Flavor is nice balanced between caramel drizzled dessert bread sweetness and reserved but bitter hop flavors including pince citrus and a mild tame earthiness. More hops in the finish of the flavor than the nose or the forefront of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied drinking session APA, carbonation is soft and works well. I love the can presentation and this beer just arriving back into Pittsburgh has been so fresh and affordable for my craft brew budget.

Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks NJpadreFan for this extra

12oz. can poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Big 2 finger white head that's exploding with carbonation. Decent retention, eventually laying down to a nice fluff. Pours a perfectly clear amber. Little to no lacing.

S: Citrus hop notes on top of a crisp lager style malt base.

T/M: Nice hop twang right as you sip, full of grassy and lemon-y hops. Slightly sweet malt background evens it out. Bitterness is controlled at the beginning but pulls through for a dry, lingering finish. Body is nice and light with higher carbonation.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. If this was available in my area, I could definitely see myself picking up a 12pack of these for poker night.

Photo of dashirey
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become my "on-hand" beer for the summer. I have taken it to the beach, phils game for tail-gating, or drink a couple in the evening. Thought I better review it before I drink all the ones I have.

A - Clear copper with some amber showing through too. Lots of lacing left behind from the 1+ finger of pillowy off-white head.

S - Floral hop and some sweetness at the very start then the smell seems to fade away to nearly nothing but a little metallic smell.

T - I am never dissappointed by this one. Overall mostly balanced a little leaning to the hops side. First hops, then the malt comes through a little, but ends on a nice bitter hop flavor. Don't get me wrong, by no means overpowering hops, but just right for the style.

M - Light-bodied. Carbonation makes it smooth and it ends clean.

D - This has become my goto beer. The low ABV but great taste keeps you coming back for more. You can swill a handful of these and enjoy an evening of whatever you want. If you have a chance to try go for it.

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a case of this and the Pikeland Pils at the BeerYard the other day. Very nice packaging, almost looks like a can of an energy that you could get away with drinking at work but I would not try that. The beer poured a nice dark gold color with a bit of a white head, fluffy. The smell is of strong floral hops with a bit of malty backbone in there. The taste is a very rich hoppy mix with malts that is very enjoyable. I can see these cans becoming very popular based on the very good beer inside and the great use of a can.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Phoenix Pale Ale

Appearance- Light copper orange with a giant foamy head.
Smell- Grapefruit/ orange rind with hints of pine. Sweet smelling.
Taste- Light on flavor, grapefruit with pine evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but turning more bitter in the end.

Overall- Not bad, especially from a can! This or Dale's Pale Ale make great beers to have at a no bottle event!

***update 4/21/07***

Brought a 12 pack, in my kayak, along Lake Nockamixon. An excellent beer to drink in sunny 80' weather floating along on a lake!

Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper / amber hybrid with good carbonation and a creamy-looking off-white-copper-colored head, leaving sparse rings of foam.

Smell: A lot of good leafy and bitter citrus hops aromas that get stronger and more powerful as it warms.

Taste: Nice balance of the hoppiness, and there's a lot going on, with some quality malt and fruit esters, a bit of strawberry and apple. Finishes very dry and almost IPA-like in its bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lighter-to-medium-bodied. Better than good.

Drinkability: All around sessionable and quality brew. I like the hoppiness of it, and it has more flavor than many domestics. I'll buy this again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight haze, but the cask was not cellared properly! Deep amber in color with a bright white head that holds extremely well and leaves a very good lace. There's a nice, slightly citrusy, hoppy aroma that's subtly backed by a lightly sweet maltiness. The body is medium-light with a very soft, fine and bright carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The flavor is very well balanced between the light crystal malt and a gentle hop flavor. It's solidly bitter but extremely well-balanced! A gentle hoppiness also follows into the finish. An excellent session beer even at 5.25%. Quite enjoyable! Well worth trying.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can after a chilly bike ride. It looks orange-red with a white head. That's certainly darker than I'd expect from a pale ale. This is really more of a hoppy red ale, but I digress.

At first, this reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale, but dialed back to a pale ale (not IPA like Dale's) IBU level. The flavor is rich with citrus rind, grapefruit, and pine. It's less juicy than Dale's, but still a darned tasty pale ale. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange gold (with an amber sheen to it) with at least 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. A thin layer of creamy retention skims the surface, leaving behind some big, sturdy lacing behind. The aroma is a fresh, nose tickling bouquet of light floral hops, citrus notes, and a touch of underlying sweetness.

The taste is a moderate mix of tingling hop bitterness and a splash of citrus character that is balanced out with some sweet, and slightly bready, caramel malts. Finishes with a nice, crisp, bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is light bodied (but seems a bit fuller from the flavors) with a snappy carbonation and crisp feel.

A really solid APA that packs good flavor and even better drinkibility. Even with about 6 months on this, it still seemed incredibly fresh and tasty, probably a tribute to the canned packaging. Good stuff.

Photo of Imbiber
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep amber, therefore a bit darker than most other pale ales, with a rocky white head. Aroma is fairly mild, a little maltiness. Carbonation is at a good level, not over fizzy. The taste is well-balanced, quite malty on the palate with a faint underlying sweetness. Easy to drink, though fuller-bodied than some other beers of this style. A little more bitterness comes through at the finish.

Another good canned craft beer from Sly Fox.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Cask...

A- Dark amber color. Tan and orange with a ruby red hue. Big fluffy and foamy head.

S- Smell was very malty. I was not a fan of the nose on this one. There was a strange medicinal quality in the nose that I could not put my finger on at all. Something was off. Not sure if it was the cask.

T- Taste was very malty and bready. Surprised the hops were not as pronounced. I did not get much hop at all. Caramel was there as well. Tough beer to put down, not sure why.

M- Light bodied and slick. Oily.

D- Eh. Not feeling this one. I found it to be lacking complexity and flavors. I love Sly Fox but this is not one of my favorites.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, clear orange with a 1 finger creamy, light beige head that slowly recessed. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh citrus hopping with light pine notes. The aroma was light-medium, and perfumy with a sweet and sour nature to it.

T: sweet toasted caramel malt, and fresh citrusy hops. Fresh lemons and a big fresh citrusy hop kiss highlights the flavor of this pale. There is a great wet citrusy fade with very soft floral notes being left on the tongue after the swallow. The flavor is very crisp and clean.

M: light, very slick and oily on the tongue. There is a bright lemony citrusy flavor and lacing left on the tongue after the swallow.

D: Drinkability is good. Nicely hopped per style and incredibly smooth going down.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled when I saw this can sitting in as an extra on my Growling at the Moon package this month. I have loved really anything I have received from Sly fox, so I figured their pale ale was going to be top notch so I could not wait. Threw this one in the fridge and got a chance to sit down and enjoy it for the first time last night. Took the twelve-ounce can right out of the fridge and poured it into a Prima Pils footed glass.

Appearance - This one poured a very bright and very crystal clear, deep reddish amber. A really nice shade of orange amber with an awesome amount of clarity to it. Really nice carbonation could be seen in the chains of bubbles rippling up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then gathered at the top of this one and proceeded to settle down after just a few minutes to a thin pillow like layer across the top for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation then followed and really gave this a solid look for a pale ale.

Smell - The aroma was a full on replica of the classic west coast hoppy pale ale. A deep resin filled and very thick aroma of pine and citrus hops greeted you right up front. Very nice notes of orange and even some tangerines were easily found. There was a nice stick fresh pine quality to it as well, that was really quite nice. Some underlying maltiness could be found in there, way in the back as well, serving as a nice base to build it one.

Taste - The flavor picked up right where the smell had left off. This was a really tight and nicely balanced little pale ale. Rich fresh sticky pine hops dominated the opening flavors of this one, really setting you up for what was going to be coming down the pike next. SA nice floral bath of tangerines and pineapple flavored hops that opened the door to the sweeter and sugary side of this. Really quite nice. A good base of malted grain underneath providing a nice touch of balance as well and letting you know this was a rather nice little beer. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry with the hops dominating it. Long lasting bitter pine flavor made you reach for another sip time and again.

Mouthfeel - The feel was splendid and exactly what I would have expected out of this one. A very nice light bodied ale with more then adequate carbonation, even down to the very last drop. A nice deep-rooted smooth feel, with a crisp clean finish, very nice and refreshing.

Drinkability - Very high marks here, as I would have loved to have had another one when it was done. It was just tremendously easy to drink all around, and with low abv and great carbonation, you really could not do wrong.

Overall, this was very good. A very nice and tight pale ale that I would love to try on tap, or have a case of to enjoy at home .I would definitely look for this one if you are out looking for a solid pale ale offering. This was very good.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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