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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 324
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | 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: 141 | Hads: 324
Photo of 2408bwk
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a rather long stint in Iraq and Afghanistan and many visits to beeradvocate, my list of must tries is quite long. The Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale was no dissapointment. It poured a crisp copper color. The aroma was that of nicely balanced hops (pine, citrus and floral). The taste was clean at the start with a very plesant finish. The mouthfeel was perfect. Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. If I can stay stocked, this one that will be a constant in my frig. Loved it!! (490 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since Sly Fox has made it to Jersey all I tried was the 113 IPA which was pretty good. When I saw a sixer of this sitting in cans I thought oh hell yeah I gotta pick this up.

12 ounce can with some awesome artwork poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Nice looking beer. A reddish tinted amber with a lasting bubbly head that fills out the glass. Bubbles rush to the top. Some nice lacing rings the pint.

S - A nice bit of citrusy hops along with a sweet malt smell of fresh baked bread and some fruitiness.

T - A very nice APA. Great balance is struck between some hoppy tones and the malt. The can lists the beer as 40 IBUs and it seems a perfect fit with the sweet malt. The beer finishes with some hop bitterness but the sweet fruity malt flavors peek through.

M - Slick on the tongue with the right amount of carbonation for a beer with this flavor profile.

D - Excellent. Truly a great session beer at 5.1% and enough of an interesting flavor to keep fans of APAs sipping away. I'm stealing a sentiment I read in another review and calling this THE beach beer. A great APA with a lot of flavor packed in cans, awesome. This may become one of my new go-to session beers for sure. (1,201 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (716 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 sunkistxsudafed
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewed lower than what the profile says at 5.1%. got this in a trade from Exiled.

A- pale yellow to amber, typical APA coloring and head.

S- pine, citrus, and mellow hop bitterness. the nose is tangy enough to keep you interested but mellow enough where you know this will be a session beer.

T- one of the best tasting examples of an APA i've had! this is exactly what i'm looking for in an APA (which i feel should always be a session brew). Mild hop bitterness, same citrus and pine notes from the nose with a refreshing polish.

M- perfect level of carbonation and thickness for the style and flavors.

O- this is a great session beer. one that can be enjoyed on a hot summer day, at a bbq, and with a hearty meal. with such a low abv, this beer could easily be drank all day long. (787 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4-1/2" light tan head. Bit cloudy orange body.
S- Big citrus aroma with a nice malt back bone. Bit of orange and grapefruit comes out too.
T- Big nice citrus hop flavor comes through first shortly followed by the bitterness. Malts come through next. Grapefruit and orange flavor. Nice bitterness in aftertaste. The lingering flavors of the grapefruit and bit of malt flavor makes up the aftertaste with the bitterness coming out most.
M- Medium body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- This is probably the best Pale Ale I have had. It also comes from a can :O! When I first took a sip I was amazed. I would love to be able to get more of these. I think this could be that perfect easy drinking refreshing beer after a hard day at work. (742 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, I cannot recall who sent this to me. Thanks though. It is a rare occasion when I drink a canned beer. Pours with huge head, and decent lacing. Aroma of crisp pale malts, light hops.

This is a great tasting, malty, pale ale, with the right amount of hops for balance. I wish this were available in Indianapolis, it would be great for a tailgate or other outdoor event.

Reviewed and scored verbatim from notes. (425 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange / gold in color with a nice 1" inch head that produced some light lacing.

Smell: the aroma was very floral and some malt was also detectable.

Taste: the flavor is nice as the huge malt base is balanced with a strong floral hoppiness. Some citrus tones linger in the background, but they definitely round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth but it has a very nice strong bitter finish. This was medium bodied.

Drinkability: a very flavorful and hoppier than normal pale ale that is the ultimate in drinkability. Must have if on tap. (562 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold in color with a touch of amber hue. Thin white head and fine white lace on the pint glass. Caramel malt taste is upfront followed by a smack of hop bitterness. Quite chewy in the mouth. Very balenced brew with a dry hop flower finish. Very drinkable and I enjoyed the "fullness of flavor". The chewy caramel malt flavor is harnessed by a sturdy hop backbone. Nice. (369 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Words: Sierra Nevada. This nice brew from the folks at sly fox is a dark gold, or light amber colour with a nice cap of white foam. The aromas are of zesty citrus hops (cascades?), and a light biscuity maltiness. The taste is of spicy pacnw hops up front, and some light biscuity malts in the middle. The finish is slightly dry, and begs you to take another sip of this brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly yeasty and the drinkability is damn good. It's funny this beer has recieved so many lower reviews, from people who gave SNPA higher reviews!

Overall: The perfect brewpub SNPA clone! (608 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprisingly my favorite beer there as I am not much of a Pale Ale fan most of the time. Poured a rich amber in color with a white lacy head that followed the beer down the glass. Head retention was quite good. Sweet malt and fruity, citrus dominate the nose. Not surprisingly, these aromas continue in the mouth. Sweet malt was a little more pronounced in flavor than aroma, but was well balanced by a nice hop bitterness and citrusy flavors. Overall a pretty good brew that I ended up going home with in a growler. (516 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 monkeybutler
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can? Wha?

I was skeptical at first, but it only took one sip to let my guard down.

It pours a lightly carbonated amber with a big frothy head that dissipates into a thin blanket, with good lacing.

The smell is of those characteristic american citrusy, spicy hops, and a faint malty background.

The taste is great. I can only imagine how this beer would be out of a bottle, but I can't see it having the same fresh-hop flavor and aroma. It's 40 IBUs go a long way, with just enough malt to keep it even keeled.

The mouthfeel is slick and smooth, which leads to its incredible drinkability.

I have to say that this is the best APA I've had in a while. It would be unfair to compare it to a cask conditioned version, but I think this beer would hold its own. (791 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear with amber colored tones. The head was a perfect big fluffy two fingers that slowly receded to a nice foamy covering. The foam produced some of the best lacing I've seen. I was shocked that a beer that looked this good could come from a can. I have totally changed my opinion of beer from a can.
Smell: Pale malts and and a clean hop aroma. Some citrus hints were barely noticeable.
Taste: The hops were much more flavorful than my nose had detected. The aftertaste had a mild grassy flavor and just slightly bitter, but oh so good. There was also more citrus and orange flavor than my nose had detected. The pale malts were nicely balanced with the hops.
Mouthfeel: Crispy with a light to medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A good beer at an affordable price. Oh yeah, I can see drinking this beer again. (829 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark honey brown with a big dimpled white head.

Smelled of soapy hops and fresh cut grass with only the slightest bit of caramel beneath it.

The only thing that I’ve ever tasted that was more hoppy that this beer is actual dry hop flowers. Wow. Tastes like dirty, garden fresh and earthy hops with a huge vegetable matter and orange-rind hoppiness to it that blew my mind. This was supported by a slight honey and bread malt that was far off in the background compared to this hop onslaught.

The mouth feel was light bodied with lots of medium bubbles that seem to agitate the fantastic fresh hops.

This was like drinking a big hop salad. I must say, I was impressed that this beer could be so flavorful with out being overly dry. This is absolutely mandatory if you dig hops. (809 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light amber colored ale, it is dead clear with a nice brightness and shiny hue. Has what might be described as between a rocky and frothy head. Beautiful color and clarity.

Smell is arborous, musty, with hints of grapefruit and lemon. Small caramel base of malt once it opens. Overall, a bit faint on the nose but well done.

Full-flavored, yes! Just a crisp and lovely pale ale replete of hop flavor as grapefruit, lemon, and floral flavors balance each other. Hop oils wash around the rough, woody body that has some caramel and roast malt underneath the lupulin deluge. Opens to show the same sense of dry chocolate oil as Sierra Nevada Celebration. Full-bodied for an ordinary pale - cheers to the hops!

This beer has the full array of fresh hop brashness found in a Sierra Nevada Celebration or Pale Ale. If you look at O'Reillys recipe you'll notice that it is, in fact, eerily similar to Sierra's recipes. Regardless, not a mere rip-off, it seems more full bodied and flavored with not too much bitterness. The definition of solid and drinkable, I was fiending for more once the growler was empty - the hops will do that to ya. (1,144 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy copper with hints of orange with a small off white head. The smell was pretty good; crisp fruity hops like an apple with a hint of malt sweetness. I was expecting the same in the taste but it was a nice bitter woody hop bite on top of toasty malt, very good. The mouthfeel was medium with very active carbonation that seems to accentuate the bitterness. I like this better than the Pikeland Pils in the can, and I would put it in the top five of the APA's I've had. (489 characters)

Photo of Imbiber
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Schooly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear mahogany with one-finger head that falls to nill quickly. Much more darker than I'd expect for a Pale Ale. A stream of carbonation streams up from the center of the glass leaving a ring of foam in the middle. Lacing resides on the glass as I swirl. Light smell of flowery hops in the nose. Hops up front hitting the sides of my tounge finishing with sweet malty notes to balance out the brew. Mouthfeel is clean with some hoppy residue coating my mouth.
I almost forgot this is from a can! Very drinkable for a brew out of a can. These will pack easily on the next camping trip to House Rock. (604 characters)

Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can? Yeah, and this was my first one.

Pours out to a bright copper color in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of grapefruit and pine and reminded me quite a bit of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on the nose. The taste is superb, with hops tingly the palate and a solid malt backbone. Finishes easy and begs for another one.

Again I say, "Craft beer in a can?"

And I repy with a resounding "YES!" (432 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish amber-gold, with a nice off-white head. Great piney hop aroma for a pale ale, with definite grapefruit as well.

Taste is excellent, truly one of the best canned beers. Malty and biscuity at first, with a bitter grapefruity aftertaste. Bitterness lasted a while. Mouthfeel was light-medium and carbonation was medium-low, nearly perfect. Easy to drink as well. A very good example of the pale ale style, perhaps even bordering on the IPA, when compared with what some breweries call IPAs. I'd have this one anytime. Did I mention how much I love canned beer? (573 characters)

Photo of beerhawk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I think the can is really cool! The artwork is very well done. I got the can from a friend (thanks Dave) and poured it into a nice clean pint glass. The beer poured slightly hazy with a white head that lasted well. The glass laced throughout the session and the mouthfeel was typical for the style. Hop aroma was very good with sweet flowery notes. I really enjoyed the beer and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good IPA. I only had one, but would have had a few more if I had them. Man the can was cool. (522 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear copper with a tannish frothy tall head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly piney and citrusy with a resinous hop character through the thick head. Behind the hop character was a caramel malt backbone.

The flavor was malty with a strong caramel character that worked well with the piney-citrus character of the hops. The hops seemed a bit woodsy and though the balance was just slightly in favor of malt, the hops were no slouch either.

The finish was just dry with a lasting caramel malt impression and hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a nice carbonation level that led to a creamy mouthfeel. Best pale ale in a can!

12 ounce can. Thanks BeerBeing! (747 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying some sly fox stuff for a while now. I was really excited to hear that the cans were coming out.

Pours a nice bronze color with a perfect head. Fills the 16 oz glass perfectly. Head fades to a nice film and leaves some sticky lacing. Medium flow of carbonation bubbles keeps the beer looking active.

Smell of pale malts with some mild hop citrus notes. Taste is really nice, malty with just a hint of citrus. Finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid, you know there is a nice malt backbone to this one.

This just became my favorite everyday beer. A dare you to find a better beer for the price. Perfect for picnic, hiking, tailgate, pool party, whatever.... Could be a good one to slip to your macro loving friends, "craft beer in a can, no way, give it a try." All around a nice offering from sly fox, looking forward to trying more. (908 characters)

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.