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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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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 ArrogantB
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This one smells metallic and I am not saying that because it came from a can. It smells like minerals and dirt. The flavor is metallic and dry. I wonder if I got a bad can? The appearance sure is deceiving, it is a nice cloudy orange. It did seem to have a lot of carbonation, overflowing the can when I opened it (no I didn’t shake it). This is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. This is going right down the drain. I will give this one another chance if I can. (476 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 rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with plume of fizzy white head that disipates quickly leaving little lacing. Scent is of fresh cut grass with hints of dried hay. Taste is a muddled mess of the fresh and dried grass with only a faint kiss of white bread, pine and lemon. Lighter side of medium bodied, overly carbonated. Not what im looking for in a Pale Ale. (353 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 5/10/10

Phoenix Pale Ale pours a moderately deep burnt amber, just enough so as to have a tobacco hue. The one & a half finger head is reduced to an even skim after several minutes, leaving the beginnings of nice lace (which is quite good after half the glass).

The aroma is quite malty; pale & crystal malts are in no short supply. Notes of yeasty bread, biscuit & caramel are present. The hops aren't super appreciable, just offering some earthy mustiness & faint citrus wisps buried in the back.

The hops are more apparent to taste, though they still seem a tad weak; rather low bitterness throughout (lower than I'd prefer, anyway). More pine than anything, it does have a modest citrus twinge. It also exhibits a tartness that doesn't really fit (possibly the citrus?). Caramel then swoops in tipping the balance in favor of the malts, though it shies from being too sweet. Toasted bread rounds it out.

Medium body with reasonably low carbonation; nothing to shocking here. The finish actually tends to be fairly dry, with a mild earthy bitterness lingering on the finish.

While I'm not overly impressed by Phoenix, it's easy enough to drink. Pikeland Pils would easily get my money over this but I reckon it would be a great choice for an "end of a long beer night but I want another one - something chill" sort of situation. (1,364 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (644 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 Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out as a light amber color with a white head that settles quickly. The aroma is grainy and malty, not overly hoppy. The flavors are mild, that seems to be common in most of Sly Fox's releases. The taste is a little grainy and has some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watey and not very complex at all. There are better pale ales out there in my opinion. (382 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my new SLy Fox pint glass. Pours a crystal clear amber with a thick fluffy white heading that leaves a top all throughout the tasting.

Smell is a bit funky a nice hop aroma starts you off followed by a slight yeastiness and a kind of funk I can't explain.

Taste is well I found the funkiness it is of a metallic taste. Again you can taste the grapefruitiness of the hops with a nice sweet malt taste.

Mouth is light bodied and good carbonation. slick and bubbly leaves a nice burping sensation in the belly.

Drink is very good I would want to try this for a session brew sometime.

My wife ordered a pint of this and it did taste alot better so maybe next time I will just try it off the tap. (715 characters)

Photo of kmeves
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a large frothy off white head. Aroma is lighty sweet caramel, grapefruit and some grass. Flavor is grassy, light citrus, caramel and pine. Finishes long and bitter. Light bodied, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Not as good as the Pils but a decent APA. (272 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 orcasteve
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells ausow but the sent is the only thing that is top notch on this one. i taste hints of corn in the malt and week floral hops is the make up of this one. this is realy light in carobanation, it was nice to try this one but i am in no big hurry to buy this one agan (268 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with not so great retention. A thin cirrus-like cloud remains on top. Clear copper-gold liquid.
S: Buttery toast and slight herbal hop. It's good, but more hops please in an APA.
T: Malt forward with a slight tickle of hops. Well balanced and tasty, but some metallic in the back. I want more hops.
M: Leaves a bad breath feel like a macro-lager almost. :-(
D: Okay due to taste, but mouthfeel brings it down. (480 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A local extra from StormKing47. Cans are getting popular, but everyone knows that by now...

A- Not really much of a head but whats there is pretty sticky as it fades. The beer is a clear amberish orange.

S- Pretty malty. Not quite caramel-y but pretty close. Hops are floral and light.

T- Nicely balanced. Pretty sweet though. Its a nice citrusy sweetness though. The finish is bittered by some slightly medicinal hops.

M- Light, crisp, low carbonation.

D- This would work well on BBQs and picnics. A nice, portable, potable can of beer. Makes me want a burger. (566 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

after all the times I have been to slyfox, I have never had this particular beer. and I have to say I truely enjoy this from a can presentation.

Pours a wonderful amber color, with a nice, foamy tanish head

Very floral nose, with a nice addition of cut grass.

Wonderfully malty. But cut in such a wonderfully precise way with the hops. You get the intially malty goodness, then come a great and citrusy hop finish and a rather clean aftertaste. very drinkable, very enjoyable. and all available in a convienent can! good job fellas! (542 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour - Dark amber in color, definitely not a pale looking pale ale. Head is big and fluffy. To think, this came out of a can!

Aroma - Some caramel, a little sour and musty along with a grainy sort of smell.

Taste - Bittersweet would be the way I would it. Its sort of like the bitter hops and sweet malt blend together extremely well and produce a beer that has the flavor of brown sugar and honey combined with a subtle citrus taste. Its not "hoppy" per se, but its also not an amber ale...but it's close.

Overall - Very drinkable and non-offensive. It isn't going blow your mind but after two you'll realize its nice that beer comes in six packs.

Would I buy more of it? - Sure. Its a very good pale ale in a can. If it was available up here in MA it might be one of my go to canned beers for disc golf and/or camping. (824 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber/brown in color from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A nice 2-finger head with some froth that persisted. Some lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: Smells like a lager: notes of caramel malt and sweet corn are present on the nose.

T: Thin flavor profile with caramel malts being the dominating flavor with earthy notes, leather and moss appearing in the background. The aftertaste is fairly bright with some maltiness drawing you back in, but overall the flavor is not what one would expect from a pale ale: virtually zero hop character.

M: The mouthfeel is average at best. In the mouth it lack substance, and the swallow leaves you with a dank feeling in your mouth, like a basement. On a positive note, the feeling that is there in the mouth is bright and clean, but it's nothing powerful.

D: The drinkability is high in this, as it has a fairly middle-of-the-road character, but enough flavor to entice you back for more. It's mostly bright and inviting, and not too sweet. (1,002 characters)

Photo of deepsouth
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a clear yellow with a thick straw head.

the beer smells of faint floral hops and faint sweetness. faint as in barely there.

this beer tastes like citrusy hops and finishes clean. i also detect a bit of spice and lemon peel.

the mouthfeel is light and like an explosion with lots of carbonation.

this beer is easy to drink and i could easily drink a few of them. (382 characters)

Photo of vazy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while so I'm glad I've finally got around to it. It pours a dark amber color with a decent head (which leaves a nice lacing) and clear body. The smell is like apricots with a quality balance of toffee-like malts and hops.

At first sip the malts overtake the flavor of the hops but afterwards the hops kick in. Its overall a more malty beer with a nice delicate flavor of hops. Its generally a thin beer and goes down easy. Overall its an outstanding beer to drink. I like what it has to offer and would consider this a good session beer. (579 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 McDiddyPop
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another extra from younger35. I need to hook Dan up soon.

A 12oz can poured into my Stone IPA stemware.

This beer was a red/ copper color with perfect clarity. Tiny bubbles were few and far between floating to the top. A 3 finger head stuck around for a few before receding to a sudsy white cap of foam. Wonderful sticky lacing.

The smell is clean, although lacking. Nice herbal hops rounded out with a doughy/bready malt sweetness.

The taste is just like the smell. Not bad by any means, but nothing to get excited about either. A very bready grain taste followed by moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

Nice carbonation and a dry finish make this one extremely easy to drink. While nowhere near my favorite APA, this one would be a staple at any cookout. (763 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 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 micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can poured into a glass this beer shows off a clear amber color. During the pour about a half inch of white foamy head was produced fading to a surface smudge inside a foamy ring. Good lacing through out.
I can smell some fruity hops and a mild malt backbone.
Taste is of mildly toasted malts with just some hop bitterness. Hop flavor itself is very light grassy and citrus.
Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste, balanced flavor but weaker flavor. Leans to be a bit watery.
An average dependable good quality chugger.
Perfect for throwing some shoes during the 4th (569 characters)

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

This was surprisingly good for canned beer. It pours a nice copper color with a medium head. It has a very nice hoppy aroma, but not too overpowering. Aroma seemed appropriate for an American Pale Ale. It had a good flavor, hoppy but not overly bitter and goes down surprisingly well. A good choice if you are going someplace where bottles are prohibited. (355 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a Orange-copper color

S: It has a strong hoppy smell

T: It has a nice blend of bitter hops, brown sugar and honey, with a small citrus taste

M: This beer goes down real smooth

D: This is a beer that is good to drink. Wheter it is's from a can or on tap, it is something I'll drink again. (308 characters)

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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