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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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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 ArrogantB
1.5/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

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Photo of granite
2.32/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pint glass.

A---It poured golden with orange hues. Medium sized rocky white head.

S---Grapefruit and other citrus hops over powered by a burnt plastic aroma. This is a first for me.

T---Smooth bitterness with some cracker malt. It was highly oxidized.

M---Medium bodied.

D--- Too many off flavors to recommend it but I would like to try it again to see if it was an isolated bad can.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10/20/06- Received as part of a trade with BA member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pale orange in color with a 1/2 inch head and light sticky lace.

Smell- Light fruity and pinous hops aroma. Light toasted malt remains a bit hidden.

Taste- Very astringent hops. No real defined flavor. No grapefruit, no pine, just overly strong bitterness. No malt to speak of either. Flavorless.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation and kind of watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Like drinking carbonated spring water with massive bitterness. Just and unapealing beer to me.

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Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to G311 for the brew...

A - Gold hue with a short-lived micro-bubbly head, and an overall macro-looking appearance.

S - The hop is vegetal and vaguely piney, the malt is both sweet and metallic smelling, and overall I am unimpressed.

T - The taste is a little better than the smell, but it really tastes like a discount-macro quality IPA. Like if PBR made an IPA (they probably do...) Basically, The vegetal and piney hop is neither particularly assertive nor dynamically balanced, and the flavor from the malt contribution is mediocre at best.

M - IPA. Not the best example, though.

D - I would drink this at a ballgame or some other venue with limited options, but would probably decline it anywhere that, say, Boston Lager or Yuengling were available.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange-red amber with decent head and lacing. Although less carbonation than I expected, still a reasonable mouthfeel. Malt-forward aroma in which I can't discern any typical "American" hop elements. The taste is predominantly caramelized malts with a decent bitterness and dry finish, but not as well balanced as many in its class and without any "west coast" or "c hop" notes.

A beer I'm glad to have tried, but not too disappointed to have only purchased a single can.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of kmeves
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of rallison
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber with a nice streaming carbonation that leaves a nice 1/2 finger white head.

S: Biscuit-y with a kind of annoying slightly hoppy, slightly toffee-ish malt body.

T: Similar. Slightly grapefruit-y hops with a huge bready, biscuit-y malt body that I cannot stand in this. Touch of grapferuit. Touch of sour. Not working for me at all.

M: Decent - nothing special.

D: Ok, at best.

Not recommended. There are far better pale ales out there. Hell, Sierra Nevada is leaps and bounds above this.

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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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Photo of Mancer
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can poured out a slightly hazy amber brew with a one finger high off-white head. The head dissipated moderately to a thin layer of lace thin in consistency. The immediate aromas were the average citrus hops with light resin. The initial flavors were a dose of barley and light citrus. The middle ground was housed by a perplexing carbonated water flavor which lead to a light citrus finale. There is a nice bitterness to the beer's light to medium body and medium carbonation.

From a pale ale perspective, there's nothing truly unique here. The middle flavors of this beer are off, I can't explain that carbonated water taste that I got from the first several sips. Don't get me wrong though, once you start drinking it, the flavors eventually mesh into the beer it should have been from the beginning. Good beer, but not my go to Pale Ale.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, a can. No freshness mark. Not really worried.

Pours straight amber, with an off-white, tightly beaded head that laces a bit.

Scents of pale malts and American hops. It's something I've smelled many times before, i.e. nothing fancy.

The taste is pretty balanced. You get your hops and malts. Both at the same time, and all the way through. It feels a little sticky, and is slightly lighter than "light."

Seems like an introductory microbrew to me. I like it, but I'm not going to travel great distances for it.

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Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. red and silver can with a picture of a fiery Phoenix on the front. Above the Phoenix's head is 6 silver stars. I have no idea what that means. On the back of the can is paragraph about the beer and the listed specifications of OG 13 plato, 40 IBUs, and 5.1% ABV. No date anywhere on the can.

When poured into a Harvest Moon pint glass, this Phoenix is a solid tangerine orange with a 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. The head of foam had decent retention that left behind a small white film and a few small streaks of white lace around the glass.

In the aroma, there was a faint whiff of toasted crystal malts, but there was a whole heap of spicy bitter hops. The hops made up for the lack of malts. The only other thing I noticed was a hint of orange peel in the background. That was it.

The taste starts off with toasted crystal malts, but then the taste suddenly goes bitter with dried floral hops. It wasn't a bitter bitter taste, it was more of a pleasent light bitter taste. Those were the only two flavors that showed up in the taste. It was just a basic taste.

The mouthfeel was on the light side like it should have been and it featured a nice light bitter aftertaste of dried floral hops. This aftertaste didn't last long, but I still enjoyed it.

In the end, it was just a nice little pleasently bitter session Pale Ale. The fact that it comes in a can helps it be a better session beer. I could see this as a summer session beer.

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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 barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy reddish copper with most of the pour being foam. thankfully the can did not erupt. Takes quite a long time to settle down. Subsequent pours create the same effect.
S - Lightly sweet malts interwoven with a light fruit and citric hops effect.
T - Switching off and on between sweet caramel malts, ripe fruit and citrusy tangy hops
M - light bodied, over carbonated and slightly residual sweet feel after each drink.
D - I liked the hop effect and some of the sweet malts. A bit unclean in the finish for me to want a few over an evening.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A craft Can!!!! What a novel concept, not in Australia though.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the can

A-- Poured a golden, orange amber color. Not much head. Layer of light brown film that sits around. Vigorous swirling gets a half finger of head but that also fades back to film quickly. A few spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Good carmel backbone with hints of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and grass.

T-- Carmel, biscuit, orange and other soft citrus. Slight amounts of bitterness.

M-- Bitter grapefruit comes through in the back. Not too shabby. Light carbonation, slick and slightly oily. Slightly heavy for the ABV. Missing some carbonation that would lift this more. last 1/3rd of the beer the carbonation picks up a bit but in some ways the damage has been done.

O-- Not bad, not great, not as good as Little Creatures is. Like the backbone of the beer but the first part of the beer lacking a normal amount of carbonation hurt.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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