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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 bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper colour with a white head, leaving nice rings down the glass. Interestingly good for a canned beer! Clean, crispy taste with a nice bit twangy, hoppy finish. Not overly bitter, but very sessionable. Smells of some caramel malts and cascady hops. Very good beer!

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Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber body...a nice white head...leaves nice lacing

S - Great balanced smell between the malts and hops

T - The malts are present in the foreground...but are overtaken by the hop bitterness at the end...which I like

M - Medium body...crisp and refreshing

D - This is a nice beer...yet again...from Sly Fox...had it during the winter but I'll be picking up a case of cans for the summer heat

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a regular pint glass. I've been on a sly fox kick lately. Fairly fresh.

A- Phoenix Pale Ale pours a shade less than deep amber with some orange spots once up to the light. Some foam comes up to a one inch height leaving some straks of white lace on the glass. Much darker than their pilsner in a can.

S- The usual pale ale smells with a bunch of crystal malt backed by some citrusy hop scents. I'm not sure which is more dominate leaving me to believe this is going to be a nicely balanced APA.

T- The citrus hop bite tells me that the hops in this beat out the malts in the taste. What the malts do give off is a nice bisquit flavor on top of more hops possibly cascade. Some spice and faint fruit can be detected if you try hard enough.

M- Incredibly smooth starting out but as time passes this becomes much more on the bitter side which is not a bad thing. This APA is on the medium build side of things. A low carbonation make this slighty crisp with a fairly dry finish. Quite inviting.

D- Another sessionable beer out of a can from sly fox, this would go great with the summertime heat. The mix of malts and hops work well while this APA does not go overboard with a bunch of different flavors. It's possible this could burn out your palette after a six pack with the bitterness.

I will come back to this in the summer sitting in a kiddie pool eating hot dogs like homer simpson, scaring off potential neighbors.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of the EDM BIF. thanks jay!

12oz can. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep reddish copper with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. multi-grain bread and biscuit, lightly toasted. bit of cracker. light alcohol. grapefruit and pine. hint of caramel.

taste is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. grapefruit and pine. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. light caramel, but not overly sweet.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level and a bit lighter than medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. solid apa.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper-orange. very clear, little bubbles float to the top. the head is absolutely massive, and it really sticks for minutes. lacing abounds. I'm not sure that there can be another attribute to the appearance that would make it any more appealing.
smell is subdued with notes of pine and minimal citrus flavors. biscuity malts are in the background. taste is sweet up front, then the hops kick in on the finish. smacks the bitter bumps on the tongue in the end. mouthfeel is slightly sticky and coats the tongue well. carbonation is a bit week for the level of bitterness in the end for me. overall, a solid offering that seems to get overlooked.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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?

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Photo of Buggies
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bright yellow orange with a nice head. Good lacing also.

S: Nice lite hop aroma with a little citrus coming through. Very faint malty aroma. The smell doesn't say much for good tasting beer IMO.

T: Very up front hops taste and bitterness. Some citrus in there as well. Dam this is a tasty beer. Not too hoppy and not too bitter. Just right.

This is one tasty beer. This was my first beer from Sly Fox. I hope the rest of their beers taste as good as this one does.

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

Poured a can of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an amber body with a silky, white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, burnt malt smell, like toffee, with some flowery, hop notes.

T: A fairly earthy and burnt toffee, malty taste with some bitter, floral aftertaste.

M: A medium-bodied mouthfeel that was pretty good and complimenting to the taste.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a pretty good and drinkable beer. The malt and hop tastes did well to compliment each other.

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

Reviewed on 8/17/08. Can, best by 10/03/08. Pours a dirty orange with a small white head that dissipates. Aroma of English pale malts, slight toasted malts, flowery hops. Flavor of wheat, toasted malts with a bittering finish. Nice malt backbone in this one complimented by the sweet, fruity, flowery hops. Easy drinking.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of gciccarelli
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass.

Appearance - Big, foamy 1 finger head. Very creamy. Typical dark amber IPA color. Leaves light lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Hops as expected, but with a very heavy malt presence. Also some type of sweetness I can't exactly place...almost buttery. Faint citrus as well.

Taste - Bitterness from hops almost "hides" behind the maltiness - it's as if you can taste both separately but at the same time. (If that makes any sense...) Definitely pick up some slight citrus and sweetness as well. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth brew, but bitter aftertaste may make it hard to drink a ton.

A very excellent APA, would definitely drink again.

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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 tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for the extra.

A: Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color. A large beige head forms and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good hop and malt balance. Some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt, with a slight graininess.
T: A nice hop grapefruit bitterness that is not overbearing. A good caramel malt that is in good balance with the bop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body, but seems a little watery. Easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session.

This is very enjoyable. Too bad I only have one. This would be in my fridge all the time if it was local to me.

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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 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 Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into shaker pint glass on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger off white bubbly head and moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Grassy and citrus hops paired with a caramel malt sweetness and a mild sweet fruity character.

T - Bready malt and mild grassy hops with a splash of citrus create the base of this pale ale's flavor profile. Finishes with a well-balanced blend of sweet malts and mild hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with a mild syrupy texture that's just a tad watery. Minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Solid pale ale from Sly Fox that's easy to drink and flavorful with a nicely balanced hop and malt profile. Very representative the style.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright shade of copper with a soft yellow head that holds up well and leave nice lacing. Aroma of hops comes thru nicely but not overpowering. Slight hints of malt, lemon rinds and maybe a little grapefruit peel. Flavor starts with a bright hop presence gives way to malt balance and ends slightly bitter. True to the style and very well done. Carbonation makes this clean in the mouth. Overall a very drinkable beer. Low abv makes it great for having more than one.

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Photo of kinnaird
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one.

Pour produces a one finger, frothy, eggshell head. A beautiful golden-copper, apple juice colored body.

Smells of fresh hops, but it's not as strong as a West Coast Pale. You know the smells - citrus, pine, grapefruit, apricot, etc. Yum.

Sweet crystal malts, mellow hops. The English malts and American hops work in brilliant balance. This is the most balanced APA I've ever tasted.

Thin and crisp. A quencher.

This is the definition of a session pale. Mouthwatering aromas, extremely balanced, and thirst quenching. Very recommended.

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Photo of 2408bwk
4.8/5  rDev +27%
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!!

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. wonderful amber color, very clear, big reddish hue. slightly off-white head. good retention and a nice amount of lacing.

S: nice citrus hop aroma, could be better. light crystal malt flavors. some floral hop aromas as well.

T: really nice flavored APA. decent hop flavors, nice citrus and some floral hops. nice mellow, sweet malt flavors. somepine hints, but low.

M: low to medium body. mild carbonation. clean and crisp mouthfeel.

D: very nice APA. very smooth and relaxing flavors. awesome session beer. very nice.

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Photo of dashirey
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of peacemyth
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. It appeared to be an amber color and left a decent sized head brimming to the top of the glass. I certainly could smell the hops right from the start with faint maltiness as well. This beer i found was more on the bitter side of some APA's I have had, however it was good balance. Very flavorful, went down very easily.
I drank this beer on a warm summer night and it was quite refreshing. Most definitely one of the best beers I have had out of a can.

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