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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Reviews
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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 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 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 dgherm
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran out to the local beverage store when I learned they got this in cans. Since I fairly new to BA I wanted see what a craft brew tasted like from a can. Unfortunately I can't compare it to tap version. Maybe later.
Anyway it poured a medium ruby red color with a big slightlly off-white chunky head. Left tons of lacing on the glass. It had an earthy dirty aroma. A fresh raw hop scent. The taste also had that earthiness to it. Doesn't have much of a hop kick to it. Finishes with some bitterness.The mouth feel had nice carbonation to it. Could easily have session with this beer.
The case of cans cost $24.19+tax. Curious if this is significantly cheaper than bottles. Also the can states that the ABV is 5.1%. (717 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 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 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 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 ark57
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good session beer. It is a dark golden with some amber tinges and a creamy head. The aroma is full of grapefruit. The body is slight sweet and grainy and it finsishes with a good bitterness. It has more than adequate hoppiness and remains well balanced. (263 characters)

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

I'm not one for extremely hoppy beers, but this was a good pale ale. The best way I can describe this is as a toned down Victory HopDevil. Since I'm not into IPA's (but will have them on occasion), I would definitely return to this in the future. Good job by Sly Fox. (267 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light copper, more of a dark gold color. Very fluffy white head. On the nose were fresh hops, possibly cascades, full of a clean citrus and peppery scent. Taste was on the light side, light grains, lemon and again with the citrus hops. Overall the flavor was a easy going, not overly complex and fairly smooth and a little astringent. Finished a little bitter and herbal.

A nice beer, one to drink, not really think about too much. (439 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one poured a copper color and had a nice creamy head on it.
The main thing that stood out with this beer was the aroma. It was very intense. Flowery and fruity hop smell. The aftertaste was a little too bitter for me, but I enjoyed it regardless.
I would order it again.

4/5/03:
Sampled at the Sly Fox brew house in Phoenixville, Pa.

This beer poured a golden color and had a thin white head. As I remembered – The hops are the main accent with this beer. Very intense citrus and flowery aroama. In your face. Nice grainy body that went down easy. (563 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 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 Jarod
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours into the glass a dark amber in color. The head is a pure white that lasted a long time. The lace that was left was nice and stretched to the end of the beer. The aroma is of hops, citrus and some hints of a sweet malt. The taste has hints of the sweet malt grains and citrus, and then hops. The hop flavor seems to last to the finish, but not overbearing. This is a smooth nice beer. (399 characters)

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

Pours a deep amber in color, with a decent white head. The color was a bit hazy, as NeroFiddled said the cask was not handled properly, we had this at the Firkinteenth event at the Grey Lodge in Philly. On the nose the aroma was citrusy, hoppy, and very light malt backbone. The body is light-medium. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, slightly sharp. On the palate the flavor was well balanced between the malt and hops, citrusy, grainy, earthy, overall a very good and enjoyable Pale ale… (502 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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. (627 characters)

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