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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
85
very good

261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-13-2002)
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrusy oily hop aroma, white hints of white pepper. A nice doughy malt was detected as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop. It mellowed to a nice grapefruit flavor toward the end. Very good grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable APA. An excellent hop profile. Nice can too.

Serving type: can

09-28-2006 01:26:29 | More by plaid75
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing down the glass

Smell: Strong aroma of biscuity malt along with NW hops; the two forces battle it out and create a delightful blend

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity malt flavor but the bitter elements kick in before the swallow; mid-palate, the biscuit gets very strong and some citrusy juice flavors arrive; the finish is very bitter with a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this beer; I would prefer it to lose the final grainy bitterness and I wish the mouthfeel was fuller; otherwise, a very nice APA

Thanks, hoppedup, for the opportunity.

Serving type: can

09-12-2006 02:08:34 | More by brentk56
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-30-2006 02:18:51 | More by Sephiroth
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: can

08-25-2006 01:52:55 | More by orsulacp
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one of many from Sly Fox.
Another fine addition to the craft beer canning scene and welcomed with open arms.
Pours a brilliant, bright copper color...almost orange with the assistance of some natural light.
A full finger and a half of white head...fades fast, but leaves behind some thin lacing that covers the glass nicely.
Balanced aroma of fruity hops and malty sweetness...very clean with no off scents.
The taste is very good and much more about the malt than the hop, when compared to some of my favorite Pale Ales, but a refreshing, crisp and quaffable brew. Sweet up front, but finishes more bitter and dry.
Mouthfeel is above average in the stlye and the carbonation is perfect.
I would gladly pickup a case of this offering for constant rotation if given the opportunity. This is another fine canned brew.

Serving type: can

08-12-2006 00:01:29 | More by warriorsoul
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: can

07-23-2006 22:16:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Imbiber

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: can

06-30-2006 16:52:33 | More by Imbiber
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear deep coppery coloration. The head is a creamy biege coloration. The head remained for a short while.

Smell: The beer has a great caramel malty base. The beer has a very solid piney citrus combo.

Taste: The beer delivers with rich caramel maltyness. The beer seems to have a bit of apricot fruityness. This gives way to a bitter citrus and pine hoppyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very nice medium body. The beer has good levels of carbonation to aid drinkability. This is a very solid APA. This beer would be a very nice sessionable beer.

Who would have thunk it. Someone has started canning craft beer. Canning technology has come a long way since I last drank canned beer. The beer doesnt give you a hint about its origins in taste or flavor.

Serving type: can

06-23-2006 08:09:47 | More by nlmartin
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mentor

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer in a can. Sly Fox, you are makin' me laugh. I save about a third of the beer in the can so I can pound it from the can after I complete this review. Can provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33...thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a two-finger dark butter-colored head over a nearly clear red-amber colored-liquid. The color is gorgeous. Smells grapefruity pithy with oranges and tangerine. Apricot and pear. A touch piney and caramel is buried. Smells sweet and delicious.

Tastes wonderful. Nice APA with a creamy smooth aftertaste of caramelized malts. Fairly subtle flavor profile in the mouth. moderate body has some dextrinous character in a creamy way. Flavors are undefined gentle sweetness, sharp (but not intense) grapefruit pith, and a sting from fine carbonation bubbles (a bit too much carb, IMO). Hops have a drying character that's not quite grassy, more along the lines of a rough tasting oil. Pine comes in as part of the aftertaste. Near the bottom of the glass and the aftertaste of this beer is now much more dry grassy than before. Has a little bit of apricot, too.

Serving type: can

06-09-2006 04:45:34 | More by mentor
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2006 05:57:25 | More by EStreet20
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see another micro in a can and with sweet graphic design to boot. I pop the tab and pour into my pint glass producing a clear amber red brew with a creamy off white head that leaves some sticking lacing behind. Aromas are a mix of biscuity caramel malts alongside plenty of piney, citric resinous hop scents. A nice melding going on here.

First sip brings a nice caramel covered biscuity pale maltiness followed quickly by a nice dose of herbal, piney, citric hops. Somewhat earthy with a slight spiciness. Flows down toasty with a hit of well placed bitterness and finishes with a nice lingering hoppiness. Nice pale ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and a bit creamy. Goes down quite easily. This is a tasty APA that would be great anywhere that bottles are not welcome. I could easily see a six pack disappearing over the course of a nice session. A solid, good brew overall. I look forward to drinking more from Sly Fox. Thanks to Fool Circle for this one.

Serving type: can

05-14-2006 05:43:09 | More by orbitalr0x
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

Serving type: can

05-01-2006 04:38:03 | More by PSUDREW
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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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!"

Serving type: can

04-13-2006 00:13:07 | More by proc
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. 6 oz pour. The beer is a deep golden to amber color with a half finger of head that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity is excellent, and no carbonation is apparent. Nose is nice and blended. I get solid caramel, lighter citrusy hop and a touch of toasty and breadyness. Even a hint of earthy hop makes an appearance. Lots going on and they all work well with each other. Taste has a nice and sweet caramel base, with a solid citrusy hop flavor laying over it. Ater swallowing the beer, a more toasty and earthy flavor comes through, with a moderate spicey bitter on the finish. I think the flavors marry well together just like the nose. Its tasty. Feel is on the light end of moderate, with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles. Its a little watery, but not too bad. Overall, this one is really nice. An easy drinker with a lot of flavor and good aroma. The whole package works well on this one. I would definately have it again.

Serving type: can

04-11-2006 22:42:48 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can (how awesome is that?) poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a see-through medium copper color with one finger of head that stays around for a while. Just a little lacing. The nose has a good dose of floral hops, very juicy. A little malty sweetness in there as well, even some caramel notes. The taste is nice and malty up front, slightly sweet. A nice hoppy finish as well, but it seems to be lacking somewhere. Just kinda there. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is fantastic though. A good can of beer!

Serving type: can

04-11-2006 22:40:26 | More by SheepNutz
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/orange, medium sized white head forms, some nice lacing and good retention. Smell is grass, with some citrus and floral hops, little bit of caramel. Taste is malty, with some sweet caramel and citrus/floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice and smooth, clean bitterness. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: can

04-01-2006 01:22:46 | More by Viggo
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Schooly

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2006 01:06:21 | More by Schooly
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2006 02:19:08 | More by beermanbrian
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-21-2006 00:28:36 | More by Schwarzbart
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a fine, off-white head that showed some lacing and good retention. Toasty malt aroma with floral and citrus hops. Also a little earthiness and caramel as it warms. Medium to strong bitterness with solid sweetness and biscuity malt. There's lots of hop flavour - floral, citrus, and a hint of resin - and a little orange sweetness as well. Medium/light body with a dry finish and some creaminess. A nice pale ale and one that I wished I'd tried on tap at the brewpub. Perfect for a session.

Serving type: can

03-17-2006 03:38:02 | More by DrJay
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2006 03:14:28 | More by ggaughan
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monkeybutler

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2006 00:26:44 | More by monkeybutler
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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%.

Serving type: can

03-05-2006 12:22:07 | More by dgherm
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2006 18:09:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2004 23:07:11 | More by francisweizen
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