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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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very good

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 yelterdow
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an English pint glass at fridge temperature. Thanks to Ego for the sample.

Appearance- Great looking beer... period. Crystal clear and fiery like a sunset, the soapy, three finger head pops and hisses gently like marshmallows over a fire. This looks like it could have been pulled from a cask... not a damn *can*. Huge gobs of lacing slide like slugs down the sides of my glass, leaving a crater of its former self. Brilliant.

Smell- I am happy to find the hops are preceded by a thick, bready nose here... only after repeated, deep inhalations do the perfumy hops come forward. Lemon iced tea. Nicely in balance.

Taste- Sun ripened grapefruit, followed by biscuity notes that carry right on the through the dry, bitter finish. Not all that complex, but refreshing and simple.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin for the style, there just isn't much activity to keep things interesting. Thankfully, the overall picture is bright, and the fact that it's in a can certainly brings convenience to the table. A nice APA, with a killer appearance.

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber...period. Beige head stands its ground, good size. Darn near picture perfect.

I detect more pale malts than hops in the scent, not much in the way of hops at all if you ask me.

Everything all at once on the pallet, those pale malts and bitterness all over, but the bitterness can tend to linger.

Good pleasing amount of carbonation. Session? Yeah, easily. Craft beer in a can is not a bad thing.

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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 SixpointJMH
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking copper to amber colour with a mid-sized head that doesn't hang around for too long but leaves it mark on the glass.

The aroma is an okay hop/malt mix, although it seems to be a tad moreso the latter than the former, as this one seems a bit dirty at times. There is a bit of a buttery sweetness in the mix here as well.

The flavour is basically more of the same. Semi-sweet hops cut into a malt base throughout and provide for a nice blend of flavour. There's a toasty malt vibe to this one as well. Mouthfeel is a bit weird and underwhelming in that there's this out of place sharpness at the finish that I can't really put my finger on. Other than that, there's a basic medium bodied semi-chewy body here.

I found this one to be much more in line with an English style Pale Ale than an American one. It's fairly good overall but I expected a bit more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!"

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  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!

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of Schooly
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of monkeybutler
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of dgherm
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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%.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of nomad
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of ark57
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of pezoids
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

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