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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a moderate malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It's crisp with a touch of sweet caramel. The hops are in front with a nice blast of citrus. The taste is decent as well. It has an unbalanced attack of hops and malt. The hops hit you in the beginning. They're bitter and citrusy. The malts are complimentary, but not enough to add proper balance. You only get a hint of the caramel malts. There is definately not enough body here also. Carapils malts would add the needed body. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average APA. I'm not a huge fan, but I could see myself drinking a few of these.

WesWes, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks NJpadreFan for this extra

12oz. can poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Big 2 finger white head that's exploding with carbonation. Decent retention, eventually laying down to a nice fluff. Pours a perfectly clear amber. Little to no lacing.

S: Citrus hop notes on top of a crisp lager style malt base.

T/M: Nice hop twang right as you sip, full of grassy and lemon-y hops. Slightly sweet malt background evens it out. Bitterness is controlled at the beginning but pulls through for a dry, lingering finish. Body is nice and light with higher carbonation.

D: Tasty and easy to drink. If this was available in my area, I could definitely see myself picking up a 12pack of these for poker night.

pwoods, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was surprisingly good for canned beer. It pours a nice copper color with a medium head. It has a very nice hoppy aroma, but not too overpowering. Aroma seemed appropriate for an American Pale Ale. It had a good flavor, hoppy but not overly bitter and goes down surprisingly well. A good choice if you are going someplace where bottles are prohibited.

Atricapilla, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-somewhat pale coppery color. Not a lot of aroma-slight peppery smell to it. Nice malty flavor with a decent level of hops. Quite a nice bite to it-again with the peppery spice. Decent mouthfeel-just a hint of residual sweetness. Very enjoyable and drinkable. I am getting more and more impressed with any micro from a can-this one is damn good.

lackenhauser, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can

Clear, true golden color. Medium sized, off-white head, creamy. Decent lacing, no legs.

Aromas were earthy, biscuity and herbal. Fairly mild.

Bitter more than sweet, but not by much. Bitter character was herbal and grassy. Sweet consisted of caramel and some fruit, apples and melons.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

A solid beer. Good session in a can.

, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours transparent amber gold with some reddish legs depending on the lighting. The tan head measures two fingers and fades quickly. Little lace.

Smell: It came out of ice so the original impression in the nose was very small but it did improve drastically as the beer warmed to a proper serving temperature. I get an earth grassy aroma as it warms and a strong pine and caramel attribute build as well.

Taste: Just because it is in a can doesn't mean it should be stored on ice ;-). Anyway, it was served to me too cold (my friend ;-) but when it warmed the flavors came out very nicely. A nice malty base parts like the 'Red Sea' for the hops to sing through. It has a bizarre mix of hops giving it an earthy grassy funky herbal flavor along with some pine notes. The finish is bitter and a bit like a hop tea.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light crisp refreshing Just what I was looking for. The hops really dry out the cheeks which beckons the next sip and forces the beer down. It was a challenging chore to allow my beer to warm first. This review took two cans =) they go down so fast. A great beer for a day in the yard or on the lake.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep amber with a huge 2 inch head that took a bit to get the rest of the can in my Imp Pint. Aromas are rich and malty with something else on there rolling into a nice light hoppy presence.

Taste is sweet and crisp with some nice hops rolling in the middle and finishing slow and dry. Sip by sip this one is pretty good and feels nice on the mouth. Not the best Pale Ale in the world but decent, drinkable and in a can.

gpcollen1, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
1.45/5  rDev -61.2%
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.

ArrogantB, May 24, 2007
Photo of beerhawk
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I think the can is really cool! The artwork is very well done. I got the can from a friend (thanks Dave) and poured it into a nice clean pint glass. The beer poured slightly hazy with a white head that lasted well. The glass laced throughout the session and the mouthfeel was typical for the style. Hop aroma was very good with sweet flowery notes. I really enjoyed the beer and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good IPA. I only had one, but would have had a few more if I had them. Man the can was cool.

beerhawk, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This canned offering poured a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Some light lacing was left behind. Looks great in a glass, but just as good in the can.

The aroma is citrus hops, bready malts, caramel, and florals.

Nice flavor...in or out of the can. Blending of the sweet, doughy caramel malts and the citrus and floral hops is well done. This beer proves that canned beer isn't bad beer.

Nice medium body with good carbonation. Long, semi-bitter aftertaste. I would absolutely pick this up when heading somewhere that bottles aren't allowed. Bring on more cans!

Imstillthegman, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with many floating, miniscule particulates and a thick, pock-marked ecru head. Mellow-ish bergamot and grapefruit in the aroma, along with a slight rubbery phenol note. Some sugary scents, too. Nicely bitter, with understated citric melange up front, eventually focusing on a hardcore grapefruit pith flavor. Tasty bready malts come through near the finish, which is at once citricly bitter, gumdrop sweet, and mineral in character. Odd phenol "Band-Aid" flavor appears briefly midway through. A bit undercarbonated, but overall pretty easy on the palate; good, medium-light body. Woah, band-aid rubber flavor in full force in the burps! Strange, to say the least, for the style. Sessionable for sure, but it seems to have a few weird qualities.

orfeu, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin sticky lace rides above a slightly hazy pumpkin-orange/brown brew.

Aroma is a nice mix of clean, bready malt and citric hops.

Flavor is really balanced and tasty. Bready, slightly toasted malt reaches an equilibrium with juicy grapefruit and lime tinged hops. Very drinkable, the only minor critique I have is that this seems to be slightly over-carbonated. Other than that, it would be an A+ choice for sessioning. And the can makes it possible for this beer to go places that bottles aren't allowed -- I'll definitely keep it in mind for summer outings.

shirfan, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a brightly clear orange amber. A finger of off-white head settles to a scooped-out froth meteor crater. A vellum of lacing screens the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a filmy malt sweetness, lightly caramel and fruit. Hops flutter an air of dry citrus and a floral note cruises alongside some biscuit.

Upon tasting, toasted malt is mellowly sweet with caramel and berry, and is swiftly mitigated by a subtle hop assertion of crisp citrus, pepper, and a soft florality. A bubble of yeast bread dough flows into a nicely dry and refreshing lingering finish. It's fetchingly basic and quite enjoyable.

Light bodied, the malt coats enough and the hops glow enough to make a fine and lasting impression.

For those times when subtlety and blending are your choice, this is a mighty nice option to have. It's got a genuine APA character, but it's markedly well behaved and un-extreme. The result is a refreshing, drinkable treat. So when you want a fun, fundamental, tasteful ale, let the Phoenix rise to the occasion.

Foxman, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and caramel-tinged amber/orange hued, with a vibrant white sheet of froth above, slowly but surely dissapating into the thinnest of thin.

Aroma: nice and hoppy, apricot and pear, with plenty of orange and lemon zest, hints of spice, rather lively...

Taste: Neat hoppy tango on the tongue, fruity flavors continue, brief bitterness buzzes the palate...soft and sweet malt backbone, sturdy enough, but not assertive, lets the hops paly the predominant part.
Caramel hints ring in now and then from the malts, then green apple, sparkling crystal malts, some citrus...it's a nice American/English amalgam, really, and very drinkable, very tasty. Medium bodied, with a long, bitter, sweet, tasty finish.

Nice. I like it, my tongue likes it, and so does my belly.

Much thanks to Ed, the DarkOne, for bringing it over from Philly. My first SlyFox, at last!

feloniousmonk, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery-tan color, with faint haze which appears as tiny particulates floating throughout. The head is about 1/2 inch thick, and it settles slowly to a nice ring. Hops dominate the aroma, with a tangy, medicinal character, almost like paint thinner, but still enjoyable. There is a good light nuttiness in there also. The flavor is clean with bright hops and a very unsweetened maltiness, before finishing on a lightly bitter note with a hint of toasted nut. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation creating some light foam that coats the palate well. I can't really say anything bad about this brew. It is a very quaffable offering, perhaps a good choice for sessioning if I only had more than this one can. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the chance to try it...

bennetj17, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Phoenix Pale Ale

Appearance- Light copper orange with a giant foamy head.
Smell- Grapefruit/ orange rind with hints of pine. Sweet smelling.
Taste- Light on flavor, grapefruit with pine evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but turning more bitter in the end.

Overall- Not bad, especially from a can! This or Dale's Pale Ale make great beers to have at a no bottle event!

***update 4/21/07***

Brought a 12 pack, in my kayak, along Lake Nockamixon. An excellent beer to drink in sunny 80' weather floating along on a lake!

NJpadreFan, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4-1/2" light tan head. Bit cloudy orange body.
S- Big citrus aroma with a nice malt back bone. Bit of orange and grapefruit comes out too.
T- Big nice citrus hop flavor comes through first shortly followed by the bitterness. Malts come through next. Grapefruit and orange flavor. Nice bitterness in aftertaste. The lingering flavors of the grapefruit and bit of malt flavor makes up the aftertaste with the bitterness coming out most.
M- Medium body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- This is probably the best Pale Ale I have had. It also comes from a can :O! When I first took a sip I was amazed. I would love to be able to get more of these. I think this could be that perfect easy drinking refreshing beer after a hard day at work.

BlindPig, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of simmons
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- A deep copper bew, fairley clear lots of small bubbles rising. Has a very nice thick, foamy white head that lasts for a good bit

Aroma- Has some bitter hop aroma to it, not much dry hopping at all. Malts are present here nothing that sticks out

Taste- Has a great malt use, sticks out very well very pleasent. There is a nice bitter hop (with high aau's, phoenix would make sence) at first then you taste the maltiness with not much to any flavor hops or aroma.

Mouthfeel- Medium to low carbonation, not a heavy beer at all. The balance between hops and malt was done very well.

Overall- This is a very well done pale ale, very tasty. This beer has a great body to it, perfectly carbonated with a great head. I would use differant hops but then again I didnt brew this beer. Im looking foward to trying this on tap

simmons, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

plaid75, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

brentk56, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Sephiroth, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

orsulacp, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

warriorsoul, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

GCBrewingCo, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Imbiber
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Imbiber, Jun 30, 2006
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.