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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of orcasteve
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of kmeves
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of LunaChick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of 2408bwk
4.8/5  rDev +29%
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!!

Photo of dashirey
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of peacemyth
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this courtesy of my Mom at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle. It was a refreshing pale ale after an evening behind the mower. Served cold in an Imperial Pint

A - A brilliant copper like a slightly used penny w/ excellent clarity and a very thin tan head. The lacing is good and clings well -the bead is fine.

S - A pleasant floral citrusy hop scent w/ a nice malt, sweet character appropriate to the style

M - A fine spicines, light medium body w/ subtle biscuit notes and ample sweetness. The finish is clean and there are nice fruity tinges. The only drawback for me was the carbonation seemed a bit high

T - A moderately sweet citrus hop at first w/ a bit of spiciness and subtle pale malt sweetness w/ a touch of dry grainy flavor. The fruit/nut mix of yeast and malt is crisp but also is missing some depth in malt. The flavor is refreshing, just has to be tasted w/ hops as the focus and more english flavor than aggressive American since the malt has dry tinges and the alcohol is subtle in the taste. The citrus cascade flavor suits this and the fruitiness of the yeast and hops are tasty

D - A very good American Pale that has a quaffable quality, both crisp, refreshing and easy to drink while not lacking in flavor at all. A very standard, solid take on the style - well done
Better than average, certainly worth a try

Photo of Kadonny
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank right from the can after cutting my grass. What a perfect "lawn mower beer". This is a nostalgic reveiw since I didn't pour it out. Reminds me of the good ole days when all we ever did was drink from a can.

A: A dark straw yellow golden color from what I could see. No head since I didn't pour the beer out of the can.

S: A nice citrus floral hop smell with a hint of sweetness to back it up.

T: Citrus with lemon and light orange flavors coupled with some floral flavors and maybe a hint of fresh cut grass (could just be grass stuck in my nostrils). A nice sweetness lies along with the hops and makes a very lighter but hoppier APA. This is a bit hoppier than SNPA and falls along the lines of a Troegs PA. Nice.

M: Light with no alcohol feel at all and it goes down the mouth nicely.

D: Very high. Drink these all day long and enjoy the hell out of them. Very, very sessionable for you hop fans.

Overall another quality beer by Sly Fox that will be in my fridge for the hot summer days of lawn cutting. It tastes so good from the can that I'm going to have it on tap when I get to the brewery. I can see this beer sitting in my kegorator in the near future.

Sly Fox, keep it up!

Photo of deepsouth
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a clear yellow with a thick straw head.

the beer smells of faint floral hops and faint sweetness. faint as in barely there.

this beer tastes like citrusy hops and finishes clean. i also detect a bit of spice and lemon peel.

the mouthfeel is light and like an explosion with lots of carbonation.

this beer is easy to drink and i could easily drink a few of them.

Photo of Finn
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color, with very little head retention.

The aroma is crystal malts with a hint of hops.

The flavor is a nice balance of maltiness with a decent bitterness backing it. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation.
This beer is quite drinkable, and lends itself nicely to the warmer weather.

If you're a hophead, you probably won't get a lot out of this beer, but if in search of a well balanced, drinkable pale, this is a good example.

Photo of tayner
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tonight is can night for me... 12 oz can received as an extra in a trade. Can says 5.1% abv, 40 ibus, OG 13 plato.

Pours a clear burnt copper color with a nice white foamy head that settled to a thick ring and floating foam. Lots of sticky lacing. Very nice to look at in my Warsteiner footed glass.

Smell was subtle but i could easily pick out a floral hop nose. Sorta smells like a pumped up version of the hamms light i remember my dad drinking when i was a kid, has that same aroma when first cracking it open.

Taste was up front a slightly bitter pine/citrus hop flavor which dominated the entire way through the palate. in the background, if you concentrate, you can pick out some malty backbone, but it is definitely hiding behind the hop profile in this one. The citrus is more orange or tangerine over lemon, but definitely not a spicy/earthy hop.

It was well carbonated with bubbles coming up from the bottom until there was no more beer. The carbonation made it light and easy to drink quickly, like a summer beer should be.

If you like citrus hop flavor this is a great beer to session. Heck, its in a can, you can take it fishing too!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, clear orange with a 1 finger creamy, light beige head that slowly recessed. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh citrus hopping with light pine notes. The aroma was light-medium, and perfumy with a sweet and sour nature to it.

T: sweet toasted caramel malt, and fresh citrusy hops. Fresh lemons and a big fresh citrusy hop kiss highlights the flavor of this pale. There is a great wet citrusy fade with very soft floral notes being left on the tongue after the swallow. The flavor is very crisp and clean.

M: light, very slick and oily on the tongue. There is a bright lemony citrusy flavor and lacing left on the tongue after the swallow.

D: Drinkability is good. Nicely hopped per style and incredibly smooth going down.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sly Fox Phoenixville...

Serves in a tall pint glass, dark orange hue, sticky bubbles lace up as it simmers I notice rings around the glass, looks solid.

Smell-not actually that aromatic, I do detect some hops, though not enough to decipher, some alcohol as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-In spite of the lack of aroma this is a hoppier version of an APA, actually surprising off the bat, I detect cirtrus hop oil with a pine kick so I assume there are at least two varieties going on here. Smooth as advertised, flavorful as well, the hops stick with you nicely.

Drinkability-The bartender claimed this as a session beer for the pub, as long as you like hops there is no reason to doubt him.

Overall- Like Troegs Pale Ale this is certainly a hoppier version of an APA and a damn good one at that, looking forward to trying the canned version, a damn good APA.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thrilled when I saw this can sitting in as an extra on my Growling at the Moon package this month. I have loved really anything I have received from Sly fox, so I figured their pale ale was going to be top notch so I could not wait. Threw this one in the fridge and got a chance to sit down and enjoy it for the first time last night. Took the twelve-ounce can right out of the fridge and poured it into a Prima Pils footed glass.

Appearance - This one poured a very bright and very crystal clear, deep reddish amber. A really nice shade of orange amber with an awesome amount of clarity to it. Really nice carbonation could be seen in the chains of bubbles rippling up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then gathered at the top of this one and proceeded to settle down after just a few minutes to a thin pillow like layer across the top for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation then followed and really gave this a solid look for a pale ale.

Smell - The aroma was a full on replica of the classic west coast hoppy pale ale. A deep resin filled and very thick aroma of pine and citrus hops greeted you right up front. Very nice notes of orange and even some tangerines were easily found. There was a nice stick fresh pine quality to it as well, that was really quite nice. Some underlying maltiness could be found in there, way in the back as well, serving as a nice base to build it one.

Taste - The flavor picked up right where the smell had left off. This was a really tight and nicely balanced little pale ale. Rich fresh sticky pine hops dominated the opening flavors of this one, really setting you up for what was going to be coming down the pike next. SA nice floral bath of tangerines and pineapple flavored hops that opened the door to the sweeter and sugary side of this. Really quite nice. A good base of malted grain underneath providing a nice touch of balance as well and letting you know this was a rather nice little beer. The finish was long and drawn out, very dry with the hops dominating it. Long lasting bitter pine flavor made you reach for another sip time and again.

Mouthfeel - The feel was splendid and exactly what I would have expected out of this one. A very nice light bodied ale with more then adequate carbonation, even down to the very last drop. A nice deep-rooted smooth feel, with a crisp clean finish, very nice and refreshing.

Drinkability - Very high marks here, as I would have loved to have had another one when it was done. It was just tremendously easy to drink all around, and with low abv and great carbonation, you really could not do wrong.

Overall, this was very good. A very nice and tight pale ale that I would love to try on tap, or have a case of to enjoy at home .I would definitely look for this one if you are out looking for a solid pale ale offering. This was very good.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my curvaceous weisse glass with this one.
Looks good so far! Pours a clear, bright, deep amber color with a tan head that leaves solid rings of lace.
Smells pretty good if a little bit on the weak side. Herbal hops with suggestions of a malty backbone. Maybe challah bread seasoned with mint.
Flavors are solid pale ale flavors. There's a good balance between the hops and the malts. I still get something that reminds me of mint in here but it's in the background. Rye bread with apricot/tangerine butter.
More carbonation would make this more refreshing and enjoyable in my opinion. Other than that this will serve to scratch a pale ale itch quite nicely.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Atricapilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.