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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 beerhawk


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

04-15-2007 03:50:57 | More by beerhawk
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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!

03-12-2007 00:35:35 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

02-11-2007 01:12:43 | More by orfeu
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

02-04-2007 20:15:47 | More by shirfan
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-26-2007 18:55:51 | More by Foxman
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

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!

12-17-2006 11:00:52 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of bennetj17


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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...

12-15-2006 04:29:55 | More by bennetj17
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

10-31-2006 01:24:45 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of BlindPig


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

10-31-2006 00:17:27 | More by BlindPig
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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

10-12-2006 15:29:30 | More by simmons
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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


4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +22.5%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

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!

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


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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!"

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


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

04-11-2006 22:40:26 | More by SheepNutz
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.