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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: 285
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 Finn
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Finn, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

tayner, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

TheDeuce, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

ommegangpbr, Dec 12, 2007
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.

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
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.