Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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 sunkistxsudafed
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewed lower than what the profile says at 5.1%. got this in a trade from Exiled.

A- pale yellow to amber, typical APA coloring and head.

S- pine, citrus, and mellow hop bitterness. the nose is tangy enough to keep you interested but mellow enough where you know this will be a session beer.

T- one of the best tasting examples of an APA i've had! this is exactly what i'm looking for in an APA (which i feel should always be a session brew). Mild hop bitterness, same citrus and pine notes from the nose with a refreshing polish.

M- perfect level of carbonation and thickness for the style and flavors.

O- this is a great session beer. one that can be enjoyed on a hot summer day, at a bbq, and with a hearty meal. with such a low abv, this beer could easily be drank all day long. (787 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pale ale pours out as a light amber color with a white head that settles quickly. The aroma is grainy and malty, not overly hoppy. The flavors are mild, that seems to be common in most of Sly Fox's releases. The taste is a little grainy and has some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watey and not very complex at all. There are better pale ales out there in my opinion. (382 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can poured into a glass this beer shows off a clear amber color. During the pour about a half inch of white foamy head was produced fading to a surface smudge inside a foamy ring. Good lacing through out.
I can smell some fruity hops and a mild malt backbone.
Taste is of mildly toasted malts with just some hop bitterness. Hop flavor itself is very light grassy and citrus.
Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste, balanced flavor but weaker flavor. Leans to be a bit watery.
An average dependable good quality chugger.
Perfect for throwing some shoes during the 4th (569 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber/brown in color from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A nice 2-finger head with some froth that persisted. Some lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: Smells like a lager: notes of caramel malt and sweet corn are present on the nose.

T: Thin flavor profile with caramel malts being the dominating flavor with earthy notes, leather and moss appearing in the background. The aftertaste is fairly bright with some maltiness drawing you back in, but overall the flavor is not what one would expect from a pale ale: virtually zero hop character.

M: The mouthfeel is average at best. In the mouth it lack substance, and the swallow leaves you with a dank feeling in your mouth, like a basement. On a positive note, the feeling that is there in the mouth is bright and clean, but it's nothing powerful.

D: The drinkability is high in this, as it has a fairly middle-of-the-road character, but enough flavor to entice you back for more. It's mostly bright and inviting, and not too sweet. (1,002 characters)

Photo of coalcracker
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark golden hue with substantial fizzy head and active carbonation.
Smell: Light hoppy aroma- citric in nature.
Taste: A bready malt flavor steps in initially along with the hops, which are pleasant and not overly bitter- pretty good balance. A slight soapy taste presents toward the back end of the tasting. Aftertaste is a bit dry.
Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Medium in body.
Drinkability: Excellent IMO. This is a good brew for those casual drinkers looking to gently break into hoppier pale offerings.

Overall- A well crafted pale. (570 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass. Courtesy of KristinCooks. Thanks, Kristin!

A: Pours a clear, rich amber with inviting honey tones when held to the light. The head is frothy and long-lived, forming a thick 2" cap that collapses in sections and leaves lace down the sides.

S: A balanced note of bready malt with citrus rind and grass. The bitterness is noticeable on the nose, but it doesn't come off as too strong or dominant.

T: Flavorful and lively. I may have served this too warm, as the delicate hop flavors are suppressed in favor of bread and grassy bitterness. A small caramel sweetness is found. As I mentioned in the nose, it is not assertively bitter, but you do taste it.

M: Light-medium bodied, with smooth, moderate carbonation. I like my APAs more firm, with crisper bubbles, but this is nothing to complain about.

D: Light and easy drinking. A solid example of the style. I found myself thinking that I prefer a few others (particularly Alpine Hoppy Birthday) to this one, but it's a refreshing, easy drinker. (1,027 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear, bright, light copper color with a 1" ivory head that recedes to a layer and a ring of foam, leaving behind some rings, patches and speckles of lacing. For much of the beer there is a layer of foam and sipping leaves a varied pattern of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma smooth and filled with bready/bisquity malt and grassy hops tinged with citrus.

Taste: The clean crisp balanced flavors include a nice malt backbone that supports but does not conceal the citric and grassy hops. There is also some citrus zest here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has a pleasant prickly character from the persistent carbonation. The finish is medium to long and begins with a touch of sweetness that soon turns to a dryness that lasts to the end.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed sipping this one and each sip follows naturally. I'm pretty sure I'll be having this one again as it would make a good standby for a lot of purposes. That being said, there are some other APAs I'd choose over it. But in the long run there's no question about trying it again. That will happen. (1,239 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at POPE in philly.

Pours a clear burnt orange with darker tints and a one finger high head which retains pretty nicely with some patchy lacing while drinking.

The nose is subtle but crisp with toasty almost biscuit-like malts and some zesty, grassy citrus.

Flavors begin with some sweet malts and more citrus zest, similar to the nose. Some floral hops poke through with bits of rind. A malted sweetness breaks in before finishing somewhat dry, but almost juicy at the same time (which is a little odd but pleasant).

Lighter medium body, a little dry feel but still enjoyable and easy drinking all the way through.

Super quick drinking and some decent flavors, although nothing spectacular. (706 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange in color with excellent clarity. Not much head after the pour, but a nice thin cap was left behind. Light citrus orange hop aroma along with a hint of biscuit. Carbonation slowly awakens and finishes with a buttery smoothness. Well balanced citrus hop and malty bread flavors that finish with a piney hop character and a bit of a pine aftertaste. Nice balance and easy to drink. (392 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with plume of fizzy white head that disipates quickly leaving little lacing. Scent is of fresh cut grass with hints of dried hay. Taste is a muddled mess of the fresh and dried grass with only a faint kiss of white bread, pine and lemon. Lighter side of medium bodied, overly carbonated. Not what im looking for in a Pale Ale. (353 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice off white two finger head relaxes to a lasting thick cap atop a beautifully clear amber gold beer.

Nice pale malt breadiness and neutral sweet in the aroma, some floral hops, hints of citrus and pine. Very laid back bouquet, but nice.

Very well blended flavor, nicely understated, balanced and simple mix of bready malt, light neutral sweet, floral hop, and a very light, dry finish of citrus pith and herbal/pine bitter. As it warms a bit of lemon sneaks in. This flavor profile works well.

Mouthfeel is above average for style, perhaps a bit less viscous than the new American norm, a bit less full bodied than many, but it provides an excellent stage for a simple beer with a decent finish.

Due to the nice taste and easy on the palate mouth this is quite drinkable

Impression: I will certainly try this again. Suggest you do the same. (850 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Phoenix Pale Ale pours a very clear, reddish brown body. The off-white head is about a finger thick. It settles to a crown of foam that leaves some pretty solid lacing.

A lot of pine resin and citrus hops with biscuity, slightly toasted malt.

Phoenix Pale ale is pretty balanced. The malt bill is pretty crisp, with biscuit flavors, a light toasted flavor and a little bit of grain. The hops are mostly resinous pine with citrus and grapefruit a close second.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily with moderate carbonation and body.

Phoenix Pale Ale is a solid beer that is well-balanced and pretty drinkable. (608 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to psudrew for this one.

3.5 A: Pours a clear orange amber color. Only one finger of creamy head with less than average retention and touches of lacing.

4.0 S: Overall pretty clean with some lightly bready malts. Hops are herbal and grapefruity.

4.0 T: Again pretty clean with a touch of breadiness and graininess. Soft, but noticeable hop bitterness. Herbal hops with grapefruit and pine. Good.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate amount of carbonation, but could maybe use a bit more. Slight creaminess and very smooth.

4.0 D: Simple and clean brew. For what I've been drinking lately, this is a welcomed change. (670 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper color with a off white head. In the aroma, small grapefruity hop, and a small maltiness. In the taste, a small bitterness, but a malty cleanliness. A smooth and malty medium bodied mouthfeel, with a clean to small bitter aftertaste. A nice pale, bigger hops than expected, yet balanced, and quite fresh. (329 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some pine notes. The flavor is orange hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nicely hopped American Pale Ale. (281 characters)

Photo of magine
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber copper color. Has an off white head that is sticky, and fades to a slight lace island that leaves some sticky lacing.

Brew smells malty; caramel, bready and a has a somewhat sweet nose. Flowery hops and a bisquit malt scent. Very nice balance and tasty smell. Surprising that I am not smelling any citrus.

Brew is full bodied; has a nice balance of carbonation and smoothness. Feels crisp and then finishes smooth. Has a malty flavor and is balanced by a floral hop. Slightly bitter in the finish. Finishes dry and has a nice hop kick back.

This is a nice pale ale, was surprised by the hops presence and the full body mouthfeel. It is a good APA, but I want a little more citrus in this brew. When I poured it and it was darker, I was expecting the citrus nos eand flavor. I was almost thinking, wow this reminds me of Sierra Nevada. Not that I am disappointed, just was expecting. A good brew none the less, that I could session all night. (992 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A local extra from StormKing47. Cans are getting popular, but everyone knows that by now...

A- Not really much of a head but whats there is pretty sticky as it fades. The beer is a clear amberish orange.

S- Pretty malty. Not quite caramel-y but pretty close. Hops are floral and light.

T- Nicely balanced. Pretty sweet though. Its a nice citrusy sweetness though. The finish is bittered by some slightly medicinal hops.

M- Light, crisp, low carbonation.

D- This would work well on BBQs and picnics. A nice, portable, potable can of beer. Makes me want a burger. (566 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 5/10/10

Phoenix Pale Ale pours a moderately deep burnt amber, just enough so as to have a tobacco hue. The one & a half finger head is reduced to an even skim after several minutes, leaving the beginnings of nice lace (which is quite good after half the glass).

The aroma is quite malty; pale & crystal malts are in no short supply. Notes of yeasty bread, biscuit & caramel are present. The hops aren't super appreciable, just offering some earthy mustiness & faint citrus wisps buried in the back.

The hops are more apparent to taste, though they still seem a tad weak; rather low bitterness throughout (lower than I'd prefer, anyway). More pine than anything, it does have a modest citrus twinge. It also exhibits a tartness that doesn't really fit (possibly the citrus?). Caramel then swoops in tipping the balance in favor of the malts, though it shies from being too sweet. Toasted bread rounds it out.

Medium body with reasonably low carbonation; nothing to shocking here. The finish actually tends to be fairly dry, with a mild earthy bitterness lingering on the finish.

While I'm not overly impressed by Phoenix, it's easy enough to drink. Pikeland Pils would easily get my money over this but I reckon it would be a great choice for an "end of a long beer night but I want another one - something chill" sort of situation. (1,364 characters)

Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with woodychandler. Thanks!

A - Pours a nice pumpkin orange with a finger and a half of creme head.

S - Fruity, citrus hops, a bit floral

T - Nice bitterness, some citrus, but some is lost. Pears and green apples, a bit of caramel malt, as well.

M - Nice lively effervescence, good body

D - Drinks great, I wish I could get this around here. (359 characters)

Photo of vazy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this one for a while so I'm glad I've finally got around to it. It pours a dark amber color with a decent head (which leaves a nice lacing) and clear body. The smell is like apricots with a quality balance of toffee-like malts and hops.

At first sip the malts overtake the flavor of the hops but afterwards the hops kick in. Its overall a more malty beer with a nice delicate flavor of hops. Its generally a thin beer and goes down easy. Overall its an outstanding beer to drink. I like what it has to offer and would consider this a good session beer. (579 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a translucent orange amber with loads of tiny bubbles pushing north. A fluffy, yellow tinted head rose two fingers and settled slowly. Some spider web lacing left behind.

The aroma is of pine and musty earth with caramel malt and toasted biscuits. Standard fare.

Hops up front before the malt takes a firm hold. Grassy, earthy hops on the front end with caramel and toasted biscuits in the middle. The finish is of pine needles and is slightly bitter.

Light body, soft and borderline luscious. I'm getting a little bit of a metallic flavor that builds over time. A little off putting.

This is a nicely hopped pale ale with a light body and a manageable abv. This is easily sessionable. (724 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass out of a can. pours a reddish copper amber color, with the tinyest bit of sediment. nice fluffy slightly off white head. pretty good head retention with just a little bit of lace.

in the aroma you get some grassy citrus hop with some slight biscuity, slight caramel malts. kind of a subdued aroma.

very well balanced flavor. biscuity bready and caramel malts combines with grassy, citrus, and pine hops. a nice level of bitterness. finishs piney grassy bitter.

light to almost medium body. such a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. crisp and clean.

superior drinkability, i could pound these all night long. definatly one of the better pale ales out there, i would highly recommend this for a session beer. i had a couple of these the other day while working on a friends car. but they can go well in pretty much any situation. so much better out of the glass than the can though. i will be visiting this one again for sure. (952 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass = sam Adam pint

A - pours a clear orangy copper with a frothy 2 fingers worth of off white head. Leaves some good lacing.

S - a little muted but a caramel malty sweetness and a nice citrus hop profile.

T - brisk hoppyness and a strong malt backbone make this one an extreemly well balanced and tastey APA.

M - a little thin. Higher carb.

D - extreemly drinkable. Great flavors. Well balanced. All around good beer. (425 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color to it deep ruby caramel garnett, with a light khaki tan head forming thick. Fine speckled lacing forms unevenly but sticks around well. Aromatics offer up a nice pine and citrus combo with a bready caramel malt profile going on. Flavor is nice balanced between caramel drizzled dessert bread sweetness and reserved but bitter hop flavors including pince citrus and a mild tame earthiness. More hops in the finish of the flavor than the nose or the forefront of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied drinking session APA, carbonation is soft and works well. I love the can presentation and this beer just arriving back into Pittsburgh has been so fresh and affordable for my craft brew budget. (716 characters)

Photo of tim9887
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass.

Appearance: brilliant clear orange-bronze hue; nice white head (about 1/4")

Aroma/Taste: subdued hop aroma, slightly bitter. Hop bitterness is much more present in the taste, very nicely done. Citrus & pine hop character. Subtle bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation level. Clean, dry finish.

Notes: A very refreshing and well-balanced pale ale. Give me more! (430 characters)

Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.