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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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very good

142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 333
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 333
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light citrus and bitter hops with light caramelized malt base. Taste is a drinkable mix of medium citrus and bitter hops with a balanced caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good and easily drinkable though a further hop punch would have been even more enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orange-red amber with decent head and lacing. Although less carbonation than I expected, still a reasonable mouthfeel. Malt-forward aroma in which I can't discern any typical "American" hop elements. The taste is predominantly caramelized malts with a decent bitterness and dry finish, but not as well balanced as many in its class and without any "west coast" or "c hop" notes.

A beer I'm glad to have tried, but not too disappointed to have only purchased a single can.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of citrus and pine resin intermixed with notes of biscuit malts. A light amount of bitterness is also present, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It seems to be a bit more flavorful compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber/copper in color with some extremely light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a moderate strength aroma with some light hints of caramel malts and quite a bit of pine and citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out with a bit of caramel malt sweetness but then the hop flavors become apparent. There are flavors of pine and citrus hops and a mild amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty enjoyable beer and one that I could easily have a few during a session. I find the combination of the pine and citrus hops with the mild amounts of bitterness quite refreshing.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows soft fruity notes, grassy hints and spicy hops, alongside copious amounts of sweet crystal malt.
Similar fruity and floral flavours, followed by soft caramel and a bold sharp bitterness.
Body feels a little too thick and syrupy.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Dino in our most recent trade! Poured from can to pint glass the beer arrives a murky ruby mahogany with a nice 2 finger white head, nice retention though not a lot of lacing. A nice crisp fruity nose with citrus, pear, apples and dark fruit character. Unique and nice. Mild caramel malt hint. The flavor is very much the same. The hops provide a nice fruity character as found in the nose with again a nice base caramel. Finishes crisp with a lingering mild bitter fruity sweetness. Lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, this is really enjoyable. Would gladly reach for another if I could!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color thin white head.

Unique flavor off the bat, I can imagine this would go well with asian cuisine. Sweet teryiaki noodle like taste up front, no lie. Its bizarre. Floral hop bouquet, full body, crisp clean finish. One of the most floral ale I've ever had, very perfumes. Flavor is mostly on the front end of the tongue, back end is extremely clean. Like no bite, no lingering sweet, just a finished sip. Slight butteriness, some biscuit comes through as the beer warms. Bitterness is there and builds but extremely slowly. That Thai corn noodle taste remains though, extremely unique. I like it. Flavors are well blended and go together somehow in some odd way

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – It’s not so pale. Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a large billowy off white head. The head has some pretty good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of some bready and biscuit malt with a toffee sweetness and a very light citrus aroma.

Taste – A very bready taste meets the tongue up front. The breadiness has some nice roasted malt flavors mixed in. There is not much of the sweetness that is detected in the nose, but maintains a relatively drier malt flavor. The hop flavors really start to develop more toward the middle and end with nice citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel – Creamy for a 5.1 % abv beer. The carbonation is very normal. Overall both serve the beer quite well and are quite suiting.

Overall – This is a very tasty and very drinkable beer. This is a wonderful session beer and one I will definitely come to on more occasion.

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Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a orange amber color with a slightly white head with pretty good retention
S-grassy/pine hop aroma mixed with malty sweetness
T-Equal malt and piney hop flavor up front that leads into a more malt dominate flavor and finishes with a bit of citrus, finishes a bit dry and bready
M-medium bodied
O-pretty decent pale ale. very drinkable and wouldn't hesitate to try again

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Photo of mulder1010
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A craft Can!!!! What a novel concept, not in Australia though.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for the can

A-- Poured a golden, orange amber color. Not much head. Layer of light brown film that sits around. Vigorous swirling gets a half finger of head but that also fades back to film quickly. A few spots of lacing and not much else.

S-- Good carmel backbone with hints of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and grass.

T-- Carmel, biscuit, orange and other soft citrus. Slight amounts of bitterness.

M-- Bitter grapefruit comes through in the back. Not too shabby. Light carbonation, slick and slightly oily. Slightly heavy for the ABV. Missing some carbonation that would lift this more. last 1/3rd of the beer the carbonation picks up a bit but in some ways the damage has been done.

O-- Not bad, not great, not as good as Little Creatures is. Like the backbone of the beer but the first part of the beer lacking a normal amount of carbonation hurt.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper toned orange with a pure white head and decent lace coating the glass. The nose is extremely hoppy and sweet with a strong resigny oil hop presence. There is a very light malt in there but the hops are strong behind with notes of citric orange. The taste has a more assertive malt presence with a lightly toasted bread and pale malts. There is an assertive citric hop and strong bitterness to balance. Medium to full syrupy body and a lighter carbonation with a very clean finish. The beer is balanced, strong hop presence and very clean beer.

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Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A thanks to woodychandler for the trade! Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, clear copper/amber hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded quickly to leave a thin, white halo.

A - Aroma is well, average. Getting mostly sweet, carmel malts. There are some old hop bitterness on the end. Not the fresh hops I was looking for.

T - Again, like the nose this just isnt all that fresh tasting. Losts of sweet carmel malts, which is nice, but I like those piney, citrus hops in my APAs and this just doesnt deliver. Maybe it did at one point.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit on the sweeter side but its not heavy or syrupy.

O - Overall, I find that this is just an average brew. It might have been nice fresh, but at this point it just doesnt do anything for me. Would give Sly Fox another chance though.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature can (dated best by 1/30/2012) is poured into a pint glass. A big light brown head fills the top third of the glass. Below, a clear copper liquids holds a few streams of rising carbonation. Sparse but consistent lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

A well-hopped aroma greets my nose as I inhale. Earthy, citrus aromas come to me.

The flavor also has an overall Earthy quality. It's bitter and woodsy. Hints of caramel malt are present. The bitterness is what lingers.

The beer is a bit heavier than average, but carbonation is standard. Not much coat, but what is there echoes the flavors tasted in the initial sip.

This is a fine, above average pale ale. It's probably not worth the effort to go out of you way for it, but I'm glad I brought a six pack home with me from Pennsylvania.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can, with code of "310 6/18/13" which I assume is a best buy date.

appears a very clear amber copper color, 1/4" off-white head. decent retention. the aroma is mostly cereal grains, mild earthy hops. the taste is a good balance of slightly sweet malt and very mild herbal hops. medium body, higher carbonation, appropriate for the style.

overall - easy drinking, but even for a pale ale, could have more hops for an American Style.

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

Poured from a can, this beer is a medium golden-amber color. White head, a little fizzy. The aroma is of herbal, fresh hops, backed by a toasted malt scent. Typical american pale ale smell. The taste is a blend...a nice balance of malt and hops. Bitterness comes early, with a firm hop flavor. There is a bit of fruit...pear and orange peel? The malt is there as well...lightly toasted and bready...with some restrained sweetness. The finish is lingering and quite bitter. This one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of GreenGoblinCC
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Pale Ale in a Can, right up there with 21st Amendment and Oskar Blues! Nice bitterness following each sip. Versatile beer that goes great with nearly any food or occasion. Enjoyed thoroughly! Will definitely pick up more Phoenix and IPA Route 113!

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, slowly depleting off-white head, looks like a root beer float. Leaves some chunky spots on the glass. The broth is dark amber and very clear.

Pleasant combination of caramel malt aromas and lightly floral hop. Smells like a classic Red/Amber.

The flavor matches the smell nice. It might even be a tad bit sweeter. Round, full body with enough carbonation to give it balanced. The bitter finish provides a strong counter-point to the sweetish malt--in a word: well-balanced. The aftertaste is long-lasting and spicy. Overall, this is a really nice APA.

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Photo of afksports
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phoenix pale ale is...

Ok, so my girlfriend is long distance and just had drinks with her ex-boyfriend that she used to live with. Do i need to worry?

Not with Phoenix Pale Ale, I guess. It pairs well with food. It's pale to ruddy amber in color, and filtered. It has a fluffy white head that sticks around the top of the body throughout the drink. It smells indistinct, with traces of pale malt and grapefruit hops. It tastes good though. Easy drinking, light, hoppy enough for a clean finish, balanced with water so as to not be overbearing, malty enough to have the bready quality of a good beer. But it's not overly malted, overly hopped, or overly watery. It's just... solid.

Nothing spectacular, but a beer that I could easily come back to. Again and again. That's what pale ales are for, right?

Now let's hope this girlfriend issue doesn't turn into something.

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great pale ale. Poured from 12 oz. Can into a pint glass

A - cloudy mahogany color, with a meaty head. Small bit of lacing.

S - fruity, a sweet pear nectar scent, also a bit of raisiny plum.

T - as it smells, mild but present in hops. Citrusy. Not boozy or offensive, a plethora a fruits that mildly linger on the pallette.

M - as a pale ale should be. Slightly carbonated, hits a range of areas on the palette.

D - very drinkable, my favorite pale I've tried yet. The hops hang around in your throat for a while, but I would slug numerous amounts of this beer any day.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straight up APA. Love the fact that it came out of a mixed "Cantastic" 12 pack from Sly Fox (on sale for $10 bucks, no less).
Great beach and pool beer, not only because it's a very decent brew; but the cans make it socially acceptable. Pours a nice amber color with minimal head. Good mix of sweetness and bitter on the nose and palate. I find it a tad too sweet, but completely satisfactory. The best of the three offerings in the 12 pack IMO.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass

A - Deep copper color with half a finger of white head.

S - Metallic, citrus and pine. Grainy characteristic.

T - Metallic and grainy. Caramel sweetness prevalent. Warm and bready finish.

M - Light to medium body. Drying finish.

O - Overall I am not a fan. Average beer with no exciting characteristics.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Refreshing Summer BIF. Thanks man.

Poured into a shaker pint. Very nice clear amber color. The head however is not so great. Neither is the lacing. It was poured hard to get a decent white head but it dissapated to a film. Very little lacing.

Aroma isn't much as well. I like to smell a bit of hops in my pale. It's pretty much just has a bit of caramel malt aroma.

Taste is solid. Nice pale malt taste. But of caramel malt for the color and flavor. Nice slight hop flavor and a nice refreshing hop bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. Good lawn mower beer.

Overall a solid pale. But it could use work on appearance and aroma.

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Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Woody Chandler along with the Kvass I traded for. Pours a clear dark amber color into a pint glass with a medium size white white head. Good retention and bands of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, thought I picked up some evidence of hops.

Taste is the opposite. This beer features bready malts with only a hint of finishing bitterness. Good strong flavor, not too sweet. very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light.

Overall this is a good refreshing everyday beer.

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

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots on the glass.

S - the aroma is pleasant, solid malty background with floral and citrus hops.

T - a well balanced beer, the malt and hop flavors stay together until some dry bitterness finishes things off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation going down smooth and easy.

O - a good tasting, solid pale ale that I will drink again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from woodychandler so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a bit faint but contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness that isn’t over-powering. The some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.