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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 Deuane
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Make no mistake, I really love this beer. It is without a doubt my "Bud". As in, it is my go to beer when I feel like "just" having a beer. I find this beer scratches all of the itches I usually have for a beer.

A-Clear copper with a fluffy medium light tan head that reduces and leaves significant lacing.

S-Sharp, crisp hops with a nice malt sweetness.

T-Up front hopiness with a nice supportive malty sweetness...but not too much. I love the sharp, crisp flavour. Plenty of hops to make even a hophead like me happy.

M-medium-light body with a nice crispness. This is the perfect hot, lazy summer day beer for me.

D-All day...at 5% and that wonderful light, crsip feel I can simply pound....I ALWAYS have a supply of Sly Fox PPA on hand...it is my go to!

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Photo of orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a case of this and the Pikeland Pils at the BeerYard the other day. Very nice packaging, almost looks like a can of an energy that you could get away with drinking at work but I would not try that. The beer poured a nice dark gold color with a bit of a white head, fluffy. The smell is of strong floral hops with a bit of malty backbone in there. The taste is a very rich hoppy mix with malts that is very enjoyable. I can see these cans becoming very popular based on the very good beer inside and the great use of a can.

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Photo of Schooly
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear mahogany with one-finger head that falls to nill quickly. Much more darker than I'd expect for a Pale Ale. A stream of carbonation streams up from the center of the glass leaving a ring of foam in the middle. Lacing resides on the glass as I swirl. Light smell of flowery hops in the nose. Hops up front hitting the sides of my tounge finishing with sweet malty notes to balance out the brew. Mouthfeel is clean with some hoppy residue coating my mouth.
I almost forgot this is from a can! Very drinkable for a brew out of a can. These will pack easily on the next camping trip to House Rock.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!"

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Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish amber-gold, with a nice off-white head. Great piney hop aroma for a pale ale, with definite grapefruit as well.

Taste is excellent, truly one of the best canned beers. Malty and biscuity at first, with a bitter grapefruity aftertaste. Bitterness lasted a while. Mouthfeel was light-medium and carbonation was medium-low, nearly perfect. Easy to drink as well. A very good example of the pale ale style, perhaps even bordering on the IPA, when compared with what some breweries call IPAs. I'd have this one anytime. Did I mention how much I love canned beer?

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Photo of beerhawk
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying some sly fox stuff for a while now. I was really excited to hear that the cans were coming out.

Pours a nice bronze color with a perfect head. Fills the 16 oz glass perfectly. Head fades to a nice film and leaves some sticky lacing. Medium flow of carbonation bubbles keeps the beer looking active.

Smell of pale malts with some mild hop citrus notes. Taste is really nice, malty with just a hint of citrus. Finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid, you know there is a nice malt backbone to this one.

This just became my favorite everyday beer. A dare you to find a better beer for the price. Perfect for picnic, hiking, tailgate, pool party, whatever.... Could be a good one to slip to your macro loving friends, "craft beer in a can, no way, give it a try." All around a nice offering from sly fox, looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/15...pours orange colored, rusty, hearty white packed foam. Toasty, toffee, bready nose - quite pleasing. Toasted fire wood flavor. Earthy malt blend, firm hop throughout. Fantastic balance, tasty and then some.

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Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of simmons
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of jpaltan
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper-orange. very clear, little bubbles float to the top. the head is absolutely massive, and it really sticks for minutes. lacing abounds. I'm not sure that there can be another attribute to the appearance that would make it any more appealing.
smell is subdued with notes of pine and minimal citrus flavors. biscuity malts are in the background. taste is sweet up front, then the hops kick in on the finish. smacks the bitter bumps on the tongue in the end. mouthfeel is slightly sticky and coats the tongue well. carbonation is a bit week for the level of bitterness in the end for me. overall, a solid offering that seems to get overlooked.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight haze, but the cask was not cellared properly! Deep amber in color with a bright white head that holds extremely well and leaves a very good lace. There's a nice, slightly citrusy, hoppy aroma that's subtly backed by a lightly sweet maltiness. The body is medium-light with a very soft, fine and bright carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The flavor is very well balanced between the light crystal malt and a gentle hop flavor. It's solidly bitter but extremely well-balanced! A gentle hoppiness also follows into the finish. An excellent session beer even at 5.25%. Quite enjoyable! Well worth trying.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Penn State weekend of the year and the new no-glass bottles at tailgate rule meant a change in strategy. Fortunately, the good folks at Sly Fox were there to help.

A: Hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Rich aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and fresh hops.

T: Starts out with a nice thick, malty grapefruit and and citrus flavor. The bitter, hoppy flavor provides a very nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an extremely likeable brew, Sly Fox has really pick together a rock solid APA. Thank goodness there are brews of this quality available in cans locally that I can tailgate with at PSU. A classic "go-to" brew that anyone in need of a yummy canned brew can rely on.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visibly effervescent, pours a clear pale orange amber color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is a sweet malty orange citrus goodness. Lively effervescence lightens up a medium bodied mouth feel. Full flavored, the sweet orange citrus and creamy texture reminders me of candy easter egg filling with a tangy grassy hop finish. At 5% ABV this one will drinker one after another. Renewing my faith in Sly Fox. Another can for the collection.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiny copper body, high clarity, topped by a healthy heap of rocky white froth. Some nices pieces of lace stretch down the glass.

Nose is earthy, herbal, even woodsy. Notes of citrus lurking in the background.

Good caramelly start, not too sweet. Pleasant subtle hop shift leading to a tingly aftertaste. Very well balanced.

Good light/medium mouthfeel. Substantial but not heavy.

Very good drinkability - this glass has emptied at an alarming rate.

A fine blend of Englsih and American Pale Ales. If the pils is perfect around the pool at midday, this is nice for a bit later in the afternoon. Craft beer in a can...the movement continues.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for the extra.

A: Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color. A large beige head forms and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good hop and malt balance. Some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt, with a slight graininess.
T: A nice hop grapefruit bitterness that is not overbearing. A good caramel malt that is in good balance with the bop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body, but seems a little watery. Easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session.

This is very enjoyable. Too bad I only have one. This would be in my fridge all the time if it was local to me.

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned beer? Last time I had beer in a can it was Old Milwaukee and I was in college in 1987. Beer has come a long way.

Sly Fox is good stuff! Pours deep orange with rocky white head.

Smell of Cascade hops and citrus. This is canned beer?

This is good stuff, creamy, with lingering aftertaste,

Good mouthfeel.

This is good stuff. Canned beer is back!

Local brew! I have had the Pikeland Pils and this is awesome!, as well!

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