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Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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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 sunkistxsudafed
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, best by date clearly marked

A - Clear copper body with a one inch white head that sticks around nicely and leaves good lacing.

S - Bready malts with some pine hops. Nothing too exciting going on here.

T - Sweet bready malts up front, with a spicy, floral hop finish. Some caramel flavors come through as it warms.

M - Medium body, nice medium carbonation level makes it nice and creamy across the palate. Finishes a tad sticky, though.

O - A nice local, drinkable APA, that I'll probably buy again, but nothing that's mind-blowing.

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Photo of loveingminor
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a glass. A finger or two of head, and a nice deep amber color.

Smell: a pleasant combination of hops, barley, and malt. Generally pleasing.

Taste: Delicious. Maybe it's due to the mood I'm in, or maybe to perfect serving conditions, or simply just fine craftsmanship. A hop presence, balanced out superbly by grain flavor. Couldn't imagine a better pale ale flavor for the mood I'm in.

Mouthfeel: not an overly heavy beer, and has nice carbonation.

overall: i'm glad I have more.

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Photo of ski271
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium copperish-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, foamy, slowly-diminishing head. Some light lacing all the way down.
S: Pine and resin with some light citrus over a fairly solid sweet grainy malt backbone.
T: More caramel sweetness up front than expected, but then the bitter citrus a floral notes take over. They are bold and stick around a very long time on the finish
M: Medium body, very dry texture, moderate carbonation
T: A bit too cloying for my tastes, even for the style of beer. Good balance in the nose, but not the body. Still pretty good though. Just nothing that wowed me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is good, hops and malts are well balanced, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium auburn color, with a light tan finger of head and nice lacing. Smells lightly hoppy, and lightly malty. Nice balance there. Floral and light citrus hops and sweet caramel malts ion the back.

Taste is right up there with the aroma: Slight piny, resiny hops, sweet caramel malts and a nice bitter finish.

Somewhat crisp feel, light, smooth, with goood carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking. Nothing spectacular, but it's solid as hell and worth regularity.

Thanks woodychandler for the CAN!

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Mancer
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The can poured out a slightly hazy amber brew with a one finger high off-white head. The head dissipated moderately to a thin layer of lace thin in consistency. The immediate aromas were the average citrus hops with light resin. The initial flavors were a dose of barley and light citrus. The middle ground was housed by a perplexing carbonated water flavor which lead to a light citrus finale. There is a nice bitterness to the beer's light to medium body and medium carbonation.

From a pale ale perspective, there's nothing truly unique here. The middle flavors of this beer are off, I can't explain that carbonated water taste that I got from the first several sips. Don't get me wrong though, once you start drinking it, the flavors eventually mesh into the beer it should have been from the beginning. Good beer, but not my go to Pale Ale.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phoenix Pale ale pours a rather clear burnt sienna with an slight amber tone to it. It has a half-inch head that settles in nicely. There's strong lacing and it looks well-developed. Smells of bready and earthy notes, not very pungent at all. This brew has moderate carbonation and a light to medium heavy-ness. Taste is smooth and clean, but more forward with the malts. Hops definitely takes a back seat, as there is not much of a bite here at all. Aftertaste is a little spicy coming through with malts at the end. This is a very drinkable pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but it's solid and was $7.99 for the 6 which is clutch. Another good brew from consistent Sly Fox.

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

Pours from the 12 oz. can a bright copper color with a foamy, slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a thick collar. Nice carbonation...plenty of bubbles rising in the glass, but it's not overly fizzy. Aroma is mostly of sweet malt, with a hint of citrus. Not a lot of hops on the nose, but again, a slight citrus note. 1st is brings a nice taste of piney hops. The malts recede into the background as the hops take over and intensify on the swallow. The mouthfeel is light, a little lighter than most other pale ales i've sampled, but it's not quite watery. Drinkability is very good...the somewhat light mouthfeel and relatively low abv make this a good choice for a session beer. Overall, a good, but not quite great pale ale. I wouldn't turn my nose up at one of these, but would easily choose a SNPA over this one.

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Photo of pvsob
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, copper color with a one finger head that fades rather quickly. Average lacing and a thin film that lasts the whole pint.

S- Sweet caramel aroma with some citrus and an earthy hop aroma.

T- Similar to the aroma, but with a more pronounced hop presence. Hops come across as more on the spicy side in the finish.

M- Medium feel with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat slick on the tongue.

D/O- A slightly more malt forward APA, but hey, there's nothing wrong with that. I could definitely see myself having a few of these while manning the grill this Summer. Cheers.

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

Pours a near-brilliant golden-amber in color ("Brass"), topped with a pale tan head of minimal duration. Lacing is minimal.

Nose pretty good: juicy malt character matched with ample and well-defined hop use. I'm getting notes of pear from the malts and lighter notes of pineapple from the hops.

On first sip its rather bitter and lightly astringent, followed by a gentle sweetness, a nice brisk feeling on the palate, and a lingering bittersweet quality. Biscuit malt character certainly plays a part here, and there's even a melon (honeydew) note here!

Other notes: lemon peel/rind, tart green apple, and some golden or white grapes -- I'm just gonna throw out a guess that Maris Otter was used as a specialty malt here, along with crystal and pale as a base.

A nice sipper, but big enough (or small enough?) that more than one in a sitting / session / whatever wouldn't be a poor decision at all. Certainly above average.

Best-by date of 12/12/10 (whoops! ; )

And a BIG thank you goes out to Woody C for the CAN!

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Photo of coalcracker
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from G311 from Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked part 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/6 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a beautiful, clear, copper color with a one finger of offwhite creamy head that holds nicely. Minor lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is hearty caramel malts, slight toffee, and bread.

T: Taste starts very bready and yeasty - it's really the heart of this beer. A touch of grain and pale malts come in before being taken over by caramel and toffee flavoring. The finish is a light floral hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This is a more malt forward APA, an ok beer. I wouldn't seek it out but I wouldn't turn it away.

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Photo of Franz4
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper, no head, carbonation rises from bottom of glass.

S- caramel and mandarin oranges, hint of pine hops is very well disguised.

T- toasted malt and pine hops combine here in a so-so fashion. the citrus comes through as well, but seems a touch misplaced.

M- residual carbonation is really activated in the mouth, aftertaste lingers a bit, but not too long.

D- just slightly above average, I could drink several of these and it's definitely better than a BMC product, so the fact it comes in a can might make it a beer of choice when a can is required.

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, yellow/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel malt and citrus hops

Taste: caramel, tea, chocolate, and big citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweetish start that becomes bitter

Drinkability: A slightly above average pale ale. I like how the chocolate and caramel mix with the hops, yet I would do one or two max.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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

Pours an amber with a small whitish head with ok retention. Little lacing observed. Nose is sweet and floral with some caramel, pine, toffee, orange that comes through. Taste is replete with a piney, nutty, grassy base and sweetness of some fruit. There is some bitterness in the finish but this stays fairly sweet all the way through. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. This is a decent beer but there's nothing here that I would go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of cavedave
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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