Phoenix Pale Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
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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Ratings: 322 | Reviews: 144
Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of tim9887
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of MikeRa
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a Orange-copper color

S: It has a strong hoppy smell

T: It has a nice blend of bitter hops, brown sugar and honey, with a small citrus taste

M: This beer goes down real smooth

D: This is a beer that is good to drink. Wheter it is's from a can or on tap, it is something I'll drink again.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've seen this beer sitting at my local beer store and have been wanting for weeks to pick it up, but it always leaves my mind. Finally picked it up and ready to explore.

Appearance: cooper brown with a orange glaze, kind of reminds me of a summer type beer. Golden amber has been lately a favorite of mine

Smell: Hoppness with a strong sense of aronma that really doesn't bring anything special.

Taste: earthy hops and hints of orange slices possibly with an almost smoked sweetness grainy feeling.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer has some mean potiental and something I could see myself enjoying, however not this perticular moment. Not a bad brew but if the bitterness be tweaked a bit, I could see myself drinking this on a more regular basis.

Final Thought: Okay when I first cracked this beer open, I wasn't expecting a renaissance-type beer to really blow me away. The orange citrusy is something I wasn't enjoying. A beer I would recommend to anyone just starting out drinking APA's. Cheers to anyone drinking this.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a eggshell white head that rims and leaves cathedral lace. Nose is toast, a bit of citrus and spice, with an odd soapiness. Cinnamon bun malts up front going caramel as they warm, bark in the middle and a grapefruit hit at the end. Tart linger, big round feel and some stick.

Feels like an English ale, tastes like American hops. Very sessionable.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour - Dark amber in color, definitely not a pale looking pale ale. Head is big and fluffy. To think, this came out of a can!

Aroma - Some caramel, a little sour and musty along with a grainy sort of smell.

Taste - Bittersweet would be the way I would it. Its sort of like the bitter hops and sweet malt blend together extremely well and produce a beer that has the flavor of brown sugar and honey combined with a subtle citrus taste. Its not "hoppy" per se, but its also not an amber ale...but it's close.

Overall - Very drinkable and non-offensive. It isn't going blow your mind but after two you'll realize its nice that beer comes in six packs.

Would I buy more of it? - Sure. Its a very good pale ale in a can. If it was available up here in MA it might be one of my go to canned beers for disc golf and/or camping.

Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper / amber hybrid with good carbonation and a creamy-looking off-white-copper-colored head, leaving sparse rings of foam.

Smell: A lot of good leafy and bitter citrus hops aromas that get stronger and more powerful as it warms.

Taste: Nice balance of the hoppiness, and there's a lot going on, with some quality malt and fruit esters, a bit of strawberry and apple. Finishes very dry and almost IPA-like in its bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lighter-to-medium-bodied. Better than good.

Drinkability: All around sessionable and quality brew. I like the hoppiness of it, and it has more flavor than many domestics. I'll buy this again.

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another extra from younger35. I need to hook Dan up soon.

A 12oz can poured into my Stone IPA stemware.

This beer was a red/ copper color with perfect clarity. Tiny bubbles were few and far between floating to the top. A 3 finger head stuck around for a few before receding to a sudsy white cap of foam. Wonderful sticky lacing.

The smell is clean, although lacking. Nice herbal hops rounded out with a doughy/bready malt sweetness.

The taste is just like the smell. Not bad by any means, but nothing to get excited about either. A very bready grain taste followed by moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

Nice carbonation and a dry finish make this one extremely easy to drink. While nowhere near my favorite APA, this one would be a staple at any cookout.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my new SLy Fox pint glass. Pours a crystal clear amber with a thick fluffy white heading that leaves a top all throughout the tasting.

Smell is a bit funky a nice hop aroma starts you off followed by a slight yeastiness and a kind of funk I can't explain.

Taste is well I found the funkiness it is of a metallic taste. Again you can taste the grapefruitiness of the hops with a nice sweet malt taste.

Mouth is light bodied and good carbonation. slick and bubbly leaves a nice burping sensation in the belly.

Drink is very good I would want to try this for a session brew sometime.

My wife ordered a pint of this and it did taste alot better so maybe next time I will just try it off the tap.

Photo of krukster
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very pleasing amber color with light to medium lacing

S - Bready and nice aroma of hops, but not overwhelming

T - Slight to medium malty and hoppy taste. Not a huge fan of hoppiness, but this was done fairly well to my liking :)

M - Light to medium light body. Crisp mountfeel and no bad after taste

D - Even though I am not the biggest fan of hoppy beers, this was a way above brew. (even in a can) Could most definately sling a few back on a warm summer evening.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks, Kadonny!

Pours a reddish amber color. Relatively small head dissipates quickly. Some nice rings of lacing.

Nice citric bitterness in the nose. The PNW hops outweigh the backbone of British pale and crystal malts. Nice mix of styles.

Flavor follows the nose, although the malts provide more balance than the aroma would lead you to believe. Hops strike first. Really nice tropical fruit flavor. The initial sweetness gives way to a drying, bitter finish.

Fairly light body, appropriate carbonation. Very smooth feel. Crisp and clean. Pretty refreshing. Very easy drinker.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper colour with a white head, leaving nice rings down the glass. Interestingly good for a canned beer! Clean, crispy taste with a nice bit twangy, hoppy finish. Not overly bitter, but very sessionable. Smells of some caramel malts and cascady hops. Very good beer!

Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber body...a nice white head...leaves nice lacing

S - Great balanced smell between the malts and hops

T - The malts are present in the foreground...but are overtaken by the hop bitterness at the end...which I like

M - Medium body...crisp and refreshing

D - This is a nice beer...yet again...from Sly Fox...had it during the winter but I'll be picking up a case of cans for the summer heat

Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a regular pint glass. I've been on a sly fox kick lately. Fairly fresh.

A- Phoenix Pale Ale pours a shade less than deep amber with some orange spots once up to the light. Some foam comes up to a one inch height leaving some straks of white lace on the glass. Much darker than their pilsner in a can.

S- The usual pale ale smells with a bunch of crystal malt backed by some citrusy hop scents. I'm not sure which is more dominate leaving me to believe this is going to be a nicely balanced APA.

T- The citrus hop bite tells me that the hops in this beat out the malts in the taste. What the malts do give off is a nice bisquit flavor on top of more hops possibly cascade. Some spice and faint fruit can be detected if you try hard enough.

M- Incredibly smooth starting out but as time passes this becomes much more on the bitter side which is not a bad thing. This APA is on the medium build side of things. A low carbonation make this slighty crisp with a fairly dry finish. Quite inviting.

D- Another sessionable beer out of a can from sly fox, this would go great with the summertime heat. The mix of malts and hops work well while this APA does not go overboard with a bunch of different flavors. It's possible this could burn out your palette after a six pack with the bitterness.

I will come back to this in the summer sitting in a kiddie pool eating hot dogs like homer simpson, scaring off potential neighbors.

Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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?

Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a can of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an amber body with a silky, white head with nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, burnt malt smell, like toffee, with some flowery, hop notes.

T: A fairly earthy and burnt toffee, malty taste with some bitter, floral aftertaste.

M: A medium-bodied mouthfeel that was pretty good and complimenting to the taste.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a pretty good and drinkable beer. The malt and hop tastes did well to compliment each other.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/17/08. Can, best by 10/03/08. Pours a dirty orange with a small white head that dissipates. Aroma of English pale malts, slight toasted malts, flowery hops. Flavor of wheat, toasted malts with a bittering finish. Nice malt backbone in this one complimented by the sweet, fruity, flowery hops. Easy drinking.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

12oz can into pint glass.

Appearance - Big, foamy 1 finger head. Very creamy. Typical dark amber IPA color. Leaves light lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Hops as expected, but with a very heavy malt presence. Also some type of sweetness I can't exactly place...almost buttery. Faint citrus as well.

Taste - Bitterness from hops almost "hides" behind the maltiness - it's as if you can taste both separately but at the same time. (If that makes any sense...) Definitely pick up some slight citrus and sweetness as well. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth brew, but bitter aftertaste may make it hard to drink a ton.

A very excellent APA, would definitely drink again.

Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with not so great retention. A thin cirrus-like cloud remains on top. Clear copper-gold liquid.
S: Buttery toast and slight herbal hop. It's good, but more hops please in an APA.
T: Malt forward with a slight tickle of hops. Well balanced and tasty, but some metallic in the back. I want more hops.
M: Leaves a bad breath feel like a macro-lager almost. :-(
D: Okay due to taste, but mouthfeel brings it down.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can after a chilly bike ride. It looks orange-red with a white head. That's certainly darker than I'd expect from a pale ale. This is really more of a hoppy red ale, but I digress.

At first, this reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale, but dialed back to a pale ale (not IPA like Dale's) IBU level. The flavor is rich with citrus rind, grapefruit, and pine. It's less juicy than Dale's, but still a darned tasty pale ale. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Cask...

A- Dark amber color. Tan and orange with a ruby red hue. Big fluffy and foamy head.

S- Smell was very malty. I was not a fan of the nose on this one. There was a strange medicinal quality in the nose that I could not put my finger on at all. Something was off. Not sure if it was the cask.

T- Taste was very malty and bready. Surprised the hops were not as pronounced. I did not get much hop at all. Caramel was there as well. Tough beer to put down, not sure why.

M- Light bodied and slick. Oily.

D- Eh. Not feeling this one. I found it to be lacking complexity and flavors. I love Sly Fox but this is not one of my favorites.

Photo of orcasteve
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells ausow but the sent is the only thing that is top notch on this one. i taste hints of corn in the malt and week floral hops is the make up of this one. this is realy light in carobanation, it was nice to try this one but i am in no big hurry to buy this one agan

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange gold (with an amber sheen to it) with at least 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. A thin layer of creamy retention skims the surface, leaving behind some big, sturdy lacing behind. The aroma is a fresh, nose tickling bouquet of light floral hops, citrus notes, and a touch of underlying sweetness.

The taste is a moderate mix of tingling hop bitterness and a splash of citrus character that is balanced out with some sweet, and slightly bready, caramel malts. Finishes with a nice, crisp, bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is light bodied (but seems a bit fuller from the flavors) with a snappy carbonation and crisp feel.

A really solid APA that packs good flavor and even better drinkibility. Even with about 6 months on this, it still seemed incredibly fresh and tasty, probably a tribute to the canned packaging. Good stuff.

Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.