Phoenix Pale Ale
Sly Fox Brewing Company

Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,964
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,374
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
527
From:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  58
SCORE
84
Good
Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 527 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SertralineShot from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this beer has been retired. It has been replaced by the SRT Ale and Vulpulin, which are not as good in my opinion. Anyway this was a fine Pale Ale. To me it had a bit of a "minerally" flavor (hard to describe) which is also present in other sly fox beers (most noticeably in the SRT).

Mar 26, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Toasted grains and light pine.

T/F: Follows the nose. Grainy/crystal malts. Light pine and citrus. Very modest bitterness... slightly earthy. Fairly light bodied. Crisp and clean.

O: A solid and very easy drinking APA. Good flavor, modest bitterness.... not one to seek out, but one you could drink several of in a session and still feel pretty okay.

May 22, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden brown in color ..this looks and smells like a ho-hum standard IPA. Taste has decent hop bite but nothing else really stands out here and this drinks like your normal session beer

Mar 07, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. best before 4/22/17, so about 10 months late on this one. oh well.

looks decent enough. hazy orange body, thick foamy head leaving excellent lacing, very lightly carbonated.

no aroma at all, nothing good, nothing bad.

kinda dead tasting. nothing much going on.

mouth between medium and full. faintly bitter on the finish. perhaps the last traces of hops.

overall, not unpleasant in any way. even this old. no bad aftertaste. will re-review if I come across a fresher one.

Feb 10, 2018
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nicely with a dissipating foamy white head, initial light lacing, light Smokey orange color. Smell is very faint citrus. Taste is a very nice blend of biscuit malt and hops and not overly bitter. Slight spice. Body is medium with ample carbonation.

Jan 05, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nifty looking can from Sky Fox in Pottstown PA. This beer has a nice orange golden slightly hazy look with an offwhite head a lots of carbonation bubbles seen rising. The scent is pretty dead on for an APA, mix of malt and hops but nothing exciting. Flavor is pretty good with an even blend of biscuit malt and hops, not really sweet nor very bitter. Crisp and fairly well carbonated and slightly on the thinner side. I could see these going down quickly.

Sep 24, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma was of malt,and cereal as well as some hops and citrus. Really nice beer,easy to drink,all the elements/flavors worked well togethor. There was malt,hops,then some citrus on the finish.This was not a hop overload beer,the hops kind of crept up after the first taste of malt

Sep 11, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt, orange, honey, biscuits and some earthy hops on the back end. Taste starts with a very classic, biscuity malt profile, similar to a helles. Some floral hop notes in the middle and the finish is a really nice combination of malt and citrusy hops. Medium to light bodied with crisp carbonation. Overall it's a quite nice, easy drinking pale ale but nothing to go crazy for.

Aug 17, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: copper color, off white head, lots of carbonation
S: light malty nose
T: malty, slightly bitter
F: coats the front of the mouth
O: very drinkable, not memorable

Aug 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale had just enough hops up front, but still allowed the malt shine through. Cloudy orange golden body, small head, sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly malt, hops come in at first taste, mild bitter finish. Really nice

Nov 18, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Aug 27, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours a clear amber golden, yellowish white head starts out fluffy and dissipates to a film.

Smells of coppery malts, brown sugar, toasty biscuit, and a hint of floral hop.

Brown sugar and biscuit malt flavor with a dry woody floral hop finish. Light on the hops, and the malts are toasty and dry as well.

Tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Decent drinkable ale, nice flavor and aroma, although nothing especially memorable. Quenches the thirst okay, I could take it or leave it but it's not bad.

Jun 26, 2015
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly more than two fingers worth of lush light khaki colored froth with a slightly waffled top comprised of big chunky airy bubbles... Solid retention... The color is a mix of light copper and medium amber... A light to moderate bit of briskly paced carbonation... The nose is fairly subdued but led by the malt base... Caramel... Pie crust... Cereal grains... Toffee... Some light sweet citrus... Orange zest... A hint of tropical fruit... An earthy hop presence is a bit of a surprise at the forefront of the palate... Some light woody character... The malt base takes a distant back seat an the hints of citrus are completely missing in action... Medium bodied... A bit sharp on the tongue with a surprisingly dry slightly astringent finish... A bit of chalkiness on the tongue as well... A respectable American Pale Ale... Straight down the middle but rather unspectacular...

May 27, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 14 July 2015 at 40 degrees into SA perfect pint
Aroma faint pine
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm ring and 5 mm frothy island
Lacing good – complete rings with stalactites of tiny to small bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with some maltiness coming through, no particular hops flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

May 25, 2015
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant beer garden in Enola,pa

A- a hazy copper color with a one finger head that runs off quickly. somewhat average lacing.

S- grapefruit and floral hops with a sweet aromatic finish

F-nice complement of citrus and floral with a hint of malt that I cant place at the moment.

M- medium bodied that is smooth and goes down easy.

O- a nice beer...worth buying and worth buying out at a bar. a nice relaxing brew.

Mar 06, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a little out of the can & it's a lovely copper colour with a great white tight head
Not much aroma some haribo grapefruit & metal (presumably the tinnie)
A nice balance of fruitiness & bitterness (washing down a French's hot dog
A nice little combo)
good MF nice & smooth, easy drink, spritely but not fizzy

I enjoyed

Feb 05, 2015
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BWED from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. can into tumbler

A- Light amber/burnt orange. Off white head retains as a small film. Lacing is decent.

S- Toasty malt. Floral hop notes. Faint hint of citrus.

T- Light caramel malt notes with a pine hop flavor.

M- Medium light body. Strong dry finish, but still, overall, an easy drinker.

O- Pretty well balanced. Bitterness is a little strong for my liking, but a very solid beer.

Sep 05, 2014
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DuaneL from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Have only had this on tap. Clean and crisp - always refreshing! You also can't beat the fantastic price of a growler at the brewery. Just $8. What a bargain!

Sep 01, 2014
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Can into a glass. Drinking on 7/11 with best before date of 7/26/14 so still somewhat fresh.

This pale ale is very caramel and smooth. Both in the nose and taste. Very smooth finish and not much hop presence. More sweet and malty. Hops taste a tad stale to me. Like others mentioned, it has some similarities to an amber but not as dry a finish.

Overall this was a so/so pale ale. Sessionable but I think it is somewhat pedestrian. Not really to interested to revisit this one but its still decent and a good offering at a tavern or party/gathering where craft beer options are limited.

Jul 12, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Mason Pint

A - Hazed orange with a finger of white foamy head that fades fast, no lacing.
S - Caramel and bready malt, a little pine, semi skunky.
T - Very malty, little hop presence in the flavor, some grains.
M - Lingering bitterness, lighter on feel.
O - Not a good flavor, and it fades fast, just an unmemorable beer.

Jan 25, 2014
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Amber orange/tan with a 1 inch foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, orange, grapefruit, caramel malts, spices, some minor sugars, toffee. A funky/grassy note at the finish.

Taste - From first sip, lots of caramel malts with a bitter pale malt flavor. Some hops come out near the finish and add some grapefruit and orange, along with some lemon. Some sugars and spices add even more sweetness. Drinks more like a amber ale.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets mostly malts with some mild hop notes. Palate gets remaining malts, along with some sugars and bitter hops. Aftertaste is malty, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Its ok, nothing special and a little too sweet to be a pale ale. Loads of caramel malts make up the main flavors. Its ok to drink but not something id have to have again.

Jan 08, 2014
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can. best before 04/14/2014.

A: pours pretty clear. slightly copper body. head is pretty white. limited lacing, but existent. lacing is sparse, but again, present.

S: mild caramel nose. I take that back. a lot of caramel in the nose. the whole nose is malt. getting virtually nothing from the hop department.

T: sweet and caramel. similar to the nose, im not getting any hop flavor, just a whole lot of grain. there is a slight metallic-ness to it as well. bitter and dry finish.

M: mild carb on a medium body.

D: not a bad brew, but I wouldn't call this an APA. more like an amber ale. I need more hop presence to call this an APA as well as a beer I would want to drink more of.

Dec 02, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looker of a pale ale. Glowing light red and traffic signal orange body, very clear with a fluffy off white head three fingers tall. Settles to mild clumping and a nice sudsy soapy collar, while slow rising carbonation creeps up the middle nicely. The body color is very much reminiscent of the phoneix can color scheme, real nice.

Nose is a little grainy, with some light toasted malts. A nice woody pine hop sense briefly and mild sweetness and some soft hinting caramel. Not too bad.

Palate is very solid and enjoyable. A good pine and herbal bent on the finish, with some grass like tones it seems. Mild malt sweetness but the hops seem to be more forward. Could use a little bit of malt sweetness for balance, but the mouthfeel coats just enough without being too wet to let the flavors all be felt. Good bitter aftertaste that really lasts

Overall, pretty solid, and a nice hoppy pale.

Aug 23, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml can with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up a recently from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. An orange-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of pine, grass, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a metallic note and a touch of harsh cardboard in the background.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a caramel malt backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of pine, stewed hops, mild grass, caramel, earthy yeast and cardboard. Highly attenuated and rather harsh, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and very dry, with decent carbonation and body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of of bitter aromatic pine, acrid stewed leaves and cardboard.

So-so. Has the potential to be a solid American pale ale but the execution needs improvement. Lacklustre looks, with a head that disappears too quickly. The aroma and flavour are OK but the hop character is indistinct and there are some unpleasant off-notes spoiling the experience. Body is alright but mouthfeel overly dry. Basically - could try harder. No need to hunt this one down.

Aug 14, 2013
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utopiajane from New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ours a hazy bright orange with a soft head of off white foam that fell slowly and left a ring and cap. laces well and looks very pretty. Has a nice soft glow from the body of the beer and streaming effervescence from the bottom. Nose is Tart citrus with a touch of sour yeast and plenty of cracker malt. Nice and pale. Little lemon, little orange and little soft spice. Some caramel sweetness as it warms. The hops character is herbal and floral and very soft. Taste is cracker with a touch of caramel sweetness. Smooth and leaves a small bitter on the mostly dry finish. Ample carbonation but the only bite is a mild one from the spice and in the aftertaste the sweetness of the fruit and the sweetness of the malt linger as if newly found.

This is a solid pale ale that is very refreshing.

Aug 05, 2013
Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 527 ratings