Phoenix Pale Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Phoenix Pale AlePhoenix Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 09-13-2002

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

poured a nice super clear copper color with a one finger high head of fizzy foam. The head dissapated very quickly leaving only some suds floating on the surface. A small amount of lacing was present.

Carmel malts on the nose a bit of honey also present

hoppier on tongue then the nose would lead one to believe, a bit of spice on the tip of the tongue. the malt sweetness is presen throughout

thin bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, good clean feeling in the mouth

a very drinkable beer went perfect with the italian combo su I had for dinner tonight

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Photo of jackorain
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Great color. Amber/copper, clear and bright. Not a lot of head. What was there fell to a tall collar and splotchy coat pretty quickly.

S-Caramel and bisciut malt, mil;d gree hops. Not a strong aroma though

T-Caramel malts, biscuit malts, green hops. Quite a bit more bitter than I expected. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't call it an IPA or anything but is a nice hoppy APA. Lingering green hop bitter finish.

M-Light body and fizzy carbonation

D-very good, I could easily make a night out of it.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-somewhat pale coppery color. Not a lot of aroma-slight peppery smell to it. Nice malty flavor with a decent level of hops. Quite a nice bite to it-again with the peppery spice. Decent mouthfeel-just a hint of residual sweetness. Very enjoyable and drinkable. I am getting more and more impressed with any micro from a can-this one is damn good.

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Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can

Clear, true golden color. Medium sized, off-white head, creamy. Decent lacing, no legs.

Aromas were earthy, biscuity and herbal. Fairly mild.

Bitter more than sweet, but not by much. Bitter character was herbal and grassy. Sweet consisted of caramel and some fruit, apples and melons.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

A solid beer. Good session in a can.

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours transparent amber gold with some reddish legs depending on the lighting. The tan head measures two fingers and fades quickly. Little lace.

Smell: It came out of ice so the original impression in the nose was very small but it did improve drastically as the beer warmed to a proper serving temperature. I get an earth grassy aroma as it warms and a strong pine and caramel attribute build as well.

Taste: Just because it is in a can doesn't mean it should be stored on ice ;-). Anyway, it was served to me too cold (my friend ;-) but when it warmed the flavors came out very nicely. A nice malty base parts like the 'Red Sea' for the hops to sing through. It has a bizarre mix of hops giving it an earthy grassy funky herbal flavor along with some pine notes. The finish is bitter and a bit like a hop tea.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light crisp refreshing Just what I was looking for. The hops really dry out the cheeks which beckons the next sip and forces the beer down. It was a challenging chore to allow my beer to warm first. This review took two cans =) they go down so fast. A great beer for a day in the yard or on the lake.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy reddish copper with most of the pour being foam. thankfully the can did not erupt. Takes quite a long time to settle down. Subsequent pours create the same effect.
S - Lightly sweet malts interwoven with a light fruit and citric hops effect.
T - Switching off and on between sweet caramel malts, ripe fruit and citrusy tangy hops
M - light bodied, over carbonated and slightly residual sweet feel after each drink.
D - I liked the hop effect and some of the sweet malts. A bit unclean in the finish for me to want a few over an evening.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep amber with a huge 2 inch head that took a bit to get the rest of the can in my Imp Pint. Aromas are rich and malty with something else on there rolling into a nice light hoppy presence.

Taste is sweet and crisp with some nice hops rolling in the middle and finishing slow and dry. Sip by sip this one is pretty good and feels nice on the mouth. Not the best Pale Ale in the world but decent, drinkable and in a can.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.5/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This one smells metallic and I am not saying that because it came from a can. It smells like minerals and dirt. The flavor is metallic and dry. I wonder if I got a bad can? The appearance sure is deceiving, it is a nice cloudy orange. It did seem to have a lot of carbonation, overflowing the can when I opened it (no I didn’t shake it). This is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. This is going right down the drain. I will give this one another chance if I can.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember drinking at the Phoenixville brewpub while living in the area 2002-2003 and I believe I tried this at the time its nice to see it around here now.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light copper with a huge blooming head a bit to large as it unexpectedly overflowed the glass,crystal malt really shows itself in the nose somewhat fruity with a hint of mineral a decent citrusy hopsmack shows as well.Somewhat light flavor-wise lightly sweet caramel malt with a biscuity character mingles into a leafy,citrusy finish.The body just lacks a bit not giving it a little push that it needs.Its a quaffer decent flavors but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Stimack
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a copper color with some reddish highlights. Had a small to medium head that had a tan color to it. Had fair retention and did leave a little lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma seems to be dominated by the citrus hops that give a grapefruit scent. I am also able to pick up a strong malt scent that seems to give it a caramel aroma. The taste is pretty good with a sweet feel up front that mixes with the citric hops that leave a residual hop taste through out. Over all this seems to be a pretty good brew, like the fact that it comes in cans, just an easier way of transporting beer for outings, etc.

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Photo of Cresant
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Markgugs for the opportunity to try this one. Poured the 12 oz. can into an IPA glass. No date. The body was a clear, rich golden color and the head was a fizzy off-white that faded pretty quickly.

Smell was caramel. Some floral notes. Nice but not too complex.

Taste was caramel sweetness up front, then raspy, bright hops. Saaz/noble maybe? Green (in a good way) bittering aftertaste. Nicely done APA.

Mouthfeel was raspy (pilsner-like) with medium carbonation.

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Photo of beerhawk
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 blackie
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a somewhat low, off white head that soon fall back. The beer is an orange medium-amber in color.

smell: Definately good but just a little on the safe side. Still, great balance and just enough character to keep it interesting. Some well toasted caramel malt supports a dark green hop aroma. Some nice fruits hiding in there, though. Even a touch of woody vanilla.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body a light medium.

taste: Decent balance, but nothing really stands out. Toasted grain background hides behind a dark hop flavor. Nice bitterness level. Could use a touch more character and maybe some hop depth.

drinkability: ez

from SkinnyElvis for my Anny Bombing

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a special beer. in a can?
Yep, great CRAFT beer in a can.
Pours a pretty golden orange with a small white head that melts rather quickly to a thin ring of lace.
Aroma is pretty typical pale ale...pale malts with a bit of citrus although I also catch a hint of caramel.
Taste it and everything changes. The citrus hops immediately come to the forefront with the pale malts fighting to catch up. They finally do as you swallow and your tongue is treated to a wonderfully fresh balance between the two.
Mouth is comfortably dry afterwards, however not exceedingly so.
You thirst feels quenched.
If they didn't taste so good, you could probably get by with just one, but damn....
Pop me another, please.
Thanks Blitheringidiot for bringing this one to California to share.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured an amber color, a half-finger of head, fairly big bubble that went away pretty quickly. Some lacing as I drank. Nose was fairly mild, mostly hops, a little spiciness and fruitiness, but nothing too notable. Taste was dominated by the hops up front, along with some metallic hints (from the can?). Then came the strong melon flavor. After, there was a fair bit of general fruitiness. A fairly good flavor, although the metallic taste detracted from the overall experience. Feel was fairly medium-bodied with pretty nice carbonatin. It's possible that the metallic flavor was entirely from the can, but it really did take away from the drinkability for me. The various fruits that came out while drinking were original and interesting, so if that metal was just from the can, then I'd be very interested in partaking again. Otherwise, I'd have it over a macro, but not too much else.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 GClarkage
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10/20/06- Received as part of a trade with BA member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pale orange in color with a 1/2 inch head and light sticky lace.

Smell- Light fruity and pinous hops aroma. Light toasted malt remains a bit hidden.

Taste- Very astringent hops. No real defined flavor. No grapefruit, no pine, just overly strong bitterness. No malt to speak of either. Flavorless.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation and kind of watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Like drinking carbonated spring water with massive bitterness. Just and unapealing beer to me.

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Photo of loren01
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color, huge frothy white head. Good lace down the glass
S: Smells of citrusy hops, slight metallic smell as well
T: Slight biscuty maltiness, followed by a strong dose of hop bitterness. The hop flavor dominates. Finishes a bit dry almost like a green tea or maybe earl grey tea like flavor. Pretty interesting.
M: Good mouthfeel, goes down very smooth
D: Pretty good pale ale, very interesting taste, pretty complex. Seemed kind of like a mix between an English and American styles. Thanks to jasonm for this beer acquired via trade.

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Photo of granite
2.32/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz can into a pint glass.

A---It poured golden with orange hues. Medium sized rocky white head.

S---Grapefruit and other citrus hops over powered by a burnt plastic aroma. This is a first for me.

T---Smooth bitterness with some cracker malt. It was highly oxidized.

M---Medium bodied.

D--- Too many off flavors to recommend it but I would like to try it again to see if it was an isolated bad can.

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Photo of orfeu
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with many floating, miniscule particulates and a thick, pock-marked ecru head. Mellow-ish bergamot and grapefruit in the aroma, along with a slight rubbery phenol note. Some sugary scents, too. Nicely bitter, with understated citric melange up front, eventually focusing on a hardcore grapefruit pith flavor. Tasty bready malts come through near the finish, which is at once citricly bitter, gumdrop sweet, and mineral in character. Odd phenol "Band-Aid" flavor appears briefly midway through. A bit undercarbonated, but overall pretty easy on the palate; good, medium-light body. Woah, band-aid rubber flavor in full force in the burps! Strange, to say the least, for the style. Sessionable for sure, but it seems to have a few weird qualities.

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Photo of shirfan
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin sticky lace rides above a slightly hazy pumpkin-orange/brown brew.

Aroma is a nice mix of clean, bready malt and citric hops.

Flavor is really balanced and tasty. Bready, slightly toasted malt reaches an equilibrium with juicy grapefruit and lime tinged hops. Very drinkable, the only minor critique I have is that this seems to be slightly over-carbonated. Other than that, it would be an A+ choice for sessioning. And the can makes it possible for this beer to go places that bottles aren't allowed -- I'll definitely keep it in mind for summer outings.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a brightly clear orange amber. A finger of off-white head settles to a scooped-out froth meteor crater. A vellum of lacing screens the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a filmy malt sweetness, lightly caramel and fruit. Hops flutter an air of dry citrus and a floral note cruises alongside some biscuit.

Upon tasting, toasted malt is mellowly sweet with caramel and berry, and is swiftly mitigated by a subtle hop assertion of crisp citrus, pepper, and a soft florality. A bubble of yeast bread dough flows into a nicely dry and refreshing lingering finish. It's fetchingly basic and quite enjoyable.

Light bodied, the malt coats enough and the hops glow enough to make a fine and lasting impression.

For those times when subtlety and blending are your choice, this is a mighty nice option to have. It's got a genuine APA character, but it's markedly well behaved and un-extreme. The result is a refreshing, drinkable treat. So when you want a fun, fundamental, tasteful ale, let the Phoenix rise to the occasion.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to GnomeKing for this beer!

Pours amber with a rocky offwhite 2 fingers deep head.Great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight breadyness & fruittyness. I catch some grapefruitty hops as it warms

T: Breadyness up front then grapefruitty hops. Fruittyness comes through along with more hops. Finishes fruitty & hoppy, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & fair balance

Drinks really easy, apretty nice APA. I could session on this no problem

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can a clear medium gold witha large billowy head of foam. After a few minutes, it collapsed leaving "clouds" of foam mainly in the center of the glass and lots of nice lacing.

The smell is a light, but nice mix of bitter hops and sweet malt.

The taste is citrusy with notes mostly of lemon up front with a good side note of malt making for a bittersweet taste. The finish definitely leaves the malt behind as the bitterness dominates and for a nice dryness that is very crisp. Good AP!

Bottom line: Another very solid example of the style packaged in cans and should please most APA fans. Very drinkable!

Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and caramel-tinged amber/orange hued, with a vibrant white sheet of froth above, slowly but surely dissapating into the thinnest of thin.

Aroma: nice and hoppy, apricot and pear, with plenty of orange and lemon zest, hints of spice, rather lively...

Taste: Neat hoppy tango on the tongue, fruity flavors continue, brief bitterness buzzes the palate...soft and sweet malt backbone, sturdy enough, but not assertive, lets the hops paly the predominant part.
Caramel hints ring in now and then from the malts, then green apple, sparkling crystal malts, some's a nice American/English amalgam, really, and very drinkable, very tasty. Medium bodied, with a long, bitter, sweet, tasty finish.

Nice. I like it, my tongue likes it, and so does my belly.

Much thanks to Ed, the DarkOne, for bringing it over from Philly. My first SlyFox, at last!

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 518 ratings.
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