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Phoenix Pale Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
513
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 513
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky, slow-to-fall lace. Aroma is dominated by fresh fruity hops character. Flavor also exhibits little notable malt character before the hops influence takes over. Hops burps are quick to rise to the occasion. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. A nice IPA, and can availability is just another feather in its cap.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Phoenix Pale Ale

Appearance- Light copper orange with a giant foamy head.
Smell- Grapefruit/ orange rind with hints of pine. Sweet smelling.
Taste- Light on flavor, grapefruit with pine evenly blended.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but turning more bitter in the end.

Overall- Not bad, especially from a can! This or Dale's Pale Ale make great beers to have at a no bottle event!

***update 4/21/07***

Brought a 12 pack, in my kayak, along Lake Nockamixon. An excellent beer to drink in sunny 80' weather floating along on a lake!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4-1/2" light tan head. Bit cloudy orange body.
S- Big citrus aroma with a nice malt back bone. Bit of orange and grapefruit comes out too.
T- Big nice citrus hop flavor comes through first shortly followed by the bitterness. Malts come through next. Grapefruit and orange flavor. Nice bitterness in aftertaste. The lingering flavors of the grapefruit and bit of malt flavor makes up the aftertaste with the bitterness coming out most.
M- Medium body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- This is probably the best Pale Ale I have had. It also comes from a can :O! When I first took a sip I was amazed. I would love to be able to get more of these. I think this could be that perfect easy drinking refreshing beer after a hard day at work.

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Photo of peterittenhouse
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of johnniemarg
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish amber with a big 3-finger beige head. There are some suspended particles in the beer, but the beer is otherwise clear.

Orangey smell, citrus hops and sweet malt.

The taste starts off sweet and citrusy and then becomes a little astringent in the finish as the bitter hops come through. Long bitter finish.

Medium bodied.

Another decent pale ale.

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Photo of simmons
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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 hopsaplenty
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can, no date information.

Clear sun tea. Short, soapy head of mixed size sand colored bubbles. Settles to a dusting and left no lacing. A handful of persistent carbonation streams are visible. Nice aromas of sweet citrus, orange and tangerine, mingle with some maltiness. Generally rich and fairly full aromas. The first flavors to arrive are a gentle bitterness, grapefruit rind without the flesh. The malt body compliments and supports with some sweetness which then lets the bitter hops carry through into the finish with plenty of orange rind oiliness and a bit of pine that grabs at the back of the tongue and lingers for a bit. Medium body with fine carbonation, it has a fairly firm feeling. I enjoyed this one and it seemed to be well constructed.

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

Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale 12 oz can. A case of Phoenix Pale Ale and Pikeland Pils were given to me from a buddy in Philly.

Appearance: Light amber in color with a nice, thickly foamed head that dissipates to a sheer lacing on top of the beer. Sheets of sticky white lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hops dominate the nose. Grapefruity with hints of pine. A fruity sweetness permeates through the hops reminiscent of apricots.

Taste: Starts with a nice, citrusy hop bitterness then transitions to a fruity and sweet malt middle nicely balancing out the beer. Again, the fruitiness reminds of apricots or another amber colored fruit. Hops show up again in the finish with a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue long after the swallow. Has somewhat of a fruity aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a somewhat creamy texture with lively carbonation makes the mouth tingle.

Drinkability/Notes: A really nice Pale Ale from the can. Its great to see quality beer being canned these days. Phoenix pale ale is a nicely balanced APA with plenty of citrusy hops and a fruity, malt backbone. Not as hoppy as Dale's Pale Ale, but maybe more balanced if comparing canned APAs. Very easy to drink, would make an excellent session beer. If this was available in my area, this would be a staple. A great every day beer. Seek and enjoy. Recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrusy oily hop aroma, white hints of white pepper. A nice doughy malt was detected as well.

The taste was upfront spicy hop. It mellowed to a nice grapefruit flavor toward the end. Very good grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable APA. An excellent hop profile. Nice can too.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is just something about a redish color beer that I just love. This has to be, in my opinion, the best looking beer I have had the pleasure of looking at. The beer is a little above average in drinkability, but the mouthfeel left much to be desired. I recieved a single can of this as a taster from my boss at work and I couldn't find a date on the can. I have no idea how long ago it was bottled (it has been there since I became an employee 6 or so weeks ago) but with an ABV of 5.10% the shelf life cann't be too long, so that might have influenced the feel. I'm looking forward to getting a "fresher" full case so I can see if my initial judgements were correct. Keep looking for that review. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing down the glass

Smell: Strong aroma of biscuity malt along with NW hops; the two forces battle it out and create a delightful blend

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity malt flavor but the bitter elements kick in before the swallow; mid-palate, the biscuit gets very strong and some citrusy juice flavors arrive; the finish is very bitter with a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There is a lot to like in this beer; I would prefer it to lose the final grainy bitterness and I wish the mouthfeel was fuller; otherwise, a very nice APA

Thanks, hoppedup, for the opportunity.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A-Copper color and very little head(due to how I poured it),semi visible color.

S-Grapefruit and a smell I cant put my nose on.(pine mabey)?

T-Grapefruit and other citrus taste's.Malt,I think the malt keeps the hops from overpowering the taste.Its a very Neutral taste.

M-Great mouthful,exploding flavors in your mouth that attack your palate but in a good way.But not to the point where they both overpower.

D-God made this pale especially for me! I think this is the best pale ale I ever had in my life.There isnt one bad thing about this beer.I could drink this all day and probaly be plastered by the night.We all have a weekness,Kudo's to SLYFOX for this one.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry, I cannot recall who sent this to me. Thanks though. It is a rare occasion when I drink a canned beer. Pours with huge head, and decent lacing. Aroma of crisp pale malts, light hops.

This is a great tasting, malty, pale ale, with the right amount of hops for balance. I wish this were available in Indianapolis, it would be great for a tailgate or other outdoor event.

Reviewed and scored verbatim from notes.

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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz can of Phoenix served in a Troegenator seidel. The beer is chilled.

A: The ale is a copper red color with a decent sized head that laces the glass. There is no sign of any sediment.

S: The ale has a caramel/biscuit nose that does not betray any hop concentration.

T: The ale has a firm malt body of biscuit and caramel. This body provides a nice foundation for a piquant spicy hop flourish. The hops do no dominate, rather they provide a nice counter balance to the malts.

M: The malts and hops are perfectly balanced, giving the beer a truely appealing mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable (especially in the cans!), this is a good tailgate ale and can stand up to most situations.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour out of the can a deep copper with thick, frothy head.

Smell is refreshing with nice hop/malt combination.

Taste is refreshingly hoppy, smooth going down with no noticeable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is in no way harsh, again smooth and refreshing.

Overall, this is a great beer, no other way to put it. By far the best beer I have ever had out of a can, actually I think its the first pale ale I have had out of can as well. I bought this as a single and will definitely pick up a case for the next tailgate as this is a great tasting, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one of many from Sly Fox.
Another fine addition to the craft beer canning scene and welcomed with open arms.
Pours a brilliant, bright copper color...almost orange with the assistance of some natural light.
A full finger and a half of white head...fades fast, but leaves behind some thin lacing that covers the glass nicely.
Balanced aroma of fruity hops and malty sweetness...very clean with no off scents.
The taste is very good and much more about the malt than the hop, when compared to some of my favorite Pale Ales, but a refreshing, crisp and quaffable brew. Sweet up front, but finishes more bitter and dry.
Mouthfeel is above average in the stlye and the carbonation is perfect.
I would gladly pickup a case of this offering for constant rotation if given the opportunity. This is another fine canned brew.

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

Was lucky enough to find this in a cask at Andy's tonight. It poured out a nice dark gold with a creamy thick head. I was surprised by the fruit in the nose, strawberry and melon. The beer hit my palate with some assertive hops and a bitter melon/unripe honey dew flavor. There was some sweetness too, berry like. It finished with a hoppy bitterness that wsn't too overbearing, rather refreshing and smooth actually. Overall, this had some interesting things going on, and although I didn't find anything great about the beer, I didn't find any faults with it either. A safe choice for a drinkable brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Imbiber
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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 nlmartin
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear deep coppery coloration. The head is a creamy biege coloration. The head remained for a short while.

Smell: The beer has a great caramel malty base. The beer has a very solid piney citrus combo.

Taste: The beer delivers with rich caramel maltyness. The beer seems to have a bit of apricot fruityness. This gives way to a bitter citrus and pine hoppyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very nice medium body. The beer has good levels of carbonation to aid drinkability. This is a very solid APA. This beer would be a very nice sessionable beer.

Who would have thunk it. Someone has started canning craft beer. Canning technology has come a long way since I last drank canned beer. The beer doesnt give you a hint about its origins in taste or flavor.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially I was scared to drink beer from a can after remembering the big taste difference between can vs bottle in my youth. Pours into pub glass with a amber slight light rosy color with medium beige head. It is medium body with light lacing. Smells mainly of spicy hops, somewhat woody and bready. Taste as smells with a nice balance between maltiness and hops. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a clean finish and refreshing. Easy session beer. I expected and would have liked to have had a little more complexity with the taste and smell for an IPA. I would never have known it came from a can if I hadn't poured it myself. Cans/technology have come a long way!

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Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer in a can. Sly Fox, you are makin' me laugh. I save about a third of the beer in the can so I can pound it from the can after I complete this review. Can provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33...thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a two-finger dark butter-colored head over a nearly clear red-amber colored-liquid. The color is gorgeous. Smells grapefruity pithy with oranges and tangerine. Apricot and pear. A touch piney and caramel is buried. Smells sweet and delicious.

Tastes wonderful. Nice APA with a creamy smooth aftertaste of caramelized malts. Fairly subtle flavor profile in the mouth. moderate body has some dextrinous character in a creamy way. Flavors are undefined gentle sweetness, sharp (but not intense) grapefruit pith, and a sting from fine carbonation bubbles (a bit too much carb, IMO). Hops have a drying character that's not quite grassy, more along the lines of a rough tasting oil. Pine comes in as part of the aftertaste. Near the bottom of the glass and the aftertaste of this beer is now much more dry grassy than before. Has a little bit of apricot, too.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since Sly Fox has made it to Jersey all I tried was the 113 IPA which was pretty good. When I saw a sixer of this sitting in cans I thought oh hell yeah I gotta pick this up.

12 ounce can with some awesome artwork poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Nice looking beer. A reddish tinted amber with a lasting bubbly head that fills out the glass. Bubbles rush to the top. Some nice lacing rings the pint.

S - A nice bit of citrusy hops along with a sweet malt smell of fresh baked bread and some fruitiness.

T - A very nice APA. Great balance is struck between some hoppy tones and the malt. The can lists the beer as 40 IBUs and it seems a perfect fit with the sweet malt. The beer finishes with some hop bitterness but the sweet fruity malt flavors peek through.

M - Slick on the tongue with the right amount of carbonation for a beer with this flavor profile.

D - Excellent. Truly a great session beer at 5.1% and enough of an interesting flavor to keep fans of APAs sipping away. I'm stealing a sentiment I read in another review and calling this THE beach beer. A great APA with a lot of flavor packed in cans, awesome. This may become one of my new go-to session beers for sure.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.
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