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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange/amber with a fine, off-white head that showed some lacing and good retention. Toasty malt aroma with floral and citrus hops. Also a little earthiness and caramel as it warms. Medium to strong bitterness with solid sweetness and biscuity malt. There's lots of hop flavour - floral, citrus, and a hint of resin - and a little orange sweetness as well. Medium/light body with a dry finish and some creaminess. A nice pale ale and one that I wished I'd tried on tap at the brewpub. Perfect for a session.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery-tan color, with faint haze which appears as tiny particulates floating throughout. The head is about 1/2 inch thick, and it settles slowly to a nice ring. Hops dominate the aroma, with a tangy, medicinal character, almost like paint thinner, but still enjoyable. There is a good light nuttiness in there also. The flavor is clean with bright hops and a very unsweetened maltiness, before finishing on a lightly bitter note with a hint of toasted nut. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation creating some light foam that coats the palate well. I can't really say anything bad about this brew. It is a very quaffable offering, perhaps a good choice for sessioning if I only had more than this one can. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the chance to try it...

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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

A cellar temperature can (dated best by 1/30/2012) is poured into a pint glass. A big light brown head fills the top third of the glass. Below, a clear copper liquids holds a few streams of rising carbonation. Sparse but consistent lacing is left behind as the head recedes.

A well-hopped aroma greets my nose as I inhale. Earthy, citrus aromas come to me.

The flavor also has an overall Earthy quality. It's bitter and woodsy. Hints of caramel malt are present. The bitterness is what lingers.

The beer is a bit heavier than average, but carbonation is standard. Not much coat, but what is there echoes the flavors tasted in the initial sip.

This is a fine, above average pale ale. It's probably not worth the effort to go out of you way for it, but I'm glad I brought a six pack home with me from Pennsylvania.

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

A: 12oz. can with a Best By date of 08/02/09 imprinted on the bottom. Served into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is clear and deep amber in color with 2+ fingers of off-white foam. A small amount of carbonation is noticeable. Head shows above average retention and slowly recedes to a fine, rocky cap. Some fine, soapy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Balanced nose of piney/floral hops and a sweet malt base.

T/M: Piney hops up front, followed by the sweetness of the crystal malt backbone before finishing refreshingly dry and bitter. Each sip seamlessly transitions from pine > sweet > bitter. Finish lingers on the palate for awhile with a bit of twinge from the carbonation and hops. Not much residual fruitiness to speak of. Overall on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Clean, crisp, and appropriate for the style.

D/O: Drinkability is quite high for this beer. You could even sneak this one in past your BMC drinking friends (and I have!) with very few complaints. This even tastes pretty darn good straight out of the can if necessity dictates. For quality, price (less than $30/case), drinkability, portability, and disposability...Phoenix Pale Ale is tough to beat. It's not a world-beater, but it's consistent, flavorful and easy-to-drink.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 bmills1608
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light copper, more of a dark gold color. Very fluffy white head. On the nose were fresh hops, possibly cascades, full of a clean citrus and peppery scent. Taste was on the light side, light grains, lemon and again with the citrus hops. Overall the flavor was a easy going, not overly complex and fairly smooth and a little astringent. Finished a little bitter and herbal.

A nice beer, one to drink, not really think about too much.

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Photo of magine
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber copper color. Has an off white head that is sticky, and fades to a slight lace island that leaves some sticky lacing.

Brew smells malty; caramel, bready and a has a somewhat sweet nose. Flowery hops and a bisquit malt scent. Very nice balance and tasty smell. Surprising that I am not smelling any citrus.

Brew is full bodied; has a nice balance of carbonation and smoothness. Feels crisp and then finishes smooth. Has a malty flavor and is balanced by a floral hop. Slightly bitter in the finish. Finishes dry and has a nice hop kick back.

This is a nice pale ale, was surprised by the hops presence and the full body mouthfeel. It is a good APA, but I want a little more citrus in this brew. When I poured it and it was darker, I was expecting the citrus nos eand flavor. I was almost thinking, wow this reminds me of Sierra Nevada. Not that I am disappointed, just was expecting. A good brew none the less, that I could session all night.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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 rarbring
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear dark straw with a white head with little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is fruits, nuts and nettles.

The taste has some sweet honey pear notes, nut, grapes and pine resin.

<medium carbonation, a coarse texture, a good body with a dry finish.

A nice no fuss APA.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber/copper in color with some extremely light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a moderate strength aroma with some light hints of caramel malts and quite a bit of pine and citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out with a bit of caramel malt sweetness but then the hop flavors become apparent. There are flavors of pine and citrus hops and a mild amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty enjoyable beer and one that I could easily have a few during a session. I find the combination of the pine and citrus hops with the mild amounts of bitterness quite refreshing.

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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 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 utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 Reiksguard
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Irish Pub we stopped by - wanted to try this one, as I have heard good things about Sly Fox in the past.

Color was a medium yellow with a good head. The nose had some hits of malt and hops, but it was fairly non-descript. The taste was a lot less hoppier than I would have expected, but it was not a detracter from the beer. Very drinkable - almost reminded me a bit more of a spicy Blonde Ale. Would certainly have another pint.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Stigs
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour, standard pint glass

A - copper colored beer, clear. half inch or so of tight and frothy cream colored foam. spotty thin lacing down the glass.

S - very earthy, pine makes its way through some sweet malts.

T - piney and earthy hops, solid amount of caramel sweetness underneath.

M - thin body, moderately carbonated. a bit creamy in the mouth before carb cuts into the body, finishes prickly with some lingering grassy hops.

D - not bad, not great but drinkable. well balanced but cant compete with the better versions of the style.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A straight up APA. Love the fact that it came out of a mixed "Cantastic" 12 pack from Sly Fox (on sale for $10 bucks, no less).
Great beach and pool beer, not only because it's a very decent brew; but the cans make it socially acceptable. Pours a nice amber color with minimal head. Good mix of sweetness and bitter on the nose and palate. I find it a tad too sweet, but completely satisfactory. The best of the three offerings in the 12 pack IMO.

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Photo of BWED
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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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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