Phoenix Pale Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

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
Ratings:
519
Reviews:
257
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 519 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying some sly fox stuff for a while now. I was really excited to hear that the cans were coming out.

Pours a nice bronze color with a perfect head. Fills the 16 oz glass perfectly. Head fades to a nice film and leaves some sticky lacing. Medium flow of carbonation bubbles keeps the beer looking active.

Smell of pale malts with some mild hop citrus notes. Taste is really nice, malty with just a hint of citrus. Finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid, you know there is a nice malt backbone to this one.

This just became my favorite everyday beer. A dare you to find a better beer for the price. Perfect for picnic, hiking, tailgate, pool party, whatever.... Could be a good one to slip to your macro loving friends, "craft beer in a can, no way, give it a try." All around a nice offering from sly fox, looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brian O'Reilly knows how to brew beer, plain and simple. Very refreshing and very flavorful.

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Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange in color with excellent clarity. Not much head after the pour, but a nice thin cap was left behind. Light citrus orange hop aroma along with a hint of biscuit. Carbonation slowly awakens and finishes with a buttery smoothness. Well balanced citrus hop and malty bread flavors that finish with a piney hop character and a bit of a pine aftertaste. Nice balance and easy to drink.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. 6 oz pour. The beer is a deep golden to amber color with a half finger of head that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity is excellent, and no carbonation is apparent. Nose is nice and blended. I get solid caramel, lighter citrusy hop and a touch of toasty and breadyness. Even a hint of earthy hop makes an appearance. Lots going on and they all work well with each other. Taste has a nice and sweet caramel base, with a solid citrusy hop flavor laying over it. Ater swallowing the beer, a more toasty and earthy flavor comes through, with a moderate spicey bitter on the finish. I think the flavors marry well together just like the nose. Its tasty. Feel is on the light end of moderate, with a moderate carbonation of small bubbles. Its a little watery, but not too bad. Overall, this one is really nice. An easy drinker with a lot of flavor and good aroma. The whole package works well on this one. I would definately have it again.

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Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a trade with woodychandler. Thanks!

A - Pours a nice pumpkin orange with a finger and a half of creme head.

S - Fruity, citrus hops, a bit floral

T - Nice bitterness, some citrus, but some is lost. Pears and green apples, a bit of caramel malt, as well.

M - Nice lively effervescence, good body

D - Drinks great, I wish I could get this around here.

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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 jpaltan
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper-orange. very clear, little bubbles float to the top. the head is absolutely massive, and it really sticks for minutes. lacing abounds. I'm not sure that there can be another attribute to the appearance that would make it any more appealing.
smell is subdued with notes of pine and minimal citrus flavors. biscuity malts are in the background. taste is sweet up front, then the hops kick in on the finish. smacks the bitter bumps on the tongue in the end. mouthfeel is slightly sticky and coats the tongue well. carbonation is a bit week for the level of bitterness in the end for me. overall, a solid offering that seems to get overlooked.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight haze, but the cask was not cellared properly! Deep amber in color with a bright white head that holds extremely well and leaves a very good lace. There's a nice, slightly citrusy, hoppy aroma that's subtly backed by a lightly sweet maltiness. The body is medium-light with a very soft, fine and bright carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. The flavor is very well balanced between the light crystal malt and a gentle hop flavor. It's solidly bitter but extremely well-balanced! A gentle hoppiness also follows into the finish. An excellent session beer even at 5.25%. Quite enjoyable! Well worth trying.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright shade of copper with a soft yellow head that holds up well and leave nice lacing. Aroma of hops comes thru nicely but not overpowering. Slight hints of malt, lemon rinds and maybe a little grapefruit peel. Flavor starts with a bright hop presence gives way to malt balance and ends slightly bitter. True to the style and very well done. Carbonation makes this clean in the mouth. Overall a very drinkable beer. Low abv makes it great for having more than one.

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Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Penn State weekend of the year and the new no-glass bottles at tailgate rule meant a change in strategy. Fortunately, the good folks at Sly Fox were there to help.

A: Hazy copper color with a modest head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Rich aroma of grapefruit, citrus, and fresh hops.

T: Starts out with a nice thick, malty grapefruit and and citrus flavor. The bitter, hoppy flavor provides a very nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an extremely likeable brew, Sly Fox has really pick together a rock solid APA. Thank goodness there are brews of this quality available in cans locally that I can tailgate with at PSU. A classic "go-to" brew that anyone in need of a yummy canned brew can rely on.

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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 flavor...in 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 jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visibly effervescent, pours a clear pale orange amber color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is a sweet malty orange citrus goodness. Lively effervescence lightens up a medium bodied mouth feel. Full flavored, the sweet orange citrus and creamy texture reminders me of candy easter egg filling with a tangy grassy hop finish. At 5% ABV this one will drinker one after another. Renewing my faith in Sly Fox. Another can for the collection.

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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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Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for the extra.

A: Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color. A large beige head forms and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good hop and malt balance. Some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Caramel malt, with a slight graininess.
T: A nice hop grapefruit bitterness that is not overbearing. A good caramel malt that is in good balance with the bop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body, but seems a little watery. Easy and smooth to drink. An easy choice for a session.

This is very enjoyable. Too bad I only have one. This would be in my fridge all the time if it was local to me.

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Photo of Pete9094
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 Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 05/03/10

A: Pours a clear, coppery-gold. Thin wafer of off-white head disappears almost instantly. No lace left behind.

S: Pretty lively hop aroma consisting of pine, grapefruit, and a tiny hint of tropical fruit. Some bread, nut, and caramel shine through as it warms.

T: Exactly as above. Very nice!

M: Very typical APA mouthfeel. Nice rolling peppery bitterness coupled with smooth and sweet maltiness.

D: A good example of the style and it gains .5 for being out of a CAN. This one was coming up on almost 2 months past the drink by date, and it tasted fresh like it was CANned yesterday. If this were out of a bottle, I'm sure it would've taasted really faded. CANs rock!

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Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 citrus...it'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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Photo of dashirey
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become my "on-hand" beer for the summer. I have taken it to the beach, phils game for tail-gating, or drink a couple in the evening. Thought I better review it before I drink all the ones I have.

A - Clear copper with some amber showing through too. Lots of lacing left behind from the 1+ finger of pillowy off-white head.

S - Floral hop and some sweetness at the very start then the smell seems to fade away to nearly nothing but a little metallic smell.

T - I am never dissappointed by this one. Overall mostly balanced a little leaning to the hops side. First hops, then the malt comes through a little, but ends on a nice bitter hop flavor. Don't get me wrong, by no means overpowering hops, but just right for the style.

M - Light-bodied. Carbonation makes it smooth and it ends clean.

D - This has become my goto beer. The low ABV but great taste keeps you coming back for more. You can swill a handful of these and enjoy an evening of whatever you want. If you have a chance to try go for it.

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Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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