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Beer #48 – February 17, 2010: Phoenix Pale Ale

February 17, 2010

Beer: Phoenix Pale Ale

Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Style: Pale Ale

Serving Type: 12 oz can

Price: $8.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 5.25 % ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Initially on the bitter side, this American-style Pale Ale becomes more balanced and enjoyable as you drink.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a very orange, amber hue with a big, frothy, cream-colored head.

Aroma: Hoppy, sweet, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Taste: Initial honey-tea sweetness, moving into a tangy, citrus, orange and doughy middle, with a hint of pine sap.  Drying, tannic finish, with flavors of lemon rind, tea leaves and walnut shells.  Hoppy beer in a can?!?  OK, maybe the can novelty will wear off as more craft brewers move to cans, but for now, a surprising and tasty find.

Pairing: Like most hoppy pale ales, this beer will go nicely with spicy Asian cuisine, but it goes quite nicely with peppery bacon as well.

Trivia: Sly Fox’s Phoenixville Brewhouse is home to the Annual Bock Fest & Goat Race.  “Bock” is German for goat, and each year, the brewery’s Maibock is named for the winning goat in the race.  Call the brewhouse to register your goat now, that is, if you have your own goat.  Otherwise, you can simply show up on May 3rd to enjoy lots of Bock, brats, pretzels and racing goats.  Visit their website for more info.

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