I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. I was canned on 1/8/14 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly hazy shade of orange/copper. Pours an average
sized, off white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Sweet malty scent with orange marmalade notes.
Taste: Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale is not your typical American pale ale,
in fact it’s probably better classified as a British pale. The British
malt character seems to be the star of the show as it imparts a distinct
malt character you don’t find in American offerings. Orange marmalade
is the predominate flavor, coupled with light nutty character and
perhaps some toasted bread. The hops impart some mild spicy/dry
bitterness, though they also accentuate the orange taste. Additional
sweetness on the finish, which is nice. While this palette is
satisfying, it’s a little average and familiar. Perhaps the age of the
can has diminished the beer a little, but it’s still more than decent.
Drinkability: This beer has exactly the mouthfeel and drinkability you
expect in the style. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, refreshing for a
moment, but a little residual dryness. At 5.1% ABV it’s not particularly
heavy nor robust, though not light enough to session. Sly Fox Phoenix
Pale Ale works fine as a standalone beverage.