Phoenix Pale Ale

12 oz can from a recent trip to NY. Purchased at Finger lakes Beverage in Ithaca, NY, USA.
Nice pour with a good, solid copper colored body. Head is decent and leaves some pleasing, broken lace. Carbonation is mild but in proportion.
Nose offers good malts but also a lightly assertive bitterness – it has strength, but in no way do the hops overwhelm the beer or make it feel bitter.
Tastes offer a similar balance to the nose, and the beer works nicely. It’s definitely “American” in the manner that it does have some significant bite and hop presence, however the malts keep pushing back to give some decent balance.
The beer offers a sensible ABV with PLENTY of taste. There is a good degree of assertiveness (a word which keeps coming to mind) and the hop note is both (paradoxically) aggressive and subtle.
High drinkability, a nice beer.

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08/11/2010
Format:
can
ABV: 5.3 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.95
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