Monday, February 5, 2007
#11: Phoenix Pale Ale
Another microbrew in a can . . . Phoenix Pale Ale from Sly Fox Beer is #11 on Food and Wine's 100 Tastes to Try. This is definitely the coolest can out of the three on the list. But I liked it less than #12 Dale’s Pale Ale.
This is the strongest of the three beers and I just don't like my beer that strong. However, I have learned a very important lesson. Strong beer needs to go with strong food. When I drank the Phoenix Pale Ale by itself I wasn't happy with it. But when I drank some with dinner while eating the Red Rice and Chorizo, it tasted really nice. It was as if I somehow was finally able to taste the flavors that are normally overpowered when drinking alone. There was something about the powerful flavor of the chorizo which balanced off the strong hops in this beer.