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Camelback IPA - The Phoenix Ale Brewery

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Camelback IPACamelback IPA

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BA SCORE
74
okay

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Phoenix Ale Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: azdback on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.3/5  rDev +4.8%

This is certainly an oddity in the Brave New World of big clean hop flavors. It's the murky and earthy style that makes me think more of English brews, though rather more bitter. Color is an orange-tinted amber in the Ommegang chalice with a nice swirl of carbonation and an adequate head. A nice splash of piney aromatics to start.

Rather malty to start, which is the most pleasant part. Toasty and sweet. Not much on the actual aromatic flavors, and bitter to finish. The oddly fruity, bitter flavor I chalk up to the several hops listed by the brewer: Nugget, Cluster, Willamette,Fuggle, East Kent Goldings. This is certainly inoffensive and quite drinkable, though the IPA connoisseurs will find plenty to fault. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler, Arizona.

mactrail, Apr 30, 2013
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A work associate has been bringing me beers and for fun and practice I decide to review all the beers from his travels. This is a tough one.

Pours light amber with little to no head. Very little carbonation. Distinct aroma of Diacetyl or other off flavors, not a subtle aroma, and not pleasant.

No hop aroma, which I kind of expected in an IPA. Aroma dominated by off flavors, almost butyl like or reminiscent of burnt rubber. Not really an enticing start.

In tasting, the beer has a distinct and strong off taste with mild background bitterness. Body is light to medium, a bit lighter then in style for an IPA, more of a pale ale or lighter body. The bottle says 6.1% so perhaps this bottle was infected with some wild yeast or other containment as the body of the beer is gone.

Hard to finish for this review. I have done a bit of reviewing lately at home brew competitions and it is rare to run across a beer this flawed, let alone one released commercially.

Hope the brewery can learn from this and start again. Clearly, these beers are not lasting in the bottle. Hard to tell what went wrong at this point, but but the bottle I have are going down the drain.

rbowser, Dec 18, 2011
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3.19/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date clearly printed on the label (until 1/12/2014) into a pint glass and get one finger of head.

A: Pours an amber and almost brown color with one finger of head that dissipated at a medium rate to leave more than just a ring around my glass but less than a covering of the entire glass. There is plenty of lacing. There are lots of floating particles in the middle of my glass that eventually settle near the bottom.

S : White bread and some grapefruit juice.

T: Malts and something better that I can't exactly put my finger on. Grapefruit rind I do believe.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated. Goes down pretty good.

O: I would leave the sediment in the bottle just like you would pour a homebrew. It's drinkable but not my favorite IPA to be sure. I might want to try it on tap if I am ever close to The Phoenix Ale Brewery.

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Poured into a shaker pint at a Diamondbacks game, where this brew is sadly the best craft available.

Deep, unfiltered auburn with lots of haze and floaters of yeast. A pancake batter-style head, very dense and creamy, builds upon itself and does not leave.

Phoenix Ale Brewery likes to call this their American IPA. I’d like to know where they’re getting their hops, because this sure smells English. Biscuits and caramel play off floral hops and a mild, sweet bubble gum character.

Smooth, round flavor. Lots of caramel and honeysuckle mix, notes of floral rose and lilac, a touch of toasted biscuits. Finishes very clean and dry, with moderate to high bitterness.

Nice body — a creamy, pillowy medium. Carbonation starts high, then shuts down sharply. Holds together well as it moves. Big bitterness.

Camelback is better than Fretzy's, Phoenix Ale’s English pale ale, but not by much. It's drinkable but boring. Kind of like D-Backs baseball.

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Camelback IPA from The Phoenix Ale Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.