Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrewsCrewSA:
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm a loyal fan of Real Ale, but this one didn't quite hit the mark like I thought it would. Here goes:
A - Cool label. Pours a dark amber, akin to old, automotive rust. Shimmers. Thin, latte-colored head and retaining foam, dissipates rapidly, but leaves rings throughout the snifter.
S - Floral, hoppy, shallow. Not much to the scent.
T - Hits hard with strong hops flavor, but suddenly drops off. There's biscuit notes on the back side, but it's as if something's missing. What's missing is the hefty malt profile that's typical of UK ESBs - completely missing here. Moreover, it tends to carry a strong hop profile, but again, not throughout. And what's with the "Double" tag? It resembles more an IPA than an ESB, and much less a "double" at that. Carries a decent malt undertone much throughout, but compared to regular ESBs, not as prominently. Thankfully for me, it also lacks the copper bite of your standard, American IPAs.
M - Refreshing against the taste buds, palatable, and creamy.
D - Invites for more as long as you're not under some presumption that this is a "Double ESB".
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2011 02:43:02 | More by BrewsCrewSA
More User Reviews:
1.98/5 rDev -47.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
"Double ESB." "Extra special bitter ale." Okay; expectations are very low. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. "Best if consumed by this date 07.01.14."
Served slightly chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Fairly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Complexion and consistency are lackluster. Head retention is about average - ~2 minutes.
Body colour is a transparent translucent copper-brown of below average vibrance. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.
Overall, it doesn't look like much. Far from unique or special. Appears adequately carbonated.
Sm: Caramel. Toffee. English biscuit malt. Diacetyl/slight buttery character. Light breadiness. It's on the sweeter side.
I don't notice an overt hop profile. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
It's an inoffensive aroma of below average strength. I can't say I'm looking forward to this one much.
T/Mf: Buttery. Caramel. Toffee. English biscuit malt. That's about it. Painfully simple, with an obnoxiously shallow depth of flavour. It's not all that well balanced, nor is it cohesive. Not a gestalt build. Lacks any complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance whatsoever. I'm not liking this much at all.
Below average duration and intensity of flavour. It's pretty boring.
Mf: Buttery, coarse, and weirdly dry. The buttery character really drags this beer down. Well-carbonated. Medium bodied. Good thickness. Poor presence on the palate. Should be softer, creamier, and pleasing, Poor execution. The texture does not suit the taste well.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.
Dr: I'll finish this bottle with effort on account of the low quality. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. It's yet another unenjoyable American attempt at an ESB . Hard to drink. I don't know what "double ESB" is supposed to indicate, but this is pretty terrible.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 15:12:42 | More by kojevergas
Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.