Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company
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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
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