Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SWMeyer4141:
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Haven't had an ESB for over 3 years. Last one was from Saranac in a holiday mixed pack. 1.79 for a single, why not try this.
Appearance-Very deep copper with a 1 inch tan head. Head quickly dissipates leaving some decent lacing.
Smell-Sweet malty aroma. Also get some earthy tones. Kind of reminds me of an IPA aroma only a few days past its freshness.
Taste-Immediately feels like a Brown Ale off the bat with some sweet caramel and malt. Once the beer creeps to the back of the tongue you get some IPA characteristics nice bitter hop kick, very earthy. A nice bitterness lingers, very nice.
Mouthfeel-Very smooth beer. Nice carbonation, really pleasant. Pretty thin, but very drinkable.
Overall-This beer suprised me. Considering I haven't had an ESB in a long time and was able to really enjoy this one I applaud this beer and Real Ale. Not going to compare this to my "A" IPAs/IIPAs, but for a reasonable ESB It's great. Nothing from Real Ale has really wowed me, including this beer, but I will absolultely drink a few more of these while they are still around.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2011 22:06:36 | More by SWMeyer4141
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 279 ratings.