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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Double ESB", Rotating/Seasonal

(Beer added by: TPoling on 12-31-2005)
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Reviews by aeminter:
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aeminter

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

The head is off-white almost cappuccino in color, and has great retention. Light amber in color and very clear.

Nice hop aromas with some light fruity esters.

The flavors compliment the nose with balanced malts...up front malt sweetness with a balanced middle and pronounced hop bitterness at the end. The aftertaste lasts only about a minute. The carbonation is moderate-low. There is some alcohol warming, but this could be overemphasized by my empty stomach.

04-08-2011 16:44:32 | More by aeminter
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-01-2013 04:00:21 | More by Tiernan
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-09-2013 02:44:17 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a copperish color with a white head. The aroma is hops with some toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is earthy hops along with caramel malt and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Another good seasonal beer from Real Ale that was recently released in bottles for the first time.

01-21-2010 06:21:45 | More by Mora2000
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Dello

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-16-2014 22:54:40 | More by Dello
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whoneeds8

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a pint glass brownish red with a one finger white head. Good retention and great lacing all the way down the glass. Smells strong of green hops. The taste is much the same as you get a hop bite upfront. It is well balanced and mellows out as other flavors roll over your tounge. The mouthfeel is perfect, making this another Real Ale seasonal that I wish were a year rounder. I can't wait for their next bottled seasonal.

03-16-2010 22:30:55 | More by whoneeds8
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-08-2014 19:32:55 | More by valkyre65
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bdk1417

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-15-2014 00:44:38 | More by bdk1417
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.83/5  rDev -24.5%

A lot of sediment is suspended with the rich honey reddish amber colored ESB. A medium white head settles into a pretty small lacing on the edge of the glass with a nice little bisquity dome in the middle of the glass.

A very light sweet malt aroma dies out as the beer sits between drinks.

A lightly bitter hops taste is blended well with a light sweet caramel malt.

A light almost bitter dry aftertaste on this medium bodied double.

I wasn't really impressed with this as a double ESB, but what the hell do I Know.

05-22-2012 00:05:19 | More by LXIXME
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cisteve

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2012 02:03:24 | More by cisteve
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Djenx

Texas

3/5  rDev -20%

07-18-2012 18:37:39 | More by Djenx
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear brown with a small white head with moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: On the closed side, some toasted malt and some faint earthy hops.

T: On the boring side, with some toasted malt, light caramel, a touch of wheat, and a hint of coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a whole lot going on with this one. Nothing bad about it, but for a 7.2% abv ESB, I was hoping for a bit more.

06-11-2011 00:09:46 | More by mdaschaf
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-31-2014 04:42:15 | More by javlin624
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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-23-2014 05:58:18 | More by hsus0225
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle, served in standard pint glass

A - pour yielded about a finger of light tan foam, fell within a couple minutes to a thin layer and ring with quite strong lacing all over the place. the beer is slightly hazy and a bit dark for the style, bold dark amber/copper.

S - caramel, biscuit/dough, semisweet chocolate, faint earthy hops

T - kicks off kind of sweet, both fresh cracker and deeply roasted malts, caramel, chocolate comes in stronger and near the end. big bite of grassy hops at the end adds some nice complexity and balance.

M - lightish body but hugely oily...for once i feel a beer is a tad undercarbonated. a few more bubbles would help deliver the second half punch rather nicely - though the current level isnt detracting much.

D - another pretty impressive beer from Real Ale. felt that it needed half a point bonus for great complexity and balance, something a lot of ESB's struggle with. quite enjoyable.

02-11-2010 01:29:41 | More by Stigs
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-03-2014 02:03:27 | More by whatname
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dannydetox

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

a hybrid style beer from the real ale folks in texas. poured a slightly hazy orange/copper color from the 12 oz bottle. smelled like an esb with clear notes of toffee and caramel greeting the sense first. english hops lend that british fruitiness and a bit of earth rather than the dank pine or citrus from the west coast varietals. i don't detect the over 7% abv on this ale; a touch watery, if anything. finishes with lingering bitterness - a plus in my book. the phoenixx is labeled a seasonal release, but my bottle claims to be good until september of this year.

05-07-2012 21:56:06 | More by dannydetox
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-14-2011 04:48:10 | More by jheezee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -8%

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Small off-white head tops a dark amber body. Clear and very dark. Not much lacing on this at all.

Smell - I don't get much hops. I get some pine aroma, but it's second to the malt, which is quite toasty.

Taste - Follows the smell. Not much hops up front. Goes right into a burnt toast malt flavor. Very bready. It's accentuated by a strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting. Strong bitter finish makes it feel heavier than it really is as well. It's not really smooth or easy drinking at all.

Overall - Interesting take on an ESB. The flavors are overwhelming in a negative sort of way. Too bitter of a finish and the malts are too burnt tasting. I get that it's a double ESB, I just don't love how it comes together.

06-01-2011 23:57:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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F2brewers

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to Exiled for this extra. Trying to get back into the reviewing thing...

Poured into a Sam Adams glass by my wife following a long day. : )

A: Thin white head (one to one and a half fingers high) that fades quickly. Minimal lacing in the glass. Translucent amber-copper color.

S: Slightly muted. Earth, biscuits and bread dominate with a hint of toffee and caramelized sugar. Citrusy hops are present but hidden behind the malt.

T: Citrusy hops are present up front and linger throughout. A solid malty backbone is present with flavors that mimic the nose. Finish is mostly clean with a slight residual sweetness remaining. Malt dominates, but the hops are not hidden.

M: Properly carbonated for the style. This beer is medium-bodied. Neither hops nor malt sticks to the tongue.

D: Above average considering the ABV. I enjoyed the beer and would certainly be interested in another.

05-14-2010 01:41:54 | More by F2brewers
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

09-07-2012 04:17:10 | More by Dwtucker90
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ssross


3/5  rDev -20%

07-20-2012 21:08:19 | More by ssross
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-15-2014 02:03:36 | More by zonker17
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-12-2014 22:22:59 | More by JamLand
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to gratefulbeerhead...Eric you rocked with this one.

A- Pours a amberish orange color. One and a half finger white head that dies down almost as soon as it rises. No lacing left behind on the glass.

S- The aroma is kind of muted. Light citrus hops in the nose but seemed kind of faded. Light bready caramel bready malts in the backend of this as well. Nothing really wows me in the aroma at all.

T- Light grapefruit hops in the front end of this. Follows the nose pretty well in my opinion. Light caramel malts in the middle to end. Unexpected wood flavors coming through in the back of this beer. Aroma made this seem a little less complex but flavor brings big changes.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light hops in the palate with some woody flavors and malts in the aftertaste. Nothing really else going on in the mouthfeel.

D- The drinkability of this is amazing. It went down very smooth and the alcohol was very well hidden drinking like a 4% beer. I would recommend this to everyone to try...as I will be looking for this one again.

04-03-2010 04:22:17 | More by alleykatking
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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
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