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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

Phoenixx Double ESBPhoenixx Double ESB

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BA SCORE
85
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%


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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marc956

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a bitter, this isn't terribly so, but you can
definately notice the hoppiness. I cannot give it
a high grade on drinkability due to a relatively
high alcholic content (7.2%) it's worth a try and
having lived in CA, close enough to Lagunitas IPA
that I'm less homesick than before. Real Ale is a
good product this being one of their better ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 07:23:29 | More by marc956
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hoplover82

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just want to point out that this beer is way better in the bottle rather than on tap.

A-Pours a very inticing clear amber with a huge off white creamy head that has very good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding appearance indeed.

S-This beer has lots of wafting, sweet toasted malt and bright fruity esthers. Some earthy hops come into play in the end. Beautiful aroma.

T-The flavor reflects the aroma very well but with a healthy helping of very clean earthy hop bitterness. And also the hops come through more in the flavor. Lots of sweet biscuity toasted malt.

M-Full and creamy is the body. And very smooth.

D-Very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer. I was suprized and expecting something dissapointing but got a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 05:55:11 | More by hoplover82
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightful amazing beer.

Dark brown/amber beer. Short head. Very hazy (you can't see through the glass). Quite pretty when held to the light, almost glows.

Aroma is awesome. Some spices and maybe some licorice?

Flavor is rich but balanced. Malty with a fair bit of spice and hops. Nice alcoholic warmth (this beer is 7.2% ABV according to the brewery website)

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a nice bite.

Highly recommend this beer. I'm glad I listened to the clerk at Wheatsville Coop in Austin (where i bought this beer). His recommendation was spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 07:53:54 | More by jmbranum
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deadliest

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy light brown. A finger of off-white head.
S: Light alcohol, caramel malts and and some piny hop bitterness. Well balanced. Not strong smelling overall, but pleasant.
T: Malt sweetness and alcohol more upfront, followed with hops in the middle and has a bready finish.
M: Smooth, well carbonated, good after taste.
D: Awesome drinkability. Flavorful but not too filling or heavy, so it's refreshing and packs a punch at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:14:06 | More by deadliest
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real Ale’s Phoenixx Double ESB has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a hazy (which gets more-so with swishing of the bottle), copper appearance with some bubbles and a few lacing splotches. The aroma is of sharp hops and a little sourness. Taste is of piney, mentholated hops, and some brown bread (Roman Meal brand). Absolutely no alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Phoenixx Double ESB finishes mostly dry and fairly drinkable. Overall, this beer is really good and interesting, and I strongly advise giving it a try!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 14:21:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
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climax

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed several months after drink by date***
Found it hiding in the back of the fridge, oops. If the overall outcome seemed dismal because of this, it would have been deleted. However, this was not the case....

The color was a caramel brown, very cloudy with a large tan head leaving an impressive lace decoration.

Nose is bold, and balanced well. The hop intensity is probably subdued a bit due to age, but it still delivered. The sweet and toasty caramel backbone sat proudly behind earthy/citrus hop notes. Ripe fruit and cinnamon flavors surfaced as it sat.

The flavor was very spicy. The hops come through even more in the taste, with grassy and grapefruit flavors and a very dry finish. The malt is no slouch either. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up a flavorful, sturdy backdrop.

The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is very dry, thus excellent drinkability. This was drank 3 months after the drink by date, which went against all instructions for this one. Didn't matter, it was still excellent. I would love to try it brewery fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 21:18:15 | More by climax
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elNopalero

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I remember enjoying this beer immensely. Now that I’m no longer living in Texas I appreciate it even more. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one. And for the Bruery tulip I inaugurated with it!

This pours a rich, caramel color with tight foaming. There’s a rich aroma on this, of caramel and some syrup-thick green-citrus hop, and in a way it reminds me of barleywine-lite because of those similar notes.

The flavor has a rounded bitterness to it, with a piney, citrusy character. Caramel malt comes across, and maybe some onion-garlic. Am I imagining it or is there some coconut on this as well?

I like it. Enjoyed it immensely on an unexpectedly chilly spring night.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 07:15:45 | More by elNopalero
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LittleDon

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Billy's on Burnet.
Apple cider in color and clarity. Fair head retention and fair amount of lace. Bready malt aroma. Flavor has elements of apples, bread crust, and hazelnuts. Medium carbonation and body. Strong non aromatic bitter back end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 20:47:50 | More by LittleDon
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beergod1

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice foamy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, light fruity hops. The flavor is smooth, spicy and light naturally fruity flavors, earthy, toasted malts, slightly hot. A great example of an English Strong Ale. I have been getting some brews in trades from Real Ale, and I have been pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:55:28 | More by beergod1
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northaustin

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark copper/amber with a beautiful hop oilyness creating some haze. two fingers of even off white head which has long retention and leaves a solid coat of lacing.

smell is a big bitter hop. very piney slightly citrusy.

taste: smooth two row and a slight crystal malt presence followed quickly by a palate blasting wave of very bitter hops.

mouthfeel: leaves me with a very crisp dryness.

drinkability: very refreshing. big crisp hop flavor with a high session abv that is perfectly masked. this beer fits many occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:52:31 | More by northaustin
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Anvil in Houston.

This ESB pours a lightly hazed, copper-amber color, and is topped by a thick, creamy, beige head. The aroma is citric and malty, which gives an impression of orange cream. There are caramel and bready notes, grassy hops, and an almost cinnamon-like spice.

Mildly sweet, bready and toasty malts upfront move into a lightly-citric center. The finish has a rough, hoppy bitterness and a slight spiciness. This beer is smooth and creamy upfront, but moves into a rough, coarse finish.

I thought that this was an amazingly balanced beer.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2010 21:10:52 | More by EPICAC
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops some malt comes out

T - Follows the nose citrus hops upfront with some caramel malt trying to add balance in the finish

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This beer is way better to me on cask over CO2 the flavor profile changes in a way for the better and you just can't beat the mouthfeel that cask conditioning gives a must try if you see it on cask

Serving type: cask

06-29-2010 18:48:15 | More by armock
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omnigrits

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is definitely *not* retired - had on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin, Feb 25th 2009.

Dark amber colour with a full off-white head that takes a long time to subside and leaves a thick film of bubbles resting on top of the beer with plenty of lacing.

Somewhat fruity in the nose with a vague hint of toffee, but the toffee comes across more on the tongue, along with that floral hop bomb. Very nice finish. A good body - if this beer was a movie star it'd be Ellen Barkin... but that's just cos I think Ellen Barkin's got a great body.

A very good ESB in my opinion and something I'd order several pints of in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 23:37:03 | More by omnigrits
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a slightly hazy dark amber with orange highlights and a tan head that lingers a while.

S - Aroma of caramel, some chocolate, and a bit of roast. A hint of piney hops.

T - subdued malt background , some dark malt flavors, but accented with dank piney hops that brighten in the finish. Interesting but balanced blend of hops that lingers, but doesn't over power.

M - Light to medium bodied with strong carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable, with a nice hoppy finish. This could replace their Rye Pale Ale or the Coffee Porter as my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:53:11 | More by hiikeeba
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Ford

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Just had a wonderful early afternoon snack of summer sausage, extra sharp white cheddar cheese and a pint of Pheonixx.... really hit the spot.

This beer certainly has a bitter finish, but not nearly as bitter as an IPA would be. A bit sweet but not much.

Color is copperish. This is a really good beer. The more I drink from Real Ale company, the more I am impressed. They really know what they are doing there in Blanco, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 17:38:49 | More by Ford
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allengarvin

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new bottled version--only had on tap before now. Appearance is a dark, murky brown with but little head, but it has nice lacing despite this. Lots of malt in the nose, with hints of dark fruit, and a load of resinous hops. Good flavor as well, starting sweet, with light caramel, a touch of roast, giving way to lots of grassy, resinous hop flavor. Bitterness doesn't seem as high as it used to be, but it makes a good balance. Finishes a mix of sweet and bitter that never quite dries out.

Excellent beer from Real Ale. Too bad it's a limited released. This supplants their Rye as a favorite bottled offering, for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:03:27 | More by allengarvin
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.

Served in a Flying Dog pint glass a rich, rosy copper color with a caramel core and a lively carbonation level. Excellent retention to the khaki head, which manifested itself as a thin, rocky patch of bubbles that left behind a few splotches of lacing. Great aroma, too, with succulent toffee malts and powdered chocolate balanced perfectly by a resinous, almost medicinal hop presence. Took a few swirls to really get the nose acclimated to the aroma, but well worth the effort.

As for the taste, the hops were ripe-tasting and juicy, almost as if this were a fresh hop beer. Nice balance of toasted caramel and toffee malts with fruity yeast esters and a hint of that medicinal-ESB twang that added some pep to the finish. The medium body is perfectly carbonated and quite smooth given the style, making for an easy drinking ESB. Real Ale is churning out some excellent beer these days, and the seasonal offerings (Real Heavy, Lost Gold IPA, and now Dbl Phoenixx) are all worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 23:14:54 | More by wagenvolks
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

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
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osterlorp

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first ESB so I have no frame of reference...

A: Cloudy golden brown - Coppery. Creamy slightly off-white head which lingered till about halfway through.

S: Roasted Malts and Nutty. Hops are a bit more than subtle in the nose.

T: Sweet malts and caramel at the front along with a bit of roasted bitterness. This beer is balanced really well with some tasty grassy hops. Overall it tips more in favor of the hops, obviously. The hop bitterness is left to tingle the tongue on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Immediately strikes me as having a buttery smoothness. Slightly thin in the mouth but satisfying. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D: I could happily down a couple.

Overall I loved this beer and I think Real Ale is putting out some solid brews here in TX.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:29:40 | More by osterlorp
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Morris729

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a creamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is dominated by fresh grassy hops along with a bit of a sweet nuttiness. Taste begins with some toasted malts, but the hops are the key players. However, the hops present themselves in a very earthy manner—more so than in just about any beer I can remember trying. This beer definitely improves as it warms—in fact, near room-temperature is ideal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2007 04:52:26 | More by Morris729
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to see this one come in as an extra from my man Miguel with the latest shipment from Texas. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/04/2010.
 
The pour was very nice, dark, dark amber, nearly an orange color to be honest with a nice foaming white head that took its place on the top of the glass, and rightfully so. Thick cloudiness obscured most of the look of it, but it had a nice and very full appearance. Aroma was a nice mix of balance between rich piney hops and a rich, caramel filled malt backbone. Seemed the more it warmed the sweeter it happened to get, which I was not going to complain about at all. First sip was so full and smooth, rich medium to full carbonation and heavy hit of caramel malts and earthy hop notes took over. Delicious. Rich and smooth with creamy texture that only released its grip after the last sips had gone and a nice smooth, and delicate dryness took over. Very session able even at nearly seven percent.
 
Overall it reminded me a lot of an aged big hoppy monster. Just that super sweet, and dripping caramel flavor malt that balances it so well. Would love to have this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:39:15 | More by mikesgroove
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srandycarter

California

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark honey/amber, not much head, ring left with spotty lace. Cascading bubbles along rim.

S - Deep malty goodness. I like it.

T - Malt is described wonderfully. Sharp bittering, which I did not get in the nose, appears here.

M - Medium bodied, good balance, carb, coating.

D - Like it. I would session this without tiring.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 05:42:51 | More by srandycarter
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elniko

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring with nice off head and some heavy lacing. Quite good looking.

S: Quite hoppy with the nice toffee malt tones backing it up.

T & M: Nicely balanced, mouthfeel just a little thin. Bitter throughout with a nice somewhat fruity finish.

D: A very well done brew and quite drinkable for an ESB. Kudos to Real on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 22:43:44 | More by elniko
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hd this in Fort Worth Flying Saucer which i heard was the orignal pub to start.

They pulled this out of the back after I requested if they has something special not on the menu.

This was the bartenders favorite beer. Very simlare to Left Hands Chainsaw. This is a winter seasonal so it's nearly 8 months old. Copperish red in color and lots of hop flavors still lingered. nice and balanced. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 23:14:24 | More by CampusCrew
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greenpumas

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There comes a time when one walks into their favorite store expecting to purchase another one of their go-to brews and, instead, finds a jewel. Today, folks, was my day.

A: Copper-brown body makes way for a very thin, yet ever-present head. Lace on this beer is above average considering it's overall ABV

S: Slight hint of phenols coupled with a unique sweet and sour sort of scent. Very different from a run of the mill ESB.

T: A bit thin. I need more up front flavor to pair with what I am smelling. Though it does taste like it came straight from a cask, I need a bit more body with an ESB.

MF/D: Certainly a "session" brew, Phoenixx comes up a bit short on body for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 00:27:05 | More by greenpumas
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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
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