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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of MentalZombie
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A. A fingers worth of off white head that dissipates rather quickly. A little patchy lacing. Beer is copper in color. Sort of hazy.

S. Pretty sour at first. Upon second whiff I catch a little sweetness that contrasts well with the bitterness.

T. Starts out fairly even. I like how subtle it is before a nice lingering bitter finish. Sticks around for a bit. I like that. Defiantly makes me want to keep drinking it. Haha

Mf. Pretty thin. Noting real special happening here. Which in this case, that's good. Any thicker it would lose some of its drinkability.

O. Not the most unique ESB out there. But it does what it's supposed to and delivers without being overly bitter(which is what I was originally thinking). Real ale does a good job at providing consistency. They have never amazed me, but I can always count on them to always be good at providing something decent that doesn't completely break the bank. Will drink again.

MentalZombie, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of obrike
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sixer at Round Rock Specs for 4.99? Sign me up...i bought two.

Poured a dark orange/brown amber in my pint glass...a decent head that left lots of good sticky lacing throughout the drink.

Not getting much here on the scent...maybe some caramel malt, but little else...not sure if this is the norm for the style or not.

Big toasted malt on first taste...some dark fruits. Bitterness lingers a bit...a bit dry too. This is certainly not what I would call a refreshing beer. A bit too dry and biscuity. I can see this being a one and done winter warmer type of beer, but not recommended for a hot day.

obrike, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Addison, TX.

Slightly hazy, deep amber/brown. Medium sized, creamy, ivory colored head.

Scent was mainly bread dough, with a touch of floral/herbal notes. Unpleasant medicinal aroma, which mellowed a bit as the beer warmed.

Bitter more than sweet, balances some as the beer warms.
Medicinal/phenol flavor picked up on in scent carries into taste, not very pleasant. Similar to the scent, this improves as the beer warms. An herbal/grassy bitterness is in the finish and aftertaste. Touch of caramel. Finally, roast notes - fairly mild, tie into the bitterness.

Medium in body. Low carbonation - could be increased a bit IMO. Fairly dry.

Not impressed at the start, but it improved considerably as the temperature increased. Nice balance, would drink again.

, May 09, 2007
Photo of Dope
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown/red pour, with a huge dense tan head atop. Retention is quite excellent. Lacing is nice as well.

S: Some bready malt, a bunch of caramel and almost a little wheaty (not sure if there's any wheat in the malt bill though). A little bit of grassy hops? That might be a reach, honestly I detect little/no hops.

T: Big caramel malt. Again, a little bit of wheaty presence. Kinda toasty, I assumed toasted malt was used.

M: Mid-range mouthfeel. Pretty standard.

O: A semi-big malty brew. Pretty much all malt, no real noticeable hops. Toast and caramel more or less. Not bad, but nothing special either.

Dope, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jwillcourt
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a cask at the Draught House into a Real Ale souvenir pint glass.

A - Cloudy, cider color. There is little or no head, with a few spots of large bubbles. There is no visible carbonation or lacing.

S - Slight smell of caramel malt, but mostly a strong medicinal hops smell.

T- Follows the smell. There is a slight caramel malt flavor but it is immediately overwhelmed by the medicinal, bitter hops. The hops provide some spiciness in addition to the bitterness.

M - Lighter body than I expected. Very little carbonation. Slight grainy feel. Little residual mouthfeel. Keep in mind this was a cask.

D - Well, I finished the pint fairly quickly and enjoyed it, but I was ready to try something else. The alcohol feels and tastes stronger than it really is. My palate was pretty skewed, which is something to keep in mind if this is not your last drink of the night.

jwillcourt, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A; The beer has a nice redish brown color with a decent thick head.

S: I am picking up a good amount of caramel sweetness. Some green apple sourness and it sort of pierces the nose.

T: I enjoy the strong amount of malt of the beer. It is very nice and has a good amount of caramel and a little hop flavors.

M: The beer has a good amount of carbonation. It isnt anything special.

O: I think this is a very solid beer. I wont say that it is an amazing beer by any means, but it is worthy.

gtermi, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of AlexMunse
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 53 degrees into a 21oz imperial pint glass.
Appearance is a dark brown with a little head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing. Darker than I thought it would be for an ESB.

An interesting smell for sure. Pleasant, with hints of roasted...something. I cant quite put my finger on it. It almost reminds me of what my house smells like when I'm home brewing.

The taste is a letdown! It seems very light and watery. Its not at all what I expected. What little taste there is, is good though, its just not what I expected.

The mouth is very thin and theres not much carbonation. Also dissapointing.

As far as drinkability goes, I would say this is a sessionable beer, but I would rather have something with a little more "oomph!"

AlexMunse, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adouble for the local goody!

Pours a nice light mahogany color. Clarity is pretty good, there may be a hair of haziness to it. The collar is a nice finger and a half, light tan/off white in color. Retention was good, and the spongy, sticky lacing left on the glass was quite nice.

Slight bits of resiny hops, and touches of pine. Mostly, there's a big bready malt aroma with notes of caramel and candied sugar. Aroma is a bit sweet, but not bad.

Taste is a bit more bitter, than hoppy, which is nice. It's mellow, but definitely more intense than a typical ESB. There's a nice malt presence and backing, not too sweet, a bit caramely. The finish is a bit bitter and lingering. Overall, quite nice.

The feel is a bit thin, but there's a creamy texture to it, almost velvety. Carbonation is low, and could be a hair crisper.

Drinkability is solid. Nothings bad about this at all. It doesnt wow, but it's a nice brew to sip on!

EgadBananas, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of kosmoraios
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Poured a murky brown into a 22 oz glass with a tenacious 1.5 finger head. The aroma was mainly of the hops, with some undertones of hazelnut and caramel. Taste was nice and bitter, heavy on the hops, with a malty toffee-like sweetness balancing the bitter, floral hops. There was some hint of a roasted-nut twinge to it. Mouthfeel was a bit phenolic, with a little bit of bite from the alcohol. Drinkability was average, meaning that it was worth a try, but not worth another round.

kosmoraios, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a soapy off-white head and minimal lacing.

S: This one pretty much just smells like toast and toasted malts. I was expecting a bit more hop character at least, but apparently I'm not going to get it. Maybe a touch of earthy and floral hops if you really strain yourself.

T: Like the nose, this beer is all about the toast/toasted malt. Mildly sweet but a fair amount of bitterness is present as well. Not a ton of hop flavor, either. Like with the nose there are just hints of floral and earthy hops.

M: Nice and medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Nothing terribly bad about this beer, it was just a bit too one note for me.

womencantsail, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade with atxdelivery. Thanks a lot!

Appearance: Phoenixx pours a slightly hazy amber color with copper highlights, and about a finger of white head. Retention is not great, and neither is the lacing.

Smell: A bunch of caramel and biscuity malts are present on the nose. This is definitely the predominant smell for this beer. Also I get some herbal and floral bitterness to balance things out a bit. Nothing real complex.

Taste: Caramel and biscuity malts are very prevalent up front. On the back end I get a good deal of herbal and floral bitterness. The finish has some lingering bitterness that is mostly herbal.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is a bit over medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Reasonably smooth drinking. Overall, it's a pretty good representation of the style. Nice herbal qualities, and probably a bit more flavorful than most due to the higher ABV.

zhanson88, Mar 05, 2011
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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.