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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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very good

278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-04-2014 02:51:19 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of charlzm


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed May 13th, 2012 at The Drafthouse, Austin, Texas.

Beer is a caramel, brass colored affair. A one-finger off-white head settles into almost nothing pretty soon.

Slight resiny aroma with a touch of sweet malt.

Caramel malts up front that could charitably be described as toasty and a strong bitter finish.

Very well carbonated. Prickly, even.

Nothing to go out of your way for, but a nice enough brew. It really is like an ESB turned up a notch, though that doesn't automatically make it any better than "good".

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 04:52:42 | More by charlzm
Photo of Jame515


3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-05-2013 22:15:31 | More by Jame515
Photo of CampusCrew


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
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with a bit of a haze. Perhaps a one finger head that dissipates into a nice ring with a touch of sheen. Lacing is good.

Has the smell of a good caramel malt, with some grainy overtones, and just a touch of sweet fruitiness.

Tastes lightly bitter caramel malty, with well balanced hoppiness and a touch of bitter citrus.

It's got a good amount of carbonation, perhaps more than the style might otherwise have, but I have come to realize that I prefer more carbonation over less (as a grossly generalized rule). Mid-bitter aftertaste with lingering maltiness.

This is an updated review from a long time ago. Since then, I have reviewed many more beers, and come to appreciate the ESB style far more. I think my updated numbers reflect a better estimation of this beer. I also have come to appreciate the skill and care that RABC puts into their beers, and the delicious consistency inherent in their regular offerings. Great job RABC.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 21:49:52 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Hopmodium


4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-25-2012 17:11:32 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of baybum


2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

10-12-2013 13:53:39 | More by baybum
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-20-2011 03:22:18 | More by DoctorB2B
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-04-2013 21:50:02 | More by JohnBender
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by twig86 - thanks, Derek!

Very hazy, deep copper color on the pour. A quarter-inch white head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves little to no lacing. Caramel and toffee aromas fill the nose and not much else. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the smell as well. The flavor has a little more depth with the strong caramel malt sweetness gaining balance from a dry graininess and toasty malt. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Not a whole lot going on here. Medium-bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is moderately sweet with only a hint of alcohol warming. Lack of complexity or anything really interesting keeps this from a high drinkability score. That said, it is easy on the palate, the alcohol is well-hidden, and there's nothing offensive about it. Overall, just a forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:41:42 | More by WeisGuy
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-19-2012 01:49:13 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of jmarsh123


2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to texasclimber for the bottle.

Pours light brown with a 2 finger off-white head retaining about 1/2 finger with good lacing.

Smells of toffee and rich bready malts with a little bit of hop spice character.

Flavor is similar although the hop spice character turns into a dirty flavor. The grainy chewy bready malt is presence, but there's a bitter earthy presence that is completely off putting.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with medium carbonation.

This one had some off flavors. Really didn't enjoy it much. A below average beer in just an average style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 18:42:59 | More by jmarsh123
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-28-2011 03:51:31 | More by bbadger
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra sent in a beer trade with Doph1979. Thanks, Tim...

Dark golden body with a very good, sticky off-white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Aroma is rich and malty. Toffee and caramel. A touch of hop bitterness accents the nose.

Medium-light body with a bit of smoothness due to the sugars. Clean and wet.

Light, toasted malt flavors, soon overtaken by a mid-grade bitterness.

This was a bit of a toss-up between a 3.5 and a 4.0 overall. As this beer seems to have some decent flavor and aroma, I would imagine drinking this beer again and again would warrant the slightly higher overall score, depending on freshness and serving origin. It also hides its alcohol content nicely. A good, malty, bitter beer. I'd definitely go for some more...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 20:25:27 | More by beergoot
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Gabe's SAT, poured into new St. Arnold's shaker pint glass 4.21.11.

One finger white head, fairly quick dissipation with some lacing. Reddish clear amber body, some dispersed trails of carbonation rising to surface. Big dose of crystal malt in the nose, fruity, tropical hops, some bready malts for dryness. Taste mirrors nose, though the alcohol is quite prevalent. Medium-light mouthfeel, fairly dry finish for style. Too boozy for the style and my liking, unless you are a fan of Double ESBs (not sure if such a style exists or will in the future) a novelty worth trying once, but I won't be having this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:33:35 | More by jdense
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 22:49:15 | More by greenspointexas
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Apr 2010.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Medium sized fizzy off white head. Clear dark ruby brown in color. Well carbonated. Smells lightly of cocoa, roasted malt, toasted almonds, brown sugar. Lightly flavored to start, sweet and malty, then turning much drier and bitter. Warm boozy finish, lingering bitter and nutty aftertaste. Medium body.

Decent beer but a little pricey ($9.50/sixer).

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 02:04:01 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2012 03:59:58 | More by brandon911
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-26-2012 23:06:49 | More by Danobold
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 17:37:33 | More by PhatAtUT
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-17-2013 22:26:51 | More by dvmin98
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a 1 finger head with good retention. ruby red color..

smell is of caramel malts with earthy hops and mild fruity esters.

taste shows a little bit of hot alcohol. bitterness balances nicely. fruity esters and a hint of diacetyl with a caramel malt bitterness balance the beer.

mouthfeel is a tad astringent. carbonation is good though.

decently balanced big esb. give it a try

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 23:53:56 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-13-2013 15:46:07 | More by csfcmitchell
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New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-25-2013 13:59:28 | More by phishbone23
Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.