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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 282
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

showmeyourface, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
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.

D-

kojevergas, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zonker17, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bdk1417, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

valkyre65, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

javlin624, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

blastoderm55, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

emergency_beef, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

hsus0225, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Radome
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a deep amber color with lots of orange when held up to the light. Perfectly clear. Head is off-white and piles up about 1/2" high initially. It fades to a thin sheet all the way across the surface and lots of lacing.

S - Beautiful malt aroma of graham crackers, raisins, molasses. It is reminiscent of a doppelbock, although there is also a slightly smoky note that is interesting. There are hops in the background that seem earthy and European, perhaps English. Very malt-forward but complex.

T - The taste is not as rounded and complex as the aroma. Again it is malt-forward. Bready malt, but not as much of the raisin and molasses or brown sugar as the aroma leads you to expect. There is enough hops bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but the hops flavor is not very apparent; maybe just some earthiness and woodiness. Dryish finish.

M - Slightly light on body, especially for what I'd envision for an "Imperial ESB". Low carbonation, which seems appropriate. Some hint of the alcohol, but it is pretty well-hidden.

O - This beer has an amazingly complex aroma and lots of good elements, but the flavors aren't as complex and somehow it doesn't quite hit it out of the park for me. Still, it is very drinkable and enjoyable and I wouldn't mind having it again.

Radome, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

neococo, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Lagerquestrian, Jan 18, 2014
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Lukebell15, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

jtoledo04, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

BJasny, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

whatname, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jdwilliamson79, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Mycatfinneas, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

TxZemer, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

strangebrew1981, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

StevenLaValley, Oct 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

baybum, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of abeerwiseguy
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Phoenixx Double ESB from the Real Ale Brewing Co. in Blanco, Texas. The 12 oz bottle I sampled had a date stamp of 7-29-13. No ABV on bottle but BA reflects it at 7.2%.

I spent a good deal of time in In the UK in the late 1970's and acquired an appreciation of this type of beer. It is actually a pale ale and the locals refer to it as "give me a pint of bitter" when ordering at the pub. The typical bitter has an ABV of 4 to 5%. The ESB designation or Extra Special/Strong Bitter simply reflects a higher ABV usually more than 5%.

Poured into a pint bar glass it was an orange tinged dark, amber with two to three fingers of thick head that dissipated quickly but left lots of lacing.

Had aromas of hop spiciness with very slight caramel sweetness.

The flavors are mixed with bread, malt, and caramel and are rich with promise but the finish is not well rounded in terms of flavors but along with a typical bitter finish it had an unwelcome, funky aftertaste.

The beer has medium body with light carbonation.

Overall I gave this beer every chance to measure up to my expectations of the many pints of "bitter" I have consumed in the UK but it fell short. I let it warm up to get the full flavor and I even got a second six pack to check just in case the first was skunked. Same results.

Overall this beer is drinkable but does not measure up.

abeerwiseguy, Sep 14, 2013
Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.