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Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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85
very good

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 Norsebrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the brewery and tried all the beers. This one stuck out the most from my trip. It had a wonderful hop infused taste. It wasn't hoppy enough to blow my socks off, but the blend of hops and amber malts was great. The aroma had a hop and carmel smell. Overall, I would not hesitate to buy the Phoenix again or order it at a pub. I even bought a T-shirt of the beer after the tour!

Norsebrew, Mar 13, 2008
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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 Morris729
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.

Morris729, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of beerdiablo
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A flagship brewer of Ales in Texas whose quality continues to rise.

The Phoenix Double ESB is a unique offering from Real Ale but then again,
their beers are distinct.

This pours with a thick head featuring plenty of staying power and a bitter taste to follow on first "bite". Not much malt in the way of support so don't think of this being near an English ESB. Nice to fit in a session but not
one you'd repeat in the same night.

beerdiablo, Sep 28, 2006
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 assurbanipaul
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper color with a good sized head. Aroma is fresh, mild dry hops, very clean. Moderate lacing.

Taste is dry, toasty malt and a lot of hops. Very hoppy, almost to the point of a fresh hop ale. Some tea and dry malt flavors underneath but it's all hops up front, rather one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium, clean with a bitter hop aftertaste. Good, if you like this style, but too dry to really session and strays far from a traditional ESB drinkability. Labeled as a "Double ESB," whatever that may mean.

assurbanipaul, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer. Dark copper pour with a sturdy beige head that lasted throughout the pint and left a little lace. Smell is light hops with a smidge of sugars and alcohol peeking through. Starts off malty and goes right into a gentle hop bitterness that lasts through a sufficiently extended finish. Medium body and a very drinkable ESB. One of the few of this style that I would gladly return to. This has some character.

pentathlete, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Xadoor
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lastest offering from Real Ale and a new selection on-tap at the Gingerman in Houston. Not sure what a "Double" ESB is. It was an amber colour in the glass and rather cloudy. Thick, sandy coloured head that lasted a long a long time and left a lot of lacing in the glass. Aroma was light, but grassy and floral. The flavour was very earthy, it reminded me of wet cork. The finish was dry and bitter, but those earthy tones carried over into a lingering aftertaste.

Xadoor, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of TPoling
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first appearance of Real Ale's double ESB, so it isn't certain if this is a one-off or will become a seasonal.

The nose is floral and a bit grassy from the hops. It pours golden to amber with a slight white head.

This is one for hopheads that aren't too concerned about balance between the hops and the malt. The bitterness overtakes the beer, but it is satisfying, nonetheless. The grassy and floral characteristics carry through from the first sip and into the long finish.

TPoling, Dec 31, 2005
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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.