Phoenixx Double ESB - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Phoenixx Double ESBPhoenixx Double ESB

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BA SCORE
85
very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber with a large light tan head of somewhat coarse foam, which retains well. The lacing is scattered, and Belgian-like.

Aroma: Strong notes of caramel malt, brown bread, and grassy and herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of roasted malt, which tends towards toast and nutty flavors. While the malt backbone is a strong presence throughout, as the taste progresses, the hops intensify, particularly offering earthy and herbal flavors. Finishes with a long, lingering moderate bitterness at the back of the mouth. The ABV of 7.2% was not at all perceptible in the taste, although it was mildly warming.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing and well-crafted example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. pint glass on tap at Hay Merchant (in February 2013)

L: red; fantastic lacing

S: hint of sweetness; lots of yeasty grain

T: bitter up front, good sweet malt finish like an ESB should have

F: solid overall, not overbearing

O: good enough that I'll need to try this again next winter season when it returns

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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.