Camelback IPA | The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Camelback IPACamelback IPA
87 Ratings
Camelback IPACamelback IPA

Brewed by:
The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by azdback on 11-20-2011

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Phelps:
Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint at a Diamondbacks game, where this brew is sadly the best craft available.

Deep, unfiltered auburn with lots of haze and floaters of yeast. A pancake batter-style head, very dense and creamy, builds upon itself and does not leave.

Phoenix Ale Brewery likes to call this their American IPA. I’d like to know where they’re getting their hops, because this sure smells English. Biscuits and caramel play off floral hops and a mild, sweet bubble gum character.

Smooth, round flavor. Lots of caramel and honeysuckle mix, notes of floral rose and lilac, a touch of toasted biscuits. Finishes very clean and dry, with moderate to high bitterness.

Nice body — a creamy, pillowy medium. Carbonation starts high, then shuts down sharply. Holds together well as it moves. Big bitterness.

Camelback is better than Fretzy's, Phoenix Ale’s English pale ale, but not by much. It's drinkable but boring. Kind of like D-Backs baseball.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Brought back by my wife from a recent visit to Phoenix. It pours a hazy amber colour with a white head. Aromas of citrus & floral hops. Taste of sweet orange marmalade & citrus hops bitterness. Good enough that I'd have a second bottle given the chance.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of tikisam
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of rpsedillo
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of MrJolly
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billlow
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rbowser
2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A work associate has been bringing me beers and for fun and practice I decide to review all the beers from his travels. This is a tough one.

Pours light amber with little to no head. Very little carbonation. Distinct aroma of Diacetyl or other off flavors, not a subtle aroma, and not pleasant.

No hop aroma, which I kind of expected in an IPA. Aroma dominated by off flavors, almost butyl like or reminiscent of burnt rubber. Not really an enticing start.

In tasting, the beer has a distinct and strong off taste with mild background bitterness. Body is light to medium, a bit lighter then in style for an IPA, more of a pale ale or lighter body. The bottle says 6.1% so perhaps this bottle was infected with some wild yeast or other containment as the body of the beer is gone.

Hard to finish for this review. I have done a bit of reviewing lately at home brew competitions and it is rare to run across a beer this flawed, let alone one released commercially.

Hope the brewery can learn from this and start again. Clearly, these beers are not lasting in the bottle. Hard to tell what went wrong at this point, but but the bottle I have are going down the drain.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.18/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonAdams
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured hazy and unfiltered from tap into a standard pint glass at the brewery.
Strong copper color (state color!). Very low head, wispy white remnants of the head lacing the glass.
Notes are orange and grapefruit, general citrus feel. The hop sharpness is a little murky, there's a cloying sweetness that keeps it from being a clean finish. Something remains on the tongue, it's like others' DIPAs but without the alcohol content?
It's a decent IPA, it tries hard, and it's drinkable. However, There are much better ones in The Valley of the Sun.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Rocketman2013
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ahuey333
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TommyLiam
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of gnaztee
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mrose78
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JohnCassillo
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Camelback IPA from The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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