Phobos Single Hop Red Ale
Ecliptic Brewing

Phobos Single Hop Red AlePhobos Single Hop Red Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #436
Ranked #34,776
3.7 | pDev: 5.95%
Ecliptic Brewing
Oregon, United States
Phobos Single Hop Red AlePhobos Single Hop Red Ale
Notes: Phobos is named after the Martian moon that circles the red planet. Eight malts were used to give this beer a rich red color and deep caramel flavor. Hopped to balance with citrusy Azacca hops, Phobos finishes creamy and smooth.
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can (I don't see a date)
This beer has some great flavors but it's just a little bit 'thin'. With these flavors I want a more robust tasting/feeling beer, this one just comes up short. The finish especially leaves me wanting more because as the bitterness quickly fades off your tongue you're left with a watery and only slightly malty note. I generally really like Ecliptic, but this one is a miss for me. I could see this being significantly better fresh on tap from their brewery in Portland, I'll have to give it another try next time I'm up there because this beer seems to have a lot of potential.

Jun 01, 2019
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark amber red, you can hold a glass up to the sun and not have to squint. Light head, fades fast to a skim coat. Not a lot of aroma to work with. A solid red ale, very malty and with just enough hops to give it a nice taste. Dry finish, not complicated but satisfying in a good way. We like red ales and this one some good stuff going on.

Apr 18, 2019
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hreb from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tall pub glass. Beer pours surprisingly cola brown in color, merely tinged with red, and forms a thick pillowy foam. Even more surprising is the pronounced coffee malt aroma. I was excited to try this beer because, while I'm not often excited by red ales, I don't think I've ever tasted Azacca hops before, and I approve of single hop brews. There is an edge of hop bitterness here, but it's not the center of this moon's orbit. Instead, this beer is all about a complex and interesting malt profile, with great balance of flavors, roasty and nutty notes of coffee, toffee. Recommended.

Apr 11, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One thing the Portland beer scene truly lacks is a genuine commitment to cask-conditioned beers, so when I do see beers on cask, as i did at Interurban the other night, I don't hesitate even if it's a beer/style I don't expect to wholly enjoy

A beautiful copper colored pour with a dense, beige head that leaves gorgeous lacing, this looks great. The nose is a blend of caramel, a little bit of dough, toffee and a blend of hops. There's pleasant, fresh and fruity hops with citrus and a little tropical fruit, but also a almond/walnut skin tannin/ chalky mineral aroma that I associate with Cascade hops, but this could also be part of the grain bill here. The palate opens soft and wonderfully conditioned, with a blend of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and a little bit of rye bread. This is followed by a blend of hop flavors, light and refreshing with lemondrop, orange and a little tropical fruit. The finish is disappointing in it's mineral note as well as the tannins that lend an unpleasant bitterness. Apart from this, this beer delivers a wonderful, creamy, cask-conditioned palate with soft and supple carbonation. Decent.

Dec 29, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good appearance, dark red-brown with foamy head. The aroma is mild earthiness, not a whole lot there. The taste is much more complex. Chocolate, spice, alcohol, caramel, bread, a bitter finish. A bit of citrus in the taste. This is an odd, but satisfying beer. For a single hop beer, I expected the hops to be the focus, but Phobos is all about the malt. A lot of chocolate and dark caramel flavors, even a hint of dark fruit. If I was closing my eyes I might even call it a stout. Very tasty overall, just much different than your average red ale.

Feb 24, 2016
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RJLarse from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Phobos Single Hop Red Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color, translucent garnet red, when held up to the light. Caped with a thin beige head.

Smell is faint, some earthy notes like peat.

Taste is a caramel cereal flavor up front, with a mild sweet and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated but smooth and somewhat creamy.

Over all a nice red ale. Sweeter than some, but with a very nice balance and feel.

Feb 22, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/15/16.Poured into an impy pint glass a full rich amber with a sticky full one finger off white head atop.I don't get much if any of the Azacca hops in the nose,mainly bready malts and caramel wich isn't bad but not what I was lookin for.The flavors are not bad by any means but it's malt tilted in a big way,bready and fruity with caramel coming thru in the finish,the hops are not big in any way but give off leafiness and earth in the finish.It's a decent beer but when a label says single hop you mainly think the properties of the hop are the main attraction but with this....not realy.

Feb 08, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large nonic. Bottled on 1/06/16. This listing currently shows 7.4% abv, but the label shows 5.6%. I wonder when the last time I reviewed a red ale was...Otaru Bakusyu, April of last year, ignoring "imperial" reds. And I think that's more of a light amber than a red.

Pours a moderately translucent reddish brown with a nice sized, pretty, light brown head. Head fades to a crater fairly quickly, and then appears to stabilize. It' a pretty beer. Smell is toasty, nutty, with just a hint of tropical fruit, more nuts.

Taste is surprisingly roasty, nice nutty finish, good round malty sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Flavor seems slightly watered down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly dry. Overall, very nice beer.

Feb 06, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at brewery in Coos Bay, OR.
Deep red hued beer. Frothy dark straw colored head that leaps upward and then settles to a nice ever present almost half-finger that hovers on top, and clings to the inner edge of the glass. Smell has a nice hint of caramel malt that gives way to the Azacca hops. Quite good.

Jul 21, 2015
Phobos Single Hop Red Ale from Ecliptic Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 25 ratings