Phoenixx Double ESB | Real Ale Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Double ESB", Rotating/Seasonal

Added by TPoling on 12-31-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
318
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
44
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of ZiegMeister
4.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was going to present a very detailed review, but I decided just to say that this is a very tasty beer and I would highly recommend it to any beer lover.

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Photo of marc956
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a bitter, this isn't terribly so, but you can
definately notice the hoppiness. I cannot give it
a high grade on drinkability due to a relatively
high alcholic content (7.2%) it's worth a try and
having lived in CA, close enough to Lagunitas IPA
that I'm less homesick than before. Real Ale is a
good product this being one of their better ones.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just want to point out that this beer is way better in the bottle rather than on tap.

A-Pours a very inticing clear amber with a huge off white creamy head that has very good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding appearance indeed.

S-This beer has lots of wafting, sweet toasted malt and bright fruity esthers. Some earthy hops come into play in the end. Beautiful aroma.

T-The flavor reflects the aroma very well but with a healthy helping of very clean earthy hop bitterness. And also the hops come through more in the flavor. Lots of sweet biscuity toasted malt.

M-Full and creamy is the body. And very smooth.

D-Very drinkable. I highly recommend this beer. I was suprized and expecting something dissapointing but got a wonderful beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightful amazing beer.

Dark brown/amber beer. Short head. Very hazy (you can't see through the glass). Quite pretty when held to the light, almost glows.

Aroma is awesome. Some spices and maybe some licorice?

Flavor is rich but balanced. Malty with a fair bit of spice and hops. Nice alcoholic warmth (this beer is 7.2% ABV according to the brewery website)

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a nice bite.

Highly recommend this beer. I'm glad I listened to the clerk at Wheatsville Coop in Austin (where i bought this beer). His recommendation was spot on.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of mjurney
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep copper color, a little chill haze. Good amount of carbonation. Thick off-white head.

Aroma:
Caramel, toffee, semi-dark roasted, spicy hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Caramel, toffee, semi-dark roast, hint of nutty. Hop bitterness is medium, spicy/piney, maybe a little citrusy. Finish is bitter-crisp. Medium bodied, crisp, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an outstanding ESB!

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Photo of martianMan
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real Ale’s Phoenixx Double ESB has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a hazy (which gets more-so with swishing of the bottle), copper appearance with some bubbles and a few lacing splotches. The aroma is of sharp hops and a little sourness. Taste is of piney, mentholated hops, and some brown bread (Roman Meal brand). Absolutely no alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Phoenixx Double ESB finishes mostly dry and fairly drinkable. Overall, this beer is really good and interesting, and I strongly advise giving it a try!

RJT

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Photo of deadliest
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy light brown. A finger of off-white head.
S: Light alcohol, caramel malts and and some piny hop bitterness. Well balanced. Not strong smelling overall, but pleasant.
T: Malt sweetness and alcohol more upfront, followed with hops in the middle and has a bready finish.
M: Smooth, well carbonated, good after taste.
D: Awesome drinkability. Flavorful but not too filling or heavy, so it's refreshing and packs a punch at the same time.

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Photo of climax
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed several months after drink by date***
Found it hiding in the back of the fridge, oops. If the overall outcome seemed dismal because of this, it would have been deleted. However, this was not the case....

The color was a caramel brown, very cloudy with a large tan head leaving an impressive lace decoration.

Nose is bold, and balanced well. The hop intensity is probably subdued a bit due to age, but it still delivered. The sweet and toasty caramel backbone sat proudly behind earthy/citrus hop notes. Ripe fruit and cinnamon flavors surfaced as it sat.

The flavor was very spicy. The hops come through even more in the taste, with grassy and grapefruit flavors and a very dry finish. The malt is no slouch either. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up a flavorful, sturdy backdrop.

The body is medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is very dry, thus excellent drinkability. This was drank 3 months after the drink by date, which went against all instructions for this one. Didn't matter, it was still excellent. I would love to try it brewery fresh.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I remember enjoying this beer immensely. Now that I’m no longer living in Texas I appreciate it even more. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one. And for the Bruery tulip I inaugurated with it!

This pours a rich, caramel color with tight foaming. There’s a rich aroma on this, of caramel and some syrup-thick green-citrus hop, and in a way it reminds me of barleywine-lite because of those similar notes.

The flavor has a rounded bitterness to it, with a piney, citrusy character. Caramel malt comes across, and maybe some onion-garlic. Am I imagining it or is there some coconut on this as well?

I like it. Enjoyed it immensely on an unexpectedly chilly spring night.

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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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