Phoenixx Double ESB | Real Ale Brewing Company

Phoenixx Double ESBPhoenixx Double ESB
BA SCORE
3.76/5
318 Ratings
Phoenixx Double ESBPhoenixx Double ESB
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
318
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trentt2
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magery
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjurney
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Nick4444
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best before date 07Jun16) into a pint glass. Consumed on 29Dec15).
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of thick, off-white foam that dissipates into a half fingers worth after 2 minutes. A large amount of thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Copper in color. Medium and small sized rising bubbles are present in moderate quantities. Lacing is large in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of toffee are backed my mild aromas of plums, figs, black cherries, buttered toast, caramel, floral hops, earthy hops, and hints of bitter hops.
TASTE: Strong toffee and floral hop flavors enter first and are immediately followed by mild flavors of buttered toast and subtle flavors of earthy hops. Mild flavors of caramel, plums, figs, and black cherries enter next as all floral hop and butter (just the butter) flavors grow slightly stronger. Finally, mild bitter hop flavors make their debut as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated (this was going so well until now). Goes down somewhat rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a moderate dryness.
NOTE: This blew me away. I like this brewery, but I was honestly expecting a slightly above average beer, but this shattered my expectations. Everything about this beer was on point for the style. There was an excellent balance between hops and malt and even the hop bitterness didn't bother me much. I had no idea that something can be so sweet, yet so tantalizingly hoppy. A huge kudos to Real Ale.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBoneJones
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, mostly clear copper color, barely a head, some spotted lacing.
Smells like some wheat and sweet malts, and some hints of tropical hops.
Tastes the same, with some pine, honey- like at times, and pleasantly bitter.
Smooth and medium. Creamy feel. Some bitterness.
Nice.

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Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skdavidson70
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZiegMeister
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
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 zelig
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly opaque reddish gold color that has a nice off-white head that is moderate, settles slow and leaves a faint lacing down the glass.

The nose is earthy in nature with bread, hops, pine, grass and camphor as the dominant traits with some moderate floral notes underneath.

The taste is pleasantly crisp, sharp and rich. There is a nice exceptionally dominant hoppiness that is buttery pine with some grass, bread and nutmeg in the mix with a mild medicine like finish that is well balanced on the bed of sweet to dry malt underneath.

The mouthfeel is surprising rich for such a style and really does a great job of delivering the complexity of the flavors to your entire palate.

Overall this is one of the better offerings from Real Ale, which is saying a lot. Real Ale is an accomplished brewery with some great offerings. I would put this in their top 3.

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Photo of batt6343
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amvrana
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of martianMan
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srletend
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2pux
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dwreck
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Phoenixx Double ESB from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 318 ratings
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