Goose Island Phoenix E.S.B.
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This British style Extra Special Bitter get it's name from the exclusive use of the UK Phoenix hop variety which is used for a spicy taste and aroma. This hop character is offset by a full-bodied, biscuity, dry malt flavor through the middle of the palate and then finishes with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear red-amber body, thin tan head. Light apple and biscuit malt aroma. Great fresh malt flavor - biscuit, caramel with apple skin and spicy, leafy hops. I like their hoppy interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Sampled at Clybourn brewpub. Red-orange in color with a small, white head. Caramel and pizza spice aroma - this is, to my knowledge, my introduction to Phoenix hops - picking apart the aromatics was rather difficult for me. This hop does seem rather spicy, that is for sure. Very woody, oaky flavor, with a rather slight bitterness. A rather interesting spiciness to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Sampled at Clybourn local. This had a rich medium orange look to it. Had an interesting spicy bitterness going on that I can only describe as reminding me of unsweetened cocoa. As the brew warmed this bitterness seemed to get a bit more intense. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Cask, Clybourn brewpub (2005 version): cloudy orange pulp with a wonderful off-white, persistent cream. Citrus laced aroma – could be orange zest mixed with a sweet, orange creamcicle. Notes of melon, strawberries and pine as well. Beautiful creamy palate with a slight grain in the finish. Another very solid cask ale at GI!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Cask at G.I. Clybourn. Poured a clear medium caramel with a short beige head. Spicy, malty nose with caramel, brown sugar, floral hoppage, and English bittering hops. Caramel, peppery spices, and other sweet malts provided the bulk of the flavor.. with a rather dry and mildly bitter finish. Cask treatment provided a very nice mouthfeel. Enjoyed the Phoenix hop experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Cask. Clear, amber body with a thick, creamy off-white, mostly diminishing head. The nose shows off spicy, earthy, floral perfumed hops, biscuity, slightly sweet malt. Caramel, dry cookie, light fruity esters and some very light pepper round out the elements. The body is smooth and creamy with the low carbonation levels of a cask bitter. The flavor is soft and subtle. The dryish malt backbone starts it off, with creamy malt and light hop character melding in the middle. The finish shows the light, spicy Phoenix character. It’s probably not all that great a hop to use all by itself, but it allows the drinker to get an unincumbered look at this interesting hop variety. As a result of the rather uneventful hop, this ESB suffers. Regardless, I’m glad I got to experience Phoenix hops as they truly are.

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