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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Our winter seasonal Phoenixx rises from the great ale recipes of the UK, but we’ve brewed it with a distinctly American attitude. Deep amber in color, Phoenixx delivers subtle notes of toffee and caramel, characteristic of traditional English Crystal malt. Yet with this ale, it’s all about the hops. Made from a blend of hops from across the pond, highlighted by the Phoenix hop variety from Kent, this special brew’s signature is its complex and strong hop character. This winter, warm up with a pint or two of a British-inspired beer that’s been reborn a Texan. 15.5°

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Aroma of citrus and floral hops with sweet caramel malt. Throw in some chocolate and you’ve got one delicious candy. A center pour produces a thick and rocky tan head that clings fairly well. Color is a brilliant orange. Taste is sweet at first with a substantial bitter bite at the end. Full and slick with resin. Damn fine in every respect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8451) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Another Texan goes down at the tasting. This was a nice brew. Pours a cloudy amber color with a huge foamy head, almost pink colored. The aroma is sweet, fruity, light fruity hops. The flavor is very nice; rich hops, spicy and light naturally fruity flavors, earthy, toasted malts, slightly hot. A very nice example of a English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Thanks Cavie. Pours a clean ruby copper with a two finger creamy eggshell white head. Nose is sweet and malty, some caramel, herbal hop character, a bit piny. Flavor is malt dominant, crisp, some peanut shell, a medium bitterness, residual piny hop character, mild astringency. Palate is crisp and lacking some body with a lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Copper pour with white head and good lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel malt. Flavor is very malty but with a strong bitter hop finish. Pretty good but didn’t jump out at me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Clear amber color/ tan head. Mild nutty. soapy, leafy hop aromas. medium body. Nutty pecan, roasty malt, sharp caramel flavors with mild spicy hop. good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2010
I really wanted to like this more but it fell middle of the road for me.. basic gold, medium foam .. . light bitterness with a slightly unbalanced sweetness thrown in .. Ever go out for cheeseburgers and beer? The amusing house wine?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2010
bottle-purchased in Austin, TX on my last trip to Ft Hood-deep copper hue with a fizzy off-white head that didnt last very long-a few seconds then just left a little fiz around the rim of the glass. nose of carmel malts, toasted chestnuts, lite pine, slightly alcoholic, but not in the fussel way. lots of carmel malt flavors with a lot of sweetness but the finish is long and resiny-makes me think EKG. Something about this reminds me of Arrogant bastard-the harsh hops on the finish-i dunno. pretty interesting and worth trying. Carbonation is soft on the tongue. has a long hoppy finish with a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angelmonster (190) - Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Thanks to trader Air for this one Pours a huge 3 finger off white head. Body is a dark copper in color. Head retention and lacing are great Aroma is of roasted malt, earthy hops, and very faint corn. Alcohol isnt detected. The nose is very restrained and boring First taste is of slightly piny and floral hops. Copper malts and honey sweetness balance the bitterness throughout. Aftertaste is of bitter lime peel and slight alcohol. Mouthfeel is good. Ample amount of carbonation, semi light body. Head stayed throughout glass and contributed to the beer Drink ability is good. Semi sessionable, alcohol was hidden nicely. Wouldn’t say that this is a run of the mill ESB but its nothing to write home about. Still nice to see more good beer coming out of Texas in bottles. Just wish more breweries would distribute outside the state.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (851) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Another seasonal I enjoy from Real Ale. Deep transparent brown in the glass. Dry roasted coffee malt notes with a nice bitterness. Pretty generous length on the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Nice beer! Amber pour. Caramel, fruit, hops, citrus, mmmmm! Flavor is sweet and hoppy. I am really digging the few double ESB’s I have tried. This one is chewy and hearty. Really a good brew.

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