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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 weíve 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, itís all about the hops. Made from a blend of hops from across the pond, highlighted by the Phoenix hop variety from Kent, this special brewís signature is its complex and strong hop character. This winter, warm up with a pint or two of a British-inspired beer thatís been reborn a Texan. 15.5į

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4303) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2009
(Cask) Cloudy rust color, creamy head. Thick feeling. Small hops flavor but also brings sweet flavors as well. Bitters on the finish but flavors still stand stand strong. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 (draught) lovely copper color with off white had and lots of lace. Aroma of floral hop, toffee malt and vanilla. Flavor is grassy hops caramel malt. Great body. Lovely ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
On tap. Creamy tan head over a clear auburn body. Great lace and retention. Aroma is fruity and slightly hoppy with toffee notes, leather and vanilla. Taste is oddly fruity, I canít place it, but I think it is similar to fruit roll ups. Also toffee and coffee. Vanilla and a few currants. Watery mouth. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
On tap at Uncle Billyís Brew&Que. The smell is malty, hops, caramel, toasty, citrus, and a little pine. The look is red in color with a nice foamy off white head. The taste is malts, hops, nice bitterness, piney, fruits, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
On tap at Uncle Billyís Brew&Que.Dark amber with a decent off white head. Aroma is fruity with malt and some bubble gum. Taste is spicy and hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Reviewed 3/12/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours a medium brown colored body, clearish with a big creamy off-white head. Hoppy grapefruity aroma, very bitter and dry smelling. Creamy, hoppy bitter dry taste. Some strawberry maltiness too. Letting it warm up a bit for some more flavor...Some more flavor. Not too bad. Much more flavor. No aftertaste, it just fades.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Name: Phoenix ESB
Date: February 21, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Freetail, TX
Appearance: clear dark copper, fine off white head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with woodsy hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of balancing hops with woodsy and floral characters, touch of breadyness, light lingering bitterness builds with each sip into a respectable bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Pours a dark amber into the glass with a off-white head. Aroma is burnt toast with some malt sweetness. Flavor is surprisingly bitter. Not so much from the hops, but a hint of roasted grain. Really enjoyed this offering from Real Ale and would love to see them start offering their seasonals in bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2008
(On tap at Draught House on June 14, 2008) I seem to be drinking all the new beers today. English strong ale, huh? Letís see... bartender said itís a bit too malty. Iíll try to ignore that comment so my tongue isnít tainted. Color is murky brown with a tint of orange. Yep... looks malty. Its look/color reminds me of wort. Fine off-white head (alot like a Guiness head). Nose is lightly sweet and floral. One question... why is a winter seasonal first poking its head out in the summer? Taste is malty, but not so bad... pretty dense and heavy, but has a light flavor. Has a bit of a pick-me-up for a heavier winter brew. Palate is dense, but thereís a bit of its lightness that seeps toward my cheeks. Very interesting. Neat recipe, Real Ale... no aftertaste, so I find myself drinking a bit faster. My friend says itís hoppy but I just drank an IPA, so itís hard to tell at this point. I like it... itís got some heft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
The beer is classified as an English Strong Ale, it weighs in at 6.6% ABV with 50 IBU. This is Real Aleís winter seasonal which smacks of English style but with a distinctively Texas taste. The Beer has a very light nose. It might because I have a slight cold or it might be that the beer keeps all of its flavor for your palate but got very little nose off of my initial investigation. I believe that just as you eat with your eyes you also drink with your eyes. So the question becomes does this beer say ďpick me up and drink meĒ? This is a great looking beer. It has a white creamy head that has great lacing that hangs all the way down the glass. The body is fairly clear with an amber black color. Real Ale claims that thisĒ this ale is about hops. The blend of English hops, highlighted by its namesake, Phoenix, yields a complex hop character that dominates this special brew.Ē I hope that my recent IPA bingeing hasnít left my palate overly shocked, because I didnít really get hoppy bitterness off the beer. But I did get some light hoppy floral notes, which could mean that the brewers were going with a sweeter less bitter hoppy approach which is a much welcomed change from the rest of the ESBs Iíve had of late. What I did get was a rich yet balanced malty flavor. This taste comes from the English crystal malt which brings with it a light toffee and caramel undertone. The ale has a very short lived finish, which is great because as much as I like IPAs and ESBs I donít like to taste them in the morning. This beer has a medium body with a very light and watery mouth feel. Overall I would call this a very well balanced flavorful beer and is a great way to start off the night.

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