jsquire (3970) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a small off white head. Nose with toffee, alcohol, and some citrus hops. Rich toffee and burnt caramel sweetness with a strong grapefruit rind hoppiness. This feels bigger than 6.6% ABV.
ronaldtheriot (1630) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real Ale’s Phoenixx Double ESB has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a hazy (which gets moreso 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
Ratman197 (12136) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aroma of carmel, toffee and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel and light eartrhiness with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.
vandint (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Whip In. Poured a nice light brown, good head. Smell was a bit sweet (which I like). Had a solid English beer taste, possible slightly hoppy. A solid beer.
Tabednar (139) - - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very well made beer, especially for the price. Wish they had this available all year round. Very well balanced with a wonderful blend of a hops and malt. Try it for yourself!
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful rich copper pour with a tan head. Light aroma, caramel or candy, and hops. Strong bitter, dry. Hoppy, caramel, earthy. Lingering bitter finish.
crajun (1121) - , Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 /8/14 re-rate; bumped from 3.4 and maybe should more. need to put this in rotation............................questionable first sip but this got better and better. hops were there but well blended. Real Ale is impressing me. will try again
drjay44 (3158) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 12 oz. bottle. BBD 9/14/12. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with extensive lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body...nose is spicy hops with toffee, caramel, light pine, citrus....taste is moderate toffee/caramel, leading to a moderate late bitterness...mouth feel medium, carbonation adds pleasant tingle. This is nicely balanced.The hops are done with a light hand, the result being a more English than American ESB. The ABV is a little high for the style. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
Maverick34 (2785) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a foamy brownish orange. Malty Aroma. Nice caramel and citrus taste. Very enjoyable
vyvvy (5132) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Schlafly 2012 Repeal Fest. Pours clear copper with a big beige head. The aroma has toasty malt, British yeastiness, dry caramel, light nectar fruit and some cream. Medium husky body with moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of the English ESB earthiness, toasty malt and spicy / earthy hops. The hops pop out more on the finish. Nice beer, just a bit too English for my tastes.