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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3435) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3010) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottled. Pours a foamy brownish orange. Malty Aroma. Nice caramel and citrus taste. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5887) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2012
Draft sample at Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival 2012. Pours a weird greenish-brownish-copper color with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, earthy hops, bitter dark chocolate, toasted brown sugar, and earth. The flavor also has some bitterness from the chocolate, earth, and hops, along with some toasty caramel and sugars that dry up at the end. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Unusual beer but I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6753) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
Sampled at repeal. Didn’t quite know what to expect here having never had a double ESB. Not sure it is that. Caramel and plenty of complex malt. Hops are very much secondary. Othets at the festival liked itba Ot but I was just ok with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
On tap at Roosevelts. Pours clear amber with white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel malts, little bread, grassy hops, and citrus. Flavor of caramel and toffee malts, some bread, and grassy hops. Nice drinkable ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1477) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
Deep copper amber. Aroma is caramel and bread. Not a hop bomb like so many ESB now. Taste of sweet caramel , butterscotch with roasted grain and far fruit. Little citrus hop. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle, 04/06/2012. Pours dark copper, thin creamy head with great retention and lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma of earthy malts, some fruit and toffee, grassy hops with a bit of spice. Taste is similar, with malty, spicy body and fruity herbal moderately bitter hops. Medium thin body. Solid, drinkable brew with an English twist, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
Woody slight toffee aroma. Pours old copper penny colored with beige head. Taste is toasted barley, subtle nuts, with great balance of hops. Finish is lingering caramel. Wonderful beer. Only stylistic complaint is its slightly over-carbed for the style. But good brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Toffee, an almost muted whisper of chocolate truffles, a bit of dark fruity esters, roasted malts, old bread, a splash of citrus, a bit of funk, and of course, the main attraction: big, floral hops. The taste is hops-and-citrus bitter, with a hoppy aftertaste balanced by a bit of malty sweetness. The palate is medium to thin, with natural effervescence and a dry finish. Yummy.

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