Hinez57 (173) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy musty aroma with slight fruitiness and a hint of chocolate. Nice dark copper red color with toasty thin disappearing head leaves light lacing. Sweet malt and citrus flavors up front with earthy spicy floral hop flavors dominating the finish. Nice drinkable mouthfeel compliments bier well, to style. Overall I’d like more English yeast character and a touch more complexity to push this bier to being special. Otherwise very drinkable, well bittered but fairly balanced.
nellycale (169) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours a rich amber hue with a thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel, spice and a touch of citrus. Taste of bitter, caramel, mild spice, and some malts. Almost a tea flavored finish on the palate. Pretty good for this style.
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texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is classified as an English Strong Ale, it weighs in at 6.6% ABV with 50 IBU. This is Real Ale’s 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 “pick me up and drink me”? 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 this” 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.” I hope that my recent IPA bingeing hasn’t left my palate overly shocked, because I didn’t 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 I’ve 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 don’t 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.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hills and Dale. Girl behind the bar said it tasted like an IPA..I will never listen to her again.
Dark red/brown with little head. Not overly malty. Great beer from Real Ale.
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!
jerseyjohn71 (132) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear- redish color, tan foam head, good lacing rings with every gulp, lightly bitter, thin feel, light body,
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
slick golden bitter beer. nice maltiness. had once on tap and happy to see it in bottles
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Gingerman. Ruddy brown with a tight head. Makes me thirsty. Alcohol is well hidden and malts are blanketed with bitterness. I was surprised to read that it was dry hopped. I just don’t detect the floral notes. A exceptional offering from the good folks in Blanco.
Angelmonster (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.