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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A winter seasonal made with all English Pale & Crystal malts. Hopped with Phoenix, Kent Golding, Challenger, and Target hops in the boil and dry hopped.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2006
Nice dark brown pour. Head was tanish white, that disolved quickly. Had a strong alcohol and malt aroma. Has a malty, fruit, alcohol flavor. Has a nice bite at the end. Good drinker.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Petethegod (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010 does not count
The Phoenix Double ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Real Ale is a beer with awesome packaging and a great taste to boot. I took a gamble buying it and it was well worth the purchase. If you like other brews from Real Ale, you will not be disappointed with this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2010
bottle pours a deep red with a tall frothy tan head. Aroma is full of biscuit malt and citrus with a heavy dose of grassy hops. Flavor is rich bready malts lots of toast and nuts with lighter notes of rye and a small hint of chocolate malt. Finish is hop dominate with lots of pine and resin flavors balancing that nice malt character. This is a home run!

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
slick golden bitter beer. nice maltiness. had once on tap and happy to see it in bottles

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1508) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Poured a dark brown with a creamy tan head that stuck around. Alcohol was disguised in the nose and the taste, and this was all about the caramel flavors, with a crisp hoppiness in the end. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsIPAndDrunk (43) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2011
Aroma is sweet resin-hop with alcohol definitely present. Also contains strong fruity notes that resemble fruity pebbles cereal..... or fruit roll-ups, if you will (Do they still make those?) A beautiful reddish-amber color with a clear complexion. Develops an impressive white frothy head that quickly diminishes after the pour. Very minimal lacing occurs (more like spotting... again, if you will). Heavy bitter taste (much like an IPA) with a fruit notes gathering in the nose. Medium-bodied that is impressive as far as ales go, with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation in the mouth with a lingering bitter finish that is a bit biting. Not a bad brew, although I’m not jumping off the couch to buy more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
this beer pours a deep copper with a thin white head that diasipates quickly. the aromas are fruit, malt and nut. the flavors are figs, nut and malty sweetness. I really liked this one! cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
On Draught at The Draught House. Pours murky red with an off white head and good lacing. Nice earth, malt, and grassy notes in the nose. Strong bitterness up front with some earth/grassy notes and good malt profile. Very drinkable beer. Another good one from Tim and the crew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
graham515 (536) - 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!


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