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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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°

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mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
on cask at gingerman Plano. deep amber with a smooth cream head. bready nose, along with some light smoke. very nice on the palate, thick bready malt flavor with a light roasted finish.

3.4
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
on tap at flying Saucer. Pours a dark amber with a large tan head. This one was too cold and could not pick up much aroma. What I did get was malt. Taste was roast malt, nut and grain. Mouthfeel had a slight bitterness to it.

3.7
Cavie (4718) - 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.

3.9
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.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - 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 can’t 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.

3.5
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
On tap at Uncle Billy’s 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.

3.6
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
On tap at Uncle Billy’s Brew&Que.Dark amber with a decent off white head. Aroma is fruity with malt and some bubble gum. Taste is spicy and hoppy.

3.7
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.

3.1
kp (10882) - 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

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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!


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