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. bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Whoah! A bottle from ericandersnavy. Eat your friggin hearts out on this one. Poured into the SA super glass. Comes out ruby tinged amber with a multifinger foamy beige head. Aroma is pretty much nice malt. Incredibly, fruitily hoppy flavor. Burns in the mouth. Any Englishman who tastes this would likely just curl up his toes. This could be my go to beer. Bet it would be, if I lived in Texas. It’s not harsh, just incredibly, smoothly, fruitily hoppy. Oh to live in Blanco. Maybe not though. Might be too far from an international airport. But if I was drivin’ through Blanco, I’d be packing back a whole bunch of this. Drink this, and your tongue will not pass into the corruption of death. Was that over the top? So is this ale! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Nice beer! Amber pour. Caramel, fruit, hops, citrus, mmmmm! Flavor is sweet and hoppy. I am really digging the few double ESB’s I have tried. This one is chewy and hearty. Really a good brew. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle bonused to me by blutt59. Thanks Bob! This beer really surprised me. Deep copper color, with a thick off white head. Aroma is a bit of roasted malt, wheat toast, and a nice kick of grassy hops. Complex nose. The taste is just as complex and very satisfying. Tastes of very grassy hops, a bit of pine, toast, and earthiness. The bitterness lingers just long enough. Sticky mouthfeel that coats your palate. I wish I could get this in 6 packs! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours brown-amber with a small white head. Smells faintly malted and kind of hoppy, maybe some fruitiness? Alcohol is present across the tongue, not masked very well at all, doesn’t have much malt flavor, and has a decent hop character to it and thus is a little bitter. Medium-bodied with a prickly texture and lots of mouth-carbonation, Real Ale Phoenixx Double ESB finishes bitter almost like an IPA. I was less impressed by this than I expected, sad to say.
jmad (72) - - MAR 20, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...
The beer is a reddish, brown color with a thin, soapy white head. It smells of roasted caramel malt with some grassy and citrusy hop aromas. The taste is bitter and sweet with flavors of toffee, lemon and grapefruit. Phoenixx is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and a pleasant, lingering finish. Real Ale did good with this one, it’s very balanced between the malt and hops, I could drink this all the time. wchesser (2076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
From bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber with lots of carbonation and thick foamy head. Very faithful rendition of the style. Solid malt front with a stiff hops back but definitely doubled down. Full pallate with bitter hops and long finish. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pour is a cloudy/ unfiltered copper with a fluffy white head..Nose is caramel malts, hops, peach skin, pine..Taste is citrus ,hops, chewy malts, spice,nutty..Palate is warm,chewy and pretty light..This stuff is super drinkable..Once you pop, you cant stop. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color with a nice foamy head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, light fruity hops. The flavor is smooth, spicy and light naturally fruity flavors, earthy, toasted malts, slightly hot. A great example of an English Strong Ale. I have been getting some brews in trades from Real Ale, and I have been pleasantly surprised. vandint (26) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
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.