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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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3.4
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Draught. Strong fruit aroma, grape jam. Bright red beer with a cream-colored head. Mild hop presence, slight acidity. Palate is thick and chewy but sharp at the same time.

3.9
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On draught at Flying Saucer. Has a dark ruby/brown color with a medium tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong malt. The taste is a sweet malt with a smooth finsh, easy to drink, a great english strong ale from Real Ale.

3.2
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
1-26-08 tap
Clear amber with good head and lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops and some malt undertones as it warms. Sweet and slightly strange malt flavor. Drinkable and somewhat unique.

3.7
lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap at the draught house. Pours a dark maroon color with a medium beige lasting head. Nice looking beer. Smell is fruity, hoppy, gummy, with big hop presence for the style. Not what I expected from something called an ESB or labeled as an ESA. Either way, extremely drinkable, fruity and hoppy but smooth with alcohol hidden well. Very nice beer.

3.7
bleeng (1705) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On tap at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park TX. As is far too common, this beer was way too cold. Thus the nose was not evident in the pour. Dark brown almost opaque with a small white head. Taste of burnt malt, a bit sweet and tart/bitter (can this be?) with a mild hop profile. The alcohol is well hidden. Mouth has a thickish feel with good flavoring on the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking beer-could be a mini-session beer if they bottled it. Good job and one of Real Ale’s better efforts.

3.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Just in time for 80 degree weather, Fort Worth gets this "winter" seasonal. Pours a dark red/brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is pretty strong and biting, with a lot of citrus hops and burnt roasty malt. Taste has a similar "American strong" quality about it, with a lot of caramel and toast malt tastes and bitter, almost stinging hop flavor. Towards swallowing I taste a lot of pears, which makes it obvious that this is the same brewer that does Sisyphus. Finish has an odd amount of fruit flavor and the bitterness is citrus and woody at the same time. Interesting, but the pear taste is kinda off to me.

3.7
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Tap at Rudyardz. Reddish brown with small head that disappears. Good hopped nose with baked malts. Good malt flavor with well integrated hops and a great bitter finish. Nice.

4.5
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.

4.2
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, 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.

3.5
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2006
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.


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