Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Phoenixx Double ESB Hits the Spot

After a long and exhausting day on the range, I was looking for a beer with which to relax, and sooth a few aching muscles. I was in the mood for malty, and robust, so I opened the door to the beer fridge and started looking. I spied a bottle of Real Ale Phoenix Double ESB. This was one of the beers I received from blogger 45er last Spring. Frankly, it had gotten lost amongst the other bottles and forgotten. Hmm, that sounds like just the ticket. What could be better to celebrate a great day at the range than a beer from a fellow shooting and beer enthusiast?

This ale from Real Ale Brewing Company pours a brownish copper color, with a thin but persistent beige head. The aroma is strong. I picked up the sweet malt and toffee notes immediately as I was "staging" the beer for a photo. I was really looking forward to tasting it at that point.The flavor is a sweet blend of toffee and caramel. There's a roasted, almost burnt, aspect that is especially appealing. The brewer also made sure the hops were rich as well. There is also a respectable level of bitter grapefruit rind citrus present. The finish is bitter and dry.

I really liked this beer. It reminds me of one of my perennial favorites, Winter Storm "Category 5" Ale from Heavy Seas Brewing, but with more citrus notes. I checked the Real Ale web site for more information and learned that Phoenixx is a Winter seasonal. I am going to have to remember to beg more of this from 45er next Winter. Maybe we can even make a trade of our local Double ESBs.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip! Never heard of Real Ale but a trip to tbeir website yielded a beery quote from Frank Zappa...they gotta be good!

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    1. I'm looking forward to more from them myself!

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  2. Oh, that's a really good one. One of my occasional favorites. I first had it on tap at a local bar that specializes in great beers. It's even better on tap. I still have some rolling around in the beer fridge. It's not one you hit on regularly, but it sure hits the spot when you crack one. Glad you enjoyed.

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    1. Thanks again for the great selection of Texas beers!

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    2. You're welcome. We'll have to organize a different season next time. Real Ale's Lost Gold IPA is another one you'll like. That's the one that ended up pulling a seppuku on you.

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