The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Camelback India Pale Ale (IPA)
This is the first of The Phoeinx Ale Brewery’s ‘phresh brewed ales’ that I tasted and right away noticed their simple yet distinct logo with a familiar feel to another new microbrewery where I grew up, Lake Bluff Brewing Company. Do most city named breweries go for a simple logo to keep the focus on the city name + beer? As far as the Camelback IPA goes, it is really not a true IPA in taste as much as it is a strong ale. It doesn’t have that hoppy, bitter bite that I have grow to love and set as a basis for rating IPAs. Even though it is not a hoppy IPA, it is still a good beer and pretty tasty.
My first tasting of this beer was at The Great Arizona Beer Festival on tap. This testing was in the bottle and after a familiarity with the label beer and the label, I was happy to see a bomber size bottle of Camelback IPA at the Arizona Diamondbacks game. Nice work Phoenix Ale Brewery with your distribution success and leveraging a great AZ landmark and immortalizing it in a beer. It makes me feel good about drinking local beer!
Overall, Camelback IPA is like a pale ale with more kick yet wanted to to have smoother upfront taste and finish, like a scotch ale (think Kiltlifter by Four Peaks). At 6.1% alcohol, it feels closer to an IPA on the buzz-factor. If you venture to sample more beers by PHX Ale Brewery, give their Frenzy a try, an unfiltered Ale. It is a signature ‘unfiltered’ beer for them.