Beer Review for Phoenix Ale Brewery – Camelback IPA

by Matt O'Brien on April 19, 2012

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┬áCamelback 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.

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