Anchor Steam Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(3AA printed on bottle, translates to April 1, 2013 born date)
L: copper, bronze ... a lot of orange in it, burnt orange; thick 1 1/4-inch head or more, really explodes off a hard pour, nice light tan color; crystal clear, plenty of bubbles floating up in column; the color combination is fantastic -- burnt orange topped by tan, an earth-tone lovers dream; head is sticky
S: grain ... lots of grain when cold; spicy hops are present in a very light form, under the grain; as it warms up, wow! loads of bready, yeasty malt ... sweet, sweet and sweet; always get just a pinch of pepper in the nose
T: strong bitter bite inside a lot of grain with some malt sweetness at the end -- in other words, good. loads of taste, and the hop bite seems just a hair different than others ... the bitter is there, but I'm not detecting an overload of any taste note, maybe just the slightest hint of grass and spice. the upshot is it seems to be letting the solid malt backbone permeate the brew and allow for a really good sweet balance
F: good carbonation despite a strong pour that produced a big head
O: the brew lives up to the reputation ... it's so full of taste, and the thing I like most might be that it seems just different enough from other styles to be it's own thing -- it's very much a mix of czech and german pilseners and the good english-style malty euro pale lager, but it's not exactly like any one of those styles (at least not for me).
i will be purchasing more of this beer. it's light enough for the summer and tasty enough for the winter -- as good a lager as I've run across in the 5.0% ABV and under world.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2013 00:56:45 | More by Premo88
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