Anchor Small Beer - Anchor Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, crystal clear copper-orange coloring with a thin, white ring of film on the surface. Aromas of roast, toffee, and a subtle, tangy hops presence. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a very bitter, astringent hops character. Very sharp on the initial tongue. The malt backbone literally gets buried amongst the bitter and astringent characteristics. Tangy, roasty aftertaste, with a dry, bitter finish. Very interesting idea behind the beer, but the flavors just don't seem to meld or balance well.
02-14-2013 03:22:53 | More by GarthDanielson
3.6/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a dimpled mug.
Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a robust effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam, but this is dissipating somewhat rapidly. Still, a nice looking beer.
Smell: sweet malt with plenty of graininess. A little dose of bitey hops is also present. Not too bad.
Taste: light malt with a citrusy hop character. Bitterness at the end is quite moderate, although balanced considering the low alcohol and relatively low sweetness of this brew. There is a sense that this beer is watered-down, but for a 3.3% ABV second-runnings beer, it's not bad at all.
Mouthfeel: light bodied but the big carbonation makes up for some of this. Nicely, if ephemerally, creamy.
Overall: this may not be the greatest beer in the world, but it is quaffable and refreshing and I like its parti-gyle nature. I'd love to have this on draft sometime for a long session.
12-27-2012 20:40:13 | More by flagmantho
3.45/5 rDev +10.9%
Clear pale copper with one finger of white head that drops to a ring about one third of the way down. Dense tight bubble lacing lasts about the same distance.
Smell is mostly fruity hops with a trace of malts.
Taste is bitter hops, earthy, some citrus.
Mouthfeel is alright for something this light. Good carbonation with a semi dry bitter finish.
Not enough malt for the English Bitter grouping but for a watered down Foghorn and in view of the very low abv. this is quite good.
12-23-2012 03:03:38 | More by Spikester
3.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Love that this is a sort of "second generation" beer. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Has a light fluffy 1.5 finger head. Color is a pale amber.
Surprisingly complex scent - lots of toasty malts, bitterness of coffee grinds, and roasted nuts. Slight fruitiness comes through when tasting - bitter citrus peels.
Taste is certainly bitter - but not the same sought-after bitterness that hop heads enjoy. More a stale bitterness. Reminds me a lot of my Budweiser-drinking days but definitely more enjoyable. Good sessionable beer.
Mouthfeel was really great. Light on the tongue, quenches your thirst. Extremely effervescent.
Great session beer. Don't dive into this looking for a complex game-changer, but it'll do the trick if you want something to enjoy during the game or after working hard. Cheers!
11-11-2012 18:29:59 | More by bensbeers
Anchor Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.