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Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Anvil Ale ESBAnvil Ale ESB

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BA SCORE
87
very good

524 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 39
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-10-2002)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

According to AleSmith, this was the first beer they brewed. I've never had an ESB of any brand, and I think it's time I have one. On to the beer:

It's a reddish orange in color, but the head is barely adequate. Enjoyable smell of crisp, fresh hops and a bit of chocolate and caramel are picked up by the nose. Taste is both fruity and hoppy, but more bitter than hoppy. Peach flavor can be traced, and has a yeasty finish. By the feel of the beer, I would have guessed it was English, so props to AleSmith for that. Pretty good stuff, though the style doesn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 18:10:33 | More by DoubleJ
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Poured into a modified tulip at 50deg.

A - Caramel colored, clarity is nice, light thin topping of white froth.
S - Tones of warm dark fruit, burnt sugar, and warm wheat toast.
T - Caramel, brown sugar, a hint of floral at the end.
M - Uniform coating that lingers for some time. The carbonation is low giving the mouth feel a slickness.
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Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.