Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by ccrida:
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into a nonic, Anvil Ale is murky, ruddy brown with a large, fluffy light sand colored head that leaves lots of heavy lace. Super impressive for an ESB, no doubt, it looks more like a Belgian Amber!
Smell is pretty sweet, brown sugar. Good but simple. There's also a very slight tang that I first noticed in the taste (see below), but can subsequently find traces of in the smell as well.
Taste is good, smooth, sweet, it really reminds me of a Southern English Brown Ale, brown sugar and a touch of caramel, but with a nice herbal hop snap. There's a slight bite to the malt that I don't love though, very subtle, but reminds me a bit of a poorly made extract homebrew - not the whole beer, just that slight bite. Perhaps a bit yeasty too, this is a style that I'd probably rather be filtered (there was even some sludge on the lip of the bottle from laying it sideways on the way home).
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium light bodied.
Drinkability is good, a tasty beer if you like sweet English style ales. I do, and haven't had a sweet brown ale in a while, they're just not to common here, but I really dig this one. Luckily for this American glutton, the ABV doesn't reflect their goofy tax system - or wait, they make weak beer for the nuance, yea right! Still, there's no reason to but this in an overpriced bomber, a 6 pack beer if I ever saw one...so minus .5 for value.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2009 01:27:19 | More by ccrida
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3.74/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Swung by local bbq and craft beer joint, bobbique, for some lunch and a pint. Served in a glass mug. Brew is transparent brown w a thin creamy almost tan head. Nose is malt forward with a really nice crystallized malt caramel thing going on in the taste. A bit toasted. Easy drinker really nice example of the style, but on the earthier side of the spectrum. I wouldn't expected less earth and more hop from alesmith.
Serving type: on-tap
07-15-2014 17:10:51 | More by cosmicevan
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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.
O - I find the offering a little thick, the flavor is complex, and the balance is wonderful
I will revisit and report back.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 21:49:52 | More by SABERG
Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.