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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 coldmeat23:
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Wowee! An easy-to-medium pour just gave me, literally, a mug full of foam. Thick, creamy, tan colored foam. Almost like a Nitro-tap pour. After about eight minutes or so, it finally leaves me with a lightly amber tinted, golden colored liquid. Slightly darker than I'm used to for an ESB, which pleases me. The lacing is spotty, plentiful, and sticky.

A fair amount of toasted malt presence is in the nose. Nice presence of floral hops. Light hints of apples and traces of dark fruits.

The taste follows the nose very well. Loads of that toasted malt flavor. It blends quite nicely with a balanced level of those wonderful floral hop notes. Light hints of granny smith apples and bing cherries. There is a very light hint of smokiness in the aftertaste.

This has a nice, medium, body. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It's nice, little, small bubbles, which help it out. It is smooth, with a mild level of active-ness on your tongue. It has a slight touch of creaminess, which helps it's enjoyability factor.

Traditionally, I am not big on the ESB style, but this is a definite exception. This is a beer that I could drink many of. Often.
Thank you, Alesmith!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:11:07 | More by coldmeat23
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Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.