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Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

520 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 40
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 ghostwalker:
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper body and tan head. Fits neatly and sweetly into my CBS snifter.

Nose is copper penny hops and malt. Subdued but still very pleasant.

Flavor is good, with the copperiness on the finish that I smelled before my first sip. Not sure if that's the hops or the malt, but it's a very nice US interpretation of my favorite UK style. Achieves a very nice flavor balance but avoids any hint of the characteristic UK butteriness.

Mouthfeel is slick and effervescent. Plenty going on for a lower ABV brew.

Overall is very good. Quaffable and tasty. Another solid brew from Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:26:04 | More by ghostwalker
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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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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.

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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.
O - I find the offering a little thick, the flavor is complex, and the balance is wonderful
I will revisit and report back.

Cheers all

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a fine esb, which has the odd misnomer of being called bitter, when in fact these are sweeter, grain driven beers. perhaps in my case bitter has a very different, more diabolical meaning. it was brew that started as a celebration of a big win in the stanley cup playoffs last night, guzzling the sweet copper colored liquid right from the bottle in jovial preparation for what was sure to be a winnable game 7 forthcoming. to me it was a beer that would taste awful good out of the cup itself in a few more months. however, as the aromas of burnt sugar, english toffee, and old world ale yeast moved into flavors of maple syrup, candied apples, and werthers candies, the unthinkable happened. the home team gives up two goals in the final two minutes, and lost early in overtime, a situation that had less than a 0.4% chance of occurring. as jubilation turned to head in hands curses to the powers that be, and soft goaltending, anvil esb went from a celebratory quaff to a sorrow drowning full bodied sweet beer i almost resented as much as i liked it to start. and as a playoff beard that began on game 1 of 82 way back in early october fell hair by hair into an already dirty white sink and razor burn irritation set in, the final lukewarm dregs of this beer were of little comfort. this beer, like the play of my team, was good for some 95% of its performance, but it ends up middling by the end. an all too frequent collapse not only for my team, but for this underwhelming style. the parallels are too many to name. 22 ounces never experienced to much emotion, from the summit of the greatest mount, to hopeless dejection that will span the entire summer...

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04-28-2014 18:24:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.