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Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-16-2014 02:52:23 | More by BAsbill
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-05-2014 08:49:50 | More by zestar
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 18:24:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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TaborTime

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-27-2014 21:19:20 | More by TaborTime
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-26-2014 21:56:15 | More by mc4z
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-25-2014 01:28:24 | More by jeff1973
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-10-2014 01:48:33 | More by afsdan
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msquared36

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel color with a thick tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells of black pepper and musty wool. There is something about the scent that is familiar but not necessarily pleasant.

Strong taste of caramel up front, though without the sweetness. Finishes with a crisp, balanced bitterness.

Tiny bubbles that make the beer smooth.

Overall a tasty beer. Not as drinkable as other ESBs though.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:23:32 | More by msquared36
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-01-2014 05:10:21 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Taologic

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-31-2014 01:32:34 | More by Taologic
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-29-2014 06:16:07 | More by zenithberwyn
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-27-2014 21:39:06 | More by Boone757
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random846

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-25-2014 05:27:28 | More by random846
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Dimitri

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-25-2014 00:00:27 | More by Dimitri
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Copernicus

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-21-2014 18:23:57 | More by Copernicus
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-21-2014 03:44:34 | More by mdaschaf
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-15-2014 19:34:30 | More by vermilcj
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evbro

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-11-2014 20:54:33 | More by evbro
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-10-2014 02:02:16 | More by spoony
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two plus fingers worth of active lush slightly creamy off-white colored froth comprised of medium-to-large sized bubbles... Rock solid retention... Ultimately there is a full, mostly thick, veil of lacing and a thin-to-moderate collar... The color is a darker than expected deep copperish bronze... There is a little ruby hue that lingers underneath as well... Loaded with micro-to-small bubbled carbonation that rises throughout... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking ESB...

S - Bright and vibrant nose... Loaded with malty goodness... Short bread... Caramel... Toffee... Loads of airy light bready notes... A light layer of euro-hoppiness lingers a bit beneath the surface...

T - Mostly a malt bomb on the palate... Lots of bready malts... Caramel... Some light toffee as well.. There is a light hop presence... Also a bit of a metallic twang, but it's rather enjoyable...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Sleek... Even and consistent... Mostly lush with just a touch of dryness on the finish...

D - Insanely quaffable... A very nice ESB and another solid offering from Alesmith... There is a reason I consider them to be one of the top breweries going... Solid for the style... Solid regardless of style... Just a solid enjoyable brew... There's a lot going on here with a low 5.5% ABV... Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:07:30 | More by philbe311
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2014 03:12:27 | More by meatyard
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-28-2014 15:38:37 | More by ToddHolder
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real perfect copper red body, and deep crystal amber shine. Head is fluffy light tan evenly made, and grows a nice controlled four fingers tall. Light soapy lacing just coats the glass, and some fine white thin carbonation crawls on the sides. Great looking beer.

Large hints of loose leaf tea. Heavily herbal, but with some clove spice aromatics to match. Cinnamon. Some faint sweetness of caramel hiding in the background as well. Some almost creamy senses of milk too, very inviting.

Palate comes with a bit of flat mouthfeel. Slightly wet bodied, but with some leafy hops and large herbal tea like presence. Hints of mint, oolong on the finish. Soft tannins as well that coat but are also still quite wet. Hop forward a bit for a bitter, with the herbality growing nicely on the finish. Malt depth and sweetness is missing and classic esters.

If there's one thing I find about bitters is they usually have a good malt presence and this one while relishing some great herbal presences is really missing some malt depth. Some depth or crackery or biscuit and caramel oomph to this would really set this beer on fire.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:01:26 | More by smakawhat
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: shiny copper body, 2 finger khaki head,
flawless legs

S: light herbal notes, toasted malt/grains

T: mild lemon peel, caramel, bready malt, earthy finish

M: med body, creamy smooth mouth

O: 1 of the best American ESBs I have ever tasted.
Having visited Eng + Sco, this is up there with
many of their finest offerings.

EXCELLENT; TREAT YOURSELF!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:41:05 | More by BeerLover99
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510a

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-17-2014 05:33:18 | More by 510a
Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.