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Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Anvil Ale ESBAnvil Ale ESB

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 42
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-10-2002

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Taste of caramel, wild berries, floral hops. Very tasty and refreshing.

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4.84/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Biscuity malt aromas joined by light citrus, a touch of toffee, hints of chocolate
Pours a brilliant ruby garnet mahogany under a pillowy 3" reddish orange tinted finely bubbled foam cap that slowly descends and leaves thick lace.
Malt driven palate with biscuity malt, a touch of fresh baked bread crust, light fruit finished with a moderate, balancing earthy, spicy hop bitterness.
Very creamy medium body and medium very finely bubbled carbonation

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +28.9%

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden amber color with two full fingers of white head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread. There’s also some caramel, black pepper, clover.

Taste: Damn near perfect English ESB! Malty, peppery, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Lots of freshly baked bread, followed by black pepper and caramel-like sweetness, and finished by some mild, nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. As I stated earlier, a damn near perfect English ESB!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, due to hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is a damn near perfect English ESB, and fans of ESBs should definitely give it a try. I’m certainly going to get some more of this!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Really pretty beer when it arrived. Luxurious head that left a reasonable lacing. Great copper color. Really nice balance.And at a polite 5.5% I'm in.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of justintcoons
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep amber with 1 finger of creamy, off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, raisin, and brown bread.

Biscuit and caramel maltiness. Touches of brown sugar, raisin, and Tootsie Roll.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, clean, and refreshing.

Simple, delicate, and masterfully balanced. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.