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Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

522 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 39
Gots: 20 | 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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mpenske

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-25-2014 22:30:47 | More by mpenske
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-24-2014 02:10:31 | More by buzzy
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anarchia

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Bottled-on date reads 6/25/2013. Drinking today, 1/17/14. More carbonation than expected for the style. Lots of lacing. Ruby-colored beer, very clear. Aroma is very biscuity, has a "tang" to it that I would describe as faintly metallic. Sweet and fruity in the mouth. British malts are fairly subtle, lending some caramel and slight breadiness. Lots of fruitiness from the yeast, seems to be the dominant set of flavors here. Oily texture that coats the tongue. Some slight hop bitterness on the finish but they don't show up strong in the aroma or flavor profile. I'd like it better with more malt character, less carbonation, and maybe even a little more hop bitterness. Your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:35:36 | More by anarchia
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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-12-2014 15:16:10 | More by user785335
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-07-2014 17:11:26 | More by Griffith
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-04-2014 06:27:02 | More by hilgart1
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-29-2013 04:10:35 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-18-2013 16:30:49 | More by brewskis4drewski
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berlinabb

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-16-2013 21:31:04 | More by berlinabb
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Samuel906

California

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very nice looking reddish amber, very clear and bright with off-white to straw colored head that is thick and clingy. Some subtle effervescing of bubbles. Smell is caramel, apples, black tea and yeast. I get very pronounced tea character in the taste as well with hints of lemon and some thick bready malts to finish it off. Has a character reminiscent to me a bit of a Wee Heavy. Mouthfeel was much to thick and syrupy for me and did not suit the style well. Mild carbonation and my mouth was left feeling sticky.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 10:11:08 | More by Samuel906
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civicm87

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-04-2013 14:25:05 | More by civicm87
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-01-2013 19:15:26 | More by NooseJustice
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fain12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-28-2013 07:46:29 | More by fain12
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-27-2013 04:28:10 | More by sd123
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No visible bottling date, bought at a good price ($6.75) at a store notorious for leaving bottles on the shelves until sold, so God knows how old this is.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Deep nearly clear red-brown, huge bottle-conditioned tan head receded slowly to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Ripe fruit.

t: Apples at first, a bit sour later, then a strong porterlike smokiness takes over. Near the end, when warmer, good caramel malt begins to shine through.

m: Medium, good body, smooth except for the slight sourness early on.

o: Odd for an ESB, like a cross between an English porter and a Belgian dubbel. The smoky porter taste which dominates later is pleasant enough, but lacks the malt dominance one might expect from an ESB. Probably the issue is a combination of bottle conditioning and age on the bottle, where the remaining yeast eventually bore some unintended fruity esters. I'll try to find a fresh bottle and give this another whirl.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:42:16 | More by scotorum
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-22-2013 16:40:54 | More by Benesi88
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-22-2013 01:29:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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equinox1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-20-2013 01:00:41 | More by equinox1
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-09-2013 18:05:40 | More by ste5venla
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2013 04:41:01 | More by SadMachine
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Stugotzo

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-27-2013 19:44:44 | More by Stugotzo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-25-2013 23:20:42 | More by nmann08
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA:

The beer appeared a nice darker amber color accompanied by a small, off-white head, maybe 1 finger, which was not well retained. The beer gave off a nice, sweet toasted malt aroma that was balanced nicely with some earthy hops...very nice. If only the taste followed the aroma; the beer was much maltier than expected...I expected much more balance, but it was a nice bready malt, with hints of biscuit and toasted malt. The beer did have a really nice feel, medium body, smooth, creamy and very drinkable. Overall, I think that I need to give this one a shot again, but from this tasting, it was not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 05:35:17 | More by PhillyStyle
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-12-2013 02:36:34 | More by kingmaker
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-03-2013 21:50:47 | More by akang
Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.