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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.
BA SCORE
87
very good

576 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 39
Gots: 32 | 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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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Nose
Caramel, raisin, and brown bread.

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

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

Overall
Simple, delicate, and masterfully balanced. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.