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AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB
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BA SCORE
87
very good

18 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 5.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 03-14-2009)
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-22-2012 13:14:28 | More by Bilco
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-10-2012 12:16:50 | More by zekeman17
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Enish266

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

On-tap at Alesmith, served in a 12 oz plastic cup.

A - pours a red-copper color with a modest white head

S - faint smell of hops

T - up front bitterness hits the palate, bready/yeasty with a nice malty backbone, finishes with caramel and a little sweetness

M - slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation, coats the mouth but finishes very clean

O - very good example of an American ESB (cask), I enjoyed the characteristics the different yeast imparted and overall liked it a touch better than their standard Anvil (cask)

04-19-2011 23:28:56 | More by Enish266
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Dark ice tea pour summons a monstrous 3 finger mushroomy crown that had a light peanut shell tint. Lengthy retention atop with a strong, quick rise of carbonation bubbles along the vessel walls. Big wads of spongy foam deposits adhere heartily on the sides.

S: Sweet crystal malts, lightly dry, spicy cola, cinnamon sticks and some earthy dry tea.

T: Flavor was earthy tea and dry crystal malts. The sweetness from the grains are balanced by an earthy bitterness, cola, and dry cinnamon sticks. Fresh green hopping with a soft hint of pear fruitiness. Some dry nuttiness, sweet caramel and some breadiness.

M: Mouthful is dry, nutty and bready, powdery with a medium body. Tingly micro-bubbly sensation.

O: Overall not usually a big fan of style but his may be a game changer. Nice soft, dry crystal maltbase, spicy colal, easy drinking and very good per style.

05-13-2013 22:59:51 | More by beerthulhu
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

8/4/2011

On tap at Alesmith

A: Deep reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Really nice color. 

S: Lots of caramel with lesser notes of bread. Esters remind me of apple and a perhaps plum. There's a suggestion of sulfur, and a little tea character.

T: Toasted biscuit melds with bread and a subtle herbal tea flavor. Caramel is evident, and there's a low earthy bitterness. A touch of mineral accompanies notes of apple.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: I'm not big on the style, but this is enjoyable and easy to drink. I prefer this to the regular Anvil ESB.

08-05-2011 00:22:16 | More by HopHead84
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metallitone1

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2011 00:02:47 | More by metallitone1
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olafphysics

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2012 22:01:45 | More by olafphysics
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BigDaftAl


4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-08-2012 02:31:55 | More by BigDaftAl
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-16-2012 15:46:55 | More by harpus
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-19-2011 08:03:54 | More by CelticAleMan
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-23-2012 18:10:36 | More by funkel81
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-13-2012 01:33:04 | More by Irrationalist
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-11-2012 22:55:26 | More by t0rin0
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Overlord

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Had on the 2007 BA Decadence release date. This version of Anvil ESB has English malt and yeast, and no dry hopping. I was told that they created the yeast strain for a "special beer" they didn't want to reveal yet. The 2008 Decadence (an English Barleywine) perhaps?

In any event, pours a brownish copper. Large foamy tan head. Smells like sweet toffee and a bit yeasty/bready. No hops in the smell.

No real hops in the flavor, either. Mostly a sweet toffee caramel and a bit of yeastiness to it to add zest. Lots of malt. Creamy.

Enjoyable.

03-14-2009 03:15:52 | More by Overlord
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-02-2012 01:04:18 | More by DrunkinYogi
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watchnerd

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-21-2013 19:20:27 | More by watchnerd
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-24-2012 11:52:31 | More by brendaniel
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Moheban

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

12-21-2013 05:41:13 | More by Moheban
AleSmith All English Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
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