Anvil Ale ESB | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
676 Ratings
Anvil Ale ESBAnvil Ale ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 03-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
676
Reviews:
332
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cody’s Irish Pub, Essex Junction, VT. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to toasty amber color with a thin bar pour’s white head that slides away. The aroma has a big English sweet fruity esters with a smooth aromatic earthy malt and some grassy hops coming together nicely. The flavor brings it together, the malty sweetness and the grassy hops. Smooth and swerves into the aftertaste with a quick crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about. Low carbonation. Smooth, almost sticky. Overall, as an ESB, this is a top notch one by style, as it presents very clean flavors. I’d have again with some fish n chips.

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Photo of emwilke
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R_i_P
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this Extra Strong Bitter (ESB) from Albertson's on 02/28/2017. No bottled date. 5.5% APV.

Anvil Ale ESB initially pours a beautiful clear copper with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam. Excellent lacing. As you continue to pour, this beer becomes increasingly hazy from yeast sediment. Similarly, the color also becomes a darker copper.

Smell is fruity and herbal hops with toasted malts -- awesome! The taste is complex -- it starts with a fruity hop flavor, followed by floral hops with a grassy aftertaste. The hops and malt are nearly perfectly balanced.

Anvil ESB is actually very good. I initially disliked it; however, it improved as it warmed up. This ESB tastes best between 45 - 50 degrees F. The warmer temp allows the mild English hops to interact with the English malts. AleSmith of San Diego has created an excellent English pub ale. Complex and slightly bitter, this ESB would taste outstanding with traditional British pub meals. That said, is this ESB worth buying? Yes -- once in a blue moon -- perhaps just to remind us that not everything is West Coast or East Coast IPAs.

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Photo of AleSan
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Segelstrom
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > pub mug

A deep amber/red color with a clumpy, frothy off-white crown. Very substantial with slow dissipation and plenty of lace.

Sweet and toasty amber malt aroma with a subtle brown sugar and herbal hop. A very classic, subtle aroma overall.

The malt flavor is excellent, just right for this style, roastie and sweet malt ride together perfectly, subtle honey or brown sugar sweetness mixed with buttered toast effect! The classic herbal, maybe spicy hop balance provides a nice kick right at the end.

The body is medium but very lively and crispy even with a rather complex malt. Finishes silky smooth !

This is an absolute classic for the style, pure English malts, executed perfectly. This is a simple yet interesting style I really enjoy.

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Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tough one to call... love the style, but this bucks tradition. Pours a clear amber-brown of the style. Aroma is unexpected with caramel bread being slightly overwhelmed by a hoppy funk. Flavor is similar though much better. Again some unwanted hop bitter mingling with an otherwise-delicious sweet malt. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle that was bottled on 07/01/2016. Sampled on August 11, 2016.

It certainly is a handsome looking pour with its reddish-amber color and lasting cream colored head. It leaves decent lacing.

The aroma has the kind of typical caramel and low hop profile character one would expect from the style but there is also a fairly dominant cocoa character. That threw me for a loop.

Medium body and smooth.

The taste is like the aroma with a cracker, caramel, and cocoa character leading up to a mildly bitter and dry finish. Tasty in its way but a little unexpected.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fictional
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elec
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThemThangs
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top 5 beers. 22oz. Dense glorious head that glistens. Smells great. Has an awesome sweetness to it, not overly hoppy like a lot of beers these days. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 oz bottle, it pours a coppery amber with a moderate head, dissipating to a thin layer. Some citrus and malt in the nose. The mouth gets the malty flavor with some bitterness. Easy drinking ESB.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Anvil Ale ESB from AleSmith Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 676 ratings.
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